Stretching over 600 miles of crystal-clear water, most of the 700 beautifully unspoiled islands in the Bahamas chain of islands are uninhabited making a luxury Bahamas holiday an inspiring holiday experience.
This is truly an area of contrasts. Nassau, the capital of the most populated island, New Providence, is a bustling and sophisticated centre offering an abundance of duty-free shopping, fine dining and a vibrant nightlife. In complete contrast, the out islands are ideal for excursions and provide plenty in the way of rest and relaxation. So why choose the Bahamas for your next luxury Caribbean holiday? Because there really is something for everyone.
Two Bahamian resorts in our portfolio are based on Paradise Island, the world's largest island resort destination. Connected to the island of New Providence by two bridges, the resort is close to the region’s capital, Nassau, home to another of our properties, as well as some secluded, pristine beaches. You’ll soon see why Paradise Island is such an appropriate name.
The island archipelago extends 500 miles south-eastward from the coast of Florida, not far from Cuba.
With over 700 islands, it’s difficult to know where to start in the Bahamas! But these 700 islands also mean that this archipelago is incredibly diverse and unique.
There are beaches to suit every need and desire – even pink ones! Head over to the northern side of Harbour Island to witness the pink sand with your own eyes, or to experience one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, visit Treasure Cay Beach in the Abacos. If you wish to stay around Paradise Island, then Cable Beach, Cabbage Beach and Paradise Beach are all worth visiting.
Visitors to the capital always rave about the Pirates of Nassau museum, which explores the history of piracy in the area. You’ll learn about dungeons, peg legs and parrots. And no trip to the Bahamas is complete without trying the so-called national drink, a ‘Goombay Smash’. The best place to try this rum cocktail is where it was created – at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar on the Green Turtle Cay.
The Bahamas is an ideal diving destination, with over 29 dive locations and over 1000 regularly dived sites. Explore unspoiled reefs, shipwrecks, swim with wild dolphins and encounter sharks. A trip to Blue Lagoon Island near Nassau is a must – not only does this famous natural attraction boast one of the best beaches in the Bahamas, but it also allows both children and adults to embark on an incredibly exciting and educational excursion, where you’ll discover dolphins and sea lions in their natural habitat. If you want something a little more secluded than Nassau and Paradise Island, head over to Eleuthera Island, where dozens of gorgeous beaches are accompanied by one of the most renowned diving sites in the region, Current Cut.
Aquaventure at Atlantis on Paradise Island is a great day out for children and adults alike. The combination of thrilling water slides, relaxing river rides and endless swimming areas keep everyone entertained, while an extensive network of lagoons and tanks fascinate and delight – you can even take a water slide through a shark-infested tank!
Anyone staying in the Bahamas in late December or early January would be foolish to miss out on the national festival, Junkanoo, which is celebrated every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day in Nassau – think cow bells, brass bands, lively dancing, colourful costumes and vibrant parades. There is also a mini festival held in June if you can’t make it to the main festival in December.
Food and drink forms as much of the Bahamian experience as the breathtaking beaches and spectacular sea. You’re bound to stumble upon a fish fry at some point during your stay – these little wood shacks fry fresh, locally-caught fish, which is served with a gorgeous chunk of bread or even Bahamian macaroni and cheese, and accompanied by some traditional music and a buzzing atmosphere. Arawak Cay in Nassau is hugely popular. For a more lavish experience, why not spend an evening at the largest casino in the Bahamas, based at Atlantis and also home to a lavish nightclub, Aura.
Time Difference: GMT -5 hours
Flight duration: 9-10 hours (direct)
Currency: Bahamian Dollar (although the US Dollar is widely accepted)
Visa information: No visa required for citizens of the EU, US and Canada.
British Airways flies direct from London Heathrow.
Rich natural scenery, unspoilt islands, fascinating marine life and diving, warm West Indian charm, cosmopolitan shopping, lively nightlife and casinos, island-hopping, a two-destination holiday of complete contrasts.
Most of the Bahamas has sunshine for approximately 310 days a year, with summer temperatures kept pleasant (rarely above 32°C) by the cooling trade winds. Temperatures change little from season to season, but we recommend visiting any time between December and May if you want the most pleasant temperatures. Tropical storms are not uncommon throughout the rest of the year, when the climate becomes much more humid.
There are more than 700 islands in the Bahamas, offering clear warm waters and sandy shores. The island archipelago extends 500 miles southeastward from the coast of Florida. The Bahamas is an ideal diving destination, with over 29 dive destinations and over 1000 regularly dived sites.
Explore unspoiled reefs, shipwrecks, swim with wild dolphins and encounter sharks. Take a dolphin encounter out to the beautiful Blue Lagoon Island and swim with the dolphins, these beautiful animals will relax and invigorate you.