10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Waste of money
"We took this place based on a recommendation of their website the Week of August 26- September 2, I took my family of 5, and 3 friends. We stayed in Unit # 19 garden, we requested a ocean front and were told we could just request a ocean front when we arrived. We did and that's were the fun stopped! They told us to upgrade they needed an additional $ 300.00. Ice and Bottle water were extra, maid service was an additional $ 82.50 per DAY! The unit was WORN, the carepting was old and ripped, the stove back left burner shorted out and shot a fireball across the kitchen, the sink leaked water all over the floor, the air-conditioning didn't work. They finally figued that out and removed the most disgusting air filter clogged with approximately 1/4 of dirt. Thier Swimming pool was missing pieces of concrete and the had paint missing. The water quality was GREEN, and not the clear sea kind, you couldn't see the bottom of the pool. It remained this way the entire week. Do yourself a favor and look around and ask lots of questions before you settle for a poorly run and worn time share like this."
- Travel date: 8th September 2006
"We just got back from our first time in the Bahamas and stayed at Guanahani Village.We had an OceanView Villa that faced the pool and ocean.It was just beautiful!! The villa was so spacious.There was a living room and kitchen on the first floor and a patio that looks out to the ocean.Then with the master bedroom & second bedroom on the second floor and a third bedroom w/twin beds and a sundeck on the third floor.Each bedroom has its own bathroom too!Just right for our family.With enough beds and space for everyone. You can take the #10 bus right out front of Guanahani Village and it will take you downtown to the Straw Maket or anywhere in between for $1 pp.It will also take you to the CityMarket for grocies or SuperValue grocery store(better store).Food is very expensive on the island so we packed a suitcase full from Walmart and brought it w/us and bought our refrigerator things there.They do have a patio w/a BBQ and the washer & dryer came in handy. The beach is small, but ,nice!,If your looking for excitment go somewhere else.If you want to go to the Bahamas and relax by the pool and enjoy the beach this it the place for you!! Bring you own snorkle gear you can snorkle right off the beach....also we HIGHLY recommend the "Sea Island Adventures" tour!!Its a 3 for 1 price.Snorkle trip on a pirvate island(ROSE ISLAND) Beach escape-lay out or use they're kayak,paddle boats,tubes.Picnic BBQ all included in the price!There is an advertisement in the Bahamas hard cover book on the coffe table in the villas and mention the 10% discount off the price.It was absolutely beautiful!!!!"
- Travel date: 7th July 2006
Great for families
"Went to Guanahani with my husband and kids and we had a really great time. The townhouse was a little time worn, but very spacious and really well set up. The grounds were really pretty. We stayed in Unit 33 and if I could make a recommendation, try to avoid units 29 and up if possible. They back on to West Bay street and it is very noisy at night. It had a fully equipped kitchen and the dishwasher and washer/dryer were very handy. My kids range in age from 3 up to 16 and all of them were really happy with our holiday. It was really quiet and relaxing. The grocery store was a short walk and that was very convenient. The pool area was quite nice although the beach (or lack therof) was a touch disappointing. What little beach that was there was overcome by a giant mountain of seaweed! We were pleasantly surprised to have housekeeping every day. There were tons of towels and linens. The ladies at the front desk were extremely helpful. They booked our excursions and were very willing to assist us. I took the other traveller's advice in the other reviews and went to the Thursday night dinner at the pool bar but was a little disappointed. It was expensive for what we were served. The timeshare owners were wonderful and very friendly. We would absolutely go back. It was perfect for a family set up. Christine"
- Travel date: 22nd February 2006
"This resort is off the beaten track, but very convenient to the buses. The bus drivers will stop almost anywhere on their route to pick you up when you are not in the city. There, they only stop at the bus stops because it's so crowded. We were glad to be away from the center of town. A supermarket is within walking distance that has great prices. Do not spend the time and extra fare to go to the market further away. They have comparable prices, although it is quite expensive, but better than eating out every night. Our 3 bedroom townhouse was very comfortable with a great patio and the pool right outside the door. The "beach" opens in the morning and disappears overnight. At midday, you can walk the beach up to the bigger hotel and layout on a real beach, but this one fun on itsâ own. Guanahani is not a party hotel, but it's close to good restaurants such as Johnny Canoe (excellent food). Johnny's is great for seafood and happy hour drinks. As everything in the Bahamas, it can get pricey. Be sure to take the bus to "Twin Brothers" restaurant in the fishing district (halfway between the city and Guanahani)-GREAT fish. The staff is great and a hospitality suite is available for use when leaving. The staff will watch the luggage in the office area. They sell 5 gallon bottles of water (very convenient instead of lugging it from the supermarket) and the price is the same. If we ever go back, weâd stay here again. Across the street from Guanahani is great Pastry shop-WONDERFUL sweets an bread and a liquor store with great rum prices. Donât bother going to a bigger store since the prices are the same and youâll have to carry it further. They have a great deal-purchase 5 bottles and get 20% off-exceptional deal!!!!"
- Travel date: 9th June 2005
Guanahani Village- Pros and Cons
"We stayed here in May 2005. The Guanahani Village is a timeshare and has its pros and cons. Pros â The place is very large. We had a garden view which has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths spread across 3 floors. It has a full size kitchen with everything you need, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, and even a washer and dryer. The time share comes with 2 TVâs. There is a privet patio where you can sit out and bar-b-que. Cons â It is a little far off the beaten path. We went with a young child and did not rent a car. If you want to walk to the market or the casino, itâs about a 10 min walk or you can take the bus for 1 dollar and they run often. The beach is very small and could use a little cleaning. The pool was a little chilly, but very nice, Maybe because we went in May and the water did not have a chance to warm up yet. The timeshare itself could use some fixing up. Some new paint and carpets would help. Overall the Guanahani Village was a good place to stay. Even though it could use some updating, the place is clean and large with a kitchen and that was the reason we stayed here. They have a nice tennis court and the pool area is also adequate. They offer a 5 gallon bottle of water for 5 dollars and a bag of ice for 4 dollars, take them up on it. The staff was very friendly and helpful, they get an A++."
- Travel date: 23rd May 2005
Practically grew up here.
"I love this place. It's true that it's age is starting to show, but I still love it. I have been here about ten times and have some hints to a better vacation. 1) Upgrade to an oceanfront condo. It's worth it. The units are much bigger and the two HUGE terraces overlook the ocean. There isn't even a comparison in my book. (I've stayed in both). I would pay double just to upgrade. The units on the ends are the best not only for the view but they have a little extra outdoor space. 2) If you like tennis, bring your own rackets and balls. There is a tennis court, but a lot of times there aren't any rackets and/or balls in the office. 3) RENT A CAR. The kitchens are great. But the grocery store is about 1/4 -1/2 mile or more down the road. Not fun schlepping groceries down the street in the heat, when you could be relaxing. Also, you will want the car to go to Altantis because the casino on cable beach is boring and nearly empty. (Although you can walk to the casino on cable beach via the road/sidewalk, it's not entirely safe late at night for females.) Also, the taxi cost to/from the airport is expensive ($27 for atlantis for one person, but slightly less to cable beach, but add surcharges for additional people.) And you can usually get a better rate by booking while still in the states. Go for the stick shift, it's a lot cheaper. The economy cars are much smaller than the economy class in the states. The cars are usually in less than perfect shape, a door handle or window control may be broken so don't expect an '05 altima or anything. But still VERY worth it from a practical point of view. 4) If you have room in your suitcase, bring some food. The prices in the grocery store (and everywhere on the island) are very expensive. 5) Bring patience. Bahamians are notorious for poor service and bad attitudes. It's amazing how anything gets done here. If you need the locals to be super friendly go to BVI. 6) Bring a snorkel and mask. There is a small man-made reef right off the beach. 7) Expect a small beach. The beach is TINY. Difficult, if not impossible to lay out on the beach. But the pool area is nice and right next to the beach. I'm a beach person, and I don't mind it. 8) Rooms: The bedroom upstairs on the third floor (oceanfront) is open to the stairway. It's on it's own floor, but there is no door. Not a big deal. The big, private terrace for that bedroom make that room my favorite. It has two twin beds. The master bedroom on the 2nd floor with a king size bed is large with lots of closet space and a huge window with a view of the ocean. The third bedroom is the runt of the litter. Whoever gets that one should pay less as it is not nearly as nice as the others. 9) Bring hangers. Sometimes there is enough, sometimes there isn't. 10) Make use of the grill. It's great. 11) Bring beach towels, your favorite soap and shampoo. I bring my own pillowcase too. 12) There is a washer and dryer in each unit."
- Travel date: 25th February 2005
Great place to stay in Cable Beach
"My family (me, my husband and two teenagers) just returned home after spending a week at Guanahani Village. We were very happy with our decision to stay there. Rates were probably the most affordable on Cable Beach. REALLY affordable for us -- as a military family, we are fortunate to have the "Armed Forces Vacation Club" (which is administered by RCI), so we booked through them. I think the most important decision you have to make before staying here is 1.) Do you want to stay in a resort with lots of activity or 2.) Do you want to stay in a place with lots of space, where you can cook your own meals? Guanahani is the latter. Guanahani Village is relaxing and quiet. The condos are three stories high and have three bedrooms, with two additional roll-away beds. We stayed in a "garden unit", so we had 2 1/2 bathrooms. (Great water pressure!) The kitchen has full-sized appliances and they were all new and in perfect working order. They provided plenty of pots, pans, plates, glasses and utensils. There's a microwave and a blender, which we used to mix those wonderful tropical drinks. Oh, almost forgot -- there's an apartment sized washer and dryer, which came in handy. (They provide dishwasher detergent, but you'll need to bring your own clothing detergent. Woolite works very well.) The village office can schedule tours, if you so desire. There is a snackbar by the pool, run by Henry, who is a fantastic guy. He and my husband really hit if off. Make sure to sign up for his Thursday night dinner...it is delicious and cheap by Nassau standards. Buses pass by the front of the village frequently and only cost $1. We never had to wait more than a few minutes until one came along. Some are air conditioned, some not, but ALL play wonderful music. Pay the driver when you get off the bus. Either tell him where you want to stop when you get on or just yell out "bus stop, please". The "end of the line" for bus routes 10 and 10A is right by the straw market in Nassau, in the thick of the shopping district. There are two grocery stores nearby - CityMarket (small and expensive) and SuperValue (bigger and less expensive). You can walk to CityMarket, but will have to take the bus going west to SuperValue. We had no problems carrying all our groceries on the bus. The Crystal Palace Casino, Radisson, and Nassau Beach Hotel are within walking distance, along the main road. (Cross to the right side -- it has a sidewalk the whole way down.) Nassau Beach Hotel hosts the "hopping" restaurant "Cafe Johnny Canoe". Make sure you try the "Guava Duff". There are two small "straw markets" across the road from the resort hotels. (Hint: Use the casino ATM -- they distribute American bills and don't surcharge!) The pool is a decent size and the beach is a little small, but it is clean and has nice sand. There are two little patch reefs right off the shore and we enjoyed snorkeling and watching the colorful fish. There are two outside showers between the beach and the pool. The units have a great selection of cable TV channels (2 TVs in the unit -- each pretty new) and my teenagers watched all of their favorite shows. Furniture is overstuffed wicker and very comfortable. Floors are white ceramic tile. Decor is very Caribbean! We had a nice private patio area with a table and lounge chairs in our "backyard", as well. I can't complain one bit! The staff was friendly and efficient. They'll even deliver bottled water and ice to your unit. (You'll need it!) We will certainly return to visit again. We told Henry we'd be back!"
- Travel date: 29th June 2004
Worn, but still lovely
"We own a timeshare at Harbourside ( Atlantis's over-the-top luxury condos) and Guanahani is VERY different, but it really is a great place to stay and enjoy...the pros: large roomy LR and small but adequate full kitchen and dining room for 6, 2 balconies and a fenced in courtyard w/bar-b-q grill, washer and dryer (a MUST for families like mine ), a king bed and 4 more twin beds in 3 total BRs, 3 1/2 baths, quiet, right there on the nice clean beach with INCREDIBLY beautiful water and soft white sand ( always my favorite part of the trip ), snorkeling is right there, a good sized pool heated to 80 degrees the day we were there...you can catch the #10 bus downtown for a buck each and catch other buses to all over the island for another $1 each...quiet, friendly, pleasant people there, convenient to every other activity you want to check out, the other owners present were nice and friendly, a good relaxed place in a clean well lit and nicely landscaped community...the cons:worn a bit...the closets and cabinets are a little squeaky and creaky...a drapery was torn...and it is quiet there..if you want action, go somewhere way more expensive and get all the action you want, like at Harbourside/Atlantis, where a good sized 2 bedroom ( but still smaller unit than Guanahani) cost double or triple (depending on the time of year you buy)...This is just a really super nice place to stay with a large family or bunch of friends where everybody can spread out and relax, even though it is worn...hey, I'm not living there forever, just a week each visit, and it is close to everything, clean, relaxing, and has a fabulous beach and nice pool...go with a relaxed demeanor, 'cause nobody is fast in the Bahamas, but most are A WHOLE LOT NICER than in the USA..relax and enjoy the people, smile and talk to everybody, and if you are high maintenance, do not go to this property...you won't be happy here and we owners don't want to hear you complaining !!! lol ALL IN ALL, A LITTLE WORN, BUT AN EXCELLENT VALUE FOR SPACIOUSNESS AND NICE ATMOSPHERE AND FANTASTIC WATER !!!"
- Travel date: 28th January 2004
A 'Must See' Visit
"My friends and I went there and found the people very helpful and friendly. The Village was so nice and clean and comfortable that I decided to buy a time-share there. The rates were more than compatible to other places around and accommodations were far more than we have ever had with any other time-share. My friends that joined me on this vacation were equally impressed and will consider a time-share in the near future when it is more convenient for them to do so. I highly recommend this Village if you want a wonderful place to stay and be centrally located to all things. You even have the Mayor of the Island living just down the block, so it can't be "ALL" bad, RIght??!!!!!!"
- Travel date: 11th October 2003
"If you stay here, reconfirm your reservations. We made reservations in April for a unit in Aug. When we called to confirm,they had no record of us even though we had sent a deposit. When my daughter arrived late,(we had left her key at the gatehouse) there was no one to be found. After wandering around in the pouring rain for 30 minutes she finally found the gauard who let them into their unit. Then the crowning blow! The air conditioning was broken and the upstairs was at least 100 degrees. They finally moved them to another unit, fixed the airconditioning the next day and moved them back. The top floor rooms are not adaquately air conditioned and are stifling hot! The pool is nice and the beach is clean, but small. Another aside, if you plan to use an electric razor, hair dryer or other appliance, there are no plugs in the bathrooms!"
- Travel date: 27th September 2003
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