Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in the Bahamas

Oyster reporters headed to the Bahamas to explore the destination's top hotels. We slept in the beds, lounged by the pools, ate in the restaurants, and even sampled the nightlife, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here's a list of our favorite kid-friendly hotels.

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

1.

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Location: Bahamas

Brimming with activities for kids and teens, Atlantis is a veritable Caribbean Disneyland. In addition to all the basics (babysitting, cribs, rollaway beds, kids club) the resort has 11 spectacular pools (including several kids' pools), a 141-acre water park, a speedway for racing remote control cars, and a marine habitat with sharks, stingrays, and dolphins to swim alongside -- and that's just a small sample of all the attractions. In addition, for teens, Atlantis has an elaborate shopping center, a rock-climbing wall, teen-focused spa treatments like "Acne-attack" facials, an under-18 nightclub, and, on occasion, a pop-star concert (think Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber).

One&Only Ocean Club

2.

One&Only Ocean Club Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Location: Bahamas

If the Atlantis is the "Disneyland" of the Caribbean, consider the One and Only Ocean Club Atlantis' older, more refined sibling (it is, in fact, its sister resort). More exclusive and hush-hush than some of the other big resorts, the One and Only Ocean Club will make you feel upscale, but not so upscale that the kiddies can't participate. There is a family pool so younger guests can have fun while the big kids have quiet time at the nearby adults only pool (don't worry, it's not too near). The beach provides some great waves for body surfing, and lifeguards are on duty make sure everyone's safe if the surf gets a little too strong. And just around the corner at the Atlantis are all the great amenities like an awesome waterpark, movie theater, and delicious dining with kid-friendly options. The One and Only even provides guests with free transportation to Atlantis!

Grand Lucayan

3.

Grand Lucayan Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Location: Bahamas

The Grand Lucayan is one of the best family resorts in the Bahamas. This is mainly due to location; it sits on arguably the best beach of any hotel on Grand Bahama, and it is also across the street from the Lucaya Marketplace, a popular tourist spot with cheap kid-friendly eats. The on-site family pool has a two-story waterslide, and guests can rent snorkeling gear, Jet Skis, kayaks, banana boats, parasailing, and more from nearby vendors. Camp Lucaya Kids Club provides daily activities like arts and crafts, supervised swimming, and beach Olympics for kids ages three to 12. Plus, connecting rooms are available, cribs are free in Breakers Cay and Reef Village, and rollaway beds are on offer (though there's a nightly fee for use, and an extra guest fee).

Atlantis - Coral Towers

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Atlantis - Coral Towers Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Categories: Beach, Kid-Friendly, Value

With 600-plus rooms, the comfortable Coral Towers (formerly the Brittania Beach Hotel) is a section of Atlantis that appeals to mid-range travelers -- mostly families. It's cheaper than the Royal Tower but closer to the action (and crowds) than the budget-friendly Beach Tower. Though decor and amenities are similar to the Beach Tower, Coral offers larger room options, such as the Regal Suite, which has two full bathrooms. It sits next to the harbor (some rear-facing balconies have views of it), and offers easy access to Marina Village for more choice in restaurants, shops and after-dinner strolls among the yachts. The most notable Atlantis features include its extensive marine habitat (the world's largest outdoor aquarium); and Aquaventure, a 141-acre, 200-million gallon water park that combines a series of slides (Mayan Temple and Power Tower), a lazy river, and the Current, a mile-long water ride with waves and tidal changes. Access to both of these is free for guests.

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