I've been to the Bahamas many, many times. I love it there. So for those who dinged the hotel rating because you didn't like the Bahamas, please go somewhere else. It is an island where everything is imported. Yes, prices for some things are high all over the island. If you are super price sensitive, go to the grocery store and the liquor store downtown and cook for yourself and fix your own drinks. The superfine white sand beach, sun, and relaxation are worth the trip.
The property is very nice, clean, with well-equipped timeshares. We traded Interval and got beach-front Villa#1. Wow. It is SMACK on the beach. Our patio was steps from the pool bar, picnic table, bbq grill and beach access gate. We had the staff bring us a sun lounger in addition to the normal patio furniture... I love to cook and the kitchen had everything I needed. There is a long list of items you're supposed to have; they will bring it if you don't have something. Bring your own seasonings if you plan to cook (salt, pepper, onion/garlic powder, coffee, sugar, creamer, etc). Our 2bd, 2bath villa was very well appointed. Nice family-friendly, clean and well-maintained furniture, comfortable beds, nice fixtures, GREAT SHOWER in the master. The towels and sheets were very nice quality. When the toilet broke, they came IMMEDIATELY to fix it.
Our neighbors were some vey nice older couples and concerned that they were up all night making too much noise. The buildings must be well-constructed as we never heard a peep out of them or their loud parties.
Housekeeping was good. Most of the staff was very helpful and would go out of their way to help.
The resort is a GOOD walk from the main part of Paradise Island. Cabs want to charge $10 for the ride or $30 to go across the bridge into Nassau. Downtown Nassau is about a 30 minute walk if you like exercise. It's a completely flat jog if you like to run. The resort offers bikes at no charge if you don't mind riding. We saw lots of folks from the hotel on bikes. We had our son with us and couldn't use the bikes. If you walk to downtown Paradise Island and across the bridge, you can catch a bus foe about a dollar and go wherever you want: mall, casino, straw market, etc.
The only flaw might be fatal: If you absolutely must have reliable Internet, this is not the place for you. I needed to make two network computer meetings via the Internet during our week stay. The Internet signals did not reach my (lovely beachfront) villa so I had to try to login at the pool or in the breezeway lounge. Inexplicably, the very nice, efficient staff speak to each other in very loud voices all over the resort. No attempt is made not to disturb the guests. This made participation in my meetings very challenging. The first meeting, the power went out during my net meeting and I had to catch a ride to the Atlantis and pay about $15 for Internet--missing the meeting entirely. The second time, the resort manager, Tony, let me use his office!
The pool bar is very convenient once you learn the hours. Some nights it closes early, like 5pm. So you'd better get groceries or order dinner early. The resort has a grocery shopping service to have items in your room upon arrival if you arrange it in advance. My favorite on the menu is the fried lobster pieces. It's enough food for two filling servings or enough to share. The chicken wraps were also good. The prices were average for Bahamas food, $10-14 per plate. The frozen drinks are huge and cost about $10. They do put $10 worth of liquor in them, too, so watch out. This is why everybody is having such a great time at the bar... We enjoyed the welcome reception, which is corny, but fun--don't miss it. The mini-mart also closes early. The prices for beer and alcohol is very close, if not better than some downtown Nassau prices. We didn't attend the Bahamian dinner night, so we can't comment. But we could see part of the show from our patio. It was very elaborate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach front property, with 44 villas, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, full equipped kitchen, living and dining room, personal balconies, out door barbecue grills. The furthest villa is less than 200 feet from the beach. Ideally located, private with quiet beach where you feel at home, close to many amenities, Casino, Golf course, restaurants, night life, airport and hospitals. On property there are two heated pools, two bars, a swim up bar and grill, Gym, Convenience store with a deli, wine and liqour store with a gift shop. There are complimentary bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas. free wi-fi Flat screen TV's in every room, Villa sleeps six. Perfect for families or two couples, we have been satisfying repeat customers for over twenty five years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Island Beach Club Hotel Paradise Island
- Paradise Island Beach Resort
- Paradise Island Beach Hotel
- Paradise Island Beach Club Bahamas