The best thing about staying at an all-inclusive hotel in the Caribbean? Never having to worry about losing your wallet at the beach, the bar, the buffet line—or, really, anywhere. From Andros to Nassau, these are the eight best all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas. See if you agree.
Sandals Emerald Bay
This adults-only resort on Great Exuma is perfect for couples. By day, socialize (or not) by one of its three pools, take shade beneath a thatched cabana on Emerald Bay beach after the free daily dive, or head to Red Lane Spa for all manner of pampering massages, body scrubs, and facials. By night, the central pool’s open fire pit ups the romance, and the seven restaurants include a French café and first-rate Italian spot. The Bahamian-style guest rooms, spread out over 500 lush acres, are decked out in mahogany bed-frames, natural stone floors, and private balconies or terraces—some of which open right out onto the beach.
Fowl Cay Resort
The price to stay at this private island resort in the Exumas might look steep, but you get what you pay for—and then some. Just 28 guests at a time are allowed to roam its 50 acres, where six plantation-style cottages come with oceanfront views, fully stocked kitchens and wet bars, and personal boats. Don't miss an afternoon of bocce or snorkeling at South Beach followed by dinner at Hill House, where communal meals begin with cocktail hour in the pub, then simple but delicious seafood dishes like fire-roasted mahi mahi and grilled guava sea scallops.
Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan
You don't need to worry about any upcharges at the 196-room Lighthouse Pointe, the all-inclusive branch of the larger Grand Lucayan Resort on Grand Bahama Island. Everything here is part of the package, from the kid’s club, premium liquors, room service, beach barbecues, meals at the four on-site restaurants, and golf on the Reef Course. Take in panoramic views of the beach from your guest room’s balcony, then head downstairs to sunbathe on the powdery stretch of sand. (Note: parts of the resort are still rebuilding after the effects of Hurricane Matthew; call ahead to confirm availability of restaurants and activities.)
Sandals Royal Bahamian
If Sandals Royal Bahamian’s frescoed lobby ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and atmospheric colonial details make the hotel feel more like a royal palace, there's reason for that. In the 40s, this Nassau retreat was a favorite escape for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Today, the property exudes romance, from the colonnaded pools to the Red Lane Spa to the guest rooms done up in Carrera marble and travertine tiling. Our favorite feature is the property’s private offshore island which grants guests exclusive access to two secluded beaches as well as an upscale seafood restaurant where couples can dine in hushed bliss.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach
As one of the few all-inclusive options on Grand Bahama, this resort is a no-brainer for families looking to bliss out on a budget. The two room categories keep it simple (modern Vista rooms have balconies and ocean views; the more colorful Flora rooms face the gardens) and are all within easy walking distance to the property’s three restaurants, poolside snack bar, lobby lounge, and theater. Kids love the fun-filled activities, from trapeze and weekly theme parties to non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment; parents can find some downtime on the beach, at the tennis courts, or at the lobby bar—perfect for people-watching. While Viva may not be the quietest or most luxurious spot on the strip, it checks all the right boxes for groups looking to get away without fuss.
Small Hope Bay Lodge
The island’s oldest dive resort is a classic on Andros, and the largest in the Bahamas. Loyal guests—predominantly outdoorsy types—return year after year seeking the knowledge and company of the hotel's renowned bonefish guides and the quality of its diving tours (both for beginning and seasoned divers). The 20 rustic cabins done up with Androsia batik fabrics and pine are personal sanctuaries, but you’re more likely to find visitors swapping stories of the day’s ocean exploits by the beach bar or at the communal dining table.
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Meliá Nassau Beach - All Inclusive
This Melia is a sprawling but attractive all-inclusive resort near Nassau that manages to deliver a quality experience despite its size. All 694 rooms and suites have private balconies or patios that look towards the ocean. The rooms on The Level recently underwent a $19 million overhaul, which introduced a new contemporary design and pillow menus in addition to VIP perks like nightly turndown service. There's a busy main pool with a swim up bar, plus two less crowded satellite pools, but you've also got access to a serene stretch of powdery white beach.
Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island
When guests arrive at Hotel Riu Palace, they're treated to welcome drinks before checking in to one of 379 contemporary rooms, all of which come with minibars, 24-hour room service and gorgeous views of the sea. The resort’s executive chef is to thank for the ever-changing buffet spreads as well as the resort’s four à la carte restaurants (including a quality Japanese spot). Wake up early to snag a lounge chair by the pool—or better yet, head to nearby Cabbage Beach, considered one of the best stretches of sand in the Bahamas.