5 Nassau resorts: reviews by travel agent Jean

5 Nassau resorts: reviews by travel agent Jean

Nassau, and the islands of the Bahamas, are often overlooked as a vacation destination when up against the ever-popular all-inclusive islands of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and vacation hotspots like Mexico. These 5 Nassau resorts are worth visiting, though. 

Our agent Jean Arseneau just returned from a trip to Nassau, where he visited five Nassau resorts, and says a bit of his heart remained in the Bahamas, where he was treated to first-class service, ate delicious food, stayed in amazing resorts, and experienced a warm Bahamian welcome. You can’t say no to that. Let’s find out where Jean visited:

Sandals Royal Bahamian:

  • Adults-only all-inclusive vacation destination; five-stars
  • Includes a private off-shore island, with restaurant and fantastic beach
  • 10 restaurants, 8 bars to choose from
  • Countless room categories, including butler service and river pool swim-up suites
  • Very sophisticated and high class: once a favourite of Duke and Duchess of Windsor
  • Two pools
  • Two white-sand beaches
  • 30 minutes from Lynden Pindling International Airport
  • Known for high-end service, food
  • Popular with weddings and honeymoons

Jean says: “What sells the place is the offshore island. You jump on the boat, and in 10-15 minutes it’s like you’re on this private island, a whole new vacation. It’s very popular with weddings.”

Graycliff Hotel:

  • 20 rooms available: hotel is old Colonial building in heart of downtown Nassau
  • Fine cuisine, and big draws like Graycliff Cigar Company, chocolates, coffee, and wine at the hotel
  • The Wine Cellar is known to celebrities like Prince Harry and Pink
  • Home to the Caribbean’s first 5-star restaurant
  • Four room categories available at this Nassau resorts

Jean says: “Graycliff is really quite the place. They do so many unique things with making coffee and chocolate right there, it’s something totally different to experience.”

Riu Palace Paradise Island:

  • Four-star resort, with all-inclusive offerings and a touch of luxury
  • Five restaurants, four bars await at the resort
  • Fishing, swimming with dolphins, and land and watersports are available
  • Recently renovated in 2017 for adults-only vacations
  • Free WiFi throughout
  • 350 rooms
  • Two swimming pools: one with swim-up bar
  • 24-hour room service for snacks available

Jean’s tip: “The Riu is great for an all-inclusive vacation, but if you’re looking for activities and lots of things to do, buy a day pass to Atlantis. Most people don’t even realize it’s right next door, a 5 minute walk. The busy-ness, aquarium, and activities is what you’re going to want at Atlantis, mixed with the Riu’s accommodations and all-inclusive.”

Atlantis Resort:

  • Not all-inclusive
  • 6 different areas of the resort for accommodations, depending on style (ie. luxury, high end, family, etc)
  • Known for its Vegas-like accommodations and casinos, aquarium
  • More than 10 pools and 18 waterslides
  • More than 20 restaurants available in complex

Jean says: “Atlantis is just a giant playground for both adults and kids! Casinos galore, 6 different sections, water slides through shark tanks, a lazy river…you could never do everything! Atlantis is like a high-end shopping mall with every activity and shopping you could need”

Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar:

  • New resort, took about 4-5 years to build
  • About 3,000 rooms total in the Baha Mar complex: similar to Atlantis
  • All rooms feature step-out or full balcony
  • 5 culinary options and 9 bars
  • Daily live music
  • Concierge service, in-room dining, and other higher-end features available
  • Has a casino and golf course

Jean says: “It’s obvious the Baha Mar is trying to compete with Atlantis, but it really does mean another fantastic 5-star resort in Nassau.”

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