Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
This post was written by Parm Parmar of Planet Blue Adventure after a recent visit.
The Melia Nassau Beach resort, only a short 6 miles east of Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport, is a feast for the eyes. Upon entering the resort, the lobby is the first thing one experiences and it creates quite a “wow” moment for the first-time visitor! Slick and modern, the lobby’s soft colour palette is subtly impressive and very welcoming.
The resort is set on seven oceanfront acres and has recently undergone a major renovation, having updated the guest rooms, dining spaces and facilities. The completed rooms now feature more comfortable, stylish furniture and give each area a more spacious feel. Though the hallways and a number of rooms are still sporting the outdated décor, it is clear that the renovations are progressing at full tilt and before long, the completed transformation will be stunning.
Pools and Beaches
Meliá Nassau Beach has three pools for guests to enjoy. The main pool features a swim-up bar for refreshments, while the others offer a more relaxed setting, surrounded by lush, tropical greenery and the subtle sounds of birds and a cascading waterfall.
Of course, the de riguer chaise lounges, sun umbrellas and towels are provided at the beach and pools. Additionally, there are countless items available and included, for guests to enjoy various water sports: kayaks, paddleboards, water tricycles and snorkeling gear are all included for guests. Jet skis and scuba equipment are available for an additional fee. There is an exclusive beach area for the “Level Guest.” We found service on this beach to be sparse and it could definitely benefit from more hands-on attention from the staff.
Premium Level Guest
As a “Level Guest,” the top tier of the all-inclusive package, service is first class. There is a private members’ lounge, where guests can indulge in a plentiful selection of tasty appetizers and a bar, which features premium liquor brands. It’s here the private check-in and checkout is offered, along with free room service and priority reservations for dining venues.
The rooms provide elegant bathrobes and slippers in addition to offering a turn-down service and welcome gifts. Like most rooms, there is a private walkout and ocean- facing balcony, providing guests with a place to unwind and take in the picturesque sunrises and sunsets.
Seven restaurants are located at Meliá Nassau Beach, all featuring different cuisines:
The Market Place at the lower level of the resort is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering an international buffet for each. Fresh omelets are on offer for breakfast, with baked goods and plentiful, traditional Bahamian cuisine. Lunch features can include an assortment of fresh sushi, grilled fish and tasty burgers. There is enough choice for even the pickiest eater to find something to suit his or her palate.
O’Grille restaurant, close to the beach, offers light fare, including grilled fish, ceviche, salads and quesadillas; perfect grazing items for those guests who would rather stay close to the water. The restaurant also features a full-service bar.
Aqua, located across from the Market Place, is open for dinner and features Italian cuisine. Dishes included ravioli, spaghetti Bolognese and an assortment of different pastas with seafood. This is a great spot to get your Italian food fix on!
Black Angus is the only restaurant not included in the all-inclusive rate. Featured dishes include steak, Bahamian lobster, grilled Sea Bass and fire-glazed BBQ pork ribs.
In addition, there is Cilantro, where the menu features Mexican specialties. Estavida offers a variety of tapas while Nikkei showcases a mix of Peruvian, Cantonese and Japanese fare.
For coffee lovers, Starbucks ($) is available at the lower level to get your caffeine fix.
Each night guests gather at the lobby where the adjacent Sapphire Bar Music is playing and conversation swirls, before guests embark for dinner. Later, themed music – from Salsa to Hip-hop — is played each night until the early hours. There is Salsa dancing on offer, complete with experts who are eager to teach you the moves! The dance floor at Melia Nassau Beach provides an experience to match the mood of the guest participants, at any time.
On the lower level, there is a state-of-the-art gym facility where guests can maintain their workout regime while continuing to indulge in the everyday opulence of all the resort has to offer.
The Melia Nassau Beach is conveniently located near an abundance of available transportation (buses, taxis, etc.) and other local amenities.
For more information about what to see and do in Nassau read the Nassau Guide: