New, Clean & Relaxing A review of Vacation Village at Bonaventure
Recently my wife and I traveled to the Bonaventure section of Fort Lauderdale Florida ans stayed at the Vacation Village at Weston Resort.When making your reservations be sure to ask if you are getting an "A" or "B" room. The difference is a Jacuzzi and big screen TV. Ask for a pool view. Unfortunately I did not know to ask and we were stuck with a parking lot view. It is well worth the extra cost if you plan on sitting out on the balcony. Eating breakfast overlooking the beautiful new waterfall pool is not too tough to take!At check-in we received our room keys along with a map of the area, a few brochures, and a list of restaurants and tours that honor a 10% discount to all Vacation Village guests such as dinner cruises, golf and Everglade boat rides. As we entered our room I was very pleased with what I saw. To the right was a spacious kitchen, large refrigerator and breakfast bar. Straight ahead was the dining area(Table & chairs). Off to the left was the living room area (Sofa sleeper and 2 arm chairs facing a 50 inch large screen TV. The decor was a tropical version of the Bombay Company. Everything new and unused.Next was the bathroom....very large. Two sinks with a vanity area in between. Last but not least was the bedroom. Very nicely decorated with a private sliding glass door to the balcony. And who can forget my wife's favorite amenity of all....the large Jacuzzi tub sitting right in the middle of the room. It was as if the tub had put a spell on her. My wife was in heaven.As I awoke the next morning I looked out into the parking lot and saw about a dozen men waving goodbye to their families and packing up their golf bags. Apparently there are 27 courses nearby. I myself am not a big golfer so I don't have too much info on that. Except to say the lobby was loaded with golf brochures.Laying out by the pool was very relaxing however this is where I have a complaint. Even though the pool area is very lush and tropical there is no music which makes the atmosphere a little stale. In fact the only thing you hear as lie in the sun is the sound of tennis balls being pelted back and forth. (The courts are located adjacent to the pool area) And if you get thirsty from sitting in the hot Florida sun you better bring a cooler with you because there is nowhere to grab something to eat or drink down by the pool. I understand it's a condo complex and not a hotel...but come on! What is a vacation without a drink and some island music playing out by the pool.One of the conveniences of staying in the Bonaventure area was the proximity to the Sawgrass Mills Mall. It is the largest outlet mall in the country with over 270 manufacturer's outlets, retail outlets and other name brand discounters . Apparently citizens from South America fly in to shop there on a regular basis. There are a ton of stores not to mention the restaurants. Cheesecake Factory, Wolfgang Pucks, Bahama Breeze, & Hard Rock Caf? to name a few. (Food Tip: Bahama Breeze- Best menu items are the Coconut Prawns, Jerk Chicken Pasta and the Cuban Sandwich)Before I flew back home I drove by Vacation Village at Bonaventure where I almost stayed. The building seemed similar to Vacation Village at Weston. The grounds were clean and the pool was nice, however it was not as nice as the Weston was.The Bonaventure section of Fort Lauderdale is located about 25 minutes from the beach and about 35 minutes from Miami. The area is very nice however unless you are an avid golfer or have business in the area this may not be the best section of Florida to take a vacation. It is just a little too far from all the action.To get a better look check out ----- for a complete list of local activities.