The Bahamas is undoubtedly the epitome of an island vacation for families. Luxury resorts on Great Exuma and Long Island have a balance of all-inclusive perks and family activities that make them both wonderful for adults and kids. For an island experience the whole family can enjoy, plan a vacation to these top Bahamian resorts.
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Grand Isle Resort and Spa is on Great Exuma, the largest island of the 365 island district of the Exumas, just south of Nassau. Sitting on the white sandy beaches and emerald waters, this resort is equipped with multi-bedroom villas, where parents and kids can have their own space. Rooms are fully decked out with full kitchens, while guests can also enjoy meals at Palapa Grill. Palms surround the pool area, and there are shaded cabanas to escape the sun. A complimentary golf cart is provided to all villas, so puttering to the spa or dinner is a breeze.
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort and Villas is located in Galliot Cay on Long Island, and also provides accommodations via spacious bungalows and villas perfect for families. Screened patios are another bonus. A local grocery store is there for stocking up on snacks, then you could go reef fishing and catch your own dinner. Not only will the resort take care of the preparation of the fish, but it will be done with a Bahamian flair. Dining is pleasant and easy with choices for adults, kids and even those with food allergies. Spend your days enjoying the beaches, admiring pigs and iguanas or kayaking, as the whole family will be in paradise.
Rollezz Villas Beach Resort sits on a powdery white sand beach, and wading into the gradually sloping waters is a gentle experience for young kids and the elderly. The versatile beach is equipped with villas, which house many sleeping options from beds to pull out couches. Located on Cat Island, local foods are whipped up daily and include fish fingers, cracked conch and fresh produce. The island is your playground, and the kids can spend all day snorkeling, kayaking and fishing the onsite creek. Guided fishing tours come highly recommended.
The Ocean Club, A Four Season’s Resort is downright stunning with sleek aesthetics paired with warm wood and tropical decor. At first glance, one would not think this is a place for kids, but it couldn’t be more opposite. The staff goes above and beyond to interact with kids, provide pool toys and offer friendly foods they love. Milk and cookies, along with champagne and strawberries for mom and dad, are another complimentary treat. In addition to an oceanside infinity pool, there is also one specifically for families. Atlantis’ massive waterpark is available to guests of The Ocean Club—just see guest services for your wristband.
Hideaways at Palm Bay is on Great Exuma and is a more kid-friendly, relaxed resort with ping pong tables and video games for rainy days. But when the sun is out, staff beyond accommodates family requests for excursion equipment, from fishing poles to kayaks. The bar even has swings so young ones have something to do. A free shuttle is available to take guests to Georgetown and other nearby areas. Overall, Hideaways is vibrant, island-esque and charming, where you can just relax and soak in the Bahamas.
Atlantis is likely the most famous resort in the Bahamas on Paradise Island, with its massive sandcastle like towers dominating over other surrounding resorts. Lagoons, rope bridges, turquoise pools of rare fish, a turtle cove and famous water park wrap around the various buildings, creating a magical wonderland for both kids and adults. Fun slides zoom through shark tanks and a lazy river with a water elevator are the biggest highlights, while rainy days aren’t a problem, as inside the resort you’ll find shopping, a casino and multiple places to grab a treat.