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We talk to Islands of The Bahamas about the best places to stay and the most popular activities for newlyweds in this gorgeous honeymoon destination, so you can get planning your dream escape for when travel restrictions have lifted...
The Bahamas has long been the islands of choice for couples looking to enjoy idyllic locations for the most magical time of a relationship, the honeymoon.
The warm Bahamian welcome that greets every guest whether romancing on a private island, a luxury resort, or a small boutique hotel, ensures that every visit is truly memorable. There are styles to suit every preference whether luxury or simplicity, small secluded coves and endless beaches of sugar soft sand, designer shopping and locally crafted souvenirs, total relaxation, and every type of playful activity.
Round off a blissful day with a private beachside dinner or exotic nightlife, all options are to be found not only in the main tourism destinations of Nassau Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island but also in the carefully curated hotel selections on many of the Out Islands. Eleuthera & Harbour Island, The Exumas, Bimini, Andros, and San Salvador to name but a few.
International hotel brands offer sweeping garden landscapes, cascading pools, restaurants of every flavour, and activities and entertainments to take honeymooners through fun-filled days to starlit nights. Many feature packages are dedicated to couples.
Baha Mar, the destination resort set along the white sand of Cable Beach offers three hotel brands, Grand Hyatt, SLS and Rosewood and all three share the beautifully laid out core attractions of the resort. Grand Hyatt is the largest and at the centre of the action. SLS attracts a celebratory vibe, especially at its rooftop Skybar overlooking the resort. The salubrious atmosphere of The Rosewood Baha Mar, with its exclusive pools and spa, makes for a sophisticated honeymoon experience. www.bahamar.com/events/romance
The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, set amidst terraced tropical gardens and with an oceanside pool, famously featured in the Casino Royale Bond film, and offers a refined and elegant experience. Honeymoon packages are tailored to balance lazy relaxation with unforgettable adventures on land and at sea. www.fourseasons.com/oceanclub/weddings/honeymoon
The award-winning Warwick Paradise Island is an adult only all-inclusive with a private harbourside beach and is ideally positioned for exploring both Paradise Island and the heart of Nassau. www.warwickhotels.com/warwick-paradise-island-bahamas/
The pink sand beaches of Harbour Island are a firm favourite for romantics, with the hotels Coral Sands, The Dunmore and Pink Sands known for delivering stylish honeymoons. On neighboring Eleuthera, also blessed with pink and white beaches, The Cove Eleuthera and French Leave Resort offer tropical tranquility. At 'The Other Side', just off Harbour Island, there is a laid-back atmosphere, demonstrated by the 'honour bar'. The Other Side is featured by www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-other-side
The newly opened Caerula Mar Club, on South Andros www.caerulamar.com is the latest jewel in the crown for the relatively little-known island of Andros, which boasts some prestigious small properties such as Tiamo Resort www.tiamoresorts.com and Kamalame Cay, off North Andros, is a private island resort with its own over-water spa www.kamalame.com
Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on Grand Bahamas Island, close to the small settlement of West End, Old Bahama Bay combines Bahamian charm with luxury. Spacious beachfront suites are set on a palm-fringed arc of soft white sand beach and there is an oceanfront pool, restaurants, and a marina offers great people-watching opportunities. As well as the finest paddle-boarding, snorkelling and boating facilities Old Bahama Bay features a range of Ecology Tours including Stingray Feeding, Dolphin Spotting and Sea Turtle Watch. oldbahamabayresorts.com
At Guanahani Beach Club, find your tropical paradise on the island of San Salvador, an island full of history and culture that Christopher Columbus dubbed “The New World”. Guanahani Beach Club presents a true get-away-from-it-all honeymoon staying in one of the four elegantly simple white-washed villas set alongside the powdery white sand of Snow Bay. With access to some of the most spectacular stretches of beach and clearest water San Salvador is a perfect place to experience the island breezes and try out what may be the best kite-surfing conditions in the world. guanahanibeachclub.com/resort
Shannas Cove Resort on Cat Island is a cluster of five single-story cottages which are perfectly placed for walking the miles of pink sand beach and for discovering all the natural delights and the history that Cat Island has to offer. The stone ruins of The Heritage are on Mount Alvernia, which at just 206 feet (63 meters), is the highest point of the low-lying Islands Of The Bahamas. shannas-cove.com
What to do
Taking time to enjoy each other as well as the beautiful surroundings is always in vogue in The Bahamas. Any spare energy can be spent on the myriad of excellent watersports – from paddle-boarding to kitesurfing, snorkelling to sailing and limitless underwater experiences. Land based activities include jeep safaris, eco-tours, creating chocolate and wine-blending experiences as well as history tours, galleries, and shopping opportunities.
The British Airways direct service from London Heathrow serves Nassau and Paradise Island's most popular resorts and connects with services to the Out Islands.
Island hopping is a marvellous way to discover The Bahamas at a relaxed pace and easy to arrange. Plan an island getaway with a special Two Fly Free from Nassau offer, booking until end June 2021 for travel up to end October 2021 myoutislands.com/bahamas-vacation-packages/european-residents-two-fly-free
Flying direct to Nassau is just one way to reach The Bahamas. Major carriers also offer a myriad of two-centre holiday options.
Post Covid-19 Travel Health Visa
Social distancing comes naturally in The Bahamas with its 16 main islands and thousands of beaches. The varied styles of accommodation with certified health and hygiene safety protocols are gradually reopening. Similarly, all business personnel involved directly and indirectly in tourism have undergone training in the health and safety protocols to ensure the continued safety of visitors and residents alike.
Please visit bahamas.com/tourism-reopening for the latest information on travel health requirements for international visitors.