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With world-class, powder-soft sandy strands, the 700-island archipelago of the Bahamas is a magical fly-and-flop holiday destination. But the islands offer much else besides beaches, including outstanding deep-sea fishing, diving and bird-watching. Our pick of the best all-inclusive hotels in the Bahamas come in all sizes and styles, from vast resorts with every facility to a chic private island retreat and a small-scale, diving-oriented property. Their locations are very varied too – from right in the thick of things on developed Paradise Island, to remote spots on Andros, San Salvador and Great Exuma, all in the Out Islands.
Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island
You won’t find a better Bahamas all-inclusive location than the Riu Palace’s, halfway along Cabbage Beach near Atlantis – a spot for which guests at neighbouring resorts pay upwards of four times as much. Décor is typical of the Spanish chain’s Caribbean beach resorts: a bold combination of competing colours and eclectic styles. Five restaurants and two bars keep hunger at bay, and there’s a gym, beach volleyball court and a beauty salon. But the action predictably revolves around two pools (the smaller of the two, an oceanfront infinity pool with a swim-up bar, is a guest magnet) and the superb beach – a wide, mile-long strand with pillowy ivory sands and turquoise Atlantic waters.