Although the Bahamas includes the quiet and secluded Out Islands, it's the Big Three -- Grand Bahama, New Providence and Paradise Island -- that draw families in. And while there are plenty of giant casinos and glitzy restaurants, families still find plenty of entertainment for kids, a few quieter resorts if they prefer and beautiful pearly white sand beaches to play on. These are our favorite resorts for families in the Bahamas.

Written by Kimberly Liu
Built in 2008, The Reef sits next to The Cove and apart from the three older hotels in the heart of Atlantis resort. You'll immediately feel the exclusivity and luxury as you enter The Reef; although there's a little more Upper East Side apartment feeling than South Beach, you'll enjoy a few beachy touches such as fishing-net chairs and a driftwood display. All 500 rooms are apartments including multiple beds and kitchens, providing an alternative to pricey restaurants. As units are privately owned timeshares rented to guests, each features its own special touches while still maintaining an overall standard of quality.

Read our review of The Reef Atlantis.

What sets the Sunrise Beach Hotel apart are its one- to five-bedroom villas offering a wide range of accommodations and price points, allowing extended families and friends to easily stay together. Families also love the quiet setting just minutes from the hubbub of activity and numerous restaurants and shops at the Atlantis resort, as well as the short walk to historic downtown Nassau. Extra perks at Sunrise Beach include grocery provisioning, fully equipped kitchens, pullout sofa beds and rollaways, a separate children's pool, and exceptional snorkeling and water sports.

Read our review of the Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas.

Sitting on downtown Nassau's only private beach and newly renovated to the tune of millions, the AAA Four Diamond British Colonial Hilton Nassau is a hit with families. With a 300-foot-long, white-sand beach, a freshwater pool, and complimentary kayaks and snorkeling gear, kids are easily kept entertained. The 228 guestrooms are well appointed and families particularly enjoy the one-bedroom suites featuring a separate living area with sofa bed. Even better, kids 18 and under stay free, kids under 5 eat all meals free, and kids ages 6 to 12 get 50 percent off meals with an accompanying adult paying for a regular meal at select restaurants. All guests enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and rooms.

Read our review of the British Colonial Hilton Nassau.
The Grand Lucayan includes both the Reef Village and the Radisson Grand Lucayan. Reef Village is currently under renovation and will reopen in later 2012, but families may stay at the Radisson where the only hard decision each morning is whether to snorkel, kayak, greet the dolphins, horseback ride on the beach or simply play on the sparkling mile-long, white-sand beach! This mega-resort set on 7.5 acres features 542 spacious guestrooms and suites with marina and ocean views and boasts three pools, two golf courses, four tennis courts, a 2,000-square-foot spa and fitness area, and a large casino. Guests of the resort enjoy dining at eight onsite restaurants (including a casual poolside grill, swim-up bar and sushi bar), and families staying in suites can save a few dollars cooking meals in their kitchenettes. Camp Lucaya Kids club keeps children ages 3 to 12 busy while mom and dad enjoy a break to laze about, soak up the sun and shop in the nearby marina.

Read our review of the Grand Lucayan Bahamas.

The Comfort Suites is a favorite with families looking to enjoy the sun and sand while maximizing their vacation budget. At this all-suite resort, you'll enjoy comfortable accommodations offering separate living areas with sofa beds, flat-screen televisions and refrigerators; complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily; free wireless Internet; an outdoor pool and full access to the popular Atlantis resort, teeming with fun water attractions and family activities. You'll also enjoy easy walking distance to a variety of shops, restaurants and attractions in the local area. And to top it off, frequent resort promotions are offered including kids 15 and under stay free in their parents' room.

Read our review of the Comfort Suites Paradise Island.

Offering one- and two-bedroom suites and condominiums with full kitchens, private terraces and living rooms including pullout sofas, the Abaco Beach Resort is an attractive choice for large families. In addition to a wide variety of room configurations, guests enjoy two outdoor pools, tennis courts, volleyball pits and complimentary use of snorkeling and kayaking equipment at the resort. Bahama Buddies kids' program teaches kids about the culture of the island while entertaining them with fun activities like peeling coconuts. When you've had enough of cooking, enjoy dining out at two onsite restaurants, one a casual terrace cafe offering up lighter fare.

Read our review of the Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour.

At the Pelican Bay at Lucaya, families enjoy exceptionally attentive staff and standout service along with three pools, water-taxi service to nearby Taino beach and umpteen land and water activities available just steps from the resort. Guests can dine on property at the outdoor Sabor Restaurant or take a short stroll to Port Lucaya Marketplace to sample the wide variety of restaurants and cafes, many offering ethnic cuisines. Accommodations are basic Waterside Hotel Rooms with private balconies or more spacious Waterside State Rooms, including a living room and kitchen nook with a sink and microwave oven.

Read our review of the Pelican Bay at Lucaya.

A favorite for generations, the all-inclusive Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort has a lot to offer families. With three freshwater pools (including a separate kids' pool) and a 1,000-foot stretch of gorgeous beach, kids are kept busy with all kinds of water and sand play, as well as water sports like sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. When kids get overdone from the sun, drop them off at the kids' club for some indoor entertainment. Accommodations include a range of room configurations with suite options featuring a separate living area. Guestrooms feature flat-screen televisions, a private balcony or patio, free Wi-Fi and comfortable Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds (Sweet Sleeper cribs may be requested, too). Families enjoy dining onsite throughout the day at several restaurants including the outdoor Dolphin Grill and casual Caribe Cafe.

Read our review of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino.

If you're looking for indulgence, the One & Only Ocean Club is truly the most luxurious resort in the Bahamas. Here you really are transported to paradise; from the moment you step on property, you'll know you're in for some pampered relaxation. You won't find a big kids' pool with waterslides on property, but there is a kids' club and when the kids tire of you drifting off in your lounge chair on the beach, you can head to the Atlantis next door where you'll enjoy access and signing privileges to all of the attractions. When you're exhausted from all the running around at the Atlantis, return to champagne and strawberries delivered at dusk (milk and cookies for the kids) and the quiet of your sumptuous accommodations. Of course, along with the lavish environment comes a stiff price tag, but if you can afford it, you won't forget the experience.

Read our review of the One & Only Ocean Club.

Club Med Columbus Isle is a favorite of families with older children and teens who love keeping busy with water sports and active pursuits. In addition to the excellent snorkeling and scuba diving the resort is recognized for, activities include sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, windsurfing, tennis, a variety of exercise classes, bocce ball and more. The all-inclusive rates are particularly attractive for families with hungry teens, and guests enjoy lots of special extras like big and comfortable beds, bathrobes and slippers, beach towels in their rooms and evening turndown service.

Read our review of the Club Med Columbus Isle.

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The Reef Atlantis Reviews
daynab - Apr 28th, 2011

We booked the Sunscape package with the Gourmet Meal plan. We got 2 free Dolphin interactions. We had a studio room with 2 double beds. The room was tastefully decorated, but lacked storage space enough for 4 people. There is only a large closet ... read more
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hlstallworth - Apr 18th, 2014

From the moment we entered into the lobby at the Grand Lucayan we felt at peace. We had entered a small piece of paradise. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was spacious, clean, and very adequate for a family of 5. They have the ... read more
sumrfox - May 8th, 2012

We arrived at Our Lucaya Resort amid a huge crowd of others from the Celebration Bahamas cruise line. We were early but tried to at least leave our name as having arrived. We were told bluntly and without explanation that we'd have to wait till ... read more
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pat.nobles.12 - Jul 8th, 2014

The staff is average. The service is average. The view to the Beach is OUTSTANDING. The pools and grounds are well maintained. The restaurants are average. The food is Above Average.... read more
lucybelle43 - May 14th, 2010

We had read some less than flattering reviews of the Sheraton Nassau Beach resort so we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the resort. This is not a five star resort and anyone going there with that expectation will be disappointed. ... read more
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