My Favorite Place to Escape With Family
Winter in Wisconsin, ahhh, so beautiful, so picturesque, so serene. And I’m so f&*$ing over it!! #sorrynotsorry. My kids and I have major cabin fever, you can’t even get the damn mail without putting 5 million layers of clothes on, my skin is dry AF, and all the trees are gray and dead. I mean come on! I need some vitamin D and some vitamin ‘sea’, by that I mean some fun in the sun and some turquoise blue water!
If you know me personally, you know my love for the beach and the ocean. I grew up in Boston and spent Summers down the Cape (Cape Cod for all you non-New Englanders). As an adult I moved North of the city and started spending Summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts. While they have tons of beaches, Good Harbor Beach is my all time personal favorite. Some weekends you could even find me on a boat fishing off the coast and soaking up the sunshine.
There’s just something about the water, the sand, the salty air.
One of my favorite places to go outside the states is The Bahamas. Specifically Nassau at The Melia Nassau Resort on Cable Beach. I’ve been to many different islands and The Bahamas is hands down my favorite. I stumbled upon The Melia when planning our 2015 destination wedding. We went for a quick trip to scope out the resort and do some extra wedding planning stuff and fell in love. Our wedding ended up being amazing and our family and friends loved the resort as well. Fast forward to November 2018, we went for a third time to The Melia and this time brought our kids! It was our 3 year anniversary trip and knew the kids love the water so we thought, “let’s make it a family vacation!”. The kids had a blast, so did we, and we can’t wait to go back.
Since it was our anniversary we splurged on The Level upgrade, got a junior suite and let me tell you, it’s worth every penny! Not only do you get 24 hour room service, but you get premium drinks, special Level Lounge access with VIP check-in, preferred restaurant reservations AND an exclusive roped off area of Cable Beach WITH butler drink and food service! Talk about amaze balls convenience, with two kids going crazy for lunch and you don’t even have to wipe the sand off their feet or take off their bathing suits. Boom, anything you want delivered to your chaise lounge.
Tip: The BBQ shrimp and grilled chicken sandwiches were my favorite. The kids loved their chicken tenders and fries 🙂
For me The Melia, is ideal. People tend to look for certain things when they book a tropical vacation. For us, we like the smaller scale of this resort. I personally don’t like walking miles from the hotel lobby or my room to get to the beach or pools. Or god forbid you forget something in your room for the kids and have to walk all the way back. Their beach has never been crowded in the 3 times we’ve stayed here. They’ve also added more thatched umbrellas and chairs in the past few years too, so makes it even easier to find your perfect spot. The sand is white and powder soft, they even clean the seaweed off it every morning! The water is bathtub warm and crystal clear.
What I also love is that their beach is kid friendly, what that means to me is that the waves aren’t insanely huge where I feel unsafe for myself or the kiddos. Some destinations I’ve been to have had some serious surf and I would never have felt comfortable taking my kids in the ocean there. Another great perk is that The Melia is a short 10 minute cab ride from Lynden Pindling Airport. Nothing worse than sitting in a plane for god knows how long then having to take a long taxi ride to your resort after you land (especially with two toddlers).
As I mentioned the food at the resort is wonderful, and since people have different tastes for food, they have 5 different restaurants on the property. Something for everyone for sure, even picky eaters. Across the street you’ll find a super fun daiquiri bar and straw market for some souvenir shopping and a cocktail. Bring cash and be prepared to haggle prices. You can also grab the #10 bus for a couple bucks and take a short ride into downtown. There is tons of shopping and food options, like the ever popular and tourist friendly Señor Frogs. Bonus! You can stare in awe at the huge cruise-liners pulling in and out of port while you eat courtesy of their waterfront deck dining. You can also book excursions with the concierge and go swimming with the pigs in The Exumas or take the free water taxi across to Balmoral Island and swim with the dolphins or stingrays! You can’t go wrong in The Bahamas!
If you choose to visit The Melia for your next trip (with kids or without) you will not be disappointed. Take my tip and upgrade to The Level, get a ‘sweet’ suite, kick back and relax in tropical paradise!
~It truly is “Better in the Bahamas”~