Best All-Inclusive Bahamas Resort Vacations
The Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort has the usual Sandals branding, but in its perks (nine restaurants, premium drinks included, deluxe spa) and neoclassical architecture of its oldest buildings gives the resort the slight tinge of a rarefied elite getaway. And no wonder -- Sandals was once the site of the Balmoral Club, a favorite of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the 1940s. This all-inclusive Bahamas resort even has its own island, Sandals Cay, with plenty of beach space, pool and bar facilities, a restaurant, and weekly parties. Today, Sandals offers sumptuous accommodations, good food, and a gorgeous setting at a moderate price. Rates begin at $230 per person, per night.
At $170 per night, Radisson's Our Lucaya Resort on Grand Bahama Island is a great deal for an all-inclusive Bahamas resort vacation. The vacation spot has nine different drinking and dining options, from a chop house to a Chinese food restaurant, and a coffee shop to a cigar bar. It's a good place to bring the kids, too, with Camp Lucaya, their kids' club, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 10 p.m. Thurs. to Sun. in the peak season. For moms and dads, there are two 18-hole golf courses, a 35,000 square foot casino, a full-service spa, and a slate of daily activities from morning to evening.
The best all-inclusive Bahamas resort though, might be Club Med Columbus Isle on San Salvador island. A cluster of colonial-style bungalows drenched in bright tropical pastels hold Club Med's 236 charming rooms. The resort isn't huge, but that's part of its charm. The beaches are pristine and well-tended, the water is clear and crisp, and you'll never have to compete for a spot on the sand. There are three restaurants, three bars and one bar/nightclub to keep you satiated on this slice of private heaven. Lest the focus be solely on sunning, eating, and drinking, however, fitness classes run six days a week and are included as part of the all-inclusive package, as are most water sports (though scuba lessons cost extra).
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