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Club Med Paradise Island 05/29/03
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
Review: Highly recommend! great value for the fun, food and relaxation you get!

We landed at Nassau airport on time at 11:00am. Customs were very easy and since we had no luggage we were out of there in about 15 mins. Right outside the lugagge area there are a number of taxis as well as shuttle buses to all the major hotels and resorts. We went straight to the lady holding a club med board and she put us on a bus to Paradise Island. It stopped at Atlantis first to let a few folks off and then dropped us off at Club Med. Cost $28 for 2 of us. The drive to Club Med is about 25 mins.

Arrival at Club Med left a bit to be desired. We were greeted by Adrian asked us to sit down and took our papers. We waited about 20 mins and then he told us we could go to our rooms or register at the front desk (but didn't really tell us where that was). In fact, he was overall pretty unhelpful. We also found out that we couldn't go to lunch or get our all-inclusive bracelets until the 3pm official check in time. They did give us room keys and we had the option to buy lunch for $28 per person. We decided that one of us could get lunch and grab the other a fruit or something.

We were in the D rooms, 3rd floor, view of the ocean but no balcony outside our room. The rooms were extremely small with 2 double beds next to each other. We had a night stand, small closet, table and a cable TV (handing from ceiling). The bathroom was equally small with a sink and mirror, towel rack, shower and the toilet off of that. It was airconditioned and overall clean. A little more room would have been nice but overall we really didn't spend that much time in the room.

The Club Med property:

They had a really beautiful resort with lots of open spaces, greeneries, plants and trees. Overall it was well layed out and in fact we were surprised on the amount of open grassy space. It was a good 5 mins walk from our room all the way to the main dinning area. No big deal really, unless it's pouring rain and you have no umbrella.

The pool area has nice wooden lawn chairs with padded cushions. Plenty for the number of guests there, and no need to 'reserve' you place. There are also shaded areas around the pool so if you don't want to be fully exposed to the sun, you can avoid it. The pool was a nice 30m salt water pool. Would have been nice to have fresh water but the salt water didn't bother us that much. We were very happy to have brought our $3 floaty mattress from Wallmart with us as they had NO floats available by the pool or on the beach.

The towel service is card based and was located right near the pool. You gave them your card in exchange for a towel and could then exchange the towel for a fresh one or get your card back.

The beach was absolutely beautiful and the water clear and clean. The Club Med beach is in fact one of the nicest of the island and funny enough, much nicer than the Atlantis property. They had plenty of plastic chairs out. They have a few games going on during the day, a water aerobics class and free rentals of wind surfers and cayaks. From the harbour side, they also have daily departures of free snorkeling trips with free snorkel equipment. They also have scuba diving trips am and pm for the low fee of $70 which includes the trip as well as all rental equipment. On Thursdays, they offer a weekly night dive.

The main restaurant was buffet style for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 2nd restaurant, a lot smaller, offers a late lunch (1:30pm to 3pm) and a served dinner a few nights a week. The buffet food theme changes daily at dinner and really was excellent. It was good food and a great choice. Living up to it's reputation is the white chocolate bread (bfast or dinner) which makes for a fantastic desert (if you can manage to save room for it on top or instead of all the other delicious deserts there).

They offer wine and beer during all the meals. If you want a liquor drink, you need to get that at the bar. Bar drinks are top quality. They had liquors, good beers, mixed drinks, frozen drinks and espresso/capucinos. The frozen drinks were not frosty enough and a little too much like an iced drink but everything else was fantastic.

The only glitch with the food is the set hours of operation of the restaurant. The main problem was between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. Dinner being at 7:30. They had a pop corn machine at the main bar but we never saw it in service and basically they really were missing some bar munchies during cocktail time (5pm to 7:30pm).

Activities:

Plentiful and lots of fun. Totally included were the beach things, snorkel trip, archery and basic tennis lessons, petanque, fantastic aerobics classes (stretch, walking, kickboxing, body pump, step) and the gym with machines. For a fee, they had the scuba, prof tennis camp, and a number of excursions. They also have a shuttle for $5 to bring you over to Nassau.

They have a bunch of board games available at the front desk. In the bar/theater area they have several ping pong tables and a billard/pool table.

The only thing that we didn't like were the evening shows. We were not entertainning, badly put together, and a little too juvile. But, since they started at 9:45pm, we would just linger at the bar with friends after dinner and then head to our room to read a bit before turning the lights out. They also had a nice club but I can't say much about it since we weren't up late enough to go there.

The People:

The GO's (staff) were all very nice, except for the check-in procedure. They were smily and helpful, some a little more than others. Lots of Canadian, a few Americans and a few others and locals. Most of them spoke at least English and French, and some added Spanish and Italian to the list.

The GM (guests) were also nice. A mix of couples, some singles and a few families. Medium age was 30's.

Checkout:

That was a lot easier than the check-in. The latest you can check out is 11am or they will charge you for late check out. They will call you a cab in $5 mins. We shared a cab on the way back to the airport with another couple and this time it cost us the basic $17 for 2.

We were there a total of 4 nights and really had a great time!

Alexandra


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