Posted April 8th, 2010, 04:03 PM
We did end up spending the day at the RIU. My husband fell in love with Cabbage Beach when we were in Nassau in January and we wanted to check out the hotel for a possible future stay. So I'll answer some of my own questions for others.
You can't reserve a day pass in advance so we called the hotel the day before we got there to make sure that they were still available. Since it was Easter weekend, we were afraid that the hotel would be full. We were told that the day passes were available for $100 a person.
We took a taxi to the hotel ($4 a person) and checked in with no problems. The reception desk gave us wrist bands, a map of the property and a towel card. You have to give them a driver's license which they return when you check out.
As Scubagirrl said, the resort is not large, but we really enjoyed our day. We were looking for a relaxing day in a beautiful setting with access to food and drinks, and that's just what we got. There was a Bahamian band playing by the pool in the afternoon. Lunch was a pretty decent buffet. We took a walk along the beach and took advantage of the swim up bar.
The pool area was in the shade until around noon. The pool was heated. The drinks were good. The resort does allow children but I didn't see very many of them. It seems like more of an adult kind of place.
The hotel is on Cabbage beach, which is just gorgeous. The waves were pretty rough but it looked like the kids (and some adults too) were having a good time playing in them. You could rent jet skis. Cabbage Beach is a public beach so you don't need to get a day pass to go there. You just wouldn't have access to the hotel amenities.
Is it worth $100 a person? Probably not to everyone but it was to us and now we're looking forward to going back to stay for a few days.