Spring-breakers and high-rollers, take note: These are the best party hotels in the Bahamas' New Providence Island.
The Riu Palace Paradise Island, located next door to mega-resort Atlantis, is one of the few all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas. Those familiar with Spain-based Riu's palatial Caribbean resorts -- like the one in Aruba -- might be disappointed by this aging property, with its crowded pool and beach areas (saturated with vendors) and rowdy groups that come for free booze. Riu is slowly making progress, though, and the 379 rooms and suites have been renovated with contemporary decor, and include Riu trademarks such as stocked minibars with liquor dispensers and 24-hour room service (both free). The buffet spreads change often and four a la carte options help stave off all-inclusive monotony. After dinner, there's typical all-inclusive nightly entertainment as well as an all-night sports bar. The convenience store sells a nice selection of wine for those who want to enjoy drinks on their balconies (many rooms face the ocean).
The hub of the Atlantis complex, this iconic pink mega-resort has a popular casino and nightclub on-site, in addition to Atlantis' dizzying array of drinking spots (19 bars). Royal Towers guests will find themselves within easy walking distance of the complex's best pools, a luxury spa and fitness center, the 141-acre Aquaventure for incredible waterslides and river rides, and activities at Dolphin Cay. Other notable features of the complex include the largest outdoor marine habitat in the world, and 21 restaurants -- all with a hefty price tag. Contemporary rooms are larger (and pricier) than rooms at the Beach and Coral Towers, but most have French balconies with standing room only.
Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas is a three-pearl resort located on Cable Beach. The resort’s 391 guest rooms are big and bright, although decor is a bit bland and dated. The hotel has three appealing pools, five restaurants, a fantastic beach, as well as more unusual features such as a trapeze and a rock-climbing wall. Add to that a full schedule of land and water activities, along with four bars where the party often continues late into the night, and there’s more than enough here to keep guests entertained. For those who like all-inclusive resorts, it’s among the best value options on the island -- but it gets plenty of spring breakers in season.