My husband and I were debating on where to go for our honeymoon and finally decided on The Bahamas. We got married on August 20, 2011 and left the morning of the 22nd. Hurricaine season is from June - November so basically if you are travelling at these times you are taking a chance and probably saying "Ah it won't happen to us" Well let me tell you, it happend to us!
We arrived on Monday, the resort absolutely beautiful and ocean AMAZING! Exactly what we thought it would be. Tuesday morning we were advised that hurricaine Irene may be heading our way. All the locals assured us saying they only ever get the strong winds and it passes because Nassau is protected by the other islands.They had tv's set up and updated posters watching the storm path along with a meeting in the ballroom to discuss storm planning etc. We attended the meeting with high hopes that Irene would pass. Tues evening our hopes were crushed because Irene was coming right our way. They started to prepare by boarding up all the windows and clearing the beach/pool decks. It was a ghost town Tuesday evening. We enjoyed the day/evening on Wednesday as much as we could with not alot open for us. It was windy as heck and got windier as the day went on. We stayed in the room most of the day watching tv to see where Irene was heading. We got really scared at one point and went to the airport to come home but no such luck. The airport was packed with no flights left on Air Canada. Wednesday morning around 5am I woke to our balcony doors shaking and the wind just blasting (we were on the 5th floor) As we were leaving our room, the staff were coming to evacuate everyone to the ballroom. The ballroom is downstairs with no windows etc. It's almost as if you are in another world down there which was the point. They had an emergency meeting, Irene was heading right for us :(
The ballroom set up was AMAZING. They were definitely prepared.They had breakfast and tables set up, all kinds of entertainment, a movie set up in one of the rooms, games, and a full room of cots for sleeping. We were treated like royalty. The scariest thing was not knowing what was happening outside with at some points the HUGE beautiful chandelier shaking and the power cutting out. We were stuck in the ballroom all of Thursday with many updates from the manager who was quite comical I might add, and were allowed back in our rooms at 9pm that night. It was still VERY windy and rainy outside but the worst of Irene had passed.
Friday morning we discovered the biggest mess. The beach was a disaster, pools full of sand and junk, it was very sad to see. Cleaning was under way and the staff worked around the clock. We decided to go to downtown Nassau and what a mess too. Huge trees up-rooted, the market was completely destroyed, Senior frogs torn apart, windows blown out. We have before and after pictures and it was heartbreaking. So all in all our honeymoon sucked and was definitely not what we expected. We got to enjoy 3 nice days out of the trip with the last day not even counting because of the mess Irene left, but we made it fun and tretched through the messy beach into the ocean.
With all that being said, the main thing is everyone was safe and THANK YOU to the staff and management on what a great great job they did in keeping all of us safe. They were so prepared and made us feel as comfortable they could with continuous ballroom meetings. On our way to the airport we spoke with another couple who were staying on the other side of town. They didnt get half the treatment we did and said they would definitely go to Sandals next time they visit The Bahamas, and NOT during hurricaine season lol but who's to know right. It's such a large timeline.
I would 100% go back (probably not for many years though due to price :( and would highly recommend it to anyone. I have no complaints even though we only got to enjoy 2 days of the experience and what an experience it was.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT THAT KEPT US SAFE THROUGH SUCH A TERRIBLE TIME.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •New, extra comfortable, ultra luxurious Day Beds added poolside on Sandals Cay •Sandals Cay now has Zen Spa and Fire Pits.-----•Butler Service, 24-Hour Room Service, and Rolls Royce or Mercedes Transfers for select suite categories. •Over 10,000 sq. ft. of the Island’s most impressive Freshwater Pools•Sandals Cay – Nassau’s only resort with Private Offshore Island & Restaurant.•Ten Dining Options featuring an array of cuisine from French to Bahamian. •Minutes away from excellent duty free shopping in Downtown Nassau on Bay Street and world class gambling on Paradise Island.•Weekly Late night decadent Chocolate Buffet offering specialty coffee •Voted Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row. •Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row. •Voted Sandals Royal Bahamian “Bahamas’ Leading Spa Resort”. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Caribbean Online Mgt Corp., BookIt.com, Despegar.com, TripOnline SA, Orbitz and Tingo so you can book your Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort And Offshore Island
- Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Hotel Nassau
- Sandals Bahamas
- Sandals Royal Bahamian Cable Beach
- Sandals Bahamian
- Sandal Resort Bahamas
- Sandal Royal Bahamian
- Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Bahamas/Nassau