Coral Beach Hotel and Condos
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This is the best
Stayed there twice and going again. This is the best for privacy and quiet service. It's the only place I want to go to when I need a Bahamas vacation.
Lovely Grand Bahama!
Christmas 2003, I decided to use my annual bonus to give my husband a gift (and of course, myself) -- a trip to Grand Bahama for our 9th anniversary in April -- a honeymoon we never had. AirTran had a great deal on tickets - $99/one way (and taxes were all included) - I couldn't resist! Grand Bahama was not quite what we expected but it really grew on us. Immediately upon entering the airport you begin to miss the "spoils" of modern technology that we have in the United States. Modern technology is what keeps us independent, but providing services is how Bahamians make their money, so please remember to tip. The people were very cordial, but it seemed that whenever we asked for directions, no one knew how to get anywhere - the Island residents, I mean, so that's frustrating. It was like being in NYC or Atlanta again! People live there but never go out of their immediate circles. Only those who "drive" for a living know how to get from here to there. So my husband and I relied heavily on our navigational skills. We chose to stay in a studio condo, rented out by an owner of a couple of condos at the Coral Beach Hotel (on the internet). His offer was a rate of $85/night, $50 for cleaning fee (upon guest departure) and for an additional $150, use of a car, too. (Driving on the left was not as "scary" as I thought it would be) What a steal! We stayed 6 nights. Upon arrival at the hotel, our "tourist hospitality" stopped and demand of independence stepped in. When we checked in, we were given our room key and two extra large shopping carts to tote our luggage and coolers to our room. The front desk people were cordial, but strictly there for answering questions or attending to other matters in running the hotel. Guests are on their own. Though the hotel was a bit on the "old" side compared to the lavish Sheraton or Royal Oasis and the room was more like an apartment well lived-in by friends taking turns with it as their vacations rotated 'round the calendar year, it was suitable enough for the two of us, even kinda cute, first aparment-like. A nice, non-expensive place to stay, equipped with all the necessities of home. Everything from an iron with board to tissue boxes and all the utensils and potware needed for the kitchen. No matching towels or matching chinaware, but everything was clean and neat. Cute kitchenette with stove, full refrigerator and microwave, and we brought all of our food from the US. The stories we heard about paying $7 for a box of Raisin Bran in the Bahamas absolutely horrified us. We really wanted this trip, but on a budget since we are the parents of three small children. Getting past the disappointment of no glitz and glamour at our residence for the week, we discovered the real treasure of our place of stay. We were literally on the beach. Less than 100 feet away! A quick little walk through the beautiful courtyard, filled with bright tropical flowers, fruit trees and well manicured lawns, past the pool, exercise room and food/bar stand and wella! The Beach! It was gorgeous and somewhat secluded. The blue water was so pretty and the warm sunshine was so tantalizing that you just want to lie down and just bask in it, which of course is what we did -- shocking everyone we know upon our return home with these 4 times darker than normal skin tone tans! Our room was equipped with both air conditioner and a ceiling fan, so in April with only 80-85 degree weather, the ceiling fan with the patio door open brought enough tropical breeze to cool the studio. Speaking of the patio, have no fear of the little curly-tailed lizards! They were a frequent visitor to the patio door! They do run from you when you approach them, but my husband had a different experience. While napping out on a lawn chair on the patio, a lizard jumped on him. Probably though he was a tree trunk, it was hilarious, but of course you had to be there! Our two disappointments were that 1) only basic cable was offered in our room - no HBO, Showtime or Cinemax, but all the better to get us out of that room and onto exploring the island! We did however bring our X-Box, so we had DVDs and game CDs to play when we were done exploring. And 2) Grand Bahama really does not offer "night life" in terms of dressing up in your Saturday night's best for a night out on the town. We did that and went to the casinos (only 2 there), and a couple of the "bar/clubs" that were open. Everyone there were still dressed in shorts and tank tops or maybe a nice pair of slacks and a cute little top, nothing fancy. We definitely stood out like tourists. We hurried back to our room and changed! People said that the "night life" was just gone from Grand Bahama. Given that, we took a step back and looked around. Almost half of the community consisted of senior citizens. Ah, yes, the retirement plan. Why deal with the craziness of Florida Spring Breakers? Own a piece of an island. What a beautiful idea! Funny we noticed also that our hotel was dark and quiet around 11:30pm, too. A quiet that we came to really appreciate given our normal household of consisted of extreme madness from our 3, 5, and 10 year olds! The peace also brought us a chance to be closer with no interruption. Our vacation really became a "Lovefest", if you will. We had not been this intimate with each other since before our firstborn. Long walks, long talks, etc. We just didn't realize how much we really missed being alone with each other. So if you're looking for a vacation that you can just grab a quick duffle bag and stuff it with enough shorts and underwear to last your stay, a vacation offering lots of water sports, a little gambling, quiet night strolls on the beach and excellent opportunity of intimacy with your loved one, Grand Bahama is what you're looking for. We've been back almost two weeks now and already planning our next trip there -- but better prepared with more precise expectations. A word of advice on your choice of accommodations. If your dream vacation consisting of an elaborate modern hotel with kitchen, bar, and hotel staff to service you and take you on tours or entertain your family, look into one of the commercial hotels. However, personally, we think we got the better end of the deal, staying in a condo and not being lead around by tourism -- not to mention the Attack of the Resort Salespeople and their 3 hour tours -- which you are more subject to when you stay in the "mainstream" of tourist hotels!. We're explorers, have always travelled to new places in the U.S., with a map and a cup of cappucino, only ever getting lost maybe a mile or two before we discovered our mistake. But it's an adventure! My husband, the pilot, and me, the navigator, our family has explored and visited many places that we've never been, chock full of adventure and excitement, and now we can put Grand Bahama on our "conquered" list. Beautiful Grand Bahama, wonderful place to visit, and possibly live there, too.
Loved the place and the people
hi I stayed at the coral beach condo for the first time in june. It was a great location not too many people. Travel was expensive unless you like to walk to the sheraton via beach. Safe for kids. Liked it so much went back and still had a great time at a different unit. You can not beat this location for a private beach.
Lovely place to stay/Newly renovated elevators
Coral Beach Hotel is rather quiet and apeaceful place for just the family, I stayed for 2wks in the hotel and the maid service was excellent, front desk personnel and pool bar(blackbeards landing) were the best I ever seen in Grand Bahama. The staff was very helpful and customer service, great. I would stay at the hotel again. The elevators were new, I could smell the newness of them and only thing was wrong was the garbage chute-but of course it is garbage! Great Hotel/Inn!
I loved my stay at Coral Beach
Hi,I tried to place a review last week but I don't think it posted so here goes again.I stayed at Diannes wonderful studio apartment at the Coral Beach property for 8 days of my vacation and 5 days at Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort. Both were wonderful.Dianne's studio at Coral Beach is very convenient and accommodating for a nice, totally relaxing stay. I enjoyed staying at the Coral Beach apartment sooooo much! It's a large studio nice and cozy. Dianne is a great person, the nicest person you'll ever know. Dianne does her most to make her guests happy.Coral Beach is the perfect, quiet spot for a nice vacation.Coral Beach Apartment Hotel is a quiet, peaceful beachfront property (6 floors) in a residential neighborhood in the Lucaya area. It sits amid gardens and groves of casuarinas. It is close to Port Lucaya Marketplace but still in a residential area. Lots of the owners are renovating their apartments.The beachfront of Coral Beach is lovely.Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort is a 15 minute walk away along the beach.Taxi fare from Grand Bahama International Airport to the Coral Beach property costs $19 for two people.The public bus stop is conveniently located just half a block away from the Coral Beach building at the intersection of Coral Beach Road and Royal Palm Way - it's actually about a 3 minute walk from the front door of the Coral Beach property. The bus runs from 7 am - 7 pm - you have to wait for about 10 minutes for one to show up. Bus fare is $1.00 per person; you must have the exact change or a $1.00 bill. The buses are really like mini-vans.The studio I stayed in has one king size bed, sitting area with 2 sleeper sofas (one is a double and the other is a single), a mini kitchenette, a whitewash rectangle dining table with four chairs with fabric cushions, a full ensuite bathroom - dressing area with sink and vanity and closet with sliding mirror doors, and a separate area with toilet, another sink, a standard size tub and shower. The apartment has almond (beige/white) ceramic tile flooring.The kitchenette countertops have almond ceramic tiles.The living/sitting area has a glass and almond rattan tv/stereo center with color TV with cable and a universal remote, VCR with an ample selection of movies, a stereo with 5 CD changer, a dual cassette player, and a coffee table (beige with glass top). The cream colored sofa is really a sofa bed (turns into a double bed when open) and the arm chair opens up into a single bed.There is a large bureau with nine drawers so ample space for storing stuff.The apartment had hair dryer, hair curler, iron and ironing board.The outside balcony has a round plastic white table and chairs on the balcony (nice to sit outside). The balcony floor is tiled with ceramic tiles.There is a ceiling fan and also a stand up fan in the living/sitting area. The airconditioning is so strong I often had to shut it off during my stay.The kitchenette has a microwave, full sized fridge, stove top and oven, toaster, blender, coffee maker, electric can opener, crock pot, storage/microwaveable containers, etc.Lots of upgrades have been put into Dianne's studio recently - brand new air conditioner with remote control, a new telephone with answering machine, dishes, glasses. Everything you need is there including bed linens, towels and kitchen items.The apartment has nice dishes, silverware and glasses.Blackbeard's Landing is the nice pool patio bar which has a few bar stools and two small picnic tables. This poolside beach bar serves snacks such as burgers, conch fritters, sodas and tropical drinks. Charmaine bartends here and everyone tells me that she is extremely nice. When I stayed at Coral Beach for part of this summers vacation, Lydia tended the bar and grill as Charmaine was away on vacation.Blackbeards is open from 10am-6pm daily but food is only served till about 4pm drinks are available till 6pm.Blackbeard's Landing Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 4-6pm and you can get 2 for 1 island tropical drinks, Hi-ball drinks, wine and discounted beer. Happy Hour is even open to non-guests of Coral Beach so it's a fun spot to hang out.I copied the entire menu for Blackbeards Landing Bar & Grill On The Beach Ill just give a FEW sample menu items - the 15% gratuity is already included in the prices I will quote. A chef salad costs $6.25. An order of fries costs $1.75. Conch Fritters (8) costs $3.75. A club sandwich costs $5.25. A hot dog costs $3.50. A bacon & cheese burger costs $5.50. A grilled cheese sandwich costs $2.75. A plate of BBQ or Spicy Wings (6) & fries costs $6.75. A beer costs $3.50. Non-alcoholic beer costs $2.00. A tropical drink costs $5.75. A soda costs $1.50. Bottled water costs $1.50.The rectangular swimming pool on-site overlooks the beach. The pool is rather smallish if you are comparing it with the great pools at the big hotels on the island but I love it since it has a deep end so it is great for swimming. It is not heated but was fine since I was there in August. The Coral Beach poolside has white patio tables with umbrellas and chairs and some chaise lounges.The Coral Beach property has such a great location. The beachfront of the Coral Beach property is private and quiet-like, the ideal place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. Just a few steps down from the pool is the wonderful stretch of glorious beach. The beach is lovely since it is wide and spacious. There are a few palapas/tiki huts on the beach. The ocean water is a beautiful shade of turquoise.You can walk along the beach to Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort almost every day to get some exercise.Staying at Coral Beach is a nice way to relax and escape from the real world. I have stayed numerous times at the Coral Beach property in the past. It is nice to be able to walk down to Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort but I love the relative isolation and the quality of the beach at Coral Beach.One advantage of staying at the Coral Beach apartment units is that, when you rent from a private owner at Coral Beach, you do NOT have to pay the hotel taxes and surcharges that you would if you stayed in a hotel or motel.I would recommend Coral Beach.best regards,Carrie firstname.lastname@example.org
Nice for the price
Stayed at the Coral Beach for a quick 5 day vacation. This hotel has all the basics we needed for a comfortable, easy get-away. Every unit has a kitchenette. The pool is right off the beach and wonderful! We walked the whole length of the beach from Port Lucaya to our hotel and decided we had the best beach on the whole strip. No loud watersports or mobs of tourists. Simple, comfortable, peaceful and affordable.
Love Coral Beach
I have stayed in many of the condos at Coral Beach and they vary as far as whether they have been renovated or not. I own one myself and it has been totally renovated and everything works and has many, many extras as do many others. When it is rented, I stay in other owners' units who also rent and know that there are only a few for rent that have not been renovated. Most of them have. We are working very hard to modernize our lobby and elevator area. I will pass along the concerns of the previous post from Atlanta, GA regarding parking problems. Some owners have spaces that you can use when you are there. Please email me directly with any questions or concerns about your possible stay at Coral Beach. It is on a beautiful white sand beach with thatched umbrellas and just a 15 minute walk from Port Lucaya. In my opinion, it is a way to have an affordable visit on one of the most beautiful beaches. Wherever you stay, have a great trip!
I just returned from a week at Coral Beach with my family. Our condos (we rented two for a large group) were fine. They are fairly dated (love those green kitchen appliances) but they were okay. One unit had a phone and cable, but neither worked in the other unit. The overall property just needs updating in a significant way. The elevators are in terrible shape, and they smelled very bad. The pool and beach were nice, and the lady at the pool bar was great. The beach on either side of the resort is very pretty and there was hardly anyone on the beach.
While you can walk to Port Lucaya, it isn't something you want to do twice a day. After a couple of days of taxi fares I rented a car. That leads to the parking issue. There aren't enough spaces there, so even if you rent a car you may have a problem finding a place to park it.
Two nights I had no choice but to park in a reserved space and move the car the next morning when some of the visitor spaces opened up. Port Lucaya was nice, and I highly recommend "Shenanigans" and the restaurant that was formerly "Pussers". Both were great. Groceries are very expensive on the island (about twice what they are in the US).
Peace in Heaven
Just returned from renting an apartment for 2 weeks at Coral Beach. Right on the best beach in freeport. Accommodation was excellent and the complex great. Visited Feeport a few times but this was the best, so much so we have bought an apartment. OK so Freeport tends to be a bit pricey but the stay at Coral Beach is well worth it.
Nice, quiet place to stay.
I visited Freeport twice and both times stayed at the Coral Beach hotel. The first time I went with a friend who's aunt lived there ... it was great ... nice clean place ... right on the beach. The second time I visited, we rented our own studio suite ... again ... really nice and affordable too. We visited in May both times so it was really quiet there. I prefer that. The beach is nice, the pool is nice, the staff is nice ... what's not to like?
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