The Bahamas has a variety of hotels and resorts situated along pink sand beaches and crystal blue oceanfront areas. But with all of the islands in the Bahamas offering something different, it can be difficult to decide which to visit. Choose from the glitz and glam of large resorts with entertainment for both adults and kids, or the quiet seaside settings, with water sports and adventures for all ages. On your next vacation to the Bahamas, stay at one of these 10 best hotels for a great family getaway.
Written by Kimberly Liu and Hilarey Wojtowicz
The Reef Atlantis
Built in 2008 on Paradise Island, The Reef Atlantis is a part of the Atlantis Resort, but is set apart from the other properties, allowing for quiet, exclusive family accommodations. Guestrooms and suites have an Upper East Side apartment feeling, rather than one of South Beach, but the little details and touches, like fishing-net chairs and driftwood remind families that they are in the Bahamas. All 500 rooms are apartments, and include multiple beds and kitchens. Plus, the best part about staying at The Reef Atlantis is that guests have access to all of the fun at the resort Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the water park, pools, beach, kids" clubs, casinos, restaurants, and more.
Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas
What sets the Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas 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 on Paradise Island, 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, sofa beds and rollaways, a separate children's pool, and exceptional snorkeling and water sports.
Andros Beach Club
Located on 4 miles of private sand, the Andros Beach Club is perfect for families who want an oceanfront getaway to South Andros Island in the Bahamas. Start with fishing and swimming and work your way up to snorkeling, kayaking and diving with children and teens by the end of your stay. Family meals can be had onsite with one of the various all-inclusive plans or at local restaurants on the island. Babysitting is also available for parents who want to plan a date night at a romantic waterfront restaurant. Retreat to accommodations complete with one, two or three bedrooms, porches with hammocks and even full kitchens.
Compass Point Beach Resort
The colorful huts that are a family"s accommodations at the Compass Point Beach Resort are almost enticing enough for a stay alone, but the resort has so much more that screams family-friendly. Located on New Providence Island, the resort offers oceanfront pools and direct beach access, with water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. After working up an appetite, families can dive into a delicious meal at one of the three onsite dining areas, including one that is outdoors with views of the Atlantic. Relax in your colorful hut in the evenings and enjoy amenities like mini-fridges, microwaves, free Wi-Fi and DVD players.
Comfort Suites Paradise Island
For accommodations that are budget-friendly, yet just as fun as staying at the large Atlantis Resort, families should book a room at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island. At this all-suite resort on Paradise Island, you'll enjoy comfortable accommodations offering separate living areas with sofa beds, flat-screen TV's, mini-fridges, a complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily, free Wi-Fi, 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.
Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour
Offering one- and two-bedroom suites and condominiums with full kitchens, private terraces and living rooms including pullout sofas, the Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour 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 Great Abaco 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.
Pelican Bay at Lucaya
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 at the Grand Bahama Island 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.
Hut Pointe Inn
Located on the island of Eleuthera, the Hut Pointe Inn offers two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, free Wi-Fi and direct beach access, with fishing and snorkeling. The property is set in the middle of the island and is close to the main areas, where local, family-friendly events take place, like the Pineapple Festival, take place. The Inn will help set up excursion adventures for families, too, such as horseback riding on the beach or sailing and fishing trips out in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic.
Coral Sands Hotel
With pink sand lining the shores of Harbour Island in the Bahamas, families will surely enjoy the island"s Coral Sands Hotel just for its beach location alone. The 38 guestrooms and suites, heated swimming pool, game room, library, complimentary Wi-Fi and lighted tennis court might also engage those with kids and add to the fun. Other special amenities can be arranged, such as excursions, water sports, beach picnics and babysitting. Plus, all rooms include mini-fridges and flat-screen TV"s and all rates include a complimentary continental breakfast, both of which make the start to a day of vacation that much better.
Club Med Columbus Isle
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 on San Salvador Island, 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.
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