5 perfect honeymoon destinations for every newlywed – even if the kids come too
With more than 3,000 islands, the Bahamas offers every type of holiday, and honeymoon, whether you’re looking for something that’s oozing romance or is a little more adrenaline fuelled. Thanks to its stunning coral beaches, all-year round tropical climate and crystal clear waters, the Bahamas is ideal for any newlyweds wanting to make their honeymoon a holiday to remember.
So, whether you’re in need of some last minute inspiration or are simply dreaming about a day in the distant future, OK! has rounded up some of the best spots to visit in the Bahamas that’ll kick off married life in style.
For romance: Grand Bahama
What to do: At Freeport’s Port Lucaya Marketplace, you’ll find more than 80 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the Bahamas Maritime Museum, where you can learn about the rich history of the islands. At Bootleg Chocolates, taste cacao treats delicately infused with local flavours such as nutmeg, coffee and rum. Call in at the Bahamian Brewery to sample Grand Bahama’s six key beers produced by Jimmy Sands.
Where to eat: Enjoy brunch at Zorba’s, one of the oldest restaurants on the island, with a menu packed with Bahamian and Greek food including chicken souse (stew) with buttered grits (cornmeal) or Johnny cake (batter bread) and gyros-style omelettes. The Garden Café at the Garden of the Groves serves grilled seafood, wraps, salads and conch burgers to a stunning backdrop of pretty waterfalls. Book a table for dinner at the suave beachside restaurant, Stoned Crab – a seafood haven that also offers top-quality steaks, soups and cocktails.
Where to stay: Laidback Lighthouse Pointe offers all-inclusive stays with beach-facing rooms, an infinity pool looking over the powdery white sand, a beachside bar and terrace restaurant.
Don’t miss: Tour the Earthshot Prize 2021 winner Coral Vita Coral Farm to learn about the threats faced by marine ecosystems globally and the farm’s innovative work restoring coral reefs.
For adventure: Andros Island
What to do: Hire a car and venture to Blue Holes National Park, where deep caves formed by weathered limestone fill with rain and seawater to create stunning underwater ecosystems known as blue holes. Walking trails to these hidden swimming pools are signposted – the most popular being Captain Bill’s Blue Hole, which is equipped with an access platform and restroom. Other walks take you deep into the pine forests and wind along beaches.
Where to eat: Over-the-water Brigadier’s Restaurant serves fresh, grilled lobster in melted butter and local favourite cracked conch. On Mangrove Cay, Aunt B’s dishes out Bahamian-style spicy rice and black beans, seasonal veggies and creamy macaroni and cheese dishes.
Where to stay: Soak in the boutique beachfront views at Dream Villas to the north-east of country’s largest island, while Seascape Inn’s off-the-beaten-track location in Mangrove Cay is perfect for a feeling of complete isolation.
Don’t miss: Small Hope Bay Lodge leads bespoke snorkelling safaris among Andros’ colourful corals, which are part of the third-largest barrier reef in the world.
For a family break: New Providence
What to do: New Providence is the location of the Bahamas’ largest city – and its capital – Nassau. Visit the Pirates of Nassau museum to hear stories on its history as a Republic of Pirates and learn how the Bahamas became such a diverse and vibrant culture at the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation. Wander the self-guided trails and spot birdlife at The Retreat Gardens before souvenir shopping at the Bahama Art and Handicraft store. In between, indulge in quality time by the sea on the island’s pristine beaches.
Where to eat: Opening daily at 11am, the fish fry – a collection of stalls and restaurants – in Arawak Cay serves local delicacies from conch salad, crumbed fried snapper and lobster. Opt for a mouthwatering Sky Juice (coconut rum, coconut water and condensed milk) for a true Bahamian experience.
Where to stay: Margaritaville Beach Resort – an all-in-one hotel, bowling alley, cinema and even a water park that will satisfy families of all sizes.
Don’t miss: The Educulture Junkanoo Museum is an interactive and colourful dedication to the Bahamas’ biggest cultural festival. Led by Junkanoo specialist Arlene Nash Ferguson, this extravagant tour ends with a special treat for kids.
For a slower pace: Cat Island
What to do: Take the short but steep climb up to Cat Island’s highest point, Mount Alvernia, where at 63m, a small medieval monastery overlooks the lush inland forest. Then, enjoy a dip in the Great Lake known as Mermaid Hole, famous for its alleged sightings. Stop off at Gifted Hands for a variety of traditional crafts on the journey back.
Where to eat: Olive’s Bakery is where you’ll see locals queuing at lunchtime for delicious snacks, including the Cat Island delicacy, Bahamian bites – a rusk-style biscuit with a hint of nutmeg. Roadside shack Duke’s Conch Stand is the place for made-to-order conch salads. Enjoy the sunset with a few Bahama Mamas or Sky Juices at Tingum Dem Beach Bar.
Where to stay: Enjoy an authentic stay at Rollezz Villas Beach Resort run by sisters Yvonne Rolle and Margaret Smith – with regular live music, bonfires on the beach and traditional storytelling.
Don’t miss: From homestays and foodie tours to nature trails and fishing excursions, the Bahamas’ People-to-People Experience offers visitors the chance to be hosted by community volunteers. It’s a great way of understanding local life.
For Nature: Inagua Islands
What to do: On the southernmost of the Bahamian islands, Inagua National Park is home to the Caribbean’s greatest conservation story – the largest remaining colony of West Indian flamingos. You can also spot green and hawksbill turtles swimming in the warm waters, and wild donkeys trotting through the mangroves.
Where to eat: The Inagua vibe is all about local, family-run services. During the week, Kiwanis Park dishes out fish, steak and fritters alongside frozen daiquiris. At weekends, it transforms into a fish fry serving traditional Bahamian fodder.
Where to stay: Red Knot Manor is a humble guesthouse with home-cooked meals available on request.
Don’t miss: The After Work Bar – a place where locals gather for a beer over a game of dominoes and a chat is a good spot to taste the Inagua way of life.
How to book
British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at the Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau from £1,549pp. To book visit ba.com. Rooms at Dream Villas from £200 per night and Seascape Inn from £130 per night. All-inclusive packages at Lighthouse Point are available from £250pp. Cottages at Rollezz Villas Beach Resort start from £210pp and at Red Knot Manor from £158. Register online at bahamas.com for the People-to-People Experience.
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