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YV&C News Desk wrote: The place is being developed faster than you can say 'conch fritter', though, and the assortment of inns, resorts, hotels and other places to hang hat and anchor can be a challenge to negotiate. Here we profile four hotels of disparate flavors, each catering to a particular type of traveler.


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A Yacht Charter Vacation in the Bahamas
A long-time favorite destination for the sun and beach-starved weary traveler

There are 403 rooms in 13 varying categories of swank, seven bars, two beautiful large pools in the main area (with swim-up bars) and nine gourmet specialty restaurants featuring an array of cuisine from Bahamian to French to Italian to Japanese and more.  Our 1-bedroom suite was the most satisfying out of all our Bahamian lodgings with its 4-poster bed, a patio, spacious rooms and Jacuzzi.  Two shops, Little Tings and Royal Tings, offer clothes, beach towels, cold drinks, souvenirs and more.  

Sandals makes it incredibly easy to turn your life into a days-and-nights long saga of simple choices; when to go to the beach, when and what to eat and drink, and when to make romance. After discovering a trail of rose petals interspersed with lit votive candles leading to your bed and the clock radio tuned to Lite-FM at night, or partaking in the couples’ massage Sandals’ world-class spa offers, or imbibing a bit of the fine champagne and liquor available at every turn, you surrender, and you’re in the mood for love most of the time you’re there.  Sandals is a sure-cure for the relationship blues.  And, regarding relationships, consider tying the knot here as well; the resort averages 8 weddings a day – and your honeymoon can take place on premises.  

When you’re not busy making goo-goo eyes at your beloved, feast your ears or express your vocal talents at the piano bar from 9 PM to 12.  At 10 PM at the Royal Theatre, an assortment of live bands and entertainers is offered including comedians, local musicians, and magicians.  During daylight hours, a variety of land and water sports is available for enthusiasts, as well as an up-to-date fitness center complete with free weights, treadmills, stationary bicycles and more equipment, a far cry from the broken-down afterthought some resort fitness centers are fond of presenting to vacationers.

A trip to Sandals Cay, a pristine nearby off-shore island, is a must.  Ferries run every hour on the hour, and the island’s fresh water pool, Jacuzzi, swim-up pool bar and Café Goombay will further untie the knots.

Sandals’ prices also include round-trip airport transfers, an orientation twice daily, and Ambassadors for non-English speaking guests.
Radisson; One of the Better
Chain Resorts

One doesn’t normally exclaim “Radisson!” when quizzed about luxury hotels.  That said, the Bahamas can get awfully crowded at peak season, and there inevitably comes a time when room at the 5-star inn is scarce and one needs a better-than-decent place to hang hat and suitcase.  Consider the Radisson, one of the better chain hotels on the island.   

Something’s always happening in the gargantuan lobby, including coffee first thing in the morning, tours and excursions hawked by smiling young island women parked behind desks loaded with pamphlets and brochures, a bar where you can get your daiquiri and head off down to the beach, and helpful front desk staff.  One of this hotel’s most pleasing characteristics is its lack of mob; even when it’s busy, a beach chair (or two) is always available, ditto the pool, so it’s possible to have a dip first thing in the morning without discovering a horde of shoes, books and other bric-a-brac holding a place on every last chaise lounge.

The kids will love it, too; the Radisson’s “Camp Junkanoo” is designed for tykes. Campers enjoy a mix of daily themed and supervised activity programs.    It’s a great way for kids to make new pals from all over the globe – while parents get a chance to enjoy all that the resort has to offer. From arts and crafts or nature  walks, straw market field trips, to pool play, karaoke, dance lessons, treasure hunts, trivia games, beach olympics plus much more, Camp Junkanoo lets children enjoy all while being closely monitored in a safe, secure setting.

The price of your stay is all-inclusive, meaning you can get a filling meal without hauling the wallet out for the fiftieth time that day, or signing a bill that bites you when you check out.  Lunch and dinner is better than breakfast; you’ll probably want to grab a banana, orange, mini-box of cereal and apple juice to go rather than delve into the eggs or pancakes each morning.  Rooms here are what they are, and sometimes that’s all you need – a place to sleep and shower rather than spend extensive time in.  Many rooms have lovely views, though, and it’s nice to wake up, walk to the balcony and have a peek at the waves while you remind yourself of your friends back home who are sitting in traffic.

The surrounding areas of the Radisson feature restaurants where the fare jumps quite a few notches in quality.  One must-visit is Indigo; we liked it so much we ate there twice.  

Try the sushi, the coconut curry conch chowder, the tuna cranberry cakes, Asian egg noodles with spicy shrimp, and most everything else on the menu.  No need to write down the address for your taxi driver, either; everyone knows where Indigo is.

The Radisson offers entertainment most nights, a pleasure as long as one remembers this is the Bahamas and not off-Broadway here; after witnessing the evening floor show consisting of male twins impersonating Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and others, you’ll have something to include on your postcards home alongside “Having a great time!”

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Josh Max is a freelance writer and automotive enthusiast.

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The place is being developed faster than you can say 'conch fritter', though, and the assortment of inns, resorts, hotels and other places to hang hat and anchor can be a challenge to negotiate. Here we profile four hotels of disparate flavors, each catering to a particular type of traveler.

The place is being developed faster than you can say 'conch fritter', though, and the assortment of inns, resorts, hotels and other places to hang hat and anchor can be a challenge to negotiate. Here we profile four hotels of disparate flavors, each catering to a particular type of traveler.

The place is being developed faster than you can say 'conch fritter', though, and the assortment of inns, resorts, hotels and other places to hang hat and anchor can be a challenge to negotiate. Here we profile four hotels of disparate flavors, each catering to a particular type of traveler.


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