Grand Isle Resort and Spa
About the Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- All suites feature a kitchen, laundry, private patio and your own personal golf cart
- Guests can arrange to swim with the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas
- "A laid back, family-friendly resort" on "beautiful and scenic Great Exuma" (Oyster.com)
- This resort was also featured on a recent season of The Bachelor
Surround yourself with turquoise waters and island breezes at the 4-star, AAA 4-Diamond Grand Isle Resort and Spa resort. Located on a mile-long stretch of pristine Grand Exuma beachfront, this upscale boutique property is one of the Top 10 Best Hotels in the Bahamas (U.S. News) and also was featured in a recent season of The Bachelor.
Stay in one of 78 spacious multi-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, private balconies and a personal golf cart to quickly zip around the resort; Fodor's calls them "the ultimate in luxury accommodations." The marble bathrooms feature whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers; there's also full-sized washers and dries in each villa for extended stays. Each villa is quite spacious. One-bedroom stays start at 1,250 square feet (larger than the average American apartment), and all villas have complimentary Wi-Fi.
During the day, guests can take advantage of complimentary, non-motorized water sports including kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding; guests can also tee off at the nearby Greg Norman-designed Emerald Reef Golf Course. Evenings call for rum cocktails and jerk chicken at the Palapa Grill, named one of the Best Romantic Restaurants in The Bahamas for its "alluring and intimate" ambiance by Travel + Leisure.
One thing we definitely recommend: This area of the Bahamas is home to the islands' famous swimming pigs — CNN calls them "a sensation" and "official ambassadors of Bahamas tourism." Guests of the resort can arrange half-day excursions to the Exuma Cays (for an additional fee, of course) including swimming with pigs, feeding iguanas, some of the world's best snorkeling and more.
If you prefer your swimming to be pig-free, guests can also soak in the sun at an infinity pool overlooking the beachfront and Emerald Bay. The Grand Isle is also home to one of the few spas on the island, so book a hot lava-shell massage at The SeaStar Spa, "an ideal place to relax" (Travel + Leisure).