Updated: Nov 8, 2018
I got to The Melia shortly after 11am on a Saturday. The check-in line was a bit longer than expected as there was a group of about seven couples before me.
I was definitely a bit annoyed after the near 20-minute wait.
When I got to the desk however, I was immediately greeted with a smile and a genuine apology. I told the server I reserved a day pass but didn’t have my itinerary on me.
She searched the system for a minute until I realized I should at least mention that I booked through BookATourCaribbean. Somehow, I figured she was searching through Melia’s main hotel reservation books.
The check-in process after that was immediately expedited. They had a folder filled with bookings anticipating the arrival of day pass guests.
I would suggest to be sure to download a PDF of your reservation on your phone so it’s easily accessible, even offline. Or, just tell them that you booked with BookATourCaribbean.
They gave me a band for access, an activities schedule, a restaurant list, a Starbucks drink voucher -- which was needed because of the humidity in Nassau that day was intense compared to the winter-like weather in Oklahoma.
From there, I was on my way!
I spent a lot of time relaxing in the adult pool with the swim-up bar.
The servers made me feel like I was the only person whom they had to cater to!
The servers were extremely hospitable and attentive. I realized that if you engage them, they’re not opposed to keeping up a conversation.
In hindsight, they made me feel like I was the only person whom they had to cater to!
There was no rushing me to order or irritation when I sent my Bahama Mama back (it was just a bit too sweet for my palette, haha).
Around 1pm, I cleaned up in the bathroom facilitates which I found to be very tidy despite the high volume traffic (I think cleaners stay nearby). Afterward, I headed over to the beach café and was offered a menu for review while I waited to be seated.
This day pass was my first time at Melia Beach and although there were many people, there wasn’t that over-crowded, claustrophobia-inducing vibe most beaches have. It was a freeing alternative to a public beach, and overall, I’d say better than a scheduled tour-guide excursion. I had the freedom to roam the open grounds and come and go as I pleased. If space and freedom in this regard are essential to you, I definitely recommend this beach over any others!The ambiance was absolutely the most calming I have experienced in my years of visiting the Bahamas.
After drifting to sleep a few times, I decided to get a little active.
I remembered reading on BookATourCaribbean’s site that paddle boats and kayaks would have to be rented, but when I approached the guy managing them he told me there were included with the pass.
I’m not sure how accurate this information was, as the check-in desk didn’t mention it in the list of available amenities. But, I obviously didn’t debate him!
If anyone has ever visited downtown Nassau’s Straw Market, he or she would know that there is a possibility of being bombarded with a gazillion merchants trying to make a sale. It’s sometimes uncomfortable.
The ladies in the Market across from Melia however, were exceedingly pleasant and calm mannered.
they left me with a smile
I was greeted with a gentle, “Good day, do you need any help?” and with a “No, thank you! Just looking,” they left me with a smile.
All in all, the culture of this area was most definitely much more peaceful than that of downtown.
I recommend anyone that is looking for a day of maximum relaxation and minimum stress to consider a Melia Day Pass.
Although food and drinks were not included--as a huge foodie, I had to come to terms with this beforehand. I can say without reservation that every dollar I spent was worth it, and given the opportunity I would spend them again!