Compass Point Beach Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Compass Point Beach Resort Nassau
My husband and I were looking for a gorgeous, romantic, secluded resort with great food and unique atmosphere and that wasn't too far from Chicago for our last childless vacation -- a very tall order to say the least!
Compass Point totally exceeded our expectations. We stayed for 7 days/6 glorious nights in an elevated sea front hut with a little veranda that opened right onto the ocean -- lovely! The rooms are wonderfully equipped with fridge, microwave, high thread-count sheets, aveda products, lush towels, wireless internet (although at times the service was spotty), flat screen tv, dvd, and stereo. The resort itself feels secluded and private, yet amenities like internet and tv allow you to stay connected to the rest of the world if you like -- perfect for us.
The food and drink were absolutely delicious. We were amazed by how consistent the chef was considering we ate practically every meal at the resort.
This is definitely not the place for you if you're looking for 24-casinos and the disney-like atmosphere of the resorts closer to Paradise Island. We went into town only once to check out Atlantis and while the jitney bus ($2) was fun, we couldn't wait to get back to the tranquility of Compass Point. The bus only runs during daylight hours. After dusk, you'll have to cab it back to the resort which will cost you anywhere from $25-35. It is a long way from Paradise Island.
Every day we ate great food, sat by the pool sunning ourselves or swimming in the ocean, slept on a wonderfully comfortable bed, lulled to sleep by the ocean waves-- overall a perfect stay for us.
We cannot wait to return!
Loved it! Perfect blend of relaxation, sophistication, and fun
My wife and I just returned from Compass Point and we loved it. It was exactly what we were looking for: a quiet, relaxing and sophisticated spot, off the beaten track. It was a great place to relax during the day and their restaurant and bar are great places to hang out in the evening.
If you want to be away from the crowds and feel more like a local, the location is great. It's less than a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport, so you can maximize your vacation time. If you want to go into Cable Beach or downtown Nassau, the jitneys are a great, cheap and fun way to get around. They pass right in front of Compass Point, although they will stop for you even if you are walking down the road. A few times, we would walk down the road a bit and eventually a jitney would pass and we would flag it down and hop aboard. There's a great little fruit stand run by a local just about 100 yards down the road (towards Nassau) and another stand right next to it where a local guy makes fresch conch salad to order. The guy at the fruit stand will also fry up some conch fritters for you (and only for a buck!) - I loved them. A little further down the road is Traveller's Rest, which is a very local restaurant/bar that is nothing fancy but it is genuine bahamian. We loved this place too, and especially their Guava Cake. Cute little gift shop right next door too.
As for the location of the resort itself, it is fantastic. Perched right on the water. Absolutely beautiful. We loved sitting on the very comfortable padded lounges on the sun deck area next to the pool, which is perched just above the water, and a small beach. The beach is small, but it is still a great little place to dip into the water. There is a nice stone staircase that goes fromt he pool area right onto the little beach. And Love Beach right next door is a long beautiful secluded beach that is great for long relaxing strolls. Most of the times that we walked along Love Beach we literally had it all to ourselves.
We loved the outdoor bar and eating area. Great atmosphere and I can't believe there would be a better setting anywhere else. They even had a nice piano out there which just topped off the ambiance. The inside area of the restaurant is also very nicely decorated and comfortable. The little lounge seating area off the dining room was a favourite of ours for pre-dinner cocktails.
Our room, which was actually more like a cabin or cottage, was also great. We were right on the water and we literally fell asleep to the sound of waves. Double doors opened up to a good sized balconly with a breathtaking view. We loved sitting out here with our morning coffee. The decoration inside the room is nicely subdued and soothing, which is a nice change from the fun vibrant colours outside. Beautiful big windows with shutters. Our room was elevated and below it was a nice outdoor eating area with a little kitchenette with everything you would need if you wanted to prepare some food for yourself. There is a nice brand new grocery store (City Market) about a 10 minute jitney (bus) ride away.
We loved Compass Point and hope to return.
Great location, good service, funky resort
First, travelers beware. Do not book with Compass Point via VHR Worldwide. My wife and I had the "run around" with VHR. The real booking agency is Island Outpost (look them up on Google) or better yet contact Compass Point directly - you'll be glad you did.
My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights from Jan 3rd - Jan 6th, 07. We had just spent 7 nights on Cat Island at Sammy T's Resort (review also posted).
We stayed in a seaview studio. Because we were in #1, we were really close to the restaurant, pool and internet cafe; at night it made it a little difficult to get to sleep. The windows are slat storm shutters with bug screens, so you can never really "shut out" the world. It wasn't unpleasant though.
We loved the Junkanoo colors of the resort. The floors are natural wood with white-washed walls. Bathroom is awesome (my wife's words). The tile shower has a raised slat wood floor. Stocked with Aveda toiletries (including shampoo).
The flat panel LCD TV was a nice treat, had local channels from LA to NYC. The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were good quality. Lots of closet space. Room had an iron, ironing board, and hair dryer.
Inside the large closet was a sink with a compact refrigerator and coffee pot. The sink area wasn't clean at all, but since we didn't use it, we just closed the door and forgot about it.
Since the resort had been open only a short time, Linda, the GM, seemed like she was always working. She was very accomodating and tried to make sure our stay was without problems. The restaurant had good food and was quick to serve; great outdoor and indoor bar, both have large screen LCD TV's. We enjoyed the view of the ocean from our porch too.
My wife jumped into the hot tub and pool, she said it was very nice. After walking around the property and seeing the other accomodations, we wished we could've stayed in a seaview hut or something better than then what we got.
Hotel staff was very polite and did not balk at any request, from changing money to hailing a taxi.
We recommend this to anyone not wanting to be stuck in the Sandals, Atlantis, or downtown area. If you're here for the nightlife, probably should be comfortable taking a taxi or just stay at a place closer to downtown.
Best place on New Providence
After seeing the pictures and reviews of Compass Point here we were extremely excited to go check the property out. It's not often that your high expectations are reached and surpassed - but that's exactly what Compass Point did!
The property is gorgeous, the staff is friendly, the food and drinks are great, the beds are comfortable... it's a little slice of heaven. We loved the fact that while we were there we felt totally sheltered from the hustle and bustle and large crowds of Nassau - no casinos, drunken rednecks or crazy spring breakers there!
While the waterfront cabanas really are directly on the water, all of the rooms are close enough to hear the waves crashing while you fall asleep. The AC is a nice touch - it cooled the room quickly - and the windows allowed for a nice cross breeze as well.
The beach is small, but large enough to serve its purpose. You can sit on the pool deck in the comfortable chairs and still feel like you're directly on the beach - plus you can get drinks brought right to you :)
I honestly can't even find the words to describe how happy we are to have found this place - we'll be back time and time again! If you're looking for a relaxing, luxurious little spot that almost feels like your own private island - Compass Point is the way to go!
Beware making reservations
While I can't vouch for the hotel because I have never stayed there, I can vouch for the poor reservations systems the hotel has in place. I was very excited after reading the positive reviews on this site and requested a reservation for four days in March for a studio, the hotel's least expensive accomodation. I was told there was one available, was quoted the price, and was told to fax credit card payment instructions. I faxed the info and confirmed receipt of the fax with the reservations agent, and my credit card was charged for the full amount of my stay. Assuming, not unreasonably in my opinion, that this meant my reservation was confirmed, I bought my airline tickets that afternoon. The next day I arrived at work to an email indicating that all of the studios were booked for the time I requested and my options were to either pay the difference for a more expensive room (~$400 difference) or be credited the amount charged. I thought this was ridiculous as I had already bought my plane tickets contingent upon my room reservation. The hotel would not budge an inch, claiming, it's a small resort and this sometimes happens. I expected more from a small resort that I assumed would pride itself on its customer service. Needless to say I cancelled my reservation and have found alternate accomodations. So just beware and make sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that your room is reserved for you - apparently correspondence with a reservations agent and your credit card being charged the full amount is not enough!
A Unique and Romantic Getaway John, Vancouver BC
We recently attended a wedding at Compass Point and ended up staying for a week.
The Resort is brand new following a complete wall to wall renovation and upgrade of all facilities.
The Resorts' hosts Skip and Linda are extremely charming and accomodating and, in addition to meticulously overseeing the restoration of the property have hired an extremely friendly and charming staff.
The bright multi-colored cabanas take you away to a world of fantasy on their own, but when set against the backdrop of the crystal aqua-marine waters the caribbean, the effect is awsome! Instant relaxation!
The rooms are great complete with a plasma TV and a home theater system. Who wants to watch TV in a place like this??? But if you bring some CD's you will get the best sound in a hotel room ever! The views from all rooms are breathtaking and you'll fall asleep with ease to the steady rythum of the waves hitting the beach.
Renting a car to get around is not necessary just take the bus or cab it. Once you ride a Bahamian bus you will wonder why all busses don't blast reggae music. It would be a happier world if they did!
We went out for dinner several times into Nassau and to the surrounding area but found the restaurant at the resort to be among our best dining experiences both in terms of the food and the setting. It was also reasonably priced.
There is great snorkelling right off the beach so bring your stuff. Otherwise snorkling/diving trips through Stuart Cove Divers is highly recommended.
In closing Compass Point is one of the best kept secrets in the Bahamas. This is not your cookie cutter resort. It is a truly unique and relaxing experience. We will return to the Bahamas and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else!
Great start, a few wrinkles to iron out
We were immediately impressed by the staff when we first arrived at the resort. The bright personalities and the bright buildings were quite the first impression. We enjoyed our stay on the island, a pleasant alternative to the crazy huge resorts closer to the city. Our favorites: the view, the way the huts incorporated an outdoor living area, nice decks, plush towels, aveda products, the amazingly helpful staff, the hottub right next to the ocean. I want to emphasize how relaxing it was there! Things we would like to see them improve: there were problems with our keys and the airconditioning, which took a while to resolve, there were no glasses in the kitchenette, the bed isn't a box spring, and the fact that the resort is RIGHT up against a well traveled road and is close to the airport (ie fly-bys). I was told when we arrived that the dining would be vegetarian/vegan friendly, and didn't find this to tbe the case once we arrived, although they did try to accomodate). All in all the resort was wonderful and peaceful and the staff made things right when they could. I think they will have a few of these wrikles ironed out in no time. If I went back to the island, i would stay here again, despite the fact that it is a $25 cab ride into the city or anywhere else.
The Pink Cabin
Compass Point - Rainbow to Paradise
My six-year old daughter Stella and I just spent a week at Compass Point Beach Resort.
We were the very first guests.
The bright colors had just dried on the clapboard cabins, which are neatly arranged along a winding path by the ocean.
Every guest has an individual cabin, each painted in different combinations of pink, blue, orange, yellow, turquoise, red, and green. Inside the cabins, the eye gets a rest: white and deep chocolate brown are the only two colors, so that the breath-taking vistas of the ocean get the attention they deserve. The rooms are individually appointed with low-key luxury: a desk, enough closet space, wonderful bed linens, a balcony with a view (of course), the latest TV, microwave, safe,... The bathrooms are minimalism at its best - nothing is left to be desired: Travertine marble and natural wood, thick white beach towels and robes, Aveda toiletteries.
The sea is a few feet away. You could be on a boat, except for all the creature comforts you can enjoy at Compass Point: A pristine pool decorated with mosaics, a separate shallow area for children, adjustable chaises lounges to bask in the sun or read under one of the sun umbrellas. A hot tub with a view of the ocean - Stella's favorite spot.
Compass Point has two private beaches at 90 degrees to each other, separated by a break water of rocks. Both have white sand, and we spent hours swimming from one to the other and back through the transparent turquoise water!
The longer one, Love Beach, starts at the far end of the resort and provides opportunity for long strolls, building sand castles, collecting shells and snorkeling.
The tables are set with white linens and again, overlooking the sea. The kitchen offers a refined and fresh version of Island basics, such as grilled grouper or conk salad, but also accommodated Stella's wish for spaghetti with butter, which she said was "the best".
The seemingly effortless perfection is the result of careful planning and meticulous execution behind the scenes. Each and every member of the staff at Compass Point go out of their way to fulfill the guests' wishes and desires and to make the time at Compass Point relaxing and memorable. Linda and Rick Scully, the managers, give the place a sense of a home away from home with their warm yet professional hospitality.
We had a wonderful time in this rainbow-colored slice of paradise!
A Charming Place to Stay!
For our last night in Nassau, we booked ourselves into the newly-renovated Compass Point, sneaking in slightly earlier than its official opening. What a stroke of luck! This hotel really is wonderful!
Everyone- from check-in, to management, to Jamal behind the bar, was really knowledgeable, professional and nice. We were in a little villa perched on the edge of oceanfront, such that to look straight down from the balcony, we could see just water. The villa itself is chic and cosy, with that elusive combination of fashionable, comfortable and with modern amenities. My husband loved the flat-screen TV; I liked the Aveda toiletries. We didn't get a chance to try to heated jacuzzi, but we'll surely be back again one day to do that-- as well as to eat in the restaurant, which will surely be jumping by then.
We attended a wedding at Compass Point. The hotel is recently renovated. All rooms have been refurbished including new flat screens and stereos. We especially enjoyed the fluffy bedding, bath sheets, and teak floored shower. The food was delicious and the bar had a lively crowd.
The resort is a beautiful, romantic spot. Their beach is called Love Beach and this is where the wedding ceremony was held. We definitely had a feeling of exclusivity as many celebrities have stayed there in the past and it is away from the hustle of downtown Nassau and Cable Beach. The proprietors, Skip and Linda, are very accomodating and can arrange transportation to whereever you like. The casinos are a short cab ride away.
We found Compass Point to be a welcome relief from the crowds, kids, and general mania of Atlantis or seediness of the Cable Beach Hotels.
If you're looking for a place that is layed back and beautiful we recommend Compass Point.
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