Book Bahamas hotels to totally chill out in an island nation paradise. Swim in turquoise waters and lounge on brilliant white and pink sands as the gentle breeze carries away the troubles of the world.
Hotels in the Bahamas range from the simple rustic charm of something akin to beach huts, to grand colonial pads crammed with exquisite furnishings and boasting balconies that afford views of the idyllic coastline and the varying blues of the Atlantic Ocean.
Situated off the south east coast of Florida and north of the Caribbean, more than 3,000 islands and cays fall under the umbrella of The Bahamas, where the sun shines and holidaymakers sink into soft sands with cool drinks in hand. And if that sounds too sedate for your holiday needs, know that the Bahamas offers perfect sailing and diving opportunities.
It's a holiday paradise, with a wide choice of islands, resorts and hotels to choose from. Book a Bahamas hotel in the vibrant capital of Nassau, on the island of New Providence, for a famed casino and nightlife scene, or find your wonderland on one of the islands. Nassau is not to be confused with Nassau Paradise Island, which is a small island that is connected to New Providence by bridges; it offers more of a “quintessential” Bahamas island experience. Cable Beach is a popular resort if you opt to stay on the main island.
Grand Bahama is the closest island to the United States of America, while the Exumas lay claim to hundreds of isolated spots across a number of islands - perfect for finding some peace and quiet. Andros Island, part of the Abacos chain, is an ideal base for sailors.
Hotels in the Bahamas are not always cheap, though some deals can be found. Booking early is a good way to clinch a bargain. You will find many major chains in the islands with beach-front offerings. Look out for Sandals, Westin, Wyndham, Club Med, Riu, Sheraton and, of course, the fantastically magical Atlantis Paradise Island.
Top five attractions
Lucayan National Park
This fascinating 40-acre park in Grand Bahama gives a new perspective on the beaches of the Bahamas. It's crammed with wildlife, trees and flowers and has one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world.
Just off Staniel Cay in the Exumas, this stunning cave draws diving and snorkelling fanatics. It's so called after starring in the James Bond film of the same name, plus a handful of other movies.
If getting underwater for marine close-ups is a bit too frightening, check out this aquarium at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. It's free to enter for guests of the resort, with day passes available for non-guests.
Aquaventure Water Park
Cool off in the waters of this imaginative theme park at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. As with Predator Lagoon, access is free for Atlantis guests with day passes available for non-guests.
Blue Lagoon Island
Travel to this private island from Nassau and enjoy a beautiful Bahamas beach or get active and swim with dolphins.
Junkanoo festival; December, January and June: Nassau is the best place to see the colourful and energetic parades associated with Junkanoo, though many islands host their own activities.
Bahamas Heritage Festival; March/April: This event is held on the island of Great Exuma and features performances and food associated with the traditions of this laid-back island nation.
Independence Day; July: The locals waved goodbye to British rule in 1964 and each year the date is celebrated with a host of parties across the islands.