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Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

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1124 Reviews

Authentic, exotic and sublime

Immerse yourself in authentic Bahamas at the Grand Isle Resort, set on the ivory sands of Emerald Bay overlooking the brilliant turquoise Exuma waters.  Welcoming couples and families alike with a low-key and relaxed atmosphere, this exotic paradise immediately sets you at ease, whilst the tropical grounds blend seamlessly into the surrounding tropical landscape.

The resort offers a wide range of activities both on and off-site, you can skim across the crystal sea with the complimentary kayaks and paddleboards or feed the local stingrays. Alternatively keep your feet on dry land with a treasure hunt or beach bonfire. Take it down a gear and stretch out next to the resort’s infinity pool with a signature cocktail before restoring the body and mind in the SeaStar Spa with one of the many treatments on offer.

The Grand Isle Resort is a sun-kissed tropical haven, surrounded by natural beauty with friendly and attentive staff. Soak up the magnificent views, sip on a cocktail and savour the memories that will last a lifetime. 

  • Family friendly\
  • all-villa resort
  • Attentive\
  • welcoming staff
  • Wide range of activities available
  • SeaStar Spa on-site

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Trusted

Location Type

Beach

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Golf
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Barefoot style
  • Private villas

Board Basis Options

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Room Only
Location Highlights

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

  • Beach
1124 Reviews 94% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 864
  • Very Good 183
  • Average 50
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 14

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 22, 2019

Heaven on earth

This resort is not only gorgeous, meticulously kept, quiet yet plenty to do, upscale it has amazing customer service. Everyone who works there is fabulous. The food is fantastic and their restaurant 23 North is breathtaking. It was one of the most incredible trips l have ever taken. It is so beautiful it does not seem real. It was a truly incredible experience.
Mar 16, 2019

Beautiful island and beaches, with a hefty price tag!

Basehor, Kansas

I’m reviewing the resort, plus the exuma island, because there were so many things we encountered, that we weren’t aware of and wished we knew. First off, I want to address our inter island flights. We chose Bahama air from Nassau to exuma and then back to Nassau at end of trip. We started our trip with a two hour delay in an airport that had a couple gift shops and a bar that sold $12 drinks. We ended our trip waiting in exumas, small crowded airport with another two hour delay back to Nassau, flight was supposed to leave at 7 and got delayed until 9! They do not compensate you in any way for the delays! I strongly advise not to use this airline! We booked both arrival and departure flights, hoping to see the ocean and various islands on our flights, but just had darkness due to the delays. Once we finally got to the resort, it was beautiful! The resort was like a postcard, picture perfect! We had a three bedroom ocean view, two bedrooms on lower level, each with their own bathrooms. The master bedroom had a walk out porch with chairs. Laundry on bottom floor. Upstairs had another bedroom with a queen/full bed and another bathroom. Kitchen, dining room and living room are upstairs with a deck. The rooms are decorated very nicely and kitchen is well equipped, minus a griddle, which we needed fir pancakes. I would highly recommend an oceanfront or ocean view, the ocean is s beautiful turquoise color and could stare at it for hours! The resort provides a golf cart in the garage, but it is $20 per day and you can’t rent daily, you have to rent for the full week you are there. Everything is walkable, really no need unless you are going to golf. Two pools, one infinity pool up by the restaurant, which was swarming with children and an adult pool down by the beach. Water was nice and warm! We only ate at the restaurant by the infinity pool, that first evening we got there and then the next morning for breakfast. Food was good, but very expensive! Every time we sat down to eat, we had 7 people, it was over $200! They had another restaurant by the adult pool. Drinks were also very, very expensive, tried to always bring our own alcohol down to the beach and pool. Workout facility was located by front desk and infinity pool too. Nice facility overlooking the pool and ocean. Had everything you need to do cardio or weights. The beach, emerald bay, was the best part of resort. Soft powdery sands and turquoise water, most beautiful water I’ve seen in the Caribbean! The resort provides boogie boards, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, sand toys, footballs, frisbees, corn hole, etc. They have 7 papayas to shade you from the sun, otherwise, if taken, they have plenty of chairs, but bring lots of sunscreen/hat to shield your skin from intense sun. The next paragraph explains the negatives of the island and the things we wish we would have known. Get a rental car in advance and do get one! We did not, and taxis are very expensive! We ended up getting a car on second day we were there, and last day. But, every other day they were booked. The other thing we didn’t know about were the sand flies! The island has sand flies that come out at night and first thing in the morning and they left hundreds of very itchy bites all over our body! Bring deet spray and Benadryl and cortisone cream. The bites itch like crazy and can make your nights miserable! You basically can’t go outside at night unless you spray your body all over. The sand flys were our biggest annoyance of the entire trip. Groceries, were the other thing we wish we knew about. Groceries are shipped to the island via boat on Wednesday and fridays. If you try and shop any other day, they have a limited selection. We arrived on Monday and shopped Tuesday morning and the store was pretty picked over. We only found enough good to prepare dinner two nights out of our five nights, so we were eating peanut butter and jelly, bologna and Mac n cheese several nights. That is why it is so important to book a car, because we couldn’t go back on Wednesday to get more groceries. The best grocery store was Smittys, located in Georgetown. Everything on this island is super expensive!!! Groceries, restaurants, taxis, excursions, etc. and you have to tip practically everyone constantly! You feel like you get nickel and dimed everywhere and everything you do! The beauty of the island is definitely in their oceans and beaches! Emerald bay is at the resort, we also went to coco plum beach, hoopers bay, and Tropic of Cancer beach, you must have a car fir these locations too, and we got one on the last day. Our least favorite beach was Tropic of Cancer and our favorite and probably the prettiest beach I’ve ever been to, was coco plum!! You can walk out for what seemed like miles into water and it never got above your knees, due to the sand bar. Would have loved to have a full day at this beach and pack a picnic. Hoopers bay had sea turtles swimming by the docks. We encountered two baby sea turtles and an adult, very cool experience. There are two restaurants down by tropic of thunder that were recommended, Santana’s and tropic breeze. We ate at Santana’s, overlooking the water. All food seemed to be fried and bill came out to $200 again and although decent food, it was a little hole in the wall. I think you just have to be fully prepared to spend another $1000 or more on food and drinks on top of your original expenses. We took the pig excursion from island boy adventures, and it was fabulous, swam with pigs, nurse sharks, turtles and puffer fish. Snorkeled in the grotto, went to iguana island and ate lunch at Staniel Cay-lunch was great and right by ocean. The excursion was $3000 for 7 people and that included tips and you have to pay a docking fee of $10 per person to swim with sharks. Very expensive excursion, the most we’ve ever paid!! It was our most fun day on island, but still not sure worth the price tag. Anyway, loved, loved the island, but don’t know if I’ll return, due to the amount of money you have to spend. And by the way, as I’m typing this review, our Bahamas air flight was delayed another 30 mins, almost three hour delay!!
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