Breezes Resort and Spa, Nassau, Bahamas
Category: Mid-Range, All Inclusive
One of the better known all-inclusive resorts in Nassau …the Breezes Resort and Spa is right there on the white Cable beach and commands a good stretch of it.
The resort is all inclusive and mid ranged. It doesn’t have a special tie up with the Atlantis like most other resorts in Nassau but you can still enjoy some facilities of the Atlantis like the ‘Dig’ (a part of the large aquarium) that’s free from late evenings. The resort has a decent range of in-house entertainment facilities that’s good value for money though not comparable in scale with the Atlantis.
Rooms contain HDTV, Two double beds/ king sized bed, work desk and chair, in room safe, iron board and hair dryer. You can also ask for a refrigerator at extra charge unless included in the room amenities. Bathrooms have a separate shower area.
Both towers of the Breeze have the Garden view rooms which are the most affordable option. You can look down upon the surrounding gardens from the room windows. The décor is modern with glass, chrome fittings and dark mahogany wood furniture.
The Deluxe Patio Garden Views are located on the ground floor of both towers and they lead directly unto the tropical garden. The Deluxe Patio Pool View rooms are on the ground floors of both towers and they open up to the swimming pools and the courtyard. There is a patio in these rooms which either has a hammock or a chair-table set.
The Ocean view rooms in both towers offer nice views of the ocean. The Deluxe ocean front rooms are higher up (2nd floor and above) and offer uninterrupted views of the ocean.
Ocean View Room
The Deluxe Beach front rooms are amongst the most expensive accommodation option at the Breezes. The rooms have huge sliding doors that open up to the Cable beach front…there are large beach chairs just outside the room which overlooks the ocean. Special stocked mini refrigerators are a part of these rooms which have an attached furnished patio and special cocktail service.
One bedroom ocean front suites are distinct by their ocean themed décor and are all situated in the north facing tower. These rooms have a tastefully done up living room with sofa, settees, dining space and mantel. The rooms have beautiful ocean views from all windows.
The Presidential suite is the most luxurious and pricey accommodation option at the Breezes. With a contemporary open plan living arrangement that has a separate area for dining (6 seater table) and entertainment area (sofa, settees, center table)….the ocean can be seen from all corners of the suite. The bedroom is large and luxurious with a huge king size bed and other amenities. The stocked refrigerator is a part of the presidential suite.
Most rooms are well maintained though some may seem a little dated especially if you have been to the other fancier hotels around Bahamas. Interior décor is not the strong point of the Breezes establishment though the setup is pretty comfortable. You should check the room thoroughly before actually checking in as some rooms have maintenance issues.
All Inclusive Deal
As mentioned earlier, Breezes Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive resort i.e. you cannot just pay your room tariff and stay here. The dining, entertainment, drinks and much more is a part of the package deal fee that you pay. Here are all the features that will be included in the all-inclusive offer.
All meals in different kinds of restaurants that are associated with the Breeze. The types include Asian Fusion, outdoor grill, local food restaurants, Italian. Buffet and outdoor grill are also provided
Unlimited supply of drinks and beverages (water, juices, soft drinks etc.) and cocktails available at the many bars all inside Breezes Resort.
Exclusive guest concierge service where assistance is provided guests who want to plan excursions, trips in Bahamas, book flights, make spa reservations and arrange for transport.
Bouquet of water sports and land sports including tennis, volleyball, rock climbing, kayaking etc. Every night entertainment options at the hotel including karaoke nights, dancing, parties, DJ and live bands.
Free WI fi in all rooms.
Tea coffee makers provided on request.
Easy access to Cable Beach that is one of Nassau’s best beaches.
No gratuity, surcharges, extra taxes are levied on the Breezes Resort and Spa packages. Tipping isn’t allowed on the resort premises. This is a big advantage when you compare it with the scene at Atlantis where surcharges and gratuities hike up the bills.
There are a number of in-house restaurants and bars in the Breeze Resort and Spa and you will be offered a choice amongst them when it comes to choosing your preferred lunch and dinner spaces.
The Banana Boat sounds tropical but is actually a neutral yet elegantly set up restaurant that has a large seating capacity apart from a beautiful captain’s table. There is a large air conditioned dining room where a variety of local cuisine and typical European food is offered. Separate dessert parlors and coffee/ tea/ soda stations are also present.
Your breakfast buffet is likely to be scheduled here between 7.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. this is a place which starts serving continental breakfast from 6.30 a.m. So head to this place if you have to start your day early. Lunch is generally served after 12.30 p.m. while dinner buffet is after 6.30 p.m.
Martinos is a casual Italian restaurant that’s only open from Monday to Saturday after 6.30 p.m. Typical Italian dishes like Risotto, lasagna, linguine, spaghetti and other classics are served here. A good selection of wine and a specialized antipasto station adds to the charm.
Eden is a very casual looking dining place with lots of greenery around and a rather soothing white and green themed décor. Couples can opt for this one as there are arrangements for indoor romantic banquettes. The menu selection is innovatively named with names like Eve’s secret and Adam’s Rib, Forbidden Pie etc. this restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday 6.30 p.m. onwards.
Munasan is a typically decorated Asian fusion joint that has rich wood furnishings and cosmopolitan décor. You have options of sitting at a table or a booth and there is a full bar too. On offer is typically Asian food with a Caribbean touch. This restaurant is only open on Fridays and Saturdays for dinner from 6.30pm onwards.
For a more beachy experience there is the Reggae Café which is open every day from 11.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. You get typical comfort food like wraps, burgers, fries and local favorites. Some of you might enjoy the island touch of using local leaves as table mats and the beach chairs scattered all around with shades. A la carte dinner is served all throughout the summer months on Sunday and Monday from 6.30 p.m. near the Café. Brightly colored furniture and typical rustic décor adds to the ambiance and you can enjoy the balmy air and stars while dining.
If you want, you can enjoy private beachside dinners with customized menus and personalized attention. This isn’t a part of all inclusive deal and you have to pay an extra fee per person. The service is open if the weather is good and starts from 6p.m. onwards.
Apart from the weekend bar at Munasan, the Breezes has 4 other bars at intelligently chosen locations. There is one at the Lobby which opens at 11.00 a.m. and runs till midnight. A fun beach bar named Sip n Dip is at the poolside and it opens pretty early at 10.00 a.m.
For a fine night of drinks and music there is the pelican bar which has a grand Piano and tasteful décor with a colonial touch. The bar has an in house pianist and sometimes guests perform too. The Disco Bar comes with a dance floor and opens from 11.30 p.m. onwards till 2.00 a.m. there is an in-house DJ and sometimes guest artistes come for band performances (song requests are entertained).
For your meals, mostly you would be rotated between two or maximum three restaurants and most will have an okay but unchanging menu. If you are staying for a week then this gets a little boring and maybe you would like to check other restaurants nearby or opt for the beach dinner service sometimes. The restaurants are not of gourmet quality so that’s a minus if you are fond of fine dining.
Drinks are included though there is more of local drinks and liquor and less international brands.
Some nearby restaurants less than a km away are Bahamas Grill, Wok and Roll Chinese, nikei and Black Angus Steakhouse.
There are 3 freshwater pools including the Sip n Dip swim up bar and pool, big swimming pool, misting pool and a Jacuzzi.
When in Bahamas, indulging in some water sports is a given and here there are loads of activities you can indulge in. you can choose to kayak or sail or try your hand at paddle boating. Pool volleyball and beach ball are other popular options while many guests prefer to go snorkeling.
There is a bunch of land activities for guests who are not into water sports. 3 tennis courts with free beginner’s lessons and a rock climbing wall with an instructor are present. There are facilities for beach ball, volleyball, table tennis and bounce boxing. A well-developed jogging trail exists and you can even participate in sumo wrestling and flying trapeze. Multiple pool tables, table tennis and many other indoor games facilities are there in the indoor games section.
Use of the moderately sized well equipped fitness center is free for all guests of the Breezes. Stationary bicycles, free weights, rowers and Nautilus equipment are some of the amenities in the fitness center. There is a TV set in here to keep you entertained as you get fitter.
The Breezes offers nightly entertainment like live performances, karaoke, steel drum bands, comedy shows, game wars and so much more. Bands and Dj performances are an episodic affair while cabarets and theme nights offers a special dose of thrill.
Nightclubs with DJs operates inside the Breezes compound and there is an in house DJ too.
There is an in house spa called Blue Mahoe that offers a select bouquet of massages, beauty treatments and therapies. The spa facilities are not a part of the all-inclusive deal however.
There is an in house gift shop that offers surprisingly affordable stuff. Sometimes the deals you find here may be better than the stuff you find in town.
Nature walks and exploratory travel around Bahamas is organized on request.
You can rent a cabana for use during the day especially if you are travelling in a group.
There is a concierge service that’s part of the inclusive deal and you will have assistance with bookings, travels, tours, lost stuff etc.
You can take a bus ride downtown or take a water taxi/ boat to Paradise Island for very nominal charges.
What makes the Breezes stand out from its other fancier counterparts is its strong people power. The human resources team has done a good job in selecting the hotel staff and everybody right from the bellboys to the reception staff to the cook to the life guards treat guests with attentive courtesy and a large smile. Many tourists are especially affected by the behavior of the staff at the place where they choose to stay and the breezes does leave a very favorable impression in this area. The in house entertainment team Que, Lavanda and Shaniqa is especially popular amongst guests.
The Munasan and the Garden of Eden are the restaurants to look out for …they serve consistently good food. The poolside menu is also great though you shouldn’t expect gourmet snacks… gear up for nice hotdogs and Mac and Cheese apart from Bahamian faves like conch fritters and crab salad. The buffet has a lot of vegan options and that’s not something easily available at a mid-priced hotel in Bahamas.
There are three in-house cats on the property and that may be a good or bad thing for you depending upon your preference for felines. However, the cats are mainly kept to shoo away the rats on the property and that’s not a positive sign.
The room or lobby or any other place in the hotel lacks a property map and that’s inconvenient especially if you are travelling with senior citizens who would like to minimize walking around.
If you are travelling with family then it’s advisable to avoid the months between Aprils to July as Breezes is filled with college kids during that time. The crowd is unruly and sometimes borders on vandalism which ruins the peaceful atmosphere you might be seeking (read the booked student travel periods in the hotels official website). Also day passes are issued by the resort to outsiders and it becomes noisy and crowded in the daytime so privacy is not something easily available.
The spa isn’t really a sophisticated set up. Couples massages and other standard therapies are offered in a beach hut so it may not be suited for everybody.
The pools are all rather small in size and close around 7 p.m. which is disappointing.
Overall, the Breezes offers good value for money especially because there are no hidden taxes and compulsory gratuities. The hotel is well suited to families having small kids as well as couples and the guests get to enjoy a good stretch of the Cable beach. There is even a good pier some 200 yards to the left of the beach where you can watch the sunset/ sunrise in peace!!
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How to Reach
Airport transfers are not provided by the resort. Take a regular taxi from the Nassau International airport to Breezes which is just 11 km away. You can reach in approximately 20 minutes. Carry lots of cash as there isn’t an ATM inside the resort and the taxi service won’t accept cards.
Breezes Resort and Spa
Breezes Lane, off West Bay Street, Nassau, the Bahamas
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