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West Wind Club II
Ranked #13 of 37 Hotels in Nassau
McHenry, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We just came back from our vacation in Nassau Bahamas at Westwind II. we had an excellent time overall, and would like to thank the ladies in the office for booking us in an upper villa with a most spectacular view. it was our 35th wedding anniversary, so it was very special to us. the customer service at this resort is excellent. the only thing i would suggest is to up the game as far as housekeeping goes, to go along with all the other great features of this place. the grill makes delicious and very affordable food, the bar drinks are great, the grounds and beach are beautiful. there is great snorkeling around the rocks off the beach, so much so that one of my fellow divers was filming all the great fish to be found. If you want great food at great prices, go to Montague Gardens. we found this gem 2 years ago when we vacationed here, and it hasn't lost a thing. a driver, Oscar, picks you up from your hotel and drives you to the restaurant, then drops you back off after dinner, at no charge. we had their seafood, steaks, and pasta dishes, and all were equally good. the wait staff are great, and the atmosphere (in an old bahamian mansion) is very charming. Oscar knows a lot of the history, and is quite knowledgeable about places to visit. thanks oscar! p.s. the mud pie is awesome!

Room Tip: we have stayed on the ocean side both times we were here, and were very happy with both the upper an...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We took our three boys to the Bahamas at the end of July to celebrate the oldest's high school graduation, and we stayed at the Westwind Club II thanks to a rare RCI exchange with my brother-in-law's membership. I say "rare" because WCII almost never has availability for an exchange. It popped up one night six months and I grabbed it; I haven't seen a week available since. From other reviews here and from folks we met down there, it seems most people who own here go back again and again, rather than exchanging to go elsewhere. That says a lot.

As it was my kids' first international trip and first trip to a tropical destination, I requested an upper floor unit with views of the water, but not too close so that we could enjoy the balcony without the wind (thanks to the tips on here!). We knew the boys would love the loft bedroom, and they were able to fit a rollaway bed up there so all three could be together. It was tight with the rollaway, but they would have cluttered the floor with their clothes otherwise, so it forced them to be neater. ;-)

We were in unit 21, which was on the corner of the pool and close to the bar/cafe. We had a great view (see the pics) and it was quiet (the teens next to us cranked the TV one night at midnight, but a call to security took care of that). We had been told by the person I was emailing with that unit 21 was renovated, but it was not. As of August, none of the units with an ocean view have been renovated, only those farther back. I tried to glance in as we passed those units, but I saw the same furniture, so I'm not sure which ones were renovated and what was done.

We had some maintenance issues the first day or two, and a repair that one guy did actually made things worse...the tub faucet in the upstairs shower was leaking, and he didn't properly secure the replacement to the wall. Water came down the walls into the unit below us, and we could see it in our ceiling in the lower bathroom too (luckily, I heard it dripping!). They fixed it right away and no harm was done.

Despite the unit not being renovated, it was a nice space and while it was a bit snug for five, we enjoyed our stay. The beds were comfortable, although the frame for the queen in the main bedroom was kinda noisy when one of us moved. There's a good-sized safe in the bedroom that's wide enough to hold a 17" laptop. It held all of our electronics and valuables. The futon and chairs are at right angles to the TV, so that made viewing it a bit of a challenge. We were able to hook up our laptop to the TV to watch movies we'd brought. The kitchen was well-equipped, and the office had more items if needed (we saw one guest carrying cookware to his room). Everything worked well. The only real problem we had was tiny ants getting inside. This is the Caribbean, though, and that's very common. They leave ant spray for you and we made good use of it. Make sure you don't leave ANY food out and that you immediately wash or at least rinse dishes, utensils and glassware (there was no dishwasher, but you need to wash dishes daily anyway, since there's service for 6). We brought plenty of bag clips and Ziploc bags and kept most items in the fridge.

All of the locals seem to drink bottled water, and you can buy the big 5-gallon jug at the resort for $7 or at the grocery store a mile down the road for $4 (I don't recommend doing the latter until you're able to hop the bus or take a cab, but if you take the bus, you will still have to walk 100-200 yards with it when you get back to the resort). It was very hot when we were there, and we went through 3 or 4 5-gallon jugs.

The pools are both heated and the beach is great, very quiet. They have plenty of lounge chairs by the pool, along with some umbrellas, and more lounge chairs on an elevated area overlooking the beach. There are no chairs on the beach, though, but they have plenty next door at the Sheraton and you can wander over there and use their pool and hot tub as well. Be sure to bring goggles or swim masks...my boys swam out to the rocks that border the roped-off swimming area (there are jet skiiers beyond the rocks), and they saw brain coral, puffer fish, and even a sting ray. The sting ray later glided right by my 16-year-old in the shallows, but he was too quick for me to get a picture. So cool! Be sure to also bring an underwater camera bag to get pics; we got great ones during our water sport activities.

What else? The staff is hit or miss with the friendliness, but they are largely pretty helpful. They have a ping pong and pool table, but the ping pong balls often went missing and weren't in great shape. Bring a pack if you're determined to play. Two of us wanted to play tennis, but the only rackets available were in very bad shape. The pool table was great fun. They have books and games in the office that you can borrow for free. You need to get tokens from the office to do laundry, but if it's after hours, a security guard can get them for you (the dryers didn't work as well as the washers, so you may have to run things through twice. They're very big, though). They charge it to your room, along with food from the bar and the water jugs. You won't use cash at the resort for anything. They also have bathrooms with showers next to the bar, so if you want to swim on your last day before catching your flight, you can take a shower before you go.

The #10 Jitney bus is across the street from the Sheraton. It was $1.25 each way for adults and, something I didn't discover until after our first trip, $1.00 for kids 18 and under. Some had the AC on and others didn't, and they will pack you in, especially at rush hour. So try to avoid coming back from downtown at that time.

There is a grocery store about a mile walk to the right of the resort, along with several restaurants. We loved Wok n Roll and Milano's. Domino's and Sbarro's are there too if you need a taste of home. The Daq Shack across the street has $6 daquiris made with fresh fruit. There's a mini straw market there with pretty persistent vendors, but we got some great deals (if you want a Bahamas, dolphin or pirate picture frame, buy it there before you come home, because you can't find them in the U.S.!)

I'd strongly recommend bringing food with you to cut down on grocery costs. We packed a cooler full of easy-to-prepare frozen foods (homemade spaghetti sauce, breaded chicken patties, ham steaks, deli meats, bacon, sausages, waffles, syrup, bread, cheese, butter, etc. We also packed dry goods into our carry-ons: peanut butter, granola bars, coffee, pasta, cereal, microwave popcorn, etc. Send me a private message if you'd like the full list! It was so great to come back to the room after a long day of running around, and just make a quick, easy dinner that we could eat outside if the boys were still swimming. We capped off every night with a pool or ping pong game, and some nights, the boys swam until 9 or 10 pm.

If you want to stay on Cable Beach, I would definitely recommend the Westwind Club II. We really enjoyed our week there; my boys had the time of their lives on the island and we loved that there was both a beach and pool right there for them to enjoy while we relaxed in the villa. There is excellent security and we felt comfortable enough leaving them alone in the villa with Domino's (ages 12-18) while we walked down the street to have a quiet dinner for our anniversary. We never worried about a thing. It's a very relaxing place to be. No one bothered us about a timeshare presentation, and most guests pretty much kept to themselves. The only drawback about being in Cable Beach is that it is expensive to take a cab to and from Paradise Island. We never did so, and only went there as part of an excursion to Blue Lagoon Island. If you do an early enough excursion, you can go back to Paradise Island in time to explore there a bit before taking the last shuttle back (you prepay, so decide before you go). Or you can take the shuttle one way and then take a cab back. No buses go over to PI, a big bummer. We didn't explore it because the cab fare would have been pretty high for 5 people. If we return to the island, we'll likely stay on PI so we can better explore that side.

Hope this helps. PM me if you have any questions! I've uploaded some low-res pics of the views!

Room Tip: The upstairs villas have lofts for the second bedroom. The ocean view rooms (by the front pool) are...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Bound Brook, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We travel here every year and every year it's like coming home to family. We love the location and the friendly service. Very family oriented. The villas are a good size with a fully equipped kitchen. The casino is next door and shopping is just a short walk or jitney ride away.

Room Tip: Upstairs villas have a better view of the ocean
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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toronto
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stayed next door at the Sheraton but after discovering the restaurant here, we walked over most days. On Tuesday and Thursday, they have cracked conch or grouper, peas and rice and coleslaw. Great price. Lovely, the cook even made my hubby his favourite Bahamian breakfast a few mornings.....nice touch.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mechanicsville, Maryland
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I would highly recommend this location. The unit I had was recently remodeled. The staff and pool area were excellent, it was located centrally in Cable beach which was easy walking distance to grocery store and some of the restaurants (try Inigoes Cafe). The only thing I didn't like was the cafe at the resort closed at 7pm sharp - it would have been nice to have it remain open until 9.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Needham, MA USA
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Just got back from a two week stay. When we stepped out of the cab we were welcomed with hugs from the staff who never change from year to year. Slim and Lovely at the bar who are both good cooks, Sonny-the friendliest security guy (who also blows up air mattresses, delivers luggage to your room, etc.), Donita, Valencia and Paulette in the office who will make reservations for activities and dinner reservations, call cabs answer questions. The staff that has changed is the cleaning staff on Saturdays (the big check in and check out day). The person who cleaned our room could have done a better job and if we had complained, the office would have taken care of it. They are in the process of training their cleaning staff to do a better job on Saturday when the demand is high. The maid who came in mid-week did a phenomenal job of cleaning our two bedroom, two bathroom unit. Modern kitchen with GE dishwasher, micro and full size oven. Had a few rainy days since April and May seem to be rainy season. There's loads of games and movies in the office if needed. They have a supply of "noodles" and a couple of floats for the pool that previous guests have left. We brought our own floats and Sonny blew them up for us. The staff are all friendly and their first goal is to make your stay wonderful, and it was! Across the street is a small Straw Market, with pretty much the same stuff as the larger one downtown with less expensive prices. Be sure to watch out of faded items that may have been left out in the sun too long. We don't bother to rent a car since for $1.25 you can take the #10 bus into downtown Nassau or even as far as Compass Point Restaurant, in the other direction. It would cost about $400 to rent a car for a week (and they're usually junkboxes) and the drivers are crazy and you drive on the left, so the bus makes sense. Within walking distance is a fantastic Swiss Bakery (we like the smaller one in the green strip mall, rather than the white standalone building). Croissants, cookies, apple turnovers, homemade bread. The Wyndham is 2 doors down and they have a casino. As of May 1st the tables were open, but in the first part of our stay, only the machines were available. Westwinds II offers 2 pools, a larger heated one and a smaller one unheated. The beach is right in front of Westwinds II and the view is breathtaking. You can take a walk down the beach towards Goodman's Bay and it is so interesting to watch the people staying at the Sheraton and Wyndham, jetskis and parasailers, new construction at Baha Mar, a huge resort that's being built next to the Wyndham. There is no construction noise when you're staying at Westwinds, so don't worry about that. The food at Westwinds II bar is very good. Hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, the best BLT I've ever had - there's probably about 20 things to choose from. From 4-7 is Happy Hour. Beer prices drop a dollar and tropical drinks are reduced. Try the pina colado which is placed on top of coconut rum in the glass. To die for! They also have a substantial cup of very good ice cream - about 5 choices. The grounds of Westwinds II are pristine. The pools are cleaned every morning and the landscapers make sure the grass and flowers are always beautiful and the walks are clean. There's a bathroom next to the bar with a shower in case you're too wet to go to your unit. Also a laundry room (get tokens from the office). That way you don't have to pack so many clothes. We go for two weeks twice a year and love it!

Room Tip: Try not to get in the building which houses Unit 42. When the trashman comes at 5:30 in the morning...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Overland Park, Kansas
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I visited December 2012 with my husband and 11 month old daughter. We stayed on the side with an ocean view next to the unheated pool. The pool In the back is heated. We were in the ground level unit which had two bedrooms; one queen bed and one with two twin beds. Two full bathrooms, a kitchenette and living room with a futon. The bar and grill was great for an evening appetizer and drink. The bus stop to take you into Nassau is very close (costs $1.25 per person each way). You can also take the bus (or walk 20 min) to the grocery store and have the grocery store call you a cab back. Nassau is about a 15 min bus ride away. The staff was great, very clean! Security guards patrol 24/7. This is a do it yourself type of place, no room or cleaning service, you can exchange towels yourself on given days. You can buy large 5 liter water jugs at the front desk. We booked through RCI. I would mot rent a car, have a cab arranged to get to the airport and us the public bus. We'll be back!!

Room Tip: Try to get on the ocean side.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: West Wind Club II
Address: West Bay Street, Cable Beach | Cable Beach, Nassau, New Providence Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > New Providence Island > Nassau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nassau
#2 Casino Hotel in Nassau
#6 Spa Hotel in Nassau
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Nassau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 54
Also Known As:
West Wind Club Ii Hotel Nassau
West Wind Hotel Ii
West Wind Resort Ii
West Wind Club Ii Nassau
West Wind Club II Bahamas/Nassau

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