Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Emerald Bay | Great Exuma 29253  [SEE MAP]Great Exuma  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Couples will appreciate resort's tranquil atmosphere and romantic amenities
Some past diners felt restaurant's meals were overpriced
Grand Isle Resort & Spa overlooks Emerald Bay from the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Situated along a mile-long stretch of sand, this modern boutique resort is popular with honeymooning couples and guests seeking a relaxing, quiet getaway, thanks in part to its specialty offerings like couples spa treatments and private oceanfront dinners. In fact, the romantic retreat was featured on season 20 of the reality TV show "The Bachelor." But if you're traveling with little ones, don't fret: This waterfront oasis offers kid-friendly amenities, too, including free supervised children's activities, high chairs and an infinity-edge pool. For food, there's the Caribbean-focused Palapa Grill, which offers daily themed dinners like barbecue dishes on Thursdays and Italian fare on Saturdays. Though past diners said the restaurant's food was tasty, some felt meals were overpriced and bemoaned having to book reservations for dinner. If you forgot to make a reservation or want to save some money, each villa and penthouse (which can be paid for with an I Prefer Hotel Rewards certificate) has a kitchen for cooking. The one- to four-bedroom spaces also feature marble bathrooms, private patios or balconies, free Wi-Fi access and washers and dryers.
Great Exuma
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 78 rooms
Primary View
Traditional, Modern



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews



Scattered around lush grounds you will find spacious and luxurious units with beautiful kitchens. Balconies are furnished for relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019



These beautifully decorated condos are spacious, and everything is ultra-modern from the large flat-screen TV to the enormous fridge. Each unit has its own washer/dryer and golf cart for tooling around, and there's also a beachfront infinity pool.



This luxurious 78-villa complex boasts one of the island's few spas, an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and a poolside patio restaurant. A secluded patch of Emerald Bay Beach is right off the pool, and guests can use kayaks and snorkel equipment.

Fodor's Choice


All 79 villas are spacious and outfitted with high-end contemporary furnishings, fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryers, flat-screen TVs, soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers, and private patios or balconies. The only real downside is the location – it's an expensive 20-minute taxi into Georgetown, the main town in Great Exuma, and there’s not much to do around the hotel.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1210 have reviewed the Grand Isle Resort & Spa , giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1210 reviews 4.5 (based on 1210 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The one- to four-bedroom villas and penthouses at Grand Isle Resort & Spa are outfitted with fully equipped gourmet kitchens, spacious marble bathrooms, private patios or balconies and beautifully decorated bedrooms. Full-size washers and dryers, oversized closets and multiple flat-screen TVs are available as well. Each private outdoor space offers views of the ocean, garden or nearby golf course.
  • Grocery shopping services to stock private kitchens pre-arrival available for a fee
  • Free Wi-Fi access

Standard room size1,250 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Grand Isle Resort & Spa is located on Exuma, a remote "out island" in the southeastern Bahamas popular for its quiet solitude and balmy, tropical atmosphere. Although there are few services available near the resort, there are plenty of activities and amenities on-site to provide entertainment and comfort. A golf cart is recommended for navigating the expansive property and villas scattered throughout.
  • Exuma International Airport is 7 miles southeast
  • Airport shuttle services can be arranged (charges apply)
  • Golf cart rentals cost $20 per day
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Palapa Grill at Grand Isle Resort & Spa specializes in fresh seafood dishes and signature cocktails. Weekly events, such as "Bahamian Night" and bonfires on the beach, provide evening entertainment and family fun. Several oceanfront palapas can be reserved for private dining for groups of up to 12 people.
  • In-room private chef and grocery services available for a fee
  • The Palapa Grill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Dining reservations recommended
  • Casual dining available poolside and beachside

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The beachfront, free-form pool at Grand Isle Resort & Spa is surrounded by a patio with chaise lounges, tables and umbrellas, which serves as a central gathering space for resort guests. The property's private Emerald Bay Beach showcases a mile of white sand and crystal clear water – perfect for swimming, snorkeling, shelling or kayaking. Food and beverage service is available at the Palapa Grill on the pool deck.
  • Towels, chairs and umbrellas are complimentary
  • On-site gift shop sells sunscreen, water toys and reading materials
  • Free loaner snorkeling gear, kayaks and paddleboards
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


At the SeaStar Spa, guests can enjoy island-inspired treatments like the Island Lime & Ginger Salt Glow and the popular SeaStar Lava Shell massage. The facility features three private treatment rooms, a nail salon and a garden patio. Specialty treatment packages are available for couples, bridal groups and children.
  • Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • In-room spa services cost extra

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to participate in complimentary supervised activities at the Hummingbird Hut from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Activities include stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, treasure hunts, boogie boarding and lawn games. Family-friendly activities abound, such as excursions to swim with the island's famous pigs, feed the stingrays and go snorkeling.
  • Children participating in the program must be able to swim on their own
  • Babysitting services (charges apply)
  • Kids spa treatments
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


Grand Isle Resort & Spa's fitness center is spacious and modern with oversized windows, flat-screen TVs and ceiling fans. A wide variety of equipment is available, including free weights, exercise balls and weight-lifting and cardio machines. Outdoors, guests can walk or jog on the beach, go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, or hit the links at the golf course at Sandals Emerald Bay, which is located adjacent to the resort.
  • Water and towels at the fitness center
  • Kayaks and paddleboards are free to use
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The resort can accommodate small meetings but specializes in hosting corporate retreats and employee incentive trips full of adventurous team-building activities. The four-bedroom penthouse is best suited for private meetings thanks to its a full-size kitchen, large formal dining table and media room. Outdoor event venues can take place on the pool terrace, at the beach or in tents on the lawn. Popular on-site corporate activities include golf, private dining, boating and fishing.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Spouse programs
  • On-site audiovisual and catering services

Number of meeting rooms1

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


From dreamy beach and ocean views to custom catering and honeymoon packages, Grand Isle Resort & Spa has a knack for hosting island weddings. On-site event planners help arrange beach bonfires, spa days and local excursions to further personalize weddings, anniversaries and vow renewal celebrations. Couples can choose from a variety of scenic venues, including the private Emerald Bay Beach, an oceanfront pool terrace and private palapas and villas.
  • Custom honeymoon packages
  • Music allowed until 11 p.m.

Maximum wedding guest capacity60

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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