Romantic Bahamas Resorts

by Karen Sprinkles
Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas

Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas

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Whether sunning on alabaster sand beaches, swimming in azure-blue waters or lodging on your own private island, vacationers in the Bahamas will surely be seduced by this Caribbean paradise located some 40 minutes by air from Miami. Among the most popular islands in the chain, Grand Bahama, Nassau and Paradise Island beckon honeymooners to experience romance in historic, British colonial settings. Smaller islands offer travelers the opportunity to feel world's away from the country's major tourist hubs.

Sandals Royal Bahamas

Showcasing grand European architecture and its own private offshore island, Sandals Royal Bahamas custom-appointed suites are highlighted by the elite Butler Room. This exclusive suite includes the services of a personal butler, as well as complimentary chauffeur services in a Rolls Royce. Guests can set out to the private island via kayak or sailboat, where two secluded beaches offer opportunities for relaxing in private cabanas or shaded hammocks. Dining options include 10 specialty restaurants boasting gourmet cuisine prepared by internationally trained chefs.

One&Only Ocean Club

In the elite setting of a colonial plantation home, the One&Only Ocean Club provides a luxury playground for enjoying world-class golf, tennis and spa offerings. Located on Paradise Island, the property features manicured grounds inspired by Versailles. When the hotel opened in 1963, the grand opening was attended by luminaries like William Randolph Hearst and an array of dukes and earls. Rated #4 on the 2010 Conde Nast Traveler list of Best Resorts in the World, the property unveils 105 rooms, suites and villas. Some of the residential-style villas include private infinity pools overlooking the beach.

Kamalame Cay Private Island & Residences

Barefoot luxury awaits guests of the Kamalame Cay Private Island & Residences, located on 96 acres of tropical paradise. Honeymooners can enjoy the seclusion of one of 19 seaside rooms and suites located in cottages, bungalows, beach houses or a private villa overlooking a white-sand beach. Gourmet dinners are served in the intimate dining room of the Great House, or at a table for two on the beach illuminated by torches. Among the recreational activities include tennis, snorkeling, kayaking and swimming. The resort's over-water spa offers a roster of therapeutic treatments. Freshly caught lobster is served for lunch with chilled Champagne.

Green Turtle Club and Marina

Located on an island three miles in length, the Green Turtle Club and Marina offers views of White Sound Beach and Harbor. Superior Villas are appointed in Tommy Bahamas-style furnishings and include traditional ceiling fans, pine decks for sunbathing, and small boat dockage just outside the door. Caribbean fare is served at the resort's signature restaurant. Candlelit dining takes place under the night sky or inside an elegant dining room. Established in 1964 by a British yachtsman, the club offers boaters and vacationers a casual respite from the tourist areas of the Bahamas.

About the Author

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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