(long review but thorough)
Paradise Island Beach Club is in the shadow of Atlantis but by far the quietest beach location. It is a small resort right on the beach with two pools, a gym, minimart, beachside grill, and very spacious rooms. The resort is well maintained and with friendly though typical “island time” staff. Other than Wednesday’s “Bahaman Night” and Saturday’s a la cart BBQ, there is no on-site dinner. The grill is open for lunch and we heard great feedback from other guests. They have happy hour every day with 2 for 1 heavily poured drinks (not watered down). I highly recommend the Goombay Bash. The gym is adequate, with some weights, treadmills, bikes, and elliptical, although it took the staff 3 days to refill the water, even when requested, 2 days in a row. It’s decent enough for a week, but needs a general cleaning in my opinion. Bring your towel from your room as there are none in the gym.
THE ROOMS…were recently updated and I must say, it’s the most storage we’ve ever had in a timeshare and outlets were everywhere to charge your electronics. The free wifi is spotty and not high speed but adequate for our needs. We were able to get a signal from our room no problem. It had three flat screen TVs in a two bedroom unit with the usual American stations, CBS, NBC, etc. The kitchen is well stocked including detergent and coffee filters. There is a community laundry room with newer washers and dryers for only $1.50 a load so you can pack light. The beds are VERY hard, and pillows are flat. Towels exchanged daily. Another reviewer complained of scratchy towels. Looks like they are transitioning to new ones since at first we had a mix of scratchy towels and fluffy ones. By the third day they were all good quality.
The mini mart on site has a decent selection with prices in line with the market down the road. In general EVERYTHING IS THE BAHAMAS IS PRETTY EXPENSIVE. We packed a lot of dry goods such as oatmeal, granola bars, etc but I still spent $140 on perishables and a bottle of liquor. To give perspective a carton of ice cream is $14.
THE BEACH is stunning. We never had a problem getting beach or pool lounges any time of day. Unless there are high winds, umbrellas are also available. No need to do the earlier wake up to save a chair. Joseph will have you covered.
A MUST KNOW…there is a $18 (total for week) timeshare exchange tax, $100 electricity fee, and a 4% charge for using your credit card to settle the bill. We’ve seen similar fees on other islands so we weren’t surprised. The resort does not take American Express but we found most of the restaurants and shops nearer to the Atlantis do. The taxis, straw market and many of the restaurants at the Fish Fry are cash only. It’s an even exchange and all except US dollars and give change in US.
SURROUNDING AREA…Like I said it is a quiet resort and there is very little directly next to the resort. We’re a pretty fit family and had no issue walking to the restaurants and shops on Paradise Island near the Atlantis marina which is about a mile to a mile and a half away. Guests with mobility issues will need to rely on taxis about $10 each way if not crossing into Nassau. Crossing over into Nassau to eat or shop will cost you more.
We didn’t do excursions in Bahamas since the water was choppy most of the week and we were trying to keep costs down. We did however take the resorts free bikes out (available until 5pm) and walked around the gorgeous gardens a block away. At the Straw Market near the cruise ship terminal we found a couple of items but overall it wasn’t worth the special trip. It is made up of many, many stalls and most of them are selling the exact same items. If you don’t like tight places or vendors hounding you to buy their items, than this is not the place for you. But its great if you’re a champion haggler.
TAXIS…. We needed to take a taxi into Nassau to visit the Straw Market and then we made the long 20 minute walk to the Fish Fry. It was worth the visit but we prefer the quiet beach over the “cruise ship” happy town. We are glad we did not rent a car, since we are not use to driving on the other side of the road and parking is limited in Nassau. Cab ride from Airport is about $ 40.00ish depending on the driver.
RESTAURANTS…There is a limited amount of restaurants on Paradise Island. We were able to find enough affordable places to eat in walking distance but we had to do our research. Ask other guests (most have been here repeatedly) for recommendations, not the staff. The restaurants within Atlantis are expensive and quite frankly the tourist trap type of establishments you’ll find in Las Vegas, New York, Disney and Atlantic City. I highly recommend Montaqu Gardens (in Nassau) where they pick you up and return you to your resort for free. Violas and Anthony’s are were also very good, within walking distance and serve breakfast/lunch/dinner. All three were budget and family friendly with good service. You can see my reviews of them separately. Note all restaurants include a 15% gratuity directly onto the bill.
DRESS…In general it is very casual down here but men should have a collared shirt or at least one with sleeves for the Atlantis restaurants.
In summary… we would definitely come back to the island and this resort even with knowing the limited eating establishments directly surrounding the resort itself. We had a great time.
- 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