When people think of the Bahamas, they typically think of Nassau and Paradise Island. The two are practically one in the same — Paradise Island is just across a bridge from Nassau. Nassau, the capitol and largest city in the Bahamas, is best-known for its beaches, straw markets, shopping, and a major cruise port. Paradise Island”s claim to fame, of course, is Atlantis. If you”re planning a visit to Nassau — whether it be a cruise stopover or your annual vacation — choose one of these hotels for your family.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Melia Nassau Beach Resort
Melia Nassau Beach Resort is a traditional, beachfront resort that provides guests with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea. It also has a series of winding pools that front the ocean, so you can enjoy the views from the sand or the pool -- take your pick. Other perks include six restaurants, a children"s program, organized activities, and live entertainment. Families should consider the Kids & Co Family Room, which has two double beds and a private balcony. Guests of these rooms also enjoy a separate reception area and a vacation coordinator. Score.
British Colonial Hilton Nassau
Cruise ship passengers are greeted by this pastel-colored beauty as they arrive in Nassau. While it"s located on the beach, it"s also located in the heart of Nassau and bustles with excitement. Guests enjoy a giant swimming pool, onsite dining and babysitting services when it"s time for a date night. Consider the resort"s Family Fun Package, which includes breakfast and Wi-Fi.
Blue Water Resort on Cable Beach
Located on Nassau"s famed Cable Beach, Blue Water Resort is best for large groups. It offers two variations of villas, both with fully equipped kitchens and private sundecks. The villas typically sleep up to six, but can sleep eight with two rollaway beds. Families enjoy an oceanfront swimming pool, tennis and onsite dining options.
Sandyport Beaches Resort
If you"re looking for a small hotel on the beach, Sandyport Beaches Resort is right for your family. It offers just 72 accommodations, including suites with one-, two-, or three bedrooms and full kitchens and dining spaces. It also has a separate kids" pool with two waterfalls, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary shuttle to a local grocery store on Sundays. Other offerings include tennis and snorkeling. Families may request babysitting services with 24-hours advance notice.
Atlantis, Paradise Island
Atlantis is a bucket list resort for many families, and one that doesn"t even require an overnight stay -- day passes are available for those who want to enjoy the resort"s extensive water park, Aquaventure, along with its beautiful beaches and refreshing pools. Of course, guests of the resort enjoy a front-row seat to all the fun, with everything from budget-friendly rooms at Coral Towers to rooms with kitchenettes at The Reef.
Enjoy reasonable nightly rates, plus complimentary access to Atlantis Resort at this value-packed hotel, located on Paradise Island. Comfort Suites Paradise Island also offers complimentary breakfast, and regularly offers kids-stay-and-eat-free packages. Accommodations, many of which were recently remodeled, offer mini-fridges for even more convenience.
Compass Point Beach Resort
The colorful huts, alone, are worth a stay at Compass Point Beach Resort, located right on the baby blues of the Caribbean in Nassau. Several variations of huts are available, and some include kitchenettes. The resort has a small pool, along with several dining options and a spa. When it"s time to explore, resort staff will assist in arranging excursions that include horseback riding, fishing, paddleboarding and a trip to Blue Lagoon. Bonus: Even if you"re not a guest at the resort, you can purchase a day pass.
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