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Grand Lucayan, Bahamas - Hotel Review

Lap Up the Luxury at Grand Lucayan

An aerial view of Grand Lucayan, Bahamas
An aerial view of Grand Lucayan, Bahamas

This sprawling 372-acre complex first opened in 2000 and after holding flags of two international chain hotels (Starwood and Radisson) has recently become independent. As an independent hotel, this resort has a wide range of facilities and amenities; where it would be easier to list the what this place doesn't have than those it does. Where to begin?

There's a tennis center, featuring four different surfaces: grass, French red clay, DecoTurf and the former Australian Open surface Rebound Ace. And 7.5 acres of sand beaches whose waters are protected by an offshore reef. Three free-form swimming pool, include the famous "Serpentine Pool," weaving it's way through the property and includes a swim up bar and heated lap pool. And a full spa and fitness center (covering three floors and 25,000 square feet), nine restaurants, water sports, a kids' club (Camp Lucaya features crafts, Bahamian folklore and more), and ... gulp ... even a casino. Treasure Bay Casino at Grand Lucayan has 400 slots machines, 30 game tables, a high limit slot area and a high limit room for table game players. And, of course, there's golf.

For the tee set, Grand Lucayan has a championship, eighteen-hole golf course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Reef Course opened in 2000, with wide fairways and water features in thirteen of its eighteen holes.

Ocean View room at Grand Lucayan, Bahamas The exterior of China Beach, one of the restaurants at Grand Lucayan, Bahamas
Ocean View room
China Beach restaurant

The main tower, known as Breakers Cay, offers spacious accommodations, measuring in at 400 square feet, and its family suites with efficiency kitchens are over 1,000 square feet. Luxury Suites have four rooms, and there is a five-room Penthouse Suite with a dining room, kitchenette, library and large private balcony. The majority of the 519 guest rooms and suites overlook the ocean, with views also encompassing Port Lucaya Marina, Bell Channel waterway, the beaches and the tropical gardens. Airy, light-filled and decorated in cool, Caribbean colors, all accommodations are furnished with data ports, cable TV, bathrobes and coffee makers.

When it comes to dining, you can choose from a Vegas-size array of venues, each with its own distinct cuisine and style. Churchill's, recently reinvented with a Mediterranean menu, features Italian inspired pastas, steak and seafood, China Beach offers Pacific Rim flavors and Iries presents Caribbean fare. At Portobello's you can nibble on Italian cuisine, al fresco beneath a pretty stone arch with views of the sea. And if you want java, a cocktail or even a cigar, you'e set. As with every other aspect of this place, you'll be hard pressed to find a craving that can't be fulfilled.

With all the active ways to spend your time, Senses Spa brings balance to each day. Its treatments incorporate ingredients indigenous to the island, and offer a whimsical play on the spa's name. For example, guests can choose from massages that offer a sense of peace, sense of relief or sense of joy. Signature offerings include the Total Senses Massage with two therapists and the Bahamian Wrapsody, in which an exfoliation using freshly squeezed limes is followed by a rum, aloe and island spice body wrap.

For seekers of action, relaxation or romance, the Grand Lucayan is an excellent choice for a Caribbean getaway.

Grand Lucayan, Bahamas
1 Sea Horse Ln.
Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas
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(Updated: 12/14/12 CT)

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