Best Boutique Resorts in the Bahamas
Credit: Courtesy of Palm Top Villas

Before you travel to the Bahamas, you’ll need to decide if you want a private, do-it-yourself experience or a highly catered, service-at-your-fingertips vacation—because the type of experience you seek in the Bahamas is largely dependent on where you stay. Some boutique resorts here—like Hope Town Harbour Lodge and Sandy Port Beaches Resort—are perfect if you’re traveling with family, especially kids that like a lot of activities. Others, like Palm Top Villas, Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour, are designed to fulfill the fantasy of the romantic getaway, with secluded beaches and villas, and spa tubs that can fit two. Still other options, like the beachfront Sivananda Yoga Retreat, cater to those seeking simple accommodations, healthful food, and deep rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit right next to the ocean. Whatever sort of holiday you’re after, one of the boutique options on this list might fit the bill.

Sivananda Yoga Retreat

You’ll leave stress far behind at this beachside yoga retreat, where you can relax and bring your body into balance with healthy food, healing meditation, and daily yoga practice. Although it’s set on Paradise Island (not far from the megaresort of Atlantis), the property’s simple cabins set in lush tropical gardens seem like they’re a world away. The yoga platforms overlooking the harbor and the beach let you enjoy beautiful views of both sunrise and sunset.

Palm Top Villas

This private resort, on Staniel Cay in the Exumas, was designed to house just two people at a time. While many properties in this island group have ocean-facing beaches that tend to get rough surf, Palm Top Villas has its own private, shallow cove—perfect for strolls and romantic dips. Although a couple staying here could easily enjoy absolute seclusion, Staniel Cay is convenient for island-hopping, too.

Hope Town Harbour Lodge

At this Abaco lodge, centrally located in Hope Town on Elbow Cay, you can start you day with breakfast at The Reef Bar & Grill, the property’s poolside restaurant located on the crest of a sand dune. Then head to the beach down below, recline on a beach chair and relax under the shade of an umbrella, or take the kids out for a swim or snorkel.

Sandyport Beaches Resort

This is one of the few resorts in Nassau that replicates the sort of luxury and amenities you’d find on the outer islands. Part of a large residential and hotel complex, Sandyport is surrounded by a network of canals and lagoons, and also has access to two ocean beaches. Kids can enjoy their own swimming pool with water slides, tennis and basketball courts, and snorkeling excursions.

Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour

This beachfront resort is a self-contained island getaway with a private airport, 72-slip marina and Bahamas Port of Entry. With onsite customs and immigration services, you have a direct route to your beachfront suite. Each comes with a marble bath, whirlpool soaking tub and beautiful furnishings; the best have unobstructed views of the beach.