From Palm Beach, take a quick drive to Miami, hop on a plane for 45 minutes, and land in paradise. There, nestled between 360 little islands surrounding the Bahamas is the little-known island (or cay) of Great Exuma. The largest of all the cays, this small island measures only 37 miles across. For those of us commuting long hours to work on a daily basis, the thought of 37 miles being an entire island may seem comical. But to the Bahamians, this is their home…and a traveler’s oasis.
My husband and I were invited to stay at the Grand Isle Resort & Spa and it was by far, one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever taken. This luxury resort is perfect for families, couples and even singles who are looking for a unique, relaxing place to stay that offers the comforts of home, as well as four-star service. Comprised of spacious, luxurious villas, guests have their choice of staying in a one-three bedroom villa, a two bedroom penthouse, or a grand penthouse. Each villa comes completely furnished, with a fully-equipped kitchen, 24-hour access to the gym, and round-the-clock security. The “community feel” of this intimate resort invites you to make friends or keep to yourself. The signature restaurant, Palapa Bar & Grill, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner – as well as room service if you feel like staying in.
A stop at the SeaStar Spa is a must. Indulge in massages (single or couple!), manicures/pedicures, facials and more. Hubby and I opted for a couples massage – and it was both tranquil and hypnotic. Guests can also enjoy a variety of water activities, including kayaking and snorkeling at the resort, or deep sea fishing and cay tours off-premise. The beach views, the feel of the sand, and the color of the ocean, are all reasons enough to add the Grand Isle Resort and Spa to your bucket list!
The airport at Great Exuma welcomes more private jets than commercial airplanes. For more information about private jet travel, visit: AirJourney.com