Known as the “Jewel of the Bahamas,” Exuma is a picturesque tropical paradise with crystal-clear waters and powdery white beaches. Located 35 miles southeast of Nassau, this archipelago of 365 cays and islands is divided into three areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma and the Exuma Cays. The astounding sea-to-sky beauty is breathtaking—even surreal. It’s a playground for those who love watersports, fishing, sailing, diving, snorkeling and their most unusual adventure, swimming with the pigs. Come to relax, unplug and take in an authentic island experience.
Grand Island Resort & Spa’s 78 villa resort property on Great Exuma offers guests laid-back luxury to explore this quiet, unspoiled destination. Each villa is privately owned, so decor ranges from beach-inspired to traditional. Situated on 12 acres of palm-tree lined walkways and rocky shoreline overlooking Emerald Bay, the resort offers an infinity pool, mile-long beach with activities like kayaking and paddleboarding, a Greg Norman-designed golf course, and spa and fitness center. Each villa has a private golf cart, so don’t miss a tour around the grounds and golf course for spectacular views of the water.
The Palapa Grill is the property’s signature poolside restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the evening, enjoy warm island breezes under the stars while savoring Bahamian-inspired specialties like locally caught island spiced grouper and conch chowder. For more casual dining, grab lunch with a local Kalik beer with your feet in the warm sand at Sandy Toes Jerk Shack on the beach.
If you prefer to dine in your villa, the staff can deliver groceries prior to your arrival and arrange for a private chef for your stay. Or, embark on a boat trip, where you can spear your own seafood and have lunch prepared on a private island, Lovely More Cay. Ask the captain to stop at Pipe Creek Sandbar; this stunning setting with footprint-free white sand is about as close to heaven as it gets.
Be one of the first to sip Champagne poolside in a cabana or have dinner at the resort’s new 23 North beach club. This chic addition to the property is a private club guests of the villas may access. Located steps away and along the beach, the upscale venue features indoor and outdoor bars, a restaurant specializing in Bahamian-fusion cuisine, a pool overlooking the bay, cabanas and daybeds. The club is also perfect for a destination wedding, private party or corporate event.