Grand Isle Resort & Spa in Emerald Bay, Bahamas
On the Bahaman island of Great Exuma, surrounded by the crystal waters of the Atlantic, is Grand Isle Resort & Spa, a part of the Lifestyle collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Located on stunning Emerald Bay, with its shimmering white sand beaches, this resort is truly a little piece of paradise. With 78 spacious villas, each elegantly crafted with vibrant earth tones and a comfortable beach atmosphere, you will instantly fall into the tranquil island atmosphere. Marble soaking tubs and fine linens ensure your comfort, while the view from your private terrace will take your breath away. Imagine cosmopolitan modern elegance meets secluded beach bungalow and you will picture the fabulous Grand Isle Resort & Spa.
Head straight from your villa to the water's edge at Emerald Bay Beach and dive in to start off your day. Glide through the sunken underwater trails while snorkeling at the resort's one-mile, underground coral reef, or dive 75 feet straight down at the popular and striking Exuma Wall. If you prefer to experience the Bahamas by boat, island hop through the Exuma Cays, or wade along one of the myriad beautiful sand bars. For some fantastic fishing take a boat on the open water and make a catch from the deep sea, or head to the reefs for an exciting day of bonefishing. For a more relaxing day, head to Sea Star Spa and melt your stresses away with a Swedish massage or refreshing seaweed wrap. For a great meal, head to the The Palappa Grill. Overlooking the pool and bay, this outdoor restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy contemporary American cuisine or fresh local seafood dishes. For a wonderfully romantic dinner for two (or a gathering of up to twelve), partake of the private dining option at The Overlook. Choose your menu, and a main course, and a chef will prepare and serve your meal in the private mini-palapa. At the Grand Isle Resort & Spa, luxury and comfort are the focus of your stay, and with the elegant accommodations and beautiful natural surroundings, you are sure to be delighted.
Location of Grand Isle Resort & Spa
Nearest Airport: GGT
Amenities for Grand Isle Resort & Spa
- Poolside Dining
- Private Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Fitness Center
- Outdoor Pool
- Music & Movie Library
- Outdoor Whirlpool
- Sun Deck
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Satellite Television
- Marble Bathrooms
- In-Unit Laundry Facilities
- Flat-Screen Televisions
- Luxury Linens
- Boat Excursions
- Children's Programs
Reviews for Grand Isle Resort & Spa
We stayed here last summer after a 2 week trip to Orlando with the main purpose of our trip being visiting the swimming pigs, which is what made us choose Grand Isle rather than a main island resort. After a rocky start of arriving and not being able to check in for a few hours followed by a power cut on our first night where the reception staff weren't helpful at all given that we were sitting in our pitch-black villa without any information regarding how long it would take for the power to come back on - something which was not expected from a 5* hotel although understandably as it is on a remote island. However, after the rockiness of the first evening (most likely made worse due to the stress of travelling) the rest of our trip was perfect. Our room was to perfection, the view was stunning and we were situated right next to the pool, which was perfect for us with a young child. The pool was lovely and the golf course which surrounds the resort is breathtaking, although we didn't use it we enjoyed driving our golf buggy on the paths around it on a couple of occasions. One of the most impressive credits of the resort is one of the managers Jamiel Clarke, who was truly brilliant during our stay, he had a true willingness to make our trip perfect, something which I believe many of the reception staff could learn from him. From our first day his service was impeccable from showing us our villa himself when its availability was past the expected 4pm and even to the extent that he drove us down to the local supermarket and waited for us himself when we couldn't get a taxi and wanted to buy some food for our villa. One of the only issues was the restaurant, whilst it was lovely with very nice food I think one restaurant isn't enough for a resort of that size and it could use more variety as the food becomes the same thing every day after a while, which is what prompted us to buy some food ourselves to have as an alternative option. Overall, despite an unimpressive first night, our stay here was wonderful and we will definitely be looking into returning in the future.
Emily8856 - United Kingdom
If you are looking to get away and relax, look no farther. This place is one of my favorites, and I travel frequently! I have stayed at the Sandals next door and will likely never go back after finding Grand Isle. Sandals has more of a party atmosphere, where Grand Isle is cleaner, has better drinks, better service, and better food. I believe that the reviews about it being secluded and only having one restaurant are somewhat misleading. If you know anything about the Exumas, you go to a place like this to get away from the hustle of every day life. It was remarkably clean, and the staff was amazing! The restaurant and drinks were amazing. You will never find a better beach or more stunning views! We have spent time on many Bohemian islands, and this just may be our very favorite place to stay. My husband and I will go back!
Resort is situated at the corner of a long, beautiful beach. Water activities included and accessible. Everyone friendly and attentive. Room (4 bd suite) was spectacular & high end finishes & great view â€” a bargain price compared to similar quality accommodations in the Bahamas. Pool/restaurant is very good, but it is the only game in town. Same goes for the beach and activities, so would definitely recommend a boat trip to mix it up. Remember bug spray if you venture out for a walk on the golf course at night
3529SF - Virginia
Grand Isle Resort is a five star wannabe. The rooms are beautiful, as are the views. The water is an astonishing shade of blue. The golf course is breathtaking and very challenging. The staff is gracious and eager to provide excellent service. The beach is clean, and the pool immaculate. However, certain essentials are missing. While it might sound romantic and relaxing when one is booking the reservation, the isolation of the place cannot be overstated. There is only one restaurant (excellent for the most part but they did run out of chardonnay) and a small poorly equipped sundries shop (with limited hours) for any incidental item you might have left at home. There is no cash machine. There is a spa we never tried, but there is no hot tub. There is one small, local restaurant nearby, (thank goodness) and if you go to the adjacent Sandals resort, you are subjected to a third degree if you walk or drive your golf cart to the wrong place. Taxis are available if you donâ€™t mind the high fares, but the distances to other highly recommended restaurants are typically 30 minutes each way. There is a small mini mart nearby with an extremely limited selection. To really stock the frig one must order groceries in advance through the hotel. Day one the resort got our reservation wrong. Despite an earlier confirmation, they had us coming in a day later. Stressful. They gave us a temporary villa, promising us some lovely amenities as an apology. That turned out to be a plate of fruit. We had to move to another villa after one day. There was a professional golf tournament starting on the last day of our reservation but they closed the golf course midway into our reservation without any advance notification. We rescheduled our flights and left two days early. Grand Exuma is not an easy island to get to, or to leave from. Perhaps for some that is the allure. For us, convenience and ease of travel were sorely lacking.
This is our second time to this beautiful resort. Just what we needed. Quiet, clean and of course great staff. The villas here are just beautiful. They come equipped with everything you need from an amazing kitchen with all amenities to a comfortable unit with all the creature comforts of home. We love to cook and the kitchen is well laid out with top of the line appliances. The restaurant on the property offers very good food as well. We arrived the day of their BBQ buffet. It was delicious. Top notch. It is very quiet and peaceful here. The property grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Every morning I would go out for my run and they would be grooming the beach and getting it ready for the day. We enjoyed a couples massage at the Spa. Make sure you ask for Tamara and Yolanda for your spa treatment. It was simply amazing. Thank you again Grand Isle and the amazing staff for making our week there extremely memorable. Can't wait to go back. One more thing. It is worth paying a little extra for an Ocean View room..
Cynthia D - San Diego, California