A Yacht Charter Vacation in the Bahamas
A long-time favorite destination for the sun and beach-starved weary traveler
Jul. 12, 2006 06:15 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
prices also include round-trip airport transfers, an orientation twice
daily, and Ambassadors for non-English speaking guests.
Radisson; One of the Better
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!”