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Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Emerald Bay, Bahamas

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Luxe yet homey Caribbean-style villas along Great Exuma's powder-white Emerald Bay.

The Scoop

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.

Insider Tips

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.

Preferred Airport

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 Features

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Property Amenities
  • Beach Access
  • Infinity Pool
  • Sun Deck Patio
  • Spa on Property
  • Fitness Center
  • DVD Movie Library
  • Concierge Service
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Balconies
  • Air Conditioning
  • 56-inch Plasma TVs
  • Wi-Fi Internet Access
  • Fully-equipped Kitchens
  • Washers+Dryers
  • Marble Bathrooms
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Bar
  • In-Villa Dining
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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.

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Where to Eat: Tie up at busy brand new Staniel Cay Yacht Club and tuck into on the Out Islands' famous cracked conch or the fresh catch of the day cooked to your liking over magnificent harbor views from the elegant indoor dining room. Dinner for two $75.
George Town, Great Exuma.
+1 242-355-2024
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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.
+1 242-336-2700
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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.
+1 242-524-2607
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Pristine cays of the Bahama island chain.

Pristine cays of the Bahama island chain.

Why Go Now

June 5 - 9, 2014
Pineapple Festival
First introduced in 1988, the festival is a celebration of the tradition of pineapple farming in Eleuthera, and honors the local pineapple farmers.
Gregory Town, North Eleuthera.

June 12 - 14, 2014
Andros Crab Fest
Honoring the islands' reputation as 'The land of Crabs', this popular annual event draws thousands of visitors and sustains them with island-specific crab dishes, contests and lively music.
Queen's Park, Fresh Creek, Central Andros Island.

July 2014
Junkanoo Summer Festival
The Bahamas have introduced the summer edition of this event by popular demand. Blending art, culture and music, local and national entertainers join the colorfully costumed groups parading through the streets.
Georgetown, Exuma.

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Emerald Bay, Bahamas

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