About Our Destination
The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar, but U.S. Dollars are accepted.
In October, the temperatures range from low to high 80s.
Before Your Trip
- Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights at the all-inclusive oceanfront Columbus Isle Resort
- All meals at two all-inclusive restaurants and a beach snack bar
- All beverages at three all-inclusive bars featuring cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks (premium champagnes, liquors, and imported beers are an extra charge)
- Access to a wide menu of exciting land and water sports including beach volleyball, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, paddle board, fitness classes, water aerobics, tennis, basketball, bocce ball, and table tennis
- Round-trip airport transfers from the San Salvador Airport (ZSA)
- Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
- Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
Charter air from Miami or Fort Lauderdale International Airport, optional excursions, spa services, boutique purchases, medical attention, laundry services, and other incidentals.
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with your country’s consulate to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with your country’s consulate to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then "Vaccinations".
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
- Pamper yourself at the L'OCCITANE Spa featuring relaxation areas and tranquil treatments (extra charge)
- Be adventurous with an optional excursion, such as scuba diving, deep sea fishing, or jet skiing (extra charge)
2018 COLUMBUS ISLE, BAHAMAS RESORT
|Cancellation Fee 180 days or more prior to trip date
||25% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 90-179 days prior to trip date
||50% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 60-89 days prior to trip date
||75% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-59 days prior to trip date
||100% of trip cost
NOTE: Charter flights are non-refundable. After Friday, September 28, 2018 we cannot replace a guest on any charter flight. Any new guests will need to secure commercial air to and from the resort.
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial trip deposit date to be eligible for certain coverages. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation/trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm EST)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Columbus Isle, Bahamas Resort Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Columbus Isle, Bahamas Resort 2018 Group on Facebook.
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
Register at Olivia Honeymoon Wishes for your honeymoon, anniversary or other special celebration; browse through the selections and let your friends know just how easy it is for them to purchase a gift for you.
Olivia Travel Gear Store
To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!
Travel and arrival
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of Miami International Airport (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) and coordinate flights with our charter air to San Salvador Island (ZSA).
CHARTER FLIGHT DETAILS (as of 4/24/18):
Charter #1 (Fort Lauderdale / FLL)
10/13/18: FLL to ZSA — departs FLL 1:15 pm / arrives ZSA 2:30 pm
10/20/18: ZSA to FLL — departs ZSA 11:30 am / arrives FLL 12:45 pm
Charter #2 (Fort Lauderdale / FLL)
10/13/18: FLL to ZSA — departs FLL 5 pm / arrives ZSA 6:15pm
10/20/18: ZSA to FLL — departs ZSA 5 pm / arrives FLL 6:15pm
Charter #3 (Miami / MIA)
10/13/18: MIA to ZSA – departs MIA 12 pm / arrives 1:15 pm
10/20/18: ZSA to MIA – departs ZSA 2:10 pm / arrives MIA 3:25 pm
Charter #4 (Miami / MIA)
10/13/18: MIA to ZSA – departs MIA 2:30 pm / arrives ZSA 3:45 pm
10/20/18: ZSA to MIA – departs ZSA 11:30 am / arrives MIA 12:45 pm
Whether you are on a charter flight through Olivia or on a commercial flight to the resort, you will be on Bahamas Airlines. Their luggage guidelines are below. Please note that although the weight limits are standard, the dimension limits are smaller than usual.
BAHAMAS AIR BAGGAGE
Each passenger is allowed one (1) personal item and one carry-on bag on all international and domestic flights.
Maximum size: 22″x14″x9″ & 20 lbs: FREE
Each checked bag must not exceed 62 inches (157.48 cm) in dimensions (length + breadth + height) & 50 lbs (22.73 kilos) in weight.
First Bag: Free
Second Bag: $35
Third Bag: $75
Fourth Bag (and more each): $125
Checked Baggage Excess Charges—International:
Bags greater than 50 lbs (23 kilos) & 62 inches.
51–70 lbs (23–32 kilos): $75
Greater than 70 lbs (32 kilos) & less than 99 lbs: $125
Greater than 62″ & 70 lbs (32 kilos): $150
Bags weighing more than 100 lbs will not be accepted.
We have secured a hotel room block at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and in Miami to assist guests with hotel needs the night prior to the air charter.
Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale
We are pleased to offer a group rate of $169 per night, plus tax for the night of October 12, 2018 and the night of October 20, 2018. To book your reservation, click here or you can call 1-800-362-2779 and mention code OLT. Please be sure to specify the Fort Lauderdale location.
Embassy Suites Miami
We are please to offer a group rate of $145 per night, plus tax for the night of October 12, 2018. To book your reservation, click here ore you can call 1-800-362-2779 and mention code OLT. Please be sure to specify the Miami location.
Airfare discountsSave up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information. Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit at the resort, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Your round-trip transfers to and from San Salvador Airport (ZSA) are included.
Official Check-in time is 3 pm.
During your trip
Club Med Columbus Isle, Bahamas Resort
Dining & drinks
Enjoy all-inclusive meals — breakfast, lunch, dinner — in two restaurants and a snack bar; and all-inclusive alcohol and soft drinks in three bars*.
*Additional charge for premium liquors.
In a colonial-style style setting, this restaurant is open for all meals. The elegant terrace boasts fabulous sea views. Sit back and gaze at the shimmering waters from your refined setting, and enjoy the best of Bahamian cuisine, as well as a great selection of internationally inspired dishes.
La Pinta Beach Club
Discover this stylish restaurant & lounge space with a breathtaking view over the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. The Pinta Beach Lounge is a haven of relaxation and tranquility, with comfy chairs, a great variety of drinks, and all-day dining options. Come evening, you'll love the refined atmosphere and great dining with table service.
With its terrace decked onto the beach, the views of the sea are limitless at Azul. Enjoy a light snack at this bar & girll style snack bar.
Verve Lounge & Luna Café
Special mobility and dietary needs
If you have any medical, mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please visit the travel preferences page to update your personal needs information. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 180 days prior to the trip.
The rooms have 110-volt electricity, the same as the U.S.
Gratuities to resort staff are included in the cost of the trip.
Each room has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone. Phone rates will be available at the resort. Many guests use apps such as Viber, WhatsApp and FaceTime Audio to make calls via WiFi.
Internet / e-mail / fax
Enjoy free basic internet access throughout your vacation from any device anywhere on the resort including any room category with complimentary basic WiFi. Premium WiFi can be purchased for a fee.
There is a hair dryer in your room. If you prefer a stronger wattage, we encourage you to bring your own.
Laundry is available for a fee.
There is an infirmary at the resort. Standard fees are charged for medical services.
Indulge and relax at the resort’s L’OCCITANE Spa. Traditional massages and spa packages are available for a fee.
Guest rooms and public indoor spaces are non-smoking areas. Guests may smoke on their balconies. Smoking areas will be designated.
Sisters at Play & Friends
Olivia’s Sisters at Play & Friends program is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the diversity on our trips. Meet your Sisters at Play coordinator so you can find out about the special events we have planned for you during the week. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
Traveling solo? Be sure to attend the Solos Welcome on the first day. Here you will meet your Olivia Solos Coordinator who will share your solos program for the week. We plan dozens of activities for our solo travelers, including a special designated solos excursion. In addition, we organize a special solos dining area for all meals and reserve a section for the nightly shows. You can start to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia's Columbus Isle, Bahamas Resort 2018 Official Facebook Group Page.
The resort offers excursions such as fishing, jet skiing, boat tours, and a robust Scuba diving program. Excursions are an additional charge and can be booked at the resort.
Between the pool and the theater lies the Verve Lounge and Luna Café, in the center of the resort. The spacious and grand interior of the bar is only matched by the open outdoor terrace with spectacular views of the pool and ocean. Grab a glass of something cold and take a seat; it's paradise
After Your Trip
Check out time
Check out is 11 am on October 20.
Transfers to the airport
Roundtrip airport transfers are included on arrival and departure day. Departure information will be available at the resort.
Didn’t find what you are looking for? Check out our Olivia travel FAQ or call us at 800-631-6277 (inside the U.S. & Canada) or 415-962-5700 (Outside the U.S. & Canada) and select option 2.