I apologize in advance for the lengthy review, but felt it necessary due to the nature of my recent trip to Nassau. I wanted 5 star luxury without the five star price, while celebrating the best of everything as I proposed to my significant other this past weekend....
By way of brief background, Graycliff is a very large property located in the heart of Old Downtown Nassau. There are a total of 14 suites, with 6 private cottages. The grounds are enormous. The rooms are very generous, being divided into one or more subparts. We stayed from Friday night to Sunday morning. How many guests did we see during our stay???....ONE. The grounds are older, about 300 years to be exact, but are well-maintained. Service is excellent. They have a Cigar Factory on property that is world-famous. They will deliver cigars to your suite on request. I have visited Nassau approximately 10 times over the past 4 years, and the people were the friendliest they have ever been this time around, especially at Graycliff. After reading 100's of reviews (Mostly on Tripadvisor; thanks), I "rolled the dice" on Graycliff. I will not stay anywhere else. Here is the kicker: The price. $279.00 for a suite per night. Also, ask for the "travel agent" discount, and they should give you another 10% off of that. Even the highest end suite/cottage is only $400.00 a night; this cannot be matched anywhere on the island; notwithstanding the fact that you will feel like you own your own castle for a weekend!!!! As some of you know, think about what you get in Nassau for a little under 300 bucks. Again, seclusion and service cannot be beat!!! A couple minor issues;...The water in the room got to lukewarm at best, and it was quite noisy from surrounding traffic and dogs barking throughout the first night. However, this could have been just a fluke with the night and where our room was. The pros far outweighed the two minor issues that we really had no control over, anyway.
So; my advice, STAY at Graycliff, GAMBLE at Atlantis, and EAT at The One and Only Ocean Club. Speaking of which, my now fiance and I had a wonderful 5 star dinner at The Courtyard Terrace at The One and Only Ocean Club for less than $250.00. That INCLUDED cocktails. However, DO NOT order wine there, unless you want to pay literally 400% on a mark-up. Never really understood it; they had $25.00 dollar bottles of wine for over $100.00 there. I mean, don't sell that cheap wine at those prices...??!!! If you're going to gouge, I say do it on the high-end wines and keep that "other stuff" off the list, if at all. The cheap wines did take a little away from the whole wine list selection; but, overall, who cares, right??
I chartered a boat Saturday morning, and proposed to my girlfriend on the deserted North Side of Rose Island. Worth the Money and planning...She said YES on a deserted island off of the Coast of Nassau. I recommend to use BareFoot Sailing for catamarans or boat usage/rental.
Don't get me wrong, Atlantis is great. As a matter of fact, we literally walked-in to the Five Twins on Friday night for Sushi. (Remember a gratuity is included, and they don't usually tell you that...) The wonderful lounge singer came over and serenaded my girlfriend unexpectedly, against the backdrop of the marble floors and the yachts that were in for the boat show.
Please write back with any questions or comments. Thanks TripAdvisor, and to everyone heading for HOTlantis and the surrounding area; HAVE FUN!!!!