Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is an ideal year-round destination with temperatures generally hovering in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit. And while Nassau has a past filled with pirating lore, relaxed beachfront all-inclusive Bahamas resorts dominate its present. Here are our picks for the five best all-inclusive resorts in Nassau (and one almost-all-inclusive).
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island (Nassau, Bahamas)
Ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 hotel in Nassau overall, the five-star, all-inclusive Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island is located right on Cable Beach and only five miles from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). The winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the resort has its own private offshore island with two cove beaches, hammocks, a pool with a swim-up bar, the Red Lane Spa, and the Stew Fish restaurant with fire-pit seating areas. Access the island via the resort’s boat or take a kayak or sailboat to its shores.
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Guests can also snorkel, windsurf, and paddleboard, with complimentary lessons for all water sports. Unlimited scuba diving is included, too. If you want to stay dry, there’s tennis, billiards, volleyball, and bocce.
Prices start at $328 per person, per night, and include unlimited meals and drinks at any of 10 restaurants and eight bars.
Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas (Nassau, Bahamas)
The Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas is located on Cable Beach, ranked in 2015 as one of the top 15 beaches in the entire Caribbean by TripAdvisor users. Unlike other area resorts, Breezes requires its guests to be ages 14 or older, giving the property a more adult atmosphere, especially at its nightclub and piano bar. Unlimited dining and drinks are available in five restaurants, including a swim-up bar at one of Breezes’ three freshwater pools. Rules state that no tipping is allowed, so it truly is all-inclusive.
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A mere 10 minutes from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas makes it easy to take immediate advantage of a range of water activities, such as included windsurfing lessons, sailing, and kayaking. But land lovers will also find plenty to do, including tennis with free lessons, beach volleyball, rock climbing, and a variety of treatments at Blue Mahoe Spa. Of its 391 rooms, the resort has eight Deluxe Beachfront Rooms that offer direct beach access. Regular Deluxe rooms start at $215 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.
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Melia Nassau Beach Resort (Nassau, Bahamas)
Currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, the Melia Nassau Beach Resort plans to unveil its 694 rooms, each with private balcony or patio, in early 2016. The four-star resort also has 32 suites and is set to become part of the Baha Mar complex that will include the Caribbean’s largest casino, a professional golf course, and a shopping area. Its location on Cable Beach gives guests access to snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing on Goodman Bay. On-beach drink service ensures you don’t have to dig your toes out of the sand. Among its gardens, you’ll find sunbeds, sunshades, two hydromassage tubs, and three pools.
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Eight dining options, ranging from a steakhouse and tapas to Japanese and Italian, mean there’s something for everyone. Daily entertainment is available for adults and children, including the Kids’ Club. A quick trip from the airport (just about 10 minutes), Melia Nassau Beach Resort is also near Cable Beach Golf Club (.5 miles) and Nassau Botanical Gardens. Rates begin at around $255 per person, per night, for a Deluxe Room, based on double occupancy.
Riu Palace (Nassau, Bahamas)
If you’re looking for a place to soak in the Caribbean sun, then beachfront, four-star Riu Palace is the go-to spot. The all-inclusive Riu Palace received a AAA Three Diamond Award in 2014 and offers a beach volleyball court, a solarium-terrace, and a pool with free loungers and parasols.
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Its nine dining and bar options include a swim-up bar, so you never have to leave the water, as well as several spots with outdoor dining terraces. Its on-site Renova Spa offers numerous massage, facial, and body treatment options, plus a sauna and whirlpool. Shows or live music are offered daily, with special daytime entertainment for adults only.
Most of the 379 junior suite and suites at the Riu Palace offer a full or partial sea view, and all include a regularly restocked liquor dispenser and minibar. Rates range from $195 per person, per night, for a junior suite to $255 per person, per night, for a suite.
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The Warwick, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Nassau, Bahamas)
Set to open in Fall 2015, The Warwick, Paradise Island, Bahamas, will be an overhaul of the former Paradise Island Harbour Resort All-Inclusive. A 30-minute drive from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), the four-star hotel’s biggest draw is its seclusion, complete with the private Shipwreck Beach that’s celebrated for its perfect-for-snorkeling calm waters. Its 245 all-new rooms and suites will include slick modern decor with white furnishings and wood accents.
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Dining options will include the main resort restaurant, the lobby bar with nightly entertainment, and a poolside pizza bar that will also offer tropical cocktails for guests who don’t want to leave the 330,000-gallon freshwater pool. Guests will also have the option to golf at the One & Only Golf Course.
The Reef Atlantis (Nassau, Bahamas)
Okay, The Reef Atlantis isn’t technically all-inclusive, but with an option to add a dining plan that includes daily breakfast and a three-course dinner, it’s the next best thing. The plan is valid at 16 restaurants, including Jean-Georges Vogerichten’s Cafe Martinique and Bobby Flay’s award-winning Mesa Grill. Plus, children 11 years and under eat free with the purchase of an adult dining plan.
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A TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2015 Winner, The Reef Atlantis is renowned by families for its amenities, including numerous swimming pools, beaches, and lagoons filled with thousands of species of tropical sea life.
The spacious rooms at The Reef Atlantis, complete with kitchen areas, come with Wi-Fi, unlimited movie theater access, casino lessons, and shuttle service. The property’s in-transit lounge allows guests to continue to use hotel amenities before check-in and after checkout. All the extras are reflected in the room price: Studios start at around $330 per person, per night, for midweek off-season stays.
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Photo: Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island