Sandyport Beaches Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandyport Beaches Resort Nassau
Never, never, ever, again!
We booked and paid for our villa 6 months in adavnce, bought airline tickets, planned our work schedules accordingly and these ----- cancelled our reservation one week in advance of our trip! Not even a return telephone call from them explaining why.
Don't get duped like us!!! Stay away from Sandyport. Cost us a lot of money for nothing.
Michael & Carmelita
Our trip was from Dec 19- 25, 2004. It was the most unpleaseant vaction ever. Upon reaching Nassau, the weather was awful, but to make it worse so was the resort- if you could call it that.
We had a 2 bedroom suite as we had brought guests along.
There are absolutely no activities on this resort. It is simply lifeless. The beach - a short walk- where the water is filled with sea weed, and dips in abruptly. Parents-be careful with the kids.
About the room. As I read in one of the other reviews, about the ant problem. The ants were all over the place. They did leave a ant killer spray, which made the room smell. When complained to the lady salesperson- she just smiled away and said it was because of bahamian weather. We also complained that our kitchen diswasher had no bottom covering to cover the electrical wires. The wires were sticking out. It not only posed a danger to our kids but as an electrical hazard. Nothing ever came of that complaint. We also found lizards crawling around the kitchen.
There gameroom- if that is a gameroom is stinky and filthy. As you walk in the stench is terrible and looks right into the kitichen and where they store the cleaning supplies.
If you want to take the bus into town (which we did) was great, but quite a walk to the stop. Also the grocery store is also quite a walk which they call as their nearest grocery store.
It surely doesnot deserve the RCI Gold Crown rating!! We have been to many other destinations and this by far is the worst resort!
Sandyport/Terrible Customer Service*
We purchased timeshare in February this year. We order the biannual plan which we immediatly paid in full
Per our contract we were to recieve a bonus vacation and a free airline package. We were gaurenteed personally by Beth Monroe who sold
us the time share that this 1 week bonus vaction was free of charge
and that we would also recieve 2 free airline vouchers that could
be used in conjuntion with bonus week to make a totally free vacation.
We have been trying to get a hold of Sandyport for several months
now to schedule this trip and they will not return my phone calls
Called the number on the airline vouchers and turns out that you
have to purchase another vacation to get free tickets. Our contract
did not say anything about having to buy another vacation in order
to get tickets.
Feel we have definatly been cheated by Sandyport.
Sandyport Information And Review
My wife and I got a timeshare as a wedding gift to go to Sandyport for our honeymoon. Now very many complaints. First Off, let me explain about some of the other poor reviews given, If you are very picky and determined to find things wrong with a resort, then your a picky person. This place was nowhere near as bad as some o these reviews given. the only complaint i personally had with the resort was that there was a ant problem with the rooms that they could not fix. they do NOT crawl into the bed or anything but mainly hang around the sink area and kitchen. the other small complaint i had was that if you do come here, bring your own drinking water. i wouldn't drink the water because when we bathed in the jacuzzi, the water didn't look totally clean or tatse clean. and you will not want to buy your drinking water down there either due to very high marketing prices. we did have to sit through the timeshare presentation so they could sell us more but we told them we just got finished planning a wedding and just moved into our new apartment together and they understood and basically said "well, keep us in mind if yiou ever return". very kind people all over the resort and lots of wildlife just on the resort. If you do plan on going here, i implore you to take the "Runaway". its a snokling cruise where you swim with the sharks (they drop bait about 20 feet deep over the side attached by a rope. and the sharks stay down there and you snokle on the top. I did get within 3 feet of one of these guys which made me alittle nervous but beautiful creatures. bring underwater cameras.) Also plan on using the town bus (Bus #10). a taxi will cost you $15 to run into town but the bus will cost you $1. but the resort was very nice. very friendly, no problems checking in or out. they do charge a $6 energy fee per day that you stay there and a govt tax which runs $42.50 a week. also they charge $0.75 per call you make but we never got charged for that and we made alot of phone calls. we also let them know that we were newlyweds and they gave us a room upgrade for free which made us very happy. so like i said, i would definately come back here in a heartbeat. I will say this, if your a picky person who tries to find things wrong, then maybe go somewhere else but if you a person who says, im gonna enjoy myself and not worry about the little things, this place is for you. bbut like i said, beautiful sights and everything. we were so busy doing so much that we didn't get to do all the stuff we needed. if you want more info, contact me and ill try to help!
Pros and Cons - Early June 2004
1.) Outside: Very nicely decorated .. very showy when you pull up. Painted in nice shades of blue green, yellow, etc. with fountains, water is close
2.) Lobby: Again, nicely decorated , chandeliers, thick glass doors, very courteous person at the front desk, who was also helpful for info on local restaurants.
3.) One of the best deals we could find pricewise on Nassau. Definitely book before you go.. Paid $65. Price on the website for a comparable room is $180.
4.) Cab ride: Very nice, clean van, and accomodating driver.
5.) Wake-up calls are available.
6.) Ceramic tiles on the flooring, so you really know whether a room is clean or not.
1.) Inside: Thin walls (could hear people coughing and walking around in other rooms). Sheets on my bed had about a 4" rip in it. Beds were not comfortable..
2.) No Motel 6 ammenties, such as an alarm clock, cups for water, etc. However, soap is provided. (it's a ceramic tile floor, can be cold and dirty if not swept and mopped well.. I recommend taking house shoes).
3.) Bathroom: Towels are thin. Bathroom is very small. Room was cramped with two queen sized beds.. tough to maneuver.
4.) Cab ride: Cab is $7 per person per trip to and from the airport. Can be really expensive really quickly.. be sure to thoroughly ask questions, DO NOT ASSUME. Take the advice, or pay the price!
5.) Room taxes were an extra $16.
Overall: For a one night stay for a layover to catch our next flight, it was OK. It did the job, and, comparably to other nearby hotels, the pricing was aggressive. I do wish that more of the prices were up front and not hidden into little charges here and there, such as taxes, cab ride, tips, etc., but I don't think that is hotel specific. My star rating for this would be 2 stars. It has the potential of a very nice hotel, but lacks many of the 'little things' that could set it apart.
Side Note: I probably won't go back to the Bahamas because the culture seems to be a bit unaccomodating to the American lifestyle (no Wal-Mart, no Starbucks, no QuikTrip), I would much rather go back to Europe next time.
Sandyport was perfect!
My boyfriend and I (we're both 24) took a last minute trip to Nassau to relax, coincidentally the same week that was the peak of Spring Breaker (Mar 18-22).
When we arrived at Sandyport, we were a little disappointed, and felt as though it was a nice, newly developed complex, but was practically a ghost-town. I was a little let down that the beach didn't look all that nice, and immediately regretted not staying in the heart of Cable Beach...HOWEVER, by the second day, I had completely changed my mind, and realized we had found perfection in this little place called Sandyport.
Sandyport gave us the ability to explore the island, lay at our pool in quiet relaxation (a stark difference to the day we tried to lay out at the Crystal Palace and were surrounded by drunken Spring Breakers, and people relentlessly trying to sell us things), take the bus downtown for $1, or the free bus to the mall without having to be stuck in the middle of Spring Break Hell.
On Saturday, the activity really picked up as more people started to flow in for check in. The free Bahama Mamas at the pool were the best drinks we had over our whole stay, not to mention that the drinks were served over a heated Connect Four game with the friendly bartender, Tito. What more could you ask for? I mean, really?
We found the staff incredibly easy going and friendly (especially Ozzie at the Activity Desk), and didn't really have any problems with the service. Our room was clean, conveniently located, nice, and reasonably priced. I would go back in a heartbeat!
Also, make sure you check out Two Brothers at the Fish Fry for the BEST darn daquiris, and Ardastra Gardens for the flamingo march, etc. Great fun!
sandyport was the most unproffesional buisness ive ever seen. theres wild dogs on the resort.the security is always drunk or high or trying to sell you drugs.with the exception of a few employees my stay there was terrible. my room was not up to par. my jacuzzi was not working.
take my advice stay at atlantis.oh there was one very kind security guard named sergio and another named shorty. good luck guys.
Not worth the aggravation
This place is NOT a small cute mom and pop hotel, but rather a sprawling time-share development doing a hard sell. It looks more like a development on the intracoastal than the bahamas. The beach is nice and private but you have to walk under the highway to get there. I upgraded from a studio (fairly small, no balcony, no view) to a room with a balcony, but as a result, my check-in took three and a half hours. they told me it would take 1 hour to clean the room! I had six spring breakers in the room below me who kept me up screaming and partying until 4:30 and there were no other rooms. Then for one and a half of my three days I had workman on my balcony -- on the last day I needed the balcony and I asked if they could come back in the afternoon when I had checked out -- they said no, but that they'd be done in one hour -- they repeated this until I had an hour to check out, and it took insisting that they go and talking to management to get privacy and quiet. The manager in the end waived a charge for the upgrade and gave me a late checkout, but it was three days full of hassles instead of R & R. Plus -- pretty beach, does not feel crowded, clean resort and rooms, feels safe and family oriented. Negatives -- Has that depressing development feel, hard-sell, "swim" lagoon is nasty looking -- no one goes in, had to go through hassles and complain a lot in order to try to make it meet basic expectations-- Not a relaxing experience. They were however, trying to find a general manager --so maybe this will improve the resort.
Sandyport Beach Resort Is The Greatest
We have been going to SandyPort for the last five years and eachyear it gets better and better. It is quiet, clean the staff is friendly and everything about that place is wonderful. Transportation to and fro is great. The beach is right outside your window and if you do not like the deep blue sea, there are pools to relax at. The rooms are very spaceous and restaurants are close by.. the poop deck has delicious food quite reasonable priced, and if you feel like haveing dinner is your room all of the amenities are there. My main point is Sandyport is on the top of our choice,We have been to many other resorts and Sandyport has topped our list, Cannot wait to go back next year.
Totally loved SandyPort!! (It was of such welcome to us because we had checked out of another resort we were not happy with!!) Where do i start??
Well, we took the trip last February (2002), bought time-share there and are returning in a couple of weeks ---
Definitly a "family" place!! The staff --- excellent, excellent, excellent!! So warm, friendly, happy, eager to please, just wonderful!! It's relativly quiet. The units are absolutly Beautiful!! Large, spaceous and tastefully decorated!! Gorgeous!! The grounds are beautifully kept (and still in the process of building a "marketplace" and some other stuff). There's a total of 3 pools, 2 smaller ones (one of which has a double waterslide) and a large one which is that of a "slopping" nature --- it's all sandy like the shore at the beach but no tide to deal with ---(a pool that is great for the kiddies, (i have 3), when you want to "somewhat" relax because there's no real risk of "slipping off" the edge or getting sucked under by the waves!! (unless of course, they run around the side to where they can "jump off" the edge) and there are also a few built-in water toys. Then on the other side of the pool is the lagoon which you can also sun yourself (i don't know if i'd swim in there because there were tons of jelly fish at the time but regardless, it's really nice!!) And there are also a few small bathrooms so you dont have to keep running back to your room . . . . Then instead of the pool and lagoon, you can walk around and through the complex and out to the actual beach. They also have a free shuttle 2x wkly that goes to the food store, as well as a free shuttle to the Crystal Palace that runs like every 30minutes or maybe 45minutes throughout the evening ---As well as other various activities at the complex during the week/evenings.
As parents of 3 children ages 4 and under, this is the perfect place to relax!! It doesn't have the "hustle and bustle" of Crystal Palace and Wyndahm Resorts (especially if you travel during spring brk which isn't of too much interest these days w/3 kiddies, but if you want it, it's only a mile or so away). It's a very laid back and relaxing place!!
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... slightly shallower spot and drop the anchor. No land to be seen. 12-15ft of crystal clear water. Bit choppy for dinghy launching so the planned fish BBQ with the inspiration crew was canceled but a swim was almost mandatory.
I could feel the Florida smog washing out of me.
Up early for the next leg. today was yet another superb sailing day. Light breezes kept me tuning the sails to keep up with Tony on S.V Inspiration.
... over 25 dining options and numerous sports, pools and shops. There is a promenade in the middle of the ship with shops and restaurants and a Boardwalk with a carousel (kids love this), hot dog and donut stand and a Johnny Rockets! After we checked in and found our suitcases which had been delivered to our rooms we explored a bit. The kids were amazed at our big and beautiful the ship was. We have 2 rooms with an interconnecting door which ...
... all that were open, we ended up back at the first restaurant we'd encountered, where we enjoyed a delicious (and huge!) seafood sampler at a picnic table on their front patio. The food prices were much more reasonable than on Atlantis, and my husband pointed out our most inexpensive dinner of the entire trip was also the only meal that included lobster. Several patrons visited the ...
... or snorkel, we were the last to get off. Snorkeling it was. Just before I got into the water, one of the younger crew lads asked me if I could swim. I was surprised at the question, did I have it written all over my forehead?! I laughed and said yah I had 4 swimming lessons before coming. He then took changed, told me to take my bib off, and use those kayakers life vest. He secured it on for me, got me a great fitting mask and snorkel and fins. ...
... is so beautiful. Stingrays might float past and you can see old wrecks as you swim around.
I was wondering if we would find it boring on a private island but there were lots of activities to choose from, shopping, eating and just relaxing in the sun. The only thing I might do different next time is to book a private cabana. No looking for chairs, just walk off the boat and start tanning!