The Bahamas: Players’ Paradise

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cable beach That “something for everyone” strategy is also working across the bridge on Cable Beach, where the Crystal Palace Casino at the Wyndham Nassau Resort aims to add one more exciting activity to clients’ vacation plans. “Most guests are fitting [gaming] into a fuller vacation,” says Mary DiPasquale, director of leisure sales at the Wyndham. “They’re also here for the white sandy beaches, and the many activities that there are to do in Nassau…. A lot of them are partaking in the non-motorized watersports on property,” including fishing, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Many clients also venture into Nassau, she continues, to do some sightseeing, go on a shopping adventure along the port, or even take part in a dolphin encounter. “We offer a little bit of everything,” she says.

It would take an exceptional casino facility to compete with the wide range of exciting attractions at the Wyndham and throughout Nassau. And according to Kevin S. McGowen, v.p. of operations at the Crystal Palace Casino, that’s exactly the gaming experience that clients can expect. “The Crystal Palace Casino is really the hidden gem of the Caribbean,” he explains. “The casino provides a boutique, ‘Cheers’-style experience, where all of the friendly staff know your name, and they are certainly glad when you visit.”

Compared to “less personalized mega-casinos in other areas,” McGowen continues, Crystal Palace provides “a more intimate gaming experience [that] emphasizes a laid-back and personalized environment.” Inside, players will find nearly 400 slots and virtual table games, with minimum bets ranging from one cent to $100—a game for every budget. Clients can also sit down for live table games including blackjack, craps, roulette and poker.

Because families make up a large portion of the clientele on Cable Beach, the Wyndham also offers options for parents traveling with kids but who still would like to spend some time at the casino. “We do have babysitting services,” DiPasquale says, “and next to us at the Sheraton, there’s a Camp Junkanoo program that children can utilize.” At the Wyndham, she emphasizes, “gaming is just one part of a diverse vacation.”

The Wyndham is closed seasonally from Aug. 23 to Oct. 5; when it reopens, DiPasquale says, the resort will offer travel agent rates starting at $89 per room per night, including taxes and gratuities, through Dec. 24. “It’s a fabulous offer, more than 50 percent off regular retail rates,” she says.

Rates at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino start at $143 pp per night.