Winnetu Oceanside Resort
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We have had a couple of down days.
Highlights included finding a pair of fresh water lakes in the Nickerson National Park which helped as we have discovered they are having a bit of a shark problem on the cape!
Brush with the law- went to ...
... back to the highway and take a dip on Races beach. Dunes, sand, sea = no camera on beach. Shimmied into our cossies and took the plunge. It was freezing - all agree colder than Kingsand- we caused quite a stir with people just stopping and looking and encouraging us. Really strong current to right (hence the name "Races") so quite challenging swimming. Like one of those pools you can get to swim against a current- we struggled to stay in the same place. No one else in the water at ...
... and reburied (unmarked) elsewhere in the cemetery due to the number of people visiting and partying at his gravesite. Large portions of the island, which are in private ownership, have covenants on them to ensure that they are not subdivided or over developed. One of these is a 330 acre block now owned by Caroline Kennedy. The property was bought for her mother, then Jackie Onassis, in the early 1970s by Aristotle Onassis for $1.3 million to ensure Jackie's privacy when ...
Woke up to a blistering hot sun and a cooling breeze. Explored the basement and found deck chairs, beach umbrella and a purple inflatable so headed for the beach at the end of the road- took the car for ease of kit transport.
Fairly eventful as breeze at our house equates to gale on the beach. Lost deck chair, inflatable and wrap up the beach. In the end realised everyone else was land anchoring kit. Ruth had first shark bite- well ok she fell on an underwater rock that had ...
... the waters to catch whales. He would fling them against the cliffs to kill them and then cook them over his fire providing the Wampanoag with food. Bloods from the whales stained the cliffs red and coals from Moshup's fire accounted for the black. Frequent fog in the area is considered to be smoke from Moshup's pipe- a sign of Moshup's happiness with his people. Before we came back to Oak Bluffs we completed our circuit which brought us past a B&B that ...
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The Winnetu is a very nice resort to stay at if the Staff was more proffesional and curteous to their customers. The Winnetu is a very well kept resort, the location is perfect, the beach is a short walk away and relatively close to it's bus line. Except for people without cars or who are disbled, it may be a problem because the resort is hidden away from the main road approx a good 1/4 mile in. Now to comment on the staff. The staff is made up of mostly college kids which for a supposed high class resort made it feel like a summer camp resort. There seemed to be 1 manager on duty, but she never seemed happy, never smiling. You would think she would be helping to greet all the wonderful tourist that pay her bills. Check in for us was fine, but no mention of anyone offering to help us with our bags. We did get the room we pre-booked for, and eveything looked neat and clean. The one major problem we had was the air conditioning. We went during summer and it was relatively warm. I guess they were in the midst of maintenance and ours was not working. The manager at the front desk did not seem to care about our complaint and said she would look into it. I found that to be unacceptable, giving us a half-hearted response. I went back to the room not knowing if anything would be done. About an hour later, a maintenace guy comes knocking on the door saying I'm here to install you air conditioner. He brings this old hugh window unit in that he found in their basement not knowing if would fit in the window or how he was going to do it. I found it rather amusing, after all , we paid good money to stay here. Anyway, knowing its not his fault, I let him do what he was asked to do, and he somehow got the unit to fit in the window. And you know what, there's no knob on the unit. He had to turn it on with pliers and said just to unplug it if we wanted to turn it off. Also, we couldn't close the curtians and the guy trying to be nice attempted to staple the curtains together to give us some privacy. I applaud him for even trying given the situation. Normally , I would have been pissed. But trying to not let anything negative bring down what is supposed to be one of the most memorable times of my life, I let it slide and put up with it for the remainder of the trip. Martha's Vineyard is a wonderful place to visit and staying in Edgartown was wonderful. If the Winnetu had taken care of their guests as well as they take care of their lawn, this would have been an excellant review. By the way, I'm now engaged with a little blurb of negativity on one of my most memorable occasions. Good luck to all who will stay at this resort. I would definately stay here again if the management changes.
This was our first time to Martha's Vineyard and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had only planned 4 days on the Island, so the Winnetu fit in perfectly with our needs. When traveling with smaller children (2&4), having a kitchenette is key. Most of the other non-house options on the Island did not provide a kitchenette or did not allow children. We would definitely rent a house, if we were staying longer. Nonetheless, we were pleasantly impressed with the grounds and accomodations. We did not experience the poor service from the staff that others mention in the reviews, in fact, quite the opposite. From Michelle, the general manager, to Vinny our shuttle driver and the Lure manager (forget her name) everyone was fantastic and attentive to us and especially the children. Of special note was Ed the general contractor who drove us in the antique bus once to Edgartown. Ed saved us from much pain and frustration when leaving the Island on a busy Sunday ferry schedule. Because of hurricane Ivan, Oak Bluffs ferries were not running, so everybody departing the Island had to leave from Vineyard Haven. The luggage racks were full, the ferry was packed and there I was standing in a sea of luggage wondering how the heck I was going to get on the ferry when out of the blue I hear a person asking if they could help. It was Ed from the Winnetu, who was going off Island to visit his family. He scooped up half of our luggage and led us to a "locals only know this spot" on the ferry close to the exit with room for all of our luggage. We would have never found this nook on our own and would have had to leave half our luggage in Vineyard Haven. I will not forget Ed and his kindness...he made a lasting impression. I tried to empty my wallet, but he would not take a cent...rememeber, he was off duty.
My husband and I visited for our honeymoon and were very pleased with the Winnetu. The prices are a bit high and the website exagerates a bit as far as the amenities, but regardless, it is beautiful.
There was a previous review about the poor service which I ignored seeing all the other great reviews. But that reviewer was absolutely correct. The college kids, while well-meaning, do not know a thing about service or running a hotel. They are very disorganized - there were never any pool towels available and they managed to misplace my fax. There is no room service, no robes, no dry cleaning, no shoe shining or any other amenity that you would expect at a luxury hotel. I stayed for a week and not once did the cleaning service mop our bathroom floor.
Happiest of Times
One of our most outstanding weekends. We were welcomed as if staff couldn't wait for us to arrive. They were so happy we were there. Clean room, excellent, respectful service. Beautiful view of the grounds and ocean. Cheerful, upbeat atmosphere. Convenient location. The Lure Restaurant was above and beyond our expectations. The best!! Hated to leave The Winnetu. Wish we could have stayed longer. Everyone should experience a weekend like this once in their lifetime. Short walk through the pathway to the clean, pure beach allowed another peaceful dimension to the weekend. Loved it! We will return.
This hotel is really mediocre. It is essentially staffed by college kids and exchange students that have not been trained in the hotel and service industry nor informed about anything having to do with the Winnetu. For $450.00 a night, I expected a higher class of service. I was surprised to have to lug all our suitcases to the 3rd floor ourselves (in addition, the elevator was out of order and I noticed the inspection was expired by over a year). The carpet in our room had huge stains on it. Housekeeping never relplaced soap or shampoo the entire week we were there. On one occassion she didn't even remove the pile of dirty towels. In fact, other than making the beds, housekeeping was quite poor. I would have been even more disappointed if we didn't have a car as this hotel is not convienently located. The 2 tennis courts right on the property need to be resurfaced. The children's tennis clinic was very much a disappointment for our daughters as it was geared towards very young children who have never played. The web site is misleading making it look like a top notch Resort which it is not. Martha's Vineyard is outstanding and this didn't impair our trip, but it didn't enchance it in anyway. We will go back to Martha's Vineyard next month, and we will not stay at the Winnetu again.
Great location, some complaints
beautiful lawn, very clean rooms, nice property. we loved our balcony overlooking the lawn w/the ocean in the distance. furniture could be nicer. we stayed there in mid-june, however, & many advertised programs/amenities weren't available until late june (we weren't told about this when we booked the suite). this included breakfast/lunch service (only a few deli items available at their general store), cookouts, transportation services, tours, etc. in addition, we found the very-green staff to be mostly clueless. there was one power outage as well.
The best on the island
Just returned from 5 beautiful days at the Winnetu. From the staff to the rooms to their first class restaurant, Opus, the Winnetu is the best spot on MV. The staff makes you feel welcome and ensures you know who to call if you need anything. The rooms (we stayed in an East Chop Suite) has plenty of room and a kitchen area so you can do a little cooking. The patio area allows you to hear South Beach as you read.
Opus is our favorite restaurant on the island. Whether you want a goumet meal or something lighter and quick, they have it. Also, the view from Opus is beautiful. The Winnetu lives up to its name - it is beautiful.
Having spent many years visiting the Vineyard we were pleasantly shocked to discover the "new" Winnetu -what a surprise! Only built in 2000, the resort is located on a beautiful piece of property in Edgartown at South Beach. Not only is the property spanking new, and the staff so desirous to please, but the amenities were beyond our expecations. They included: a heated swimming pool, tennis club, life-size chess board (the best!), library, general store, fabulous restaurant with an ocean-view, expansive lawns to play or read a book, a path to the Vineyard's best beach, bike rentals (the resort is on the bike path to Edgartown), their own water taxi to go into town, complimentary shuttle service to town, massage services, and in the summer we understand they offer a complimentary children's program for families. Well, if this isn't enough, the rooms, are mostly suites, with kitchenettes, living room/dining room, decks with views, and large bathrooms. We stayed in a West Chop suite - it was superb. We would not recommend a studio - they're okay but don't have the space or the "twinkle" of the larger suites. Casual, wonderful and the ultimate Vineyard experience, there is no comparison in our judgment.
Loved the Winnetu
We stayed there for 4 nights last June and really loved it. The accomodations were sparkling and comfortable. We stayed in a West Chop Suite. The grounds are well maintained and very pretty. We enjoyed cycling to Edgartown everyday for lunch. The beach is just a short walk away and is beautiful. I would not stay any place else.