Grand Isle Resort and Spa
What We Love
- A stunning location on powder-white Emerald Bay Beach
- Smallest villa is is 1,250 square feet; all have separate living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and private balconies
- Free-form infinity pool with direct beach access
- Greg Norman–designed 18-hole golf course adjoins the resort
- Delicious Caribbean jerk-style dinners at The Palapa Grill
- Swimming with pigs has become one of the island's most popular activities
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Emerald Bay is 14 miles north of George Town along the Queen’s Highway
- Non-motorized water sports (including kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding) are available
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A quick flight from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Atlanta—or an easy connection through Nassau from a range of East Coast hubs—the Exuma Cays are the crown jewel of the Bahamas, an island chain defined by ribbons of white and pink sand and impossibly turquoise water. Along the east coast of Great Exuma, a few miles north of George Town, the 78-villa Grand Isle Resort & Spa occupies one of the island’s most spectacular crescent beaches, at Emerald Bay. The 78 villas are homey and spacious (the smallest is 1,250 square feet), with separate living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and private balconies overlooking the manicured gardens or across Emerald Bay and out to sea. Interiors show off a Bahamian fondness for bold tropical colors, but they have a modern vibe thanks to dark wood furniture, cool tile floors and island artwork. Fitness fanatics can get their fix in the 24-hour gym or by trying out a slew of non-motorized water sports, including kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding. Or tee off nearby at the Greg Norman-designed Emerald Reef Golf Club, adjacent to the hotel, a par 72 championship course that plays to 7,200 yards and features six signature holes along the water. For everyone else there’s pampered relaxation to be had at the full-service spa or beside the infinity pool, which overlooks Emerald Bay. Evenings at Grand Isle Resort are low-key affairs enjoyed with a rum cocktail, a cracked conch appetizer and a Caribbean jerk-style dinner at The Palapa Grill. For couples and honeymooners, the staff can set up private dinners for two (with a prearranged menu of classic Caribbean fare) on your villa’s breezy balconies.
In the Area
The beaches of the Bahamas are chockablock with bars, and foremost among them is Chat ’n’ Chill, on Stocking Island, a ramshackle beach pub nestled on the shore across from George Town. Hop a water taxi or rent your own skiff for the one-mile jaunt across the harbor — and don’t skip the signature Goombay Smash cocktail. When hunger strikes, tie up at the colorful Staniel Cay Yacht Club and have a bite at the restaurant, a can’t-miss place for fresh seafood, cold Bahamian beer and, of course, the Out Islands’ famous cracked conch. The best way to experience the natural beauty of the Exumas is from the sea. Charter a full- or half-day sail with a local adventure outfitter and get lost exploring the deserted cays and coves that comprise this exquisite island chain. There are myriad natural attractions in the Exumas, but be sure to drop anchor and snorkel through Thunderball Grotto, a sea cave once featured in the James Bond film of the same name. And shore up at Big Majors Cay, home to wild pigs that are eager to greet your boat. Feed them scraps from the boat, or jump in and swim with the famed pigs yourself.
How to Get There
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!
Awesome Stay, Everyone was so nice and Hospitality professionals. Crsytal Lightbourne(Asst. Front Office Manager) was very friendly and interactive. The reason for our stay was an engagement proposal, and it was well put together. Taneil and Melinda at Palapa were great waitresses they paid attention to detail.
I would highly recommend this resort to individuals.