Seaside Hotel with Renowned Golf Courses and Four Swimming Pools
After visiting the Bahamas, George Washington is said to have called them the "Isles of Perpetual June." The former president's description was apt, as the archipelago's temperature hovers in the mid 70s, even in winter, and that helps the country to lure in visitors from all corners of the globe. On the southwest corner of Grand Bahama Island, the 519-room Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort sits along 7.5 acres of aquamarine beachfront. The giant resort is a nice home base before you jet off to the beach, but it has plenty to keep guests occupied onsite.
The 18-hole championship Reef Course, designed by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., has nearly 7,000 yards of greens and fairways lined with water hazards and grassy rough. You can also channel your competitive spirit at any of four tennis courts outfitted with Grand Slam surfaces or by challenging blackjack dealers to staring contests at the onsite casino, or relax at Senses Spa & Fitness Center with a full menu of treatments such as a Swe-Thai massage.
A total of nine restaurants, cafés, and bars are on the property, and they serve up a range of eats, from casual international cuisine at Willy Broadleaf to upscale pan-Pacific fare at China Beach. Come morning, there's a full breakfast buffet with an omelet station, fresh baked goods, and traditional Bahamian breakfast items.
Island-inspired decor, such as wicker furniture, adorns the 400-square-foot ocean-view rooms. Each room has a balcony or a patio that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.
Grand Bahama Island: Duty-Free Shopping and Scenic National Parks
Grand Bahama Island, the northernmost isle in the archipelago, sits a mere 70 miles (113 km) from the eastern coast of Florida. Just across the street from the resort you'll find UNEXSO, which offers diving and dolphin experiences, the Port Lucaya Marketplace, where duty-free shops sell jewelry, china, leather goods, and designer apparel. When the sun sets, Port Lucaya's Count Basie Square comes to life with live bands performing music from a range of genres.
There are three national parks on Grand Bahama Island; the 40-acre Lucayan National Park features elements from all six of the island's ecosystems, as well as plant life such as rare flowers, mangroves, and pine trees. Visitors can also go spelunking to find prehistoric movie posters in the park's network of freshwater caves.
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