Fodor's Expert Review Marley Resort & Spa

W. Bay St., Cable Beach, New Providence Island, Bahamas

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Fans of legendary reggae icon Bob Marley are not the only ones who will love this resort and spa, opened by his wife and children. The Marleys have transformed their vacation home of 20 years into an all-around appealing two-story boutique hotel just west of the Cable Beach strip. All of the rooms are named after famous Bob Marley songs. One Love is the honeymoon suite, complete with a private Jacuzzi for two overlooking the beach. Royal Rita, also with an ocean view, is the room where his widow, Rita Marley, used to sleep. Some rooms, including Three Little Birds, which is big enough to sleep a family, are in the courtyard building and are without pool or ocean views. The hotel pays close attention to the smallest details of personal service, even ensuring that each room is scented with your favorite fragrance and includes your personal pillow preference. The Simmer Down Restaurant serves gourmet Caribbean cuisine and the jerk fish is divine. You can chill out poolside, in the tropical gardens of hibiscus and banana plants, or at Stir It Up, the on-site bar. A visit to the Natural Mystic Spa is a must, where the foot-washing ritual and outdoor herbal baths help you relax.

PROS

  • one-of-a-kind, customizable resort experience
  • 200 feet of private beach

CONS

  • located on busy main road (though peaceful and quiet)
  • must drive to nearby attractions
  • no activities for children

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Beachfront
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 242-702–2800

HOTEL DETAILS

11 suites, 5 rooms