Breezes Bahamas Trip Report & Review
I recently had the pleasure of traveling with a destination wedding group to Nassau, Bahamas! The bride and groom chose the all inclusive Breezes Bahamas for their beach wedding and 68 of their closest friends and family made the journey with them.
It had been a few years since we’ve stayed at Breezes and I was really looking forward to seeing old friends and checking on the updates to the hotel.
Upon arrival at Breezes, I was greeted by a smiling bellman who escorted me to the front desk. There I witnessed even more welcoming smiles. That’s one of the standouts from my visit to Breezes. It became very evident that the staff loves Breezes and Breezes loves its staff! Happy employees make or break a resort and everyone in the group raved about how they instantly felt at home.
My first impression of Breezes? The resort is exceptionally clean. They have done some updates to the main lobby area and showroom and the main dining room has been completely redone and looks great! Yes, Breezes is an older hotel, so some of the decor might look a bit dated, but they really are putting money into the resort in a methodical way. Upon entering my room, I noticed the bathrooms had been updated and the accommodations were still pretty standard. You aren’t going to get a Four Seasons-type suite at Breezes. The rooms are comfortable and clean. My ocean front view was breathtaking! There are very few rooms right on the beach, so keep in mind that many ocean views are angled but still offer amazing views of Cable Beach.
The Beach! What can I say? Breezes has the best section of Cable Beach. It’s the best beach area in Nassau. I walked the beach past Baha Mar Resort and took a quick walk-through of the Melia Nassau Resort. One thing I noticed was how much space the guests of Breezes have in comparison to the others. Baha Mar’s small section of beach was crammed with more people than would appear to be comfortable for even the most forgiving person. The Melia felt very similar. Oh, the Melia…They really need to do some exterior work on the facade of Melia. The ocean’s salt spray has taken its toll. I was very happy to get back to the expansive beach at Breezes. Our resort won hands down on the beach comparison. And Breezes took the upper hand once again when comparing to the RIU Paradise Island. RIU shares the beach with the public access point for locals and cruise visitors to Paradise Island. So if you take any of my advice, choose Breezes for the beach.
The Food: Well, you might think that the food would be of low quality since Breezes Bahamas is a more economical choice in Nassau, but everyone had glowing reviews of the food. Breakfast choices were abundant and the lunch had an awesome spread with a variety of cuisines represented. Many in the group frequented the Reggae Cafe beach grill for conch fritters, jerk chicken, salads and more!
In the evening, we had choices for a la carte dining or the International Buffet. Munasan, an Asian-fusion style restaurant, was the best and is highly recommended.
The head chef at Breezes Bahamas is from Jamaica and he is a master of blending the flavors of the Caribbean with cuisine from around the world.
One challenge is the a la carte dining at peak times. There will be a wait to get into the fine dining restaurants and this was the only complaint that I heard from the entire experience.
The Wedding Ceremony: A perfect beach location! The Breezes wedding department has dedicated the left side of the property as the location for all beach weddings. It’s a secluded area away from the main pools and the more populated section of the beach. It’s normal at most resorts to see plenty of gawkers and curious onlookers during the ceremony. It didn’t feel that way at Breezes. The wedding arch was situated to capture the beauty of the ocean and swaying palm trees and the seating was spacious. It really was an idyllic location and a professionally orchestrated event. The ceremony was overseen by a local minister and every detail was taken care of, from the photographer to the music to the official signing of the marriage documents.
The Reception: Breezes has an amazing location for an indoor/outdoor reception. Overlooking the main pool and beach is a ballroom with wrap-around balcony that can accommodate up to 70 people in the round. Once again, every detail was accounted for and the wedding coordinator was personally on hand to ensure a flawless event. The staff at Breezes should be happy to know that everyone thought the evening was exceptional!
The Entertainment: Breezes has always been a leader in entertaining guests. There is a host of daily activities and always a show in the evenings. From participating in the toga party to the late night Piano Bar to singing on stage, our wedding group thoroughly enjoyed the engaging activities and playmaking staff.
A steel drum band set the stage for the weekend of wedding festivities and the reception was staffed by the resident DJ for hours of dancing and celebrating. I can say unequivocally, that all 71 of us had the best time at Breezes Bahamas.
What are the takeaways from my Breezes Bahamas visit? The resort is a gem. A gem if you aren’t looking for the Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton. Breezes receives huge points for having a warm and welcoming staff that are eager to please, by having the BEST section of beach in all of Nassau and having great food and entertainment. And they are really good at destination weddings!