Value Getaway in Nassau

It’s great to get away to the Bahamas: sandy beaches, a blue pool, clear water and all-inclusive drinks and food! There’s no shortage of All-Inclusive Resorts in the islands and depending on how inexpensive you want to go, the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach may be an option if you’re working on a tight budget.

My wife wanted me to title this resort “The Wal-Mart Of The Bahamas” because it was super cheap, it was acceptable but not luxurious, and mostly because the rest of guests there with you were also value-shoppers. They may or may not have your level of manners toward other guests, the ability to wait in a line at the bar, or the respect of knowing that leaving your towel on the chair while you head to the bar , bathroom or into the water means that you’re returning to that particular chair.

At the time we went in July, it seems that there was a push to the European market and speaking English put us in the minority. That was no problem with the resort staff, but there wasn’t a lot of engaging conversation with other guests due to the language barrier. That could be a good thing depending on your vacation attitude!

If you read any online reviews you’ll probably see that many past guests recommend beach shoes because the entry into the water is rocky. Believe those reviews. I wish we would have taken beach shoes. My wife DID buy a couple of inflatable rafts at the dollar store before we left and we inflated them once we got there. They were a life saver, or more technically, a foot-saver.

Regarding the beach, it’s wide and the chairs are plentiful. It really is a pretty place. Is there seaweed? Sure, but I would rate it as an average amount because after all, you’re right there on the ocean. Maybe it could be raked a little more often.

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The food was acceptable. Breakfast and dinner is served in a very large clean dining room. Lunch is available from the beach shack and includes pizza, burgers and hot dogs.

There’s a bar in the main building and during the day, the beach shack also has a bar that moves fairly quickly. There is no chair side service at the beach or the pool.

Here’s a new one for me…the pool closes before sunset every night to be cleaned and treated. I’m pretty accustomed to that happening by 10 or 11, but at 7 o’clock? That caught us off guard. You can still sit around the pool but the water itself is roped off.

The rooms? Again, acceptable. While some décor has been updated, the wooden decks and rails were a little old. Recent hurricanes did a lot of damage and it’s pretty clear what was completely rebuilt and what was just repaired.

This is part of the Viva Wyndham time-share program and while they will hit you up for a tour, they’re not super pushy about it. We said ‘no’ once and were never bothered again during our 5 days.

There are plenty of activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, trapeze, archery, tennis, basketball, beach games, dance parties, and shows. Sometimes these are open, sometimes not. I highly recommend asking specifically about events that you’d like to do ahead of time.

I will speak highly of the WiFi, it was included and we had excellent service all around the resort, from the beach to the pool to our rooms.

It’s a deal, no doubt. Under $800 for a 5-day/4-night stay for us, and Nassau is a very accessible flight from the southeastern US. We had some airline miles that we were looking to burn so it didn’t cost us anything to get there. Shuttle from the airport was about $30 and was added at the time we booked.

You get what you pay for. Depending on your optimism and expectations, you may really enjoy the inexpensive getaway. If you’re expecting a 5-star resort for the price you paid, that’s probably your fault.

Pete Herrick has been with Once Upon A Vacation since 2013 and has visited Walt Disney Destinations over 30 times and takes every chance to travel to just about any fun location in the world. He and his wife Tessa live at Lake Norman near Charlotte NC. Find him on social media @peteherrick (or e-mail pete@onceuponavacation.com)

 

 

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