We stayed at the Blue Water Resort at Guanahani Village in January of this year and though it was not as hot in the Bahamas as we would have liked, we loved the resort! Before our visit, we researched and found many positive and some mixed reviews, so we didn't know exactly what we would find. We also discovered through the resort site, that the resort was undergoing renovation and while we wished for a spanking brand new room, there was no way to guarantee that is what we would receive. We ultimately decided to stay because it offered the best value for our money - three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a full sized kitchen. Everyone would have enough room.
We stayed in one of the garden villas that was partially renovated. Score! Loved the patio with grill and lounge chairs. It was private, peaceful and park like. The sliding doors, were really sliding glass walls and with the outer doors locked, we could let our three year old play outside and still be able to see him from the inside. He loves the beach as do we and the one downside to the resort is that the beach is fairly small, but this is the Bahamas and there are tons of cool beaches!
I mentioned the fully equiped kitchen. It has everything you could need, down to the electric kettle for tea! The one negative is that there is not a lot of space in the kitchen to store your groceries unless you move the dishes around. Bring your own groceries! Food is tremendously expensive in the Bahamas. While you may not want to cook on vacation everyday, having the option, especially when you have children is a definite plus! And with the money we saved we were able to do many of the top attractions, like the Powerboats, Swim with the Dolphins and the Adastra Gardens. We tried the Pirates tour, but our son would have no part of it!
The staff was tremendous. They were always smiling and looking to see what they could do to make our stay more enjoyable. One of the staff even gave us a ride to the fish fry when she saw us waiting at the bus stop (which is right outside the resort). She insisted! They were knowledgeable and when the time came to discuss the timeshare option, there was no high pressure! Riding the bus is enjoyable and super easy!
Overall, we love the Bahamas and we loved our stay at Blue Water Resort! If you are travelling with a family or just want to relax, this is the place for you. If you are looking for the nightlife out of your hotel, not so much.