These top Bahamas all-inclusive resorts and destination hotels provide memorable vacations for families with kids of all ages
The Bahamas are a popular destination for family beach vacations. Conveniently located near the United States, the islands are known for their stunning white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. The Bahamas are also home to some outstanding all-inclusive resorts and destination hotels catering to families with spacious accommodations, appealing dining options and exciting on-site activities.
Here are 15 top Bahamas resorts to consider for your next family vacation:
Atlantis Paradise Island – Paradise Island, Bahamas
Iconic Atlantis Paradise Island is an excellent choice for families with kids of all ages. The oceanside resort features six properties including The Royal, The Coral, The Beach, the Harborside Resort and the luxury properties – The Cove and The Reef. Atlantis is built around Aquaventure, a stunning 141-acre waterscape featuring thrilling slides and river rides, pools and white sand beaches. The resort is also home to the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, with over 50,000 marine animals. Additional resort amenities include an award-winning 18-hole golf course, the Atlantis Casino, the world-class Mandara Spa, the Atlantis Marina, a wide array of restaurants and lounges, duty-free shopping, Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA) for kids ages 3-12 and CRUSH, a cool teen club. Admission to Aquaventure is included for Atlantis resort guests. The Kids Concierge at Atlantis is available to assist families vacationing at the property.
Breezes Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas
This all-inclusive resort is located on Nassau’s world-famous Cable Beach. Breezes Bahamas welcomes families with children ages 14 and older. The property features 391 rooms and suites with views of the beach, pool or gardens. Guests can enjoy Breezes Bahamas’ outdoor pool, restaurants, fitness facilities and a bar/lounge. The resort’s all-inclusive rates include meals, drinks, entertainment and various outdoor activities. Off-site tours and spa treatments at the property’s Blue Mahoe Seaside Spa are available for an additional charge.
Club Med Columbus Isle – San Salvador Island, Bahamas
Club Med’s resorts are a favorite for active family vacations. Club Med Columbus Isle is situated on a stunning white sand beach and offers guests access to one of the world’s best scuba diving spots. Families can enjoy a number of included activities including windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, tennis, fishing, group lessons and entertainment programs. Age restrictions apply for some activities and scuba diving is available for an additional fee. Kids ages 11-17 can participate in organized activities through the resort’s Junior Club Med program. Specially designed family rooms and connecting rooms are available. Spa services and excursions are also offered.
Comfort Suites Paradise Island – Paradise Island, Bahamas
Located next to Atlantis Paradise Island, this all-suites hotel is a good choice for value-conscious families and vacationers wishing to enjoy the many amenities of Atlantis Paradise Island. As part of the resort’s “Stay Here, Play There” offer, Comfort Suites’ guests have free access to the amenities at Atlantis Paradise Island, including its popular Aquaventure waterpark. Free breakfast at Comfort Suites, free Wi-Fi and full signing privileges at Atlantis restaurants and lounges are included as well. “Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free” deals are often available at Comfort Suites Paradise Island, too.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar – Nassau, Bahamas
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is part of Nassau’s massive Baha Mar resort complex, featuring a wealth of amenities and attractions. Situated on Nassau’s Cable Beach, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar offers families access to Baha Mar’s private beach area, six outdoor pools, the Children’s Explorers Club for kids ages 3-12, and a wide variety of restaurants and lounges. The property also provides a Racquet Club with nine tennis courts, free Wi-Fi, a spa and fitness center, a casino and much more. Families will particularly enjoy the 15-acre Baha Bay beachfront waterpark located next to the Baha Mar resort. Baha Bay includes drop and free-fall water slides, thrilling raft rides, a wave pool, infinity pool, private cabanas and the Caribbean’s only water-coaster.
Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island – Paradise Island, Bahamas
The 379-room Hotel Riu Paradise Island is set on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach next to Atlantis Paradise Island. The all-inclusive resort’s accommodations include rooms, suites, and two-bedroom family suites. Rates at the adults-only Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island include meals and snacks, select drinks, 24-hour room service, sports and activities, group fitness programs, entertainment and gratuities. Families can access multiple restaurants and bars, pools, free Wi-Fi, a full-service spa and fitness center, numerous activities and evening shows. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to stay at this property.
Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan – Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Lighthouse Pointe at the Grand Lucayan offers families a relaxing all-inclusive vacation getaway. The resort is located on over seven acres of white sand beach and features 196 rooms and suites, four restaurants and bars, pools and entertainment. All-inclusive rates at Lighthouse Pointe include accommodations, meals, beverages, entertainment, tennis, fitness center and spa access, Wi-Fi, non-motorized water sports and unlimited golf on the resort’s championship 18-hole Reef Course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau – Nassau, Bahamas
The new Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau is an excellent choice for family and multigenerational vacations. Located on the beach just steps from downtown Nassau, Margaritaville Beach Resort offers 300 ocean view hotel rooms and residential condominium units in two separate towers. Families can spread out in the resort’s spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and some provide kitchen facilities. Connecting hotel rooms for families are also available. Margaritaville Beach Resort features 10 restaurants and bars, free Wi-Fi, the St. Somewhere Spa, two fitness centers, a full-service marina, the Parakeets Kid’s Club and the thrilling Fins Up Water Park. Families staying at the resort enjoy access to the two-acre water park’s oceanfront outdoor pools, lazy river, water slides, SurfStream surf simulator, climbing wall, and other exciting attractions. A white sand beach with lounge chairs and private cabanas is also available.
Pelican Bay at Lucaya – Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Located on Bell Channel Bay, this laid-back mid-range resort is a good choice for value-oriented family vacations. Pelican Bay’s 183 rooms include waterside suites with plenty of family rooms. The resort offers three swimming pools, an on-site restaurant, a full-service spa and fitness center, self-service laundry and access to two miles of the white sand beach across the street. Shops and more restaurants are located at nearby Port Lucaya Marketplace.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Offshore Island – Nassau, Bahamas
Set on 15 acres, the 404-room Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort recently reopened after a $55 million renovation. Guests must be at least 18 years of age to stay at this all-inclusive property. The beachfront Sandals Royal Bahamian offers a wide range of accommodations including rooms, suites, and ultra-luxurious Butler Suites with private pools and soaking tubs. Guests can enjoy 13 restaurant venues, the resort’s Red Lane® Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and day escapes to the resort’s secluded private island located just a mile from shore. A wide variety of activities are included at this property, such as PADI certified scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, sailing, and a wealth of day and evening entertainment.
Sandyport Beach Resort – Nassau, Bahamas
Sandyport Beach Resort is an RCI Gold Crown resort offering families spacious studios, hotel rooms, and suites. In addition, one-, two- and three-bedroom condo-style suites with full kitchens are available through Extra Holidays and other vacation rental companies. Families can enjoy three pools, a tennis court, free Wi-Fi, and lagoon and ocean beaches. The property’s location in Nassau’s 144-acre Sandyport Marina Village area provides families easy access to stores, seven restaurants, plus a gym and spa.
Small Hope Bay Lodge – Andros Island, Bahamas
Families seeking a quiet, nature-oriented getaway will enjoy the all-inclusive Small Hope Bay Lodge. Founded in 1960, the family-friendly resort features 18 rustic beachfront cabins including two-bedroom units for families. Small Hope Bay Lodge’s all-inclusive daily rates cover accommodations, all meals and an open bar, use of bikes and kayaks, a free scuba or snorkeling lesson, and self-guided nature tours. Fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and watersports are popular here.
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort – Paradise Island, Bahamas
Situated on five miles of white sand beach on Paradise Island, The Ocean Club has been one of the Bahamas’ most sought-after luxury resorts since 1962. Resort guests can enjoy the resort’s five restaurants and bars, three swimming pools, six tennis courts, a world-class spa and fitness center, an 18-hole Ocean Club Golf Course and transfers to the Atlantis Aquaventure water park. Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges’ Dune Restaurant is one of the many highlights here. Family-oriented amenities include a kids club and a teen club, a lagoon-style family pool and babysitting services. The resort’s Versailles Gardens are a perfect setting for taking family pictures, too.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort – Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
The beachfront Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort located on Grand Bahama Island’s south shore. The 26-acre property offers families four restaurants, a large oceanfront pool, a wading pool, a game room, a fitness center and a supervised kids club. The resort’s 274 guest rooms include both garden view and sea view accommodations sleeping up to four guests. Rates at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach include meals, drinks, snacks, daily kids’ program activities, entertainment, tennis, cooking classes, yoga/meditation lessons, and a wide variety of water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and bicycling. “Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free” deals are also offered at the resort.
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas – Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Warwick Paradise Island is a good all-inclusive option for families vacationing with children ages 16 and older. The high-rise resort faces Nassau Harbor and features a large terrace providing lovely marina and water views. The Warwick Paradise Island has 250 guest rooms and suites, five restaurants, a pool and other amenities. The resort’s all-inclusive rates include meals, snacks, beverages, nightly entertainment, activities, free Wi-Fi, and pool and fitness center usage. There is a free shuttle to lovely Cabbage Beach for guests wishing to enjoy Paradise Island’s popular ocean beach.
By Nancy Schretter, Contributing Editor
Lead Photo Credit: Atlantis Paradise Island