Sunrise Beach Clubs and Villas
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... I told him the third time is a charm. Sure hope he makes it... After pictures we all went back to our rooms to change and then met at the Orpheum Theater to watch the juggler who was also a comedienne . He was fantastic and very funny. He also enlisted the help of some people from the audience and that made for some good laughs. After he finished, they had a game like the Newlywed Game. One couple had been married for 51 hours, one for 13 years and one ...
... through the casino and back out again. Sadly, Greg highlighted that Michael Buble was playing at the resort that night...ahhhhh not fair. We would be back on the ship and sailing towards Freeport by then. He was not very receptive to my idea to stay at the resort and fly back without them!
Walking, walking and more walking. We were a little lost in trying to find the public access to the beach. Each entry point we found were for resort guests only. We found it. An ...
For dinner we ate at Samba Grill for the first time. The restaurant is in a makeshift location in the Solarium at the front of the ship. During the day, its more of buffet area serving healthy food before transforming into a smart casual restaurant by night, serving Brazilian BBQ. Surprisingly, the meat was excellent and the lamb was simply to die for. It was that good, I was shocked.
... lot of photos showed some rather sun touched (no not just touched) people on the boat. Nov 16 Today was a full day and night at sea returning to Miami. Even though the weather has been a bit hit and miss it really didn't affected us. We could be busy or relaxed, in company or alone, drunk or sober, laughing or laughing....it really about what you wanted to be and we had a fantastic time being it. We have eaten too much, drank too much and would do it all again given half a ...
... them that led up the mangrove hills to the Atlantic. What a spectacular view! Later we got in our dingy and motored back to Savage before low tide set in. We are learning so much from so many cruisers, especially Stan & Kathy. We feel like beginners and that is what we are. We will make sure we pay it forward and teach and help others from now on.
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Loved the Sunrise
This was my second year at being at the Sunrise Beach Club and Villas. Last year we went just after a hurricane and things were a bit amiss (pool was drained, debris around) which was to be expected but this year everything was beautiful and well manicured. The pool was full and delightful and the view from Sunrise can't be beat. We sat on our deck each morning enjoying our cup of coffee, enjoying the quiet beauty of the day- life doesn't get much better than that. In the afternoon we would mosey down to the beach and get a massage to die for from Colyn and Raquel. Their massages are one of the greatest treasures on the island and lucky for us they set up just in front of the villas on the beach. The Sunrise staff was wonderful, so friendly and helpful and they kept our villa exceptionally clean. The location is great, but if you get the urge for the ritz, glamour or gambling the Atlantis is just a short walk up the street. As for me, to be able to return to the quaint, quiet villa was the perfect ending of a perfect day.
It is the best, you will not be sorry.
I found Paradise
The place is under new ownership and they are doing everything right. Our room had new everything down to the silverware and plates. The mattresses were new and the colors all coordinate down to the bedspreads and drapes. The pool furniture was also brand new I was told. Anything we needed could be asked for at the office. The new outside bar was so quaint and I am told food there is coming. It is so nice to go somewhere and not have to fight for a pool chair or walk 2 blocks to get to your room. The poolsare right outside your door. This place is a hidden jewel on Paradise Island. I didn't know someplace existed lke this so close to the rat race known as the Atlantis. Even the pricing is reasonable when looking what you pay for at the Atlantis. Even the one bedroom unit is 2 story with living room and bathroom down and bedroom /bathroom upstairs. a family of four can easily stay inthe one bedroom and the adults can still have the privacy needed at nite for their special vacation time.
Not worth the money!
I traveled to Paradise Island just recently and had the priveledge of staying at the New Sunrise Beachclub and villas. They are $350/night for the 1 bedroom rental unit. You need to be aware that this place is under major renovations. The units are nice but are musty spelling, phones dont work in almost every unit, the pools for the rental units are segregated from the nicer pool that overlooks the ocean, same with the laundry facilities. The office closes at 5pm which may make any problems that arise like a non-working toilet, baggage problems very difficult to solve if not impossible. There is alot of improvements under way so please be aware before you book a room of what you may be getting into. The Comfort Suites is a better choice for $215/night and all rights to the Atlantis...at least until things are up and running smoothly at Sunrise!
Hope it gets better
I stayed at the Sunrise Beach Club and Villas during mid May 2004. My boyfriend and I traveled to Paradise Island expecting our accommodations to exceed our expectations. We were disappointed in our stay at Sunrise. During our week long stay we encountered several problems. When we arrived at Sunrise we were allowed an early check in which was nice. Our room was not at all what we expected. On our first day (Saturday) we didn't pay much attention to detail, we were tired from traveling. Our first night we discovered that the king size mattress was mistakenly placed on the box spring sideways! The bed was extremely uncomfortable! We woke up with back aches every morning. On our second day we began to notice that the room was not very clean. Our dishes had spots on them, the tiled floor wasn't clean at all, and worst of all the shower curtain had a lot of mold on it. I was so disgusted that I wouldn't walk barefoot in our room at all, I even wore sandals in the shower every day! There was NO water pressure in the shower either. We decided that we weren't going to let this ruin our vacation so we made do. We decided to go for a swim in one of the property's two pools. The front pool was supposed to have waterfalls however we soon learned that none of the waterfalls worked and that this pool was filthy! It was completely covered with bugs, leaves and sand. We chose not to get in this pool and went to the pool located in the middle of the property. It was a little nicer. The pool looked out over the ocean which was beautiful. This pool didn't seem very clean either. We couldn't locate a net to clean out any of the debris so we cut our swim short. We wanted to wash some of our laundry that evening so we hauled it to the "laundry room." We started a load in the washer and when it was finished we loaded it into the dryer and tried to insert our quarters to start the dryer. The quarters did not fit! Here we are with an entire load of soaking wet laundry and we can't use the dryer. The office was closed so we wandered around to the back of the property to see if anyone could tell us about this dryer. Luckily we found a woman employee, we think she was security/housekeeping, who told us that the dryer up front only uses tokens and that the "private" dryer in the back would accept our quarters. She let us in the "private" laundry room to use the dryer. Thankfully we were able to dry our things. A sign in the laundry room stating that only tokens could be used would have been a nice touch.
The next day, Monday (day 3) was interesting. I was showering and my boyfriend came upstairs to tell me that I had to hurry and get out of the shower because the tub had a crack in it and was leaking all over the ½ bathroom located downstairs. Unfortunately it was already evening and the office was closed so there was no one I could report this to. On Tuesday (Day 4) we went to the office to tell them about the tub crack. We were told that they had tried to repair the crack in the tub but it must not have worked. The woman apologized and hinted that we would not be able to shower that day. I said that we needed to shower and she said that they didn't have any other rooms that they could move us to. They did however have a room that we could walk to and use the shower. They said we could move to that room if we wanted but the air conditioner was broke. We didn't want to sleep with no air conditioning so we had to haul all of our bathroom things to a room that was one away from where we were staying. Keep in mind that these are condos and there are no interior hallways. We used the shower in this room and slept in our current room. As we were getting ready to go to sleep that night we realized that our toothbrushes and my face soap were in the room with the working shower. We had to leave our condo at 11:30 p.m. to go get our things from the room where we showered earlier that day. This was a major inconvenience! The next day I went back to the office to tell them that I wasn't very happy and they said we could now move to the room we were using for showers because the air conditioner was working. They told us to keep the keys to our first room as well just in case the air broke again! Lovely, so we moved all of our things to this room. No better than the first... This room seemed to have just as many problems. Neither of the toilets seemed to flush right and the shower curtain here had mold on it as well. We stayed in this room Wed, Thurs and Fri night. The phone in this room wasn't turned on so if we wanted to make a call we had to walk back to the first room we had stayed in. We realized this when we tried to order a pizza one night. Going back and forth was a real hassle! When we had arrived we asked if we could possibly check out late and they said it would be no problem. On check out day we stopped by the office to make sure there were no problems and they said they needed us to leave our rooms because they had other guests checking in. We told them that we would still need to shower and pack up. We were told to pack up and leave our things in the office. They would find a room for us to shower in a few hours. Once again we had to move our belongings all around. The staff apologized but never really made our stay seem any more comfortable.
One of the women who worked in the office told us that she was sorry for the problems and that things would soon be changing at this property. She explained that they were under new ownership and that the condos would all soon be remodeled. She offered to take us on a tour of one of the units that had been renovated. WOW! This was the owners personal unit and it had five bedrooms and five bathrooms, one of these was an efficiency suite with a private entrance. This unit was amazing! Solid marble and granite was everywhere! It overlooked the ocean, had floor to ceiling windows, cathedral ceilings and all the luxuries of a fine home. Come to find out the owners paid over one million dollars for the unit itself and had spent more than 1.5 million dollars remodeling it. After seeing this unit we were even more upset that our stay was so troublesome.
We did meet some very nice people at this location. It appears that this property has one, two, three, and four bedroom units available for rent. After speaking with several guests staying some of the larger units we learned that they were all quite nice. No one seemed to have had experienced any of the problems that we had encountered.
I intend to send a copy of this to the property management in the hope that it will draw some attention to the many things which went wrong during our stay. The property itself is nice and it has a lot of potential. The location is perfect, located a short walk away from the Atlantis and adjacent to the Sheraton (which was closed for renovation during our stay). We were also just a short walk away from the One and Only Ocean Club.
Would I go back to this property, possibly... I would consider staying in one of the larger units since it seemed that they didn't have as many problems as the units we stayed in.
Quiet and Friendly Place
These villas are great for the family or couple that wants to be on or near the beach, but doesn't want to spend a lot of money. My wife and our two children, as well as my parents stayed here in August of 2003. We rented two one bedroom villas at $150.00 plus tax for each villa. Villas were fairly clean, but could have used a little more upkeep. Staff was great! Pool area was fantastic and you were a two minute walk to the beach! Atlantis was close, but far enough away to have some privacy, peace, and quiet. Disappointed that beach vendors were insistant about charging 15 dollars for beach chair rentals. Beach and water was very nice, nicer than Jamaica but not quite as nice as Grand Cayman. Would recommend Sunrise Beach Villas to anyone who doesn't need to be waited on hand and foot and who doesn't mind walking a few blocks for beer and groceries to save a lot of money.
Found this gem on Paradise Island for our family vacation in February 2004. The grounds, gardens, our villa and staff were excellent and made us feel very welcome. The beach in front of this location was awesome.
Paradise in Paradise
I have had the pleasure of visiting Sunrise Beach Club and Villas five different times over the years. I have stayed in many different units.
Each one is lovely. Each unit is a paradise all it's own. The units are decorated with elegance and class. They are spotlessly clean and cool.
The villas are secluded, yet a five minute walk will get you into the stores or at the casino. I highly recommend Sunrise Beach Club and Villas to all who want to go.
My family stayed in Villa 111 from Dec 28th thru Jan 2, 2004. We had a wonderful stay at Sunrise. We had a one bedroom villa with 1-1/2 baths and kitchen. Even though there needs to be some upgrading/renovating, the feel of the environment was comfortable & extremely relaxing. The Staff could not have been nicer !!! While our villa didn't face the ocean, it was only a short walk around the corner. Beach was gorgeous !!! There were some local vendors on the beach, but they were never annoying as I've experienced at other places. The Atlantis Hotel & Casino is only a 5 min. walk from the Villa. We traveled by taxi into Nassau to buy groceries (cheaper than on Paradise Island). We took taxi several times into Nassau & discovered on our last 2 days that a ferry ride is cheaper. You can catch ferry at the bottom of the bridge. As we were leaving, we were informed that this property had been sold and there would be improvements made along with name change wiithin the year. While there needs to be some improvements, I do hope they continue to maintain that level of nostalgia & comfort that we experienced. I would most definitely stay there again.
Very lovely villas
Stayed here in June 2000 and had a great time. I'm pretty sure my family and I stayed in the same villa as the other reviewer - love to trade my nyc apartment for it! Sunrise has a nice Spanish meets the Bahamas feel - beautiful flora on the grounds. We found the beach to be very quiet and private and only walking distance to the Sheraton and Atlantis resorts. Ate at the Jungle Bar on our first day, great drinks, mediocre food and extremely slow service (an hour for a burger!). Would suggest eating at the Sheraton or Atlantis instead.
Out of this world!
This is an amazing place. Think Rivendell. It's a collection of Mediterranean-inspired buildings clinging to a cliff. Streams meander next to paths, which cross them on small arched bridges. Flowering trees are everywhere; flowers spill off vines along the balconies. Most of the rooms are suites; ours had a waterfall and stream inside. The master bath had a large jacuzzi with a stained-glassed window featuring a parrot in it, as well as a separate dressing room. The living and dining room overlooked our private patio and beyond it, the ocean. We loved swimming in the 2 pools; we couldn't entice our 2-year-old son under the waterfall into the cave, but he loved the bridges and the broad steps into the other pool. We also loved the beautiful courtyard overlooking the low cliff by the ocean. If you could step back into a small Italian hillside village years ago, this is an ideal version of what you'd find. There was a small "jungle hut" bar that we didn't visit. Another feature offered that we didn't use were a full-time cook. The staff was attentive but not intrusive.
We did spend a day a short walk away at Atlantis, and went back one evening; but while it is beautiful with plenty to do, it could make for a stressful vacation given the noise and activity level there. At Sunrise, while guests have access to a variety of activities, the layout of the resort, its beauty, and tranquility allow guests to really relax. Time can stop here, if you let it.