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Exploring the Grand Lucayan Resort

Hotel & Resort | Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort | Kristina Rundquist | April 21, 2016

Exploring the Grand Lucayan Resort

PHOTO: The splendor of the Grand Lucayan (Courtesy Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort)

Just 55 miles off the East Coast of the southern U.S. sits Grand Bahamas Island, a little bit of paradise where calm turquoise waters lap against pristine beaches. Here, on this ideal spot sits the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort, an award-winning resort set on 7.5 miles of white sand beach.

As a blended resort, Grand Lucayan offers the best of worlds –the hotel-only Breaker's Cay and the all-inclusive Lighthouse Pointe. Which one will you choose?

Room ... With 542 guestrooms on site, guests can choose from 27 one- and two-bedroom suites, two Presidential suites and 23 ocean front Lanai suites – regardless of room class, all rooms have fantastic views of the ocean, marina or tropical garden.

  • Lighthouse Pointe. Guests of the resort's newest seaside retreat get a true taste of the islands with exclusive access to four new restaurants, as well as all the on-site recreation, entertainment, meals and premium-brand beverages, and airy guest rooms. It the best of the Grand Lucayan, all rolled into one.
  • Breaker's Cay: In addition to their standard rooms, guests of Breaker's Cay hotel may also opt to treat themselves to a stay in either the 800-foot, one-bedroom suite or the 2,400-square foot Presidential suite, which with two bedrooms, separate living and dining rooms and a stunning balcony from which to take in the views is as close to perfect as one can come.
  • Lanai Suites.  Guests in search of a little privacy will find it in the tranquil Lanai Suites. Each stylish 900-square foot suite has a separate bedroom and sitting area and furnished balconies or patios with panoramic sea views.

... And Board. No matter your fancy, the Grand Lucayan has it. Conch fritters, benny cake and guava duff are on the menu for those looking to sample local fare, while those whose tastes run to more international cuisine will find themselves with plenty from which to choose.

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Churchill's perfectly blends traditional Mediterranean cuisine with the tropical feel of the Bahamas, while China Beach takes diners on a tour of the Pacific Rim. Willy Broadleaf draws its inspiration from around the world, something reflected in its eclectic decor.  Iries Caribbean Seafood honors the flavors and character of the Caribbean, while Portobello's dishes up traditional Italian delights. For lighter fare, guests can choose from China Grill, the swim-up Hammerheads cafe, the Plantation Cafe, Waves or the Pizzeria Capri. And, when it's just a coffee or drink you’re in search of, there's the Aroma Cafe or the Havanna Cay Cigar Bar.

Recreation and Activities. Guests of the Grand Lucayan are spoilt for choice when it comes to how to spend their down time. The resort is home to the Reef Course, one of the top courses on Grand Bahama Island. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 6,909-yard, par-72 contemporary-link style course is one of the prettiest courses to be found and ideal for golfers of all skill levels. Not a golfer? Fear not, as the resort offers more than enough to keep anyone as busy –or relaxed–as they want to be, thanks to a Vegas-style casino, three swimming pools, tennis, golf, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball and a variety of  non-motorized water sports. Younger guests of the resort will have a ball taking part in such activities as Beach Olympics, scavenger hunts, soccer and pool games.

Spa/Fitness. After a full day of activities, there's nothing like a relaxing afternoon at the spa. With eight treatment rooms, the 25,000-square foot oceanfront Senses Spa & Fitness Center offers holistic treatments and is equipped with  traditional wood saunas, Vichy showers, a hydrotherapy tub, steam and facial rooms. And for those who want to keep up their fitness, the resort offers state-of-the-art fitness and weight training equipment, and personal trainers.

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