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A condo resort with more amenities than its competitors -- and better prices
Groucho Marx once said, "I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." Had he visited West Bay Club on the western shores of Grace Bay, he might have changed his mind. This 46-room condo resort seems exclusive, but you won't find an ounce of pretense -- everyone feels comfortable and welcome.
What might be most surprising about West Bay Club are its prices. Entering the small but breeze-filled lobby, which leads to a palm tree-lined pool in the center of the resort's pristine white buildings, you'd never imagine that the rates here are about half as much as at the Gansevoort next door. (For instance, the 1,100-square-foot One-Bedroom Suite with full ocean view at West Bay is roughly the same cost as its neighbor's 665-square-foot studio.) Inside the rooms, you'll find a remarkable number of amenities and details that will have you wondering if you've misread your bill -- marble bathrooms, king beds with soft white linens, and kitchens (or kitchenettes) with elegant tile backsplashes and top-of-the-line appliances.
The number of on-property features at West Bay Club is also a bit of a welcome surprise. Like similar condo properties the Tuscany and Regent Grand, you'll find a solid fitness center, a full-service beachfront, and stunning pool for relaxation. But unlike its competition, West Bay Club also has a full bar and restaurant, a Club Lounge with theater projector, computers, and board games, and even a spa.
West Bay's Spa Tropique outlet is considerably larger than those at other resorts like Ocean Club Resort and The Sands at Grace Bay, which each feature just a tiny treatment room. Instead, here you'll find a proper waiting room, two treatment rooms (both with in-room showers and access to a private deck) and even a small shop of spa products.
So what's not to like about West Bay Club? If pressed, you might find cause for complaint in the small size of the studio units, which start at 500 square feet and don't have balconies. Additionally, the Atlantic Bar & Grill has a limited and somewhat uninspired menu. And while the number of amenities is impressive for a condo property, the island's traditional resorts like Beaches and The Veranda provide significantly more options.
On the western edge of Grace Bay, farther from the main shopping and dining areas than most resorts
West Bay Club is located on Lower Bight Road, a street that sees a bit more traffic than Grace Bay Road (where the bulk of the area's resorts are found), on the western edge of Grace Bay next to the Gansevoort. Of course, none of that matters on the resort's wide expanse of beach, where full service and ample lounge chairs are enough to make you forget all about any semblance of traffic the island may have. A few businesses are located within walking distance -- a pharmacy, a grocery store, and Gansevoort's chic dinner spot, Bistrot Bagatelle, for instance. But for everything else, you'll have to drive.
Spacious rooms with modern furnishings and kitchens or kitchenettes
West Bay Club is a condo resort, which means that every room is actually an independently owned condo unit. Luckily, unlike similar properties at, say, the Regent Grand or the Tuscany, the crisp, stylish decor you see in one unit will be found across the board. Standard are lovely marble bathrooms, 46-inch flat-screen TVs, and kitchens or kitchenettes with stainless steel appliances. If you can afford it, skip the balcony-less Studio units in favor of a One-Bedroom.
A surprising number of fabulous amenities places West Bay a notch above competing condo resorts
A beachfront condo resort tucked away on the western edge of Grace Bay, the 46-room West Bay Club offers excellent value for a luxury property. High-end rooms ranging from studios to four-bedrooms are airy and stylish, and all but the studios feature large balconies. The relaxing infinity-edge pool, modern gym and small poolside bar and grill add to the hotel's sophisticated yet low-key sensibility.