A March 2004 trip
to Nassau by C.Kowalczik
Quote: When the weather in New England turns to ice and snow, we turned to the tropical island paradise of the all-inclusive super resort, Superclubs Breezes Bahamas.
Hotel | "Breezes Bahamas"
Within a short 10-minute drive from Nassau International Airport, you will find Breezes Bahamas , the first and only super all-inclusive resort that has 400 air-conditioned rooms divided into two separate wings. This includes four one-bedroom suites, one two-bedroom presidential suite, and 36 oceanfront deluxe rooms. All rooms have either a king-size or two double beds and include satellite TV, portable CD players, coffeemakers, and in-room safety deposit boxes. Trip Advisor gives the resort four stars, ranking it tenth out of 51 hotels on the island of New Providence. If you are looking for an all-inclusive vacation package situated on the quiet stretch of powder-white sands of Cable Beach, then Breezes Bahamas is your best choice.
The rooms offer a fantastic view of the crystal-clear blue waters of the Caribbean while overlooking three pools. The rooms are of decent size, clean, and comfortable, not the same rooms you find at the Ritz or the Waldorf. The housekeeping and maintenance staffs do a fantastic job with the upkeep of the rooms and facility. You may find that you will have to jiggle the handle on the toilet or that the bathroom door is a bit sticky, but what do you expect from a resort that is booked solid 98% of the year. I mean, are you really going to the Bahamas to watch cable television in your room?
When it comes to a good meal, Breezes Bahamas has something for even the pickiest of eaters. There are three restaurants on site. Two of them are included with your all-inclusive package: The Garden of Eden is a lush tropical restaurant where you can enjoy a relaxed, romantic dining experience in loveseat tables built for two, and Pastafari is an Italian-style pasta bar. Both restaurants require advanced reservations and proper attire (long pants and no shorts, T-shirts, or tank tops). The third restaurant is Café Kalik, which offers an alternative á la carte dining option for guests. There is also a main dining hall that offers casual buffet dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and outside by the pool is the pool grill offering snacks like nachos, hotdogs, hamburgers, and jerk chicken. At the restaurants, the wine list is short, only offering a red and white South African table wine. I suggest visiting your local wine store before you travel and bringing your own bottles. I found that six 375ml bottles gave us some diversity in our selection.
Overall, Breezes Bahamas offers an affordable all-inclusive vacation package that will allow you to lose yourself with a relaxing, casual, and tropical getaway.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2005
Breezes Bahamas by SuperClubs All Inclusive
Bahama Divers have been in business for more than 28 years and guarantee the highest level of customer service at their 5-star P.A.D.I. location. They offer everything from a learn-to-dive resort course to a multi-day dive package allowing divers of all skill levels to experience the exciting underwater world of the Bahamas.
I first began diving in 1993 and sought the services of Bahama Divers. They sent a PADI Five-Star I.D.C. dive master named Roscoe to the hotel, and he instructed us on all the necessary information, allowing us to obtain a resort certification. This included a 90-minute pool lesson, all the equipment, and an escorted, shallow afternoon reef dive at Thunderball Reef. The funny thing about this story is that Roscoe was also the van driver, the boat captain, my dive buddy, and (on the return boat trip back to shore) the bartender. Since then, I have used Bahama Divers several times and have always gone diving with Roscoe, every time.
Bahama Divers offers dive sites that are selected to offer you an underwater adventure beyond compare. You can make reservations with the U.S. offices located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, by either calling the toll-free number (800) 398-3483 or by emailing them at email@example.com. Or, if you prefer, contact the Bahamian office in Nassau, Bahamas, by either calling (242) 393-5644 or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can dive the Bahamian reefs of Angelfish Reef, Barracuda Shoals, Cannonball Reef, or the Fish Hotel. Maybe you are a bit more exploratory and would rather do a wreck dive to places like the BJ Wreck , the Da La Salle Wreck, or visit the Mahoney Wreck , which dates back to the 1800s.
The pricing varies depending upon what dive you wish to do. For instance, they have instructional dives like the Resort "Learn to Dive" Course for $70 and the Open Water Certification (4-5 days, 4 dives) for $449.
Or maybe you are already certified and interested in a 2 Days of 2-Tank AM Dives for $130, or maybe a 3 Days of 2-Tank AM Dives for $175. Both multi-day dives include the tanks, weights, belt, mask, and fins. Bahama Divers also offers snorkeling for those just not ready to dive.
In all, I have been traveling to the Bahamas for 12 years, and I have had nothing but great success when diving with Bahama Divers and will continue to do so in the future.
P.O. Box 5004 Nassau
You can make an okay experience one to remember by proper planning. We have found that the best two way to plan a memorable vacation are: spend hours researching and trying to find the lowest fares when booking on the Internet or give all of your vacation likes and dislikes to a travel planner and let them do the work for you. RCI has their own travel department; however, I have to say that we have found their fees and prices less competitive than members would think.
WOMAN’S DAY magazine said,
In the past, we have stayed up late and spent several hours searching through different sites to book the lowest airline fare and car rental that we possibly could. Searching the Internet for hours, looking for the best days, dates, and flight times. We have found great deals with Delta, Jet Blue, and Spirit Airlines. We live in Connecticut and usually find it cheaper to fly out of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York City, rather than Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, Connecticut.
However, for this particular vacation, we booked the travel arrangements through a travel agent.
This wasn’t our first time booking through this agency, and they were able to find airfare from LaGuardia into Nassau International Airport (NAS) with Delta airlines at a rate cheaper than what we found on the Delta website.
They also booked a great rate for our accommodations with SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas. This was a super all-inclusive resort has a plan where all of your meals and snacks, 24-hour room service, unlimited drinks, premium liquor, wine and champagne, activities, entertainment, land and water sports are included with your daily rate. Also included were airport transfers, taxes, surcharges, and gratuities for around $146 per night per person.
I was astonished to find that they were booking my entire trip for $1,685. When I tried to book the same package, dates, airline, and room type through the SuperClubs reservations website, I was quoted a price of $2,316. This amounts to an UNBELIEVABLE savings of $631.00. In my opinion, there was plenty of money left over for things like spa treatments, duty-free shopping, and last-minute souvenirs.
Before we book any travel, we still like to research both options, but since our experiences with a travel agent have helped us save money on our vacations, whether we exchange our timeshare with RCI or take a "I can’t wait to do it again" vacation like this one, we find ourselves booking with them again and again.
East Haven, Connecticut