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Paradise Island Beach Club
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Ocean Ridge Dr, New Providence Island   |  
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Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Paradise Island
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very Nice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Everything about this place is great! The little store on site was extremely helpful but the real feature is the beach. What a beautiful place! The rooms were very nice and spacious. Wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brewster, New York
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This is a great place if you want a nice relaxing vacation (exactly what we wanted)-away from the busy crowds at the Atlantis but close enough to take a nice evening stroll to for shopping and dinner. The streets are well lit and clean with wide sidewalks and at no time did we feel threatened. Everyone was very friendly and would say hello as we passed. The staff at the resort were also great. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The resort is small but that is exactly what we wanted. There was never a problem getting a chase lounge at the pool or beach no matter what time of day. We all know what a problem that is at most places. They also have some very nice terraces with seating over looking the beach. Pool is small but never crowded. It was clean and also heated to probably 85+. The beach is beautiful, calm and great for swimming and walking. Water is crystal clear. We stayed in a 2 bedroom condo which was clean and well appointed. The small store on site doesn't have much of a selection but was satisfactory for us. They also prepare some breakfast and lunch items at the deli. There is also a bar and grill at the pool area which prepares your usual burger, club sandwiches, etc.

Things I didn't like:
The free WiFi is not available in your room and only available in a designated area. If you want it in your room you have to pay extra. This should never be. Isn't this the purpose of a timeshare-to give you all the amenities of home. Maybe we should pay for TV. Just another rip off way for the owners/management company to make extra $. Isn't it enough that the weekly maintenance is usually more than most monthly maintenance fees at privately owned condos.

Food is outrageously high on the island, more so than on other islands and double what I would pay in NY for a comparable meal.

Electric usage fee of $100. Doesn't the condo pay for it's electric usage. Do people in privately owned condos on the island also have to pay this weekly charge. Probably not.

Timeshare Usage Tax Fee-Doesn't the resort pay property taxes and I'm sure privately owned condos don't pay this weekly fee. Just another government rip off.

Don't get too greedy, there are a lot of nice other places to go.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, NV
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is an older resort but still in good condition. We prefer the smaller resorts and this one is ideal. There is a small grocery store, laundry, bar and cafe. There are two pools although the front pool was closed during part of our stay. The beach is very quiet and great for evening walking.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We loved it! Spacious two bedroom unit, great beach, very close to the Atlantis and the pool that you can swim in whenever you like; day or night. Also, it is not crowded, clean and there is a grocery store on the premises. The service is great, the food is ok and the music can get a bit loud, but they don't play it after 6pm and cheesy pop... :) We traveled with two kids and had a lovely time!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, New Jersey
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14 hotel reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

(long review but thorough)
Paradise Island Beach Club is in the shadow of Atlantis but by far the quietest beach location. It is a small resort right on the beach with two pools, a gym, minimart, beachside grill, and very spacious rooms. The resort is well maintained and with friendly though typical “island time” staff. Other than Wednesday’s “Bahaman Night” and Saturday’s a la cart BBQ, there is no on-site dinner. The grill is open for lunch and we heard great feedback from other guests. They have happy hour every day with 2 for 1 heavily poured drinks (not watered down). I highly recommend the Goombay Bash. The gym is adequate, with some weights, treadmills, bikes, and elliptical, although it took the staff 3 days to refill the water, even when requested, 2 days in a row. It’s decent enough for a week, but needs a general cleaning in my opinion. Bring your towel from your room as there are none in the gym.
THE ROOMS…were recently updated and I must say, it’s the most storage we’ve ever had in a timeshare and outlets were everywhere to charge your electronics. The free wifi is spotty and not high speed but adequate for our needs. We were able to get a signal from our room no problem. It had three flat screen TVs in a two bedroom unit with the usual American stations, CBS, NBC, etc. The kitchen is well stocked including detergent and coffee filters. There is a community laundry room with newer washers and dryers for only $1.50 a load so you can pack light. The beds are VERY hard, and pillows are flat. Towels exchanged daily. Another reviewer complained of scratchy towels. Looks like they are transitioning to new ones since at first we had a mix of scratchy towels and fluffy ones. By the third day they were all good quality.
The mini mart on site has a decent selection with prices in line with the market down the road. In general EVERYTHING IS THE BAHAMAS IS PRETTY EXPENSIVE. We packed a lot of dry goods such as oatmeal, granola bars, etc but I still spent $140 on perishables and a bottle of liquor. To give perspective a carton of ice cream is $14.
THE BEACH is stunning. We never had a problem getting beach or pool lounges any time of day. Unless there are high winds, umbrellas are also available. No need to do the earlier wake up to save a chair. Joseph will have you covered.
A MUST KNOW…there is a $18 (total for week) timeshare exchange tax, $100 electricity fee, and a 4% charge for using your credit card to settle the bill. We’ve seen similar fees on other islands so we weren’t surprised. The resort does not take American Express but we found most of the restaurants and shops nearer to the Atlantis do. The taxis, straw market and many of the restaurants at the Fish Fry are cash only. It’s an even exchange and all except US dollars and give change in US.
SURROUNDING AREA…Like I said it is a quiet resort and there is very little directly next to the resort. We’re a pretty fit family and had no issue walking to the restaurants and shops on Paradise Island near the Atlantis marina which is about a mile to a mile and a half away. Guests with mobility issues will need to rely on taxis about $10 each way if not crossing into Nassau. Crossing over into Nassau to eat or shop will cost you more.
We didn’t do excursions in Bahamas since the water was choppy most of the week and we were trying to keep costs down. We did however take the resorts free bikes out (available until 5pm) and walked around the gorgeous gardens a block away. At the Straw Market near the cruise ship terminal we found a couple of items but overall it wasn’t worth the special trip. It is made up of many, many stalls and most of them are selling the exact same items. If you don’t like tight places or vendors hounding you to buy their items, than this is not the place for you. But its great if you’re a champion haggler.
TAXIS…. We needed to take a taxi into Nassau to visit the Straw Market and then we made the long 20 minute walk to the Fish Fry. It was worth the visit but we prefer the quiet beach over the “cruise ship” happy town. We are glad we did not rent a car, since we are not use to driving on the other side of the road and parking is limited in Nassau. Cab ride from Airport is about $ 40.00ish depending on the driver.
RESTAURANTS…There is a limited amount of restaurants on Paradise Island. We were able to find enough affordable places to eat in walking distance but we had to do our research. Ask other guests (most have been here repeatedly) for recommendations, not the staff. The restaurants within Atlantis are expensive and quite frankly the tourist trap type of establishments you’ll find in Las Vegas, New York, Disney and Atlantic City. I highly recommend Montaqu Gardens (in Nassau) where they pick you up and return you to your resort for free. Violas and Anthony’s are were also very good, within walking distance and serve breakfast/lunch/dinner. All three were budget and family friendly with good service. You can see my reviews of them separately. Note all restaurants include a 15% gratuity directly onto the bill.
DRESS…In general it is very casual down here but men should have a collared shirt or at least one with sleeves for the Atlantis restaurants.
In summary… we would definitely come back to the island and this resort even with knowing the limited eating establishments directly surrounding the resort itself. We had a great time.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leland Nc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

this will be our third year of ownership at this little gem of a timeshare property. Not too far from the hustle and bustle of Atlantis, but upon entering its gates the serenity overtakes You. The room have recently been updated and are spacious and well equipped.The mini mart has moved to a larger space and you can find most things that you need there. The also has been updated small, but you should be able to get in a good workout. Bikes are also available should you desire to get some exercise beyond the front gate.m The beach is by far the nicest on the island. Have been to the the Atlantis beaches and can't compare to the size of PIBC. There are two pools on the property, the one nearest the ocean is where the restaurant is which serves a variety of foods theoughtoutthe day. A beautiful deck overlooks the ocean is where we spend most of our days looking out on the bluest of blue oceans. The only downside if you can call it that is that a taxi is needed to get to most places you might want to go, the upside is the peacefulness of your daily environment. Come and enjoy!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed at Paradise Island Beach Club in July, 2013 on an RCI exchange. We had a unit on the second floor, with a dedicated set of stairs. There was a small balcony at the front door on the garden side with a chaise lounge, and a balcony out the living room door. The balcony had two towel racks, four chairs, and a dining table. One side of the balcony rail needed some paint, and the sun shade was broken.

About a week before we arrived I sent an e-mail to “Reservations” with two simple questions. I didn’t receive a response, so I forwarded the e-mail to the “General Manager.” The e-mail links are on the www.mypibc.com website. To this day I never received a response from either person.

When we arrived at the resort no one offered to help us with our bags. I would have happily paid someone to carry our bags to our second floor unit, but I guess if you want help you have to be aggressive about asking for it.

The unit has two tile steps going down from the kitchen to the living room, and two steps going up from the master bedroom to the master bath. Watch out for the steps in the bathroom at night! They are full steps and quite a hazard in the dark. My best suggestion is to bring a small flashlight and leave it on near the stairs so that you don’t forget in the middle of the night that the stairs are there.

One night around 2 a.m. we discovered that there was no running water in the unit. My husband had seen the guard at the front gate just a few minutes earlier, so we called the front desk, and also called “Security.” There was no answer at either number. Apparently you are on your own if you have a real emergency during the night.

The electricity went out for a couple hours one afternoon, and the front desk said it was island-wide.

The unit wasn’t perfect, but the beachfront location is fantastic. From the edge of the resort there is the most beautiful view in both directions. Atlantis is about a 20 minute strenuous walk on the sand, or you can head out of the resort at the front entrance and take the sidewalk for a much easier 20 minute walk. About a 10 minute walk on the sidewalk (halfway to Atlantis) is the Versaille Gardens. This was a beautiful place for photos.

There is a convenience store around the side of the resort that is open to the public. They have most everything you would need to make some basic meals in your condo, and there is a full selection of liquor. We really liked the homemade banana bread that was for sale by the cash register.

We had groceries delivered by www.foodstore2go.com. This worked out really well. Our only issue was that I didn’t realize you have to call the company to tell them you have arrived in the Bahamas. If you call as soon as you walk in the door of your unit it should all work out.

The shared laundry room was mostly OK, but the dryer wasn’t functioning 100%.

The frosty drinks at the bar were huge and strong. Drink up quick, or it will melt everywhere!

The maid was not accommodating at all when I asked if she could come back later one day. Essentially you get one chance at the maid service, and that’s it. Upon your departure you must strip the beds, load the dishwasher, remove the trash, etc. It was annoying to be doing all these things while the maids sat on the wall outside the unit having a nice conversation.

We were charged upon departure for electricity, which we expected. The weird surprise was the timeshare exchange fee. I can’t remember exactly, but it was either $17 or $19 depending on if you exchanged with RCI or II. This was the first time I had encountered an exchange fee that was charged by a resort.

Overall, this place was what I expected. The unit isn’t great, but we had an ocean view from our balcony, and it was a one minute walk to the edge of one of the most beautiful beaches. I have no regrets about the trip, but I won’t be back to this particular resort.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ocean Ridge Dr, New Providence Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Paradise Island
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Paradise Island
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Paradise Island
#9 Family Hotel in Paradise Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Paradise Island Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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