10 Best Beachfront Hotels and Resorts in Nassau, Bahamas

The Bahamas are known for postcard perfect, soft-sand beaches and shimmering aqua waters. Nassau, the "main hub" of the islands has a large selection of hotels and resorts that put guests right on the sand. Wake up in the morning and step out barefoot onto a beautiful white sand beach, soak up some rays, take a dip in the ocean, and watch the sun slip away from a private balcony with a range of budget to luxury properties. 

The sprawling new Baha Mar resort complex, opening in 2015, will offer some competition to the Nassau icon, Atlantis, and include a similar "mini city" model with casinos, several hotels within the property, restaurants, and shops. The household name, Sandals, has a private island for guests to explore, and luxury brand, One & Only has a beachfront property that grants guests access to sister hotel, Atlantis. There are also a number of independent hotels that offer everything from vacation villas to "glamping" style accommodations with special yoga instruction.

Paradise Island Beach Club and Sandyport Beaches Resort are two alternatives to the mega hotels without sacrficing a location near all the action. With onsite restaurants, bars, pools, and plenty of beach, they have the total package for relaxation.

The editors at 10Best have sifted through the options in Nassau and present their 10 favorite beach resorts.

Opening in summer 2015, the Rosewood Baha Mar will be part of Nassau's sparkling new resort complex complete with a casino, beachfront location, and British colonial designs infused with the warmth of the Bahamian charm. Rooms and suites have a...  Read More

Located on Paradise Island, home to some of the best beaches in Nassau, Paradise Island Beach Club is a collection of luxurious tropical villas with a pristine setting. Two bedroom accommodations have 980 square feet of space, private patios...  Read More

This quiet beachfront property is independently owned, and consists of one, to five bedroom villas with plenty of space. Villas include full kitchens, access to private pool, children's pool and waterfall, and air conditioning. Oceanfront...  Read More

Melia Nassau Beach
Photo courtesy of BahaMar

Formerly a Sheraton resort, it underwent extensive renovation a couple of years ago but is now open and a good choice for families right on the beach. The resort offers its own lovely pool area with rock waterfalls and a beach bar and grill, and...  Read More

One & Only Ocean Club
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Arguably the classiest resort in the Bahamas, the One & Only Ocean Club enjoys a gorgeous residential-style setting overlooking the beach and brimming with meticulously maintained gardens. Some of the villas and cottages are privately owned...  Read More

As a unique combination of of traditional ashram and a modern yoga retreat, this resort is also a spiritual community and study center. Accommodations fit all types of budgets, with everything from tent camping, "glamping" and dormitories, to...  Read More

Compass Point Beach Resort Nassau
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

Like a popsicle factory explosion, the bright colors and Bahamian-shack-inspired cottages are a trademark for this exclusive resort away from the tourism scene of Nassau. Its 18 one- and two-story cottages come conveniently equipped with a...  Read More

Sandyport is just far enough away from the main hub that visitors can enjoy peace and quiet, but close enough that they can reach all the action in a few minutes. Located west of Cable Beach, this resort is a collection of colorful villas...  Read More


A luxury family resort, the Reef Atlantis has a range of accommodations to choose from, including studios that are complete with kitchen and living areas or suites and penthouses with jaw-dropping views from private terraces. There are 18 water...  Read More

Sandals Royal Bahamian is all about couples. As a child-free zone, it recommends families with children stay at sister property Breezes Bahamas. From tables for two at 10 specialty restaurants to king size four-poster beds in all the rooms, the...  Read More


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