We went to Breezes Bahamas for a weekend getaway; just three nights to get out of our heads. I highly recommend an all-inclusive resort when the aforementioned is your modus operandi. Not thinking an iota about money or even calculating a tip can be a real relief for those of us who tire of daily math. Don’t get me started on timezones. Every week I am confused at least once about what time it is, or whether my computer’s calendar is telling me the right time, or whether I just scheduled a meeting in Eastern Time instead of Central Standard… and so on. I digress.
The Breezes is about 10 minutes from the Nassau airport, and we arrived just in time to get in the water by midnight. When we told the desk clerk that that was our goal, she kindly sped up our checkin, allowing us to hit the beach in time to see the fireworks for Bahamanian Independence Day (July 10).
At first, Breezes put us in a room where the air conditioning didn’t work, but when we complained the next day, they moved us without issue. The air conditioning worked GREAT in our next room. We had an ocean view if you stood in the right place.
The food isn’t amazing, but it is unlimited and free. Anything you’re craving, from fried chicken to ice cream, is available. It won’t be the BEST ice cream or fried chicken, but that didn’t bother us too much over a short stay. The hot dogs at the pool bar are quite tasty. We ferried over to Atlantis to swim with dolphins one day and paid about $80 for a very simple lunch — it was the perfect reminder of why we chose an all-inclusive.
Be sure to call and make dinner reservations right away at 9am for dining in the evening; the nice restaurants book up quickly. If you get a busy signal, just hang up, send someone to get you a mimosa and keep retrying.
The drinks are awesome. We wish there had been a cocktail list, as we came up with most of our orders based on what we saw and overheard other guests requesting. I came around to enjoying something called Blue Balls, though I hated ordering it (gross), and kept hearing people ordering Yellow Birds and other things. My husband really liked the pina colada. Ask for top shelf liquor in your drink or you won’t get it. (Fair.)
The beach was seductively swimmable and great, but the best part of staying at the Breezes Bahamas was that everyone was so easy to talk with, from the staff to the other guests. Impromptu pool volleyball broke out frequently, and if you were sitting at one of the bars, you usually made new friends. The Piano Bar in particular was pretty special, and usually erupted in singalongs.
GET A MASSAGE. The masseuses we had, Rocky and Marcel, were fab. We’ve had massages just about everywhere we’ve been, and quite surprisingly, these ranked up there with SoulSpace in Florence, Italy — our favorite ever. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.
Lastly, someone will always be running around the resort taking photos of you and then they’ll attempt to sell them to you for $15 a pop in the gift shop. We thought that was needlessly steep, especially considering that they could be offering free digital copies stamped “Breezes Bahamas” as free advertising for themselves, but I don’t work for their marketing department and we had terrific service from Ms. Williams.
All in all, I would not say that the Breezes Bahamas is somewhere you have to go before you die, but we had a terrific time unplugging there. I wouldn’t recommend it for singles, and kids aren’t allowed. If you find a good deal and have somebody you like enough to endure a worn but well-loved resort with, and who won’t complain about the food, go for it. We’re glad we did.