Paradise Island Harbour Resort All Inclusive
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paradise Island Harbour Resort All Inclusive
After just returning from 4 nights at the Holiday Inn Sunspree on Paradise Island, my boyfriend and I are ready to go back! From the moment we arrived we were presently surprised with the great service and amenities offered from not your typical Holiday Inn. Some of the highlights included the rooms with terraces overlooking the pool and harbor, poolside bar with make-your-own frozen drinks and excellent bar food, and shaded tennis courts with free equipment to play whenever you want. The pool area was nicer and bigger than we expected with plenty of different areas to lounge either by the pool, in the sand, or in a hammock. While the buffett style food wasn't great, there were enough good choices to not get sick of of it...we'd recommend the cinnamon rolls and made-to-order omelets at breakfast! Compared to the other more expensive and not-inclusive choices on Paradise Island, Holiday Inn Sunspree was a steal.
It's Not What You Think
My 2 girlfriends and I went to the Holiday Inn Sunspree for 4 days February 6th. We chose that hotel because the beach looked beautiful and we all love all inclusive vacations. First of all, it's not really on the beach, but more of a polluted harbour where boats pass through. The water is still, looks and feels dirty, and you can't really swim in it. So, it's a nice view to look at, but we really felt cheated out of a beach. Second, although it's all inclusive, you don't get that 'catered' to feeling that you get in all other all inclusive hotels I've been to. There were no activities (except for Karioke), no club, no toys! The restaurant staff was on the surly side, although everyone at the front desk was very nice, especially the manager, Clinton. Housekeeping was also good, they brought us candy bars every night. There was a tour operator in the lobby. You couldn't walk past them without getting harassed to take one! In short, the management tries hard, but this is not a very classy place, the food is lousy, the beach sucks-next time I need a little sunshine it'll be Florida, Cuba or the Dominican. Once was enough in the Bahamas!
I was a bit nervous after reading some of the horrible reveiws of this place online- but I encountered none of the problems described. My friend and I satyed for a long weekend in early May and it was FANTASTIC!!! The motto at the hotel is -we'll do anything to make you happy and they did! The drinks were strong and awesome and the food was not half as scary as the reviews online would have you believe. Breakfast was by far the best and dinners were themed, but there is always Wahoo's grill by the pool with standbys like cheese burgers and steaks, hotdogs and salads. I read that the floors in the room were tiled and dirty. Tiled- true. Dirty? No- rugs are usually dirtier than tile anyway! The staff was more than accommadating- we waited for nothing! The "beach" is actually habor water- kinda gross, but the beautiful Cabbage Beach is only a 10 minute walk. Excellent entertainment- the local limbo guy "Action" even took us out to Senior Frogs after his show at the hotel! All in all we had a great time and would definately stay here again. we paid $725 for 3 nights all inclusive with airfare from Philly. Its not a 5 star luxury hotel, but it was Worth every penny. A great deal.
Best Holiday Inn ever!
We enjoyed the private beach, great location for our children who loved the lagoon and boardwalk. The kids like the paddle boat and kyak. Much Safer than the beach by the Sheraton we checked. A real family place. We liked the limbo fire show and meeting "Action". What a hoot he was. Good job at the bar, self-service daquiris is a smart way to go. The price was right, almost $100 per night less than other nearby hotels. We hope to come back next year and appreciated the upgraded waterfront room from Sabrina at the desk!!
Great if you have children!
We stayed at the HI Sunspree Thanksgiving Week 2002. What a great value for the all-inclusive package when you have children. My 10 and 4 year old had a wonderful time. The staff is really nice and the pool area is wonderful! They had a small childrens club and every day they had poolside activities. They also had a lounge that was open in the evening with music and entertainment which was a lot of fun. The food was ok, nothing spectacular, but there was always someplace to get a snack and drink, and the poolbar grill had some good lunch choices. The rooms were very nice, but make sure to snag a pool view room with a balcony and if you are very lucky you can get a corner balcony room, which our traveling companions had right next to us (we had adjoining rooms), with a beautiful view. The HI Sunspree is only a short walk to the market place, the Atlantis, the Ferry Dock , the Cloisters and the public access beach. The HI Sunspree had a beach, which was perfect for little children, as it had a barrier wall made of rocks which gave only the gentlest of tiny waves. You could sit a toddler in the water! There was a lovely pier where you could walk out and feed the fish or, if you could snag one of the chaise lounges, you could sit and sunbathe or read a book. They also had a dive shop, which our husbands took advantage of and we used the Tour Desk to book a full day all-inclusive excursion to Blue Lagoon Island which was FANTASTIC! All in all, if you are budget minded with children and you can appreciate the fact that this is Holiday Inn and not the Atlantis, you will have a wonderful time on Paradise Island!
Good deal for nassau
Overall not a bad place...
The room was nice, quiet and clean. The bed was very comfortable and decent view of nassau harbor without paying for the "ocean view"
The pool was fairly large and the staff was very professional and nice.
When tired out for the day, the tv has a wide selection of channels.
The food in the all inclusive package had a nice variety and was ok...not great...but it is a buffet style so you can only expect so much. By far the breakfast was the best.
The best beach on all the island is certainly cabbage beach which only took about 5 mins to walk to. White sands, but there was a bit of an undertoe so be leary especially if you have children.
Really, this was the ideal area to be on all of Nassau and a real value for the money.
That leads me to say, if you really want the Bahamas experience then go, but ofcourse your money will tend to go much further in Mexico or even Puerto Rico. Overall, a nice trip and nice hotel, but you can find better outside the Bahamas. It is certainly not Thailand or anywhere else, but it was a nice break from the cold weather. Certainly stay at the Holiday Inn Resort if you want all inclusive......might be better elsewhere on the island, but we really enjoyed the nice service and nice staff.
Oh, and when leaving ... get to the airport early....early.... the us customs line is extremely long and ofcourse not very nice. Our officer didn't even say anything to us and just walked off without saying we could go on. Nothing like us customs!!!
Holiday Inn sunspree
Recently visited with my cousin Geza and had a great time, despite some of the reviews we found on the internet. We loved Junkanoo, dont miss this if you go, wish we could have stayed longer during the Holidays
The hotel is nice and looks almost new but we did not like the tile floors. The airconditioning sometimes is too cold but we do not use it much at home.
The bar staff were great. For nightlife we went to Atlantis or this placed called Bahama Boom. The food was OK, we really liked breakfast and the omelets and waffles. We also liked blue lagoon island which the manager got us a discount to get into. Ask for Clinton
Overall a great vacation, we stayed 2 weeks and had great weather every day.
If we go again we may consider renting a car to get around and see more of the island, we did rent scooters one day but that seemed expensive and we were nervous about taking them into Nassau.
Nice property, great people
Holiday Inn Sunspree was not the best hotel in the world but it was very nice. Definatly not recommended for someone looking for 5 star quality. the employees were very nice. Very short walk to the Atlantis and marina to catch the ferry to Blue Lagoon Island (swimming with Dolphins).
Go to holiday inn if you are there to experience Bahamian life, not the beach, and use COMMON SENSE.
Fell in love
we stayed there last year and are going back next year for a longer time fell in love with island and people on it so friendly.
Cutt of from Canada!
Where do I start? For beginners the Bahamas is not a pretty place to visit. You must meet a local to take you out on their boat to see anything interesting.
The people are extremely rude and if you express concerns they look at you with no expression and don't offer to compensate for anything! They are not gracious hosts!!
It is way too expensive... we went to the Bahama Mama Mia Restaurant for dinner and never received our full appetizer, a meal was forgotten and our drinks never arrived after complaining a total of 15 times. We felt we had options, we could either leave with out paying, leave a little something for whatever we ate or wait for the head waitress to come back compensating for the aweful service. So we decided to leave some money and get on with our evening. One of our FOUR waitresses drove up to our hotel as we got their and demanded we pay our bill. We explain that half should be complementary due to the bad food and aweful service. After an hour of arguing we gave her an extra $20 to leave.
We also went down town to the Fish Fry and went to the Twin Brothers for another dinner where after waiting a half hour, got our drinks and after 2.5 hours left because we still didn't get our food. We totally gave up on dinning out so we ordered a pizza that took 2 hours. We found that if we caught the front desk on a "good day", they would order the pizza for us then it only took 20 minutes. Hmm... is there something to this?
A cab ride from one driver can be $4/per person and for another cabby $1.50/per person.
The Hotel was crap and the beach is a pile of sand and you can't swimm in the water you might be lucky to walk 10 min. to another beach. Uff.. no thanks!
I am so proud to be Canadian and manners are not to be taken for granted!
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... not gracefully, at least safely to a stop just short of another tourist.)
At one point in the lagoon, another dolphin came over and the trainer introduced us to the much older dolphin, but asked us not to touch the new arrival (we had previously been petting Maru.) I pointed out it would be a little hard for us to tell the dolphins apart to know which one was hands off, and the trainer said the new arrival was a slightly ...
... info session. It's all really informal and if you want the truth, the medal lacks any real coolness. It's plastic and there's only ONE water station during the loop course. Yup, you read right. I'd think at least TWO would be fitting given the weather. There were probably between 70-80 racers and some are kids as young as 11. It's a brutal run, if you're not accustomed to this heat. Expect to finish 3-10 mins later than you normally would. I didn't do ...
... We were able to see a saw shark in a shallow pool. Come to find out that Atlantis had the honor of caring for 10 new saw shark pups and is the only place in the world who has successfully bred them.
The next day, we woke up early, packed our bags and headed into Aqua Adventure park. Hours were spent on the river. The river had areas of rapids and provided a lot of fun. After lunch, David and the kids built up ...
... fun. We ended up staying quite a while, because the next day was a day at sea and we didn’t have to get up early. But eventually I got fed up with hearing the same songs and same jokes, so I left to go up to the pool where there was a latin music party. But it was just a bunch of people learning line dances to songs I don’t know. I stayed for a while until Mom came to find me, and we soon headed back to the cabin to go to sleep. It was sometime after ...
... per cigar. Explore one of the many cafés or liquor stores that sell the Montecristos, the Cohibas, the Romeo y Julietas, just to name a few. Tips are greatly appreciated by the Bahamians offering their services. It is customary to tip, especially by tourists. Also, do not worry about the exchange rate if you are an American tourist. The exchange rate ratio is 1:1 and many businesses will even give change back in American currency. The country is ...