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6 Best All Inclusive Bahamas Resorts for Families

Every family wants to visit Atlantis (as they should), but the Bahamas covers more than the mega resort on Paradise Island. The country — comprised of 30 inhabited islands (and 670 non-inhabited) — offers other resorts worthy of a family vacation, particularly since some of them offer all-inclusive rates. If you’re looking for an easy choice in the Bahamas, consider one of these all inclusive Bahamas resorts for families — all family- and editor-approved (and ranked in no particular order).


Club Med Columbus Isle

Club Med Columbus Isle largely caters to couples, though it's still a good choice for families with teens -- particularly because it offers a Watersking and Wakeboarding Academy, Sailing School, Tennis School and Fitness School, plus scuba diving, kite surfing, table tennis, fishing, bocce ball and beach volleyball. The resort's pools and beachfront location add to the appeal, as do two onsite restaurants. If you"d like to explore outside the resort, rent bikes at the resort or try an island or lagoon tour, both arranged by the hotel. Club Med Columbus Isle is secluded on the Archipelago of San Salvador.

Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island

Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island is located within walking distance of Atlantis, which means you can enjoy the best of both worlds -- all-inclusive rates at Riu and day passes at Atlantis. Riu is located right on the beach, and offers a swimming pool, several restaurants and free Wi-Fi. There's also a beach volleyball court, along with a golf course and water sports galore. Accommodations include junior suites or suites, with mini-bars and turndown service included.

Melia Nassau Beach Resort

In Nassau -- just across a bridge from Paradise Island and Atlantis -- Melia Nassau Beach Resort overlooks Cable Beach. The luxurious resort provides swimming pools with waterfalls, a kids' club, six restaurants and live entertainment. It also features Kids & Co Family Rooms, with two double beds, private balconies and access to a special reception area for families -- complete with snacks and beverages. The resort is located within close proximity of Lynden Pindling International Airport, as well as local shops and restaurants.

Small Hope Bay Lodge

One of the best all inclusive resorts in the Bahamas, Small Hope Bay Lodge offers all-inclusive rates and beachfront cabins -- the perfect combination for families! Located on Andros Island, the resort features a kids' program (with a focus on nature), game room, swing set and bicycles for youngsters. Lessons for scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming are also provided, as are tours and lessons at the nearby Androsia Batik Factory, a fabric company. Complimentary babysitting is provided in the evenings; kids ages 2 to 7 dine in the game room while parents enjoy their meal in peace and quiet. Speaking of peace and quiet, expect to totally disconnect at this resort -- televisions, phones and internet aren't available.


Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is located on Grand Bahama Island in Freeport (which is a cruise ship port). Families enjoy non-motorized water sports, a tennis court, swimming pool, themed events and live entertainment. The resort also offers Viva Kids' Club, with activities for children ages 4 to 12, plus a children's playground and pool. Meals are served at three restaurants, one of which offers a buffet, and accommodations include standard guestrooms, many of which offer balconies and connecting capabilities for large groups. Shuttles to the airport or nearby attractions are available for a small fee.

Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan

Opened in 2015, Lighthouse Point at Grand Lucayan features all-inclusive rates that cover organized activities, live entertainment, meals at eight restaurants and bars (four at Lighthouse Point and four more at Grand Lucayan), themed dinners, pools, and of course, beachfront access on Grand Bahama Island. Book a room with a private balcony to take in the gorgeous views.