Sprawling All-Inclusive Resort along Pristine Lucayan Beach
All trips include:
- Round-trip airfare
- 4 nights of island-view accommodations at the Grand Lucayan Resort
- All-inclusive stay, which includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus beverages (including alcohol)
Much of Lucayan Beach is set aside solely for guests who are staying at the 7.5-acre Grand Lucayan Resort. Here, you can rest on lounge chairs or splash around in the surf, where the water temperature hovers around a warm 80 degrees. There’s plenty to see if you want to venture inland too, whether on a guided horseback ride, bicycle trek, or a birdwatching expedition.
The Grand Lucayan is also home to seven restaurants, where you can try anything from Bahamian fare to upscale pan-Pacific cuisine. For a $60 per person surcharge, you can dine at Churchill’s, where chefs craft homemade pasta, gorgonzola-encrusted beef tenderloin, and fresh Atlantic salmon. At the end of the day, you can head back to your Caribbean-themed island view room, which comes decked out with a balcony or patio, high-speed Internet access, and TV.
Though the beach is the focal point, the resort can easily steal away some of your time: there are three swimming pools, one of which is an infinity pool looking out to the ocean, its outer edges running parallel with the Caribbean Sea. Golfers should carve some time in the itinerary for a day on the links at the Reef course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., which has nearly 7,000 yards of greens and fairways. You can also swing by the Senses Spa for a variety of treatments, including a customized body masque or a facial that incorporates seasonally available fruits, herbs, and spices. To cool off from the heat, you may want to visit the Treasure Bay Casino which offers 400 slot machines and 30 gaming tables for Vegas-style adult fun.
Freeport, Grand Bahama: Tropical Oasis Rich in Wildlife
Located on the southern coast of Grand Bahama island, Freeport is home to three national parks and some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. Temperatures rarely dip below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so naturally it’s a popular destination for people who want to kick back under the sun, as well as for snorkeling and deep-sea fishing.
If you can tear yourself away from the sand and surf, consider visiting the Garden of the Groves. The wildlife sanctuary has lush tropical vegetation, and on a walk through you can see tropical birds, turtles, and fish. Farther east, orchids and ming trees line the trails and boardwalks at Lucayan National Park, a 40-acre property where you can also explore an extensive underwater cave system.
Perched on a peninsula just outside Freeport, the Port Lucaya Marketplace comprises 80 stores selling local sundries and services. At the west end, artisans craft jewelry, furniture, and souvenirs from dried palm fronds and wood.