Frequent flights from the United States to the nearby Bahamas in the Caribbean and a wide range of resorts lure many romantic couples to this island nation every year. Whether couples want resorts that are in the midst of the action or removed from it, they have their choice in the Bahamas -- after all, there are some 700 islands in the archipelago. Ample places to kick back, order a piña colada, and let the sun and the sunsets work their magic.
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Sandals Resorts’ all-inclusive resort began life as the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma — and it has held onto its luxurious provenance. Five restaurants, a daily delivery of fresh fruit, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and 24-hour room service help honeymoon couples to keep up their strength. Beach lovers have a mile of sand to stretch out on. Those who prefer pool swimming have three pools plus a half-acre freshwater oasis with a Jacuzzi, swim-up bar, and center fire pit.
Created as a honeymoon haven, this Bahamas resort is strictly adults-only. It's also an AAA Four-Diamond Award winner with eight restaurants and romantic Versailles-like gardens in addition to its swath of beach.
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Think sheer white curtains blowing in the breeze, beautifully designed contemporary rooms, elegant meals, a classic swimming pool, and authentic French Cloister statues leading to the horizon. A millionaire's private playground in the 1960s, One&Only Ocean Club is among the Bahamas resorts that attracts the beautiful people.
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The Bahamas' best-known mega-resort (you'll recognize its iconic pink Royal Towers), Atlantis Resort has it all: A mysterious theme based on the lost continent of Atlantis, multiple lodging choices (at multiple price points), water water everywhere, restaurants that range from an abundant cafe to fine dining venues, and the biggest casino in the Bahamas. What Atlantis also has is families -- so as long as you're okay with kids on the beach, in the pool, and in the hallways -- you'll appreciate the energy of this resort.
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A resort-within-a resort, Cove Atlantis is the upscale tower hotel in the Bahamas that is part of Atlantis mega resort. Sleek, romantic and contemporary, it is geared more toward adults than families, yet its guests have full access to the spectacular water features spread throughout the rest of Atlantis. These include Aquaventure, a mile-long circular river ride on inner tubes that features rapids and a 120-foot water slide complex with three slides as well as a dolphin preserve.
While other Bahamas resorts are bright any shiny, Graycliff maintains a romantic, sun-mote-speckled ambiance. Lace curtains, mature trees, shadows and light add to the mystique and allure of this historic and traditional property.
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Set on tiny Green Turtle Cay, a Bahamas “Out island” that measures just one mile wide by three miles long, Green Turtle Club is an exemplar of the quieter, British-accented Caribbean.
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A full-service beach resort complex on Grand Bahama Island only 55 miles off the coast of south Florida, Grand Lucayan is a big, bustling, exciting place where couples can wed on the beach.
This 1,500-acre beach resort is located on the Bahamas Out Island of Abaco. On "one of the ten best beaches in the world," according to National Geographic. And if you find golf romantic, Treasure Cay resort has an 18-hole, 6985 yard championship golf course designed by Dick Wilson.
If you find the glitter and action of a big casino hotel romantic, the full-service Wyndham contains close to a thousand rooms in five towers. It also boasts one of the Bahamas' most beautiful beaches — and that's saying a lot.