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Title: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: levi on July 31, 2008, 05:42:20 PM
I will be going to the Bahamas with some friends in about 3 weeks, I have never been there before any tips before I go?
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: me on July 31, 2008, 05:50:07 PM
Isnt it the rainy season there now?
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: levi on July 31, 2008, 06:00:45 PM
I hope not, I'll be there for five days so I hope to have some nice weather
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: Dan on July 31, 2008, 11:17:18 PM
Which island will you be on?
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: levi on July 31, 2008, 11:30:31 PM
Which island will you be on?
Paradise Island, Staying at the Atlantis Resort
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: levi on August 08, 2008, 04:39:28 AM
Has anybody ever taken a cruise from Miami or Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas?
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: Muscatini on August 17, 2008, 10:57:26 PM
go snorkeling, you will have renewed admiration for the One Above,
there are 2 boating companies that take you out on a snorkeling trip. both offer speed boats and sailing, go speed boating. very awesome. also, don't bother renting a car, taxis from the airport are cheap and u don't need a car on the island.
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: kishke on August 18, 2008, 09:22:10 PM
Paradise Island, Staying at the Atlantis Resort

ok, what are you doing with kosher food?
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: levi on August 19, 2008, 01:09:39 AM
brining frozen meat and having BBQ's
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: Armadillo on September 22, 2009, 07:32:17 AM
Now that you've been there, do you have any tips, Levi (or anyone else)? I may be going in the end of December with my wife for a couple of days.
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: moish on September 22, 2009, 11:01:32 AM
did you get any special deals?
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: Mikeoracle on September 23, 2009, 01:24:34 PM
If you are flying from NYC then you can fly RT with your wife for 23,000 Starpoints when you Transfer to LAN and use their OneWorld reward chart. For more info see todays post on the Dansdeals home page.
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: Armadillo on September 28, 2009, 06:28:45 PM
Thanks for the tip Mike. I'm actually using a voucher to travel that has a free stopover.
Title: Re: Bahamas
Post by: MosheS on October 19, 2009, 12:40:24 PM
Does anybody know of a kosher eatery that ships food ahead of time to the Atlantis in the Bahamas?
Title: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2010, 02:06:19 PM
Hundreds of Dansdeals readers have booked trips to the Bahamas for as low as $0.
When you go there write about the experience in this thread!
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: planless on March 03, 2010, 05:00:49 PM
I spend a week in Freeport a couple years back.
A few notes from my experience:
-extent of kosher food is lays and fruity pebbles. so don't rely on getting much there!
-Best time to go is when the sun is shining... I went Nov. time and pretty much sat inside all day due to the rain/cold weather!
-Cuban cigars are legal ;)

unfortunately flights from LA are a tad more then $0 so this trip is a no go for me!
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: me on March 04, 2010, 12:00:12 AM
Hundreds?? Wow thats awesome! Waiting for the reports... Too bad I couldnt do this...
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Cheap dude on March 04, 2010, 12:40:12 AM
Dan, u going?
Title: Bahamas Minyanim, Etc...
Post by: APoshiterYid on March 04, 2010, 01:38:44 AM
Hi!
I saw a bunch of people asking, so i figured I'd try to get this started. If everyone (that is interested) could post here their dates, hotel, and number of people that could help a minyan (e.g. men), maybe we can all work something out. Also, I heard rumors of a Chabad down there; does anyone know about this?

I will be there (with as of now 3 other men) from 6/8 - 6/14.
6/8 - 6/9 in Island Palm Resort, 6/10 - 6/14 (Parshas Korach) in Bell Channel Inn.
Title: Re: Bahamas Minyanim, Etc...
Post by: Afight4ever on March 04, 2010, 05:43:02 PM
I am looking to be there 4/11-4/15 if my tickets go through. we are at least 3 men, maybe even 4. and looks like I even have an extra room as a shul ;)
Title: Re: Bahamas Minyanim, Etc...
Post by: hello on March 04, 2010, 07:43:17 PM
ill might be there from 4/12-4/16. that could be 4 men now.
Title: Re: Bahamas Minyanim, Etc...
Post by: yada on March 04, 2010, 09:29:17 PM
I am looking to be there 4/11-4/15 if my tickets go through. we are at least 3 men, maybe even 4. and looks like I even have an extra room as a shul ;)
Hee Hee about the extra room. I too have an extra room as a shul, at the Island Palm :) :)
One man, 4/25 - 4/29.  Staying at the Pelican Bay @ Lucaya...
Title: Re: Bahamas Minyanim, Etc...
Post by: Afight4ever on March 04, 2010, 11:11:06 PM
So is anyone leaving a Torah down there for 3-4 months :).
PM if your going to be down there 4/11-4/15.
Title: Re: Bahamas Minyanim, Etc...
Post by: Deal Guy on March 05, 2010, 01:19:26 AM
So is anyone leaving a Torah down there for 3-4 months :).
PM if your going to be down there 4/11-4/15.
No. Besides pm'ing you, they should post here as well if they are going down for those dates or other dates
Title: Re: Bahamas Minyanim, Etc...
Post by: Afight4ever on March 05, 2010, 12:05:24 PM
true, good point
thanks and have a good shabbos
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: kmaharba on March 10, 2010, 01:59:28 PM
I have a question - I was able to get tickets to go to Freeport and so were a few of my friends - but we're going to separate hotels - Since we each registered separately, and we each will get one room, will there be a problem if we skip the other hotel and stay in one hotel, two in a room?  Will anyone check? 
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Dan on March 10, 2010, 02:19:59 PM
I have a question - I was able to get tickets to go to Freeport and so were a few of my friends - but we're going to separate hotels - Since we each registered separately, and we each will get one room, will there be a problem if we skip the other hotel and stay in one hotel, two in a room?  Will anyone check? 
I very highly doubt anyone will care about that.
Have fun and write a trip report!
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: nomijae on March 17, 2010, 12:55:56 PM
was told there was a winn dixie in freeport, bahamas. just found out that it closed down. does anyone know of any other grocery stores?  also what if any restrictions are there for bringing in food to the island?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2010, 01:00:33 PM
was told there was a winn dixie in freeport, bahamas. just found out that it closed down. does anyone know of any other grocery stores?  also what if any restrictions are there for bringing in food to the island?
Usually there are few restrictions bringing food to the Caribbean, but don't try to bring food back!
Title: Feedback on Bahamas Trip (Expedia Deal)
Post by: Mendel on March 25, 2010, 05:02:48 PM
For all those people who took advantage of this deal, please post your feedback on the trip

(I did not myself, but would love to hear about it)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: kmaharba on April 13, 2010, 02:06:06 PM
I am wondering why no one posted any info regarding their trip?  I'm looking forward to going to Freeport soon and am curious as to what to expect from this deal.  Any feedback from anyone?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Dan on April 13, 2010, 03:52:16 PM
I am wondering why no one posted any info regarding their trip?
Me too.   :(
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: chuchem on April 13, 2010, 04:19:47 PM
Unfortunatly its always the same. Alot of people come to this site to take and not to give. But this is a jewish mentality problem, that a lot of our acheinus have.
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: moish on April 14, 2010, 03:29:13 AM
Me too.   :(
hey, hows that maui report coming along?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: md on April 14, 2010, 04:49:07 AM
Unfortunatly its always the same. Alot of people come to this site to take and not to give. But this is a jewish mentality problem, that a lot of our acheinus have.
Please keep the antisemitic remarks to yourself.
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: aussiebochur on May 31, 2010, 04:38:13 AM
As soon as I saw the deal I booked tickets, what's there to lose, its free. I couldn't go but I called Orbitz and after much convincing (saying the right things to the right people)  they gave me a refund minus a fee. I didn't pay a cent and they gave me money.
Thanks Dan, it really was a great deal.
Title: Freeport bahamas
Post by: bades on June 01, 2010, 03:26:24 PM
Did anyone take advantage of the offer? if so how was the island, and the hotels?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Lou Bob on June 02, 2010, 12:03:40 AM
aussie, what did you say? i need to cancel mine... didn't come out good with my schedule. paid $93
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: rm on June 02, 2010, 12:12:12 AM
I didn't make it to my trip. But bec it was 0 dollars besides for a small fee there was no cost. Aussie, why was there convincing if ur total was 0 dollars?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: aussiebochur on June 02, 2010, 12:29:02 AM
aussie, what did you say? i need to cancel mine... didn't come out good with my schedule. paid $93
I didn't make it to my trip. But bec it was 0 dollars besides for a small fee there was no cost. Aussie, why was there convincing if ur total was 0 dollars?
My total was $0. Since I cancelled the same day they gave me a refund, money back, even though I never paid anything.
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Lou Bob on June 02, 2010, 12:31:20 AM
$460 or $0 refund?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: aussiebochur on June 02, 2010, 12:37:56 AM
$460 or $0 refund?
They gave me $$ for the hotel part but the airline tickets hadn't been processed so my card was never "charged", so no refund.
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Lou Bob on June 02, 2010, 12:40:25 AM
so do you have a few tips and tricks on how to get a refund on this one?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: aussiebochur on June 02, 2010, 12:43:04 AM
so do you have a few tips and tricks on how to get a refund on this one?
Step 1. Cancel the same day.
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: Lou Bob on June 02, 2010, 12:47:23 AM
do you mean same day that im supposed to fly?
Title: Re: Bahamas Trip Reports
Post by: aussiebochur on June 02, 2010, 01:16:43 AM
do you mean same day that im supposed to fly?
No, same day as purchasing the tickets.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: APoshiterYid on June 10, 2010, 06:20:35 PM
Hey all!

So I'm actually writing now from the Bell Channel Inn @ Bahamas, and we are loving it! Thanks Dan!! :)

We originally were a group of four, and one of us wasn't able to make it, so he called to cancel, and not only did they refund him about $70 more than he originally paid, but he also negotiated getting miles from the canceled flight! To do this you just basically gotta hope that you get a CSR that's not terribly bright (shouldn't be too difficult), and if anyone starts giving you problems immediately hang up and just try again.

Things I learned on the island so far:

1) People here are pretty religious and very moral, I really don't worry about walking around at night at all, even with my wallet or anything; people seem very helpful. (Appreciating that 98% of their economy is tourism-based may have something to do with it, but no matter.)

2) There's no reason to exchange money, the rate is 1:1 and to be honest I haven't even seen any money changers. It's a tax-free island, but some local products and specialty items will be taxed. Our hotel told us that at the end of our trip they'll take whatever Bahamiam money we have at 1:1, so no worries.

3) Buses are 1.25 to "Downtown", where many of the locals shop, but we actually paid the lady an extra faresworth and she took us to another area, with a bunch of stores all within 5 or 10 minutes walk of each other: True Value (for some reason they call it Kelly's), CostRight (like Costco, but no membership required), a nicely equipped grocery/hardware store (I forgot it's name), and most importantly Bristol (best prices for alcohol you will find - they supply most of the hotels, and they deliver for free!).

4) We hitch around a lot; as I said before the people are very nice, but then again we are 3 20yo guys, so our comfort level may be a bit easier to satisfy!

5) Our flight with AA gave us each 2 free checked in bags (intl.), but we were looking to be somewhat minimalist, so we just packed a suitcase with: tons of suntan lotion, cereal, Nature Valley Bars, bread, pita for lechem mishna, condiments/spices, chulent kit, grape juice for kiddush, coffee, and lots of frozen meat. A cholent pot and grill wouldn't hurt either. The cereal, condiments/spices, coffee, and bars could be bought here, but they'll be slightly more expensive. Kosher bread is a big hock out here, and I am still yet to see any grape juice. Of course you have no chance of finding kosher meat out here, but we did get to know a fisherman by Port Lucaya that was sell us unprepared medium-sized snappers for $3-$4, if you guys don't mind filleting and cooking it yourself.

6) Everything at Port Lucaya is going to be at 50% sales, according to the locals the sales have started since the stores opened, so don't get too excited. Men's haircuts cost $15-20, so get that done state-side. And the handmade pipes they sell are too small for tobacco, so unless you plan on using it for other things don't bother! :) 

7) The cheapest alcohol I already said where to get. If you want to hit up the bars though, there's a $1 Bacardi shot bar right by the water in Port Lucaya (strangely enough I can't remember the name of it!), and a few bars offer 2/$5 Corona, Sands, and Kalik. The Sands is actually very good, tastes very similar to a Heineken, but the Kalik is pretty gross. Oh, and it's legal to drink in public, and according to the bartender we spoke with there aren't any DUI/DWI laws either (a little scary)...

8] This island is obsessed with "Bahama Mamas"; the Bell Channel actually offers a free one at their orientation. The problem is, it has coconut rum and grenadine in it, so we just asked them to hold those parts (the rest is pretty good too- Bacardi 151, OJ, Pineapple Juice, and Ice). To my knowledge, all unflavored Bacardi (including Bacardi 151 Rum - 75% alcohol) is kosher. This stuff is actually illegal in many countries because of its high alcohol content, so if you're going to bring something back... ;)   

9) All the beaches are public/free, even the ones directly behind the hotels. For the first two days we went to "The Radisson at Our Lucaya", which we were pretty happy with, and then we found out that it's actually one of the worst beaches! We then moved on to Taino Beach, and that place was much nicer and much more secluded. They also have little tables/umbrellas set up, aside from the usual beach chairs, etc. We hope to check out Xanadu and Goldenrock, as those are rumored to be the nicest, but they're not quite as close as the others. I can not stress this enough, suntan lotion, suntan lotion, SUNTAN LOTION!! This is not a sun that you are used to, even if you're from Miami!

10) Snorkeling at the beach is $20 for the day rental, or you can buy a set at some places for $25. Fishing and/or snorkeling off a boat is $40-50 for 3 hours, and jetskiing is $70/hour.

11) There is a casino at Our Lucaya, we're still yet to check it out though. There is no Chabad. :(

What do you think / Any Questions? I guess I'll write some more at trip's end...

Oh, and THANKS DAN!!!!! :D
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on June 10, 2010, 06:32:06 PM
@aposhiteryid
Thanks for being considerate and taking the time to write a TR.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 10, 2010, 06:58:23 PM
Thanks for writing up a trip report!!!
Have a blast!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on June 11, 2010, 12:04:46 AM
"We originally were a group of four, and one of us wasn't able to make it, so he called to cancel, and not only did they refund him about $70 more than he originally paid, but he also negotiated getting miles from the canceled flight! To do this you just basically gotta hope that you get a CSR that's not terribly bright (shouldn't be too difficult), and if anyone starts giving you problems immediately hang up and just try again."

I spent (many) hours trying to get a refund! they want to charge me the $150 airline fee. i called over and over and they all say the same thing(hard to find that type of csr). :( what did your friend say that they let him cancel???
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: APoshiterYid on June 15, 2010, 12:55:29 PM
@Lou: I asked my friend, and he said that all he did was call and ask, nothing to it. He did book on one of those fancy AmEx cards, maybe that had something to do with it, but he doesn't think so. Maybe he just got lucky? Either way, good luck!

----------------

Trip Notes Part 2:

   First of all, the water there is fine, or at least the three of us were unaffected by it. It tastes a little chalky, like Miami water, but really nothing too bad.

   We never made it to the International Bazaar, or Downtown. I donít think there is really much to see there, although weíre not really into the tourist trap type areas. It could be itís more family oriented or whatever.

   We never made it to Xanadu, but we did make it to Gold Rock Beach. (Itís in a national park, so it costs $3 per person for admission, but well worth it. Also at the park they have some underwater caves or something, but we didnít have time for that.) Itís the beach where all the corona commercials are filmed, and parts of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 were also filmed there. It's this really gorgeous beach with really clear water, but the only thing is you have to make sure you are there for low tide. This site (http://www.mobilegeographics.com:81/locations/2033.html) has tide charts for Freeport, that's the best I could find. To be honest I'm not sure how tides work and if they will be similar, but ask some locals. The slope there is nearly nonexistent, and you can walk out about 100 meters before the water reaches your shoulders. The problem is that if youíre there during high tide, the water comes all the way out and you have no sand.

   You can rent scooters at Lucaya and some resorts for 8 hours or the whole day, at 40-60 per rental. If you want you can rent them to get around, but I wouldnít recommend doing it to get to Gold Rock, because its pretty far and a bit confusing. We took a cab from our hotel and it took just over 30 minutes I think, cost $75 for the three of us.

   I would highly recommend the snorkeling at Taino Beach, the rental was only $10 for the day (til 430) and by the reefs and rocks there were all sorts of fish, it was pretty nice. Also, when leaving Taino Beach we hitched a ride with a ferry to Port Lucaya. I think it goes back and forth twice a day, but there are tons of boats you can try your luck with.

   The last night we went to the casino in Our Lucaya. There are tons of slots, Blackjack tables, and 3 card Poker, but disappointingly no Texas Hold ĎEm. Two things good to know there: Sands Beer is complimentary to gamblers, even the two-cent slots! Thereís basically one waitress for the whole place, so drinks can take a while, but blowing a dollar in the 2 cent slots for a cold one ainít too bad! Also, at the playerís club desk to the right when you walk in, there is a promotion for $10 of free play. Just two things to help you stretch your buck at the casino!

   Also a warning, as we found out the hard way. If you plan on getting any tobacco/alcohol at duty free, the one in the airport doesnít open til 9AM. Also, if you buy any liquids in the airport, and you then have a stopover like we did, TSA might give you issues with bringing liquids on the plane. Instead you can buy stuff at the duty free store in Port Lucaya. Iím not sure if itís as cheap, but it may be all you can do.

   Have a good time! And thanks again Dan, you're the man!! :)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2010, 01:07:48 PM
Have a good time! And thanks again Dan, you're the man!! :)
Thank you for the report!
Over 500 people bought tickets but you're the first to write up a great trip report!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Columbiadorm on October 26, 2010, 02:48:51 PM
I just booked a cruise on NCL from Miami to the Bahamas.. This is my itinerary:
                                         Depart        Arrive
Mon      Miami                       - -            5:00 PM
Tue        Grand Bahama Island    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Wed          Nassau                  8:00 AM    6:00 PM
Thu          Great Stirrup Cay    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Fri            Miami                    7:00 AM    - -

Can anyone give me any ideas of what to do on the islands: book through NCL's Excursions or set up my own? so far people have told me to go do either/or but no real good reason why..

Also, whats the deal with the food on the ship?

Any other tips? this is our 1st cruise.

thanx...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: bades on February 22, 2011, 11:17:12 AM
paradise island bahamas..
Is there kosher food that can be obtained there through chabad.. can one bring in raw meat and chicken into the island?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Chachem Balaileh on February 27, 2011, 02:32:40 PM
Im taking the same cruise this week any pointers?
Also what did u do about phone service?
i spoke to sprint its $2.99 min on board and with inter,plan while on island it goes down to $1.99 min
any sug.?
I just booked a cruise on NCL from Miami to the Bahamas.. This is my itinerary:
                                         Depart        Arrive
Mon      Miami                       - -            5:00 PM
Tue        Grand Bahama Island    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Wed          Nassau                  8:00 AM    6:00 PM
Thu          Great Stirrup Cay    8:00 AM    5:00 PM
Fri            Miami                    7:00 AM    - -

Can anyone give me any ideas of what to do on the islands: book through NCL's Excursions or set up my own? so far people have told me to go do either/or but no real good reason why..

Also, whats the deal with the food on the ship?

Any other tips? this is our 1st cruise.

thanx...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Columbiadorm on February 28, 2011, 03:05:05 PM
Im taking the same cruise this week any pointers?
Also what did u do about phone service?
i spoke to sprint its $2.99 min on board and with inter,plan while on island it goes down to $1.99 min
any sug.?


I apologize. I have yet to put up the trip report which i had put together during the trip. I will edit it soon and post.

Chachem Balaileh: I will PM you my contact info and give you a quick rundown.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on November 03, 2011, 11:08:24 AM
Its been a while since anyone posted in this thread but I could use some advice. Thinking of booking in Dec. Jetblue vacations has a deal with the Sheraton Nassau Resort which has iffy reviews on Tripadvisor. anyone have any suggestions? also, any update on the kosher food down there? Hope someone can help!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shirlhak on January 10, 2012, 11:32:23 AM
Hi I will be traveling to  bahamas in april. We will be staying at the sheraton nassau beach resort.

We would like to go visit atlantis for one or two days and i was wondering how hard it is to get in to use their water ammenities?

Any tips?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Columbiadorm on January 10, 2012, 12:12:39 PM
Hi I will be traveling to  bahamas in april. We will be staying at the sheraton nassau beach resort.

We would like to go visit atlantis for one or two days and i was wondering how hard it is to get in to use their water ammenities?

Any tips?

Thanks!

I'm a bad boy for never getting my trip report in. I sat every night and made a detailed report, unfortunately I don't know where it is now.

As for your Q, While I was on my cruise they had told us that Atlantis will sell out by the time we get there and they wanted to sell tickets which they had pre-purchased at a higher rate.

Long story short, they (the cruise people) are FOS and we just bought the tickets once we arrived there. We were directed into the Casio where they had a booth selling tickets for entrance into the resort.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: bades on January 10, 2012, 12:35:06 PM
Hi I will be traveling to  bahamas in april. We will be staying at the sheraton nassau beach resort.

We would like to go visit atlantis for one or two days and i was wondering how hard it is to get in to use their water ammenities?

Any tips?

Thanks!

FYI the sheraton nassau is a pretty lousy hotel, i would advise to stay on near the atlantis
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shirlhak on January 24, 2012, 08:56:22 PM
I'm a bad boy for never getting my trip report in. I sat every night and made a detailed report, unfortunately I don't know where it is now.

As for your Q, While I was on my cruise they had told us that Atlantis will sell out by the time we get there and they wanted to sell tickets which they had pre-purchased at a higher rate.

Long story short, they (the cruise people) are FOS and we just bought the tickets once we arrived there. We were directed into the Casio where they had a booth selling tickets for entrance into the resort.

do you remember how much they charged for resort entrance?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Columbiadorm on January 24, 2012, 10:45:07 PM
do you remember how much they charged for resort entrance?

In the range of 90-100 each IIRC.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 15, 2013, 02:44:16 PM
FYI the sheraton nassau is a pretty lousy hotel, i would advise to stay on near the atlantis

Since the Sheraton Nassau isn't recommended, are there any points options that someone can recommend?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on March 15, 2013, 03:28:09 PM
Since the Sheraton Nassau isn't recommended, are there any points options that someone can recommend?
I just sent a couple there and they said, it was awesome hotel.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 15, 2013, 03:28:58 PM
I just sent a couple there and they said, it was awesome hotel.

Its not bad, the q is, is it worth the money/points?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on March 15, 2013, 03:34:52 PM
Its not bad, the q is, is it worth the money/points?
I got it for them with C & P so it really wasn't a big deal.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 19, 2013, 05:57:26 PM
I got it for them with C & P so it really wasn't a big deal.

Looks like in this hotel it you book with C&P they charge you a $40/night resort fee. I don't see any mention of the fee when booking with points only. It makes the C&P option pretty weak.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on March 19, 2013, 08:48:59 PM
Looks like in this hotel it you book with C&P they charge you a $40/night resort fee. I don't see any mention of the fee when booking with points only. It makes the C&P option pretty weak.
I didn't pay that.

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 20, 2013, 10:51:23 AM
Looks like in this hotel it you book with C&P they charge you a $40/night resort fee. I don't see any mention of the fee when booking with points only. It makes the C&P option pretty weak.
I didn't pay that.

You didn't have to pay it at the hotel at checkout when they paid the cash portion?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on March 20, 2013, 10:55:50 AM
Here is the screenshot of the rate using C&P which shows what needs to be paid in addition to the "cash" portion. Using points only there is nothing else not included.

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on March 20, 2013, 11:37:36 AM
I actually stayed at the resort 2 years ago.. Got a flight and 4 nights through cheapcarribean for less then $1k for two people. This was during July though.

Resort is decent but nothing special. Casino is old and has like 5 blackjack tables. I would personally stay in Atlantis if I head out there again
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on March 20, 2013, 12:09:11 PM
You didn't have to pay it at the hotel at checkout when they paid the cash portion?
What they don't tell you, you don't have to pay ;)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 19, 2013, 09:46:05 AM
Just got this email regarding a reservation I have in February:

As a valued Starwood Preferred Guest member, we are contacting you to inform you of a change in the status of the Sheraton Nassau. As of December 1st, 2013 the property will no longer be part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide or the Sheraton brand and will no longer participate in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program.  The hotel will be transitioning to the MeliŠ Nassau Beach Resort and will be managed by MeliŠ Hotels International.

We see you are currently holding a reservation, confirmation number XXXXXX, arriving on XX February, 2014 and departing on XX February, 2014. We are very pleased to inform you that the hotel will honor your reservation for a Preferred (free) Night Award, including Cash and Points, as your stay was originally confirmed. However, since the hotel will no longer be affiliated with the Starwood system, you will not earn Starpoints for any eligible charges incurred, nor will you receive any of your Starwood Preferred Guest membership amenities or benefits. We hope we can count on your understanding.
 
The MeliŠ Nassau team is looking forward to welcoming you. You may contact the resort directly at 242-327-6000 with questions regarding your reservation. Should you wish to connect with a member of our Customer Service Team you may email us at executive.guest.service@starwoodhotels.com.
 
We appreciate your continued patronage of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and we apologize for this unforeseen change and any inconvenience it may cause for you. We look forward to welcoming you to a Starwood Preferred Guest participating property in the near future.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 19, 2013, 09:46:50 AM
I wonder if they are leaving SPG because they wanted to or because SPG kicked them out?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 19, 2013, 09:47:11 AM
Do you have status with spg?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on November 19, 2013, 10:23:41 AM
Was just about to book there for January.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on November 19, 2013, 10:37:39 AM
Just got this email regarding a reservation I have in February:

As a valued Starwood Preferred Guest member, we are contacting you to inform you of a change in the status of the Sheraton Nassau. As of December 1st, 2013 the property will no longer be part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide or the Sheraton brand and will no longer participate in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program.  The hotel will be transitioning to the MeliŠ Nassau Beach Resort and will be managed by MeliŠ Hotels International.

We see you are currently holding a reservation, confirmation number XXXXXX, arriving on XX February, 2014 and departing on XX February, 2014. We are very pleased to inform you that the hotel will honor your reservation for a Preferred (free) Night Award, including Cash and Points, as your stay was originally confirmed. However, since the hotel will no longer be affiliated with the Starwood system, you will not earn Starpoints for any eligible charges incurred, nor will you receive any of your Starwood Preferred Guest membership amenities or benefits. We hope we can count on your understanding.
 
The MeliŠ Nassau team is looking forward to welcoming you. You may contact the resort directly at 242-327-6000 with questions regarding your reservation. Should you wish to connect with a member of our Customer Service Team you may email us at executive.guest.service@starwoodhotels.com.
 
We appreciate your continued patronage of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and we apologize for this unforeseen change and any inconvenience it may cause for you. We look forward to welcoming you to a Starwood Preferred Guest participating property in the near future.
i had exactly the same thing with hotel eden in Rome, they were SPG & switched to the dorchester collection so i cancelled my rez, wasn't worth it for me if i wasn't going to get my suite upgrade
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 19, 2013, 01:09:34 PM
Do you have status with spg?

Gold. But email said that they wouldn't give any SPG benefits.

Need to look into Atlantis but it is so expensive... Was hoping to split between the Sheraton and Atlantis but now I don't think they will allow me to modify my reservation. I will call to find out when I am ready to make a change.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 19, 2013, 01:58:14 PM
Gold. But email said that they wouldn't give any SPG benefits.

Need to look into Atlantis but it is so expensive... Was hoping to split between the Sheraton and Atlantis but now I don't think they will allow me to modify my reservation. I will call to find out when I am ready to make a change.
I'd complain that you're not getting gold benefits
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 21, 2013, 01:02:38 PM
I'd complain that you're not getting gold benefits

Good idea! I like the way you think. I complained. Lets see what they offer. I am hoping for Platinum status and bonus points.

Any other ideas for compensation for this?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 21, 2013, 07:49:00 PM
Good idea! I like the way you think. I complained. Lets see what they offer. I am hoping for Platinum status and bonus points.

Any other ideas for compensation for this?
Gold benefits
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 07, 2013, 09:48:18 PM
Going to Nassau in January
Any recommendations on the best hotel/value?
So annoying that there are no SPG hotels there
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 18, 2013, 01:52:31 PM
Going to Nassau in January
Any recommendations on the best hotel/value?
So annoying that there are no SPG hotels there
Bump?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on January 29, 2014, 02:21:39 PM
Doesn't seem like this is a popular destination but i'll post some info here just in case this will ever be useful to someone.

- they use American dollars as their currency which is super convenient
- no need to rent a car if you're going with a group of people- Taxi's are not too expensive (especially if splitting with a few others) and public transportation is cheap as well ($1.75 from hotel to downtown)
- I see why people have issues with the Melia hotel (formerly Sheraton) it really does look run down and there is no wifi in the rooms (only lobby, which is free). the nice thing about this hotel is the beach in the backyard and the starbucks located within :)
- the atlantis waterpark is cool and you can get day passes even if you're not staying there.
- there is a guy with a boat that will take a group (we were 5 ppl but i think the boat can fit 8 ppl) to some really cool private islands/snorkeling/fishing for exotic fish/and dolphin watching for 4 hours at a rate of $320. Was definitely a cool experience and i recommend.
- it's nothing like Hawaii but easier to get to especially for east coast people. You don't need more than 3 days there IMHO
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: robbie on February 08, 2014, 10:55:02 PM
http://www.atlantis.com/casino/acpromotion.aspx

I did this promotion not to long ago. All I needed to do was have a players from a different casino. In Miami its simple to get. gulf stream casino has free bronze cards you can get and will work with this promotion.

The catch is that you have to play at least 6 hours during your stay in Atlantis. If your a gambler 6 hours is really nothing. You do have to pay a bit of taxes on the room  (per person) so for the four nights it I think it was like 10 bucks a night  or something, still dirt cheap. You get full access to everything in Atlantis in particular the water park. It is a great Water park as well as plenty of pools etc etc. All the rooms in the resort have a balcony which was great, as well as a fridge for any kosher food. It is hard to bring kosher food, your not really allowed to bring any meat etc but i think chicken with a usda sticker you can. It just depends if you  get stopped by customs or not. We did not :). Also it was a 30 dollar taxi to and from the resort. Defiantly can spend 4 days there without blinking. great place to go for a short cheap easy vacation. And to top it all off it cost just 4,500 avious points each way  to fly there from Miami.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on February 09, 2014, 03:45:04 AM

http://www.atlantis.com/casino/acpromotion.aspx

I did this promotion not to long ago. All I needed to do was have a players from a different casino. In Miami its simple to get. gulf stream casino has free bronze cards you can get and will work with this promotion.

The catch is that you have to play at least 6 hours during your stay in Atlantis. If your a gambler 6 hours is really nothing. You do have to pay a bit of taxes on the room  (per person) so for the four nights it I think it was like 10 bucks a night  or something, still dirt cheap. You get full access to everything in Atlantis in particular the water park. It is a great Water park as well as plenty of pools etc etc. All the rooms in the resort have a balcony which was great, as well as a fridge for any kosher food. It is hard to bring kosher food, your not really allowed to bring any meat etc but i think chicken with a usda sticker you can. It just depends if you  get stopped by customs or not. We did not :). Also it was a 30 dollar taxi to and from the resort. Defiantly can spend 4 days there without blinking. great place to go for a short cheap easy vacation. And to top it all off it cost just 4,500 avious points each way  to fly there from Miami.
the 4 free nights are for the coral towers that is old and stinks. The best for the kosher traveler is the "Reef" that's very nice.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: robbie on February 09, 2014, 03:55:13 AM
the 4 free nights are for the coral towers that is old and stinks. The best for the kosher traveler is the "Reef" that's very nice.

its 4 basically free nights in atlantis.. i guess im not as picky as which tower i stay in, the coral towers werent bad at all.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shirlhak on February 16, 2014, 01:20:06 PM
looking to stay in atlantis april 10 to 13, i would need a few rooms, any leads on good rates?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on February 16, 2014, 03:04:32 PM

looking to stay in atlantis april 10 to 13, i would need a few rooms, any leads on good rates?
best rates I found were thru jet blue getaways or priceline vacations
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 10:05:57 AM
best rates I found were thru jet blue getaways or priceline vacations
i see i can fly AA for 35K plus $96 (at least that was a sample date)
what other good options are there?
also, how do i make a layover in miami to spend a day or 2 there?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 10:14:38 AM
i see i can fly AA for 35K plus $96 (at least that was a sample date)
what other good options are there?
also, how do i make a layover in miami to spend a day or 2 there?
just played around and i can do nyc-mia on AA for 25k plus 5 bucks, and then for 9k avios round trip on to the bahamas
is that the best way?
problem is nyc-mia on american is very tough to find
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 12, 2014, 11:21:31 AM
just played around and i can do nyc-mia on AA for 25k plus 5 bucks, and then for 9k avios round trip on to the bahamas
is that the best way?
problem is nyc-mia on american is very tough to find
Search on BA. Usually have plenty of flights.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 11:25:25 AM
Search on BA. Usually have plenty of flights.
can i use AA points?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 12, 2014, 11:28:49 AM
can i use AA points?
If it is available on BA, it should be available on AA. May be easier to search there for you.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 11:32:05 AM
If it is available on BA, it should be available on AA. May be easier to search there for you.
im trying to search from nyc and its only giving me destinations in europe
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 11:39:47 AM
i found the flights on american
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 12, 2014, 12:24:28 PM
any places in bahamas to stay on points?
or any cheap places to stay with dollars?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on May 28, 2014, 06:29:26 PM
Anybody know if there's a way to ship food there?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 10, 2014, 03:20:49 PM
http://www.atlantis.com/casino/acpromotion.aspx

I did this promotion not to long ago. All I needed to do was have a players from a different casino. In Miami its simple to get. gulf stream casino has free bronze cards you can get and will work with this promotion.

The catch is that you have to play at least 6 hours during your stay in Atlantis. If your a gambler 6 hours is really nothing. You do have to pay a bit of taxes on the room  (per person) so for the four nights it I think it was like 10 bucks a night  or something, still dirt cheap. You get full access to everything in Atlantis in particular the water park. It is a great Water park as well as plenty of pools etc etc. All the rooms in the resort have a balcony which was great, as well as a fridge for any kosher food. It is hard to bring kosher food, your not really allowed to bring any meat etc but i think chicken with a usda sticker you can. It just depends if you  get stopped by customs or not. We did not :). Also it was a 30 dollar taxi to and from the resort. Defiantly can spend 4 days there without blinking. great place to go for a short cheap easy vacation. And to top it all off it cost just 4,500 avious points each way  to fly there from Miami.
Just called to do it they said $285 with all taxes and fees???
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: MoGro17 on November 13, 2014, 03:19:30 PM
I'm going from 11/30-12/4. Staying in the Reef.

1) any minyan possibilities?
2) Anyone know anything about food?
      a) bringing food: maybe pomegranate meals which are ready made and flash frozen? do any of the monsey super-supermarkets do the same thing as pomegranate?
      b) in the bahamas: Is there a kosher place there? is there a delivery service for fruits & veggies? dry foods?
      c) any other food topics that I missed.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: bades on November 26, 2014, 04:57:09 PM
Dont rely on kosher food there. and everything is super expensive
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 26, 2014, 05:08:58 PM
I'm going from 11/30-12/4. Staying in the Reef.

1) any minyan possibilities?
2) Anyone know anything about food?
      a) bringing food: maybe pomegranate meals which are ready made and flash frozen? do any of the monsey super-supermarkets do the same thing as pomegranate?
      b) in the bahamas: Is there a kosher place there? is there a delivery service for fruits & veggies? dry foods?
      c) any other food topics that I missed.

Did you try Chabad? http://jewishbahamas.weebly.com/.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 03, 2015, 09:42:54 PM
Anyone know about bringing in kosher food to bahamas? Chabad website has no info about it
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 03, 2015, 09:47:36 PM
I didn't have any issues. Brought in tons of stuff.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 03, 2015, 10:37:20 PM

I didn't have any issues. Brought in tons of stuff.
+1 no issues at all.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 05, 2015, 11:36:19 AM
Going for Yeshiva week to Kosherica's Atlantis Hotel, anyone else here?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: beez on January 05, 2015, 02:37:39 PM
+1 no issues at all.

+1 Brought in a suitcase worth of Pom meals and had no issue. Would also note that I was there last year during Yeshiva week and the Chabad Rabbi (who couldn't have been nicer) had a large spread every morning after shacharis of breakfast/lunch type food. Local supermarket also had a ton of stuff from the US with reliable hechsherim.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 05, 2015, 08:17:13 PM
anybody has had experience with kosher food at the atlantis? i see they offer kosher food? how was the taste?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 06, 2015, 03:24:45 PM
anybody has had experience with kosher food at the atlantis? i see they offer kosher food? how was the taste?
bump
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Gadman56 on January 07, 2015, 10:07:21 AM
Looking for a points trip to Atlantis for 4 nights.

I want to open as many cards and use as many points as possible in order to have the hotel stay and flights expense free.

I currently have 30,000 starwood and 50,0000 BA Avios. About how far will that get me towards my stay?

What other credit cards would you suggest me opening, and how do I transfer points towards hotel stay at Atlantis?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 07, 2015, 10:14:37 AM
Looking for a points trip to Atlantis for 4 nights.

I want to open as many cards and use as many points as possible in order to have the hotel stay and flights expense free.

I currently have 30,000 starwood and 50,0000 BA Avios. About how far will that get me towards my stay?

What other credit cards would you suggest me opening, and how do I transfer points towards hotel stay at Atlantis?
avios should be able to cover flight. and for the stay see this thread
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=17146.0

the atlantis is a marriott/ritz carlton
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 14, 2015, 12:00:45 PM
anyone familiar with the cell phone service situation? i have sprint
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DK23 on January 14, 2015, 12:10:41 PM
I went 2 years ago to an Island off of Nassau called Eluethera, cell service works but will cost extra.  We just bought calling cards if necessary and had them with us just in case, otherwise just lived without them for a week. (believe it or not :)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 14, 2015, 03:31:57 PM
I went 2 years ago to an Island off of Nassau called Eluethera, cell service works but will cost extra.  We just bought calling cards if necessary and had them with us just in case, otherwise just lived without them for a week. (believe it or not :)
wow  would love to try that ;)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 15, 2015, 02:43:48 PM
anyone been to the bahamas recently? im going and i want some tips or must-sees.  (staying in atlantis)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 02:48:40 PM
anyone been to the bahamas recently? im going and i want some tips or must-sees.  (staying in atlantis)
Ask on DDFB. Doesn't seem like too many ppl here have been there.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 15, 2015, 02:49:32 PM
Ask on DDFB. Doesn't seem like too many ppl here have been there.
not on FB :-[    can you do me the favor? ;)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 02:51:13 PM
not on FB :-[    can you do me the favor? ;)
Make an account with a fake name just to post. I would if it was simple, but usually it's going to mean a bunch of notifications coming in randomly and people shoving their advice or their chutzpah (Bahamas is for goyim) in your face, and then having to report everything back to you. Sorry  :(
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 15, 2015, 02:55:40 PM
Make an account with a fake name just to post. I would if it was simple, but usually it's going to mean a bunch of notifications coming in randomly and people shoving their advice or their chutzpah (Bahamas is for goyim) in your face, and then having to report everything back to you. Sorry  :(
;D ok no problem, i will make a goyish name... lol
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 03:08:54 PM
;D ok no problem, i will make a goyish name... lol
Try Chaim Moskowitz  :P
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 15, 2015, 03:31:24 PM
anyone been to the bahamas recently? im going and i want some tips or must-sees.  (staying in atlantis)

I went in February. Atlantis was amazing. I didn't leave the resort however since there is really no need to  ;D

One tip is to pay the cab driver and extra $10 to stop at a supermarket on the way from the airport to stock up on groceries. The supermarkets are far from Paradise Island.

Also depending on when you plan on going, you get get some really cheap rooms at Atlantis.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 15, 2015, 03:40:24 PM
I went in February. Atlantis was amazing. I didn't leave the resort however since there is really no need to  ;D

One tip is to pay the cab driver and extra $10 to stop at a supermarket on the way from the airport to stock up on groceries. The supermarkets are far from Paradise Island.

Also depending on when you plan on going, you get get some really cheap rooms at Atlantis.
paying with marriott points. but thanks for the info
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 15, 2015, 04:57:48 PM
paying with marriott points. but thanks for the info

Nice. Option wasn't available when I went. Which tower are you staying in?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 15, 2015, 04:59:22 PM
Nice. Option wasn't available when I went. Which tower are you staying in?
i think its the royal
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 18, 2015, 12:47:14 AM
I'm staying at Atlantis now, if you have any questions lemme know.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 07:20:16 AM
I'm staying at Atlantis now, if you have any questions lemme know.
TR afterwards, pleeeease!?
Certain imp Q's:
How many days?
Any activities besides beach/pools?
Kosher options?

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 18, 2015, 07:47:16 AM
TR afterwards, pleeeease!?
Certain imp Q's:
How many days?
Any activities besides beach/pools?
Kosher options?

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!

IYH. Gonna b here for another week with the kosherica mid winter break program. Along with 300 others.lots of water activities to do here, such ax swimming with dolphins, jet skiing, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving and a lot more all for an extra charge. Only thing included with hotel stay is the huge water park and all the indoor aquarium exhibitions. There is also a large casino and multiple theaters here.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 09:20:37 AM
IYH. Gonna b here for another week with the kosherica mid winter break program. Along with 300 others.lots of water activities to do here, such ax swimming with dolphins, jet skiing, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving and a lot more all for an extra charge. Only thing included with hotel stay is the huge water park and all the indoor aquarium exhibitions. There is also a large casino and multiple theaters here.
Ah, I didn't say that clearly - how many days at a minimum to enjoy yourself?

Sounds fun, enjoy!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 18, 2015, 09:33:24 PM
I would say three full days at Atlantis is plenty of time if your pockets are deep..
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 10:04:32 PM
I would say three full days at Atlantis is plenty of time if your pockets are deep..
Thanks!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Gadman56 on January 19, 2015, 12:08:50 AM
So atlantis hotel is ritz-carlton or marriott?

ritz-carlton card would end up having 1 free night?

any possibility to transfer points to this card in order to create more free nights?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 20, 2015, 05:50:47 PM
So atlantis hotel is ritz-carlton or marriott?

ritz-carlton card would end up having 1 free night?

any possibility to transfer points to this card in order to create more free nights?
ritz carlton and marriott  are the same program
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on January 20, 2015, 07:12:39 PM
paying with marriott points. but thanks for the info

How many points a night?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 20, 2015, 08:57:45 PM
So atlantis hotel is ritz-carlton or marriott?

ritz-carlton card would end up having 1 free night?

any possibility to transfer points to this card in order to create more free nights?
They are opening a Grand Hyatt in May if that works for you. Looks really nice.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 20, 2015, 09:46:44 PM
How many points a night?

Depends on which tower you want to stay at, between 35k-45k a night.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 20, 2015, 09:54:09 PM
They are opening a Grand Hyatt in May if that works for you. Looks really nice.
I booked up before the deval...looking forward.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 21, 2015, 07:16:01 PM
According to workers at Atlantis, Hyatt is looking to hire over 8,000 employees there.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 21, 2015, 07:20:17 PM
According to workers at Atlantis, Hyatt is looking to hire over 8,000 employees there.
Read in news 4k
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Gadman56 on January 23, 2015, 10:44:02 AM
willGrand Hyatt  be part of the Paradise Island Atlantis Program with the capabilities and access to the waterpark and facilities etc...?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 23, 2015, 10:51:17 AM
willGrand Hyatt  be part of the Paradise Island Atlantis Program with the capabilities and access to the waterpark and facilities etc...?
I don't know, but I imagine the GH will be nice enough that you won't want to go to Atlantis.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 23, 2015, 10:52:06 AM
I don't know, but I imagine the GH will be nice enough that you won't want to go to Atlantis.
Does the GH have it's own waterpark?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 23, 2015, 10:52:56 AM
Does the GH have it's own waterpark?
Oh, it's an actual waterpark? I thought it just meant like a lot of pools/sunbathing area. I didn't see anything about GH having a waterpark. Guess that could be nice if you have kids.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 23, 2015, 10:57:21 AM
Oh, it's an actual waterpark? I thought it just meant like a lot of pools/sunbathing area. I didn't see anything about GH having a waterpark. Guess that could be nice if you have kids.
I think it is nice for adults as well.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 23, 2015, 11:05:55 AM
willGrand Hyatt  be part of the Paradise Island Atlantis Program with the capabilities and access to the waterpark and facilities etc...?
No
Does the GH have it's own waterpark?
No
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 23, 2015, 11:59:33 AM
willGrand Hyatt  be part of the Paradise Island Atlantis Program with the capabilities and access to the waterpark and facilities etc...?
some locals told me that atlantis is up for some big competition. so i doubt they will give access
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 23, 2015, 03:46:44 PM
Is there any place that has actual details on what Baha Mar will have as far as activities/amenities? Their site doesn't seem to have that many specific and all the site maps are renderings.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on January 27, 2015, 05:35:48 PM
Anybody know if you can go to NAS Nassau Bahamas with a boat from MIAMI ? or only way is by Air? If yes what about is price difference and time? Thanks.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 27, 2015, 09:51:30 PM
Anybody know if you can go to NAS Nassau Bahamas with a boat from MIAMI ? or only way is by Air? If yes what about is price difference and time? Thanks.

All the cruises do that route. On 2-5 days cruises usually. You could probably get it at $500 for 2 people with taxes included.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on January 27, 2015, 10:02:30 PM
All the cruises do that route. On 2-5 days cruises usually. You could probably get it at $500 for 2 people with taxes included.
thanks, but just wanted to go for one night stay, thought you can have a boat ride over direct that takes few hours.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 27, 2015, 10:31:29 PM
thanks, but just wanted to go for one night stay, thought you can have a boat ride over direct that takes few hours.

You are confusing NAS with FPO. To FPO you can def do a one day cruise.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on January 27, 2015, 11:39:35 PM
You are confusing NAS with FPO. To FPO you can def do a one day cruise.
ok thanks, the one day cruise to FPO from Miami is there a thread somewhere what to do there for a day?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 27, 2015, 11:43:45 PM
ok thanks, the one day cruise to FPO from Miami is there a thread somewhere what to do there for a day?

FPO things to do are mentioned in this thread a few pages back. And you can also find some tips in the TR section.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on January 28, 2015, 10:01:23 AM
FPO things to do are mentioned in this thread a few pages back. And you can also find some tips in the TR section.
could not find much details on this and do not see a TR, sounds like it doesn't make much sense for a few hours stopover trip.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 28, 2015, 11:25:04 AM
could not find much details on this and do not see a TR, sounds like it doesn't make much sense for a few hours stopover trip.

Did you even check? APoshiterYid wrote a 2-part TR about his trip to FPO.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on January 28, 2015, 12:26:14 PM
Did you even check? APoshiterYid wrote a 2-part TR about his trip to FPO.
yes thanks
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 01, 2015, 01:46:36 PM
It seems from reading this thread that there's not too much to do in The Bahamas besides water parks like Atlantis, casinos, and beaches. We're thinking of going over Chol HaMoed Pesach for 2 days. Is it more interesting to go there or to MIA and drive to Key West (another option were interested in)?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 01, 2015, 02:12:07 PM
It seems from reading this thread that there's not too much to do in The Bahamas besides water parks like Atlantis, casinos, and beaches. We're thinking of going over Chol HaMoed Pesach for 2 days. Is it more interesting to go there or to MIA and drive to Key West (another option were interested in)?
Classic water activities. I think (based on this thread like you) that it's just a place you go to chill at the beach/pools. You get off on Chol Hamoed??
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 01, 2015, 02:15:38 PM
Classic water activities. I think (based on this thread like you) that it's just a place you go to chill at the beach/pools. You get off on Chol Hamoed??
Thanks! I can take a day or two off. I'll be out of the office anyway, so I can work at night if need be.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 02, 2015, 12:38:55 PM
It seems from reading this thread that there's not too much to do in The Bahamas besides water parks like Atlantis, casinos, and beaches. We're thinking of going over Chol HaMoed Pesach for 2 days. Is it more interesting to go there or to MIA and drive to Key West (another option were interested in)?

MIA/EYW would have all the same activities that NAS has and more.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 02, 2015, 12:46:22 PM
im looking into vacation to Bahamas later this month, with what airline is the easiest (availability) to get there from new york with miles?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 02, 2015, 12:48:57 PM
im looking into vacation to Bahamas later this month, with what airline is the easiest (availability) to get there from new york with miles?
avios
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 02, 2015, 01:04:43 PM
avios
with what partner airline?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on February 02, 2015, 01:10:55 PM
with what partner airline?
AA
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 02, 2015, 02:29:39 PM
AA
its better to use avios points to book aa than use straight aa points to book?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 02, 2015, 02:31:17 PM
its better to use avios points to book aa than use straight aa points to book?
fewer points
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 02, 2015, 02:32:37 PM
fewer points
oh, thanks
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 02, 2015, 02:39:07 PM
Can also fly WN via BWI.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 02, 2015, 02:44:00 PM
Can also fly WN via BWI.

Only from NAS to ISP. Another option is jetblue points are not bad.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 02, 2015, 03:30:30 PM
Only from NAS to ISP. Another option is jetblue points are not bad.
I thought I saw from LGA IINM. Besides, ISP is fine. The stop is the annoying part.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on February 02, 2015, 03:35:13 PM
I thought I saw from LGA IINM. Besides, ISP is fine. The stop is the annoying part.
No direct lga-nas with AA
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 02, 2015, 03:55:34 PM
No direct lga-nas with AA
Was talking about WN.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 02, 2015, 09:47:49 PM
Was talking about WN.

No direct flight from LGA to BWI with WN, discontinued that a while ago.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 02, 2015, 09:59:29 PM
No direct flight from LGA to BWI with WN, discontinued that a while ago.
Oo okay so then ISP-BWI-NAS. Not bad with CP.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 02, 2015, 10:35:25 PM
Oo okay so then ISP-BWI-NAS. Not bad with CP.

Right though for some reason when I was checking for my past trip. You were only able to book NAS-BWI-ISP and not the other way around.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 02, 2015, 10:47:53 PM
Right though for some reason when I was checking for my past trip. You were only able to book NAS-BWI-ISP and not the other way around.
I've been able to book it before.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: itsallgood on February 02, 2015, 10:53:00 PM
I've been able to book it before.
I was just able to search the flight in that order as a RT. Should work for you
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 03, 2015, 12:18:30 AM
avios
do they have direct nyc to nas all i see is with jetblue or united, so is united 17500 miles plus 80$ a way a good price?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 03, 2015, 12:21:44 AM
do they have direct nyc to nas all i see is with jetblue or united, so is united 17500 miles plus 80$ a way a good price?
Avios is only with stopover.  And check for aa flights. They go for way cheaper
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 03, 2015, 01:20:15 AM
do they have direct nyc to nas all i see is with jetblue or united, so is united 17500 miles plus 80$ a way a good price?

Delta also flies the route nonstop.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 03, 2015, 05:14:35 PM
the 4 free nights are for the coral towers that is old and stinks. The best for the kosher traveler is the "Reef" that's very nice.

Why is that better than lets say the royal towers, price difference is 200$ a night..
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 03, 2015, 07:57:28 PM
Why is that better than lets say the royal towers, price difference is 200$ a night..
the reef has a small kitchen AFAIK. i was just at the cove and they told me the reef has a microwave and more...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 03, 2015, 08:52:47 PM
the reef has a small kitchen AFAIK. i was just at the cove and they told me the reef has a microwave and more...
cove vs reef? reef better?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 03, 2015, 09:02:46 PM
cove vs reef? reef better?
Yes that was cove vs. Reef regarding a kosher traveler.  But  I stayed at the cove and it was amazing!!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: itsallgood on February 03, 2015, 11:02:11 PM
Anyone have any thoughts on brining Kosher food / spending shabbos at the new GH Baha Mar? Should I bring my own, order there?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 03, 2015, 11:09:05 PM
Anyone have any thoughts on brining Kosher food / spending shabbos at the new GH Baha Mar? Should I bring my own, order there?

No one here stayed there yet..
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 04, 2015, 01:22:00 AM
Anyone have any thoughts on brining Kosher food / spending shabbos at the new GH Baha Mar? Should I bring my own, order there?
dont they open in may?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on February 04, 2015, 01:29:34 AM

cove vs reef? reef better?
reef is the way to go
All suite hotel with balcony, small kitchen microwave and 2 small fridges, pools are empty beaches are the least crowded.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 04, 2015, 07:39:24 AM
Anyone have any thoughts on brining Kosher food / spending shabbos at the new GH Baha Mar? Should I bring my own, order there?
Whats the Bahamian laws regarding brining in food?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: itsallgood on February 04, 2015, 07:52:27 AM
dont they open in may?
Yup
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Sport on February 04, 2015, 08:07:09 AM

Whats the Bahamian laws regarding brining in food?
I had no issues, I brought in a suitcase full of food.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 04, 2015, 09:15:59 AM
reef is the way to go
All suite hotel with balcony, small kitchen microwave and 2 small fridges, pools are empty beaches are the least crowded.
cove has all the same besides kitchen.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 04, 2015, 11:10:21 AM
Whats the Bahamian laws regarding brining in food?

Close to none, I brought in a lot with me, and they barely asked any questions as we were leaving. Customs was really easy and relaxed there, they even have live music in the immigration's hall.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 04, 2015, 11:24:27 AM
Close to none, I brought in a lot with me, and they barely asked any questions as we were leaving. Customs was really easy and relaxed there, they even have live music in the immigration's hall.
:D that was really cute! never saw that before

right before i left the airport they asked me if i only had clothing and i said yes and they just let me walk further, very simple 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on February 04, 2015, 01:46:48 PM

cove has all the same besides kitchen.
+ it's way more expensive
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 04, 2015, 01:51:30 PM
+ it's way more expensive
Paid with points,  rep said the reef not eligible to pay with marriott points
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 05, 2015, 11:46:47 AM
reef is the way to go
All suite hotel with balcony, small kitchen microwave and 2 small fridges, pools are empty beaches are the least crowded.
i think u can go to whichever beach/pool u wanna go even if your not staying in that hotel, except the cove has a private pool/beach for them that u cant go
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 05, 2015, 11:47:54 AM
i think u can go to whichever beach/pool u wanna go even if your not staying in that hotel, except the cove has a private pool/beach for them that u cant go
+1  the cove has access to all, and the reef has access to all besides the cain at the cove which is an adult pool.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on February 17, 2015, 12:46:17 AM
does anyone know of a reliable cab service for airport/resort trip there or do u just take one from outside airport?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on February 17, 2015, 12:58:01 AM
Dan knowles tours were good. You could take 1 of the licensed cabs outside make sure to ask for the flat rate.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shael on May 07, 2015, 08:15:59 PM
Hyatt pushed their grand opening back. Again. Scrambling to book Atlantis.  Beyond the "deals" on their website, any suggestions? Looking for a room in a nicer tower.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 08, 2015, 09:53:27 AM
Hyatt pushed their grand opening back. Again. Scrambling to book Atlantis.  Beyond the "deals" on their website, any suggestions? Looking for a room in a nicer tower.
if u can get a hold of marriott points. it has an amazing value for the cove. for the others as well but the cove is the most expensive.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on May 08, 2015, 10:12:53 AM
if u can get a hold of marriott points. it has an amazing value for the cove. for the others as well but the cove is the most expensive.
can I ask how many points is it?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 08, 2015, 10:14:03 AM
can I ask how many points is it?
it fluctuates(even if it a set marriott category. but i think between 40k and 55k a night
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on May 09, 2015, 10:19:19 PM
Hyatt pushed their grand opening back. Again. Scrambling to book Atlantis.  Beyond the "deals" on their website, any suggestions? Looking for a room in a nicer tower.

Uh oh! October 1. That's a BIG push bag. What happens to all the reservations that were booked from June - September? They just cancel or put you up elsewhere?

My reservations are for the end of November, so hopefully they are up and running by then.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on May 18, 2015, 02:03:55 PM
Looks like it is a payment dispute that is delaying the opening. Looks like there is still a lot of work to do from the pic in this article.

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2015/may/18/baha-mar-too-big-fail/
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on June 04, 2015, 05:46:08 PM
Any cheaper rental car options in NAS?  All I'm seeing is $65/day for a smallest Eco car even with status.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 05, 2015, 02:10:57 AM
Any cheaper rental car options in NAS?  All I'm seeing is $65/day for a smallest Eco car even with status.
are you sure you want a car?  Taxis worked pretty well for me...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 05, 2015, 03:07:19 AM

are you sure you want a car?  Taxis worked pretty well for me...

+1  where are you staying. I was at Atlantis and didn't need to leave resort.

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shalumov on June 05, 2015, 03:23:10 PM
Agree, if you are in Atlantis you do not need to travel outside at all.
As long as you bring your of food.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on June 05, 2015, 04:41:29 PM
Going on Sunday and not sure where we're staying yet, but we'll be diving off the south side of the island so I figure a car would be nice.  We'll probably just find an AirBnb.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on June 05, 2015, 05:06:02 PM
if u can get a hold of marriott points. it has an amazing value for the cove. for the others as well but the cove is the most expensive.
how is this done? over phone?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 05, 2015, 05:26:35 PM
how is this done? over phone?
How is what done?  Booking?  Only by phone.  Call marriott and they will connect you
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on June 18, 2015, 03:01:49 PM
so marriott at the atlantis is the only way to stay with points?
seems like the hyatt doesnt have so much points available early november
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on June 18, 2015, 03:51:06 PM
so marriott at the atlantis is the only way to stay with points?
seems like the hyatt doesnt have so much points available early november

The Baha Mar looks like it will be incredible, but tons of construction going on as of last week.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 18, 2015, 04:03:30 PM
The Baha Mar looks like it will be incredible, but tons of construction going on as of last week.

You saw actual work going on? From this article is doesn't look like things are back on track yet: http://www.tribune242.com/news/2015/jun/17/contractors-seek-govt-baha-mar-intervention/ (http://www.tribune242.com/news/2015/jun/17/contractors-seek-govt-baha-mar-intervention/)

"Construction companies are maintaining Ďskeletoní crews on-site to preserve and secure work already completed, but no new building activity will occur until the two sides resolve their differences and pay what they owe."
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on June 18, 2015, 07:03:51 PM
You saw actual work going on? From this article is doesn't look like things are back on track yet: http://www.tribune242.com/news/2015/jun/17/contractors-seek-govt-baha-mar-intervention/ (http://www.tribune242.com/news/2015/jun/17/contractors-seek-govt-baha-mar-intervention/)

"Construction companies are maintaining Ďskeletoní crews on-site to preserve and secure work already completed, but no new building activity will occur until the two sides resolve their differences and pay what they owe."

Fair enough. I saw barricades, workmen, and shipping containers being unloaded. There were also signs one day for a special preview that was going on.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on June 24, 2015, 09:05:12 PM
Can you sleep in the cove with children or is it adult only?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on June 24, 2015, 09:10:21 PM
Can you sleep in the cove with children or is it adult only?
Children are allowed
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on June 25, 2015, 02:40:52 PM
Children are allowed

Did you stay there? Any recommendations for best tower to stay with kids?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on June 25, 2015, 04:03:58 PM
Did you stay there? Any recommendations for best tower to stay with kids?
I didn't stay in the cove but I stayed in the coral towers for free on casino promotion. Not sure what best tower for kids would be. You probably want one that's more centrally located for the water park and activities etc so maybe the royal towers. The cove is not adults only. They have one or two POOLS that are adults only (difference being only that children are not allowed)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on June 25, 2015, 06:28:19 PM
PSA:  For all SCUBA divers, the Stuart Cove's shark adventure is a must.  Baiting sharks is illegal almost everywhere else in the world so it's a unique and really cool experience.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 25, 2015, 07:54:53 PM
Did you stay there? Any recommendations for best tower to stay with kids?
the cove can be good with kids as well.  There are two designated pools for the cove, one adult only and the other for families.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on June 29, 2015, 10:34:40 AM
assuming the hyatt is sold out, is the only other points option using marriott at atlantis?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on June 29, 2015, 10:38:43 AM
assuming the hyatt is sold out, is the only other points option using marriott at atlantis?

Comfort Suites Paradise island although may be better off just paying depending on the price for your dates.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on June 29, 2015, 11:32:42 PM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-29/baha-mar-enterprises-files-for-bankruptcy-in-delaware
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 29, 2015, 06:44:22 PM
Well just got my cancellation email from Hyatt for my thanksgiving stay and without any offer for compensation. Working on that front now and hope to get something.

Time to start planning an alternate trip.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Menachemfrombp on July 29, 2015, 07:36:02 PM
Did you stay there? Any recommendations for best tower to stay with kids?
i would say royal tower as its the center one, and close to everything
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on August 02, 2015, 08:31:20 AM

i would say royal tower as its the center one, and close to everything

Worth it over the cove suites?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 02, 2015, 08:42:31 AM
Worth it over the cove suites?
Depends on exactly what you are looking for. The cove is definitely nicer. The royal tower is more centrally located and less pricey (still a lot nicer than the other towers)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: enwhycee on August 03, 2015, 05:05:18 PM
Just Booked this for LDW.

JFK-NAS 15K DL
NAS-MIA-EWR 12.5K AA

Hyatt is sold out. Don't have enough Marriot points for Atlantis. Any other lodging suggestions?

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 03, 2015, 05:13:26 PM
Some people use choice points and stay at comfort inn right next door to Atlantis on paradise island.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on August 03, 2015, 05:13:58 PM
And Hyatt is bankrupt not sold out.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 03, 2015, 06:01:42 PM
Worth it over the cove suites?
besides the actual hotel being a lot nicer, the cove has a few private pools that can only be used by cove guests.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on August 03, 2015, 06:02:25 PM

besides the actual hotel being a lot nicer, the cove has a few private pools that can only be used by cove guests.

With kids? Or the private cove pools are adult only?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 03, 2015, 06:03:50 PM
With kids? Or the private cove pools are adult only?
one adults only and one for families
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: enwhycee on August 04, 2015, 10:57:14 PM
I'm researching excursions. It looks like Exuma is a nicer island/area than the touristy Nassau/Paradise Island area..

Flights for: NAS-GGT (George Town/Exuma) are $150 RT

Or I can take this Speed Boat for a day trip at $ 200 pp http://www.powerboatadventures.com (http://www.powerboatadventures.com)


Anyone have any experience or advise with these?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 04, 2015, 11:25:18 PM
I'm researching excursions. It looks like Exuma is a nicer island/area than the touristy Nassau/Paradise Island area..

Flights for: NAS-GGT (George Town/Exuma) are $150 RT

Or I can take this Speed Boat for a day trip at $ 200 pp http://www.powerboatadventures.com (http://www.powerboatadventures.com)


Anyone have any experience or advise with these?
Is exuma the island with the pink sand? I was planning on going there while in Nassau but didn't end up working out. Sounded really great though from the little research I did. There's day tours that go there as well
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: enwhycee on August 04, 2015, 11:48:21 PM
Is exuma the island with the pink sand? I was planning on going there while in Nassau but didn't end up working out. Sounded really great though from the little research I did. There's day tours that go there as well

I'm pretty sure the pink sand is on Eleuthra Island.

I believe flights are a similar price there from NAS, as well.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 05, 2015, 01:33:14 AM
I'm researching excursions. It looks like Exuma is a nicer island/area than the touristy Nassau/Paradise Island area..

Flights for: NAS-GGT (George Town/Exuma) are $150 RT

Or I can take this Speed Boat for a day trip at $ 200 pp http://www.powerboatadventures.com (http://www.powerboatadventures.com)


Anyone have any experience or advise with these?

Exuma is very underdeveloped if that is something that you like, it was actually on secretflying a few weeks ago, with very cheap flights from Air Canada. Nassau is for sure very touristy, and everything is expensive.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: beez on August 05, 2015, 02:41:15 PM
With kids? Or the private cove pools are adult only?

Stayed at the Reef with kids (6 and 4 at the time) and thought it was perfect. Room had small kitchenette, pull out couch and balcony. The pools and beach by the Reef were also generally quiet. We took the shuttle to the main areas but didn't mind that at all. This was at the beginning of my DD days so while the flights were with points, I paid OOP for the room. 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DK23 on August 30, 2015, 01:58:39 AM
I'm pretty sure the pink sand is on Eleuthra Island.

I believe flights are a similar price there from NAS, as well.
+1 went there
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on November 16, 2015, 04:41:13 PM
Do all rooms at the atlantis have a $49 a day resort fee?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: emak on November 24, 2015, 11:55:04 PM
Can anyone update as what should be done on a 2-3 day trip into Nassau? What islands etc. TIA
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yellowj on November 25, 2015, 12:50:13 AM
Can anyone update as what should be done on a 2-3 day trip into Nassau? What islands etc. TIA

Depends on what your looking for. The most common islands for day trips are
1) The Exuma's
2) Abaco
3) Eleuthera
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 10, 2015, 04:49:59 PM
Any benefits in having Marriott platinum status staying at Atlantis?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on December 18, 2015, 11:24:05 AM
Has anyone stayed at The Atlantis over Shabbos? If yes, then what is the deal with electronics doors, lights, and rooms?

THank you.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 18, 2015, 11:28:06 AM
Has anyone stayed at The Atlantis over Shabbos? If yes, then what is the deal with electronics doors, lights, and rooms?

THank you.
I have never stayed in the Cove or Royal Towers but if you are staying in one of the older towers it shouldn't be a bigger problem than any regular hotel. I don't recall any motion sensors or things like that that may be a problem. I did NOT stay over Shabbos though.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 18, 2015, 11:29:19 AM
Any benefits in having Marriott platinum status staying at Atlantis?
Free wifi instead of paying $23 a day. Choice of snacks or drinks. Also a dedicated customer service desk that is much more helpful than the regular front desk.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 18, 2015, 02:59:11 PM
Has anyone stayed at The Atlantis over Shabbos? If yes, then what is the deal with electronics doors, lights, and rooms?

THank you.

Stayed there for 2 Shabbosim last winter. We left the key in the door handle and everything was fine. We were in beach tower 5th floor.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 23, 2015, 11:58:39 AM
Im asking for a relative.  They were interested in staying at royal towers for abt a week including shabbos it seems pretty expensive (about $500 a night).  What would be with one of the cheaper hotels? Are they at least pretty decent  or really not comparable?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 23, 2015, 07:32:25 PM
Im asking for a relative.  They were interested in staying at royal towers for abt a week including shabbos it seems pretty expensive (about $500 a night).  What would be with one of the cheaper hotels? Are they at least pretty decent  or really not comparable?

Beach tower was very decent, but royal tower is better, and you are right in the center of everything.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 23, 2015, 10:09:12 PM
Im asking for a relative.  They were interested in staying at royal towers for abt a week including shabbos it seems pretty expensive (about $500 a night).  What would be with one of the cheaper hotels? Are they at least pretty decent  or really not comparable?
Beach tower was very decent, but royal tower is better, and you are right in the center of everything.
The coral tower is half decent and it's a lot more central than the beach tower. Should be fairly cheap as well. There is also a way to get it cheaper. There is a casino promotion to stay four nights free but if you book through the casino you get a cheaper rate even if you don't fill the requirements
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 23, 2015, 10:14:39 PM
There is a casino promotion to stay four nights free but if you book through the casino you get a cheaper rate even if you don't fill the requirements
How do i get the cheaper rate and for which tower?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on December 23, 2015, 11:24:01 PM
How do i get the cheaper rate and for which tower?
Call this number and ask about the casino promotion to stay 4 nights free. It's for the coral tower. 18007529711
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on January 05, 2016, 12:16:57 AM
How is the Comfort Suites? Is it really worth it if I only get waterpark admission with it?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on January 05, 2016, 08:09:28 AM
How is the Comfort Suites? Is it really worth it if I only get waterpark admission with it?
I don't know anything about the Comfort Suites but the water park is pretty good
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on January 05, 2016, 03:52:24 PM
whats the deal with cell service in Nassau? im on verizon and i want to avoid paying 20/day for wifi.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on January 05, 2016, 09:13:18 PM
Calls 1.79 txt .50 . Data I don't remember , but defeintly expensive . It's Probably worth to spend $20 for wifi
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on January 05, 2016, 09:18:12 PM
whats the deal with cell service in Nassau? im on verizon and i want to avoid paying 20/day for wifi.
Firstly, Verizon has a fairly new plan that I am pretty sure works in the Bahamas (I just used it in Barbados). You pay $10 a day and get to use the same plan in the Bahamas that you have here in the US. Secondly, if you have Marriott and are staying in the Atlantis you should be able to get free wifi.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 05, 2016, 09:19:38 PM
Call this number and ask about the casino promotion to stay 4 nights free. It's for the coral tower. 18007529711
Have you used it? Do you need to pay anything to join the program?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on January 05, 2016, 09:20:51 PM
Have you used it? Do you need to pay anything to join the program?
I have used it and it costs nothing. You will still need to pay resort fees (Around $60/night IIRC)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on January 07, 2016, 05:01:31 PM
Call this number and ask about the casino promotion to stay 4 nights free. It's for the coral tower. 18007529711

even if you dont follow the promo, its only 90/n vs 219.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on January 07, 2016, 08:23:27 PM
whats the deal with cell service in Nassau? im on verizon and i want to avoid paying 20/day for wifi.

I'm on VZ too and I just bought a Sim in the airport.  I think I spent like $20 which was more than enough for a 4 day trip.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 21, 2016, 04:04:14 PM
Anyone being in the atlantis next week with kosherica?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dudeman on January 21, 2016, 06:21:45 PM
What dates will they be there?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 21, 2016, 07:18:35 PM
Anyone being in the atlantis next week with kosherica?

Was there last year with them, great program!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 21, 2016, 07:20:30 PM
What dates will they be there?
Fron this coming Sunday until the next sunday

Was there last year with them, great program!
I was there last year as well but i stayed in the cove so i didn't participate in the program (and besides, i didnt know that they will be there)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on January 21, 2016, 07:21:15 PM
Fron this coming Sunday until the next sunday
I was there last year as well but i stayed in the cove so i didn't participate in the program (and besides, i didnt know that they will be there)


I was in the beach tower. Were you there the full time of the program?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 21, 2016, 07:22:06 PM
I was in the beach tower. Were you there the full time of the program?
I dont remember the dates. I was there from sunday thru Thursday
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: dudeman on January 27, 2016, 10:00:35 AM
Anyone who's there now who can report on bug/mosquito situation?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on February 01, 2016, 12:02:26 PM
anyone do a jet ski tour in Nassua?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on February 01, 2016, 12:28:24 PM
anyone do a jet ski tour in Nassua?
yes but my self, not a tour
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: David1 on February 17, 2016, 01:34:57 PM
Anyone know of a boat ride to the bahamas from Mia? and how much it cost? thinking of going early morning and coming back at night.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 17, 2016, 01:48:55 PM
Anyone know of a boat ride to the bahamas from Mia? and how much it cost? thinking of going early morning and coming back at night.
Costs around $100 for a roundtrip ferry
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: David1 on February 18, 2016, 02:11:00 AM
Costs around $100 for a roundtrip ferry
Thanks do you have a name of a company or website? And where does it leave from?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on February 18, 2016, 02:12:54 AM
Thanks do you have a name of a company or website? And where does it leave from?
I know there is more but this is the one I was looking into http://www.bahamashuttleboat.com/
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: David1 on February 18, 2016, 09:54:15 AM
I know there is more but this is the one I was looking into http://www.bahamashuttleboat.com/
Ill let you know if i end up going. I might try it out next week.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 18, 2016, 11:51:58 AM
Thanks do you have a name of a company or website? And where does it leave from?

Google search one day Bahamas cruise, many options.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: KEG on March 04, 2016, 12:41:55 AM
Hello all. I am looking to go to the Caribbean in late March early April and was hoping to use some Avios (via Chase UR), but not getting any date-location combos that work for me on AA. I had heard nice things re: Abaco and found United flying round trip to Marsh Harbor for 35,000+$86 and directly through Chase portal for 39,000 and change.

I thought these were a decent deal, but flight leaves from Newark which is a bit of a pain. Soooooo.....was wondering if anyone had been there and knows 1) Other airlines I might be missing that leaves from NY proper 2) If it is worth it or should I look to another location 3) Any nice hotels there where a deal can be had?

Thanks!

                                                                                -GK
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on March 04, 2016, 02:48:45 PM
Hello all. I am looking to go to the Caribbean in late March early April and was hoping to use some Avios (via Chase UR), but not getting any date-location combos that work for me on AA. I had heard nice things re: Abaco and found United flying round trip to Marsh Harbor for 35,000+$86 and directly through Chase portal for 39,000 and change.

I thought these were a decent deal, but flight leaves from Newark which is a bit of a pain. Soooooo.....was wondering if anyone had been there and knows 1) Other airlines I might be missing that leaves from NY proper 2) If it is worth it or should I look to another location 3) Any nice hotels there where a deal can be had?

Thanks!

                                                                                -GK
The atlantis with marriott points or buy free night certificates which can be bought here
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: KEG on March 04, 2016, 03:17:11 PM
Thanks!

"here" where? :)

Also, are there other airlines that fly in from NYC that can be had through UR points or as far as you know is this the best I can hope for?

Thanks again.

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on March 05, 2016, 07:58:53 PM
Thanks!

"here" where? :)

Also, are there other airlines that fly in from NYC that can be had through UR points or as far as you know is this the best I can hope for?

Thanks again.
Hi, sorry i did not see that you new here.  Welcome to ddf! I will try to find the thread
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: KEG on March 07, 2016, 10:44:32 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on March 08, 2016, 12:48:10 AM
Thanks!

"here" where? :)

Also, are there other airlines that fly in from NYC that can be had through UR points or as far as you know is this the best I can hope for?

Thanks again.



United flies direct and transfer from UR.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: high end hobo on April 02, 2016, 10:11:21 PM
whats up with car rental out of NAS?
Both Hertz and a local company show they are out of cars this weekend
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on April 02, 2016, 10:26:58 PM
whats up with car rental out of NAS?
Both Hertz and a local company show they are out of cars this weekend
I wouldn't recommend renting a car there. You can go into town and rent a scooter
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on April 04, 2016, 03:18:00 PM
Can you sleep in the cove with children or is it adult only?
The pools by the cove are adult only, I am pretty sure children can stay there
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on April 05, 2016, 04:10:36 AM

The pools by the cove are adult only, I am pretty sure children can stay there

Thanks. I've been there and long back since that post. And yes, kids can stay at the cove.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on April 28, 2016, 12:41:34 PM
I've been to Nassau Paradise Island. Has anybody ever been to great exuma?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yellowj on April 28, 2016, 01:06:09 PM
I've been to Nassau Paradise Island. Has anybody ever been to great exuma?

Yes.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on April 28, 2016, 01:28:32 PM
Yes.
Is it nice there? Baby friendly? Where would you recommend staying?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yellowj on April 28, 2016, 04:04:05 PM
Is it nice there? Baby friendly? Where would you recommend staying?

It's lovely; most of the out islands are. Yes it is children friendly. Depends on the number of people in your party and budget. Highly recommend the Grand Isle Resort.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: A3 on June 07, 2016, 07:45:05 AM
Ill let you know if i end up going. I might try it out next week.
Did you end up going?
There's one a Groupon now, plan on going in a couple Sundays
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: maxmiles on July 20, 2016, 01:32:01 PM
I know everyone mentions bringing food to Atlantis, however how exactly do you heat it up? Do all rooms have an oven/ Fridge-freezer? I read on Atlantis site that they charge $15 per item to heat up, that sounds a little excessive no? 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 20, 2016, 10:19:40 PM
I know everyone mentions bringing food to Atlantis, however how exactly do you heat it up? Do all rooms have an oven/ Fridge-freezer? I read on Atlantis site that they charge $15 per item to heat up, that sounds a little excessive no? 

Our room in beach tower had fridge but no oven or microwave.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 21, 2016, 04:58:53 AM


We brought a small toaster that we got from bed bath and beyond
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: maxmiles on July 21, 2016, 09:19:54 AM

We brought a small toaster that we got from bed bath and beyond


Thanks!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: nobiggy on July 21, 2016, 09:23:12 AM
I know everyone mentions bringing food to Atlantis, however how exactly do you heat it up? Do all rooms have an oven/ Fridge-freezer? I read on Atlantis site that they charge $15 per item to heat up, that sounds a little excessive no?
Their prices are outrages!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: JS69 on July 22, 2016, 10:27:03 AM
Put as much food into one large tray so the tray is the 1 item.

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on July 27, 2016, 02:33:25 PM
I know everyone mentions bringing food to Atlantis, however how exactly do you heat it up? Do all rooms have an oven/ Fridge-freezer? I read on Atlantis site that they charge $15 per item to heat up, that sounds a little excessive no?

brought a toaster oven and george forman. worked great. the only thing i would recommend is using an extension cord so you can bring it out to the porch to avoid smoke issues.

if you have medication, fridge is free. 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 27, 2016, 04:15:02 PM
toaster oven is a little too big IMO but hot plate(shabbat), George foreman & mini stovetop and pan
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 27, 2016, 04:17:56 PM
https://www.amazon.com/IMUSA-GAU-80305-Electric-Single-Burner/dp/B005T0SN0K
$11.99 for a Mini StoveTop Burner.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 28, 2016, 01:03:35 PM
toaster oven is a little too big IMO but hot plate(shabbat), George foreman & mini stovetop and pan

I think a mini toaster would fit better than all of these other things
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on July 28, 2016, 01:21:56 PM
Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

Search for this on amazon it is like $35 dollars and good for heating up food
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 28, 2016, 03:47:50 PM
Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

Search for this on amazon it is like $35 dollars and good for heating up food
great item we made eggs on this
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mendel korf on August 02, 2016, 01:18:30 AM
Just got to atlantis and stayijg in royal towers for 3 days. At $275 a night im quite shocked how poor the quality of the hotel. The rooms feel dated, smell musty and safe doesnt work so I need to call a locksmith inbthr morning? Anyways for two full days, is there enough to keep one occupied in the resort or isnit worth checking out the locale outside the resort?
Title: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 02, 2016, 06:07:08 AM
Just got to atlantis and stayijg in royal towers for 3 days. At $275 a night im quite shocked how poor the quality of the hotel. The rooms feel dated, smell musty and safe doesnt work so I need to call a locksmith inbthr morning? Anyways for two full days, is there enough to keep one occupied in the resort or isnit worth checking out the locale outside the resort?
hotel main 3 are old and horrible the new ones are nice
The hotel has a lot to do but if you plan to swim with dolphins then better do it out of hotel
Cheaper and much better experience you can ride them
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 02, 2016, 07:58:11 AM
Just got to atlantis and stayijg in royal towers for 3 days. At $275 a night im quite shocked how poor the quality of the hotel. The rooms feel dated, smell musty and safe doesnt work so I need to call a locksmith inbthr morning? Anyways for two full days, is there enough to keep one occupied in the resort or isnit worth checking out the locale outside the resort?

I felt the same way about the beach towers, but the point of Atlantis is all of the experiences that you have there.

How did you get a rate for 275 a night? 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 02, 2016, 09:23:36 AM
I felt the same way about the beach towers, but the point of Atlantis is all of the experiences that you have there.

How did you get a rate for 275 a night?
+1.  Its for the overall experience.   And i have stayed in the royal and the cove.  The royal i felt th same like you, but the cove is a 5 star experience.  Maybe try to change for one night
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 02, 2016, 01:31:24 PM
+1.  Its for the overall experience.   And i have stayed in the royal and the cove.  The royal i felt th same like you, but the cove is a 5 star experience.  Maybe try to change for one night
Cove and reef are crazy difference
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 02, 2016, 01:49:47 PM
Cove and reef are crazy difference

But how did you get that 275 rate? Is that a pre tax and fees rate?
When I went in 2013, the cheapest rate was 325 in the beach tower facing the city...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 02, 2016, 02:06:04 PM
But how did you get that 275 rate? Is that a pre tax and fees rate?
When I went in 2013, the cheapest rate was 325 in the beach tower facing the city...
I as well paid a lot a few years ago maybe in 2008 Sounds like a great deal but they could have dropped prices since it was run down 8 years ago! Imagine now.

Also some other new hotels nearby.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 02, 2016, 02:19:33 PM
I as well paid a lot a few years ago maybe in 2008 Sounds like a great deal but they could have dropped prices since it was run down 8 years ago! Imagine now.

Also some other new hotels nearby.

Which hotels are new?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: maxmiles on August 08, 2016, 02:28:01 PM
Which hotels are new?


The Cove and the Reef are new
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 08, 2016, 06:18:46 PM


The Cove and the Reef are new

Oh, I thought u meant on Nassau
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 11, 2016, 05:45:08 PM
Courtyard Nassau & the Major Baha Mar which was set to open but never did
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 12, 2016, 08:35:03 AM
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/nascy-courtyard-nassau-downtown-junkanoo-beach/

Looks like courtyard is open
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 15, 2016, 12:18:45 PM
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/nascy-courtyard-nassau-downtown-junkanoo-beach/

Looks like courtyard is open
i meant the Baha Mar never opened
yes Courtyard did open.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on December 19, 2016, 10:18:11 AM
Is anyone here going or considering going to Atlantis for Mid-Winter vacation between January 26, 2017 and January 31, 2017? Please PM.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 18, 2017, 10:02:18 PM
Is anyone here going or considering going to Atlantis for Mid-Winter vacation between January 26, 2017 and January 31, 2017? Please PM.
Bump.

Please PM if you will be there or know someone who will. Greatly appreciate it.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on January 21, 2017, 11:04:51 PM
Bump.

Please PM if you will be there or know someone who will. Greatly appreciate it.

Have family going. why?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 22, 2017, 04:25:03 PM
Have family going. why?
Will PM you, tnx.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Wheelerdealer on January 29, 2017, 09:48:55 PM
is there an eruv in the atlantis
wanted to stay over shabbos and wanted to carry
heard because its an island maybe its permissible to carry
is that true?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 29, 2017, 10:57:03 PM
is there an eruv in the atlantis
wanted to stay over shabbos and wanted to carry
heard because its an island maybe its permissible to carry
is that true?
when i was there people said that between the royal and cove/reef is an issue since you go for a few feet not under a roof. the rest of the buildings are continuous
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Vexorg on May 02, 2017, 12:30:00 PM
https://bahamar.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on July 02, 2017, 03:13:47 AM
https://bahamar.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Anyone stay here yet? review?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: tavster on July 09, 2017, 12:18:38 PM
Anyone has experience with Chabad? I just found their website, and it says it's located at 10-15mn walk from the Atlantis. But I couldn't find any info re food, minyan etc. I tried contacting the Rabbi but haven't heard back yet.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 09, 2017, 01:11:57 PM
Anyone has experience with Chabad? I just found their website, and it says it's located at 10-15mn walk from the Atlantis. But I couldn't find any info re food, minyan etc. I tried contacting the Rabbi but haven't heard back yet.

When I was there in January 2015 with kosherica, chabad made their shabbos minyan at Atlantis. Shliach said they do it there often, but he's not always in town.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: tavster on July 09, 2017, 01:18:24 PM
When I was there in January 2015 with kosherica, chabad made their shabbos minyan at Atlantis. Shliach said they do it there often, but he's not always in town.

Thanks. I'll try to get updated info from them and will let you know
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: nobiggy on July 09, 2017, 01:48:11 PM
Anyone has experience with Chabad? I just found their website, and it says it's located at 10-15mn walk from the Atlantis. But I couldn't find any info re food, minyan etc. I tried contacting the Rabbi but haven't heard back yet.
When I was there at the end of March a while back they made a minyan only for shabbos day at the Atlantis and had a kiddush afterwards.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cheap dude on August 01, 2017, 11:53:23 PM
Anyone get information on the Chabad on paradise?

What did you guys do for door keys/elevator on Shabbos?

I am booked to go for a week but a Little nervous to go over shabbos.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: nossif on August 21, 2017, 08:13:23 PM
Anyone get information on the Chabad on paradise?

What did you guys do for door keys/elevator on Shabbos?

I am booked to go for a week but a Little nervous to go over shabbos.

what did you do in the end?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cheap dude on August 21, 2017, 08:26:35 PM
I am there now :)

Leaving on Thursday.

Was too much work arranging Shabbat.

It's supposed to be a vacation after all......
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 21, 2017, 06:19:47 PM
Anyone here care to share their experience with Kosherica at Atlantis? Looking to book for Pesach asap...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Shmuel4 on February 17, 2018, 09:59:08 PM
I am planning a 1 week trip to the cove at atlantis. Anyone know how shabbos friendly the room and hotel is?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on February 19, 2018, 03:20:56 PM
I am planning a 1 week trip to the cove at atlantis. Anyone know how shabbos friendly the room and hotel is?
many of the rooms at the hotel are shabbos friendly
and many can be had on super low floors
as for keys you can do the do not disturb trick.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 16, 2018, 01:22:18 PM
anyone coming/going to bahamas soon? I left my iphone at the Nassau Airport, would really appreciate if someone could bring back to us.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: rapsjr on April 20, 2018, 03:37:52 PM
What is the minimum amount of time recommended to stay at the Atlantis resort?
Is 3 nights too short to experience what they have to offer?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 20, 2018, 03:52:23 PM
What is the minimum amount of time recommended to stay at the Atlantis resort?
Is 3 nights too short to experience what they have to offer?
I was there for pesach, coming a day early (10 nights). We had 4 days of chol hamoed plus the friday before and we didnt do everything we wanted to do at all. we spent a lot of time eating though, and we have 3 kids (including a 3 year old) so that slowed us down some.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 20, 2018, 03:53:23 PM
anyone coming/going to bahamas soon? I left my iphone at the Nassau Airport, would really appreciate if someone could bring back to us.
whoever is willing to help a yid, i can also throw in/send to you a bunch of free dasani water coupons (redeemable at any food kiosk/restaurant/bar on the island).
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on April 20, 2018, 04:06:24 PM
What is the minimum amount of time recommended to stay at the Atlantis resort?
Is 3 nights too short to experience what they have to offer?
to see all they have to offer you need longer. but three days is definitely nice
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 20, 2018, 05:29:20 PM
to see all they have to offer you need longer. but three days is definitely nice
agreed. leap of faith is a real chavaya (don't look at it from the side before you do it), and they have lots of other great slides along with the river rapids ride. While we were there we found so much to do and chill at that we didnt even try all of their (expensive) experiences like the dolphins interactions, renting paddleboards/boats/jetskis. the beach is at least 2 half days (probably the cleanest beach i have ever visited), the waterplay area is an afternoon with kids, slides are an afternoon and rapids and lazy river are an afternoon. if you are there for shabbos, the aquariums/dig/dolphin area are great to walk around/chill by (no eruv though).
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on April 22, 2018, 05:49:33 PM
What is the minimum amount of time recommended to stay at the Atlantis resort?
Is 3 nights too short to experience what they have to offer?

I was there about 9 days and did almost everything. In those 9 days I did dolphins, sea lion, sting ray, walked with sharks, massage, snuba  dive (off site), went to town including straw market and pirates museum, Nassau Zoo, checked out almost all pools, slides, beaches, etc. Spent hours in the lazy river and still feel like I missed some things...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on April 22, 2018, 05:50:42 PM
I was there about 9 days and did almost everything. In those 9 days I did dolphins, sea lion, sting ray, walked with sharks, massage, snuba  dive (off site), went to town including straw market and pirates museum, Nassau Zoo, checked out almost all pools, slides, beaches, etc. Spent hours in the lazy river and still feel like I missed some things...

I forgot to say rented jet skis
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on May 06, 2018, 10:41:21 AM
Friend is deciding between the cove atlantis and the hyatt, both seem quite nice (from the pics), however the hyatt is 3 star while the cove is 5...

The hyatt price is great.


Is there a significant difference?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 06, 2018, 10:50:36 AM
Friend is deciding between the cove atlantis and the hyatt, both seem quite nice (from the pics), however the hyatt is 3 star while the cove is 5...

The hyatt price is great.


Is there a significant difference?
would think access to atlantis parks etc would be a factor, of course u can get in for like 50 a day per person I think.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 29, 2018, 11:52:32 AM
the cove atlantis showing some points availability in July for three night stay for 45k marriott per night.   the cash rate is $569 per night!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 29, 2018, 02:34:08 PM
the cove atlantis showing some points availability in July for three night stay for 45k marriott per night.   the cash rate is $569 per night!

jump on it
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on May 29, 2018, 11:47:45 PM
do u need to take a sea plane from NAS to get to paradise island? is there any kosher food on the islands?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 29, 2018, 11:53:17 PM
do u need to take a sea plane from NAS to get to paradise island? is there any kosher food on the islands?
$40 taxi ride (sometimes traffic though). very little food and atlantis food/drink is very expensive, check out chabad.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on May 30, 2018, 03:28:12 PM
$40 taxi ride (sometimes traffic though). very little food and atlantis food/drink is very expensive, check out chabad.
do they let u bring in meat or other foods?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 30, 2018, 03:33:55 PM
do they let u bring in meat or other foods?
yes.  officially no veggies
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on May 30, 2018, 03:37:42 PM
yes.  officially no veggies
like bread tuna... wouldn't be an issue?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 30, 2018, 03:39:21 PM
like bread tuna... wouldn't be an issue?
nope. i took it all. including frozen POM and milk.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on May 30, 2018, 04:17:28 PM
nope. i took it all. including frozen POM and milk.
ok and as far as hotels whats the best option and what the difference between all the Atlantis's 55k marmot by cove is best option?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 30, 2018, 04:18:32 PM
ok and as far as hotels whats the best option and what the difference between all the Atlantis's 55k marmot by cove is best option?
cove is nicest by far. i stayed in royal and cove. literally cant compare?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 30, 2018, 04:32:34 PM
the cove atlantis showing some points availability in July for three night stay for 45k marriott per night.   the cash rate is $569 per night!

The Royal has some multiple night stays as well this summer for 35k Marriott points per night.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on May 31, 2018, 11:58:52 AM
cove is nicest by far. i stayed in royal and cove. literally cant compare?
by far? in what way
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 31, 2018, 12:06:12 PM
by far? in what way
Ambiance, rooms, service, pools only accessible to cove visitors. 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on May 31, 2018, 12:10:53 PM
by far? in what way
Every way!!
the royal is old and outdated
additionally the cove pol has more access to the cove areas
Ambiance and service will be much nicer in the cove

Well worth the extra points.

Royal is swamped by 6+ Buildings guest!
Beach
coral
royal
cove
reef
harbor

i forget if theres more...

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147417-d649623-r10484363-The_Cove_at_Atlantis_Autograph_Collection-Paradise_Island_New_Providence_Island_Ba.html

https://www.oyster.com/articles/51366-which-atlantis-is-for-you-an-expert-breakdown-of-the-massive-resorts-6-sections/

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on May 31, 2018, 12:33:21 PM
Every way!!
the royal is old and outdated
additionally the cove pol has more access to the cove areas
Ambiance and service will be much nicer in the cove

Well worth the extra points.

Royal is swamped by 6+ Buildings guest!
Beach
coral
royal
cove
reef
harbor

i forget if theres more...

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147417-d649623-r10484363-The_Cove_at_Atlantis_Autograph_Collection-Paradise_Island_New_Providence_Island_Ba.html

https://www.oyster.com/articles/51366-which-atlantis-is-for-you-an-expert-breakdown-of-the-massive-resorts-6-sections/
the Reef isn't good compared to the cove?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on May 31, 2018, 12:41:11 PM
the Reef isn't good compared to the cove?
Almost the same. Access to same amenities
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Scmcodes on June 12, 2018, 03:46:56 PM
Best place to swim with the dolphins on paradise island and how do u book?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 13, 2018, 11:33:08 AM
Best place to swim with the dolphins on paradise island and how do u book?

I enjoyed atlantis, booked at the hotel
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 13, 2018, 11:52:34 AM
I enjoyed atlantis, booked at the hotel
convenient at the hotel. but i think there are better and cheaper places out there
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 13, 2018, 12:43:35 PM
Best place to swim with the dolphins on paradise island and how do u book?
DO NOT DO IT AT HOTEL

while its convenient
1. its more expensive

BUT

2. You don't get to interact with them the same as you do off site
Here's a photo of 2 Dolphins lifting someone across the water
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on June 13, 2018, 02:06:27 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Rosewood Baha Mar? Amex wants 85,000 MR a night! Any other points I can use?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 13, 2018, 02:10:09 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Rosewood Baha Mar? Amex wants 85,000 MR a night! Any other points I can use?
Price sounds crazy. Maybe book with hyatt? Or consider atlantis with marriott/spg
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 13, 2018, 02:39:42 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Rosewood Baha Mar? Amex wants 85,000 MR a night! Any other points I can use?
28k SPG it's not terrible

but value it at $560 a night
whats the cash price?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on June 13, 2018, 03:10:20 PM
28k SPG it's not terrible

but value it at $560 a night
whats the cash price?

595 a night is cash price, there is no SPG option as far as I can tell...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 13, 2018, 03:11:49 PM
28k SPG it's not terrible

but value it at $560 a night
whats the cash price?
he was referring to Amex Membership rewards, not Marriott.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on June 14, 2018, 02:25:56 PM
Anyone been here lately? Bring Kosher food in? Pom Frozen meals? Any help appreciated most of the thread is pretty old.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 14, 2018, 02:38:31 PM
Anyone been here lately? Bring Kosher food in? Pom Frozen meals? Any help appreciated most of the thread is pretty old.
May 30th 2018 was waaay too long ago but hopefully the info is still relevant  :P
do they let u bring in meat or other foods?

yes.  officially no veggies
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on June 14, 2018, 02:41:11 PM
May 30th 2018 was waaay too long ago but hopefully the info is still relevant  :P
;My Bad, fair enough!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: RockaHocka on June 17, 2018, 11:21:43 PM
Anyone stay at the Hyatt Baha Marr and the Atlantis and can talk to the advantages/ disadvantages between the two?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ejb123 on June 18, 2018, 10:47:26 AM
Are you traveling with kids?

Grand Hyatt is closer to the airport, a newer property with great pools and beautiful casino. Beach was a bit disappointing - but all the non-motorized water activities (kayak, stand up paddle board, snorkels, etc.) are included in the resort fee.

Atlantis has the benefit of a nicer beach, water park, but is crowded and the rooms are older/tired (see all the comments up thread regarding the various towers) and everything has a cost (aside from the two free bottles of water you get when you check in).

The waterpark is a huge plus if you have kids that meet the height limit. Not so much fun when some kids meet the height requirement and others don't.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on June 18, 2018, 10:48:35 AM
I just booked at the Rosewood Bahamar and will be there in a few weeks, will report back after the trip.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 19, 2018, 12:51:52 AM
Are you traveling with kids?

Grand Hyatt is closer to the airport, a newer property with great pools and beautiful casino. Beach was a bit disappointing - but all the non-motorized water activities (kayak, stand up paddle board, snorkels, etc.) are included in the resort fee.

Atlantis has the benefit of a nicer beach, water park, but is crowded and the rooms are older/tired (see all the comments up thread regarding the various towers) and everything has a cost (aside from the two free bottles of water you get when you check in).

The waterpark is a huge plus if you have kids that meet the height limit. Not so much fun when some kids meet the height requirement and others don't.

well said
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: RockaHocka on June 20, 2018, 07:55:22 AM
Are you traveling with kids?

Grand Hyatt is closer to the airport, a newer property with great pools and beautiful casino. Beach was a bit disappointing - but all the non-motorized water activities (kayak, stand up paddle board, snorkels, etc.) are included in the resort fee.

Atlantis has the benefit of a nicer beach, water park, but is crowded and the rooms are older/tired (see all the comments up thread regarding the various towers) and everything has a cost (aside from the two free bottles of water you get when you check in).

The waterpark is a huge plus if you have kids that meet the height limit. Not so much fun when some kids meet the height requirement and others don't.

Thanks!! Not traveling with kids. Decided on Hyatt, though I really hope the beach isnít too disappointing. Did you bring food to the Hyatt to warm up? How are they in that regard?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on June 20, 2018, 11:18:45 AM
I just booked at the Rosewood Bahamar and will be there in a few weeks, will report back after the trip.

looking forward to the TR
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: meir123 on June 22, 2018, 01:30:35 PM
Weather is showing straight rain. Anyone have some experiance if its just showers or full days of rain this time of year.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 22, 2018, 01:35:17 PM
Weather is showing straight rain. Anyone have some experiance if its just showers or full days of rain this time of year.
From tripadvisor it seems like there is some rain every day but then it clears up. 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on June 25, 2018, 03:26:51 PM
Hi all. At the risk of sounding ridiculous- Has anyone gone on a Kosherica cruise to he Bahamas/Caribbean islands and had access to he kosher food offered? Iím not talking about access to their dining rooms. Apparently I heard that they convert entire restaurants (accessible to everyone) kosher for that week but I was not sure if thatís really true.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 25, 2018, 03:33:28 PM
Hi all. At the risk of sounding ridiculous- Has anyone gone on a Kosherica cruise to he Bahamas/Caribbean islands and had access to he kosher food offered? Iím not talking about access to their dining rooms. Apparently I heard that they convert entire restaurants (accessible to everyone) kosher for that week but I was not sure if thatís really true.
I have done it. Any specific questions?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on June 25, 2018, 04:02:05 PM
I have done it. Any specific questions?

More about logistics. Iíll shoot you a PM.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ejb123 on June 26, 2018, 09:58:33 PM
Thanks!! Not traveling with kids. Decided on Hyatt, though I really hope the beach isnít too disappointing. Did you bring food to the Hyatt to warm up? How are they in that regard?

We brought our own food. Spoke to concierge and chef in advance about food storage and prep. They ended up upgrading us to a room with a kitchen (fridge, stovetop and oven). Made the food preperarion much easier since we ended up warming everything up in our room. We also brought disposable BBQ which they told us we could use on the beach, but didnít end the pausing them since we had the oven.

Enjoy the trip. The resort is really beautiful.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on June 26, 2018, 10:00:42 PM
More about logistics. Iíll shoot you a PM.
I actually went to atlantis with kosherica. Not the cruise
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: RockaHocka on June 27, 2018, 12:17:27 AM
We brought our own food. Spoke to concierge and chef in advance about food storage and prep. They ended up upgrading us to a room with a kitchen (fridge, stovetop and oven). Made the food preperarion much easier since we ended up warming everything up in our room. We also brought disposable BBQ which they told us we could use on the beach, but didnít end the pausing them since we had the oven.

Enjoy the trip. The resort is really beautiful.
Thanks! Did they upgrade you in advance or you prepared the food assuming you would heat in their ovens?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on June 28, 2018, 04:19:02 PM
I actually went to atlantis with kosherica. Not the cruise

Me too, did that in 2015.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: frumgenius on July 02, 2018, 09:22:47 PM
Anyone that stayed in Baha Mar have issues getting into the Atlantis Waterpark with a day pass? I will be staying at SLS Baha Mar

Internet seems to say that Atlantis refuses to sell day passes to Baha Mar guests
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on July 03, 2018, 01:46:11 PM
Anyone that stayed in Baha Mar have issues getting into the Atlantis Waterpark with a day pass? I will be staying at SLS Baha Mar

Internet seems to say that Atlantis refuses to sell day passes to Baha Mar guests

You can go to Atlantis and buy.  I don't see why it would be an issue, but if it is, say you are from one of the cruise ships that you saw on the ride over from Baha Mar
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on July 06, 2018, 10:51:16 AM
TPG did a review of Rosewood In case anyone is interested.
https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/rosewood-baha-mar/
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ejb123 on July 06, 2018, 02:12:03 PM
You can go to Atlantis and buy.  I don't see why it would be an issue, but if it is, say you are from one of the cruise ships that you saw on the ride over from Baha Mar

When I went, I didn't risk Atlantis asking for confirmation of which cruise ship I was on (leave ethics to popcorn threads) and ended up using SPG points to book one room at Atlantis in their lowest cost room to get waterpark access when I "checked in." My understanding is that they are strict on day passes to the water park.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ejb123 on July 06, 2018, 02:13:32 PM
Thanks! Did they upgrade you in advance or you prepared the food assuming you would heat in their ovens?

They upgraded in advance. Assumed I would be heat, except for BBQ items, which we ended up using the oven vs grill once we saw the room.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 08, 2018, 12:59:01 AM
Are you traveling with kids?

Grand Hyatt is closer to the airport, a newer property with great pools and beautiful casino. Beach was a bit disappointing - but all the non-motorized water activities (kayak, stand up paddle board, snorkels, etc.) are included in the resort fee.

Atlantis has the benefit of a nicer beach, water park, but is crowded and the rooms are older/tired (see all the comments up thread regarding the various towers) and everything has a cost (aside from the two free bottles of water you get when you check in).

The waterpark is a huge plus if you have kids that meet the height limit. Not so much fun when some kids meet the height requirement and others don't.
We stayed at the Cove in 2011,rate was close to $700 then,  the rooms were in great condition , not sure about today,food cost a fortune for a family at the hotel, but there are good local options at reasonable rates, water park, beach and views from room balcony were great. 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on July 13, 2018, 12:41:40 PM
First Trip Report so bear with me! I am going to try and add pictures after posting via the Tapatalk app. I lost steam towards the end, but please feel free to ask if you have any questions or comments!

My wife and I do not go away often and this was kind of last minute without the kids... I know that my spending was not ideal and a lot of you would not have done what I did but hopefully this might help someone else in the future.
I booked tickets from JFK to NAS via Chase using my Chase UR points. Most of the points were accumulated on my Freedom Unlimited and moved to my CSR. Flights were extremely expensive for the dates we were going. Jetblue flights round-trip were close to $1500!I used 93,000 points to book Roundtrip via Delta direct to NAS.
Flight was quick and easy and we landed about an hour early. NAS is a new airport and quite small but nice. Immigration took no more then five minutes and we were serenaded by a live band while waiting (Quite a contrast from JFK). 

After immigration we got our luggage (really quickly) and headed to customs. Per the others that had written here, we only brought Pomegranate meals with us and other cooked food. We had no raw meat or fruit but I had been told by a friend that customs  might give you a hard time with the Frozen meals if they see it in a box so we packed in a suitcase. The woman in customs hardly looked up and waived us right through.

Next stop was finding a taxi. While my hotel (Rosewood, more on that soon) was happy to arrange a taxi for me I was inclined to find my own as they wanted $75. As soon as I  got out of Customs, the Bahamar Resorts all had their own waiting areas and greeters. The woman took my luggage, got me a taxi and checked me in while we got cold water (Champagne and Macaroons were obviously not Kosher).
I told the woman I was happy to take a shuttle and I think I almost gave her a heart attack. She was scandalized that someone staying at her hotel would do something like that ;)  The tax was $25 and took 10-15 minutes.

With regards to the hotel... Atlantis seemed to be very loud and crowded and slightly rundown. While the Cove is nice and would include a microwave, fridge etc. we wanted something a little nicer. As I said, I dont get away often so I splurged on the Rosewood. I sold some Amex MR to cover the cost and booked 3 nights (fourth night free promotion) at $595 a night. This doesn't include VAT (12.5%!) taxes etc. For those that do not know, the Rosewood is the third and final piece of Bahamar and has been in the works for quite some time. The other 2 resorts are the Hyatt and SLS. All hotels are connected and share a beach. Rosewood members have access to all 3 but SLS and Hyatt guests are not allowed on the Rosewood beach or pools. The hotel is not completed yet (on the inside) so I would guess they are operating at 50% capacity. I did not hear or see of any construction while I was there but was told there are modifications being worked on.

As soon as we arrived we could see the hotel was special. The lobby is massive and beautiful. We were greeted by multiple attendants and they had more Water (and Rum Punch drinks) ready for us when walking in. My room was ready but first we got a tour of the grounds from one of the front desk attendants. While this was nice, we were tired and the tour ran almost an hour! I did not want to be rude but at a certain point we were ready to just go to our room. They showed us all around and introduced us to our Butler, the Hotel Manager and the concierge. Over the entirety of our stay every single person that saw us greeted us by name. Room Service, Front Desk, Butlers etc. They put an extreme focus on CS.

Butler Service- I have read that this can be an overrated service but in this case I found it to be amazing. As soon as you get there they added us to a Whatsapp Chat (all communication with Butler is done via Whatsapp, its awesome) and we used it plenty. I would request more drinks, food warming up, reservation questions, shoe shining etc.  They would respond in seconds and there was nothing I asked for that they did not handle.

After arriving and settling in we went to the pool which was empty. They have three pools, all connected. The Cabanas are free for now and first come first serve but not fully finished. All they had were cabanas with chairs, there was no fan, TV etc.  As soon as you sat down, someone came over and brought, water on ice (All Dasani, not some knockoff brand water) Lotion, Aloe spray, Cold towels a menu and a choice of newspapers. I doubt that there were more then 10 people at the pool the whole time we were there.  We did see some people try and sneak in and security quickly kicked them out. They are taking the exclusivity part very seriously. 

As soon as we got there they took some of the meals and put them in the freezer. They also gave me a nice size fridge so I could defrost some with me in the room. We also made a stop to a local supermarket and picked up some fruit, Vegetables, snacks. etc. They have EVERYTHING American  that you would see in a regular supermarket but of course at a higher price and that silly 12.5% VAT.

Dinner was warmed up and they set us up in the Library of the hotel which is a beautiful room made for sitting and relaxing. There are couches in there, dozens of Teas to Choose from, books and of course Free Fast Wifi throughout the hotel. They found us plastic cutlery and even offered me brand new utensils which I could have used or Toiveled in the ocean (ask your LOR). 

Monday- We used the gym which was huge, brand new and amazing. My wife went to a class offered by the Spa which was $10. Bring a CC, the hotel doesnt take cash for anything.  After gym was breakfast, pool, beach and a taxi to the Straw Market. The taxi was $25 each way and the hotel arranged with a nice driver who had a new car. While they told us the market was fun and has what to do we felt it was seedy and boring. It is a couple of blocks of tourist traps right next to the port where the Cruise Ships dock. They sell all the standard trinkets plus cigars, Rum etc. Some of the vendors are aggressive in getting you to come inside and buy something from them. If you keep kosher and cant eat, I would not recommend this activity.
We returned to the hotel and hit the casino for a little while. Lunch was warmed up and brought to the pool which was really nice. The casino is attached to all 3 hotels and was roughly a 10 second walk from my room. In order to get to the room portion of the Rosewood you need a room key to access different Hallways.
The hotels also have some water activities that are free like Kayaking, Paddle boarding, etc. The water is so clear and nice that you can just sit out on a circular raft they provide for a while and just relax. While there, we saw turtles in the water just hanging out.  Dinner was served in the bar which like all the other rooms was beautiful and fun. The drinks menu is extensive and there were a couple of drinks that are Kosher (Again, ask your LOR). Jazz plays lightly in the background and it is just a great place to have a drink, relax or work. I saw people from the others hotels inside the bar at times and although  we missed them, I was told that July 4th guests included Shaq, Dak Prescott and Todd Gurley.

Tuesday morning we woke up early for Snorkeling on a 4 hour tour. There are an endless amount of water tours and activities but most are a small fortune. Snorkeling was $98 a person and did not take up the entire day.
We were picked up at 830 and driven maybe 30 minutes to the boat. You are given the choice of renting a wet suit for $13 and after a little while we were off. The boat was driven maybe 20 minutes out and after some instruction, we were in the water. This was my first time snorkeling and I enjoyed every second. The water was 86 degrees and crystal clear. As soon as we got in we saw dozens of different types of fish and turtles. The guide would put out fish food at points and we would be surrounded by hundreds of fish. We stayed at our first stop for about 30 minutes until the spotters saw sharks in the distance and made us hustle back to the boat. AFAIK, there are many different types of Sharks at that part of the Atlantic and the guides are aware of which are okay to be close to and which we run from :)
Our next stop was to see some underwater statues and an intact airplane crashed in a Jaws movie. We also saw the homes of some celebrities and athletes. The second stop we were in the water for about 45 minutes.  The third and most exciting stop was where we got to swim with sharks. These are barrier reef sharks so clearly not as dangerous but when you see a 15 foot shark with a fin sticking out of the water it is a thrill. The guides did not let little kids in, only adults and we all had to stay with one hand on a rope that they tossed out about 50 feet. There must have been 5 or 6 guides in the water watching to make sure all was okay and 2 guides in the boat watching with binoculars. They chummed the water in advance so there must have been 10-15 sharks swimming a few feet underneath us. Some people were frustrated we didn't stay there longer (maybe 10 minutes in the water) but I loved it. We had been considering a trip to another Island called Exuma but my wife got extremely seasick in the boat so we nixed that plan. After we got back it was more pool, beach and then dinner. We ate that night outdoors on a balcony overlooking the pool and ocean. The setup was beautiful and the food was delicious.

We had a few ideas for Wednesday but unfortunately the weather was just awful There were thunderstorms most of the day. We hit up a turtle and shark sanctuary in the morning by the Hyatt which was cool. They also have a bird sanctuary (all free) and they give you Popsicle sticks to feed the birds with. The rain really killed the day and we spent time inside at the casino and relaxing in the library.

Thursday morning we woke up early and went back to the beach (almost private since no one other then Rosewood can use it and we were there at 8AM. Our flight left at 1245 so we were out of the hotel at 1030.

Some Random thoughts.
Four days there might be too long unless you dont mind just hitting the pool or spending a bunch on activities.

Dan has posted in the past about Pomegranate meals and they were great. We had an issue with some of our order being mixed up but Pomegranate was nice about it and we worked it out. I had poppers, baby chicken, regular chicken and breaded chicken (I would not recommend this one, it got soggy). I also had the mac and cheese and Penne for lunches. All extremely good with huge portions. All of the sides were great and really did not taste frozen at all.

The hotel originally wanted to charge $30 Per person per meal to warm up food. I told them that the Atlantis charges $15 and they were happy to match that pricing.

They gave us a fridge at no charge in addition to bottled water all day. While it might not seem like a lot, I was told that other resorts charge up to $7 and charge for wifi. Small things add up.

Do not be an idiot like me and forgot a case for your phone for under the water. The place we went through had disposable cameras for $25, but I dont think that is worth it in a digital age.

Taxis are stupid expensive for very short trips, bring snacks if you can as opposed to buying at the grocery.

Global entry when leaving NAS was awesome, we had no line and it took 2 minutes. There were no customs when entering back into the US. We got to NAS two hours before the flight. We probably did not need more then an hour.




Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on July 13, 2018, 12:47:55 PM

Nice report! was happy to hear a report from the baha mar.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on July 13, 2018, 12:51:28 PM
Some pictures. Trying to add more
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on July 13, 2018, 12:53:12 PM
Food and drinks
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on July 13, 2018, 12:55:12 PM
Sharks and caviar they brought for free since they thought it was kosher
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: puddles on July 13, 2018, 12:56:33 PM
Turtles and the empty beach.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 13, 2018, 03:23:26 PM
Thanks for the TR.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on July 23, 2018, 12:38:49 AM
Does anyone know if there's any kosher food in the grand club lounge in the hyatt? They offer club access for 3k points on paid stays and I want to know if its worth it.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on July 23, 2018, 12:40:03 AM
Also are the taxes and fees the same on award stays in the grand hyatt?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on July 23, 2018, 06:43:41 AM
Also are the taxes and fees the same on award stays in the grand hyatt?
no taxes or fees on award stays. That is Hyatt's policy
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on July 23, 2018, 12:10:59 PM
no taxes or fees on award stays. That is Hyatt's policy
It doesn't seem to be an official policy, but rather up to the hotel. Does anyone have experience with this hotel?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on July 23, 2018, 12:15:09 PM
It doesn't seem to be an official policy, but rather up to the hotel. Does anyone have experience with this hotel?
Its definitely an official hyatt policy. no taxes or resort fees on awards
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: RockaHocka on July 24, 2018, 08:28:23 AM
It doesn't seem to be an official policy, but rather up to the hotel. Does anyone have experience with this hotel?
Been there done that. No taxes or fees.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 24, 2018, 06:02:59 PM
Its definitely an official hyatt policy. no taxes or resort fees on awards
+1 That is my experience too, it is official policy.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: CHEAPAVEDA on August 08, 2018, 07:12:15 PM
Hi All,

Planning a budget trip to Bahamas Atlantis and looking for ways to save money on food.  Anyone with experience?  I'm not about to pay $6 for a bottle of water and xx amount for bread.

Anyone experience with checking-in snack/food on Delta flights?  *Thanks*

Any cheap eats in or near Atlantis?  Tricks to get bottled water? 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on August 09, 2018, 08:38:43 AM
Any advantage of staying in the Beach tower vs the Royal tower?

I understand that the Royal is higher end, but does that mean that "extras" are also more expensive or if my room cost is the same for either tower then I should go to the Royal.

Basically my question is that both towers will cost me the same for base room rates... I'm just concerned that the "extras" (resort fees, room service, heating meals, etc) will cost more at the Royal or is that not true?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on August 09, 2018, 02:53:50 PM
I'm sure you can call and find out. I believe I remember seeing that the resort fee is $5-10 higher in the nicer towers and possibly even more in a suite.
I just came back and i stayed in the beach tower. It's really old and run down but it was clean so we didn't really mind.
Pros: much quieter
Pool usually pretty empty, beach we were able to find a quiter spot
Lazy river is right there

Cons:
It's a bit out of it
It's a really long walk to anywhere and most shuttles and cabs drop you off by the entrance to coral towers and you have to walk through a long long hallway to get to your room.
I strongly suggest you look at a map before booking
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on August 09, 2018, 02:54:58 PM
Hi All,

Planning a budget trip to Bahamas Atlantis and looking for ways to save money on food.  Anyone with experience?  I'm not about to pay $6 for a bottle of water and xx amount for bread.

Anyone experience with checking-in snack/food on Delta flights?  *Thanks*

Any cheap eats in or near Atlantis?  Tricks to get bottled water?
Either bring water with you or keep asking the bars for ice water, it's free.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 09, 2018, 07:49:57 PM
I strongly suggest you look at a map before booking
good point, royal is centrally located so not too far from anywhere. Plus they have bigger rooms and a good chance of a great view vs toss up by beach since there are like 3 floors vs like 20 in the royal...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 09, 2018, 10:21:28 PM
Either bring water with you or keep asking the bars for ice water, it's free.
or maybe bring a brita
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 24, 2018, 03:58:35 PM
I saw that the Hyatt basically includes everything for water-sports/snorkeling. Does the Atlantis include that as well, or is it pay-as-you-go there?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 30, 2018, 12:37:00 PM
I saw that the Hyatt basically includes everything for water-sports/snorkeling. Does the Atlantis include that as well, or is it pay-as-you-go there?
pay and pay and pay

except for the water slide and marine tours
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on August 30, 2018, 12:40:00 PM
Any kosher food available in December time?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 30, 2018, 01:12:25 PM
Any kosher food available in December time?
doesn't look like kosherica is having anything this year
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on September 27, 2018, 08:02:57 PM
doesn't look like kosherica is having anything this year

And Chabad doesnt give the option of purchasing kosher food?
Anyone recently stay there for Shaabat and go to Chabad?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on October 03, 2018, 08:45:10 AM
Anyway of avoiding the $100 departure tax on award tickets?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 03, 2018, 08:51:45 AM
Anyway of avoiding the $100 departure tax on award tickets?
Dont think so.  Its international
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 03, 2018, 05:03:52 PM
Anyway of avoiding the $100 departure tax on award tickets?
I have been to the Bahamas 3 times on paid tickets , last trip was 2014, since when there is $100 departure tax on award tickets?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 03, 2018, 05:08:36 PM
Its included in the price.
I have been to the Bahamas 3 times on paid tickets , last trip was 2014, since when there is $100 departure tax on award tickets?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: JudahMcB on October 03, 2018, 06:15:43 PM
Anyway of avoiding the $100 departure tax on award tickets?

Make a stop in SJU. No departure tax because PR is in the Caribbean and no departure tax from SJU to Continental US because it is a US territory.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 03, 2018, 06:18:24 PM
Make a stop in SJU. No departure tax because PR is in the Caribbean and no departure tax from SJU to Continental US because it is a US territory.
Good recommendation for those willing to make a stop, thanks.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on October 04, 2018, 05:34:32 AM
Make a stop in SJU. No departure tax because PR is in the Caribbean and no departure tax from SJU to Continental US because it is a US territory.

there are no direct flights between NAS and SJU. Meaning you would need 2 stopovers to make this work
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 04, 2018, 04:34:33 PM
there are no direct flights between NAS and SJU. Meaning you would need 2 stopovers to make this work
In this case, not really worth it  :(
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yg1836 on October 17, 2018, 03:17:30 PM
Is it okay to bring in your own food to the bahamas? or is it do at your own risk type?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on October 17, 2018, 03:20:59 PM
Is it okay to bring in your own food to the bahamas? or is it do at your own risk type?
quick search goes a long way
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=405.msg1937547#msg1937547
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yg1836 on October 17, 2018, 04:23:46 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: eandd on October 18, 2018, 02:27:50 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Atlantis with the four nights from Total rewards status, how was your experience?
Sounds like the beach tower rooms are dated, but what about the low season royal towers? (I know it's "free" nights, but is it worth taking off of work-otherwise I'd rather use the points/ pay for the night in a better hotel)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on October 18, 2018, 02:31:45 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Atlantis with the four nights from Total rewards status, how was your experience?
Sounds like the beach tower rooms are dated, but what about the low season royal towers? (I know it's "free" nights, but is it worth taking off of work-otherwise I'd rather use the points/ pay for the night in a better hotel)
I've been on the fence now for months. I have until end of January to make the decision too...

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 18, 2018, 06:54:12 PM
I've been on the fence now for months. I have until end of January to make the decision too...
Yes , it is dated, I was at Atlantis and stayed at the Cove, which at the time was very nice , 2012.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 18, 2018, 07:45:58 PM
I stayed in the beach tower about 4 years ago (was not a total rewards stay). I don't think it looked worse than any standard (non high-end) hotel.

Try to get a window with beach view as opposed to roof view.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on October 18, 2018, 10:37:48 PM
Im pretty sure over the last year or two they renovated the beach tower.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: eandd on October 22, 2018, 01:47:49 PM
Im pretty sure over the last year or two they renovated the beach tower.

Hmmmm good to hear, thanks!

For anyone who has been to Bahamas and Grand Cayman, which had the nicer beaches?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: JudahMcB on October 22, 2018, 02:43:51 PM
For anyone who has been to Bahamas and Grand Cayman, which had the nicer beaches?

Grand Cayman by far.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: eandd on October 22, 2018, 04:07:42 PM
Grand Cayman by far.

Thanks, thought so...think I'll ditch the free stay and just use points for Grand Cayman (too bad the rest of the Caribbean has zika :(
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on October 23, 2018, 03:34:26 PM
Thanks, thought so...think I'll ditch the free stay and just use points for Grand Cayman (too bad the rest of the Caribbean has zika :(
Just bring a lot of money
GC is a very expensive island
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: eandd on October 24, 2018, 08:50:19 PM
Just bring a lot of money
GC is a very expensive island

Thanks, you mean for excursions? Transport?
Was it worth it? (dumb question, I know it's all subjective, but still...)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 24, 2018, 09:12:13 PM
Thanks, you mean for excursions? Transport?
Was it worth it? (dumb question, I know it's all subjective, but still...)

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43062.0
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on October 25, 2018, 07:38:34 AM
Grand Cayman by far.

Disagree.  Water is calmer by Bahamas and the beaches are quieter plus I think the water is a little clearer
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on October 25, 2018, 01:44:47 PM
Disagree.  Water is calmer by Bahamas and the beaches are quieter plus I think the water is a little clearer
I would disagree to your disagree

but your points are true about calmness


the sand was butter It was the nicest sand I have ever felt and the water was pristine in GC

But the price tag will keep me away
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: eandd on October 25, 2018, 03:38:51 PM
I would disagree to your disagree

but your points are true about calmness


the sand was butter It was the nicest sand I have ever felt and the water was pristine in GC

But the price tag will keep me away

Apologies to everyone for derailing this thread! Thanks for enumerating pros to each, would rather have nicer scenery than calm water.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: chopapeih on November 03, 2018, 11:12:19 PM
Anybody know about Points policy for the suits at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.

During Yeshiva week I can book a standard room with points but not a suite. It says : "Unfortunately, this hotel is not accepting World of Hyatt points or award during those dates. Explore our other rates or modify your search.". I thought there are no black out dates with Hyatt?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: chopapeih on November 03, 2018, 11:51:01 PM
Alternatively, can I book a standard room with cash and then upgrade to a suite with points?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on November 04, 2018, 06:26:07 AM
Anybody know about Points policy for the suits at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.

During Yeshiva week I can book a standard room with points but not a suite. It says : "Unfortunately, this hotel is not accepting World of Hyatt points or award during those dates. Explore our other rates or modify your search.". I thought there are no black out dates with Hyatt?
did you try calling?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on November 04, 2018, 07:43:22 AM
According to this, shouldn't Platinum members be entitled to complimentary breakfast at Atlantis? It is an Autograph Resort

https://members.marriott.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MAKHAR18008_TBOP_Microsite_Platinum-Elite_Welcome-Gift_Final2.pdf
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on November 06, 2018, 12:56:33 PM
According to this, shouldn't Platinum members be entitled to complimentary breakfast at Atlantis? It is an Autograph Resort

https://members.marriott.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MAKHAR18008_TBOP_Microsite_Platinum-Elite_Welcome-Gift_Final2.pdf
interesting. wondering the same thing.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on November 06, 2018, 07:44:42 PM
Anyone knows?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on November 07, 2018, 11:28:24 AM
Anyone knows?
I sent a twitter DM to marriott, marriott rewards, autograph collection, and spg assist. The only one that wrote back was spg assist:



Me: I had a question. I am now a Platinum Premier Elite member with marriott.  I'll be  staying at the Reef in the Atlantis, Bahamas. I wanted to know what the benefits/welcome amenities are for me at that property. My understanding is that they changed from what they used to be. Do we get  breakfast, etc. now?  Thank you!

SPG Assist: Thank you for sharing this with us. For more information, please view the link here https://spg.to/2QpwyCr  under section 4.3c

Me: hard to decipher with resort or non-resort. can you just give me the answer?specifically for the Reef Tower at the Atlantis in the Bahamas

SPG Assist: That property is a resort. We hope this helps.

Me: so can you please confirm that as a plat I will get free breakfast?

SPG Assist: As per our terms, as your stay is at an Autograph Collection that is a resort you would receive 1,000 Points per Stay or F&B amenity per Stay or breakfast in restaurant per day of Stay for the Member +1.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on November 07, 2018, 11:59:23 AM
You guys are all overlooking that you would need to book through marriott to get any plat benefits
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on November 07, 2018, 12:19:53 PM
You guys are all overlooking that you would need to book through marriott to get any plat benefits
Of course, and I did. Marriott look no further guarantee FTW (matched to the lower price and gives 25% off that rate).
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yelped on November 07, 2018, 01:32:10 PM
Where did you find the lower rate?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on November 07, 2018, 02:41:57 PM
Where did you find the lower rate?
This particular reservation, Agoda had a significantly lower rate at the time of my booking.  I've successfully used the look no further 4 times in the past few years.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 11, 2018, 12:43:20 PM
According to this, shouldn't Platinum members be entitled to complimentary breakfast at Atlantis? It is an Autograph Resort

https://members.marriott.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MAKHAR18008_TBOP_Microsite_Platinum-Elite_Welcome-Gift_Final2.pdf

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=97497.0
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on November 12, 2018, 08:55:25 AM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=97497.0
Where did this thread go?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: chopapeih on November 12, 2018, 10:59:10 PM
I called the Hyatt regarding either suite upgrade or suit points stay at the Bahama Mar. While I can book a variety of suites online for cash, they say there are no points stays for suits available. Is there anything I can do?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yg1836 on November 18, 2018, 03:10:24 PM
in atlantis coral vs. beach towers?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 18, 2018, 03:34:41 PM
in atlantis coral vs. beach towers?

Coral.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on November 18, 2018, 04:46:21 PM
Coral.

Beach.
It was recently rennovated
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on November 18, 2018, 06:15:56 PM
Beach.
It was recently rennovated
The opposite. Coral was recently renovated.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on November 18, 2018, 06:19:32 PM
The opposite. Coral was recently renovated.

then i stand corrected
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 25, 2018, 04:58:58 AM
Whatís the kosher food options on the island? Chabad, local super market, cereal etc ? What about bringing in meals and food, do customs give issues?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 25, 2018, 05:10:56 AM
Are you traveling with kids?

Grand Hyatt is closer to the airport, a newer property with great pools and beautiful casino. Beach was a bit disappointing - but all the non-motorized water activities (kayak, stand up paddle board, snorkels, etc.) are included in the resort fee.

Atlantis has the benefit of a nicer beach, water park, but is crowded and the rooms are older/tired (see all the comments up thread regarding the various towers) and everything has a cost (aside from the two free bottles of water you get when you check in).

The waterpark is a huge plus if you have kids that meet the height limit. Not so much fun when some kids meet the height requirement and others don't.
Are there activities for small kids (3 yrs old) if they donít make the height requirement?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 25, 2018, 08:28:41 AM
Are there activities for small kids (3 yrs old) if they donít make the height requirement?
The regular water park. I was there with a 1.5 yr old and 3 yr old. Both loved it.  They have smaller slides, sprinklers, etc...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 25, 2018, 08:46:05 PM
The regular water park. I was there with a 1.5 yr old and 3 yr old. Both loved it.  They have smaller slides, sprinklers, etc...

Thanks
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 28, 2018, 01:05:59 AM
Whatís the kosher food options on the island? Chabad, local super market, cereal etc ? What about bringing in meals and food, do customs give issues?
repost
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on December 02, 2018, 01:06:51 PM
How did everyone heat up the food that they brought? Hotel wants to charge a ridic price.

Anyone going in December and want to split a toaster?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on December 06, 2018, 12:44:12 AM
How did everyone heat up the food that they brought? Hotel wants to charge a ridic price.

Anyone going in December and want to split a toaster?
Stay at the Atlantis Reef and you will have a fridge and microwave in the room
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on December 06, 2018, 05:25:32 AM
Stay at the Atlantis Reef and you will have a fridge and microwave in the room

Im staying at the Cove
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on December 11, 2018, 03:55:54 PM
Looking to go in January. Debating between Grand Hyatt and Cove Atlantis. Not going with kids. Thoughts?
Is it worth it to rent a cars there?
Best activities if only going for short trip? What woudl be your number one activity?

TIA
 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 11, 2018, 04:28:58 PM
Im staying at the Cove
The Cove is nice, stayed there 2x and enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on December 11, 2018, 06:36:54 PM
Cove is worth it even without the kids?

What activities do you recommend there?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 11, 2018, 06:43:18 PM
Cove is worth it even without the kids?

What activities do you recommend there?
Especially without kids

Swimming with dolphins
Waterpark and all slides

Whale watching?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on December 12, 2018, 01:07:22 AM
Especially without kids

Swimming with dolphins
Waterpark and all slides

Whale watching?
+1 And a nice lazy river.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on December 12, 2018, 11:27:58 AM
Anyone stay at Grand Hyatt?
Also what do people do for food?
Do you bother renting a car?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: JudahMcB on December 12, 2018, 04:03:45 PM
Anyone stay at Grand Hyatt?

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a fantastic hotel but not very shabbat friendly. The regular rooms start on the 7th floor (I think the lowest possible floor is 5 - the lobby is several stories high and housekeeping/catering/administrative floors are above it). There are no staircases that lead to/from the lobby. All staircases lead outside the property and it's a small hike to get back to the lobby. Also, you can't re-enter the stairs once you exit (they lock from the inside on both the ground floor and upper floors) so getting back to the room from the lobby by stairs is nearly impossible.

Also what do people do for food?

We brought frozen from home and used the mini fridge in the room. Be careful not to touch the minibar snacks when loading the fridge - even picking one up and putting it back down will incur a charge.

Do you bother renting a car?

Did not rent a car. Taxis are strictly regulated by the local government in the Bahamas. Taxi rates are fixed from the airport to hotels, downtown, shopping areas, Paradise Island, etc. They take $USD.
Title: Travel
Post by: Dsfeierman on December 15, 2018, 05:36:39 PM
Hi!! Traveling to the Bahamas in a week with a toddler and baby and staying at Atlantis!! Want to know what kosher food  is available? What I can get there and what I need to bring with!! Thank you!
Title: Re: Travel
Post by: Mootkim on December 25, 2018, 11:49:08 AM
Hi!! Traveling to the Bahamas in a week with a toddler and baby and staying at Atlantis!! Want to know what kosher food  is available? What I can get there and what I need to bring with!! Thank you!
@Dsfeierman Did you go yet? I am doing that same trip with a 4 year old and 16 month old at the end of January and wanted to know how it worked out and what you were able to do. Staying in the royal tower if anyone has suggestions about what good food options to bring along for 2 kids such as burner and pot for macaroni etc. TIA
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: soursticks on December 25, 2018, 12:00:32 PM
Going with just the wife (no kids) for a couple days.
Any recommendations on "must do" activities or sites?
What do people do about cell phones?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: lubaby on December 25, 2018, 12:07:24 PM
@Dsfeierman Did you go yet? I am doing that same trip with a 4 year old and 16 month old at the end of January and wanted to know how it worked out and what you were able to do. Staying in the royal tower if anyone has suggestions about what good food options to bring along for 2 kids such as burner and pot for macaroni etc. TIA
George Foreman and quick-grilling meats. Bring an extension cord so you can cook by the balcony.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on December 25, 2018, 12:28:58 PM
From the Atlantis Website:

Kosher & dietary needs
Atlantis offers dining options that cater to special dietary needs. Guests who require special attention to their diets should provide the Chefís Office with full details for special requests at least two weeks prior to arrival. On arrival, a culinary executive will arrange the times and locations for requested meals. Meals will be carefully prepared concerning food allergies or dietary restrictions. The Chefís Office can be reached Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (242) 363-3000, ext. 66540.

Anyone ever did this and knows where the food is coming from?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: nobiggy on December 25, 2018, 12:35:39 PM
From the Atlantis Website:

Kosher & dietary needs
Atlantis offers dining options that cater to special dietary needs. Guests who require special attention to their diets should provide the Chefís Office with full details for special requests at least two weeks prior to arrival. On arrival, a culinary executive will arrange the times and locations for requested meals. Meals will be carefully prepared concerning food allergies or dietary restrictions. The Chefís Office can be reached Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling (242) 363-3000, ext. 66540.

Anyone ever did this and knows where the food is coming from?

PUTPAC, you should get a pretty quick answer. Maybe Chabad caters it.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 26, 2018, 05:58:49 AM
Going second week of January and staying in the corral. Questions:
1- if I can pull it off should I try to get the royal or should I stay in corral since the rooms were recently renovated and they have balconies?
2- is there anyone reason to rent a car, like is there anything worth seeing on the island thatís off the hotels proprties ? How far are the local markets to stock up on food & drinks?
3- does the local grocery stores sell American Ou products like cereal, granola bars etc? Is buying milk or eggs there a problem halachikally ( I know this is a question for your lor, but if anyone asked, or saw something online regarding that, pls share). I know in Costa Rica both of those points werenít an issue at all but wondering if the same is true in Nassau

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on December 26, 2018, 10:00:30 AM
PUTPAC, you should get a pretty quick answer. Maybe Chabad caters it.
Just found this for all those asking:

Atlantis Provided Kosher Meals:
For guests who choose not to bring their own kosher food, Atlantis carries a limited number of Weberman's frozen kosher entrťes for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Service Fees:
Breakfast: $30 per item plus 15% gratuity
Lunch/Dinner: $40 per item plus 15% gratuity
Dessert: $10 per item plus 15% gratuity

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on December 26, 2018, 12:44:41 PM
Just found this for all those asking:

Atlantis Provided Kosher Meals:
For guests who choose not to bring their own kosher food, Atlantis carries a limited number of Weberman's frozen kosher entrťes for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Service Fees:
Breakfast: $30 per item plus 15% gratuity
Lunch/Dinner: $40 per item plus 15% gratuity
Dessert: $10 per item plus 15% gratuity

I got the Kisher food there for Shabbos, it was horrible
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 26, 2018, 01:44:04 PM
Going second week of January and staying in the corral. Questions:
1- if I can pull it off should I try to get the royal or should I stay in corral since the rooms were recently renovated and they have balconies?
2- is there anyone reason to rent a car, like is there anything worth seeing on the island thatís off the hotels proprties ? How far are the local markets to stock up on food & drinks?
3- does the local grocery stores sell American Ou products like cereal, granola bars etc? Is buying milk or eggs there a problem halachikally ( I know this is a question for your lor, but if anyone asked, or saw something online regarding that, pls share). I know in Costa Rica both of those points werenít an issue at all but wondering if the same is true in Nassau
No reason to rent a car.  Taxis are pretty cheap.

Royal is more in center of the action

Grocery: otw from the airport you can ask to make a stop.  Dont recall if they had these kosher foods


I will be there first week in Jan. So I can report back. :) I will be staying at the cove
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 26, 2018, 01:45:01 PM
I got the Kisher food there for Shabbos, it was horrible
Did you try their weekday food?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on December 26, 2018, 03:06:18 PM
Did you try their weekday food?
probably the same food.   I don't understand why the Chabad in Nassau doesn't offer meals for sale (unless I'm wrong and they do?).   
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 26, 2018, 03:15:15 PM


https://www.jewishbahamas.com/kosher
 
You'll be surprised to find that there is quite a variety of kosher food products in the local grocery stores!

You'll be surprised to find that there is quite a variety of kosher food products in the local grocery stores!
 
Super Value on Mackey street (5 minute drive from Atlantis)
 
Carries a large selection of US brand foods and much of it is Kosher.
 
 
A larger selection of Kosher food is found in the upscale Fresh Market supermarket 10 minute drive from the Atlantis and another location is a 10 minute drive from the airport.
 
 
Please note: Kosher Meat and chicken is not available in the Bahamas
 
There is no Kosher restaurant in the Bahamas.
 
Kosher wine can be found at Syrah Wine store a 10 minute drive from the Atlantis.


Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 26, 2018, 03:17:04 PM
I just copy/paste from the website.
I did not confirm the info
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 27, 2018, 12:48:57 PM
I just received this from Chabad:

We will have Shabbos dinner in the Atlantis last 2 weeks of Jan 2019


Regards
Rabbi Bluming

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on December 27, 2018, 12:50:06 PM

We will have a shabbos dinner both weeks, your more then welcome to join us.


Be in touch next week for exact details.


Regards
Rabbi Bluming

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 31, 2018, 02:32:33 PM
https://www.jewishbahamas.com/tourist

 
Quote
YESHIVA WINTER BREAK 2019
THE MINYAN FOR SHABBOS JAN 19 AND JAN 26 WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ATLANTIS RESORT.
 
We will have a daily Minyan from Friday, January 18th through Sunday, January 27th at the Atlantis Resort.
 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 02, 2019, 12:23:08 AM
Is there a way to book an ocean view room at Hyatt Baha Mar with points?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on January 06, 2019, 12:48:15 PM
No reason to rent a car.  Taxis are pretty cheap.

Royal is more in center of the action

Grocery: otw from the airport you can ask to make a stop.  Dont recall if they had these kosher foods


I will be there first week in Jan. So I can report back. :) I will be staying at the cove

How was??
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on January 07, 2019, 11:53:30 AM
I am staying in the Atlantis at the end of January with the Diamond free nights and I have the reservation booked for 4 nights, however I am only staying 3 nights with a departing flight on the 4th day at around 6PM. I see on the website that they have something called the Transit Lounge near the Royal which can be used for departing guests and has showers etc. Was wondering if anyone has experience using these and if it is worth not paying the resort fee for the 4th night by cancelling the last day that I am not sleeping there at night.

TIA
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on January 12, 2019, 09:27:56 PM
Just got back from Atlantis some thoughts:

1- Overall beautiful island and the resort is amazing.
2- I was surprised to find that a lot of the employees at the resort are very unhelpful and unfriendly
3- I stayed in the Corral tower and though the view was great the rooms are pretty crappy
4- The water park is perfect since there aren't a ton slides but they are all really good and have something for kids of all ages-check out the crazy river!
5- The water at lot of the pools was pretty cold, the kiddie pool was warm but the rest weren't
6- All pools and rides close at 5:00PM! Don't understand why- even the one hot tub on the resort closed at 5:00 officially.
7- I went snorkeling with bahamas divers, it was perfect since they take you to one amazing spot and you snorkel for over an hr but the shuttle back to the hotel can take for ever if they drop off cruise tourists downtown so might be worth taking cab back
8- Soda cans on the resort are $5! so you probably want to stock up on anything you need at local grocery.

Hope this is helpful
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 12, 2019, 10:36:25 PM
I am staying in the Atlantis at the end of January with the Diamond free nights and I have the reservation booked for 4 nights, however I am only staying 3 nights with a departing flight on the 4th day at around 6PM. I see on the website that they have something called the Transit Lounge near the Royal which can be used for departing guests and has showers etc. Was wondering if anyone has experience using these and if it is worth not paying the resort fee for the 4th night by cancelling the last day that I am not sleeping there at night.

TIA
The transit lounges are perfect.  Most have showers, special dryers for wet clothing etc. No need to pay resort fee for next day
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on January 14, 2019, 12:16:00 PM
Just got back from Atlantis some thoughts:

1- Overall beautiful island and the resort is amazing.  +1
2- I was surprised to find that a lot of the employees at the resort are very unhelpful and unfriendly +100 Most Big Hotels have so much staff and with designated jobs they don't know how to help you or aren't train to drop there current job to help you.
3- I stayed in the Corral tower and though the view was great the rooms are pretty crappy +100 All 3 of the original buildings are outdated
4- The water park is perfect since there aren't a ton slides but they are all really good and have something for kids of all ages-check out the crazy river! +1
5- The water at lot of the pools was pretty cold, the kiddie pool was warm but the rest weren't +1
6- All pools and rides close at 5:00PM! Don't understand why- even the one hot tub on the resort closed at 5:00 officially.  +100
7- I went snorkeling with bahamas divers, it was perfect since they take you to one amazing spot and you snorkel for over an hr but the shuttle back to the hotel can take for ever if they drop off cruise tourists downtown so might be worth taking cab back +100 Skip the Atlantis in house Trips and use a outside company
8- Soda cans on the resort are $5! so you probably want to stock up on anything you need at local grocery. +LOL

Hope this is helpful
OVERALL A+Review
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on January 14, 2019, 01:48:41 PM
The transit lounges are perfect.  Most have showers, special dryers for wet clothing etc. No need to pay resort fee for next day
Thanks!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: SOS on January 22, 2019, 05:07:07 PM
Anyone going to be at the Atlantis for Presidents week (2/17 - 2/22)? i would like to arrange a minyan....
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on January 23, 2019, 05:37:54 PM
Does anyone know if the Atlantis supplies a fridge in the room as well as a microwave upon request? If yes, what would the fees be per day?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on January 24, 2019, 01:25:15 PM
Does anyone know if the Atlantis supplies a fridge in the room as well as a microwave upon request? If yes, what would the fees be per day?
Stay at the reef and you wouldn't have these issues
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on January 24, 2019, 11:08:23 PM
Stay at the reef and you wouldn't have these issues
The room is from the Wyndham match so can't get the reef.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: SOS on February 09, 2019, 08:20:59 PM
Does anyone know if the Atlantis supplies a fridge in the room as well as a microwave upon request? If yes, what would the fees be per day?

Did you find out about microwaves? I would like to know if I should order microwave or oven meals from Pomegranate?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: SOS on February 09, 2019, 08:22:01 PM
Anyone going to be at the Atlantis for Presidents week (2/17 - 2/22)? i would like to arrange a minyan....

Reposting as its getting closer and i would like to see if we can arrange a minyan....
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on February 10, 2019, 10:33:01 PM
Did you find out about microwaves? I would like to know if I should order microwave or oven meals from Pomegranate?
Sorry just saw this. So we went 2 weeks ago and asked all of this to the front desk. They do supply a fridge but they charge I think $45 (maybe that was for 3 days that we were there). I actually got the fee waved because they never told me originally that there would be a fee and when I told them that, they said that they see I was with children so they will wave the fee. As for a microwave, I asked if we could also get a microwave in the room and the answer was a big adamant NO! They mentioned that we can give them the food to warm up but I believe they charge to heat up food for you (their website states exact charge). We brought a burner with pans along and heated up food like that, although if they would have known, they definitely would not have let (based on the reaction I got from asking for a microwave in the room).
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on February 10, 2019, 10:36:27 PM
FYI if anyone got their rooms from the status match thing, you get something called the casino experience. It basically gives you $100 in free slot play, a free shallow water dolphin encounter ($150 value), 4 cocktails, round of golf, and some sushi in one of their restaurants.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on February 11, 2019, 03:50:02 PM
FYI if anyone got their rooms from the status match thing, you get something called the casino experience. It basically gives you $100 in free slot play, a free shallow water dolphin encounter ($150 value), 4 cocktails, round of golf, and some sushi in one of their restaurants.
wow that sounds very good.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: SOS on February 11, 2019, 04:37:37 PM
Sorry just saw this. So we went 2 weeks ago and asked all of this to the front desk. They do supply a fridge but they charge I think $45 (maybe that was for 3 days that we were there). I actually got the fee waved because they never told me originally that there would be a fee and when I told them that, they said that they see I was with children so they will wave the fee. As for a microwave, I asked if we could also get a microwave in the room and the answer was a big adamant NO! They mentioned that we can give them the food to warm up but I believe they charge to heat up food for you (their website states exact charge). We brought a burner with pans along and heated up food like that, although if they would have known, they definitely would not have let (based on the reaction I got from asking for a microwave in the room).

Thank you.

How did you get to the hotel from the airport? uber or a regular taxi?
Also is there any specific grocery on the way that has a decent amount of kosher products or just stop by the first grocery that we pass?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 11, 2019, 05:26:02 PM
Thank you.

How did you get to the hotel from the airport? uber or a regular taxi?
Also is there any specific grocery on the way that has a decent amount of kosher products or just stop by the first grocery that we pass?
Look up thread.  Taxi is easiest. And they have set rates
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on February 11, 2019, 05:55:55 PM
Thank you.

How did you get to the hotel from the airport? uber or a regular taxi?
Also is there any specific grocery on the way that has a decent amount of kosher products or just stop by the first grocery that we pass?
I did taxi but I think there is also some type of shuttle/van that is $15 pp. Dont have any DP about kosher food or grocery.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: SOS on February 20, 2019, 03:56:41 PM
FYI if anyone got their rooms from the status match thing, you get something called the casino experience. It basically gives you $100 in free slot play, a free shallow water dolphin encounter ($150 value), 4 cocktails, round of golf, and some sushi in one of their restaurants.

It looks like they stopped offering the dolphin encounter after jan 30th....
They still give the 100 free slot play....
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on February 20, 2019, 04:04:51 PM
It looks like they stopped offering the dolphin encounter after jan 30th....
They still give the 100 free slot play....
nooooo i really wanted to do that!!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on February 21, 2019, 05:18:08 PM
It looks like they stopped offering the dolphin encounter after jan 30th....
They still give the 100 free slot play....
Interesting. Do you know if its a permanent thing or if it is just maybe not offered during peak season months?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mosheko on March 14, 2019, 02:14:42 AM
If I book the Atlantis on points do I still pay for the resort fee and tax?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on March 14, 2019, 02:16:03 AM
If I book the Atlantis on points do I still pay for the resort fee and tax?
Yes
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: jaybbb on March 14, 2019, 03:39:40 AM
If I book the Atlantis on points do I still pay for the resort fee and tax?

According to my reservation here is what we have to pay:

Taxes (including value added tax (VAT)), Levies and Surcharges: 
Complimentary room night(s) will not be charged room taxes. Casino rate room night(s) will be charged a tax up to 24% of the daily room rate.

Resort Fee:
$49.95 plus a $5.99 VAT charge per room per night. The resort fee will include the following services per room:

Utility Fee ($17.15 per person per day)
Wi-Fi in guest rooms and lobby areas for up four (4) devices
Access to the Fitness Center daily for up to 2 persons
Two (2) 12 oz. bottles of water daily
Unlimited local phone calls
Access to the Atlantis Movie theater
Resort Shuttle Service
In-Room Coffee and Tea
Casino Gaming Lessons

Mandatory Gratuity:
$5 per person per dayThe Beach, The Coral & The Royal.
$6 per person per day The Cove.
$12-$18 per person per day in suites in all towers.
The Reef Atlantis rates vary by room type.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: jaybbb on March 14, 2019, 09:43:32 AM
Has anyone one ever rented a boat to go from Nassau to Exuma ? We're going to be 4 adults and 2 kids, and would like to rent a boat for a day to navigate around the island. It seems super expensive ($2k) does anyone have a good deal for that or have done that by plane?

Thanks a lot :)
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: sholom35 on March 14, 2019, 12:41:15 PM
I flew flamingo air last summer from nassau to black point exuma which right near staniel cay and rented an air bnb. we also rented a boat to check out all the nearby islands.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on March 27, 2019, 11:57:25 AM
leaning towards booking my 4 free nights, at the royal, last week of May but I've been reading online that its the beginning of the rainy season and don't want to be stuck in hotel room with 3 kids under 4. my other option is booking last week of Oct which i would rather not bc of work but if there is there a significant weather difference between end of May or end of Oct i would.
obviously weather is always YMMV but wondering if anyone has any experience staying there during may and oct and can tell me how the weather was?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Joshuat on March 27, 2019, 07:30:17 PM
How much of a difference is the Royal compare to the beach? From what I gathered if you book the 4 TR nights at the beach you don't pay resort fee which in royal adds up to about 240$.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on April 08, 2019, 10:12:12 AM
How much of a difference is the Royal compare to the beach? From what I gathered if you book the 4 TR nights at the beach you don't pay resort fee which in royal adds up to about 240$.
Depends how much you value a better room. I'd gladly pay an extra $50 a night to stay in royal over beach. If you asked about coral vs royal, I'd do coral for no resort fee over the fee for royal.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Joshuat on April 08, 2019, 05:37:53 PM
Depends how much you value a better room. I'd gladly pay an extra $50 a night to stay in royal over beach. If you asked about coral vs royal, I'd do coral for no resort fee over the fee for royal.
I hear that. Either way my question isn't valid anymore as the beach also charges you resort fee on the free night stays :(.
Originally I asked bc I wanted to know if the Royal was that much better than potentially getting 2 connecting rooms at the beach so we have more space for the kids.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on April 09, 2019, 02:03:46 AM
I hear that. Either way my question isn't valid anymore as the beach also charges you resort fee on the free night stays :(.
Originally I asked bc I wanted to know if the Royal was that much better than potentially getting 2 connecting rooms at the beach so we have more space for the kids.
Ryal is ok, nothing fancy, have stayed there and at the Cove, which is much better.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jb93davis on April 10, 2019, 11:56:49 PM

https://www.jewishbahamas.com/kosher
 
You'll be surprised to find that there is quite a variety of kosher food products in the local grocery stores!

You'll be surprised to find that there is quite a variety of kosher food products in the local grocery stores!
 
Super Value on Mackey street (5 minute drive from Atlantis)
 
Carries a large selection of US brand foods and much of it is Kosher.
 
 
A larger selection of Kosher food is found in the upscale Fresh Market supermarket 10 minute drive from the Atlantis and another location is a 10 minute drive from the airport.
 
 
Please note: Kosher Meat and chicken is not available in the Bahamas
 
There is no Kosher restaurant in the Bahamas.
 
Kosher wine can be found at Syrah Wine store a 10 minute drive from the Atlantis.

Not sure if this was updated yet on DDF but I saw this on the chabad site so I figured Id repost it...not sure what changed.
Im going tomorrow so I can tell you if its correct when I see for myself. We're staying in an airbnb out by Love beach which is much more secluded, so can't offer much in terms of kosher at the hotels...

Here's from Chabad:

You'll be surprised to find that there is quite a variety of kosher food products in the local grocery stores!


 

A large selection of Kosher food is found in the upscale grocery called 'Fresh Market'. There is one location a 10 minute drive from the Atlantis and another one which is a 20-minute drive from the Baha Mar (5 min from the airport).

 

They have a FULL Kosher section of both frozen, chilled and dry items. Including deli meats, cheeses, hot dogs, frozen chicken bottoms and breasts, steaks, ground meat, Kedem grape juice, Challah, Kleinís ice cream, Bissli, Bamba, chocolate, tradition soups, Kosher Milk (non Cholov Yisroel) etc.

 

They also carry a huge selection of US brand foods and much of it is Kosher.

There is no Kosher restaurant or Kosher catering service in the Bahamas.

 

The Baha Mar resorts (Hyatt/SLS/Rosewood) can order in Kosher hot meals for your visit from Miami.
 
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: jaybbb on April 11, 2019, 07:51:17 AM
Not sure if this was updated yet on DDF but I saw this on the chabad site so I figured Id repost it...not sure what changed.
Im going tomorrow so I can tell you if its correct when I see for myself. We're staying in an airbnb out by Love beach which is much more secluded, so can't offer much in terms of kosher at the hotels...

Here's from Chabad:

You'll be surprised to find that there is quite a variety of kosher food products in the local grocery stores!
 
A large selection of Kosher food is found in the upscale grocery called 'Fresh Market'. There is one location a 10 minute drive from the Atlantis and another one which is a 20-minute drive from the Baha Mar (5 min from the airport).

They have a FULL Kosher section of both frozen, chilled and dry items. Including deli meats, cheeses, hot dogs, frozen chicken bottoms and breasts, steaks, ground meat, Kedem grape juice, Challah, Kleinís ice cream, Bissli, Bamba, chocolate, tradition soups, Kosher Milk (non Cholov Yisroel) etc.

They also carry a huge selection of US brand foods and much of it is Kosher.

There is no Kosher restaurant or Kosher catering service in the Bahamas.

The Baha Mar resorts (Hyatt/SLS/Rosewood) can order in Kosher hot meals for your visit from Miami.

Nice to know :) Don't hesitate to post about your experience I'm going there for 5 days in August and have not figured out yet how to deal with kosher food.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jb93davis on April 29, 2019, 09:57:07 PM
Hey there, so I haven't had time to post a trip report and probably won't but I figured I'd give a little info on my experience especially because I didn't stay in any hotel and didn't stay on paradise Island. by the way, this is for Nassau. Oh, and for anyone holding out going to the Bahamas, don't! It was SPECTACULAR!!!
First, We were staying by Love beach (If you look at Nassau as a rectangle, Love beach is pretty close to the top left, ie, NW part of the island). We chose it for its seclusion and snorkeling. It is only around 10 minutes away from the airport which was really nice; it was around 7 min to Solomon's fresh market which is right near the airport (type this into google maps: 25.047681, -77.492329). Just fyi, the planes land basically overhead. We thought it was really cool to watch them basically 500+ feet above our airbnb but I can imagine this would annoy others. If you stay there, you need a car although it seems like the buses run every 30 min. We just went with one because we got a good deal on a local car rental company that doesnt advertise too much and it felt safer. From what we read online, it seems like Nassau is pretty safe from violent crime but there is a good amount of theft. We were told several times by locals when we told them our plans that we should be careful, "you don't need to worry, but you do need to be careful." Love beach is pretty secluded and safe so we were fine there but some of the other places, we felt like having our own car was smart.
Ill just give a bit of info on the things we found and would advise others about:
Solomons is a very high end grocery store with outrageous prices. The store itself is safe but I was a bit nervous to leave my wife alone in the car in the parking lot. I think they have everything you would need to enjoy your time there, but don't expect tons of specifically kosher things there. They had all the necessary things you would need for shabbos: candles, grape juice, etc (although we never found the challah; we werent looking too hard because we had our own). Most of the hechsherim that you have in the US are on the same products there as well. The one exception was store bread. The only one we could find was the sliced "Jewish Rye bread" (Or something like that) which was fine with us. Our plan originally, was to go all out on the grocery store food since we weren't spending on restaurants but when we got there, we almost fainted with the prices. A pint of strawberries was $14.99, grapes were $12 a tiny bag, water bottles were 1.50 a piece even in the grocery store, ice cream was $12 a tiny tub (like hagendaz or bryers), etc. And you have to be careful. The grape juice was like ~$15 for a small jug but the sparkling bottle was only $7; A bunch of times we were able to find an alternative for a significant discount. The candles were a lot also. We saw that they had a case of frozen foods with chicken, meat (I think), latkes, blintzes, and stuff like that (we dont remember cheese but it could be there was).  The prices were between 2-3 times what they are in NY which surprisingly wasn't too bad. They also had a bunch of weird frozen breads (Like flax and glutten free and oat) which my wife saw but she doesn't know if they were shleimim or not. It was a very upscale store and the customer service was great. The staff is largely made up of kids from the area all wearing nice uniforms. Like everywhere else on the island, I got the feeling that you were expected to tip for EVERYTHING (like filling up gas, getting your car rental, opening a door). Here, they offered to take our 3 bags out to our car out but we politely declined. We really weren't interested in tipping for things when we really didn't need help. If you are staying on paradise island, Id suggest stopping on the way from the airport since it's right there. Our driver knew where it was even. We heard that there was a store closer to paradise island also with kosher foods but this is what the Chabad site said.
Besides for relaxing over shabbos, we mainly just did 3 beaches:
On friday, we first went to Cabbage beach. normally, I find most tourist destinations overated but this was so insanely spectacular! The sand was soft and white and the water was otherworldly turquoise. honestly, words don't do it justice. Ill try and upload these pics to show it. It was definitely not so secluded which made me a bit uncomfortable but we were able to find a stretch without anyone on either side for probably 200+ feet. I still had to keep my head down and look at the water but I felt it was ok. I would have walked further down but my wife is expecting and I didnt think it was a good idea. We ended up parking by this spot (25.083096, -77.308099) where there was free parking (we think it was legal) and is next to "paradise beach club bahamas. You basically have to go all the way east down paradise island dr before you hit the country club. theres a cut through to the beach from there that has steps to the beach (but not for people who are less mobile. The last 3 steps were basically missing and you had to scoot around the barrier in order to get up to the steps).  The longer we were there, the fuller it got so Id suggest going there earlier (and maybe not on the weekend) and it might be better.
We saw online that someone had parked near the entrance to the country club and walked ten minutes and found a secluded section of cabage beach. we wanted to do that but we hoped that where we found would be good enough. Next time, Id try for this spot. My guess would be that it would be 25.085515, -77.300346; probably park on paradise island dr somewhere and walk down north shore terrace past 2 holes on the course until youre at houses. It seems like theres an empty lot you can cut through or just walk along the golf course which opens to the beach. you can get to these points from walking on the beach but its very tiring walking on sand :). Im sure these spots will be completely empty if youre male and seeking privacy from others :)
Just to be clear, this beach is WORTH the trouble! Oh, remember theres a $2 toll to get on the island if you aren't already there; only inbound. It was basically an hour drive (terrible traffic to get there besides for the fact that our gps took us through the tourist markets near cable beach) to get from love beach there but was well worth it, just stunning!
We then left and went to Jaws beach all the way on the western tip of the island. We went here because we heard how secluded it was and because of the snorkeling. I had my own gear but didnt see anywhere to rent gear; btw, they only have portapottys here. It was also stunning! the sand was more dirty because of the trees but still decent sand. The real kicker here was the water...WOW!!! just light blue for a thousond plus feet. It also happens to have this old dock that they used for the movie Jaws which made for some great photos. I went snorkeling and had a hard time finding a bunch of fish. Ill admit that Im spoiled since I spent a day in the great barrier reef in australia but it was cool that I saw a baby stingray in the wild! so cool! I suspect that I had to swim more towards the rockier areas but I didnt want to go to far since my wife wasn't with me out there. The water was very calm here and it was very shallow. We parked over here:25.018530, -77.545304 and I would probably guess that the fish would be over here if you swam around a bit: 25.019339, -77.550838. Dont get me wrong, there were plenty of fish, but I was hoping to see more. I heard people seeing lots of things including turtles and baby stingrays. The beach itself was pretty empty. maybe 5-15 other people total on the entire beach but they were the local types (older, kids, etc) and this was on the weekend. during the week, Im sure you have it to yourself (although I felt better with other people because I heard to be careful there because of safety).
Lastly, on sunday we did Love beach. In the morning it was empty and too ourselves but by noon there were probably 20-30 people total on the beach. The sand here is pretty good and the water is also spectacular. The snorkeling is also very good here. you can park by Nirvana Beach Bar and walk out there. A couple hundred feet in front of the bar is where the best snorkeling was: big colorful fish! my guess would be somewhere around this spot:25.063961, -77.489216. If you wanted total seclusion, Im sure you can walk two min down the beach and it would be all yours. there arent too many hotels here and it only filled up around the bar and it was the weekend. During the week in the morning , Im sure its basically empty. Sunsets here are insane! that was another highlight for us.

Here was our car rental company and the review I wrote for him (https://www.facebook.com/rent242/ (https://www.facebook.com/rent242/) A & A Car & Scooter Rental): I used them recently and was very impressed. Highly professional. We had extenuating circumstances and they went ABOVE AND BEYOND what I'd expect. Like all the others, they were waiting for us at the airport with a sign, dropped us at our place, and brought us back to the airport. they were always on time, replied quickly with email, calls, and texting, and were very courteous and professional.
 I was expecting a used and old car, but that's not what I got. My car was a cute nissan note with updated gadgets and they gave us a new GPS for our stay and it was very clean.
 I really highly recommend them to anyone considering a rental (which I would highly recommend if you're not staying near Paradise Island or Cable beach) over any of the big name companies. Oh, and they picked me up and dropped me off at odd hours. When I asked if 915pm on Saturday was ok, Arvin responded: "We're 24/7 for our customers. You just say when and we'll be there." They were really trustworthy, legitimate, and a pleasure to work with!
 
 PS, I am writing all this (and I expect why everyone wrote there comments) as a genuinely satisfied customer because I want them to be successful. I benefited from their stellar service and I hope more people start using them out of thanks to them :)
 
 Use A & A!! ;)

looking back, it seems a little shady :). They claim to have 25 cars but I am the only review for like a month. but they did have their own stationery and uniforms. I felt like they were real enough and would recomend to others. They had a two day requirement and it was $50 a day even which came with insurance and the GPS. all the other companies were $75 minimum. Since we didnt need shabbos, I asked if we could split it up so that wed have the rental for friday and sunday but not shabbos. he was totally fine with that! He picked us up form the airport thursday night (with a sign with our name) and drove us to solomons (Im not sure why, but they insisted on driving us from and to the airport. my only guess is that they aren't allowed to rent from the airport so they do this to look like a driver service instead of a rental company). He then picked up the car erev shabbos at the exact time we requested and returned it to us motzai shabbos at 930 pm. He then picked us up on sunday afternoon before our flight and took us to the airport. I tried negotiating a discount if he wanted to skip dropping the car off Motzai shabbos since we didnt need it since we were staying on love beach anyway but he was adamanat on the 2 day minimum. Oh well, we took it back and that was fine. We figured it was worth it to just rent for 100$ for the whole time and not have to pay taxis at any point. Our gas total only came out to $15 so that was great.  btw, Gas on the island is around $6 a gallon.

Just other tidbits:
Keep in mind that we didnt check a bag because we were switching airlines in FLL from Southwest to Jet blue ( different terminals and was a bit harry since we only had an hour between flights and didnt realize they were in different terminals that required a bus. We ended up being at our gate within 25 min but that was quick).
We vacuum sealed most of the food we brought for shabbos. I brought lots of foil (also for double wrapping), a dairy pot, a pareve cutting board and lots of plastic wear (including special for shabbos). I also brought a crockpot which was vital. I brought an entire vacumb sealed chulent which was great because we had some friday night also. the crockpot was also great for heating things up on top. we had to buy a small pairing knife for $18 which was useful for us. Heres a list of what we brought: Chulent, shnitzel, deli, cheese, challah rolls, quinoa salad for both meals (even though vegis are illegal to bring in, no one asked us although they did seem pretty serious :/ . Everything else, you can bring in including meat), corn beef, noodles (with a milk pot since we kashered their stove), grilled chicken.
We bought liter water bottles (like $2 each but we discovered that most places have filtered water in their airbnb), milk, cereal, tuna, bread, peanut butter, ice cream, sparkeling grape juice, a pairing knife and some fruit.
Shabbos made the food much harder but it was so nice to just relax on shabbos from our balcony!

Im forgetting things for sure but I just jotted down everything I could think of bcz i figured I may spark some things you may have forgotten! sorry that its so jumbled!

If youre on the fence....go! If you're on your way....enjoy :)

I tried attaching a collage of all the photos. The ones on the bottom are love beach, the dock is Jaws, and the top beach stuff is cabbage! sunset is from out airbnb ;)
Oh, and drones are soooo cool! I have the DJI spark. There are a few rules about using them in the bahamas but id be SHOCKED if anyone noticed you or cares.

And just props for us for taking EVERYTHING in 2 carry ons and 2 personal bags! We had one carry on for clothes, 1 for cooking equipment, plastic, etc, one personal for electronics and camera stuff (1 mirrorless camera, 1 underwater, 1 drone, and all the accessories!), and 1 personal for frozen food!

All the best!

well the attachment didnt work but if you want some pics, pm me
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on April 30, 2019, 10:48:57 AM
thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on May 15, 2019, 08:22:29 AM
Anyone stay by BahaMar?  How does it compare to Atlantis?  DW and I did Atlantis for our honeymoon and loved the resort.  Actual hotel rooms weren't so luxurious though.
TIA
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ejb123 on May 15, 2019, 10:51:40 AM
Baha Mar is much newer and nicer, but no water park if you are bringing kids.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 15, 2019, 11:06:55 AM
Baha Mar is much newer and nicer, but no water park if you are bringing kids.
The Hyatt bahamar does charge a respirt fee that covers non morotized water sports, however.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ejb123 on May 15, 2019, 11:37:42 AM
The Hyatt bahamar does charge a respirt fee that covers non morotized water sports, however.

Correct - non motorized water sports are included at Baha Mar (vs at Atlantis), but for some people with kids (especially teens), the water park is one of the big draws of Atlantis.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: sholom35 on May 15, 2019, 02:44:07 PM
Anyone stay by BahaMar?  How does it compare to Atlantis?  DW and I did Atlantis for our honeymoon and loved the resort.  Actual hotel rooms weren't so luxurious though.
TIA
depends which part of baha mar.....hyatt nice. sls more hip with its own pool.rosewood luxury own pools and separate beach.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: keepsmiling123 on June 02, 2019, 06:25:29 PM
Anyone have an issue bringing frozen POM meals to Bahamas?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Airmont boy on June 02, 2019, 08:21:58 PM
As long there is no fruit or vegetable you shloud be OK
When i entered all they did was asking if i have any food
I said i have milk and they just waved me through
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on June 02, 2019, 08:31:19 PM
depends which part of baha mar.....hyatt nice. sls more hip with its own pool.rosewood luxury own pools and separate beach.
Those all soud better than Atlantis. Does Atlantis have any pros other than water parks? Seems the nicer towers are all more than Hyatt.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ruru1000 on June 04, 2019, 04:26:57 PM
Those all soud better than Atlantis. Does Atlantis have any pros other than water parks? Seems the nicer towers are all more than Hyatt.
Most recently, I stayed in a suite at the Reef in the Atlantis. Full kitchen, separate bedroom, ocean-front view, and beautiful beach/pools.  If you want/need more space, this is a great solution as you can also have connecting regular room with the suite, giving you 2 bedroom with full kitchen. not sure if the BahaMar has anything comparable to this. If planning to stay in a regular room in royal, coral, etc instead, and were comparing to BahaMar, and arent bringing kids, then I'd do BahaMar
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on June 04, 2019, 04:35:26 PM
Most recently, I stayed in a suite at the Reef in the Atlantis. Full kitchen, separate bedroom, ocean-front view, and beautiful beach/pools.  If you want/need more space, this is a great solution as you can also have connecting regular room with the suite, giving you 2 bedroom with full kitchen. not sure if the BahaMar has anything comparable to this. If planning to stay in a regular room in royal, coral, etc instead, and were comparing to BahaMar, and arent bringing kids, then I'd do BahaMar
If reef bookable with points?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: israshot on June 05, 2019, 12:05:29 AM
If reef bookable with points?
No, but the cove does. I stayed there recently and it's worth the 60k/night. it's fully renovated and gorgeous. The guests at the cove have private pools and a private beach which makes a huge difference. Of course, you can access the water park if you want.
I just checked the dates now and it's mostly available.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: israshot on June 05, 2019, 12:08:19 AM
Anyone have an issue bringing frozen POM meals to Bahamas?
I brought frozen meat and didn't have an issue.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on June 05, 2019, 02:44:41 AM
No, but the cove does. I stayed there recently and it's worth the 60k/night. it's fully renovated and gorgeous. The guests at the cove have private pools and a private beach which makes a huge difference. Of course, you can access the water park if you want.
I just checked the dates now and it's mostly available.
+1 On the Cove, stayed there a couple of times cash bookings, very nice experience.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 23, 2019, 03:13:08 PM
$56 resort fee per night at the Coral Atlantis on points stays. Highway robbery.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 23, 2019, 03:31:34 PM
Does anyone know if Cove will store/heat kosher? If not, what do people do for food? Bring in toaster oven?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 23, 2019, 04:09:33 PM
Hyatt Baha Mar prices for storing/heating meals:

Breakfast: $15 per meal, plus tax and gratuity
Lunch: $25 per meal, plus tax and gratuity
Dinner: $25 per meal , plus tax and gratuity

Added to wiki.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on July 23, 2019, 04:40:01 PM
Crazy when I asked they upgraded me to a suite with a kitchen.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 23, 2019, 04:50:58 PM
Crazy when I asked they upgraded me to a suite with a kitchen.

They also offered a free mini-fridge, but I'd be wary to rely on that for food. I suppose a good cooler & a lot of ice could work for a long weekend (and bring a toaster oven in tow).
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on August 08, 2019, 12:45:50 PM
What did families with young kids do to get between airport and Atlantis?

Going with 2 under 3, but wasn't planning on bringing car seats. Do the taxis accomodate? Is there a reasonably priced shuttle service to Atlantis?

what would be the closest grocery to Atlantis? Is it that one on Mackey Street on the Chabad website or is there something even closer? Not looking for anything unique - just the most basic stuff that any grocer would carry (drinks, packaged bread etc.)

Is the bridge connecting Paradise Island to Nassau walkable? Thinking of going with the kids to the Straw Market area, but again.... lack of car seats.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 08, 2019, 06:38:46 PM
What did families with young kids do to get between airport and Atlantis?

Going with 2 under 3, but wasn't planning on bringing car seats. Do the taxis accomodate? Is there a reasonably priced shuttle service to Atlantis?

what would be the closest grocery to Atlantis? Is it that one on Mackey Street on the Chabad website or is there something even closer? Not looking for anything unique - just the most basic stuff that any grocer would carry (drinks, packaged bread etc.)

Is the bridge connecting Paradise Island to Nassau walkable? Thinking of going with the kids to the Straw Market area, but again.... lack of car seats.
Lack of car seats was not an issue when I went. They let me hold my children. And the bridge is an extremely tough and far walk. Better off taking a taxi.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on August 08, 2019, 08:26:07 PM
Lack of car seats was not an issue when I went. They let me hold my children. And the bridge is an extremely tough and far walk. Better off taking a taxi.

Thanks. I had little doubt that they would "let" us hold the kids. Was wondering more for those of us who prefer not to.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 08, 2019, 09:19:40 PM
What are you doing with them on the flight?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on August 09, 2019, 09:24:50 AM
What are you doing with them on the flight?

One will have her own seat, and one is a lap child.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 09, 2019, 09:59:35 AM
One will have her own seat, and one is a lap child.
The one who has their own seat can sit in an FAA approved seat on the plane. For the other one, you can check the carseat.

Don't see why you wouldn't bring given that you know taxis are needed.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on August 09, 2019, 11:11:41 AM
The one who has their own seat can sit in an FAA approved seat on the plane. For the other one, you can check the carseat.

Don't see why you wouldn't bring given that you know taxis are needed.

We're more comfortable with our older one sitting on a plane in a regular seat than in a dingy taxi. It's just a huge pain to bring 2 extra seats for short rides to/from the airport if we don't have to.

What I was getting at was ARE taxis needed? Or is there some reasonably priced shuttle/bus that can take us? Or alternatively is it easy to source a kid friendly taxi/car service, even if booking in advance so that carseats will be ready.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 09, 2019, 02:17:18 PM
We're more comfortable with our older one sitting on a plane in a regular seat than in a dingy taxi. It's just a huge pain to bring 2 extra seats for short rides to/from the airport if we don't have to.

What I was getting at was ARE taxis needed? Or is there some reasonably priced shuttle/bus that can take us? Or alternatively is it easy to source a kid friendly taxi/car service, even if booking in advance so that carseats will be ready.
Taxis are needed. And I dont know why taxis are not ok but shuttles are... its a 20 minute ride from NAS to atlantis. And even less if your going to hyatt.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on August 09, 2019, 02:55:09 PM
Taxis are needed. And I dont know why taxis are not ok but shuttles are... its a 20 minute ride from NAS to atlantis. And even less if your going to hyatt.

The impact to a large shuttle would be less severe in a crash than a taxi.

And if taxi drivers in the Bahamas are anything like taxi drivers in most cities (especially on a fixed fare), then I really want everyone to be securely buckled in.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 09, 2019, 03:16:43 PM
The impact to a large shuttle would be less severe in a crash than a taxi.

And if taxi drivers in the Bahamas are anything like taxi drivers in most cities (especially on a fixed fare), then I really want everyone to be securely buckled in.
They are actually very safe and drive slowly. It's a vacation destination, no rush hour over there
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: yg1836 on August 12, 2019, 10:29:46 PM
Is the weather nice in the beginning of September?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Shlomo1986 on August 18, 2019, 08:27:19 AM
Anyone have experience staying at the Atlantis with 4 kids in one room? They say online thereís a strict max occupancy of four total per room. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 19, 2019, 01:29:11 AM
Anyone have experience staying at the Atlantis with 4 kids in one room? They say online thereís a strict max occupancy of four total per room. Any thoughts?
We stayed at the Cove, they are very strict about it, friends who traveled with us had 3 children with the parents in one room, were forced into getting another room. Not sure what would have happened if all rooms were sold out.
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on August 19, 2019, 01:02:31 PM
Is the weather nice in the beginning of September?

Almost always nice there, but that is hurricane saeason- ish
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on October 05, 2019, 11:26:48 PM
Anybody here do a day trip to Exuma? Can you provide any details?
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on October 25, 2019, 07:54:45 AM
Staying in the Royal next week... How far is the closest grocery store, and it is easy to get there by cab? Just for basics like water bottles...
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on October 25, 2019, 09:57:16 AM
Staying in the Royal next week... How far is the closest grocery store, and it is easy to get there by cab? Just for basics like water bottles...

Quick 5 minute cab ride.  If you buy in the hotel then it is much more expensive
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on October 25, 2019, 10:02:14 AM
Quick 5 minute cab ride.  If you buy in the hotel then it is much more expensive
That's the plan, probably get a case at the grocery for the price of one bottle in the hotel.

Do you know the name of the closest grocery, or trust the cab driver???
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on October 28, 2019, 08:03:15 PM
That's the plan, probably get a case at the grocery for the price of one bottle in the hotel.

Do you know the name of the closest grocery, or trust the cab driver???
The hotel gives you a bunch of water bottle vouchers so may not need to
Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: outinstyle on October 28, 2019, 08:34:19 PM
The hotel gives you a bunch of water bottle vouchers so may not need to
It says 2 bottles per day/per room...  Not bad for a $50 resort fee

Title: Re: Bahamas Master Thread
Post by: Mootkim on October 28, 2019, 11:05:54 PM
It says 2 bottles per day/per room...  Not bad for a $50 resort fee
Yeh but they usually just hand you a bunch of vouchers from the booklet and dont count a specific amount per person per day. And if a voucher happens to be in your bathing suit and gets wet, they will simply hand you an entire wad of new vouchers in exchange. We ended up having plenty of leftover vouchers that we gave away when we were leaving.