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Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Grand Isle Resort & Spa

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1099 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
1099 Reviews 94% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 844
  • Very Good 181
  • Average 49
  • Poor 13
  • Terrible 12

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jan 19, 2019

The perfect winter getaway / babymoon!

We just returned after 5 glorious days at Grand Isle. We’ve stayed in Exuma before so we knew just how beautiful it was and yet it still completely blew us away. The water is some of the most gorgeous you will ever see and the beaches are white and soft and spectacular. This was our first time staying at Grand Isle though and it truly exceeded our expectations. Overall, the service was outstanding. The staff was courteous and friendly and not overbearing at all. I am pregnant and they were incredibly attentive - not allowing me to lift a finger - and genuinely excited about the baby. In summary, it was a really phenomenal experience for the price! For more detail... we were in suite 6204 and it was absolutely perfect for our needs. It was essentially a 1 bedroom condo. It was perfectly appointed, well decorated, very clean and had a great harbor and ocean view. The water pressure in the shower was amazing and the huge tub was wonderful as well. The resort grounds were just beautiful! Meticulously maintained, lush and colorful. We took advantage of the grocery delivery service and stocked up on breakfast essentials, snacks and beverages. It arrived just as we were checking in and everything was put away for us by the service. We absolutely loved leisurely mornings, cooking breakfast in our suite and eating on our balcony watching the boats in the harbor. The kitchen was very well equipped and had everything we could have needed - pots, pans, tools, Corning Ware, dishes, teapots, Tervis cups to take drinks to beach/pool.... everything! We spent all day, every day on the beach. And how could you not?!? It was stunning! We checked out towels from the Hummingbird Hut. Admittedly, it was a little awkward at first to have to check towels out. We’ve stayed at quite a few similar caliber Caribbean resorts and never had to check out towels but we got used to it. They did try to charge us initially $20 for 2 towels they did not show as checked back in but we assured them all were returned and they removed the charges quickly. Not a big deal. Some of the beach towels could use replacing but they worked fine. There were attendants at the water sport station (we took advantage of the kayaks and snorkel gear) but we didn’t have any beach attendants that came around for food/drink orders the first 2 days. We didn’t mind as we brought stuff with us from our suite and also went up to Palapa for lunch each day. The last 2 days someone from the beachside bar made rounds and we ordered drinks and lunch (from Palapa) to eat on the beach. The attendant was a little pushy at times and somewhat forgetful / inaccurate with orders but nothing catastrophic that couldn’t be corrected. We spent a little time in the pool each evening - it was clean and quite warm. Never very busy and plenty big. I know some people were disappointed there’s not a hot tub on property but we truly never missed it. The pool was plenty warm for us! Palapa Grill was great for lunches each day and most dinners. The website advertises different themed menus each night of the week but they weren’t offering this while we were there. They said they weren’t busy enough to run them. It would have been nice if they had mentioned that somewhere on the site. We did find the variety to be sufficient for our needs but probably maxed out the menu after 5 days. Some of our absolute favorites on the menu were: Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer (the dipping sauce was outstanding), conch chowder, Seafood Fettuccine (the sauce was absolutely divine), Lobster Thermidor (cooked to perfection) and the house-made sorbets for dessert. We did have brunch there on our last day - the house-made pastry basket was phenomenal as were the breakfast burrito and pancakes. The drinks overall at the resort were adequate. Pricey but as expected for the islands. I enjoyed many virgin Pina Coladas (though $9 felt a bit steep for no alcohol) and my husband particularly enjoyed the Goombay Smash, Rum Punch and Kalik (local Bahamian beer). There was a Web.com (PGA) tour golf tournament going on at the course that surrounds the property for most of our stay. We enjoyed watching the golfers come through. We weren’t planning to play golf so we didn’t have an issue with the course being closed (but worth watching out for if you want to golf - it sounds like this is an annual tournament). However, it was a little frustrating as we were limited on where we could take our golf cart or take walks, etc. During the day the first few days, it was pretty quiet around the resort because the players and their caddies and guests were out on the course. However, as the tournament progressed and players were cut from the final rounds, it started to get much busier. At times, it felt a bit like a bachelor or frat party with guys throwing footballs across people on the beach or in the pool, crowds of people with glass beer bottles IN the pool (despite all the signs stating that glass was not permitted) and racing golf carts around the property. It felt like the staff didn’t think they could say anything to the players so they sort of ran wild. We even had a situation where one of them parked their golf cart in our garage so we couldn’t put our cart away and charge it for the night. Security worked it out but it was evident they had their hands full of issues with the players/guests during their stay. It certainly didn’t ruin our trip by any means but it’s just something to be aware of if you’re planning a trip while the tournament is running. A few random tips/thoughts: 1. The no see ums are REAL. They look like little gnats and sometimes you feel the bite but most of the times you don’t. It seems insignificant at the time but you’ll pay the price a day or two later when you’re covered in itchy bites! I react much worse to bites than my husband so I had to coat myself in Benadryl cream, he only had some minor itching. Bring bug spray and cortisone or Benadryl cream! 2. Take advantage of the grocery service. It’s not easy to get to the grocery store unless you’re renting a car (there is a duty free liquor store easily walkable or driveable in the golf cart). Not only did it save us money on breakfasts but it was so convenient! We got chips, nuts, pretzels, granola bars and fruit to take to the beach, lots of bottled water and other beverages to use as mixers or drinks. 3. Bring a small soft cooler and small ice pack. There was an ice pack left in our freezer (not sure if it was provided by the resort or left behind by a previous guest) but we didn’t bring a cooler. It would have been great for keeping drinks cold on the beach all day! Instead, we just ran back to the room every few hours which wasn’t a big deal with the golf cart. 4. Rent the golf cart!!! We were so glad we did! It made it so easy to get around, especially when carrying beach bags and drinks and such. 5. Given that the largest resort in Exuma is an all-inclusive (the Sandals next door), there aren’t many restaurants or stores nearby. We did get a cab and go to Big D’s conch shack one night. Nothing fancy but great, fresh seafood and good service. 6. The spa would not offer any services to expecting moms. I saw at least 5 other pregnant women there while we were there. I suspect it’s a popular destination for pregnant women given the Bahamas are one of the few islands declared Zika safe by the CDC. The concierge did reach out to the spa at the Sandals who agreed to allow us to come for massages there but it became too logistically complicated due to all of the restrictions and security for the golf tournament so we canceled. We reached out to a private massage therapist on the island who said that Grand Isle does not allow her on property. If the resort isn’t comfortable offering services to expecting moms, I think they should have an arrangement with someone who can come in to offer prenatal massages as needed. 7. Bring adequate cash. The grocery service was cash only and groceries are pricey. Cabs/shuttles are cash-only as are some restaurants and such. Overall, we had a really great experience! My husband and I talked several times about coming back with our family or bringing our children with us. It was definitely family friendly - they had beach toys, water floats, etc. for kids - and we saw several kids there but they were never a nuisance. A special thank you to all of the staff at Grand Isle who made our stay so wonderful!
Jan 15, 2019

Beautiful Resort

Caledonia, Ohio

Out of all of the Sandals resorts, this is our favorite. Absolutely beautiful and the staff is amazing. The food is always good. The laid back atmosphere of the Bahamian people makes you relaxed the minute you get there.
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