8 Amazing All-Inclusive Bahamas Resorts

Sandals Royal Bahamian bonfire and ocean view; all inclusive Bahamas
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Crystal clear water perfect for swimming and snorkeling, white-sand beaches that beckon walkers and sunbathers, year-round warm temperatures, and a convenient location near the United States make the Bahamas an irresistible vacation destination. Staying at an all-inclusive Bahamas resort bumps up the convenience factor and adds a bit of fun and luxury to any getaway.

Booking an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas creates a seamless experience with meals and many on-site activities—from fitness classes and kayaking excursions to nighttime entertainment and kids’ clubs—built into in your room rate.

We’ve rounded up some of the best all-inclusive Bahamas resorts, whether you’re traveling with your entire multi-generational brood or enjoying a grown-ups getaway and leaving the kiddos behind.

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Bahamas For Families

Traveling with kids on a trip to the Bahamas? Here are some of the best family-friendly resorts to consider for your next all-inclusive vacation:

Fowl Cay Resort — The Exumas

aerial view of Fowl Cay Resort all inclusive Bahamas resort
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If Fowl Cay Resort isn’t on your bucket list of all-inclusive Bahamas experiences, put it there. With just six villas on Fowl Cay in the Exumas (a chain of 365 islands called cays), it’s all about quiet and seclusion at this private retreat.

This resort goes above and beyond when it comes to what’s included in the all-inclusive price (and yes, this level of luxury isn’t cheap). You’ll arrive to a fully stocked kitchen so you can enjoy meals in your villa. Or you can join other guests at the Hill House restaurant (or pick and choose: breakfast at “home” on the veranda, picnic lunch on the beach, and an elegant sit-down dinner at Hill House).

Even cooler: Each villa gets its own powerboat (plus a lesson if you’re new to motorboat driving) to explore the turquoise waters and even an offshore island or two at your leisure. You also have a golf cart to get around on land—use it to head to the tennis and bocce courts, horseshoe pits, and of course the white sand beach, where you can use kayaks, paddleboards, and fishing and snorkel gear.

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Small Hope Bay Lodge — Andros Island

Sunset on Andros Island in the Bahamas
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Consider Small Hope Bay Lodge if you’re seeking a tranquil vacation in the Bahamas while still enjoying many of the convenient amenities that come with an all-inclusive resort. Eighteen rustic beachfront cabins were built in the 1960s from native coral rock and wood, and they’re all eco-friendly, with solar-powered indoor and outdoor showers. The resort also has two-bedroom cabins for families.

The focus here is on rest, relaxation, and the enjoyment of pristine nature at this intimate property set just steps from the world’s third-largest barrier reef. Plan to spend your days snorkeling and kayaking, kicking back in a hammock on the private beach, borrowing a bike to toodle around the island, or birdwatching on a nature tour. If you’d like to sample scuba diving, consider giving a free resort course a try.

Meals at Small Hope Bay Lodge feature locally sourced seafood and produce. Meet other guests at nightly happy hour with an open bar—it’s all part of your Bahamas all-inclusive experience.

Grand Lucayan — Grand Bahama Island

all inclusive Bahamas resort Lighthouse Point resort within a resort at the Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island
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Lighthouse Pointe is the “resort within a resort” of the Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island that’s for all-inclusive guests (you also have the option of booking a room-only rate). This classy 196-room property on 7.5 acres of white sand beach features elegant rooms and suites—consider the 800-square-foot Ocean Breeze Suites if you’re traveling with kids—and four restaurants for dining.

Golfers will appreciate that the all-inclusive rate includes unlimited golf on the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Also included are non-motorized water activities (such as kayaking), as well as access to the tennis courts and fitness center.

Club Med Columbus Isle — San Salvador Island

all inclusive Bahamas resort Club Med Columbus Isle, aerial view of resort, beach, and water
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Closed until December 2021, the beachfront Columbus Isle from Club Med—the French brand that “pioneered” the all-inclusive vacation concept more than 70 years ago—is a favorite among visitors for its range of included activities arranged by staff (called “GOs” or “gracious organizers).

Active types appreciate the opportunities to join fitness classes, go kayaking and paddle boarding, or learn how to sail or windsurf. Tweens and teens even have their own organized events to enjoy with new friends. There’s also bocce, beach volleyball, a basketball court, and soccer field. (Yep, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get exercise, if that’s your jam) If you are a scuba diver, this is the place to do it, as guests report seeing (harmless) reef sharks regularly.

Many ocean-view rooms at Club Med Columbus Isle face the turquoise water and come with private balconies.

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Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in the Bahamas

With plenty of options for fun and romance, these adults-only all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas are ideal vacation spots when you’re celebrating a special occasion with your loved one or you simply want an upbeat tropical getaway with friends.

Sandals Emerald Bay — Great Exuma

all inclusive Bahamas resort Sandals Emerald Bay
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With multiple adults-only properties throughout the Caribbean, the Sandals resort brand has luxury and romance down pat—and Sandals Emerald Bay is no exception. At this sprawling resort on a pristine stretch of beach on Great Exuma, choose from elegant rooms with mahogany furnishings and private balconies, “butler suites” with extra personal attention from helpful staff, or spacious villa suites with marble bathtubs.

Eleven gourmet restaurants and multiple bars ensure you’re never far from the perfect drink or meal. Activities range from windsurfing and sailing to croquet and billiards. Unlimited play Emerald Bay golf course is included with certain room categories, and entertainment seems nearly endless: Karaoke, live bands, piano music, beach parties, and theme nights reign here.

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Sandals Royal Bahamian — Nassau

Sandals Royal Bahamian All inclusive Bahamas resort swim-up suite
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Fans of The Crown are likely familiar with the story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—the former King Edward VIII who abdicated to marry his American socialite lover, Wallis Simpson. Well, they were once guests at the Balmoral Club, a favorite enclave for high society in the 1940s, and this section of the Sandals Royal Bahamian remains used as luxury accommodations for current-day guests. (The Beatles also stayed here!)

Perhaps the most upscale lodging at this beachfront resort, however, is a swim-up, honeymoon suite on the ground floor of the Windsor Tower, which comes complete with butler service. Don’t have a royal budget? No problem: There are options for different budgets—from garden rooms to suites with outdoor soaking tubs for two.

If you tire of the multitude of activities and restaurants at this beachfront resort, you can take a five-minute jetboat ride to a private offshore island. There, dine at one of two restaurants, take a dip in the pool, relax in overwater hammocks, or even get a spa treatment on the beach.

Warwick Paradise Island

All inclusive Bahamas resortWarwick Paradise Island aerial view of resort buildings and grounds plus environs
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You won’t go hungry at the adults-only Warwick Paradise Island. Choose among multiple restaurants with menus focused on Asian food, Bahamian favorites, steak and seafood, and Italian dishes. Rooms at this resort have bright, sleek, and modern decor and are in a variety of different price categories.

The high-rise resort faces south on Paradise Island, so you won’t have vast views of the ocean when you’re relaxing at the pool or beach, but you can watch boat traffic pass by. There is a free shuttle to Cabbage Beach on the north shore of the island if you’re eager for different scenery.

Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island

Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island swim up bar. The resort is among the best all inclusive Bahamas resorts
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Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island is a moderately priced, high-rise property that caters to adults with multiple restaurants and bars (including a swim-up bar), evening shows, late-night music, a full-service spa, and plenty of included activities, like beach volleyball.

This hotel on the south side of Paradise Island is right next door to the (non-all-inclusive) Atlantis resort, whose huge casino is open to the public, if you’re looking for still more entertainment.

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FAQ About All-Inclusive Resorts and Vacationing in the Bahamas

What is the cheapest month to go to the Bahamas?

High season in the Bahamas is mid-December through April. Many Americans are looking to escape the winter cold, so you’ll find higher prices across the board in those winter-into-spring months. Low season is August to November, so airfares and hotel rates will be cheaper. Note: Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30, so keep that in mind as you’re planning your trip.

Is the Bahamas expensive to visit?

Generally speaking, yes, the Bahamas can be an expensive place to visit, especially when it comes to food, drink, and upscale accommodations. That’s why all-inclusive resorts can be a cost saver, since meals are included in your room rate. Because many items need to be imported, you’ll find a markup on items that you’re accustomed to paying less for in the United States.

Is Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas all-inclusive?

Nope, Atlantis Paradise Island is not an all-inclusive resort. Access to the awesome water park and marine life habitats at Atlantis Paradise Island is included in the room rate, but a la carte meals at the resort’s many restaurants are pay as you go.

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Kara Williams
Freelance writer Kara Williams focuses on all things travel, from upscale hotels and sublime spas to RV camping and outdoor adventures. National parks, romantic escapes, and tropical destinations are other favorite travel topics she covers. Kara, a mom of two young adults, makes her home in the Colorado mountains. (Yep, living the happy empty-nester life!)

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