My husband and I stayed at the Adagio Beach Cottage in April for our honeymoon and it was exactly what we were looking for -- a lazy, QUIET week at the beach with a spectacular waterfront view and clear warm ocean water. The beach in front of the cottage is public, but it certainly felt private, as there were only a handful of people on this side of the island, and none directly in front of Adagio.
When we stayed, the prices were $250 dollars a day for a house that could have easily fit four people.
You will need to do your grocery shopping before heading out of town to the eastern part of the island. There is nothing but one small convenience store / gas station out by the cottage and it is a long drive back into town.
Also, you'll want sandals or water shoes for sure -- the sea grass in the back yard is quite prickly, so don't expect to walk to the sand barefoot.
Screened in porch to enjoy the ocean breeze out of the sun, with ocean views. Hammock in the yard. Full kitchen, refrigerator, dishwasher. Outdoor grill. Outdoor shower to wash off sand.
The owners Bill and Dell live next door and they will go out of their way to make sure you are happy with the place.
Time share. The facilities are between downtown Freeport and Port Lucaya. Close to what is left of the International Bazaar. We stayed in a two bedroom, two bathroom unit, full kitchen unit. The unit was very basic. There was wireless internet if you sat downstairs close to the office or by the pool. There was a simple, rectangle outdoor pool. If you stay here you have to travel to all attractions. There is a free daily bus to a larger resort "Island Seas" where you are allowed to use there pool, spa and get to the beach. There is no restaraunt on site but there is ONE within walking distance. Recommend for inexpensive lodging if you rent a car. They charge extra if you exceed certain kilowatt hour limitations. It amounted to $30 total over the week we were there. There were some units advertised for $300 per week.
Coral beach hotel is individually owned flats, a lot of them can be rented through vrbo.com. The hotel itself has seen better times, it's very old and run-down but it's located on a very beautiful Coral beach. The condo that we ended up staying in was absolutely horrible but it was cheap, there are other condos that are much nicer inside and hence more expensive. Overall, if the beach proximity is important and budget is tight then I guess it's an okay place. Nothing is close by, need to walk 15-20 minutes on the beach over to Westin and Port Lucaya, which (the walk) can be nice.
Nice deep (9ft) pool, right on the beach
We stayed at a cheaper location not on the water. While this saved us some money we found out that due to problems and poverty, they charged a fee per the amount of electricity that was used during your stay. So the air conditioner (which is necessary in the summer months) had to go off at night. Just an FYI.
We stayed at the Island Palms Resort as part of a deal with the Discovery Sun cruise. They have it down to a science. When you arrive at the port, there's a designated section to catch a cab to your respective accommodation.
The Island Palms was a very basic, almost motel-like hotel. The rooms were clean and no-frills. It is OK if you're not the picky type or won't be spending a lot of time in it. It is NOT on a beach, but there is a shuttle to its sister resort Island Seas and you can use the facilites and beach there.
Watch out for the "breakfast invitation", which is really a timeshare presentation. You can get your room taxes back if you go, but it is a pressured, uncomfortable hard-sell.
It is Downtown and very close to a bus stop. You can rent scooters there and there is an activities coordinator for signing up for tours and excursions.
In the early 1990's the Fortuna Beach Resort opened, and that is when we visited. Since that time, it has been purchased by Wyndham Hotels and is now called Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach.
Viva Wyndham Resorts is an all-inclusive chain of hotels, and the Fortuna Beach is one, which means everything is included in your stay. You enjoy accommodations, full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; unlimited beverages, cocktails and wine, daily activities, fitness programs; unlimited non-motorized water sports with complimentary lessons; live nightly entertainments; all taxes, surcharges, and gratuities. If you choose to use motorized water sports, then you rent.
There are about 270 rooms spread throughout several colonial-style buildings, including non-smoking facilities. The rooms have either a garden or an ocean view.
There are two eating facilities: The Junkanoo which offers an international cuisine buffet style (Casual to semi-formal attire) and La Trattoria which offers Italian cuisine (dinner only) and is a la carte and gourmet with semi-formal attire. There are also three bars at the resort.
Many activities were offered when we stayed there. The staff was international and served as activity assistants, entertainment, and guides. Each night, the staff would put on a brand new show or play. It was quite remarkable.
The resort sits on a private stretch of white-sand beach that faces the beautiful turquoise waters.
Activities of all kinds were available (both indoor and outdoor activities.) Snacks are served from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Fortuna Beach Resort, and I hope the new ownership does not alter the warm, welcoming atmosphere that we experienced those many years ago.
The beach at Taino Beach Resort is protected by a reef. There are little, if any waves. This is not the place to go surfing, but if you have children it is just right.
The water is clear and shallow. The water temperatre was around 76 F, in April.
Beautiful flowers and trees adorned the grounds at the Resort. Many colors and wonderful island aromas add to the enjoyment of your vacation.
The Ritz Resort is another property accross the pool from the Taino. The accomodations at the Ritz are smaller then the Taino. They feature patio "pools" that overflow to the ground in a cascading waterfall. The pools, are really tubs. I don't know if they are hot.
Contruction was underway at the Ritz.
Taino resort is a collection of condos that share a common pool area with the Ritz resort. We spent 10 days in our third floor condo. Amenities included 2 bed/2bath, full kitchen, ocean view, balcony, satellite tv, AC, wirlpool tub in master bath, etc.
The resort has a fantastic pool. The pool has a large slide, jacuzzi caves, a swim-in and up bar, lazy river, and waterfalls. Hammocks, lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas adorn the perimeter of the pool area. It is absolutely great for children. It was very uncrowded.
The only complaint I have is that the hot tub was TOO hot!
Definately the accommodations at Paradise Cove! There are only a few: an older 2 bedroom villa; 2 brand new 2 bedroom villas; and a condo---with the proprietors living above it. THis is a picture inside the older villa.
I chose this place because of the price. It was cheap in comparison to just about everywhere else on Grand Bahamas. With hotels, there's an added tax---PER PERSON! With the other condos and villas I checked out, there were taxes per person and a cleaning fee of about $75. This place had neither. It was $105/night for the 2 bedroom older villa and the proprietors couldn't have been nicer. We even got a discount on the snorkel equipment.
PO Box F-42771
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Tel (242) 349-2677
Fax (242) 352-5471
The accommodations have a full kitchen and bath, with AC, TV, and VCR. The TV reception wasn't very good when we were there, but they offered free video for viewing and we took advantage of that. There wasn't a washer and dryer in the older villa, but we were allowed to use the one for the resort.
No pool, but who needs it, you're right on the beach! No workout facilities, but you can swim all you want in the ocean. It's also the only place on Grand Bahama that you can snorkel right from the beach and see lots of coral and tropical fish.
During the day, the resort opens up for paying beach visitors. During that time, an outdoor bar (the Red BAr) also opens with lots of good bar b qed sandwishes and refreshing drinks. During the evenings, the place becomes a secluded beach for the resort renters.
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