We all work hard and sometimes we simply need a break from everything, which is why vacations, days off and back-to-back holiday are some of the most anticipated times of year – because we just need to get away. But there are times when you can’t, or in some cases don’t want to, hop on an airplane to indulge in time away from everyone and everything, so it’s comforting to know that there’s somewhere you can turn to when you need respite from the four walls of your house and the people that are around you. This makes “stay-cations”, or even a weekend away from your house, extremely attractive when wanting to get away from the daily pressures of life with a relaxing and rejuvenating hotel stay.
Encouraging locals to take advantage of opportunities visitors to our country enjoy, most resorts offer favorable rates. In desperate need of a getaway, I recently checked into Comfort Suites Paradise Island, a resort I’d never stayed at before, for a three-day weekend. While I’d never had occasion to stay at Comfort Suites prior, I had dined at their Crusoe’s Restaurant, which, I might add, could possibly be one of the best-kept dining secrets around. Think value for money, as far as portion sizes go, and food that tastes good.
I checked into the resort, which is billed as a quality, affordable hospitality option by Crystal Okpere (of course I had to ask about where her last name came from, and she pleasantly indulged my nosiness). But from the time I entered the resort’s doors, the feeling was one of “home”, as I strolled into a lobby that’s cozy and homey, yet elegant. The comfy chairs clustered around ‘screamed’ out for me to curl up with a good book, or to sit and just enjoy conversation while sipping a cocktail from the Bamboo Bar.
If the rest of the resort was as impressive as the entrance, I was in for a treat.
It was also nice to learn that the entire 223-room all-suite hotel had gone through a renovation. I was told that, had I stayed there before, I would have noticed right away. Renovations included enhanced hallways; the furniture that I actually curled up in next to the Christmas tree in the lobby was new. The refurbishments went beyond just the public spaces; they included the pool deck and a rejuvenated exterior, as well as the suites. The upgrades were nowhere more evident than the comfy mattress that lulled me into dreamland.
And then there’s the tropical oasis that is the area surrounding the Splash Pool Bar & Verandah and Crusoe’s Restaurant’s outdoor dining. It will almost make you forget that on the other side of the wall is a thoroughfare with vehicular and street traffic. You are so insulated that you don’t even hear vehicular traffic or the people conversing as they pass. You almost forget they are that close.
And as a person who usually prefers air-conditioned comfort during my dining experiences, I found myself opting to take all of my meals, except one, outdoors, as I gravitated toward the cool vibes and great music on rotation. And with the lights strung for the holiday season, it was such a romantic spot to enjoy. It makes for a great date-night outing.
If you’re one of those people who took advantage of the Bahamian resident rate before the refurbishments, hotel officials say that you would automatically notice adjustments and improvements, including new in-room dividers, mattresses, full-length mirrors, softer room décor, new doors, lamps, drapes, granite counter tops, bedding, flat screen TVs, in-room safes, carpet and sofa beds.
The added extra to the Comfort Suites Paradise Island’s value-added amenities include a complimentary access to the exclusive features of Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, with access to the water parks, and charging privileges at all of Atlantis’ restaurants and bars.
At Comfort Suites, they bill themselves as one of the most family-friendly, affordable hotels on Paradise Island, where guests also enjoy complimentary full-American buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi and parking. To take advantage of Comfort Suite’s special rates for Bahamian residents, contact 363-3680.