On a recent cruise to Nassau Bahamas, Steve and I found the best kept secret in cruising – The British Colonial Hilton Day Pass. If you have ever cruised before, you have most likely ventured out on your own to discover an island or purchased an excursion directly from the cruise line. Venturing out on your own can be fun, but often you spend most of your time trying to figure out the best place to go and sometimes fall into a tourist trap. Booking an excursion from the cruise line can be costly and exhausting, since you are often herded with the masses from the ship to your destination. Steve and I decided to try something different and purchase a day pass from a local resort. I talked to several individuals who have cruised before and found out that we may have stumbled upon a little known cruising secret. Listed below are our experiences and things to know about The British Colonial Hilton.
- LOCATION – The British Colonial Hilton is just a ten minute walk from where the cruise ships dock. No need to take a cab or bus, all you need is flip flops, a bathing suit and some sunscreen. Along the walk to the resort you will pass by the straw market, shops and restaurants.
- COST – The price of the day pass is very inexpensive considering all the amenities available. The adult price was $65.00 per person with a $40.00 food/drink voucher included. Children are $33.00 with a $20.00 food/drink voucher included. Steve and I ate a fantastic lunch and each had several drinks. When it was time to leave we found that we only went over our vouchers by $20.00, plus an additional tip.
- AMENITIES – The Hilton has a breathtaking private beach. Along the white sand beach and crystal blue waters make yourself comfortable on one of the many lounge chairs available, all with a spectacular view. I found the staff to be warm, cheerful and always available for a refill on my drink. Snorkeling equipment, Kayaks and plush towels were included with the cost of the day pass. Steve and I had been to the beach the day before so we decided to lay at the pool area. The pool was immaculately clean and the temperature was perfect to cool off in the hot island sun. It’s important to note that the cabanas and padded lounge chairs are reserved for overnight hotel guests. I noticed several individuals ignoring this rule, however I’m a play by the rules kind of person so I did not use those amenities.
- ESCAPE – One of the great things about cruising is the none stop entertainment, but The Hilton was a nice diversion from the noise and excitement of the ship. The British Colonial Hilton only sells a limited number of day passes. For that reason, you want to make your reservations early. Limiting the number of passes sold is a wonderful way of making sure all guests experience the true romance and beauty of this resort. Steve and I were truly able to relax and enjoy. My only regret is that I wish I had brought a book.
- FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICE – Located adjacent from the pool is a delightful covered bar & restaurant. You’ll be greeted by friendly faces and no shortage of drinks to cool you off. No matter whether you choose to eat at the open air bar or at your lounge chair, you won’t be disappoint.
- PLAN A FUTURE TRIP – What’s so magnificent about purchasing a day pass is your ability to check out the hotel and amenities for a future vacation. Steve and I loved the time we spent at The British Colonial Hilton so much that we have already decided to go back. This time to spend our full vacation. As much as we enjoy cruising this destination has now been added to our must do vacation list.
Happy Travels… Finding Kathy Brown.
Email to learn more and book a day pass NASHI_FO@hilton.com