While you might think that the Bahamas is packed with all-inclusive resorts, the truth is quite different. Unlike the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, Bahamas all-inclusive resorts are rare. Oyster’s team of reviewers has explored countless hotels in the Bahamas. We’ve slept in the beds, lounged by the pools, eaten in the restaurants, and even sampled the nightlife — and found absolute best Bahamas all-inclusive resorts. Read on for our picks.
Set on its own 50-acre private island that accommodates no more than 28 guests at any given time, Fowl Cay Resort, is an ultra-luxurious property with only six villas. Though the rates are high, you won't have to worry about little extras, as the all-inclusive prices include breakfast and lunch prepared in villas (or as picnics) along with plated dinners at the resort's Hill House. There are also three private beaches and all sorts of included activities, like traveling around the island on a cruiser bike or heading to sea aboard a Zuma sailboat.
Situated on the southern end of Paradise Island, Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas – All Inclusive offers a wide range of bright, cheery rooms, some with private balconies and views out over Nassau Harbour. Tips are included in the all-inclusive plan, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars plus round-the-clock room service. There are lots of opportunities at this all-inclusive adults-only resort for guests who want to relax, from a white-sand beach with a sectioned-off swimming area to an enormous lagoon pool surrounded by loungers; you can even get seaside massages here. For those with a more active vacation in mind, there's live entertainment every evening, along with a range of fitness facilities, from a 24-hour gym to tennis and basketball courts.
“Where is Sandals Emerald Bay?” you may ask. It's right on a hillside overlooking Emerald Bay on Great Exuma Island, a 10-minute drive from the airport. This all-inclusive Bahamas resort occupies some 500 landscaped acres and features spacious rooms, most with views out over the sea. Although the location is secluded, there's plenty to do on-site. There are multiple swimming pools, seven on-site restaurants, a modern fitness center, tennis courts, and even Zen gardens, not to mention a fantastic stretch of white-sand beach. The 18-hole Emerald Reef course is one of the biggest draws here and offers beautiful views of dunes and mangroves. Golf is included at Sandals Emerald Bay only for guests in butler-level rooms.
If an intimate luxury resort isn't for you and you're after way more activity, this pick may be better. Housed in the historic Balmoral Club, the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island is a romantic, adults-only all-inclusive offering plenty to keep guests busy. You'll find seven pools and six hot tubs, a spa featuring indoor and outdoor treatments, free use of diving and snorkeling equipment, and even a private offshore island exclusively for guests. The all-inclusive package includes extensive dining options, with everything from sushi to French fare, and premium alcohol available in eight bars . There’s wide range of room types available, and some feature ocean views or swim-up access. For a real splurge, Sandals' Butler Rooms include private butlers and airport transfers in a Rolls Royce or a Benz.
Situated on Paradise Island, in the shadow of the massive Atlantis Resorts, Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island offers a more affordable all-inclusive alternative. Rooms are pleasantly modern, and all have balconies and liquor dispensers. Features include a spa with facilities that guests can use for free plus a solid selection of all-inclusive dining options, with buffet and a la carte restaurants along plus 24-hour room service. The pool here is lively, with a swim-up bar, though guests wanting to go chlorine free can head right out onto Cabbage Beach for a dip in the sea.
Set on the quiet shores of Cable Beach, Melia Nassau Beach – All Inclusive is a large all-inclusive with a wide variety of rooms, many with gorgeous sea views. With three pools, six restaurants, a spa, a gym, a casino, regular daytime activities and plenty of evening entertainment options, it’s a great choice for those who want to stay busy. There's also a pretty white-sand beach that's perfect for a dip or lounging in the sun. The Melia Nassau also caters to children with family-friendly features that include a kids' club and babysitting services.
Situated on Andros Island, Small Hope Bay Lodge is a friendly, low-key all-inclusive surrounded by rugged nature. With only 21 cabins, all with ocean views, the vibe is intimate — though you aren't coming here for chic style or a plethora of entertainment. Instead, Small Hope Bay Lodge is for getting back to nature. There are two blissfully undeveloped beaches lined with hammocks, loungers, and Adirondack chairs along with plenty of opportunities to explore, be it on a fishing excursion or a nature walk. Other property features include a playground and on-site massage therapy, and babysitting is available during mealtimes.