The Best Bahamas Resorts for the Ultimate Barefoot Beach Getaway

From Paradise Island to Harbour Island, here's where to ditch the flip-flops.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

The Bahamas, a string of 700 sun-drenched islands, is known for having some of the Caribbean's most spectacular beaches — powder-soft white sand fronting wow-worthy turquoise waters. Plus, they are some of the closest islands to the U.S. Whether you're staying on the main island of Nassau, home to the recently opened Baha Mar mega-resort, or on lesser-known gems like Harbour Island, here are the top Bahamas resorts for a fabulous barefoot beach getaway.

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SLS Baha Mar
SLS Baha Mar — Nassau

The second hotel to open in the Baha Mar complex is the SLS, which also has branches in hotspots like Miami and Las Vegas. This pink-hued, design-conscious hotel offers the best of both worlds — it has a chic lobby lounge away from the fray for a coffee or game of pool, while the massive casino and upscale restaurants, such as Katsuya and 3 Tides Fish House, are just steps away.

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The Ocean View Club
The Ocean View Club — Harbour Island

Most of the hotels on Harbour Island tend to be designed in the British colonial style, but that's not the case at The Ocean View Club. This family-owned beachfront boutique has tented cottages and hotel rooms done up in shabby-chic decor with splashes of lime green. There's also a sister property, The Other Side, a six-unit, eco-friendly glamping hotel on the beach in neighboring Eleuthera.

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Rosewood Baha Mar
Rosewood Baha Mar — Nassau

Rosewood Baha Mar is the smallest and most exclusive of the three hotels within the Baha Mar (it debuted in June). Guests can expect a posh experience including personal butlers, poolside cabanas, and four-poster beds. After a day on the beach, unwind with a massage in the Sense spa and dine on steamed mussels and cedar-plank salmon in the Commonwealth restaurant.

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Atlantis — Paradise Island
Atlantis
Atlantis — Paradise Island

Mega-resort Atlantis has just about every nautical activity you can imagine, including water sports in a lagoon, miles of beaches, 11 pools, Mayan temple-themed waterslides, shark-filled water "tunnels," and a swim-with-dolphins program. Restaurants range from a casual burger joint to a branch at Nobu, and there are plenty of cocktail lounges and a casino — even a luxury resort-within-a-resort called The Cove.

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Pink Sands Resort
Pink Sands Resort
Pink Sands Resort — Harbour Island

Harbour Island is a postcard-perfect hideaway with pastel-colored buildings and pink beaches where locals use golf carts to get around. One of the top places to stay is the boutique Pink Sands Resort, with 25 luxe cottages and the Malcolm 51 restaurant, where you can dine alfresco on fresh seafood while gazing at the sea — and, yes, there's a pink sand beach.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar — Nassau
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar — Nassau

The first hotel to open within the massive new beachfront Baha Mar complex on Nassau's fabled Cable Beach, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has a whopping 1,800 rooms, not to mention six pools, a golf course, eight restaurants (try Shuang Ba for Chinese cuisine and Da' Poke Bowl for casual fare), the Caribbean's largest casino, and a jazz lounge.

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The Cove Eleuthera — Eleuthera
The Cove Eleuthera
The Cove Eleuthera — Eleuthera

Eleuthera, one of the Bahamas' lesser-visited islands, is known for its funky vibe and deserted beaches. The upscale Cove Eleuthera has two crescent-shaped beauties, perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, and paddleboarding — or simply catching some rays while sipping a ginger mojito. Come sunset, settle in for a waterfront meal of ceviche and spiny lobster.

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British Colonial Hilton Nassau — Nassau
British Colonial Hilton Nassau
British Colonial Hilton Nassau — Nassau

The British Colonial Hilton Nassau is a centrally located beachfront hotel, just a few minutes' walk from downtown Nassau. After chilling on a chaise and lunching on conch chowder and a grilled fish sandwich at Aqua, spend the afternoon touring 18th-century Fort Charlotte and shopping for embroidered straw bags in the Straw Market.

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Sandals Emerald Bay — Grand Exuma
Sandals Emerald Bay
Sandals Emerald Bay — Grand Exuma

Sandals Emerald Bay, an all-inclusive resort in the off-the-grid Exuma chain, is famous for its world-class fishing and miles of footprint-free beaches. The resort, with 249 suites and on-the-sand dining, has plenty of nautical activities, ranging from kayaking to scuba diving. You can also book a day trip cruise to Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island where you can swim with a colony of water-loving pigs!

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Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant — Nassau
Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant
Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant — Nassau

The Graycliff Hotel, housed in a historic colonial mansion in downtown Nassau, has 20 antique-filled rooms and a lovely pool, but the real draw is the restaurant, one of the Caribbean's best. Start out with drinks in the parlor, followed by a meal of lobster tail and filet mignon and wine from the award-winning cellar, served by tuxedoed waiters. Afterward, linger over cognac and Cuban cigars.

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Meliá Nassau Beach — Nassau
Meliá Nassau Beach
Meliá Nassau Beach — Nassau

This all-inclusive resort on Cable Beach boasts a 1,000-foot-long strand and three freshwater pools, including a lagoon-style beauty with a waterfall. There are plenty of activities both on and off land, from beach volleyball to snorkeling. There are also six dining spots, including Black Angus for surf and turf and Cilantro for Mexican (love the margarita trolly!).

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The Ocean Club
Dune
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Hotel, Bahamas — Paradise Island

If you're looking for a splurge getaway, stay at The Ocean Club, the posh British-colonial-style resort that's recently been rebranded as a Four Seasons. It has everything needed for a pampering weekend, from oceanfront suites and deep-tissue massages in the Balinese-inspired spa, to a sea-facing infinity pool and a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant called Dune.

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French Leave Resort
French Leave Resort
French Leave Resort — Eleuthera

Eleuthera's French Leave Resort features low-rise Bahamian villas, done up with mahogany furnishings, king-sized beds, and nautical-inspired artwork. Spend your days splashing in the freshwater swimming pool or sunning on the pink-sand beach, lunching on conch chowder and fish tacos, sipping sundowners on your porch, and taking strolls into the tiny town of Governor's Harbour just down the road.

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