Five properties join forces to create Great Resorts of Nassau

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Radisson Cable Beach Resort is one of five members of the Great Resorts of Nassau. The other four are Nassau Beach Hotel, the Nassau Marriott, Sandals Royal Bahamian and SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas.

The five resorts joined forces to promote Nassau, its events and attractions as well as each hotel. With the resorts, the group focuses on brand-name recognition (the Nassau Beach is not part of a chain but is an island institution), the type of vacation they offer and their location. Each resort is situated along Cable Beach and is about 10 to 15 minutes from the airport.

The Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas. A rundown of the members follows:

  • The Nassau Beach Hotel is completing the final stages of an $8 million refit that was initially launched in 1998. The 403-room was built in 1959, and the property is looking to add 84 rooms in 2000, according to sales coordinator Nikita Curry.
  • The renovation included upgrades to guest rooms, public areas, the restaurants and lounges. A second swimming pool also was added.

    The hotel is one of the more low-key members of the group, with the majority of guests being families from North America.

    All of the rooms have a balcony or patio, cable televisions, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards and in-room safes. Rooms are comfortable and tastefully appointed with some antique pieces and lighting fixtures, and on-site is an ice cream parlor.

    In the off-season, rates start at $135 per night for a standard room.

  • The Nassau Beach is the sister property to the Nassau Marriott, which is located next door.
  • The 867-room Nassau Marriott is a swirl of activity day and night. The resort has a casino (that attracts throngs of tourists), a swimming pool with a water slide and swim-up bar, a large health club, Rainforest Adventure Golf (an 18-hole miniature golf course) and plenty of shops.

    Sol Mare, the Nassau Marriott's Italian restaurant, offers great service and cuisine. Highlights include Caesar salad prepared tableside, a wandering magician who entertains guests and a substantial wine list and a staff that is quite knowledgeable about the vintages.

    The last major refurbishment for the high-rise resort was in 1996. This year a juice bar and logo shop will open.

  • The Sandals Royal Bahamian made its debut in 1996 and is the newest and largest property in the Sandals family. Hand-holding and snuggling are the norm at this couples-only inclusive.
  • The 405-room resort has an impressive spa facility; a variety of restaurants, including French and Italian venues; an inviting pool (guests looked quite content slowly floating by on rafts), and a billiards room.

    Two fun places to eat are the English-style pub, Cricketers with its traditional pub fare, and Kimono's, where the meals are as good as the presentation.

    At press time, Cafe Goombay, which is located on a private island, was scheduled to reopen. The restaurant has been closed because of damage sustained from Hurricane Floyd.

    In 1998, the resort underwent a $65 million expansion. This fall, the Fred Kassner Conference Center opened.

  • SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas also opened in 1996. The 400-room inclusive property attracts singles, couples and even families with kids ages 16 and older.
  • The piano bar, the disco, the pool and the beach are the centers of activity.

    Another popular spot is on the resort's trapeze, which assistant manager Paul Roberts said "is safer than Ping-Pong." Guests looking to get a tough work out will find it when taking trapeze classes.

    Hammocks scattered throughout the property are a nice touch.

    Plans for 2000 include the addition of 160 rooms, another swimming pool, two restaurants and a rock-climbing wall. Another restaurant will be expanded.

    FACT SHEET: 5 members

    Association: Great Resorts of Nassau.

    Members: Nassau Beach Hotel, Nassau Marriott Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, Radisson Cable Beach Resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa and SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas.

    Number of rooms: Nassau Beach Hotel, 403; Nassau Marriott Resort, 867; Radisson Cable Beach, 700; Sandals, 406, and SuperClubs, 400.

    Restaurants: Five at Nassau Beach Hotel; seven at Nassau Marriott Resort; six at Radisson Cable Beach; eight at Sandals, and three at SuperClubs.

    Reservations: Nassau Beach Hotel, (800) 331-6358; Nassau Marriott Resort, (800) 222-7466; Radisson Cable Beach (800) 777-7800; Sandals (800) 726-3257, and SuperClubs (800) 467-8737.

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