The Name Says it All, Paradise Island #VisitParadise – Part I

marinaIt’s been a couple of years since we’ve been back, but what a difference a few years makes.  Immediately landing, we emerged from the plane into the gorgeously renovated Lynden Pindling International Airport.  Both the husband and I had to take a double take.  It was gorgeous, modern and very airy.  Lots of glass and sunshine coming in from everywhere.

All along our ride to Paradise Island, we could see the vast improvements they have made over the years. Once filled with dilapidated buildings, one after another, they have been replaced with new resorts and many new construction thanks to new collaborations between the Chinese and the Bahamian Government. Our drivers, who enjoy playing guides, were thrilled to tell us about the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium which seats 15,000 – 30,000, a gift from the People’s Republic of China and the new Baha Mar resort which boasts soon to be the largest casino and water park in all of the Caribbean. We know one grandmother who is going to be thrilled at this news and jonesing for a trip to the island when it opens in late 2014.

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Part of the reason why we haven’t been back to Paradise Island in years is due to how expensive it can be. Even as owners at Harborside at Atlantis, a trip to Paradise Island still was quite costly despite how much we loved the island. After all, this is where it all began 8 years ago when we got married at the One & Only Ocean Club. While we are committed to coming back every few years because of all the nostalgia this island holds for us, I wish it wasn’t so cost prohibitive for our growing family.  No matter how we tried to keep costs down, we always seem to spend a mint on Paradise Island.
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Traveling as a newly minted family of 5 just got even more expensive or so we thought. We were thrilled to be introduced to Comfort Suites Paradise Island.  Set aside all your prejudices at the door.  This amazing little gem of a resort, neighbors Atlantis and provides full access to all the more expensive Atlantis offers, thanks to a contract which grandfather’s them as the ONLY resort with full access to Atlantis.  It also just under went a major renovation, leaving it with a modern sophisticated aire.  Everything from the lobby to the suites themselves got overhauled.  We are loving details like the subtle zen partition that separates sleeping area from living area.  The bedding also has gotten an upgrade with beautiful textures and patterns I’ve only seen at luxury hotels.
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WHAT WE LOVED

  • Full size newly redesigned suites that accommodate a family of 4
  • Full access to Atlantis which includes the Waterparks, access to the Aquariums, The Dig, Atlantis Kids Adventures, Atlantis Theatre and much much more.
  • Atlantis is literally a 5 minute walk away, just across the street.
  • Your room charge card is accept everywhere Atlantis room charge is accepted, as well making your stay even more convenient.
  • Free HOT breakfast every morning.  I loved the Coconut Bread, an island favorite.
  • Kids eat lunch and dinner free (under $7)
  • Free WiFi which this social media mom was crazy about. It can often make or break my accommodation choice.
    Each room includes a small fridge, perfect for families, especially those with young children and a breastfeeding mother like myself.
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THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • As with all resorts in the Bahamas, each room’s maximum capacity is 4 due to Bahamian law. Accommodations for larger families can be achieved with purchase of adjoining rooms.
  • The elevator for the resort is in the most unusual part of the hotel, farthest away from the main lobby of the resort which struck us as odd and can be inconvenient at times.  Our room happen to be right above the lobby, but with baby in tow, we had to walk to the far end of the hotel lobby to reach the elevator and make our way back.  On the other hand, the elevator is right near the pool, which is where the free breakfast can be found.
  • The in-room safes cost $2 a night for use.

For more images from our trip, check out our Flickr stream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/momconfessionals/sets/72157636272402076/

{ disclosure:  Flight and accommodations were provided for myself by the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association.  All other costs incurred for the trip were self-provided. }