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Who here loves the island life and likes to get away to a resort that celebrates all the changes in attitude that the changes in latitude bring? If you like wasting away (again) in Margaritaville, do I have the newest hotel for you! Last week I was invited to come check out the brand new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas and I am so excited to share my full review with you to help plan your next amazing Bahamas vacation.
I was gifted a three night stay at the Margaritaville Beach Resort in Nassau. As always, all opinions are my own.
Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau
The Margaritaville Beach Resort in downtown Nassau is the newest hotel in the Bahamas and definitely one to consider for your next tropical getaway. I recently stayed here for three nights with my lil sister and we had the best time!
As a Bahamas specialist, I have been to the Bahamas many times and have been to every resort in Nassau and Paradise Island. As a full service travel agent, I book lots of people to the Bahamas and deciding where to stay is an important decision.
The Bahamas is a great spot for a honeymoon, family vacation, bachelor/bachelorette party, multi-gen getaway, etc. The islands have something for everyone and resorts for every travel style and budget.
I hope this article will help you decide if Margaritaville is the perfect resort for your next vacation. To make it even easier to plan click the banner below to get started working with me on your next vacation! I help you find the perfect destination, resort and service your trip all the way through. And the best part – no planning fees!
When did Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Open?
The Margaritaville Beach Resort just opened in July 2021. At the time of our visit, the last phase was still set to open in a few days – including the pizza restaurant, ice cream shop and adults only pool deck. During our visit the resort was at a pretty low capacity (coming off the pandemic, coupled with an off weekend) but we didn’t feel any lacking due to things not being available.
Rooms and Suites at Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau
The Margaritaville Beach Resort has two towers – the deluxe hotel side and the premium condo-style residences at One Particular Harbor. On our recent visit, we stayed in the deluxe hotel side in a double ocean view.
In fact, all of the rooms have ocean view (they are really ocean front) with balconies and incredible water views.
The hotel rooms are so well themed (as is the whole resort) with really amazing attention to detail. The rooms have stand up showers, a desk, TV, iPad for resort info, a refrigerator and coffee maker. I loved the drop zone in the entry way with a bench and hooks.
The rooms at Margaritaville are offered as a two double (sleeps four although I hate those double beds) or a 1 King. The resort does offer guaranteed connecting rooms for larger families as well as two bedroom suites that sleep eight guests.
At One Particular Harbor, guests can book into studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms or even a four bedroom penthouse suite! These residences have kitchens (or kitchenettes in the studios) and a combo washer/dryer. The balconies here are larger with a perfect view of the cruise port. The balconies all around were very private and relaxing.
Margaritaville Bahamas Waterpark
Come to Margaritaville Beach Resort for the great theming, stay for waterpark! Your kids, or even adult kids will love the waterpark – access to which is all included with your stay!
The waterpark boasts several great features including two larger waterslides, two smaller slides, a cliff jump, a lazy river, kiddie splash park and a surf stream (think a mini flowrider like we all did on our Holland American ms Veendam cruise!).
Of course on our recent visit, my sister and I had to check out all of the waterpark amenities! I managed to ride the Surf Stream (after a couple of wipe outs) and we braved the cliff jump, which I am telling you is higher than it looks once you are up there!
The waterpark area also has a zero entry pool and a jacuzzi.
Worth noting that the waterpark area is very well staffed with lifeguards from 10am to 5pm each day.
Other Margaritaville Bahamas Amenities
The pool and waterpark area is the main outdoor attraction, but the Margaritaville Beach Resort has so many other great amenities to mention!
There is a small beach on a protected harbor. Here beach chairs, towels, stand up paddle boards and kayaks are available for guest use – free of charge! They even provide life vests.
On the fourth floor, coming soon, is an adults only pool deck with gorgeous infinity pool and a hot tub. I will definitely have to come back when this pool area is open!
Margaritaville also has a beautiful St. Somewhere spa and a small fitness room, located on the second floor where you will also find 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
Margaritaville Beach Resort is also the perfect place for a destination wedding.
In the lobby, you will find a Margaritaville Merchandise store, along with a kids club, and candy shop! Don’t forget to check out the lobby boutique for one of a kind Bahamian made goods.
Margaritaville Bahamas Restaurants
One of our favorite things about our Margaritaville stay was the excellent food options on property. And of course you know a Margaritaville resort is going to have great bars!
Vacation Club – located in the lobby, sit inside or out, this casual restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although the restaurant does not officially have room service (due to safety protocols) you can call down to the Vacation Club and they will deliver food to your room.
Joe Merchant’s – also located in the lobby, this is the grab and go café and coffee shop.
Feeding Frenzy – If you are out by the pool and need a quick snack, you can head to this window for a to-go lunch.
JWB Prime Steak and Seafood – located in One Particular Harbor, this is the fine dining restaurant on property. We ate here the first night of our stay and it was delicious! Ask to sit outside and pro-tip: head there from 5-7 PM for two-for-one cocktails and sushi! Reservations strongly recommended.
Frank & Lola’s Pizzeria – At time of our visit, this was not quite open yet – but will be a great addition to the restaurant line up at Margaritaville Nassau!
For what it’s worth, it’s a quick walk from Margaritaville to Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds and all of the cafes on Bay Street near the cruise pier, so plenty of food options in and near the resort.
Margaritaville Bahamas Bars
Changes in Latitude Bar – it’s true, change your latitude, change you attitude. And what better place to chill than the lobby bar. Come for a signature cocktail (including frozen drinks) and stay for a snack or light meal.
Graycliff Sky Bar – located on the 10th floor the Graycliff Sky Bar is the place for nightlife. Open nightly, with live music or a DJ, come up here after 5PM for a rooftop cocktail.
12 Volt Bar – Bar out by the pool, at the end near the Flow rider. Come sit, belly up the bar, and enjoy incredible beach views!
Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Day Pass
This is the perfect option for frequent cruisers who want to try something new! And especially great for families who want a day of pool, waterpark and beach fun!
What to do near Margaritaville Beach Resort
The location of this resort is great for exploring downtown Nassau. You can easily walk to town to shop and eat.
You can pick up excursions by the cruise pier (Or some excursions offer hotel pick up)
Some of my favorite Bahamas excursions include a day trip to Exuma to swim with the pigs, the famous Nassau food and rum tour, Seahorse Snorkeling, the Blue Lagoon, a private conch salad lesson, or a visit to Graycliff for a cooking class, high tea, or dinner.
One night, we took a quick cab ride (about 10 minutes, $17 each way for two people) to the Atlantis on Paradise Island. Here you can shop, eat at a ton of amazing restaurants (we are partial to Carmine’s) or try your luck at the Vegas style casino, which is open to the public. You could even do a day pass to Aquaventure!
What island is Margaritaville Bahamas on?
This question comes up often because there are TWO Margaritaville’s in close proximity to each other!
The Margaritaville Beach Resort is located on New Providence Island, in the town of Nassau.
On Paradise Island (yes, a separate island you need to cross a bridge to get to) there is a Margaritaville RESTAURANT.
This info is especially important if you are taking a taxi! Make sure your driver knows which Bahamas Margaritaville you want to go to!
Margaritaville Bahamas Resort Review
I was so excited to check out the new Margaritaville Bahamas Resort, and my stay here was really great!
I loved the incredible theming throughout the property. The staff at Margaritaville is amazing, so friendly and helpful.
I loved the room, especially having the balcony, which was truly our own private oasis in paradise.
The food on property was great, and of course the drinks – I mean the place is named after one of my favorite cocktails!
Some of the downsides of this resort, I’d say is that its small. This would be the perfect spot for a quick long weekend getaway, but maybe not the best option for a weeklong stay. The pool area is small and the beach is nice, but very small. One day the tide was high and there was hardly any sand to sit on.
Lastly, my only other “complaint” or negative mention, and honestly this is true of all Bahamas things, everything here is very expensive. Every item costs more than you would expect at home, and on top of that add a 12% VAT tax AND an 18% service fee.
After all the add ons, drinks were over $20 each, breakfast/lunch was about $40 per person (without alcohol) and dinners were at a premium. But like I said before, the food was very good.
As long as you know that going in, and budget accordingly, but I think it’s worth mentioning (especially if you are debating a Bahamas vacation vs a cruise or all-inclusive stay).
But overall, I would recommend this resort to anyone looking to try something new, who wants to be in a smaller, more intimate, island chic type property, again for a 3-5 night stay.
I’d love to come back with my kids, or a group of friends! After all, it’s always better in the Bahamas.