The Bahamas offers one of the most decadent getaways for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic. New Providence is the most densely populated island, with almost three-quarters of Bahamian people living here. This is due largely to the capital city of Nassau being based in the heart of New Providence.
The climate of New Providence is one of the major draws to this land among tourists. Throughout the year, average daily temperatures only tend to fluctuate a few degrees, which makes the Bahamas a very comfortable place to stay and unwind. Even during the winter months, it’s not uncommon to enjoy temperatures upwards of 21-22 degrees Celsius.
With such a temperate climate, it’s no surprise that New Providence is a major pull for Americans looking for an alternative to Florida and Tampa, which remain a hit with British families. If you’re planning your first trip to this island, take some time to digest this hand-picked selection of hotel resorts within easy reach of Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport.
Sandals Royal Bahamian
The Sandals Royal Bahamian is one of the most popular five-star all-inclusive resorts on New Providence. It has its own private island for guests, while two cavernous pools are more than adequate for the number of patrons each week.
There is an upscale lounge area called Coconut Grove, which is a great place for guests to relax and unwind during the day or night. Its Global Gourmet dining options now total 13 eateries, with two recently added food trucks offering late-night snacks and street food fare. You can also immerse yourself in the Royal Bahamian’s award-winning Red Lane spa. For the ultimate luxury, consider a swim-up suite, complete with butler service.
The Baha Mar resort is situated within a majestic 1,000-acre complex, overlooking the pure white sands of Cable Beach. It’s only been open for five years and has already developed a reputation as one of the best resort destinations in The Bahamas.
There are three impressive hotels within the Baha Mar complex. The Rosewood, the contemporary SLS. and the stunning Grand Hyatt, all of which offer effortless views and a huge choice of pools and dining options. It has its own beachfront water park, as well as a casino that plays host to one of the biggest poker tournaments of the year, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), which runs annually through January to February.
Sandyport Beach Resort
Travel + Leisure Magazine recently described Sandyport as one of the “best boutique resorts” in the entire Bahamas. It certainly offers a more laid-back, slow-paced alternative to the Baha Mar, with only 87 rooms and suites ensuring tranquillity for guests of all ages.
Its private beach is lined with hammocks that are ready and waiting to be enjoyed throughout the day, while snorkeling along the shoreline is also freely available. There are several restaurants and bars, specializing in Bahamian seafood delights, as well as French and Mediterranean flavors. There’s also plenty of cafes and cocktail bars on-site, as well as a classic ‘takeaway’ outlet serving British fish and chips and authentic Indian dishes.
Ocean West Boutique Hotel
Situated just a six-minute drive from Lynden Pindling International Airport, Ocean West Boutique Hotel overlooks the northern coastline of New Providence. This is what boutique accommodation is all about. It has only ten rooms, yes ten.
The hotel’s main building stands 70 feet above sea level, affording guests magnificent scenery of Lake Killarney to the rear of the property and the Atlantic Ocean to the front. It’s close enough to the buzz of the Cable Beach ‘strip’ but far enough away to be your very own oasis. A Caribbean fine-dining restaurant operates on-site, while there’s a rooftop gym and fitness center offering magnificent views while you exercise.
The Island House
The Island House is a picture-book hideaway to the far west of New Providence Island, away from the heartbeat of Nassau and Cable Beach. It’s another intimate resort, with only 30 rooms and suites on-site, as well as an exclusive beach area for patrons only.
You’ll have a choice of two restaurants within the complex, as well as a stunning wine market, café and its very own art house cinema. Its spa is inspired by the Bamford Body Collection range, while day excursions can also be easily arranged with the hotel, including diving and snorkeling at Stuart Coves or paddleboarding the crystal-clear waters.
This quintet of premium resorts on New Providence, Bahamas should offer something for everyone, with dizzying nightlife and lazy hammock days all up for grabs here.