How hard is it to have fun amongst swaying palm trees, pelicans cruising over saltwater shorelines and fruity beverages served to you while you bask in the sun? Not terribly difficult, one would presume. Although fun vacations can be had in almost any climate, many travelers opt for tropical destinations – and what destination is more tropical than the Bahamas?
Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino
In the mood for gambling, dining, swimming and working out –all in one tropical resort? The best site is Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. The Crystal Palace Casino has about 300 slot machines in denominations ranging from a penny to $25. There are coin-free virtual tables games as well as 18 live table games available on designated weekends. Here, a player can indulge in a little blackjack, craps, roulette, three-card poker and other games.
The hotel itself has Art Deco design with renovated guestrooms and suites with private balconies. Guests can take a dip in the private lagoon, or soak up the sun in the oceanfront pool that even has a swim-up bar. Guests also don’t have to leave the premises when they get hungry as there are nine onsite restaurants and lounges.
More pampering can be had courtesy of the fitness center, where visitors can get in a little (or a lot of) exercise, or indulge in a facial, pedicure or massage at the day spa.
Sandals Royal Bahamanian
A vacationer looking for the epitome of luxury probably can’t go wrong with a resort that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor created as their center of high society as the Balmoral Club in the 1940s. The glamour spot was transformed into the Sandals Royal Bahamanian, voted “Top Spa Resort” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.
Some suites are the size of private villas, according to the resort, while an offshore island is just minutes away. Here visitors can enjoy two secluded coastlines, a beach club, a spa, a top-notch seafood house and a pool with a swim-up bar.
For visitors wanting the highest level of luxury at the Sandals Royal Bahamanian, its Butler Service Suites include the attention from a personal butler. Guests also can make a grand entrance as the suites offer complimentary VIP Rolls Royce or Mercedes Benz-chauffeured airport transportation.
Ten restaurants in the entire resort offer culinary creations from around the globe, including Casanova with its Venice-inspired menu, Baccarat with French cuisine, and Kimonos, which offers entertainingly made dishes from the Far East.
Paradise Harbour Island Resort
An all-inclusive resort experience can be found at the Paradise Harbour Island Resort. The price of a stay at Paradise Island includes the use of mountain bikes for exploring the island, a complimentary pool scuba lesson and use of a tennis court and fitness center.
Vacationers also, of course, may use of the resort’s swimming pool, chaise lounges, spa tub and beach with complimentary beach towel service.
Supervised children’s activities can keep the kids busy while the parents take a break to be off by themselves. For evening entertainment, the famed Bahamian Fire and Limbo dancers perform to Junkanoo music.