by Chelle Koster Walton
Luxurious and expansive, the designer villas range from one to four bedrooms with gourmet kitchens and Tommy Bahama furnishings. They overlook the gardens or the shoreline, which starts out rocky at one end, then segues into a gorgeous 1-mile stretch of sand along Emerald Bay. The resort shares the beach with Sandals, but has its own corner of space that feels quite sequestered. Security guards and gates further the feeling of safety.
Guests have free use of kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkel equipment. Hummingbird Hut handles the watersports and organizes free family pool games such as scavenger hunts at busy times. Golf carts are available to navigate from accommodations to the hub, where The Palapa Bar & Grill serves all meals overlooking an infinity-edged pool. A nearby smaller thatched palapa holds tables for playing foosball, chess, and backgammon. Most of the units are also stocked with games, plus a DVD player and movies.
Our Editor Loves
- Coved sand beach
- Spacious accommodations
- Free use of water sports equipment
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
With great staff, very kind and profissional. Great location. The rooms are very very good with kitchen with everything you need. Clean and quiet.
Good beach. Beautiful golf and pool.
I really appreciate everything.
Our vacation to Grand Isle Resort and Spa in Exuma, Bahamas, was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had with my family. From the moment we arrived, we were consumed by the breathtaking resort, greeted by the most gracious staff, impressed with our well-decorated and equipped villa, and overwhelmed by the warm weather and pristine beaches. This trip was designed to provide each of us with a much-needed reprieve from the hustle-bustle of our daily lives and absolutely delivered. Our private villa was situated right on the golf course. It afforded us gorgeous views of the ocean, the space for a massage and uninterrupted relaxation, and amenities (such as the golf cart) that made transport across the resort very easy. Not to mention, every food item we requested was provided without incidence and allowed us the opportunity to make a meal after a long day of travel. It was apparent to us that the Grand Isle has painstakingly invested a sincere interest in fulfilling each request down to the details, which sets them apart from other nearby properties.
Unbeknownst to us, Hurricane Dorian decided to make an untimely
+y visit just one week ahead of our arrival. This created a bit of distress for us as we had been planning this trip for quite a while and assumed we would have to cancel. However, the resort’s general manager, Mr. Robert Sands, took time out of his busy schedule to personally contact and reassure us that the island was (thankfully) unaffected by the hurricane. Moreover, the attention Mr. Sands paid to us was not just specific to our family. I observed him interacting with other guests across the resort in the same polite and professional manner and credit how smoothly our stay was to his stellar style of leadership.
Additionally, I credit this remarkable experience to the work done behind the scenes and to those who took responsibility for our every need:
In closing, it is my sincere hope that anyone who has ever had an interest in any one of the 700 islands that the Bahamas offers will consider visiting the Grand Isle Resort and Spa. Continued tourism is the best way to help rebuild the devastated areas in this country and helps to keep the locals employed. I know for sure we will be back…and on that trip we will definitely swim with the pigs!