Best Stays in Nassau and Paradise Island: Boutique Inns to Mega-Resort Developments

Since the 1940s, Bahamians have welcomed winter weary travelers to stay at beachfront properties in Nassau and later on Paradise Island. Most people still choose beach-side for their Nassau vacation, but the destination offers a whole lot more.  Hotel choices vary greatly in size, location, cost, market appeal, available amenities and overall attractions.

Today's reigning resort monarch, Atlantis on Paradise Island, leads by sheer volume of rooms inventory and impressive, over-the-top amenities – from celebrity restaurants to remarkable water features and marine habitat. Come December 2014, a new mega-development on Cable Beach called BahaMar will challenge Atlantis's supremacy. Cable Beach, once the hot, sexy heart of the destination's resort scene, promises to make a comeback with the completion of BahaMar's six hotels, golf course, casino, shopping center, eco-attraction and water park. It intends to appeal more to an adult market to distinguish itself from Atlantis's strong family attraction. But even Atlantis’ latest addition, The Cove Atlantis, caters to adults.

All-inclusive, couples-friendly Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort on Cable Beach also appeals to adults, as does the venerable Graycliff Hotel, the destination's oldest, most highly respected inn, located downtown. Most resorts, however, welcome families with  beach-side options that range from properties downtown and along Cable Beach to Bahamian-hued Compass Point Beach Resort. For better rates, look away from the beaches. Most are within walking distance of sand in any case. 

Catering to a youthful crowd of singles, couples and families, the all-inclusive Breezes Resort is set on the beach and has it all. You could spend your entire vacation here, never leaving the property. For entertainment and recreation,...  Read More

Comfort Suites Paradise Island
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If you want to bypass the crowds and costs at Atlantis but still be able to indulge in all of the amenities, then nearby Comfort Suites on Paradise Island is the way to go. The 229-suite hotel is in close proximity to Atlantis and offers...  Read More

Melia Nassau Beach
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Formerly a Sheraton resort, it underwent extensive renovation a couple of years ago and will become a part of the massive BahaMar resort development to open in December 2014. Melià, however, is open now and is a good choice for families...  Read More

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The Cove Atlantis
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As if the Atlantis property wasn't already impressive with the extensive water parks and other amenities, in 2007 the resort expanded to include the chic and ultra exclusive The Cove. Since then, the 600-room resort within the mega property has...  Read More

Nassau's most upscale all-inclusive property, 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...  Read More

British Colonial Hilton Nassau

The dignified British Colonial is one of the most prominent landmarks in downtown Nassau. It recently got a makeover that elevated the grande dame to her rightful throne. Built on the beach-front grounds of a historic fort in 1923, its red...  Read More

Atlantis - Royal Towers
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At the heart of Atlantis sits the Royal Towers, the resort's Phase II development completed in 1998. The two towers are connected by the $25,000 bridge suite and create the iconic look of Atlantis' unique architecture envisioning the mythical...  Read More

Compass Point Beach Resort Nassau
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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

One & Only Ocean Club
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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 by...  Read More

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Graycliff Hotel
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Originally built in the 1700s, Graycliff became Nassau's first inn in 1844. Today the complex consists of three buildings: the original structure functions as a five-star restaurant and houses individually decorated guest rooms, an...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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