by Kimberly Liu
At the quaint Sunrise Beach Hotel on Paradise Island, guests enjoy the quiet low-key vibe without sacrificing close proximity to island attractions, shopping and dining. At this favorite beachfront hotel, most families will find their match with one- to five-bedroom villas including multiple bathrooms, fully appointed kitchens, terraces or patios, and separate living areas with pullout sofabeds and lounge sofas comfortable for one person to sleep on. All rooms are air-conditioned and many villas include a washer/dryer.
You’ll save significantly by dining in, but if you’re looking to dine out, Viola’s Bar and Cafe is just steps from both the waterfall pool and children’s pool and Archie’s Bar serves refreshments beachside. It’s a five-minute walk to the Atlantis where you’ll find 12 restaurants, and 1.5 miles to historic downton Nassau. Groceries can be ordered ahead online and the staff will stock your kitchen before you arrive.
At the pool and in the ocean, water activities abound, including exceptional snorkeling and access to banana boat rides, para-sailing, jet skis, deep-sea diving, wave runners and more. Additional area attractions include a zoo and botannical gardens as well as Blue Lagoon Island where you can swim with the dolphins.
Our Editor Loves
- One- to five-bedroom villas with full kitchens and washers/dryers
- Practically private beach with tons of water activities
- Close proximity to area family attractions
- Onsite Dining
The Hotel is located directly to the beach. The beach is beautiful with a lot of space. If you walk a few meters you have the beach nearly for yourself. The appartement is big, kitchen is average, sometimes not very clean the appartement. You have to pay for the internet (12 dollars / day), but it's so slow and bad and not worth the money! If you want your guests to pay for it, make sure it works...
Staff is friendly.
Restaurant is average.
#202 is a 2-story 4 bed/4 bath unit. There's a unit below this one, so you have to go up a flight of stairs to access this unit. On the 1st floor there is a large kitchen/dining/living space, a king bedroom w/ attached bath,a twin/twin room, a closet w/ stacked washer/dryer, and a detached bath. There's a balcony off the living space. It doesn't face the ocean, but you can see the ocean from one side of the balcony. The second floor has a small lounge/office common area, a queen bedroom w/ attached bath, and a king bedroom with attached bath. Kitchen was well equipped w/ dishwasher, fridge, microwave, stove, etc. There were adequate dishes and silverware. When we arrived, there were only 3 coffee mugs and few glasses, but when we pointed out the problem, housekeeping brought plenty more the next day (we arrived after housekeeping had left, so we did have to wait a day).
Housekeeping was very attentive and came daily. The unit has A LOT of extra towels and wash cloths in the various bathrooms, so we weren't scrimping on towel use. Oddly, the upstairs master and office has central air, while the downstairs spaces all have separate HVAC units. The person who stayed in the upstairs queen bedroom said that room had an intake vent only, plus an air vent in the bathroom so he slept with his door open to get air from the common area/office. Initially, we had issues with each of the downstairs AC units (twin/twin blew room temp air, main room struggled and blew only slightly coolish air, downstairs master began dripping water and stopped functioning after a couple of days), however all units were eventually fixed and they adjusted our bill to reflect these issues.
Viola's Restaurant, which is an open-air, covered on-site restaurant was a big perk to staying here. The prices were reasonable and the menu diverse. Also, the service was good. This unit was not close enough to the restaurant to be affected by any noise. The pools (2) were both nice, though I wish the big pool near the villas had more umbrellas for shade. Beach access was VERY handy--you walk out the back gate and down a flight of stairs and you're there. The beach is very pretty, white sand, etc. Umbrellas & chairs were available during the mid-day hours on a first-come basis. They were short on umbrellas during our stay.
Atlantis is a short walk. You can get to the Beach Towers in about 7 minutes. At that point, you can pop indoors and take the enclosed walkway to The Coral and to the Casino. We bought Aquaventure tickets online and planned to spend a day there. We had a couple of hours there before a huge storm hit (lightning, torrential rain) and drove us away. So if you want to do Aquaventure and not stay at Atlantis, you do run some risk of not getting a lot out the steep price you pay for day passes. Aquaventure claimed that you could buy tickets only if staying in certain partner hotels, but no one every asked me to prove that I was staying at Sunrise (which is listed as a partner).
Sunrise Villas provides coffee and filters. They did not provide paper towels, so we started collecting spare napkins everywhere we went. The decor is not modern, but for the most part, it is updated. The downstairs master shower is comically 80's but cabinets and countertops have been updated at some point throughout the unit. The wi-fi was good. They charged for it, but not outrageously and they didn't impose limits on the number of devices.
Overall, we got a lot of space for the price. We had 6 people and room to spare (it sleeps up to 8). And the management was accommodating. If you want glitzy, this isn't it. But if you want to escape some of the Atlantis chaos but still visit when you want (plus do laundry! and reheat your leftovers!) this is a good choice.