from Cleveland, Ohio
Submitted on 12-03-2016
Our extended family of 11 stayed at the Grand Isle Resort during the week of Thanksgiving. We had 7 adults (including grandparents), and kids ages 8, 12, 14, and 16. Six of us stayed in the Grand 4 bedroom Penthouse that was out of this world...the views, the decor, the warmth of home, the cleanliness, the vast rooms, EVERYTHING was perfect! The other 5 stayed in a 2 bedroom Bahi Mar villa 1101 and it was the perfect location, well-appointed, had enough space for all, and was beautifully decora...
Our extended family of 11 stayed at the Grand Isle Resort during the week of Thanksgiving. We had 7 adults (including grandparents), and kids ages 8, 12, 14, and 16. Six of us stayed in the Grand 4 bedroom Penthouse that was out of this world...the views, the decor, the warmth of home, the cleanliness, the vast rooms, EVERYTHING was perfect! The other 5 stayed in a 2 bedroom Bahi Mar villa 1101 and it was the perfect location, well-appointed, had enough space for all, and was beautifully decorated as well. It was a quick and easy walk to the pool, restaurant and beach. I don't think renting a golf cart for this location is absolutely necessary. We did rent one for the penthouse and it was great to go back and forth between the villas and the pool area. We've done several Caribbean vacations, and all 11 of us unanimously agreed that this was the BEST vacation by far!! The layout of the resort has a neighborhood feel, the amenities are not too spread out, the pool and beach were never crowded (even though the resort was almost at capacity). We loved the food at Palapa Grill (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The prices were not as crazy as everyone makes them out to be..if you're used to traveling and used to imported prices for food, then you won't be sticker shocked. Food in Las Vegas and New York is more expensive! The kids could order 3 huge pancakes for $8, as an example. All of the food was DELICIOUS! We only went to the convenient store for enough groceries to hold us over in between bigger meals (yes, the selection isn't what we are all used to, but you're on vacation..be flexible)! You're here for the blue waters, white powder sand, and to relax.. Don't worry if your food takes longer to get at the bar and restaurant. Enjoy the views and the time with who you're with while you wait. We had two meals cooked in our villa (one by Zelma - who was our taxi driver also, and our Thanksgiving meal by chef Paula and Cynthia Brown from Sunrise Allure). The meals were very reasonable and excellent! We did Sugar Adventure Tours Full Day....so worth it. Stopped to watch Sugar catch fresh conch, to later make us fresh conch salad, saw stingrays, sharks, swimming pigs, iguanas, sea turtles,celebrity houses, caves, Thunderball grotto, the "Pitbull" video sandbar, had a private lunch at Ocean Cabin on Farmers Cay, and never felt rushed. We highly recommend this full day tour. Back to Grand Isle, every single staff member was extremely friendly and helpful. I can't remember all the names, but some that I wrote down were: Crystal at check-in was a gem. She helped us work through a tiny kink, and was so wonderful to us. The others that were great were: Gina, Brendi, Krystle in sales, Ingrid in housekeeping, Athleta, Jimion, and "KZ" at the bar. Every single staff member deserves a shout out though. This trip is to relax. We went to Atlantis in Nassau the first day and were so glad we only spent one day there. Exuma is more remote, but so beautiful and still has plenty to do. It's not for the nightlife people, but for those who want a true relaxing break away from it all. The beaches are pristine, the waters are amazing shades of turquoise and calm. Our kids did paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, boogie boards, played corn hole, beach volleyball, build sand castles, and walked on the beach. They were never bored and didn't even want to leave to go explore other beaches! If you walk past sandals, there is a cute stand called Mama Bahamas, that has little trinkets for sale an Mama Bahama is such a special lady! Grand Isle really isn't lacking in much as far as our group was concerned. It comes down to what you're looking for in a vacation, what your expectations are, and how willing you are to adapt and see the positives in a place. Grand Isle met and exceed all of our needs and expectations. It's more beautiful that what you see online. We loved it so much, that we've already booked again for next Thanksgiving, and we plan to do a retirement party for one of the family members in our group in 2018! Five star rating. Great job, Grand Isle and the people in Exuma.