We’ll pamper and put you at ease in the most stunning settings. Pristine sands and Exuma’s natural treasures are just steps from your spacious villa featuring all the comforts of home. Get ready to drink in the sun and swim into stunning Emerald Bay views in our infinity-edge pool.
Sit down to a menu of authentic Caribbean cuisine always paired with delightful turquoise waters and island breezes at our al fresco poolside restaurant. Kids play the island way with our Hummingbird Hut team while your seawater-infused treatment provides the ultimate adult relaxation.
Here at Grand Isle Resort, we harmoniously blend private villa luxury and service with the exceptional amenities you can expect at a AAA Four Diamond Award resort.
Villas & Penthouses
Your Grand Isle Resort & Spa luxury villa is home. A home surrounded by the exquisite beauty of Great Exuma and immersed in a gracious Bahamian lifestyle. Sweeping views of Emerald Bay, a pristine golf course and our gardens from your private balcony or patio are a sublime treat.
Classic West Indies-style architecture is complemented by elegant interior décor unique in each of our 78 spacious one- to four-bedroom villas. All villas are thoughtfully designed with the conveniences you expect from gourmet kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators to whirlpool spa baths and WiFi.
The Grand Isle staff is here to pamper you and orchestrate your island adventures making this a home you’ll return to again and again, just a one-hour flight from Miami.
The jewel of Great Exuma – our 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath Grand Penthouse – is just over 5,200 square feet and features spectacular ocean views from the highest point in the resort.
Every meal is a feast with fresh seafood, local ingredients, fragrant herbs and rich island spices elevating our Bahamian-fusion cuisine. Our Bahamian Dinner Night and Island BBQ & Junkanoo Bonfire on the Beach are weekly celebrations of flavor.
Of course, your luxury villa features a gourmet kitchen for your own delicious creations, or a custom menu prepared by our chef.
Dining at Grand Isle Resort offers an authentic taste of the Caribbean, complete with tropical cocktails and fresh, local ingredients. Celebrate the tastes and traditions of the Bahamas poolside at Palapa, where fresh, local seafood is served alongside the ocean in our tropical outdoor setting.
From Caribbean jerk-style seafood to delicious barbecue we serve up flavorful island cuisine along with familiar American-style favorites, and savory choice cuts of meat.
Just a few steps from your lounger to the most delicious slice of mouthwatering fun right on our beach. Created with timbers of reclaimed wood, this little beach shack packs a flavorful punch serving authentic jerk — spicy, smoky and just plain eat-with-your-fingers good.
Bartenders are ready to pour your favorite icy refreshment. Play a round of corn hole, dance in the sand, get acquainted and into the Exuma spirit.
No Exuma vacation is complete without an Al Fresco private dining experience overlooking the island’s breathtaking scenery. Let us orchestrate your romantic dinner at our Overlook Palapa or Ocean View Terrace gazing out on Emerald Bay.
Arrange with our Chef a special menu served under the stars. These private al fresco spaces are also beautiful settings for your special celebrations hosting up to 12 guests.
Weddings & Events
Great Exuma is a vivid panorama for your wedding and joyous celebration. The Grand Isle staff is ready to create a personalized service for your Bahamas wedding and special event with your desired style. Our selection of versatile spaces assures your ideal location.
The exciting new 23° North Beach Club is a luxurious indoor and outdoor space bar in harmony with the natural beauty of Emerald Bay, featuring a pool, bar and restaurant.
Overlooking Emerald Bay and its turquoise horizon, the Palapa Grill next to the Grand Isle Resort infinity pool and the Upper Pool Deck combined can accommodate your larger guest list, while the Overlook Palapa and the Ocean View Terrace can be tailored to a more intimate gathering.
Emerald Bay itself is an elegant landscape for your festivities. Toast your special occasion at a beach bonfire, walk down the aisle on our glimmering beach, and say “I do” on The Point perched above the blue waters and the powdery white sand.
Weddings in Exuma
Your wedding day at Grand Isle will be a true expression of your individual style set in our island paradise. Our staff will create your dream day while you celebrate this important day with your loved ones.
Say your vows overlooking our turquoise world or walk down a white-sand aisle. Party at the infinity pool and around a beach bonfire. Your guests will be pampered in luxury villas with every amenity and activities specially tailored to your celebration from world-class golf to pampering spa experiences.
Exchange vows surrounded by the amazing natural beauty of Emerald Bay or say “I do” on our glistening beach. Your choice of Grand Isle’s stunning venues and our expert planners come together to create the ceremony and personalized festivities you imagine, making your wedding an unforgettable occasion for friends and family.
A Unique Caribbean Wedding Venue
Our exciting new indoor and outdoor luxurious beach club, 23˚ North, marries Emerald Bay’s natural beauty with a versatile, special events venue featuring an oceanfront infinity pool, a fine-dining restaurant, and an outdoor bar.
The 23° North Beach Club is the perfect blend of beachside and air-conditioned comfort for your wedding, whether you’re planning a rehearsal dinner for friends and family or a grand reception.
This 30,000 square feet venue will be exclusively yours to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and the vibrant views of Emerald Bay. Let us help you arrange a celebration lunch or a private dinner featuring Asian-Bahamian cuisine, and dancing under the stars on the coral-stone infinity-pool patio.
Honeymoons & Anniversaries
Time to treasure. Time to relax. Time for romance. Your honeymoon or anniversary at Grand Isle Resort will be an unforgettable adventure just for you and your partner. Pamper each other in your luxury villa.
Escape into our blue waters and whisper by candlelight as you dine under the stars at the best hotel in the Bahamas.
Express love in your unique way with a Grand Isle marriage proposal. The possibilities are endless, choose from one of our beautiful scenic locations. Let us be part of this special day and assist you with a photographer and special touches to create the perfect proposal.
ON A CHARTER
Make it the perfect day when you explore the Exuma Cays on a private luxury charter and pop the question. Snorkel and dive colorful coral gardens and get away from it all kayaking to an untouched beach.
Surround yourself with nature on a hike and put your feet up as you sail the tranquil blue waters. A thousand unique moments, one never forgotten.
SETTINGS FOR PERFECT MOMENTS
Let our concierge and Grand Isle team create the ambiance you envision for this special moment, without the stress. We can create the perfect romantic moment at the location you desire. At your villa with candlelights, tropical flowers, bubbling Champagne and romantic music.
At the beach for a romantic blanket picnic on a stretch of sand with only your footprints and a spectacular sunset bonfire with friends ready to celebrate.
Your Grand Isle Resort getaway is a celebration of luxurious villa living and island adventure. Let us personalize your experience, to indulge your passions or explore new ones. Rejuvenate exploring our crystal blue waters or with a seawater infused spa treatment for two.
Take a swing at our championship course and win with marvelous family vacation memories. Our personalized amenities are what makes Grand Isle in Exuma the top Bahamas resort choice.
Indulge your body and renew your sense of well-being at our SeaStar Spa, in the comfort of your villa, on the beach or at the pool. Couples relax and unwind together with a side-by-side massages, treatments and Champagne while youngsters 12 and under are treated to a scoop of ice cream with their Mini Mani and Mini Pedi.
Overlook the breathtaking sights of Emerald Bay from the calm waters of our infinity pool, the perfect photo-opp to illustrate your vacation. Just abreast to your swim, be served by Palapa with food and beverages of your choice.
Worried about sacrificing your work-out routine while on vacation? Our fitness center is just a few steps away with views of the bay and the pool deck.
Fun-filled Water Sports
The best way to explore Great Exuma’s waist-deep waters? Your favorite way of course! Whether you like to float above the reef with a snorkel or in a kayak, paddle on that board or lie on it, you are always prepped to explore Emerald Bay’s inviting waters and colorful sea creatures from our mile-long beach.
MAKE A SPLASH
It’s a day at the beach for our Grand Isle staff, they’re always ready to provide our always complimentary water sports equipment and assistance in your exciting and inspiring Emerald Bay exploration.
Your getaway is a wonderful opportunity to try something new or rediscover a thrill in our tranquil aquamarine waters.
Our Hummingbird Hut team members will take your Bahamas family resort experience to the next level. They have created the ultimate collection of complimentary Grand Isle experiences that adults will envy.
Children between five and twelve are invited to play the days away from 10 am to 3 pm, making new friends and amazing memories along the way.
They’ll head to the beach and pool for treasure hunts, horseshoes, and explore our crystal blue waters by kayak, boogie board and stand-up paddle-board, plus much more.
23° North Beach Club
The jewel of Grand Isle Resort, 23° North, re-energizes life on Emerald Bay Beach. This 30,000 square feet beach club features a special events venue, oceanfront infinity pool, coral-stone patio, and unrivaled views. 23° North, a $4M project, is the envy of beach clubs, making your stay the best Bahamas resort experience out there.
The Marina at Emerald Bay
The Marina at Emerald Bay is the ultimate yachting paradise, guaranteed to elevate the island luxury experience Exuma has to offer. The 23-acres of deep-water marina boasts 150 slips that accommodate yachts of up to 260 ft. in length and features a multitude of exceptional amenities like Bellingham floating docks.
During your visit, you can also enjoy exquisite cuisine at the dockside restaurant, relax in the private clubhouse or adventure out into the stunning 18-hole championship golf course adjacent to the marina.
Located adjacent to Grand Isle Resort & Spa, enjoy more than just our postcard views of the Emerald Reef Golf Club, we offer special greens fees for this 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary PGA pro Greg Norman.
The longest in the Caribbean, this challenging par-72 course plays to 7,001 yards with front nine holes winding through seaside dunes and mangroves while the back nine hug the spectacular Emerald Bay peninsula.
GOLF PENINSULA VIEWS
Emerald Reef Golf Club is ranked among the best in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure Golf. Its facilities include a full-service Pro Shop, practice range with chipping and putting greens, a practice bunker as well as club storage. To arrange a tee time, please contact the Grand Isle Concierge.
ADVENTURES & EXCURSIONS
Find yourself swimming with the famous pigs, stingrays, interacting with iguanas or sharks? Perhaps your adventure takes you deeper into sea with some snorkeling, scuba diving or deep-sea fishing on a charter boat for anglers.
Maybe it is just bird watching in the afternoon as you anticipate a stargazing evening on shore. Enjoy all of these and more during your stay at the best Bahamas resort, Grand Isle.
Prepare to be astounded at the sheer beauty and variety of life here in the Exumas. You will want to see and swim with every creature, many endangered and protected, from pigs to sea turtles and stingrays on our exclusively Exuma encounters.
And with just a handful of opportunities to participate, you can choose to protect our waters as a member of the “Beneath the Waves” shark tagging expedition.
SWIM WITH SHARKS
On Compass Cay, you can actually go swimming with friendly nurse sharks and hundreds of colorful Caribbean reef fish that join you off the dock. Any squeamish members of your group can stay on dry land and pet the sharks from the dinghy dock as they surface to meet their new human friends.
FEED THE STINGRAYS
If you’ve never heard of pet stingrays, you certainly will after a trip to the Chat ‘n’ Chill on nearby Stocking Island, an island eatery famous with locals and yachters alike. Offer the stingrays their favorite treat and these gentle giants will glide right across your hand.
SWIMMING WITH PIGS
No visit is complete until you’ve taken a swim with Exuma’s world-famous swimming pigs. An experience you will never forget, our friendly swimming swine will even follow you out to your boat. Don’t be alarmed if they swim too close; they’re just looking for love (and maybe a bite of your lunch).
Love lizards? You’ll love Exuma, where endangered Northern Bahamian Rock iguanas sunbathes and socialize on Leaf Cay in the Allan’s Cays. See them on an organized boat trip with a commercial operator. Bring a lettuce leaf or two; these charmers love to nibble.
SEA TURTLE EXCURSION
These ancient reptiles live most of their lives in the water. In Exuma’s crystal blue waters you’ll swim with these majestic sea turtles and come to appreciate the beauty of their streamlined shells and agile stroke of their flippers. Sea turtles don’t hide in their shells, so some return appraisal may be the highlight of your encounter.
Nature brings remarkable beauty to every detail of Great Exuma and its bountiful waters. Leisurely outings are rich with discoveries on nearby beaches and deserted islands. Enjoy a relaxed solitude, explore side-by-side, or slow down island-style with your family and friends.
Whether you’re in search of bathing beauties (Sports Illustrated shot here recently) or sand dollars, Great Exuma’s beaches are breathtakingly beautiful. Just a short walk from Grand Isle Resort, the family-friendly Coco Plum Beach is a low-tide favorite for shelling.
Hollywood agrees: Exuma offers a beautiful backdrop for filming and first-class relaxation. On- and off-screen spots include Sandy Cay (seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) and the dream homes of A-listers like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Chuck Norris and John Travolta.
CHART A COURSE TO EXPLORE
Exploring by boat is one of the best ways to see the Exuma’s deserted islands and sand bars and enjoy amazing snorkeling on remote reefs. Don’t miss Thunderbolt Grotto (seen in Thunderball and Splash) and the secluded and historic hideouts of pirates like Captain Kidd.
Great Exuma’s fresh water ponds, tidal flats and the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park are prime spots for birdwatchers. Keep your eyes peeled for local feathered friends, including the Zenaida Dove, Bahama Woodstar and Greater Antillean Bullfinch.
Great Exuma is all about life on and in the water. It’s the stunning beauty of the Exuma cays and the amazing creatures that call it home.
From snorkeling and diving among vibrant coral reefs to championship golf with ocean views and world-class fishing, you’ll enjoy endless opportunities to explore Great Exuma’s unrivaled natural surroundings and local culture. Click here to download a comprehensive guide to favorite experiences and tours around the island.
SNORKEL AN UNDERWATER WORLD
Great Exuma is home to some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. Explore dozens of pristine snorkel spots around the island and the surrounding cays or set your sights on the shallow underwater trails accessible from the resort’s white-sand beach. Complimentary snorkeling gear is available for guests.
DIVE IN FOR A CLOSER LOOK
The Exuma Cays offer lush coral reefs and exciting animal encounters for all who venture into the depths. The lure of ocean blue holes and shipwrecks offers world-class diving opportunities for experts and beginners alike.
The professional dive operators on Exuma offer a range of instructions and options to address everyone’s skill level.
EXPERIENCE FOR ANGLERS
Big tuna, marlin and mahi mahi are among the prized catches sports fishermen set their sights on here. Join them on half- and full-day deep-sea fishing charters offered by experienced fishing guides.
Other popular experiences are spearfishing and reef fishing, a fun catch-and-release adventure that’s great for beginners.
Considering adding kite surfing to your list of skills? There’s no better place to learn than Great Exuma, thanks to warm, waist-deep waters (perfect for lessons) and consistent winds, especially from November – April. Allow us to arrange a private or group lesson or practice session.
Even though we’re the largest island in the Exumas, with just one main road over 27 square miles it’s very easy to discover our untouched beauty by land. Whether you travel on-road by car to our white-sand beaches or explore our island’s bushland and sites by ATV, you will want to see it all again and again.
Great Exuma and its stretch of Cays, just an hour flight from Miami, are the favorite escape of savvy tropical travelers for its pristine beaches, technicolor crystal clear waters, and extraordinary nature.
Ideally located on beautiful Emerald Bay, Grand Isle Resort & Spa is your gateway to exploring this island paradise. If you love the water and adventure, or just crave a quiet stretch of sunny beach, there is no other place quite like it. Exuma is home to two extensive national parks.
The Exuma Cays Land and Sea National Park is an ecological preserve and wildlife refuge. The Moriah Harbour Cay National Park is home to a variety of birds and its mangroves help protect marine life.
Exuma vacations are ideal year-round as gentle winds help maintain a balmy and warm tropical climate. Summer temperatures range between 80-90 degrees, and winters are mild with temperatures rarely dropping below 78 degrees.
Not surprisingly this exquisite sandy stretch is a USA Today Reader’s Choice Award winner in the Best Caribbean Beach category. The longest beach in Exuma and just outside of Williams Town, it’s off the beaten track but worth the effort. In addition to snorkeling and sunbathing plan on a selfie at the Tropic of Cancer latitude marker.
THREE SISTERS BEACH
Located in Mt. Thompson. The lore of the Three Sisters Rock says a glimpse of these formations from this memorable beach brings good luck and romance, they’re beautiful at sunset too.
The legendary rocks are also a habitat for colorful marine life making this white-sand beach an ideal snorkeling spot just 12 miles north of George Town.
COCO PLUM BEACH
Just a short ride north from the resort. Arrive on this long powder-soft beach at low tide and the sandbar seems to go on forever. Explore the calm waters for sand dollars – but leave them in their vibrant blue home.
Bring a picnic and enjoy one of the island’s best beach bars all just a short walk away from Grand Isle Resort.
Our very own mile-long beach. Emerald Bay is stunning and never fails to delight sunbathers, snorkelers and ocean swimmers.