Wow! What a wonderful stay at SBCV!
My boyfriend and I spent 4 days over the 4th of July holiday at Sunrise Beach Club and we couldn't have been more pleased. Even before we arrived, Chantisse (one of the hotel front desk coordinators) provided us with information on the villas, the location, transportation and nearby attractions. She arranged for a cab driver "Jimmy" to pick us up at the airport and take us to a local grocery store before we arrived at the villas. Jimmy was on time and when we arrived at the airport, we were allowed to make a free local call from the small desk at the Tourist Info center before getting out of customs. We stopped at "Robin Hood" grocery store and were surprised by the prices. VERY REASONABLE! I had read so many complaints about the high prices of food on Paradise Island, but Robin Hood was very comparable to grocery prices here in Washington, DC. The produce and meats were super fresh and we even got soymilk and reduced fat cheese! We also mentioned to Jimmy that we wanted to stop off and pick up some beer and rum. He made an extra trip along the way for us without hesitation.
The ride from the airport to the villas was just over an hour, and for the two of us $60 fare and we tipped Jimmy $20 for his troubles. When we arrived at the villas, we couldn't have been more pleased. Everyone was waiting out front to help us with our groceries and when we checked in, the room was cool, clean and just as we had expected. There is wi fi (but we left the computer at home) and the beach is just steps away behind the property. We laughed everyday watching the guests from the RIU, Atlantis and other hotels walk the 1/2 mile in the sun to our beach as we were leaving the property. The location is just fantastic.
The kitchen was utilitarian and was only missing minor things like a cutting board and sharper knives. We prefer to cook most of our meals, so this was somewhat of an inconvenience, but not much. There was a blender to make plenty of our own mixed drinks which we enjoyed right at pool side.
The room was cleaned every day and to our surprise, there were 2 bathrooms. The temperature in the villa itself was so comfortable, we only needed to use the AC once. The food at Violas was pretty decent. On our first day we had hamburgers and our last day we had breakfast. Nothing to write home about, but convenient. The local beer is called Kalik and is comparable to a Red Stripe or a Modelo.
We spent most of our time hopping between the pool to the beach and had amazing massages on the beach for $30/30 minutes. The massages were wonderful and very relaxing.
We took a few short walks into the "Atlantis Village" where you can find small touristy shops, Quiznos, Ben & Jerry's, ATM Machines and the stores that sell pasta sauce for $6.99 a jar. We didn't do the aquarium at Atlantis, rather, just took photos of the free part of the aquarium and then tried our hand at the casino. My boyfriend won $50 in the first five minutes of sitting down to a 25cent slot and I was up on the craps table until we switched tables. We only spent $20 each in the casino and walked away with more than we spent.
We had a fantastic dinner at Nobu, the Sushi restaurant at Atlantis. Again, the prices were comparable to anything you'd find here in the city, however, the quality of the seafood was spectacular.
We spent almost half a day at Ardastra Gardens and Zoo (a $15 dollar cab ride/25 minutes) and it was well worth it. The admission has gone up; its now $18 per adult, but there were about 200 different species of animals there and you get to roam around with the flamingos and peacocks. This was a definite highlight of our trip. When we were finished at the Zoo, the host at the front desk offered to phone a cab for us and he arrived in less than 15 minutes.
If we could have spent more time there, we would have and we'll definitely be going back to Sunrise Beach Club Villas. The staff were courteous, accommodating, friendly and professional and the grounds were just perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet beach front hotel and villas to suit all budgets. One bedroom hotel units with efficiency kitchens and private bedroom, up to 5 bedroom 4,000 sq. ft. luxury villas. Viola's Bar and Cafe is within steps of both pools, with Archie's On The Beach to serve refreshments beachside. A 5 minute walk to the Atlantis Casino complex, world class and Bahamian style shopping, and multitudes of restaurants. Historic downtown Nassau 1.5 miles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Beach Clubs And Villas Hotel Paradise Island
- Sunrise Beach Hotel
- Sunrise Beach Resort
- Sunrise Beach Clubs And Villas Bahamas/Paradise Island