Daughter's Breezes Trip Report
Bahamas - Trip Journal
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is the trip journal I compiled while on a visit to Breezes Bahamas in June
of 2006. My parents, Nina and “Jamaica Jim” Jordan, had visited the
resort back in December of 2002. Jim had been most impressed with
Breezes and he composed and published his “Breezes Resort Review” on his
web site at http://www.jamaicajim.com/brz-bah.htm.
family and I had decided to take a tip from him and see for ourselves if
Breezes was a place that would provide us with a tropical vacation destination
this summer. In addition to my husband, John, and myself, our two
teenage daughters, Jordan and Caroline were along for the trip. Caroline
kept a journal from the point of view of a teen, with our reports to ultimately
be added to Jim’s web site.
also interested to see just how accurate Jim’s resort review was, keeping
in mind that it had been three and a half years since he and my mother
stayed at Breezes Bahamas. Additionally, since our family had decided
on our visit to Breezes, we had surfed the internet to see what else other
people had to say about it. I had seen and read a number of trip
reports and message board posts that were less than complimentary of the
resort. So, this trip was one of “exploration” as well as one of
just kicking back and taking it easy.
Saturday - Arrival
our direct US Airways flight from Charlotte, we cleared Bahamian immigration
and customs and proceeded to the main lobby at Nassau
International Airport. We walked upto the Breezes Travel desk
where we were greeted by a friendly Breezes representative. She directed
us to a waiting bus/van that would take us directly to the resort.
The bus is not connected with the resort, and tipping the driver US $1.00
per bag is customary for this transfer.
arrived at Breezes in the early afternoon. Saturday is always a big travel
day at Breezes and there were a number of arriving and departing guests
when we reached the resort. But, we found the check in staff to be
very friendly and most accommodating. We received our keys and went
on to our room, and our bags arrived just a few minutes later. Our
room was comfortable and clean, with a large sliding door overlooking the
right side of the resort, out on to a garden/jogging trail. We thought
that this was a good location, since it wouldn’t overlook the late night
activities that might be at the pool and main resort area.
resort reminded me of our trip to Boscobel Resort in Jamaica. It’s
been many years since we visited Boscobel, so this was based mainly on
my recollection of that property. The two resorts are very similar
in looks in a variety of ways, with both being somewhat older properties.
However, the exception is that Breezes is strictly for adults (age 14 and
up, during the summer only). Boscobel was at that time a family
resort catering to even the wee ones, offering “nanny services” and a “kids
layout of the resort is simple, forming an open “U” facing the beach.
The lobby, main bar and evening entertainment center are directly behind
the lobby and gift shops, game area (billiards, ping-pong, large screen
television, several internet computers, and a bookcase of board games)
and exercise equipment all on the main floor, at the base of the “U.”
Below the main area are the main dining room, specialty restaurants disco
and piano bar. The two “arms” of the “U” contain the guest rooms.
In the center are the pools, and all beach activities.
front desk has a print out of the activities for each day. There is also
a display board in the lobby lounge. We are not sports oriented,
so we opted to see the Junkanoo Show the first night we arrived.
The music was good and the dancers were also very good, compared to other
all inclusive resorts we’ve been to, including Mexico and Jamaica. The
drinks were very good even the non-alcoholic ones that were served from
self-serve machines: frozen banana, pineapple, orange drinks, and others
were good with or without alcohol.
my family was slow to get to the beach, I meet John for breakfast in the
main dining room. This is by far my favorite meal anytime but it
was most especially so on a vacation like this. The buffet offered
many local fruits and other delicacies, which all of us tried. You’re
paying for this luxury…. it’s almost a cruise on land, and food was a big
part of this “cruise.” I am a devout land lover, so the closest thing
to a cruise that I’m going to find is the all inclusive resort!
a filling breakfast, but not one where I felt “stuffed,” I tried out the
exercise equipment by walking on the treadmill for thirty minutes.
While I’m no expert on machines, there was quite a variety and several
people were using the different machines without any complaints.
There was chilled fresh water from a water cooler, which was the only place
I saw bottled water in the resort that wasn’t for sale (you can purchase
it in the gift shop). Jordan and Caroline hadn’t liked the “beachy”
tasting water served at meals and apparently mixed with the machine beverages.
Thus, we had taken note of drinks that we did like, such as the frozen
drink machines, juices, and wines.
9:30, I took the bicycling tour. It turned out to be a thirty minute
round trip ride to a neighborhood close to the resort, but it was a flat,
easy ride and very pleasant in the morning hours, especially on Sunday.
Two staffers accompanied me and the two other guests who showed up for
the tour. Our two guides made sure that we were between them and,
once we were out of traffic, we all enjoyed the relaxed ride in the neighboring
streets. We saw a land crab, which our host biker picked up for us
to look at more closely.
Breezes, we found out if you get to the beach before 9:30 AM, you should
have no trouble getting a palapa (a thatched cabana) or a shady spot.
Even if you’re a sun lover, it’s not a bad idea to have a shelter handy
for later in the day. Once these shady spots were taken, it seemed
folks hung onto them.
lunch, we changed clothes and headed into town on the #10 bus to walk around
the market, with the intention of making our way to the Government House.
On Sundays, from early June to late July, the Department of Tourism hosts
afternoon teas, with the money raised going to charity.
arrived promptly by 3:00 o’clock and at the wrong gate. The Tourism officials
were most kind to let us in the left gate when we should have come in the
right one. It was quite a hill and in the heat, quite a walk to go
around. (Check out The Islands Of The Bahamas Official Website at
for more information about the schedule for activities occurring while
you are visiting Nassau.)
tea was a break from the heat and lots of walking, a neat opportunity see
the exterior of the Governor’s House, and a nice way to meet and talk to
the locals and others visiting the island. There was a fashion show,
silent action, raffle and reading by an author of native books. The
scheduled time for this afternoon event read 3:00 o’clock to 6:00 o’clock.
We thought that this included a jazz music festival, thus it was drop in
and then leave by 6:00 o’clock. The tea and fashion show lasted three
hours. Folks came in much later than we did and still enjoyed the
event. There’s no question that the slower pace of the place certainly
takes some getting use to. There was a complimentary bus that returned
us to our resort.
aren’t night owls and, with lots of folks drinking and smoking late into
the evening, we tended to turn in earlier than some of the other guests.
The cable TV was good, with lots of channels to choose from. Again,
the accommodations are simple. With four adults, we should have considered
2 rooms, so we were less comfortable but that was our choice. My
only complaint about our room was the uncomfortable mattresses. I
noticed some rooms on the beach level (front-older side where we were staying-right,
facing the beach) that looked like they had new furnishing and mattresses.
Our room had carpet, this one had tile. I would suggest when booking
your reservation, that you ask about their renovated rooms. I would
also suggest that you may want to ask for outside rooms that do not face
the courtyard or pool area. I did mention to a security officer that
we had some noise on our floor around 3:00 o'clock several mornings, from
“night owls” calling it a night. After reporting this, I did not
hear them again.
This is not a 5-star hotel. You are paying for a decent room that covers
your needs, activities, and a good selection of good food and drink……and
no tipping. If you plan to stay in your room for the week, then you
may want to rethink staying at an all-inclusive resort!
the morning we took the sailing lesson with the water sports staff at Breezes.
They were very informative and answered our questions. while demonstrating
how to handle the sails.
later took the Number 10 bus again to downtown Nassau to experience the
Museum and the Straw
Market. The Pirate Museum was a destination that both my teenagers
wanted to visit. It was all right, but not really worth the US$12
per person it cost to see it. But, it was something other than shopping
and we thought it was at least worth trying.
evening, we went down to see the comedian at the Comedy Club, who apparently
works at several of the resorts. He was quite good, even though he
used Jordan’s name in an unflattering joke at the beginning and managed
to say something funny about her university’s mascot, The University of
South Carolina “Gamecocks” – without us knowing that he was personalizing
this just for us! We got one of his T-shirts after the show and did
mention to him that he certainly made us feel at home! It was all
in fun and all of us enjoyed it.
family got an early wake up call and got the early reservation for the
Catamaran ‘Flying Cloud’ half-day snorkeling trip. Snacks were included
and the cruise went out to Rose Island. The coral was not as colorful
as Mexico, but was pretty and the reefs were teaming with tropical fish,
and we did see a sea turtle. We spent the afternoon on the beach,
reading and relaxing.
had dinner reservations at Pastafari, Breezes’ Italian Restaurant.
The service and food were both exceptional. After dinner we walked
to the Crystal Palace Casino and played some of the penny slots.
Together we won US$2.00 and spent US$10.00 on drinks from Starbucks.
We then took the free shuttle back, which leaves every hour on the hour.
were able to obtain day passes to Atlantis. This is a fun excursion
if this interests you. We took a cab from the resort (US $22.00-one way).
The aquarium was very nice and the resort was truly breathtaking to see.
Be prepared to spend a lot for simple fare that was just so-so. We
went through the shops around the resort but many of these were repeats
from the ones in Nassau. We enjoyed the oceanfront and looking at
the many yachts that are docked at Paradise Island.
evening, we took in another comedy show at Breezes and dinner at the outside
café. Again, the food was very good. The comedian was
also very good. While we were dining, there were loud cheers from
the front of the resort. It turns out that a local high school had
booked the upper floor ballroom at the resort for their prom. We
had a fun evening watching this spectacle unfold as prom goers arrived.
spent the day at the beach reading and sunning. Took the sailboat
out over the ice-green water. It is so pretty. We walked the
beach down to the other resorts after dinner. I was surprised how
unkempt the beach was at the other resorts late in the day, as far as trash
and cigarette butts scattered along the strand.
Our beach area was tended to regularly, with the resort staff taking in
cups, arranging chaise lounge chairs, and raking the sand each afternoon
as folks went in for the day. We also had the better beach front
over the neighboring resorts, keeping in mind that all beaches here are
made one final trip into Naussau to see the Junkanoo parade late in the
day. There is a craft expo that is housed at Prince George’s Warf
which is just outside the Straw Market and inside the gates that go to
the cruise ships. We were able to get some nice local crafts there
that were less commercial than the items at the Straw Market at a good
price. They also had a band playing local music. The parade
was fun though apparently much smaller in the summer than the normal time.
It was extremely hot and you had to marvel at the folks in the heavy costumes,
but with no complaints! Another prom graced the entrance of Breezes
and we enjoyed watching with guests from England that thought this was
more interesting to watch than a parade with their queen. It was quite
a show. The evening show at the resort was good with a Grammy award
winning singer, whose name now escapes me.
Saturday - Departure
resort staff slides your transfer information under your door on the day
of checkout, allowing several hours for customs and security at the airport.
We had scheduled a late afternoon flight out so we had breakfast and lunch
at the resort. We did miss the crowds coming in and going out by
our 4:00 o'clock flight, but everything was handled efficiently.
They held our bags in a holding area after we checked out at 11:00 o'clock.
We played board games and took advantage to the tread mill one last time.
and I look forward to trying this resort and other SuperClub Resorts without
the teenagers down the road. This experience was a fun and memorial
vacation with our daughters. You can do a lot or a little at an all-inclusive.
We just enjoy not having to worry about cash, tips, wondering where we
will eat, and knowing there is lots that we can do if we chose to.
I hope that you will have an enjoyable stay at Breezes Bahamas!
Jim’s Teenage Granddaughter's Comments
Resort - Nassau, Bahamas
very happy with my stay at Breezes. The hotel was clean and well
staffed with friendly employees. I found the beach area to be free
of litter, and the pools clear and inviting. Our room was comfortable,
and the staff took care of all of our needs.
the highlight of the stay for me was the food. My favorite was the
plantains - I had them at nearly every meal! There was a wide variety
of fruits and vegetables, and plenty of seafood. Also, there were
many types of “slushies” available both with and without alcohol.
family and I enjoyed the house comic but did not attend many of the other
various entertainment shows. There were many activities offered at
the resort during the day, but it is very easy to take the bus to downtown
for shopping and looking around. We were especially happy to tour
the pirate museum downtown and see a small “junkanoo” parade. There
are some of the costumes from these parades on display in the hotel that
add a bit of playfulness to the atmosphere.
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