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Grand Isle Resort & Spa
Emerald Bay, BahamasEnter your email address and zip code for pricing and availability
Why Stay At Grand Isle Resort & Spa
Luxe yet homey Caribbean-style villas along Great Exuma's powder-white Emerald Bay.
A quick puddle-jump from Miami or Atlanta on a magnificent Bahamian island chain Grand Isle Resort hugs the east coast of Great Exuma. The refined 78-villa complex is set around a sprawling free-form infinity-edge pool overlooking the ocean with direct access to the crescent beach and a splurge-worthy spa. The villas all have private patios and interiors sport bold tropical colors offset by sleekly modern furnishings. Tech amenities are state-of-the-art including complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, spiffy large flat-screen TVs, fully equipped kitchens plus washers and dryers. Fitness freak? Take advantage of the 24-hour gym or try your hand outdoors at non-motorized watersports like kayaking and paddle boarding. If you are in for a pampering, head to the on-site SeaStar spa and unwind during luxe Balinese massages or body facials. Evenings at Grand Isle are a laid-back affair. Guests congregate at The Palapa Grill for cracked-conch appetizers and Caribbean jerk-style entrees washed down with powerful rum cocktails. If you are not in the mood for company, have the staff set up private island-fare dinners for two on your villa's balcony.
Tee off at the adjacent 18-hole Greg Norman-designed Emerald Reef Golf Club. The par 72-championship course plays to 7,200 yards and features six signature holes along the water.
Hire your own skiff and putter to nearby Thunderball Grotto. Snorkel through the sea cave that was once featured in the James Bond flick of the same name.
Arrive at Moss Town Exuma International Airport (GGT), which is approximately 7 miles from the resort. Anticipate about 15 minutes of travel time.Emerald Bay, Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, The Bahamas
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Beach Access
- Infinity Pool
- Sun Deck Patio
- Spa on Property
- Fitness Center
- DVD Movie Library
- Concierge Service
- Private Balconies
- Air Conditioning
- 56-inch Plasma TVs
- Wi-Fi Internet Access
- Fully-equipped Kitchens
- Marble Bathrooms
- Outdoor Dining
- In-Villa Dining
- Max occupancy is 2
- Hotel Taxes
Why We Love Emerald Bay
Consisting of 365 untouched cays and ribbons of virgin beaches lapped by intensely turquoise waters, the island chain is inhabited by very friendly locals and known as the crown jewel of the Bahamas.
George Town, Great Exuma.
Where to Drink: Chat 'n' Chill, a funky open-air beach bar, is a must-visit Bahamian institution nestled on the point at Stocking Island (Catch a water taxi from Government Dock to get here.) Don't miss out on their signature Goombay Smash cocktail concocted with two kinds of rum, brandy and pineapple juice. Drinks for two $15.
Volleyball Beach, Stocking Island, Great Exuma.
Where to Shop: To find a range of typical Bahamian items of woven straw, head to the eponymous Straw Market. In the shade of the place's characteristic African fig tree, you may haggle over prices for bags, hats and beachwear.
Along Queen's Highway, George Town, Great Exuma.
Outdoor Excursion: Aboard a 32-foot Contender helmed by Captain Horace 'Sugar' Smith, a passionate indigenous boater, discover the most pristine spots around the Exuma Cays, swim with the friendly wild swimming pigs or feed the iguanas with Sugar Adventure Company. Snorkeling gear and refreshments are provided. Prices for half-day and full-day trips upon request. Tours launch from Barretarre.
Why Go Now
October 13, 2014
The annual festival is a combination of indigenous cultural activities revolving around the conch. Highlight of the event is the conch-cracking contest.
Mars Bay, South Andros.
December 4 - 14, 2014
Bahamas International Film Festival
World-renowned film festival that attracts Hollywood celebrities and up-and-coming directors. It includes screenings, panel discussions, and gala events.
December 12, 2014
Festival of Lights
Decked out boats with colorful lighting decorations parade down the Bay canal followed by fireworks.
Montague Bay, New Providence.