Fringed by spectacular coral reefs and mind-blowingly deep ocean trenches, the Bahamas (which despite popular belief are not technically part of the Caribbean) are made up of over 700 subtropical islands. Visitors flock here in their thousands each year to unwind and soak up the relaxed island vibes and return to rediscover the beaches, water sports, and historic colonial towns.
Planning an island escape? Here are some unusual places to stay in the Bahamas that will immerse you in all the destination has to offer.
Book a private villa through Airbnb
One of the most successful sharing economy businesses, Airbnb offers a range of quirky accommodation options in the Bahamas.
From B&B style rooms to private villas, there are a wealth of options to suit all budgets. For me, Villa Soreli stands out from the crowd. A bespoke oceanfront luxury private villa in Rainbow Bay, Eleuthera, guests can enjoy its queen-size master bedroom with a fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor showers, and plunge pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It can accommodate up to 4 people as it has an additional king-size sleeper sofa.
Charter a yacht
The islands of the Bahamas have captivated seafarers for centuries, so it’s no wonder that one of the best ways to soak up authentic Bahamian culture is to book a Bahamas yacht rental. From day excursions to the 365 cays of Exumas, or the reef-sheltered shallows of Abaco, to luxurious motor yacht charters of a week or more, you’ll find numerous options to suit your travel style. Plus, if you opt for a charter or a night or more you can sleep on the water and make the most of your time aboard.
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While those feeling really wild can enjoy tent camping in the Bahamas, if you’re looking for a stripped-back escape with a few home comforts consider a glamping stay on the island. You’ll find a couple of beach house style rentals available on this glamping website that offer enough basic amenities to keep you comfortable in locations where you can enjoy truly epic island views.
Check into a Bahamas yoga retreat
Offering a taste of life at a traditional ashram in the form of a modern yoga retreat, Sivananda Ashram sits just across the bay from Nassau on one of the most scenic stretches of beach in the world. A place for reflection, the retreat provides the opportunity to expand and deepen your understanding of yoga, meditation, and self-care. All while affording you the opportunity to soak in the beauty of the Bahamas’ natural landscapes.
Stay at a remote island resort
If you need a distraction from your day-to-day schedule and want to enjoy pure relaxation consider booking a stay at an exclusive eco-friendly escape on South Andros Island, Tiamo Resort. Accessible to guests only by boat or seaplane the property has 11 villas and beach-side cottages and can accommodate a maximum of 38 guests at one time and facilities include a pool, library, spa, and gym as well as unparalleled views of the Caribbean Sea. Taking a vacation here really does enable you to get away from it all.
There’s likely a Bahamian accommodation option to match almost every travel style, so whatever your itinerary, you’ll find an unusual place to stay in the Bahamas that offers a memorable escape.
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