10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Beach towels are extremely hard to come by at this hotel Sandyport Beaches Resort. Swimming pool was grimy and the water at the lagoon was mucky as well. So we ended up going to the public beaches at the Paradise Island during most of our six-day stay â a bus and the taxi ride to the island is $5 per person each way. Definitely quiet at the hotel because there isnât anything to do at the hotel. The Old Towne Mall is about a 10-minute walk and there arenât that many shops or restaurants there either. We had a studio suite (a queen and a pull out sofa) and I would not recommend it if you plan on using the pull out to sleep on. Have to rearrange the furniture to pull the sofa out and with the sofa pulled out, there is no room to move around."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of April 2006
"My husband and i stayed at Sandyport March 6-10, 2006. After reading reviews, i didn't really know what to expect. It is very close to the airport. A one-way ride costs $15. The hotel is somewhat far from the casinos and the downtown area. But we didn't mind at all. The $1 buses that stop right in front could take you to downtown and the casinos. They stop running at 6 Pm though. so if you need a ride back, you must hail a cab. Sandyport did run a shuttle to the Crystal Palace casinos. They ran at 6;10, 8;10 and 9 PM. and brought you back at 8,9, or midnight. So this is an option if you don't want to spend money for a cab.
The time we went to nassau was peak spring break season. There were a few groups of kids staying at Sandyport, but for the most part, it was families and couples. so it was quiet and peaceful at night. The hotels near the wyndham and downtown area are where all the spring breakers stay.
The room we got was a hotel type room. Small yet clean. We only stayed in the room anyway at night to sleep. They have a lot of cable channels! We didn't get a kitchen. although we saw some through the window and they looked pretty nice. There is a little "mall" around the resort. Mostly little dress shops and novelty stores. They all looked like they were closed. there is a bally's gym which guests can use ($10/use). There is also a health food store by the gym. There is a gas station nearby with a little mini-mart. Scooter rental was available on site. i believe we paid $65 for the day. i don't know if this was too expensive because we didn't bother looking around since it was available right at the resort.
There is also a couple of restaurants nearby. The Oyster Bar is right on property. Decent seafood. Then the Poop Deck restaurant across the street. Excellent food and service! nice beach view. i highly recommend eating here!
overall, we got the most out of our money at sandyport. we only paid a nightly rate of $129. compared with the ridiculous rates at the atlantis or the upscale hotels, if you are on a budget, sandyport will do."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of March 2006
"march 5-11 2006 this is a very relaxing resort.Everyone was polite and helpful. We were alittle scared about this resort because of some of the reviews.But after our vist we have nothing but praise for the resort.The room was clean the resort was clean and maintained very well.The buses were very useful for getting around on the island.The resort is family friendly the kids loved the water slides."
- Travel date: Thu 16th of March 2006
$65 room for $245
"OK, we only stayed there for one night. For some reason, we paid $245 for the night. The room should have been $65 -- it was that bad!
Actually, we had 3 rooms: the first one had this annoying electrical/mechanical beating sound that would come and go, and just drove us mad, so they moved us. We dragged our stuff to room #2, were ready to go out for dinner, and found that the door wouldn't lock from the outside! Yikes, so we dragged our luggage *back* to the front desk for safe keeping, went to dinner. When we got back, we found out that another room that opened up (room #3), so we dragged our stuff to that one, and yay!, the locks worked! But now there were no towels or soap in this room, so it was decided to go snag the them from the previous room (which we knew would not be locked, duh!) and brough them back.
We finally went to sleep, and slept undisturbed 'til morning (despite the beds being some of the least supported beds we'd been in in years! The room had less than 2 feet of space beyond the food of the bed, so every time we walked by, we'd knock the bed out of place.
The saving grace for this place was Cameron at the front desk, who was completely helpful and accommodating. Thank you Cameron!
But unfortunately, we will never see you again."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of March 2006
Quiet and Relazing, Scooter Location On Site is a Ripoff
"The place is a decent 3 star timeshare complex with several units that are rented out as hotels.
Warning: DO NOT RENT FROM THE SCOOTER RENTALS ON SITE. I had a problem with the guy in charge "Francis" and basically had to threaten to call the police to get $150 back that went missing. The Hotel management didn't seem to want to help me despite that his rental location is on their property.
For the price I paid ($120 US a night on Hotwire), I got a basic room and it was upgraded to one with a kitchenette as they were overbooked. This is a decent price considering that you can put 4 people in these rooms (you are charged for more than 2 but they don't know what's going on there).
The Old Towne Sandyport Mall that they talk about is a series of 10 tiny shops that are closed 90% of the time."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of March 2006
Don't go to Sandyport with kids
"We just returned from a one night stay at Sandyport. We were on Paradise Island for 6 nights and needed to find another place for a night.
If you are a couple just looking for rest and relaxation, then this will suit you fine. If you go with kids though, there will be nothing for them to do.
The pool was o.k. It did have 2 waterslides, but in order to go down them you had to manually spray them with a garden hose. The restaurant on site Coco Loco's was shutting down a couple days after we left. They say they have a "game room" but all it has is a pool table and 2 video games. The room its in looks like its getting ready to be torn down.
While it looks like a shopping area is being built next door, right now all that is open is an ice cream stand, one restaurant and maybe one or two other shops.
The whole resort it seems to us must be going through financial problems because although it has potential, right now it feels like you are on Gilligans Island.
Again, if you want seclusion and not anything really around, you will like Sandyport."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of February 2006
SANDYPORT BEACHES RESORT WAS FANTABULOUS!!!
"We spent a fantabulous week at Sandyport Beaches Resort on New Providence Island, in the Bahamas! We were there October 8 â 15, 2005.
A few days before leaving home I called the resort about transportation from the airport, and spoke with Janice. She was delightful. She made arrangements for our flight to be met and for us to be transferred to the resort. Even though our flight was delayed, our driver was waiting patiently for us at the airport.
Upon arriving at the resort, we were warmly welcomed by the lovely, and fun, Lady Sarah. Our check-in went smoothly. We had arrived in the morning and our unit was not yet ready, but the resort stored our luggage for us. Lady Sarah gave us a couple of coupons for complimentary drinks at the beachside restaurant.
The resort was lovely. EVERYONE was very friendly, and bent over backwards to be helpful. We could not have asked for better care and consideration.
Cameron was always helpful, with a very pleasant sense of humor. He is a real asset to the resort.
The resort offers complimentary transportation to the supermarket twice a week. If you want to go more, it is about a two block walk - very easy.
There is a wonderful little Corner Pub nearby, in the Old Towne - just walk over a foot bridge from the resort. The drinks and food were very good!
Trips into Nassau, Cable Beach, and "Fish Fry" are only a dollar on the jitneys that run quite often. It is better to take the short stroll out to the main road to catch the jitneys, since not all of them pull up to the resort's entrance.
The Poop Deck Restaurant (near the resort) has free appetizers during Happy Hour.
We had some great meals in Fish Fry at the Red Snapper, at the Corner Bar, at the Cricket Club, at Coco Loco's, and at Traveler's Rest.
We took the excursion to the Bacardi Factory â had a great time â and were glad we had a driver. Our driver's name was "Fresh", and he was a lot of fun - a really nice guy.
Wherever we went, people were warm and friendly. It really is better in the Bahamas!
Lady Sarah and Monday had a couple of fun get togethers, for guests, at Coco Loco's. They are in charge of guest relations. They were stupendous, and made us feel like family. There was nothing they wouldn't do to make our vacation wonderful. In no time you felt like you were longtime friends.
The beach and water were beautiful. We spent hours there every day.
When our week was over (way sooner than we would have liked), we didn't want to leave.
We did experience one minor mix up - a call to reception quickly resolved it, with no questions asked.
We did not experience any other problems or inconveniences. The entire staff at Sandyport was lovely, as was the resort itself.
We had a great time!!! We'll be regulars!
Greg and Joanie Henning"
- Travel date: Sat 25th of February 2006
"Just got back from a week long trip to Nassau. We stayed at Sandy Port Resort. After reading some of the horror stories on here about all the resorts and just Nassau in general we were a little scared about the entire trip. Let me just say that I am glad we decided to go because all in all it was the best trip we have had the pleasure of taking. This was our first time outside of the states and to an actual beach area so let me be the first to say this was absolutley beautiful! The weather was a bit colder than we wanted but we made due. They had a cold front or two come through the area while we were there so the temps were in the lower 70's most of the week. Water was cold because of this but if you really wanted to get wet, your body would eventually get used to it. Sandy Port was nice but not the best resort on the island. It was clean and the staff was very friendly. It is a bit of distance from the casinos, most entertainment things and downtown. You can catch a bus at your door step and get anywhere you need to go for $1. The bus runs from 6:00 in the morning until around 6:00 at night. Also something we found the last day was there is a bus #10 that runs after 6:00 from downtown. Bus stop is located in front of McDonalds and runs at 7:00,9:00, and 11:30. This was nice because you did not have to feel rushed to do everything all at once. It also saved you $15 for a taxi. I believe the cost the night time #10 was $2 per person but well below the price of the taxi. Be prepared when you get to Nassau to experience a joy ride in the bus/taxi. These people know one speed and one speed only, very fast. Food in Nassau was great everywhere we went. Very over priced for most people on a budget so the all-inclusive may be a better option. While there we had the opportunity to go to Sandals for a wedding and use the resort for the entire day. This place was very nice and the food was the best I have had in long time. I believe you can purchase day or night tickets to this resort for about the same price as it is for a family of four to eat one meal at any other place on the island. On average it cost around $25 per person for one meal. This does not inlude a drink either. Most prices for drinks were as follows:water $2, soda $4 and beer $6. It adds up very quickly. Once again, if I had it to do over again we would have done the all-inclusive thing. One last thing that I would like to mention. The people of Nassau were very friendly and not once did I see anyone being rude to the tourist. I am sure if you were rude to them they could be the same but this simply was not the case with us and we found everyone to be very friendly and helpful. We will go back, and this time take our kids with us. Very friendly towards the kids we saw and so many things to do. Feel free to email us with any questions. I am sure after my wife views this, she will tell me about all of the other important things I have left out."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of February 2006
"Just returned from a 2-week timeshare stay at Sandyport. Had a very nice 2-b/r condo unit right in front of the lagoon beach. Large and fully equipped. By many standards, a bit 'tired' but that's pretty standard in the island and by no means unbearable. Service was good - William and Cameron were very friendly and helpful as well as most of the other staff. Had a problem with the phone that was not responded to but otherwise everything was good. The only surprise came at checkout when we were charged $12/day for energy. I'm surprised it was never mentioned in another review.
I wasn't overly impressed with Coco Loco's but the Poop Deck, Johnny Canoes and the Fish Fry were great. Villagio's Italian Restaurnt is wonderful but expensive but not more than home.
Sandyport is large but still quiet and great for families.
Loved Nassau and the people there and would go back."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of January 2006
Far from town but walk to beach
"If you don't mind being 20-30 minutes outside of the town of Nassau, Sandyport has a decent ocean beach, lagoon beach and pool all on site. The restaurant onsite (Coco Loco) has indoor and outdoor dining right on the beach but is not reliably open and restaurants and shops nearby are under construction so not fully operational. The Poop Deck Restaurant, within walking distance, has excellent food and views. There is a bus ($1 p/p 1 way) into town, runs very frequently but stops at 6pm. If you need to get in or out of town after that it is a $20 cab ride. Our room was clean but very small: 2 beds, 1 table, 1 light, TV. Everything seemed clean but a little run down. Maybe the timeshare suites are larger."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of January 2006