Archive for December, 2010

All Inclusive vs. Authentic Bahamian Experiences

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010

In this current economy it seems like many people are more curious about “All-Inclusive” options for their next vacation.  This may be a for a few reasons.  One, people feel like they will save money, and two, it is convenient to be able to budget with all-inclusive vacations.  While all-inclusive options may be the best route for some people, we feel like that route can be extremely limiting and often times it does not allow guests to fully experience the culture which they are surrounded by. 



The Bahamas are rich with cultural history, and our experience has been that all-inclusive resorts cut visitors off from that abounding Bahamian way of life.  When you as a guest have paid for all of your food upfront in the Bahamas, you will be much less likely to walk over the bridge to indulge in delicious local conch salad, take a taxi to the “Fish Fry” to really experience how Bahamians eat and play, or have an amazing time visiting one of the hundreds of  incredible genuinely Bahamian bars on the island. 

That being said, here are some ways that our guests have effectively budgeted their trip without limiting themselves to all-inclusive resorts: 

1.  Bringing a Cooler and Packing Food. 

  • All of our units are equipped with full kitchens, and bringing food can help cut down costs.  Snacks by the pool and home cooked meals in are common at Sunrise Beach Villas. 
  • Also, there are several grocery stores on the island.  The food prices may be a bit higher than you are used to back home, so anything that can be brought and not spoil in transport is a good idea to bring yourself.  Ask your cab driver to stop at the grocery store on the way to us to grab anything you could not bring yourself.
  • Local fish markets are a walk from us at Sunrise Beach Villas, and grilling out on your patio is a fantastic way to experience the Bahamas.

2.  Planning Adventures With Our Front Desk

  • Our front desk is a wealth of knowledge for things to do in the Bahamas.  We have many partnering excursion companies that we work with on the island, and using our rates can help save money. 
  • There are so many amazing things to do in the Bahamas: Snorkeling, Dolphin Encounters, Deep Sea Fishing, Mopeds, Catamaran Day Trips, and the list goes on…

3.  Taking Advantage of Viola’s Drink Specials

  • Viola’s Bar and Grill on our property has a drink special for every day of the week!  Viola’s is a very popular spot on the island in part due to our low drink prices.  For those Bahamas guests that choose to stay at the big resort down the street, many end up coming down to Viola’s for drinks because of the outrageous price that big resort charges for a blue drink with a pineapple slice in it. 

We hope this helps you plan out your next vacation, whether that is with us in the Bahamas or somewhere else.  There are ways to save money while vacationing without sacrificing your experience in the local culture!

Best wishes,

The Sunrise Beach Villas Team

Holiday Fun in the Bahamas!

Thursday, 9 December, 2010

Holiday Season is in Full Effect!  Here are Some Upcoming Events on the Island!

Join us for Salsa Thursdays throughout the holidays! 

Also catch all the action with our great sport packages on the bar TVs!

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Saturday December 11th, 17th, and 18th: Authentically Bahamian Christmas Craft Festival

Description: Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 11 and 18, 2010 from 10:00am to 5:30pm downtown Nassau on George and Marlborough Street. Family fun featuring a Christmas manger, Santa, entertainment, Bahamian arts and crafts and more.
Location: Downtown Nassau on George and Marlborough Street, The Bahamas
Date: Friday, December 17, 2010
Time: 10:00am-5:30pm EST

 

Saturday December 11th: Stage Play: “Light”

Description: Friday, December 10, Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2010 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at The Hub. Featuring “Light” – the stage play written and directed by Deon Simms. Get tickets in advance, as seating is limited. Contact: 426-2743/427-9387.
Location: The Hub, Nassau, The Bahamas
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm EST

 

Saturday December 11th: 9th Annual Adventist Men’s Chorale Christmas Concert

Description: Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 7:00pm at Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. Accompanied by the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra, the all-male chorus comprises more than 40 men and performs works by various composers. Part proceeds aid the New Bahamas Academy on-going Building Project. Celebrate the joy of Christmas and the true meaning of Jesus’ birth. Admission free. Free-will donation to be collected. Contact: 341-4022
Location: Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church, Nassau, The Bahamas
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm EST

 

Saturday December 19th: Battle At Atlantis

Description: Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Four division I basketball teams battle: Richmond vs Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech vs Mississippi State. Premium seating $45 per game or combo ticket (both games) $75. Reserved seating $30 per game or combo ticket $45. Student rates with ID reserved seating $20 per game or combo ticket $30. Contact: 363-6601.
Location: Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm EST

 

Event information from www.bahamasb2b.com

December Events in the Bahamas

Thursday, 2 December, 2010

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Christmas Season is Upon Us in the Bahamas.  Here are Some Upcoming Events With  Christmas Cheer! 

 

Thursday Night Salsa at Our Very Own Violas Bar and Grill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authentically Bahamian Christmas Craft Festival

Description: Friday, December 3, 10, 17 and 24 and Saturday, December 4, 11 and 18, 2010 from 10:00am to 8:00pm downtown Nassau on George and Marlborough Street. Family fun featuring a Christmas manger, Santa, entertainment, Bahamian arts and crafts and more.
Location: Downtown Nassau on George and Marlborough Street, The Bahamas
Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time: 10:00am-8:00pm EST

Junkanoo Fan Fest: One Family – “A Celebration of Our Music, Our Culture”

Description: Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 5:00pm at Butler & Sands Grounds. One Family fan Fest. Admission: $5 Before 7:00pm, $10 After 7:00pm. Full Bar & Grill Out and Bucket of Beer 5 for $10. Proceeds in Aid of the featured Junkanoo Group of the night.
Location: Butler & Sands Grounds, Nassau, The Bahamas
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 5:00pm-10:00pm EST
Duration: 5 hours

 

Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational: Pro Tennis Match

Description: Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 3:00pm at the National Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre. Exhibition Pro Tennis Match featuring several top-ranked tennis players. Autograph and photo ops at 4:30pm. Admission: Adults $10 and Children Free. Students in school sports shirts Free. Tickets available at the National Tennis Centre, Atlantis Tennis Centre, Village Squash Club, H.G.Christie Ltd. and Lyford Cay School. Contact: 242-359-2542. The 10th Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational runs December 2 to December 5 at the Atlantis Resort. Proceeds go to aid local childrens’ charities.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre. National Tennis Centre.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
Duration: 2 hours
   
   

The Bel Canto Singers: 2010 Christmastide – Gala Night

Description: Saturday, December 4, 2010 (Gala Night) at 7:15pm and Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 6:00pm at St. Andrews’ The Kirk. Featuring American soprano singer Kali Wilder. Gala Night tickets: $75, includes concert, silent auction and full gourmet buffet reception. Sunday concert tickets: $25. Contact: 396-1100
Location: St. Andrews’ The Kirk, Nassau, The Bahamas
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 7:15pm-11:15pm EST