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... especially the Segway Tours which we tried to book on day 1! We ended up on an Island tour and it turned out to be one of the best tours we had. Our driver 'Captain' Dwayne was very entertaining with an excellent sense of humor. The history we learnt about Freeport and culture were priceless. We drove through the old millionaire strip and saw some amazing houses especially one which belonged to Sammy Davis Jr.
... in the spa, a swim in the pool, and a cocktail poolside....... Back to the cabin to get ready for the last nights entertainment. There was an adult game, where to teams had to dress up or perform certain activities .... guy's had to dress up as a"woman of the night" then give their version of a sexy dance .... so funny. Sail through the night to Miami. BooHoo .... Leaving tomorrow .... Key West ... Here we ...
... he survived the trauma he endured at the hands of a terrified three year old. We found the original ship where they filmed "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. It was almost destroyed by a hurricane several years ago but, we got to see a small amount of the ship's remains. Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We toured the National Park and realized the whole area was on fire. Strange watching a fire jump the road right in front of our car. ...
... at Mangrove Cay, a small uninhabited island. There were light NE winds, sunny skies and it was 80 degrees. We had to motor thru narrow Indian Cay Passage with quite shallow water for a few miles. Then it got deeper and we could all relax and enjoy the sail. The average depth of the water surrounding the Bahamas is about 6-10 feet compared to over 4,000 feet deep in the gulf stream. Because the area of the banks is so large and the water so shallow, a tremendous volume of water ...
... flops. We actually left our expensive hiking sandals at the orphanage!
We loved the volunteering projects and I would definitely do more of these on my next trip. I would really recommend for families to do this together. There is nothing like helping people that makes you feel worthwhile, especially seeing the friendly smiles in the villages and the orphanages.
Lastly, the thing I would do different is go to one region and do more ...
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Wonderful Resort. Negative reviews uncalled for.
I don't understand the negative reviews. Flamingo Bay was Awesome. The pool and beach were out of this world. The rooms were not the Four Seasons, but we didn't pay for the Four Seasons. The rooms were nice and clean. I was very satisfied with the hotel itself and the staff was nice to us.
Flamingo Bay vs The Ritz
This hotel was horrible. You watch everyone getting off at these beautiful hotels and when you get to this one you just want to cry. We checked in walked over to the Ritz ate dinner and walked back. When we went back an hour after checking in we requested to be moved to a different place across the street and they accommodated us. The people were nice the place is a dump. The matress was soft, the microwave rusty, the fridge rusty. The bathroom was clean but the Ritz was nicer. The pool was beautiful the restaurant overlooking the ocean okay.
Worlds worst vacation
We stayed at the Flamingo Yacht club in December of 2002 for our first anniversary. This had to be the biggest waste of money ever recorded. The resort was absolutely disgusting. The floors were made of tile, this would be fine if the floor was ever swept and the tiles weren't broken. You had to wear shoes everytime your were not in bed. We had rain two of the days while we were there and the television was broken so we could only watch the Spanish channel, this would be OK if we spoke Spanish but unfortunately we do not. The desk staff was less than helpful because they were never there and could not be contacted of course I am sure it would have been easier to contact the desk staff if the phones had not been shut off, we had to walk across the street and use the payphone to call anyone. The AC was broken and seemed to pump humidity into the already musty room. The bathroom was dirty and had no shower curtain, the light bulbs were burned out so the bathroom was hard to use at night, again the desk staff was not anywhere to be found. The night we decided to leave we were laying in bed at 12:00 a.m. and heard voices outside our room and suddenly the door handle beagn moving and someone tried to get in. I yelled through the door and the two people ran away. We went and stayed at Our Lucaya resort and would do it again. Our Lucaya resort was expensive but well worth the feeling of safety and security.
Nightmare in Paradise
We booked a room for New Years Eve 2003 through Travelocity in advance, and had a written confirmation. We arrived at hotel and found the office closed. After a short wait, we were told that they had no rooms left. NOTE: Not even a "we're sorry." They made arrangements for us to stay at the Ritz - across the street. The first room was totally unexceptable. There was no lock on door, the knob was loose and it was evident that the room had been broken into (numerious pry marks on door frame and door). The 2nd room was a time share unit, next door to a screaming child, no pillows, and a strong moldy smell. We walked back to the office and requested pillows (no telephones in rooms) from the office - but they never brought us any. When we checked out the following morning, I informed them that the bathroom ceiling had water running down the wall (mirror), and that there was no hot water during our stay. They replied saying that they knew there was no hot water since the day before we arrived. Also, we had paid $85 for the room in advance, and upon arrival were charged additionally.
VERY NICE RESORT!
AWESOME RESORT. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. This is where I stay from now on.
The pool was literally a waterpark. The rooms were very nice. The location couldn't be better. There was so much to do here. We had a blast. Right on the beach, we couldn't have asked for more.
This is a really cool place. The pool was out of this world. It was HUGE (waterfalls, cave with swim-up bar in the cave, it had a big waterslide, bridges going over the pool, hammocks on an island in the middle of the pool). Somebody hired the right architect. The rooms were great. They were a good size and very clean. Perfect location, I mean perfect...everything was right there.
I LOVED IT!
Definatly a different place now. We were there last year and didn't care for it. We always loved the location and pool, but not the rooms.
Now its a whole new ballgame. Rooms are much larger and look new. And the lobby is completely redone. It looks like they tore it down and started over..its like a completely different resort..we didnt even recognize it when we pulled up. Higly recommended. Apparently they were bought out by a big hotel chain and the new owner put tons of cash into the place(he basically started over from scratch)
This place has really improved!
Wow! This place has really improved. They have apparently put alot of money into renovation. I was here in late July 2003 and the place was a dump. It looks like a completely different hotel now. The rooms are immaculate..the hallways and lobby have a cool aztec jungle theme going on, and the pool is amazing(it always was though). I'm impressed...very nice.
Stayed here in July of 2002. The pictures in the brochures and the write up sound & look good, but it was very deceiving. The rooms are bare floor. The lamp was broken, the air conditioning was noisy, The microwave didn't work, The room was mildew smelling, The toilet was dirty. The staff was so so, There was no restaurant. If you wanted to go eat you had to take the ferry to Lucaya for $5.00 per person and most places were expensive. The tours were like the Griswalds overlooking the Grand Canyon, and you were ready to go. Nothing to do here but spend up a lot of money! There is nothing worth going back to The Grand Bahama Island for. Once you've been, you can say been there done that!
My husband and I just returned a vacation package cruise to Freeport, Grand Bahamas and it was recommended by the agent that we stay at the Flamingo Bay Yacht Club. When we arrived we were in for the shock of our lives. The initial room we were assigned to had the most horrible musty smell, mold and mildew on the walls, sink and the floors were dirty. The room was just a regular room with a small rusty microwave, toaster and coffee pot situated in a little room that obviously used to be a part of the bathroom since the bathroom had to vent but this part did. There was no phone and we had to pay a twenty dollar deposit.
After being assigned another room, it was also musty but they sent a cleaning lady to clean up. When I looked behind the door, it had black mold or mildew, I asked her for her cleaning solution which contained a clorox solution and sprayed it on myself to show her that it comes off it wiped. We had no other choice but to stay there since we had to stay for 4 days.
The toilet bowls contained mildew also. There was no restaurant on site but we had access to the one located across the street at the Ritz. The service there was so slow, the wait was normally one hour regardless to what you ordered. One morning (8 a.m.)I ordered 3 pancakes only and it took the same hour and I was the only one there except for a gentleman who ordered a cup of coffee. There was an open bar restaurant a little ways up the street but you had to go past vendors to get to it. They serve a breakfast buffet for $6.50 whereas the restaurant price was $10.00.
The hotel staff was very friendly and tried to help with all our issues.
The hotel is situated in a secluded spot on Taino Beach so unless all you wanted to do was sit on the beach, swim or do other water sports there was basically nothing to do although the water ferry was located directly behind resort that took you into Lucaya (which is the place I will stay next time) for $3 each way.
The Ritz across the street is a part of the same property, so you have access to the largest most incredible pool. The pool's depth is from 0-5 feet and has hot tub, cave bar with barstools in the water, water slide, hammocks.
Never again will I even consider staying at the Flamingo Bay Yacht Club. I'm still wondering how it got that name. I'm glad I brought along Frebreze and Lysol disinfectant and wipes.
Transportation is a problem since there was not any public transportation from that part so you had to use taxis or the tour buses.