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One word : WOW! This place had it all. I could write a book on how great this place is and another book on all it has to offer. p.s. did i mention you get free alcoholic drinks from dusk till dawn the whole time with the package. Five star resort all the way.
Not what I thought it would be
Visited: November 2002 5 nights
Well put it this way...you get what you pay for...
the trip was pretty low cost~
The people at the front desk were horrible, not friendly, didn't welcome us, couldn't be bothered with us...Check in took a long time...we had to wait almost 4 hours to get into our room...Our room was so far away, it was crazy...I had to speak up, so we got to change our room....
There were 4 of us in a quad room, well the maid came maybe twice, only gave us fresh towels twice and only gave us 2 towels! There were 4 of us...
I asked the front desk for towels, never got them...the room was less than ok, the floors were always dirty...They need to fix up the rooms.
The staff got angry with us because we would not take the " 90 minute tour " which was to try to force us into buying a time-share...They kept trying to push us into it, I knew what it was all about...it was awful...When we finally just said...Hello, no..we don't want to do this, the lady got very mean!
They definitely need new bartenders...my vacation was " all-inclusive ", well not to the bartenders, they actually told us we owed him $1 for each drink we ordered, I looked at him/them like they were absolutely crazy..we grabbed our drinks off the counter and he proceeded to yell at us that we owed him money...we were tipping the bartenders all along, but we stopped after that, no way would I tip them...We told the front desk, but they could have cared less to what we were saying, they were just as bad!
Basically the staff at Club Fortuna were horrible,
I rate them a 1 out of 10.
The beach/water was the only good part....The beach bar was supposed to be great, well it opened when they felt like it, took an hour or longer lunch, and closed at 5:00...you could not sit at any of the bars, that stunk.
I personally would not go back again. I wouldn't recommend going if you've been to another great all inclusive resort at a different island, like Aruba ...it's like taking a big step back, a big let down....
I just stayed on the beach for as long as I could, thank god for the crystal clear water! I was glad to go home.
I cannot believe how wonderful the people at Club Fortuna were. They were so helpful and truly made our trip a memorable one. The room was clean and nice, the food was good, and we especially liked the shows the employees presented for us. Games, music, dancing, food, drinks and a wonderful beach, what more could you ask for.
Bargain vacation, definitely not luxury
Fourteen of us just went to Viva Fortuna for five nights the first week of Nov 2002. I have to agree with most of the other reviews. It's an "OK" place to go to relax as long as you're not looking for luxury.
The rooms are modest and you do have to complain multiple times if you want a room change. The food is mediocre at the buffet but the sit-down Italian restaurant is pretty good and they have two waitresses that are the best! They have a great attitude and it showed through having to deal with the fourteen of us.
The snorkeling is great , especialy the excursion you can take right from the dive shop. I highly recommend it. Watch out for the buses as they charge top dollar and don't tell you there's a public bus available, especially if you have a large group.
For us, it was just what we were looking for. We didn't want to spend a lot as our main reason was to vacation & party with friends we hadn't seen in awhile. The drinks are plentiful and most of the bartenders were very friendly. If you don't want to deal with the plastic cups, purchase a taller sports drink cup fromm the onsite store for $6. It'll save you from running back so often but a word of caution, the drinks tend to be much stronger when they serve them. You might want to get two plastic cup ones and transfer them.
All and all, we loved it because we ignored all the downfalls and just had a great time.
A very average resort
We spent 2 weeks in August 2002 at the Viva Fortuna Resort. On booking this holiday we were advised by the agent that our room would be an oceanview. In the brochure it also mentioned that rooms were oceanview or garden view. We had neither. We managed to get dirt track view!! After spending most of the entire first day of our holiday going back and forwards to the reception desk we were eventually moved to an oceanview room. The rooms are very basic, not particularly clean but are air conditioned. We spoke to several people who were not happy with the rooms, mostly because of cleanliness. You definately have to keep on at the reception staff if you want anything regarding the room i.e towels and on several occasions we actually dealt with the housekeeping staff without consulting reception as it seemed more effective!
The resort does have a lovely beach, but again could do with being cleaned more often. The pool was disgusting, you couldn't really see the bottom and didn't appear to be cleaned for the 2 weeks we were there. We spoke to several people whose children had contracted ear infections.
The food in the main restaurant was ok (although a bit like a school canteen) and there seemed to be plenty of choice, the staff were very efficient and tables were cleared immediately. Unfortunately, the restaurant was not air conditioned and could become quite unbearable at times. We did eat on several occasions at the Italian restaurant but you do have to get up and book very early to guarantee yourself a table as the restaurant is quite small. The food there was very nice though and made a change from the hustle and bustle of the main restaurant.
We went on several excursions on the Island and particularly enjoyed the National Park & Kayaking trip and also the snorkelling trip which leaves from the water sports hut on the beach. We would also recommend the Botanical Gardens, which we visited by bike which are free from the hotel. Definately give the glass bottomed boat a miss, it made most people very ill on our trip!!!
As far as entertainment was concerned it wasn't really our scene. The staff would put on shows every night. It was just a bit too much like holiday camp entertainment for us although if you have kids they would probably really enjoy it. I am sure they worked very hard to put on these shows every night and lots of people seemed to enjoy them it just wasn't for us though. Other than the shows there wasn't really a great deal else going on in the evenings. There was the occasional karaoke (which was very popular)but other than that not a great deal else. There is a nightclub which finishes between 1.30/2.00am. The only problem being that the DJ's seem to play only their choice of music and didn't seem to be bothered about the guests!! Ok to go along and sit outside for a late drink.
Talking of drink, there is plenty of that and they certainly don't hold back on the measures!! Lots of variety of cocktails and the beer is good too, as long as you don't mind drinking from small plastic cups!!
Basically I would recommend the resort to people with kids (but take care with the pool, the beach is lovely and the snorkelling off the beach is excellent. The rooms aren't great, but then again you don't spend too much time in them. The day times at the resort and generally on the island are good but if you are looking for lively entertainment in the evenings, then I would suggest that you try a different hotel or island!
Relaxing, and wonderful in every way!
My parents have a time share at Club Fortuna and I have been going there for the past 6 years. We love it!! The rooms are just right, comfortable, and clean. The food is delicious, and the beaches are amazing.I have gone every year with my mom and my sister and we always have a blast. It is extremely safe, and total paradise. My only suggestion is to avoid going during spring break. Unless you like loud, drunken college kids, it is not a good time to go. Other than I have no complaints. If you want a quiet, peaceful, tropical, relaxed vacation, this is the place for you! Oh one more thing, the food is so great that we always go home with some extra pounds!
I guess you get what you pay for.
We just spent five nights at Viva Fortuna and I was not impressed at all. The rooms were only fair. Thank God they were air conditioned because nothing else was. The food was almost the same thing every day (Buffet Style)and nothing to write home about. The staff was not very helpfull and sometimes very rude, we were short towels almost everyday and it took almost all day to get the room made up. My wife and her friend who never went snorkling before recieved no assistance from the staff as to where to go and were yelled at for being in the wrong area.
Not everything was bad the beach was beautiful and the water great. We had a large party and made the best of it. If your young and want to party and don't need creature comforts this is for you.
Great Deal for the money!
We recently spent a week at the 'All inclusive' Viva Fortuna Resort in Grand Bahamas. The resort was beautiful although the room could have been maintained a bit better, (caulking, etc) but they were clean and right on the beach. The food was very good and most abundant! In fact, I gained 7 lbs in just a week. If we would have had to pay for all our food and drinks...it would have cost us an additional $1000 for sure! There was a lot to do and the snorkeling was great right off the beach. The only rather strange thing was that the maid picked up our dirty towels every am and didn't return with replacements until late in the afternoon. Rather difficult if one wanted to take an early shower! The other inconvenient thing was the phone system. They would not allow you to use your phone unless you gave them a $100 deposit. It made no difference if you had an AT&T card or not which I had. They still insisted on this which was really ridiculous. They blamed it on the 'over-seas' operator, however that was not the case as other people from different hotels had no problem calling the US, without any deposit.
Except for those two things, we had a great time, and the resort was most enjoyable. The taxi's outside tried to get the top dollar out of you for a fare, however and were rather reluctant to tell you where you might catch a bus. They said there was none, and yet we got a city bus to drive us back to the resort and drop us off a block down the street because they didn't approve.
Regardless, you can get the most for your money if you bargain, ride the bus and share rides with others. Staying at the Viva Fortuna, is a real bargain with the all inclusive deal and I highly recommend it to all, especially if you have a large family!
Phyllis DiCarlo, Tampa Florida
Not a Luxury Vacation
Recently booked a trip on-line to Viva Fortuna on Grand Bahama Island. The resort has some potential but if you're looking for a luxury resort, it's not for you. Some of the rooms are really dated. If you're going there, don't hesitate to complain about your room. Better ones are available. Complaining to them in front of potential customers, as we did, resulted in an immediate room upgrade. If you can get past the room situation, the beach is lovely and the activities around the pool are fun. The food is okay. The main restaurant is not fully enclosed and tends to be hot. Again, if you're looking for gourmet, you won't find it here. The excursions off the property are expensive. If you can stand driving on the "other" side of the road, it's cheaper to rent a small car for a day to see the island. The nightly entertainment is amateur-ish but the entertainment staff tries hard! Some of the shows are not family oriented so, be warned!!
Had a great time
My wife and I were looking for a place that we could park our butts in a beach chair and allow our 8 and 9 year old to be with us or be with other kids in a club arrangement.
The room was extremely basic, but then we never there. The kids were lucky enough to meet two others and they had a ball all week. The place was extremely safe and you were not bombarded with people trying to sell you things while you were on the beach.
The food was okay, we alwys found somethng we could eat. The drinks were good, but if you were looking for something with a fancy umbrella or fruit piled on top, this is not your place. It offered a great vacation for the price, all the conveniences you would want and a beautiful beach. Beach had many coral reefs that were somewhat annoying to get to the water, but you overlooked all of the things that might bug you when you realize it is quiet, relaxing and that you are on vacation.
I doubt we would ever go back there, but we will definitely try the Viva property in Mexico next, we heard many good things about it from the other guests when we were there.