Among the array of lavish resort hotels that can be found in the Bahamas are several offering idyllic settings and great amenities – but won’t break the bank.
Resort hotels – especially those offering all-inclusive packages – often represent great value for money, but in a luxury destination like the Bahamas, “value” is relative. Nevertheless, the idyllic Caribbean islands also cater to those on a budget, with a limited number of affordable options available. Ordered by distance from the islands’ main international airport on Nassau, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Bahamas resorts (including some all-inclusive options) that won’t hit you too hard in the pocket.
Sandyport Beach Resort
Positioned on the Bahamas capital of Nassau, this all-inclusive resort features distinctive pastel-coloured villas surrounded by palm trees. The amenities are exceptional too, centred around the Olde Towne Marina Village where there are three lagoon-style pools, seven restaurants, a gym, a spa centre, a tennis court, convenience stores and a private beach area. Guest rooms contain a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and the suites and studios also feature kitchen facilities. Just east of the resort is the casino and nightlife of Cable Beach. From $297 per night.
Breezes Resort & Spa (all-inclusive)
Breezes Resort & Spa
This charming, all-inclusive resort commands a pristine stretch of Nassau’s finest beach – the powder white sands of Cable Beach. It features freshwater swimming pools, banquet facilities, a spa and fitness centre, and shops. Eating options are numerous too, including a buffet restaurant for all-day dining, a beach grill for lunch, and specialty restaurants open at night. Sports fans can play volleyball and tennis, try their hand at table tennis and pool in the games room, or take a kayak out on the crystal clear waters Guest rooms are swathed in natural light and come with a private bathroom with marble countertops. Guests with their own transport can make use of free on-site parking. From $302 per night.
Margaritaville Beach Resort
A fitness centre, bar, a shared lounge and garden, a business centre, a water park, a hot tub and an outdoor pool are among the enticing amenities at this Nassau resort. All units come with air-conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom, and a coffee machine, and some rooms also have a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge. Guests can sing karaoke or plan local trips and excursions at the tour desk. Junkanoo Beach is just a few seconds’ walk away. From $434 per night.
Chub Cay Resort & Marina
An out-island oasis of adventure located in the Berry Islands chain of the Bahamas, this boutique resort hotel is home to a wide variety of villa and cabana-style accommodations, along with a full-service marina. All guest rooms and units are fitted with air conditioning, and some also have a private patio. Amenities include a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar, and guests can also gain access to a private beach and BBQ facilities. A choice of a la carte and American breakfast options are available each morning. From $457 per night.
Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort
Also situated in Freeport, Ocean Reef boasts a well-equipped fitness centre, two outdoor pools, a restaurant and a pool bar. Coral Beach is also a 15-minute walk away Each room is air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV, coffee machine and private bathroom, and some also have a seating area. Guest can play tennis, do kayaking and boating at the resort, as well as hire bikes and cars. There’s also a free shuttle service to select beaches and supermarkets in the area, plus free on-site parking. From $137 per night.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach (all-inclusive)
Located a brisk 15-minute walk from downtown Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama, this all-inclusive resort offers easy access to a nearby beach, as well as some superb amenities. Among them are a choice of four restaurants serving a variety of local and international cuisine, a beach bar serving cocktails, a tennis court, a gym, and an outdoor pool. During the day guests can also book a beachside massage or sauna visit, and by evening there’s live entertainment including themed parties, discos and dance lessons. From $203 per night.
Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan Resort (all-inclusive)
Another Freeport resort hotel on Grand Bahama, this all-inclusive resort features a state-of-the-art spa, a year-round outdoor pool and hot tub, a hairdressers, and a children’s playground. There’s also an on-site restaurant and bar. Guest rooms come with a TV, air-conditioning and a private bathroom. Visitors with their own car can make use of the free private parking and free WiFi is also available throughout the property. Local activities are also offered in the area, including golfing, snorkelling and diving. From $307 per night.
Island Seas Resort
A two-minute walk from the beach in Freeport on the southern end of Grand Bahama, this oceanfront resort offers an on-site spa and villas with kitchens. A flat-screen TV and sofa bed are also included in each cabana-style villas, as well as private balcony boasting views of either the beach or the courtyard. Elsewhere in the resort, there’s a poolside grill restaurant and a bar serving cocktails, while coffee lovers will flock to the on-site café for their morning fix. Guests can work out in the fitness room, and a busy programme of daily activities include volleyball games and Zumba or aerobics class. Scuba diving and shark dives are offered a 5-minutes drive away. From $159 per night.
Peace and Plenty Resort
A 20-minute walk from the beach, this 33-room resort in downtown George Town in the stunning Exumas offers a little more intimacy than the larger resorts in the Bahamas. As well as its rooms, there are also five cottages with waterfront views. Facilities include a harbourfront outdoor pool, a sun terrace and pretty gardens, and the exclusive Peace and Plenty Beach Club on Stocking Island, just across Elizabeth Harbour, can be reached via a complimentary boat shuttle. Boat and snorkelling can be rented nearby, and bone fishing and cave diving are also available in the area. From $307 per night.
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort
Located on the scenic Long Island, just seconds from a private talcum powder sand beach, this resort is ideally positioned for enjoying all that the area has to offer – and even offers half-day tours of the island. At the resort itself, there’s watersports including scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing on the tidal flats, as well as bike rentals and a catamaran for excursions. Accommodation is impressive too, with each unit featuring a private patio, a fully equipped kitchen and coffee machines. Guests can also go beach combing and shelling on the private beach. From $292 per night.