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Frequent flights from the United States to the nearby Bahamas in the Caribbean and a wide range of resorts lure romantic couples to this island nation every year. Whether you prefer a resort that is in the midst of the action or removed from it, you can take your their choice in the Bahamas -- after all, there are some 700 islands in the archipelago. Among the ample places to kick back, order a piña colada, and let the sun and the sunsets work their magic are the resorts below.
Sandals Emerald Bay
Sandals Resorts’ all-inclusive resort began life as the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma — and it has held onto its luxurious provenance. Five restaurants, a daily delivery of fresh fruit, afternoon hors-d'oeuvres, and 24-hour room service help honeymoon couples to keep up their strength. Beach lovers have a mile of sand to stretch out on. Those who prefer pool swimming have three pools plus a half-acre freshwater oasis with a Jacuzzi, swim-up bar, and center fire pit.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa
Created as a honeymoon haven, this Bahamas resort is strictly adults-only. It's also an AAA Four-Diamond Award winner with eight restaurants and romantic Versailles-like gardens in addition to its extensive swimming pool and a swath of beach shaded by palapas and beach umbrellas.
A resort-within-a-resort, Cove Atlantis is the upscale tower hotel in the Bahamas that is part of Atlantis mega-resort. Sleek, romantic and contemporary, it is geared more toward adults than families, yet its guests have full access to the spectacular water features spread throughout the rest of Atlantis. These include Aquaventure, a mile-long circular river ride on inner tubes that features rapids and a 120-foot water slide complex with three slides as well as a dolphin preserve.
Atlantis Resort Royal Towers
The Bahamas' best-known mega-resort (you'll recognize its iconic pink Royal Towers), Atlantis Resort has it all: A mysterious theme based on the lost continent of Atlantis, multiple lodging choices (at multiple price points), water water everywhere, restaurants that range from an abundant cafe to fine dining venues, and the biggest casino in the Bahamas. What Atlantis also has is families -- so as long as you're okay with kids on the beach, in the pool, and in the hallways -- you'll appreciate the energy of this resort.
While other Bahamas resorts are bright any shiny, Graycliff maintains a romantic, sun-mote-speckled ambiance. Lace curtains, mature trees, shadows, and light add to the mystique and allure of this historic and traditional property in the gloaming.
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas
The tower hotel in the Bahamas on Paradise Island, the Warwick is an adults-only all-inclusive that opened in 2017.
Visitors who've already stayed here advise requesting a room on the eighth floor or higher with a water view and a balcony. Accommodations are far from opulent, though; think IKEA-style furnishings.
Given its harbor location, there's no beach to speak of except for the resort's small, man-made one, so couples congregate by the pool.
Nearby Cabbage Beach is wide and long and lapped by gorgeous turquoise waters. Some days, guests have it practically to themselves. At other times, when giant cruise ships dock and unload passengers who head for this beach it can become as crowded as Coney Island on the Fourth of July. Tip: On those days, walk to the end until you reach the uncrowded cove that's great for swimming.
Green Turtle Club and Marina
Set on tiny Green Turtle Cay on Abaco, a Bahamas “Out island” that measures just one mile wide by three miles long, Green Turtle Club is an exemplar of the quieter, British-accented Caribbean.
Treasure Cay Beach Resort and Marina
This 1,500-acre beach resort is located on the Bahamas Out Island of Abaco. On "one of the ten best beaches in the world," according to National Geographic. And if you find golf romantic, Treasure Cay resort has an 18-hole, 6985-yard championship golf course designed by Dick Wilson.
A full-service beach resort complex on Grand Bahama Island only 55 miles off the coast of southern Florida, Grand Lucayan is a big, bustling, exciting place where couples can wed on the beach. Guests particularly rave about the swimming pool's bar that overlooks the ocean.
The Cove Eleuthera
Want to really get away from it all and chill? There's very little done on this Bahamian Out Island forty minutes from Miami, and that's just the way the couples who visit like it. Guests give high praise to the two beautiful private beaches with beach beds, lap pool, sunset bar, spa, casual grill, and a more formal eatery.