When many people think of taking a vacation in the Bahamas, images of luxury all-inclusive resorts come to mind. However, there are also quite a few lovely boutique hotels here that are quaint, charming, and very accommodating for guests. These are great options if you’re looking for personalized touch, customized travel tips, and a unique experience with your stay in the Caribbean. Here are our picks for the best boutique hotels in the Bahamas.
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Our first pick for Bahamas boutique hotels is called Ocean West Boutique Hotel, which has just 10 rooms and offers lovely views of Lake Killarney and the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel offers remote access for guests only and is about five minutes from Lynden Pindling International Airport. It’s also close to Cable Beach strip for dining, nightlife, and a casino. The hotel will provide transportation to other places on the island and to and from the airport for an extra charge. Other perks are a gym with an ocean view at the rooftop, complimentary toiletries, indoor and outdoor bars, free Wi-Fi, a massage suite, an outdoor pool, and free parking. For dining, an a la carte Bahamian breakfast is offered (not inclusive), and Sapodilla is a fine dining option.
Rock House is another great boutique hotel that has been on the island since the 1940s. This was originally a private home, a bed and breakfast, and also a rental property. Now it’s an adults-only 18+ hotel with 10 unique rooms, a pool, gym, and luxurious amenities. There’s a bar and restaurant onsite where you can sit on the terrace overlooking the bay. All rooms here come with bathrobes, Bluetooth speakers, Wi-Fi-, and complimentary poolside continental breakfasts. Guests will enjoy their very own beach area with private beach attendant, pool with cabanas, business center, and complimentary Aveda products. There isn’t a spa here, but Dermalogica Skin Centre is a recommended spa option in walking distance.
The Cove Eleuthera offers a unique Caribbean hideaway destination with local flair. The rooms at this boutique hotel have 50-inch flat screen TVs, luxury bath amenities, and 500-thread count linens. They are also steps from the hilltop pool, sandy beach, and gourmet restaurant. The Freedom Restaurant & Sushi Bar and the outdoor Gregory Town Grill are onsite dining options that specialize in garden-fresh produce, organic-fed beef, and locally sourced seafood. There’s a great spa here that offers various massage treatments. Resort activities include paddleboarding, snorkeling, kayaking, hammocks, biking, morning stretching, and the infinity pool. For an extra fee, guests can also enjoy private boat charters, conch diving, and fishing expeditions for a chance to explore the country’s most impressive outdoor attractions. Tours of the Central and South Island, Hatchet Bay Cave, and Leon Levy Preserve are also available.
The Pink Sands Resort offers quaint cottages and seaside estates for travelers to the Bahamas who are looking for serenity. The resort is located on 20 acres of Harbour Island and has 25 one-story cottages with a beachy vibe and modern amenities. The onsite restaurants serve the produce and herbs that are grown right here on the resort property. Onsite dining options are the Blue Bar & Restaurant and Malcolm 51. The sands at the beach here really do have a pinkish hue and are magical to visit for your vacation. Without ever leaving the resort, guests can take advantage of massage treatments, tennis courts and pool, then rent bikes or use the resort’s snorkeling, kayak, and paddleboard equipment. Via offsite charter, the resort can arrange excursions for fishing, scuba diving, and boat rentals.
Another way to enjoy the pink sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean is to book a room at the boutique Coral Sands Hotel. This Harbor Island option has cozy rooms and private villas, as well as dining options that blend French, seafood, and Asian fusion flavors. This is a popular celebration spot for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Take your pick among the beach houses, ocean view suites, cottages, bungalows, and standard rooms here. Then enjoy the onsite amenities like the swimming pool with an infinity edge, in-room massage, fitness center with yoga studio that overlooks the landscape, and tennis court. Other resort amenities here are complimentary Wi-Fi, a library, and a game room. Babysitting services, beach picnics, boat and bike rentals, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving can all be arranged by the hotel.
Kamalame Cay is a wonderful place to stay if you’re looking for a boutique vibe on a private island in the Bahamas. It’s on a 96-acre cay and offers beachfront villas with two to four bedrooms each. These spaces also have full kitchens, island chic décor, and indoor-outdoor living spaces to really soak up the beauty of nature. There are just 27 seaside rooms and suites here, giving the property an intimate look and feel. Come here to enjoy the over-water spa, go scuba diving, try sea kayaking, and celebrate your special events.
You can also stay at the Pigeon Cay Beach Club on Cat Island, which spans 48 miles and is wonderfully laid-back and casual. This is a private property that offers breakfast and dinner for guests, as well as fully-equipped kitchens, free internet access in public areas, and a private beach. The list of amenities includes child care, bikes, kayaks, and canoes. A range of fun activities includes eco tours, boating, and massages.
This is a peaceful Nassau hotel in a historic and colonial mansion that has a five-star restaurant on site. It also has two swimming pools, a sauna, Jacuzzi, and gym. There are just 18 guest chambers and cottage suites at the Graycliff, and the inside décor blends the best of antique and modern. Make a reservation at the Graycliff Restaurant to enjoy delicious Bahamian traditional food, and also look into the culinary lessons and wine and cheese tasting experiences offered here during your trip.