I’m at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort – also called the Sheraton Cable Beach – on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas.
The hotel is about six miles west of Nassau on the north coast of New Providence, in the Cable Beach area. It and the next-door Wyndham Resort lie within the boundaries of what will become the huge, multi-hotel Baha Mar resort development and will both be included within the resort, though two of the Wyndham’s towers will be knocked down before Baha Mar is completed in 2014.
This short video shows the view from my room over the Sheraton’s pool area and the nearby beach, on a very sunny afternoon with the temperature about 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside. It’s lovely to be warm in February!
Several other journalists from the United States and I are here to attend the grand gala opening on the evening of February 25 of the new U.S. Departures Terminal at Lynden Pindling International Airport, the airport serving Nassau – which the is the main city on New Providence and the biggest city in the Bahamas – as well as nearby Paradise Island.
We all had lunch yesterday at Poop Deck West, an excellent seafood restaurant decorated in an attractive plantation style about two or three miles west of Cable Beach on the north shore of New Providence. I thoroughly recommend the fired conch fritters with Calypso sauce and the Ahi tuna sushi as a starter, and the grilled red snapper with coleslaw, black peas and rice and pepper sauce as a main course.
Cable Beach itself is about six miles west of Nassau, which has a harbor and piers where cruise ships dock and is connected to Paradise Island and its very large Atlantis Resort by a bridge over the harbor. The resort is only about three miles northeast of Lynden Pindling International Airport, which while not the only international airport in The Bahamas is certainly the Caribbean island nation’s busiest airport.
The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is a busy, family-style resort hotel, with a casino attached – only for those aged at least 18, of course. While the hotel won’t be to the taste of those seeking a quiet, intimate getaway, its rooms are large, clean and have big, well-appointed bathrooms.
Breakfast is buffet-style and you can choose from either the full buffet (which has loads of items, including some Bahamian specialty hot dishes, as well as breakfast pizza and quesadillas, plus all the usual hot and cold items you’d expect to find) or a continental breakfast. The coffee and orange juice is plentiful and the wait staff often comes round with refills.
At the time of our visit, the full breakfast buffet was $19 plus tax per person – not exactly cheap, but you can stock up for an entire day on it so it’s actually good value.
I’m spending three nights here and I’m enjoying it: I could happily stay longer at this hotel. There’s a little row of shops a few hundred yards down the street on the way east to Nassau,
One thing to watch out for is that the hotel bar closes promptly at 1:00 a.m., even if customers are clamoring for more. In the large bar area just off the lobby, a local band plays very good covers – quite loudly, so much so that you almost can’t hear yourself think, much less what your companions are saying – until about 12:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.