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
Such a lovely property. Staff is beyond friendly and accommodating. Villas are beautifully decorated and kitchens nicely stocked with cooking equipment/utensils.- 506MeliB
We stayed in a very nice, well appointed and spacious two bedroom, two and a half bath condo with a full kitchen. Even with the kitchen, this is a full service resort with a restaurant and room service. We ate at the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner during our stay.- AmariKC
This small resort was absolutely wonderful. The villa (#1622) was spacious, spotless and beautiful, and the kitchen was better-equipped than mine at home! The service was the best I've had anywhere.- bpk777
We returned home from Grand Isle last night and we are already wanting to go back! The laid back, peaceful atmosphere puts you immediately into a calm state as soon as you pull up to reception.- Mommytotoddler
We had exceptional service at this resort! The villas are wonderful and very clean. Our food and drinks were great. While at the pool, we were consistently asked if there was anything we needed. We plan on going back, and taking our extended family with us!- Sbowe7
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.