In the Bahamas, vacationers find a wide choice of activities and accommodations. Plan a secluded beach getaway that caters to couples or stay at a full service Caribbean
resort in Nassau which offers family-friendly accommodations and restaurants. The 700 islands of the Bahamas extend over 500 miles of clear water with miles of pink and white shoreline. The coral reefs, blue holes, walls, and caves are great diving locations. Before booking your trip, check for packages that let you save on spa treatments, golf, water sports and dining. Here are some of the best Bahamas vacations. Pink Sands Resort
»Pink Sands Resort
Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island is located 50 miles east of Nassau. This 18-acre celebrity hideaway offers a combination of luxury, privacy and natural beauty. The sandy beach here is quite unique since red coral accents in the sand give it a pinkish color. Explore the island by bike or in a golf cart since it is only a few miles long. Guest cottages offer plenty of privacy and stunning views of the Atlantic. You will have a private path to the beach which makes it easy to jump in for a quick swim. There are 25 different layouts to choose from. Ask for Bimini cottage if you are planning a honeymoon because it has a Jacuzzi on the outdoor deck. The gardens that surround the buildings are a bird sanctuary where you can observe many different types of birds while you have breakfast on your terrace in the morning.
If you prefer to relax next to the pool, the resort has a freshwater swimming pool. The exercise studio lets you stay in shape while on vacation. Grab one of the kayaks and explore the bay that fronts your cottage or request a massage. Play a game of tennis, borrow a paddle boat or find a quiet spot at the library to read a great book. Blue Bar right next to the water serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring Caribbean cuisine of the freshest island fish. Garden Terrace is open for dinner and offers couples a romantic setting for a special celebration. If you want to learn how to prepare some of the dishes served at the restaurant, ask about the cooking classes offered at the resort.
If you are looking for a dream wedding destination, ask about the wedding package which includes all the essentials, from a wedding cake to a wedding on the beach. The Blue Bar can host a wedding reception for up to 80 people. Fly to North Eleuthera International Airport on Harbour Island. The drive to the resort takes about 20 minutes. Rates start at $600 per night (242-333-2030).
This beautiful private island resort in the Bahamas is a perfect romantic spot for couples and honeymooners. A 96-acre Caribbean island with three miles of white-sand beach sheltered by a barrier reef, the hotel is only accessible by the resort's ferry. The resort is adjacent to Andros Island, located 20 miles west of Nassau and 150 miles southeast of Florida. Andros is a 2,300-square-mile island with the second largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere. The island is also home to rare birds, 40 kinds of wild orchids, pine forests and miles of deserted beaches you can explore on your trip.
Guest accommodations include rooms, cottage and villa suites, surrounded by tropical vegetation. The luxury villas feature high ceilings, ocean views and covered verandahs. Guest rooms are furnished with Indonesian furniture, platform tubs and French doors. The resort has a freshwater swimming pool with a gazebo and a tennis court. The hotel offers golf carts, snorkeling and windsurfing equipment, sea kayaks and fishing excursions. A resident dive master is available to guests. The dining room serves gourmet Caribbean cuisine incorporating local produce. Couples can also enjoy picnic lunches and room service. Rooms start at $407 per night, including breakfast, free Wi-Fi and many activities. Andros Island is approximately one hour by plane from Miami and Fort Lauderdale (800-790-7971, 242-368-6281).
Photo: Kamalame Cay
»Little Whale Cay
Little Whale Cay is a 93-acre private island in the Bahamas that appeals to travelers who enjoy the finer things in life. The island has three secluded houses with ocean views and 1930s art deco décor. Little Whale House has two bedrooms with bathrooms, a study with Wi-Fi, a media area, an external fireplace with a barbeque, and a kitchen with chef’s accommodation. The Peacock house has one double bedroom. The Flamingo House has three double bedrooms and one single room. Vacationers can go deep sea fishing aboard the 30’ custom built Solid powerboat or take the 17’ Boston Whaler bone fishing, water skiing, or tubing. There are many options for sailing, including Sunfish, Captiva and Lazer sailing dinghies, as well as ocean kayaks. Fresh organic foods are flown in regularly so that guests can enjoy healthy delicious meals, unique wines and legendary rum punch.
Photo: Little Whale Cay
»Bahamas Vacation: Atlantis
Atlantis is one of the most famous resorts in the world, attracting visitors of all ages with its activities, pools and a diverse choice of accommodations. You will often find seasonal specials that include airfare from major cities, meals and activities. Look for romantic packages and family deals. Couples can book a room at the Cove which has a private pool and elegant guest rooms.
Tiamo is situated on South Andros, a tropical island home to the third largest barrier reef in the world (the Great Barrier Reef is the largest). You can spend your days relaxing on the island's beaches surrounded by pristine nature, and engage in a variety of watersports. This all inclusive island vacation getaway is a perfect spot for a Caribbean honeymoon. Only a 90-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale, Tiamo is a Caribbean island hideaway like no other, committed to preserving its natural resources with environment-friendly practices. The resort generates its own electricity from solar energy, uses biodegradable soaps, and recycles.
The island accommodates 20 guests at a time in 10 private beachside cottages, surrounded by coconut palms and sand. Guests can visit the main lodge to eat, drink, chat and read in the hotel library. You can snorkel right off the beach, or join a guided snorkeling adventure to the Blue Holes or the Reef. Blue Holes of the South Bight, a ten minute boat ride, plunge hundreds of feet deep and are surrounded by beautiful coral formations. A 15-minute boat ride from the resort, the Andros Barrier Reef is home to many species of corals and tropical fish. The resort will provide you with a sail boat and a quick sailing lesson so that you will be able to explore the calm protected waters of the South Bight on your own.
Guided kayak trips take guests to the Crack, rich with marine life and colorful fish. If you prefer, kayaks are also available for self-guided adventures. Browse more island vacations. The resort is a 90-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Charter flights cost around $650 each way for up to five people (contact Tiamo for more information). You can also fly to Nassau and charter a plane there for a 20-minute flight to the resort. Rates at Tiamo start at $895 US per person per night and include all meals; use of kayaks, sailboats and snorkeling equipment; guided snorkeling adventures and nature tours (242-357-2489).
»Bahamas Vacation: Compass Point
Compass Point is a colorfully decorated beach resort in the Bahamas. This Caribbean resort offers a truly unique setting with octagonal huts and cottages
painted in bright colors. The resort features a freshwater pool, a private white sandy beach, a dive shop and is centrally located near many attractions on Nassau/Paradise Island. The resort is an affordable affordable Caribbean island honeymoon vacation.
The resort features 19 unique rooms located in brightly painted cottages, on 1.5 oceanfront acres. The room interiors are decorated with batik fabrics from West Africa, beaded Zulu bottles and hand-painted ceramic vases from Morocco. All huts and cottages have a private deck facing the ocean and some are on stilts. The oceanfront restaurant is a hot spot for hotel guests, island visitors and local residents. The innovative cuisine combines European, American and Caribbean cooking.
The hotel is located near Lyford Cay in a residential neighborhood four miles west of Cable Beach. Nassau and Paradise Island provide honeymooners with a number of things to do during the day and at night. Opposite the hotel is the Compass Point Recording Studio, which has hosted the likes of the Rolling Stones, Robert Palmer, Bob Marley and Lenny Kravitz.
Guests can choose from a variety of activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, golf and excursions. The famous Cable Beach provides a number of watersports while Nassau and Paradise Island feature duty-free shopping, casinos and nightclubs.
Book between late October and May to avoid the hurricane season. Nassau International Airport is served by most major airlines and has direct flights from major North American cities. Approximate flight time from New York is 2.5 hours, from Miami 50 minutes. The hotel is eight minutes from the Nassau International Airport. Room rates from $261 per night based on single or double occupancy (866-431-2874).
»Melia Nassau Beach
Get away to Melia Nassau Beach with the family to enjoy sunny tropical days, a long sandy beach and beautiful waters that surround the Bahamas. Kids can splash around in the pools, take a sailing lesson or explore the water in a kayak. The resort has 7 acres of pools, waterfalls and whirlpools. The swim-up bar serves drinks and snacks so that you never have to leave the pool. Ask for one of the rooms or suites with a view of the water and have breakfast on your private balcony with a view.
Kids can enroll in the Adventure Club, which offers activities and hands-on educational programs during the day and at night.
Kids can learn about Bahamian arts and crafts and take field trips to Nassau's famous Straw Market. The nearby Atlantis provides additional attractions for families. During the holidays such as Memorial Day and
Labor Day, the resort offers special activities, such as fireworks, Kids Korner (Balloon artist, Face Painting) and music. Nearby family vacation activities include helicopter tours and kayaking tours (be sure to book ahead of time during the holidays).
Room rates start from $479 per night. You can often find beach and other vacation packages, especially during less busy periods.
»Bahamas Vacation: Old Bahama Bay
Bahamas is well known for its sunny days and sandy beaches. Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour is a luxury beachfront resort located on Grand Bahama Island just 64 miles from Florida, and a great honeymoon idea. Perfect for scuba divers, the resort offers many different types of scuba tours, including shark dives, wreck and reef dives. If you are bringing your own boat, you can dock at the 72 slip marina. Activities include scuba diving
, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing and the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Book an oceanfront suite so that you can look out over the water. There are 67 junior suites and 6 spacious two bedroom suites.
Many couples dream of a wedding on the water and often don't realize how easy it can be to make that dream come true. Get married on Old Bahama Bay's beautiful sandy shore overlooking tranquil Atlantic Ocean. The hotel can arrange a sunset wedding, combined with a stay in a luxury suite and romantic dining. Restaurants and bars include Dockside Bar & Grille and Teasers Tiki Bar. The oceanview suites come with whirlpool tubs, marble bathrooms, fine linens, towels and robes, CD and DVD players. Travelers can book massages on the beach, sunbathe, go snorkeling, kayaking, rent paddleboards, play tennis, use the fitness center or explore the island by bike. Many activities are complimentary and nightly rates start at $205 (888-983-6188).
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»One& Only Ocean Club
Located on the eastern end of Paradise Island, One& Only Ocean Club is a romantic honeymoon getaway offering luxury accommodations, a great beach, golf and a relaxing spa.
Honeymooners can choose from romantic cottages and spacious villas. Garden Cottages have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, parlor, dining area and a large enclosed courtyard.
Three and four-bedroom villas measure over 4,400 square feet in size, featuring a garden courtyard, a shaded dining patio, and an infinity-edge pool for the best in indoor/outdoor living.
The spa has eight private treatment villas with an air-conditioned
massage pavilion, luxurious garden with daybed and a jetted bath.
Play spectacular oceanview golf in the Bahamas on the Tom Weiskopf-designed course on Paradise Island's peninsula. The Ocean Club Golf Course consistently wins the highest ratings and has hosted several nationally-televised events, including the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.
The course layout gives players spectacular views of Bahamas beaches and ocean. Tom Weiskopf is a renowned golf course designer who has created more than 30 golf courses throughout the world. He has 19 career wins and five foreign championships.
The club offers an on-site Pro Shop and Clubhouse with a scenic restaurant. The Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar serves a variety of dishes on a terrace overlooking the golf course and the ocean.
Take private lessons, group clinics and on course playing lessons at the Ocean Club Golf Academy. Improve your golf game while on your getaway.
Whether you want to get married on the beach or in a romantic garden, Bahamas is a beautiful destination with sunny weather and great sandy bays. Event coordinators at the resort take care of every detail on your special day.
Get married on the terraced steps of the Versailles-inspired gardens with a 12th-century Augustinian cloister in the background. Or say "I do" on the deck of the pool terrace with spectacular ocean views. The property can accommodate weddings from 20 to 120 guests.
You will be assigned a dedicated Celebration Consultant who will help you decide and plan all the details such as transfers, photographer, flowers, cake, music, fireworks and menus. Use the One& Only Honeymoon and Registry to receive gifts, including nights in a honeymoon villa and other great gifts.
Room rates at the resort start at $515, cottages from $1,015.
Photo: One& Only Ocean Club
»The Island House, Bahamas
Nassau’s exotic western coast is the idyllic setting for this elegant, ocean-facing boutique hotel set to open in the spring of 2015. Designed to blend seamlessly in with the natural surrounds of sun, sand and sea, The Island House offers a stylish and sophisticated island getaway with breath-taking views and an ample array of amenities.
Luxurious abodes in the form of suites, cottages and apartments are fully equipped with deluxe amenities, state-of-the-art technology, beautiful island-style décor and private decks with sweeping views.
Start your morning with freshly baked pastries and hand-roasted coffee from The Coffee Bar. Feast on native organic fare, sublime Mediterranean cuisine and artisanal pizzas at The Mahogany House, while Shima serves an exotic menu of Southeast Asian cuisine in a casual open-air setting. The exclusive Bamford Spa offers a variety of individually crafted massage and therapeutic treatments, which can be enjoyed in a serene setting, while the hotel’s sparkling lap pool, movement studio, squash and paddle courts offer interesting alternatives to your usual workout. Relax with a movie in the art house cinema or simply languish on your deck with a cocktail and watch the sun sink below the horizon in paradise found.
Photo: The Island House, Bahamas
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In the Bahamas, vacationers find a wide choice of activities and accommodations. Plan a secluded beach getaway or stay at a full service Caribbean
resort, the choice is yours. The 700 islands of the Bahamas extend over 500 miles of clear water with miles of pink and white shoreline. The coral reefs, blue holes, walls, and caves are great diving locations. Before booking your trip, check for packages that let you save on spa treatments, golf, water sports and dining.
Located on New Providence Island, Nassau is the capital city. Many visitors pass through the city on their way to other islands. Nassau features colonial mansions, cathedrals and 18th-century fortresses. The main street in Nassau is the Historic Bay Street. Recently restored, the street is home to numerous shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. If you are planning to stay in Nassau, Compass Point is a colorful hotel with an oceanfront setting. >Paradise Island and Nassau are connected by two 600-foot bridges. On Paradise Island you will find hotels, restaurants and shops. There is also a golf course, an aquarium, and a casino at the Atlantis.
Eleuthera and Harbour Islands
If you are looking for secluded ideas, try Eleuthera and Harbour Islands. Although now increasingly popular, they provide a quiet escape. You can fly to North Eleuthera International Airport, serviced from Nassau and other gateways by both scheduled and charter service. Eleuthera is home to pineapple plantations and colonial villages with architectural influences from the late 1700s. Pink Sands resort gets its name from the color of the sand. Pink Sands is a beachfront hideaway with 25 secluded cottages, perfect for a romantic getaway. Rock House offers nine individually furnished rooms with modern amenities such as high speed internet access, private terraces and central air-conditioning.
Andros is the largest, measuring 2,300 square miles. It is also the least visited. Andos features the third largest barrier reef in the world and is a perfect destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and other watersports. Tiamo is an environment-friendly resort situated on South Andros. If you want to get away from it all, settle into one of the resort's 11 private beachside bungalows and enjoy the surrounding beaches. Kamalame Cay, adjacent to Andros, also offers only 11 guest accommodations. The 96-acre Caribbean island has three miles of white sand beach sheltered by a barrier reef.
The most visited of all the islands in the group, Grand Bahama offers a number of natural attractions, including three national parks and colorful marine life. >Travelers can choose from a number of hotels and resorts on the island. Viva
Wyndham Fortuna Beach is all-inclusive resort on 26 beachfront acres (800-847-4502);
The Westin At Our Lucaya ($170; 877-Our Lucaya) features
the Westin's signature Heavenly Bed; Pelican Bay at Lucaya is a boutique
hotel with spacious rooms ($140; 242-373-9550). Scheduled and charter air carriers fly to Grand Bahama, including Air Tran, American Eagle, Bahamasair, US Airways, and others.
Bahamas Deals & Packages
Get away to the Bahamas to relax on powdery sand beaches, swim in azure waters and enjoy warm sunny weather. Especially popular during the holidays and in the winter months, the Bahamas are easy to get to from the East Coast. Summer is a great time to visit because you'll find fewer crowds and cheaper rates. Plan a quick weekend getaway or a longer vacation with one of these excellent deals and packages.
Pet friendly Kamalame Cay is offering a dog special which includes personalized bowls, doggie spa. Available all-year round with notice at the time of booking, min 1 month in advance. You may also like the "Fun in the Sun" package offered during the summer months which includes: a $200 Airfare Credit, Roundtrip Andros Taxi Transfers, $100 Credit towards the Overwater Spa, a Snorkeling Excursion, plus kids eat free.
Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island is offering the 5th night free, airport pickup and breakfast. Reserve five nights or more in a one-bedroom garden view room and get your fifth night free. Book 3 nights at Compass Point and receive the 4th night free (Mondays through Thursdays, excluding holidays).
Take your family to the five star Pink Sands Resort and stay at the resort's 23,000 square-foot private estate, Banyan Tree. Receive 25% discount on stays of five or more nights. The luxury family special includes:
Family BBQ with a private chef included,
Movie night and popcorn for the kids,
Three hours of babysitting service, and
a complimentary golf cart.
The Shark Dive Adventure at the Melia Nassau Beach lets you see sharks up close. The resort offers 3- and 5-night packages with rates starting at $915. The package includes a shark dive for two.
Ask for the "Midweek Escape" special at One& Only Ocean Club and receive $200 Resort Credit and
Private Roundtrip Airport Transfers. The resort is also offer 15% off room rates on certain dates, so be sure to ask if the special is available on your chosen dates of travel.
Book a 4 nights air-inclusive package from Nassau to Tiamo Resort and receive 2 free roundtrip tickets + a $100 fishing voucher or Book a 3 nights air-inclusive package from Nassau and receive 1 free roundtrip ticket + a $100 fishing voucher. This offer is based on single or double occupancy booking. It also includes all applicable government and airline taxes and fees.