Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review (and Day Pass info)

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

 

My husband and I love vacationing in the Bahamas, especially if we have some extra credit card points to use. The last time we visited Nassau, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which is one of my favorite hotels (blog post review here). This year, the prices were outrageous for the Grand Hyatt, so we opted to try the new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Nassau. Keep reading below if you’re interested in my thoughts and my Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review.

Hotel

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau opened in the summer of 2021, situated on Junkanoo Beach and within minutes of the cruise port. The resort is about a 20-minute drive from the airport and a quick cab ride away from some of the top resorts in the area, including the Grand Hyatt and Atlantis. As of our stay, it is still the newest resort on the island.

On the hotel grounds, you will also find One Particular Harbour Tower, which houses the residence side of the resort. The Harbour Tower offers resident-like accommodations with full kitchens/kitchenettes, oversized rooms, and suites.

Overall, the resort grounds are smaller when compared to properties like Atlantis and Grand Hyatt, but it still offers plenty of extras, including a mini waterpark, surf simulator, lazy river, water slides, two pools, several bars and restaurants, and a beautiful beach.

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

 

Rooms

One of my favorite perks of this hotel is the layout, offering direct oceanfront views for every single room. We booked a deluxe junior oceanfront room, the most basic and least expensive option available, and I was still impressed with the room. The size seemed a bit larger than what we had at the Grand Hyatt, although this room lacked a bathtub. Typical Margaritaville vacation decor adorned the room, with an oversized balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bathroom had double sinks, a generously sized mirror, and a vanity with plenty of storage. I was impressed to find a handheld steamer in our room, a lifesaver since I had forgotten to bring ours. Additionally, there was a convenient coffee machine and complimentary bottled water provided. The room size was perfect for the two of us, and we enjoyed sitting out on the balcony every morning, sipping coffee while watching the cruise ships.

One issue with the room was that the walls seemed paper-thin. We could easily hear full conversations from the neighboring room, including their child crying and watching cartoons. In addition, when we requested a one-hour check out extension, they informed us it was a $50 fee, which, in my opinion, seemed a bit excessive.

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Beach

The beach at Margaritaville is absolutely stunning! Positioned off the port, the water is exceptionally calm, clear, and free of seaweed. We truly enjoyed our time at the beach and watching the ships come in and out! Lounge chair availability was never an issue, and the resort provided both free and paid options for water sports directly on the beach.

It’s worth noting that the resort’s beach is directly next to a public beach, which did get a bit rowdy on the weekend. Additionally, the resort offers day passes to non-guests, perfect for cruise ship guests, but does increase activity on site (more details below).

Comparing this beach to Baha Mar, even though Baha Mar offers a larger beach, during our stay, it had stronger waves, and the current was so strong that the lifeguards weren’t allowing us in the water. Aside from being close to the public beach, I prefer Margaritaville’s beach due to the calmness of the water and the cruise ship views. 

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

 

Pool

We don’t spend much time at the pool while on a Caribbean vacation, but we loved the infinity pool at Margaritaville. Set on the 4th floor and offering a stunning view of the resort and beach, it became our perfect afternoon retreat. Next to the infinity pool was a hot tub that we frequented at the end of the day. I couldn’t get enough of the beautiful views. Beyond this “rooftop” adult infinity pool, the resort also features a zero-entry pool and a mini water park. The pool and water park area includes 4 slides, a diving board, and a lazy river. They also have a boogie board simulation and a rock climbing wall in the same area, providing plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Food

The Margaritaville website lists 12 restaurants, but we didn’t count that many. I’m wondering if they included bars in their count. We felt that food options were lacking, but fortunately, there are plenty of choices in the area if you’re willing to venture outside the resort. 

For breakfast, on-site options are limited to the Vacation Cafe for a sit-down, indoor, buffet experience, to-go options at the coffee shop, or room service. The Vacation Cafe advertises an à la carte menu, which I prefer, but they only offer a breakfast buffet option at $29 per person. This was frustrating as I like to quickly grab something small and head to the beach. We did try the coffee shop, but the choices were limited to a few breakfast sandwiches and bagels—too heavy for my taste. We attempted to order a ham and cheese sandwich, but they were out, so we settled for a turkey egg sandwich that ended up being half cold. My husband also tried coffee and croissants here, which he said were both fantastic, so it seems hit or miss.  

Lunch options are the same, with the coffee shop offering sandwiches, salads, and sushi. They also open the “Feeding Frenzy”, an outdoor walk-up counter near the pool, that includes some food and drink options. The fish & chips were delicious! We had most of our lunches at the Vacation Cafe and the menu was great. We loved the buffalo wings, coconut shrimp, and pasta—lots of good options for everyone.

 

Outside of these options, there’s a premier dining restaurant next door, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Although the menu sounded fantastic, the prices were a bit too high for our liking, such as $49 for a steak tartare appetizer for dinner.

Another dinner option is Frank & Lola’s Pizzeria, where we dined for a casual night out. The place is tiny and the food is mediocre, pizza, garlic knots, salad, etc. They were out of several options, but it might be a decent place to try with kids. 

Lastly, Wasabi Joe’s is a small sushi bar open only for dinner, right outside of the hotel lobby. We were scheduled to go to Nobu for sushi during our stay, so we didn’t get a chance to try this place. However, peeking at the menu, the prices were very high, even higher than Nobu.

The resort needs to add more convenient and healthier dining options. Alongside expanding the food options, they need to offer food and beverage service at the beach. 

Due to the limited food options at Margaritaville, we decided to explore the Grand Hyatt one evening for dinner at our favorite steak place, Carna. They offer some of the best steaks I’ve ever had, with impeccable service. On another night, we headed to Atlantis for a delightful dining experience at Nobu. Exploring other resorts was a highlight for us, as they offer a more vibrant nightlife with casinos, bars, dance clubs, and more.  

Amenities

In addition to the pool and beach amenities mentioned, the resort also offers a spa and gym. The resort advertises a bowling alley and movie theater, but they are not technically on-site; instead, they are located across the street in a parking structure—still conveniently close and a great option. The gym is well-equipped with all the necessary machines, including, treadmills, ellipticals, and strength equipment, although I do not remember seeing any bikes.

The spa offers various services, such as massages, facials, and other beauty treatments. Besides treatments, they also offer a day pass for $35, granting access to steam rooms and an indoor hot tub. We took advantage of the spa during a rainy day, and it was a nice area to relax indoors with our group. My massage was also fantastic, and surprisingly, the prices for services weren’t too crazy.

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

Day Pass

As previously stated, day passes are available for purchase at the front desk, making the hotel a convenient option for those looking to enjoy the beach and pool on the island, especially given the hotel’s proximity to the cruise port. The rate during our stay was $110 per adult and $55 for kids 12 and under (not including tax). This fee includes access to the waterpark, beach facilities, and hotel amenities. Additionally, the property also offers a changing area with showers and lockers for storage. 

Overall

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau proves to be a good choice for those looking for an escape from the bustling crowds associated with larger properties on the island. With excellent beach and pool facilities, it’s an ideal destination for families. However, keep in mind that dining exclusively on-site might be a costly affair, but nearby dining options are available for a more budget-friendly experience.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Review

 

 

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