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Sandyport Hotel Enjoys Year-Long Record-Breaking Occupancy Levels

The Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel is reportedly “doing well” following its record breaking year that saw weekend occupancy levels often at 100 per cent for the sea-side and Sandyport Marina Village hotel.

According to General Manager of the West Nassau Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel Vernon Moss, year over year, occupancy levels are higher overall than in previous years since opening in 2000.

“Especially since Easter, we’ve noticed an increase in bookings and very often have sell-out weekends. We’re seeing lots of guests from the Family Islands, who come to Nassau for events or family gatherings and in June for instance, officials involved with the IAAF World Relay pushed us to a 98 per cent occupancy rate and we’ve continued with an average of 82 per cent occupancy since then with forward reservations looking stronger than usual for August and September,” he said.

“Traditionally, in September it slows down and I know many of the smaller hotels close in September but we won’t, we’re too busy.”

Reservations Manager, Cincinnati Hall says the Cable Beach strip hotels are all-inclusive, save for the Melia, which means the Sandyport Hotel fits the bill for those not wanting all-inclusive.
“All inclusive doesn’t suit all international travellers and we also find that locals from Grand Bahama and the Family Islands and even our corporate and ex-pat regulars from Nassau, very often prefer the freedom of the self-catering option our suites offer or to go to the nearby restaurants, like Spritz, Twisted Lime, News Café, Olives and all the others,” she said.

Mr. Moss is convinced several factors contributed to the hotel’s rise in occupancy.

“Certainly a rise in the number of repeat guests and I think their comments on Trip Advisor has helped attract new guests. Also, the fact that we won the RCI Gold Award gives people confidence in the resort and the service. Our upgrades are about 75% complete too where we put in new kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops in the bedrooms, and new bed linens,” he said.

Earlier this year, the New York Times travel section recommended Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel as a “serene” place to stay when in Nassau.

Travel writer Brendan Spiegel included the popular resort in an article featuring 11 of the islands best attractions for the tourist seeking a subtler, more authentic Bahamian experience.

At the time, Ms. Spiegel praised the popular Sandyport resort for its “picturesque collection of villas in a gated marina community near Cable Beach with waterfront views and a serene atmosphere.”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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