BAHAMAS – Grand Bahama Islands/VISION Airline FAM

If you are a seasoned traveller, then you most certainly would have been to Bahamas a few times; to Nassau, Grand Bahama or both. As Travel Professionals, one of the first places clients ask for vacationing, especially for a quick three or four days getaway, is the Bahamas. It is very popular, with beautiful sand beaches, comfortable accomodations, some of the best Resorts and hotels in the world, a mix of historic charm, modern attractions, and ecological wonders with distinct blend of  international glamour and tropical ease; not to mention Paradise Island/Nassau,  home of the Majestic Atlantis Resort!


I have had the opportunity and the pleasure of vacationing in both Nassau and Grand Bahama Island. We have travelled to both, by Air and Cruise ship on different occasions and therefore I can safely tell you that, they are both beautiful but distinct in their own ways. Paradise??? YES!! Both are, but Nassau is busier while Grand Bahama, more serene. The kind of Island I would like to retire to when I get….. you know! Hahaha!  Grand Bahama Island has endless ecological wonders to be explored and has one of the world’s longest underwater limestone cave systems, rare flowers and Gold Rock Beach, the only place you can see all six of the  islands’ ecosystems.


On this particular trip, we went on VISION Airline/Bahamas Tourist Board FAM to Grand Bahama Island. Living in Maryland and Washington Metropolitan area, we book our clients to Bahamas with stop overs in Florida, except Cruise clients; it was therefore a huge blessing when we were invited on this FAM because VISION Airlnes will from November 3rd, 2011 start operating direct flights to Grand Bahama Island from BWI (Baltimore-Washington International Airport) on certian days of the week and our duty was to have the experience before our clients and also do some Resort site inspection in Grand Bahama. This was good news and a wonderful experience believe me because going to Bahamas any day sounds fun to me but I was skeptical about the flight. Something you have to know is that I hate flying, I am a Cruise person, if I can cruise to my office, I will do it. Hahahahaha! Ok, not a laughing matter but I get earaches, headaches etc. just from flying! Now you see my point? GOOD! Anyway, I had a movie to watch on my Ipad and prayed for the best but prepared for the worst; but as it turned out, the flight was smooth, the VISION flight attendants were very professional, friendly and great to all of us and with my movie, we were there in less than two hours! PURR..FECT!!!


We recieved the red carpet treatment literarily by the Bahamas Tourist Board and we were checked into the newly renovated Grand Lucaya Resort. Being low season, the place was quiet, the grounds beautiful, well kept and with a cool gentle ocean breeze blowing like a whisper you could almost hear; ummmm, I was not ready for work!! Yes, there I said it! Instead all I wanted while standing on the balcony of my room taking in the breathtaking views below, was just to jump in that pool and alternate between the gorgeous pool  and the ocean! Yet we had only tem minutes to freshen up and go down for the Conference and Trade show! WICKED! Come on guys, its the Bahamas, no one comes here to work, at least I hope or presume! FOCUS Girl!



After the Conference, Trade show and meeting with the different Island suppliers, we changed and headed for lunch and from there proceeded to experience some excursions on the Island. We were divided into two groups, one went for the Jeep experience and my group, which I call the fun group, went to the Dolphin Encounter! hippy! It was great, we had a nice time in the water with those amazing but powerful creatures. We tickled, splashed water, caressed the dolphins and got kisses from them! Our day ended with a grand and sumptous dinner on the Grand Lucaya grounds, with live entertainment, dancing and eating a whole lot more food than our stomachs could take in!! Just don’t laugh! A few of my gilrfriends and I skipped the rest of the partying and went to bed knowing that we needed to be up and checked out by 7:00 in the morning. But we had a great time and the Resort is beautiful!



The next morning after checking out and breakfast, we went for site inspection to the Pelican Bay, Flamingo Resort, Grand Lucayan, Taino Beach Resort, Viva Wyndham the only All-Inclusive Resort in Grand Bahama, had lunch and then headed straight for the airport for our return home. All the Resorts we inspected qualify for a great Family Vacation, SPA Retreat, Honeymoon and are comfortable, have clean and well kept grounds, but most of all great rooms with excellent breathtaking Ocean views! It was a 24 hour hectic schedule but worth every mniute of it because as soon as we got back and posted the pictures on Facebook and Twitter, we were able to book some clients right away, who took advantage of the $29.00  inaugural special rate by Vision. This is where I say, it was well worth my time and worth your visiting! I love the Bahamas, but then who doesn’t? Hahahahaha!



My sincere thanks and gratitude to the Bahamas Tourist Board, Vision Airlines and their friendly hostesses, my friends for making it fun, the Manager and Staff of the Grand Lucaya Resort for hosting us and a fabulous dinner, Pelican Bay for lunch and again my Big Mama Ms. Brenda Coles (Chair Person PTANA) for being my photographer while I had fun with the dolphins!

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