I just returned from Paradise Island with my wife and 18 month old baby. Hopefully this (long) review will help those staying at the Comfort Suites with a baby...
The first thing to know is that in the Bahamas there is NO car seat law for babies in the taxi, so we didn't bring one. However, you DEFINITELY want to bring a stroller that has a good amount of holding space for bags. This will come in handy for holding your day bag with a change of clothes, drinks, and snacks. The bad news is that it seems as though there is also NO law in the Bahamas for accomodating the handicapped so be prepared to carry your stroller up and down stairs at a lot of places. By the end of the 5 day stay, we did find a lot of the ramps, but they are really out of the way.
We enjoyed the Comfort Suites a lot. The staff was friendly and accomodated my request for a room in the new wing (thanks for all the advice from the previous reviewers). There was no odor in any of the halls, and our room smelled fresh. The breakfast is adequate with bagels, muffins, cereal, and donuts, BUT you will definitely want to supplement it by packing a few ESSENTIAL things since there was no protein in the variety. We brought a jar of peanut butter (for the english muffins/bagels with jelly) and I saw someone else bring a bunch of oatmeal packets (damn, why didn't I think of that???). Other foods/drinks that you should pack are 4 bottles of water, lots of snacks for the kid(s), and juice boxes. We brought a cooler pack and filled a ziploc with ice every morning to put in it. As previously recommended, buy large bottles of water at Hurricane Hole and keep filling your 4 bottles of water (the fridge at CS holds about 5 or 6 bottles).
The restaurants: First of all, don't expect ANY of the restaurants to deliver anything more than average cuisine (if you're lucky)!!! The food was generally bad and the prices were a bit pricey (though we weren't shell shocked being from NY). Across the street from the CS, we went to Anthony's Caribbean Grill and the Blue Marlin, and the fresh fish at both places reminded me of my elementary school cafeteria fish (yes, it was BAD!). I finally learned my lesson and stopped ordering the fish! We found that if you wanted a good dish, it had to be something fried...it really was hard to try to eat healthy at all! We also went to the Arawak Cay one evening and went to Twin Brothers. The food was average there also, but the Conch Salad appetizer was great. This area was full of locals, and some started getting rowdy near the end of the night, so this might not be the best place to go too late in the evening. If you feel like you want to go to a Florida-type place, then head across the street from the CS to the Green Parrot, where the burger was truly good. At all places, you can at least rely on a nice cold Kalik (local Bahamian beer).
The Atlantis: WOW! This place is HUGE! When I read other reviews whining that they had to walk a lot, I just thought they were large people and out of shape (lol), but really, this place IS HUGE!!! There are about 10 of pools to choose from, but for the babies, there are 2 great choices. There is one with an umbrella type fountain next to the Lazy River (a circular tube ride) where we spent most of out time, and another one on the other side of the property by the Mayan Temple (this one has a slide for babies). Both are perfect for little kids and the water was MUCH warmer in them than the other pools. For the adults, I went on the Leap Of Faith slide, and it was awesome (though your butt WILL hurt from it!). The aquariums are nothing short of spectacular, and our kid particularly liked the touch pool in The Dig. DEFINITELY check out The Dig! For food at the Atlantis, I would recommend any of the express-type stands at The Cave, Shark Bite Express, or a small fish fry stand on the beach path. The restaurants in Atlantis are geared for high rollers so they are all a ripoff. Once again, the Kalik's are icy cold ;) I could swear that the casino is fixed, cause it seemed like every dealer in Blackjack was pulling 21's out of their butts, but I won't get into that :p Most evenings with the family were capped off with an ice cream at the Atlantis pier...there really is not much more to do for little kids. Fortunately we went during a slow week, so we didn't have any problems finding chairs by the pools, but on our last day (Friday), it was MUCH more crowded and chairs filled up fast. The towel huts open at 9am (some at 10am), so try to get there at 9am to get towels, your Atlantis access bracelet, and chairs (just throw some stuff and towels on them).
Extracurricular: I went on the shark dive at Stuart Cove (on the other side of the island), and it was AWESOME!!! I would highly recommend it for you thrill seekers (it truly made my trip)!
As for the prices, here's a quick summary:
- Taxi to/from airport: $27 each way + $3 each additional person
- Taxi to/from Arawak Cay: $12 each way
- Hotel additional charges & taxes: $35 each night (or more)
- Room safe access $2/day
- Wireless internet access at the CS (AWESOME!) - $10/day
- Shark Dive $135 plus equipment rental charges
- A great vacation with the family - PRICELESS! :)
Have a great time...I'm looking forward to returning next year!
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