13 Best Hotels in New Providence and Paradise Islands, Bahamas

Bay View Suites Paradise Island

$ | Bay View Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas

This 4-acre condominium resort has a lush, intimate character, and guests can socialize around three pools that are surrounded by tropical plants, including several hibiscus and bougainvillea varieties. Choose between one- or two-bedroom suites, villas, and town houses, all of which are spacious, fully equipped, and with enough closet space for a long visit. All rooms have private balconies or garden terraces. Cabbage Beach is a 10-minute walk away. The property includes a coin-operated laundry facility, small fitness room, tennis court, and basic convenience store.

Pros

  • Children 12 and under stay free
  • Private "at-home" vibe
  • Suites are huge

Cons

  • Long walk from beach
  • No restaurant serving dinner on property
  • No organized activities on-site
Bay View Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas
800-757–1357
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Comfort Suites Paradise Island

$$ | Paradise Island Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

This all-suites hotel in the middle of Paradise Island is a great spot for families; guests have access to the features of nearby Atlantis, including the Aquaventure water park and the kids' club Atlantis Kids Adventures. For added convenience, enjoy signing privileges throughout Atlantis and a special Comfort Suites guests–only walkway to The Coral at Atlantis. If you're looking to get away from the hubbub at the larger resort, try a poolside lunch and a drink at the swim-up bar at the Comfort Suites. Large rooms have sitting areas with sofa beds and dividers for added comfort and privacy. Cabbage Beach is just steps away. Rates include a full American breakfast and free Wi-Fi, a complimentary business center with wireless printing, and the Manager's Rum Punch Party poolside three nights a week. Packages with discounted rates are often available online. Rates are usually (but not always) cheaper than those of the The Beach (Atlantis), but the inclusion of breakfast usually makes this a better value.

Pros

  • Use of all Atlantis amenities
  • Near shops, restaurants, and Cabbage Beach
  • Breakfast included

Cons

  • Not on a beach
  • Surrounded by busy traffic
  • Activities are only at the Atlantis resort
Paradise Island Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas
242-363–3680
hotel Details
223 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Graycliff Hotel

$$$ | W. Hill St., Nassau, Bahamas

The old-world flavor of this Georgian colonial landmark—built in 1740 by ship captain John Howard Graysmith—has made it a perennial favorite among both the rich and the famous (past guests have included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Aristotle Onassis, and the Beatles). Al Capone stayed here in the Roaring Twenties when it was owned by his sweetie, Polly Leach, and Lord Mountbatten visited when Lord and Lady Dudley were the proprietors. It's easy to forget that you're steps from downtown Nassau when you stay here. Thick foliage envelops a series of garden villas and cottages, amid limestone courtyards with ponds, pools, and fountains. Rooms have been renovated, giving life to the plush upscale interiors. They each bear a Bahamian name for the road they overlook—Hibiscus, Yellowbird, and Baillou. For refined continental fare, the hotel's namesake restaurant is one of the island's premier places to dine. The hotel also operates cigar and chocolate factories on the grounds and a small shopping village across the street.

Pros

  • Old-world charm
  • Lush tropical gardens
  • Cigar and chocolate factories on-site

Cons

  • Near busy restaurant and bar area
  • Not easily accessible for those with disabilities
  • No beach
W. Hill St., Nassau, Bahamas
242-302–9150
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Harborside Resort Atlantis

$$$ | Paradise Beach Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

It you want more space to stretch out during your Paradise Island vacation, consider these one-, two-, and three-bedroom town-house–style villas that can accommodate up to nine guests and are fully equipped with separate living/dining areas, kitchens, and private laundry facilities. The pastel-color four-story buildings are situated across the marina from the main Atlantis resort, offering both peace and quiet; however, it is a 10-minute walk (or a shuttle ride) to the popular water park, beaches, amenities, and restaurants of the rest of the resort. Shuttles run throughout the sprawling property from 8 am until midnight. There is no beach here, but you'll have two relatively quiet pools to enjoy if you decide to stay on-site. Although you have access to the Atlantis restaurants and their meal plans, many guests hire a provisioning company to stock their villa before they arrive or take advantage of daily food-store runs. There is also a casual poolside restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and tropical drinks.

Pros

  • Lots of space to stretch out
  • Pool area is less crowded than Aquaventure
  • Right next door to Nassau water-taxi dock

Cons

  • Wi-Fi is extra
  • Long walk to Atlantis restaurants and amenities
  • No room service
Paradise Beach Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas
242-363–3000
hotel Details
392 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nassau

$$ | W. Bay St. and Nassau St., Nassau, Bahamas

This simple and quiet six-floor hotel is a welcome addition to the New Providence budget-lodging market. It's clean and well kept, with pleasantly decorated if a bit outdated rooms. Ask for a room with an ocean view as many rooms have only a partial view or none at all. In fact, the rooms vary wildly in size, with a few just barely bigger than the bed. Sliding-glass doors open to false balconies but allow nice cool breezes in. Breakfast is included.

Pros

  • Walking distance from downtown
  • Breakfast included
  • Friendly staff

Cons

  • On two busy streets
  • In need of some renovations
  • Loud public beach across the street
W. Bay St. and Nassau St., Nassau, Bahamas
242-322–1515
hotel Details
58 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Margaritaville Beach Resort

$$ | W. Bay St., Nassau, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

The newest resort addition to the downtown Nassau scene pays homage to the late Jimmy Buffett, the legendary musician whose song "Margaritaville" lent itself to the resort brand. Expect imagery of parrots, palm trees, and flip-flops at every turn, including the larger-than-life flip-flop statue in the spacious and airy lobby. Most guests will stay in Margaritaville, but those opting for premium suites or longer-term stays can enjoy the more exclusive and slightly more upscale One Particular Harbour residential property right next door. Regardless of which property you choose, every room guarantees sweeping ocean views. Even the elevators and the spa treatment rooms come with full ocean views. Those staying in the residences have access to an exclusive pool and hot tub and fitness center, but all guests can enjoy the other amenities, including the Fins Up water park, the beach, and a variety of restaurants and bars.

Pros

  • Sweeping ocean views in every room
  • 4th floor infinity pool overlooking Nassau Harbour
  • Right in downtown historic Nassau

Cons

  • Shared beach with public access
  • Busy area
  • Not a lot of space to spread out in pool area
W. Bay St., Nassau, Bahamas
242-603–8400
hotel Details
295 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

$$ | Paradise Island, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

Accessible only by boat, this resort features guest rooms in the main house and one-room bungalows overlooking a gorgeous white-sand beach in a 5-acre compound that stretches from Nassau Harbour to the ocean. Tent sites are available starting at $65 per day outside of the summer months. If you're up for camping but don't want to bring your own gear, inquire about the single and double tent huts. This retreat is for those who are serious about yoga and good health, and accommodations are only available to those enrolled in a program: the community gathers morning and evening for meditation and yoga. During free time from 10 am to 4 pm, the retreat's shuttle boat will take you to Nassau for shopping and sightseeing, or you can stop in for a massage at the Well Being Center on-site. Yoga decks are next to the beach and harbor, and there are also meditation rooms, frequent guest lecturers, and special classes for advanced teacher certification. The per-person price includes two buffet-style lacto-vegetarian meals each day, at 10 am and 6 pm. Rooms range from quite luxurious to austere, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the property outside of morning and evening satsang hours. Alcohol, coffee, tea, meat, fish, cigarettes, radios, and TVs are not allowed, and there is a two-night minimum throughout the year.

Pros

  • Ideal for peace and quiet
  • Inexpensive accommodations
  • Free shuttle to and from Nassau

Cons

  • Two-night minimum stay year round
  • Basic accommodations
  • No road access
Paradise Island, Bahamas
866-559–5167
hotel Details
190 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Two vegetarian buffet-style meals are included daily

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Sunrise Beach Villas

$$$$ | Casino Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas

Lushly landscaped with crotons, coconut palms, bougainvillea, and hibiscus, this low-rise, family-run resort on Cabbage Beach has a tropical wonderland feel. Two pools sustain the aura with statuary and tropical plantings, and the beach is accessible via a long flight of wooden stairs built right into the cliff. Choose from one-bedroom town houses with spiral staircases that lead to an upstairs bedroom; two-bedroom apartments; or three-, four-, or five-bedroom villas with a mother-in-law suite. Each has a unique decor, but all have fully equipped kitchens, king-size beds, and patios. The concierge can arrange a private chef to prepare special meals, and housekeeping will do your laundry.

Pros

  • On one of the best beaches on the island
  • Lively bar on property
  • Great for families

Cons

  • No activities
  • Lots of walking to get to rooms
  • Once-secluded spot on Cabbage Beach now busy due to an arrangement with the Warwick
Casino Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas
800-451–6078
hotel Details
28 suites
1- or 2-bedroom condos sleep 4–6 people
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Coral (Atlantis)

$$$ | Paradise Island, Bahamas

The family-friendly Coral is at the heart of the Atlantis resort, giving you good access to all the top amenities—including the casino and Aquaventure—at a moderate price point. There's a pool just for guests of this tower that includes a swim-up bar; in the lobby is a kids' concierge desk to help kids and their parents plan their vacation days. Some of the top Atlantis restaurants are located in The Coral, and Marina Village is just steps away. Good-size rooms are decorated in a sophisticated beach theme. A $59-per-room daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi, reusable water bottles, and access to Aquaventure, the movie theater, and the fitness center, as well as shuttles throughout the sprawling property.

Pros

  • On-site movie theater (included in resort fee)
  • Family-exclusive swimming pool
  • Marina Village steps away

Cons

  • Always busy lobby area
  • Guest rooms lack some of the pizazz you might expect at Atlantis
  • Many kids running around
Paradise Island, Bahamas
888-877–7525-reservations
hotel Details
609 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Cove (Atlantis)

$$$$ | Paradise Island, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

Worlds away from the other properties within the Atlantis resort in terms of overall look, experience, and sophistication, this high-rise overlooking two stunning white-sand beaches is a true grown-ups' getaway. The 600-suite hotel has step-down living areas and luxurious modern furnishings. It is home to an uber-exclusive adults-only pool area open only to Cove guests. This haven has private poolside cabanas stocked with everything from gourmet treats to en suite spa treatments. Families are welcome to stay here—there is a separate pool for kids—but it's a hike to the fun-filled Aquaventure. A $70-per-room daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi, reusable water bottles, and access to Aquaventure, the movie theater, and the fitness center, as well as shuttles throughout the sprawling property.

Pros

  • Highly exclusive adults-only pool
  • Incredible private beaches
  • Amenities of Atlantis, but separated from the hustle and bustle

Cons

  • A long walk to Atlantis amenities
  • Limited dining and bar options on-site
  • Pricey
Paradise Island, Bahamas
242-363–3000
hotel Details
600 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Ocean Club

$$$$ | Ocean Club Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

Once the private hideaway of A&P supermarket heir Huntington Hartford, this exclusive Four Seasons Resort on magnificent Cabbage Beach's quietest stretch provides the ultimate in understated—and decidedly posh—elegance. Its Versailles Gardens includes 35 acres of terraced serenity and an imported French cloister. Set amid private gardens, the spacious colonial-style rooms and villas have intricately carved furniture, marble bathrooms, and private butlers. Special touches include unpacking service, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries in the afternoon, regular shuttles to and from Atlantis, and privileges at the nearby golf course. The open-air restaurant and bar, Dune, is perched over the beach.

Pros

  • Ultra-exclusive
  • Lovely beach
  • Top-rated amenities

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of Atlantis
  • Limited (and very expensive) on-site dining
  • Crescent Wing rooms have ocean views, but no pool nearby
Ocean Club Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas
242-363–2501
hotel Details
107 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Reef (Atlantis)

$$$$ | Paradise Island, Bahamas

This 497-suite tower has exquisitely outfitted studios or one- and two-bedroom condominium-style accommodations. Each unit has a stainless-steel kitchen or kitchenette (some have washers and dryers), which makes this setup perfect for self-sufficient families or those trying to stretch their dollars. There's no restaurant in the tower, so unless you plan to cook, be prepared for a bit of a walk or a shuttle for meals. The Reef has the best access to the most beautiful and least congested beach in all of Atlantis. As with other Atlantis properties, A $70-per-room daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi, reusable water bottles, and access to the Aquaventure water park, the movie theater, and the fitness center, as well as shuttles throughout the sprawling property.

Pros

  • Units fully equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes
  • Quiet
  • Cost-effective option with Atlantis benefits

Cons

  • No restaurants or bars on property
  • Long walk to Atlantis amenities
  • No grocery stores nearby
Paradise Island, Bahamas
242-363–3000
hotel Details
497 apartments
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Royal (Atlantis)

$$$$ | Paradise Island, Bahamas Fodor's Choice

At centrally located The Royal, spend your days riding the slides at Aquaventure and your nights in the casino and the nightclub. While The Coral offers comfortable accommodations for less, this is the section of the hotel where you'll experience luxury. Regular rooms are large and well appointed, with a (fake) French balcony. But if you dream of sitting outdoors looking at the ocean, waterscape, or Nassau Harbour, opt for one of the even more spacious and luxurious suites. Fun fact: Michael Jackson was the first guest in the Bridge Suite, the nearly 5,000-square-foot, 10-room suite suspended between the two Royal Towers; it includes access to seven full-time staff members who cater to your every need. A $59-per-room daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi, reusable water bottles, and access to the water park, movie theater, and fitness center, as well as shuttles throughout the sprawling property.

Pros

  • Access to top amenities, including the spa and Aquaventure water park
  • Larger rooms than The Coral
  • Plenty of on-site activities

Cons

  • Full balconies only in suites
  • Noisy
  • Pricey on-site dining, subpar fast-food options
Paradise Island, Bahamas
888-877–7525-reservations
hotel Details
1201 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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