Breezes Bahamas

Jul 25th, 2002, 11:28 AM
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Kim
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Breezes Bahamas

I've planned a trip to Breezes Bahamas for October of this year. I have never been to the resort, however, I have been reading a lot of the comments. Has anyone been there recently? If so, how is the food, the rooms, ect. The food quality and the cleanliness of the rooms have caused me to question the quality of this resort.

Thanks for any advice that you can offer,
 
Jul 29th, 2002, 12:05 PM
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Kim,

Just came back from a week there. I'll answer your questions in order.

Food - There are three places to get your food. The Dining Hall ( or "Prominade"), the Beach Grill, and one of the restaurants (Pastafari or Eden). The Dining Hall is where you'll likely get most of your meals. I have to admit the food was pretty decent. It's buffet style with a fairly decent selection to choose from. Some meals are tastier than others, but they always had a selection of entries, breads, vegetables, and side dishes.

Seeing as I've been watching my weight for several months and personally don't like sunbathing and eating, I never ate at the beach grill so I can't attest to the food quality, but judging by how many people did wait in line to get their burgers, fries, etc. I would say that it must have been pretty decent.

The only restaurant we ate at was Pastafari (reservations a must). It was excellent. I was impressed. Great selection of cold pasta salads, smoked salmon, anchovies, olives, etc. to choose from as you wait to get served. Both of our appetizers and entries were impressive. I didn't have dessert.

Rooms - We stayed in the least expensive of the rooms (view to the side of the building). Cleanliness was not really an issue. Housekeeping did a decent job each day. However, there were some nagging problems of which only one got remedied. The CD player (they have one in each room) didn't work. I had to ask 3 times to get a new one. The hair dryer didn't work. Our request for a new one wasn't answered and we didn't bother asking again. The toilet ran, but it wasn't annoying and we weren't in the room that much. Lastly, the shower drained awfully slow -- so if you spent more than 4-5 minutes showering you were 6 inches deep in water. But again, big whoop.

Overall, I did enjoy my stay and would consider going back. If you have other questions, feel free to e-mail me.

-Eric
 
Jul 29th, 2002, 12:18 PM
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Hi Eric,

Thank you so much for the feedback!!! You were the only person to respond : ). I truly appreciate the response because I'm getting married there. I need some advice on the photographers and videographers there. I've never been there so I don't know anything about the services. Since you were there recently, at least you were able to give us feedback on the food : ). Thanks so much.
 
Jul 30th, 2002, 04:20 AM
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Kim,

Please e-mail me and let me know how you get on with booking a wedding down there. We are planning a big family wedding in early 2004, and I definately want to make sure that the hotel we choose can handle us.

Any and all information would be much apprecaited.

Congratulations.
xTeddy
 
Jul 30th, 2002, 09:55 AM
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Hi Kim,

You're welcome! Sorry I can't comment on photos/videos there. I know that the resort had some pros taking videos of tourists (the tourists had to sign release forms).

Now that I know what you're primarily going there for, I may be able to help some more.

If you and hubby go to any of the resort shows (and you likely will) be prepared to relax and possibly even participate. Honestly, the people that don't look like they're into it are the one's that look bad. So IMHO I would say if you go to see a show and you're asked to volunteer, have fun and go with it.

Also, there is LOTS to do. I strongly suggest you get the daily schedule (they have copies at the front desk in addition to marker boards throughout the resort) and make sure there isn't anything you'll not want to miss.

Also, Bahamians are laid back (and late) in almost every way. This means lunch starts at 12:30 (seriously). Dinner starts at 6:30pm. The disco doesn't open until 10pm and will be DEAD until midnight unless there's a comedy show or event. So keep this in mind. If you're used to things being punctual (and most weddings usually are) you may want to be flexible with your timing.

Drinks -- Yes, you can drink all you want, but don't expect the drinks to look fancy or the service to be just like a cash bar. Remember, the bartenders don't have much incentive to treat you any differently than anyone else with ONE EXCEPTION! LEARN SOME BAHAMIAN SLANGS! You won't believe how far it will take you if you can make the servers laugh if you can use the right slang at the right time! Here's a freebie... don't say "No worries" (that's Australian), say "Don't watch nothin' mon!"

If you want to gamble, don't bother with the Marriot, just go to the Atlantis. Again, just my opinion, usually the place you can win is the best place regardless.

Ok, that should do it. Hope you have a great wedding and trip.

-Eric
 
Jul 30th, 2002, 11:36 AM
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Kim- I was at Breezes for 4 days in late May/early June for my dad and now stepmom's wedding. they got married outside on resort property, in a gazebo overlooking the beach. The officiant was a local minister, and the ceremony itself was rather short. My sisters and I were attendants (3 of us total) and the wedding planner that was provided by Breezes was wonderful. They have photographers available, but my sisters and I took pictures- the wedding planner took some as well, using one of our cameras. Cake and either champagne or sparkling cider was provided by the resort, as were the flowers- my stepmom did pick her colors though. Some kind of bus took them to downtown Nassau to get the license (you have to be in the country at least 24 hours before, I think) so that was fairly easy as well. We brought our own wedding topper, and they were more than happy to use that. This is all I can think of right now- any other questions, feel free to post again and I'll answer to the best of my ability- the others were right, the food was great, and our room wasn't as bad, but it wasn't excellent either. The rest of the resort made up for it.
 
Jul 30th, 2002, 11:37 AM
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Teddy; Someone asked about a wedding several weeks ago. Here was my reply to help them avoid hassles(preventative maintenance):
The Bahamian Government is famous for regulations for shipping items, even hurrican relief items or supplies for their school children, into the country. There are regulations for weddings as well. Hopefully, these may be not in effect, but you better check! You have to spend one day in the Bahamas prior to submitting your application for a marriage license and must fill out the application for license at the same time at the registers office. The fee is about $40.00 and the license is valid 3 months with no blood test required. You and your fiance both have to be in the Bahamas when making application for license, so don't have one arrive early and try to take care of it beforehand. And, if either of you were previously divorced, you must submit a certified or original final decree. If either of you is widowed, a death certificate of the deceased spouse will be asked for. Definately have a photo ID, preferably a passport in addition to a driver's license, and bring in your Bahamas Immigration Embarkation card to show when you arrived. Contact the registrar's office on the particular island you'll be wed in. And, do it way before going there! I know the registrar's location in Grand Bahama but not Nassau/Paradise Island. Perhaps, you can contact GB and find out who to contact in Nassau. Conntact The Assistant Registrar General of The Bahamas, P.O. Box F-42602, Freeport, Grand Bahamas, Bahamas. Telephone 242-352-4934/7 or Fax 242-352-4060. Personally, I'd call them on the phone, and pay for the hefty phone bill, to talk to them in person and have your questions answered. Hope this helps; I wouldn't want you to get down there and be overwhelmed by the regulations. Robert

 
Aug 5th, 2002, 01:09 PM
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Kim
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Teddy,

I would advise that you call the reservations line. It will be best for you to call in the afternoon from GB seeing the time difference. From what I understand from the information that has been sent to me, they are VERY strict on documentation requirements. If previously married, a divorce decree is a must. Not the certificate, the decree. Also, all proofs of ID is mandatory. Other than that, they will work out a payment plan for your upcoming wedding. A deposit is required on the date of reservation, but you have a peroid to pay it all off. I'd give them a call or visit the site at www.breezes.com.
 
Aug 5th, 2002, 01:16 PM
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Kim
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Hello Rebecca - thank you so very much for your response. If you can help me with telling me how the photos came out when you were at the wedding, it would be great. I'm really concerned since I haven't seen any photos and the reservationist could not direct me to a web-site where I could view the photographer's work. I don't think that many family members or friends will be able to make it out to see us because of costs, so I really would like to have at least a video example to take home. If you have a pic that you can scan (taken by the photographers), would you mind sending me a copy at my e-mail address? Please?
 
Aug 5th, 2002, 02:38 PM
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SuperClubs has a tab on their Website to email the resort to set the wedding date and etc.
They require you send copies of the documents when you apply for the Wedding.
You must bring the originals with you.
You must do this at least 3 weeks before the wedding, but I suggest you go ahead and do it now.

 

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