Beauty that makes time stand still
Grand Isle Resort & Spa sits on a mile-long stretch of ivory beach and sparkling clear waters of Emerald Bay on the island of Great Exuma. Recipient of the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award, this sun-kissed tropical Bahamas resort has a family friendly, low-key attitude that immediately puts guests at ease. From unrivaled sport fishing, fly fishing, diving and snorkeling from the Grand Isle Resort beach to exquisite cuisine and sublime spa services, this relaxing resort just a one-hour flight from Miami exudes authentic Bahamian style.
Trip Advisor Reviews
We stayed 3 nights in a one bedroom ocean view villa. Everything was excellent! The unit was practically brand new, very clean and well appointed. The service from all was great-prompt, friendly and enthusiastic. The food at the on-site restaurant was also very good. The only drawback is the resort's location was a little isolated.- JAMES S
Our 3 bedroom ocean-view villa was absolutely beautiful - the rooms were all great, it was hard to decide which was nicest! The kitchen had every appliance and gadget you could think of and wish for...except egg cups! The resort is very quiet and relaxing, lovely restaurant and amazing beach. Do it!- Jane P
We rented a 4 bedroom apartment for our week ling stay for the whole family. The accommodations were top notch and had everything we needed. The site is lovely and peaceful. the beach is beautiful. Good news and bad news is that aside from the beach and golf, there is very little else to do on the island.Do not expect shopping or tourist activities. The day tour arranged by the concierge of the surrounding islands, including pig island, was a highlight.- Rowland M
I came here mainly to see Pig Island and booked this hotel not know hie gorgeous it really was. The rooms are town homes decorated beautifully and the people couldn't be any nicer and the amenities are superb. This is more like a 10 STAR hotel! I though maybe a time share but I was wrong. The restaurant is amazing and the pool and beach are too line. This is nicer then the Ritz in my opinion!!! Best find ever!- Robink34
The accommodations are fantastic. Well appointed villas, very nice furnishings and finishes. In fact the whole resort is nicely presented, the pool, the beach, the palms and the lawns, everything is well made and properly looked after, and spotlessly clean. Perfect!- Jerry G
One to four bedroom luxurious villas
Breezy and beautifully furnished, our spacious oceanfront and resort view villas capture the essence of relaxed residential comfort. Ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, these luxurious villas have sliding glass doors onto private terraces, gourmet kitchens and marble bathrooms.View the villas
On property experiences
The Out Islands Grand Exuma, Bahamas
Great Exuma and its Cays are the most exotic of the Bahamas Out Islands, like a collection of precious gems, the islands are set in a sea of Technicolor blues bordered by ivory beaches.Explore the island
Excursions of a lifetime
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 it they swim too close; they're just looking for love (and maybe a bite of your lunch).
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.
Birdwatching Highs and Lows
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.
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.
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 instruction and options to address the skill level of everyone.
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.
Experiences 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.
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.
Swim with the 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.