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Just a short flight from Florida, the Bahamas offers 16 breathtaking islands with pristine white-sand beaches, crystal blue waters and colorful art-lined streets. There’s a ton of fun and adventure, from bonefishing to swimming with pigs! The best part is many resorts include everything you need in the price. All you have to do is show up! Here’s our roundup of the 10 best all-inclusive family resorts in the Bahamas for your next getaway.
Only a 45 minute flight from Miami, the Bahamas is an ideal vacation destination for families looking for fun, sun and adventure.
I’ll never forget my first trip to the Bahamas. My breath was immediately taken away by the beautiful scenery, white-sand beaches and mouth watering seafood (the conch salad is to die for). However, I was surprised to find just how much history and unique Bahamian culture the island had.
While no stranger to the fact that the Bahamas was one of the first places that Christopher Columbus discovered, I had no idea just how much pirate history the island had until I visited the Pirates of Nassau museum. And if you think swimming with pigs sounds like something out of a movie, you’ll be surprised to learn that it is actually a thing in the Bahamas!
But perhaps one of the biggest surprises was learning that the Bahamas imports just about all of its food. Therefore, food prices can be quite high. And for a vacationing family, it can throw you over your budget faster than you expect.
Thankfully, there are several all-inclusive family resorts in the Bahamas to choose from that include meals, activities and excursions. Here are 10 of them to consider for your next family vacation:
Small Hope, Bahamas
If you’re looking for a tranquil and scenic all-inclusive family resort in the Bahamas, the Small Hope Bay Lodge is your answer. Located on Andros Island, this historic and eco-friendly beach resort offers all-inclusive accommodations with ocean views, international cuisine, and a number of outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy.
As a part of the all-inclusive package, families have access to bikes, kayaks and paddleboards to explore the island. Water lovers in the family can take advantage of the scuba and snorkel lessons, or spend the day fishing and diving. Likewise, nature lovers can pass the time on a self-guided nature tour, or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery in one of the many available hammocks.
If your children are anything like my eight-year-old son, they easily get bored and restless when at dinner and waiting for the food to arrive. Small Hope Bay solves that problem. When it’s time to refuel, kids under the age of seven can dine with others their age in the Games Room. There they’ll find a number of supervised activities and games to keep them entertained while the grown-ups enjoy their meals in the main dining area.
When the adults simply need an evening on their own, they can book a complimentary babysitter and enjoy dinner at one of the of the outdoor restaurants, the nightly cocktail hour with a full open bar.
Here’s why Small Hope Bay Lodge is great for families:
- Complimentary babysitting available for children aged 2-7
- Kid-friendly menus and special children’s dining with supervised activities and games
- Free scuba courses for children under 10 to introduce them to surface and underwater swimming with an air supply
Fowl Cay Resort
Fowl Cay, Bahamas
A family vacation at the all-inclusive Fowl Cay Resort is certainly one that will remain unmatched. With villa accommodations available that can include your very own powerboat with unlimited gas, you’ll feel like a celebrity as you explore the Exuma Cays.
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With 50 acres, three beaches, and a maximum of 28 guests at a given time, this private island resort sets the standard for all-inclusive Bahamas resorts. A stay at Fowl Cay includes absolutely everything in the price of the villa. For instance, there are fully-stocked kitchens and wet bars, meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), water sports, game equipment and all of the amenities on the Cay. It even includes the gas for the powerboat that’s provided!
Families can enjoy several amenities at no cost including tennis, bocce ball, fishing, snorkeling and golf (you even get your own golf cart). If water activities are what you seek, you can spend the day relaxing on the beach, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding or cooling off at the fresh water pool. You can even take your boat to swim with the pigs (an absolute must-do)!
Need some adult time? Head down to South Beach for cocktail hour where you can enjoy various games in the pub including darts, horseshoes, pool or backgammon!
Here’s why Fowl Cay Resort is great for families:
- Babysitting services available
- Snorkel and watersports gear for children as young as three, as well as life jackets and floats for those who aren’t strong swimmers
- Daily housekeeping in each villa so you can fully enjoy your family vacation
Nassau, W Bay St.
Note: Meliá Nassau Beach is temporarily closed for renovations until Spring 2023.
For an all-inclusive family resort in the Bahamas that overlooks one of the most beautiful white-sand, crystal clear beaches in the world, add Meliá Nassau Beach to your list. With family-friendly rooms that provide access to the garden and children’s activities, you’ll feel comfortable knowing that there’s something for family members of all ages to enjoy.
Located on the popular Cable Beach, Meliá Nassau Beach makes sure that the only thing you and your family need to do is show up and enjoy. An all-inclusive stay includes access to three beachfront pools with waterfalls (including a family pool), two hydro-massage tubs, a 24-hour fitness center, water sports, pool parties, theme nights, family-friendly entertainment and a Kids Club. Also, there’s also direct access to the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar where you’ll find a 100,000 square foot casino, and a 15-acre beachfront waterpark.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you choose between seven dining options serving up delicious local and international cuisine. And when you’re ready to explore off-resort, you’re not far from the city center where you can visit museums, shops, restaurants and nightclubs (for the adults’ night out).
Here’s why Meliá Nassau Beach is great for families:
- Babysitting services available for babies and toddlers (at an extra charge)
- Supervised Kids’ Club with games and activities for kids aged 5-12
- Airport transfers available by request
- Rooms with private balconies and patios
Churchill Drive, Doubloon Rd
If an all-inclusive tropical island paradise is your idea of a family vacation, the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach on Grand Bahama Island is for you. Not only does it offer countless activities for family members of all ages to enjoy, but it’s also nestled in some of the most beautiful natural beach surroundings and foliage.
As a part of the all-inclusive package at Viva Wyndham, you get just about everything you can think about. In addition to the spacious accommodations with breathtaking views, all of your meals, snacks, beverages and adult libations are covered. Additionally, you have access to numerous water and land sports, various classes, excursions, theme nights and entertainment, pool and beach games.
The kids’ club at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach comes highly regarded. The staff ensures that all children are entertained. In the words of one mom from Tripadvisor.com: “The kids club was better than I expected. They took the kids out multiple times a day to the pool, to the beach, on catamarans and even to trapeze lessons. My children LOVED the kid’s club staff and we would have done this every day if we had known.”
And of course there are plenty of resort amenities to enjoy such as the pool, jacuzzi and sauna, theater, tennis courts, fitness club and nightclub.
Here’s why Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is great for families:
- Kids Club and kids mini-disco
- Designated children’s pool area
- Babysitting services available for an extra charge
W Bay St.
For families with older children, the Breezes Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive family resort in the Bahamas for visitors with children aged 14 and up. It is located on the island’s most famous beach, Cable Beach, which means powdery white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
The resort offers plenty of exciting amenities and activities for all ages such as volleyball, tennis, rockclimbing wall, kayaking, air games and a freshwater swimming pool with a swim-up bar. Meanwhile, those looking to relax and take in the breeze can enjoy the full-service sea side spa as well as several hammocks around the resort.
Picky eaters will surely find something to suit their tastes with the numerous indoor and outdoor buffet and a la carte dinner options. And for those wanting to keep in shape while vacationing, there’s a complete fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and classes.
Here’s why the Breezes Resort and Spa is great for families:
- Beachfront suites available with stocked mini refrigerators, furnished patios and private beach cabanas
- Resort passes available for those who just want to enjoy the resort for the day (or evening)
- Private dinners for two available at an extra charge for a romantic parent’s night out
Cockburn Town, Bahamas
Note: Club Med Columbus Isle is temporarily closed until October 2022.
Located on the small island of San Salvador, Club Med Columbus Isle is an all-inclusive family resort in the Bahamas with architecture and decor inspired by Christopher Columbus. If you prefer a low-key, tranquil oceanfront getaway for your family, add this one to your list.
With plenty of water activities and excursions, this resort is great for the active family member. The all-inclusive package includes perks such as windsurfing, tennis, yoga, snorkeling, water skiing, scuba diving and kitesurfing. There are also other family-friendly activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and beach volleyball.
If your family includes a pre-teen or teenager, they’ll absolutely love the Junior Club Med. Here they’ll be grouped by age and enjoy both land and sea activities while making everlasting friendships.
Here’s why Club Med Columbus Isle is great for families:
- Kids’ Club for children aged 11-17
- Water sports for all family members and age ranges
- Junior Club Med especially for teens
1 Royal Palm Way
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive vacation on Grand Bahama Island, look no further than the Lighthouse Point. Part of the Grand Lucayan Resort, this resort is a good mix of affordability and style with plenty to keep the whole family busy.
A family getaway at Lighthouse Pointe means access to four restaurants, premium adult beverages, daily and nightly entertainment, a myriad of amenities and both land and sea activities. In addition to the 7.5 acres of white sand beach, four pools, tennis courts and fitness center there’s also snorkeling, diving, horseback riding and an 18-hole championship golf course. Additionally, there’s daily entertainment and events including a poolside movie night, Sunday Champagne Brunch and Friday Night Buffet.
The little ones in the family will have a blast doing arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and games in the Kid’s Club. Or, they can spend time burning off energy at the children’s playground or pool. Meanwhile, the adults can get pampered at the resort spa and salon.
Here’s why Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan is great for families:
- Children’s playground and kids’ club for children aged 4 and up
- Babysitting services available at an extra cost
- Spacious guest rooms and suites
- Close proximity to the airport, just 8km away
Great Barrier Reef, Andros
For an intimate family-vacation that even the family dog can enjoy, look no further than the Kamalame Cay Private Island Resort and Residences. Located just off the world’s third-largest Great Barrier Reef, this private island offers accommodations for families of all sizes.
Although not a 100% all-inclusive resort, Kamalame Cay gives the option of an all-inclusive meal plan called the “Guest of House.” This meal plan includes all meals, snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Families staying at this resort can pass the day enjoying one of its many amenities and activities including diving, snorkeling, tennis, biking, paddle boarding, kayaking or just lounging by the beach or pool. There’s also a cinema that plays movies for the guests each month. Feel like getting pampered? Head over to the Bahamas’ only over-water spa for some relaxation.
Kamalame Cay is home to some of the biggest bonefish, so sport-fishing is quite popular on the island. If you’re looking to explore the waters a little more, the resort offers professionally-led courses for all skill levels. My son would be thrilled to learn that he could finally get in on the diving fun with classes made just for his age group.
Here’s why Kamalame Cay Private Island Resort and Residences is great for families:
- Accommodations include bungalows, cottages, beach houses and villas for all family sizes
- Bubblemakers program to teach children age 8 and up how to scuba dive
- A dog-friendly resort, so even your furry family member can enjoy the vacation
The Bluff, Bahamas
Located on South Andros Island, the Andros Beach Club is set on four miles of private, white-sand beach. With ¼ of a mile between the resort and the closest neighbor, it’s a secluded and tranquil tropical getaway.
An all-inclusive stay at the Andros Beach Club doesn’t just mean having all meals and drinks at your fingertips. It also means oceanfront accommodations, access to lounge chairs and hammocks and daily entertainment and excursions. For example, you can spend the day with the family biking, kayaking, beach volleyball, diving, bonefishing or snorkeling the Andros barrier reef or Blue Holes. If you’re a wine lover like me, you’ll enjoy the complimentary wine with the nightly dinner.
Furthermore, Andros Beach Club is recognized by Tripadvisor as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels in the Caribbean. It is also ranked the #1 recommended place to stay in Andros. It is an excellent choice for an all-inclusive family getaway.
Here’s why Andros Beach Club is great for families:
- Childcare services available
- Plenty of family-friendly amenities for all ages to enjoy
- Proximity to the local high school with activities that all can participate in
- Beach houses, villas and suites with up to three-bedrooms
One Casino Drive, Suite 21
Paradise Island, Bahamas
(242) 363-2000 ext. 66774
Part of the popular (and quite massive) Atlantis Resort, the Coral at Atlantis is a dream come true for family members of all ages. I’ll never forget passing through the Coral Towers during my trip to the Bahamas. I was absolutely amazed at just how much there was to do for all ages.
The Coral Towers at Atlantis Resort and Casino is NOT an inclusive resort, but offers an incredible dining plan. The dining plan offers access to more than 30 mouthwatering restaurants including buffets, casual dining and fine dining options. With all of the delicious food displays you’ll pass by during your visit, even the pickiest eater will find something to satisfy their taste buds. I get hungry just thinking about the perfectly arranged delicacies on the dessert buffet!
You’ll wonder where the time went after spending the day at the 141-acre Aquaventure waterpark, strolling through the 100-foot clear underwater tunnel, or splashing around in one of the 11 pools. When you need a break from the sun, you can catch a movie in the on-site theater.
While the kids are at the kids’ club, the adults can play a round of golf on the 18-hole oceanfront golf course. Or, test your luck at the casino. Snorkel gear rentals are also available for those who want to explore the tropical fish in the lagoon. There’s even an “underwater” gaming studio and nightclub made just for teens and pre-teens (no parents allowed). No matter what the age, at The Coral there’s absolutely no room for complaints!
Here’s why the Coral at Atlantis is great for families:
- Kids’ club with themed adventure playrooms
- A “no parents allowed” teen nightclub and gaming studio
- Kids’ concierge to help plan kid-specific activities
- Kids’ menus provided at all restaurants for the pickiest eaters
SheBuysTravel Tip: Just like any other travel destination, be sure to make yourself familiar with the Bahamas COVID-19 protocols before booking your trip!