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“Make the best of what you have” 3 of 5 stars
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Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   48-60 Bahama Reef Blvd. | PO Box F-42695, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island   |  
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Ranked #8 of 18 hotels in Freeport
New York City, New York
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Make the best of what you have”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Ocean Reef is clean & comfortable but desperately in need of upgrading. I never saw anyone using the gym,the equipment is rusty, the bar & grill is dated. Nothing is screened in anywhere & the mosquitos are out of control. Activities at the resort added a plus to the stay. The fact that the beach is a distance away, as is everything else, FREE shuttle service at least to the beach would be nice. It was advertised but did not exist. Please, Please if you want to watch movies on late nights or rainy days Bring Your Own DVDs. The resorts are Bootleg DVDs and copies are horrible. We weren't able to watch one movie in it's entirety, and most showed people walking in the theatre.The DVD player is in the office and after being returned to the office, the $55.00 deposit will be returned. For the most part our Unit exceeded the rest of the Resort

Room Tip: A room with a Marina view is nice
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stayed for two weeks and really enjoyed our stay. The crached conch at the on-site resturant was great - all four times I had it. The staff at the condo are very nice and helpful and the shopping was within our walking distance (about 1 1/2 miles) so shopping and other places to eat were close at hand. We felt very safe walking everywhere there and did not almost daily. Beware of the sales staff here - they are all nice and very friendly but we found they do not know their product and will tell you whatever you want to hear for a sale. We will return to this resort - do know that there is no beach on site and maybe that is why they work hard to make your stay enjoyable.

Room Tip: Rooms are facing the canal so the view is serene and pretty - not much boat traffic to disturb the v...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

You will need a car to get around at your own time; if not, there's a bus that leaves at certain times only on certain days OR a cab but will cost you more. No other restaurants nearby that you won't need a ride... it's ok if you want to eat at the same place every meal. If you need Internet Access... good luck. Room needs makeover. Comparing it to numerous resorts we've been to through exchanges, this is not at par. If your ultimate reason for being there is to relax, I can say you'll be fine because the area is secluded.
Now this is the WARNING I have to give... STAY AWAY FROM THE ORIENTATION, do not give in if employees from ORYC&R invites you to come - it turns into a sales presentation...they will offer you free breakfast or lunch, it is NOT WORTH it. You are subjecting yourselves to DISHONEST Sales people... who will lie to your face and give you a lot of misrepresentations. They ALL WORK TOGETHER TO GET YOU SCAMMED. If you do attend, DO NOT BELIEVE anything that anybody says that works for APEX International Marketing. STAY AWAY FROM THE OFFICE AT THE TOP of Groupers Bar. Scan through these reviews, you will find more warnings, I wished I read it beforehand too.
Contact me if you want to hear the details and if you had the same experience.
I was looking at several resorts prior to booking and I really regret to have chosen this one.
I never want to give such a rating but that's how I felt during my stay and felt after... "Terrible".

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sharon B, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear F R,

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Ocean Reef. It is is our goal to exceed customer expectation while providing exemplarily service. Regrettably, this was not your experience.
I invite you to contact me directly if you wish to discuss in detail your experience with APEX Marketing International, in order to adequately address you concerns, thus preventing any future shortcomings. I may be reached at orycguestservices@coralwave.com.

Kind regards,
Sharon Bain
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

There is absolutely nothing here to do. This is a senior citizen vacation home, for those ppl claiming it is so good here.. I guess they have never been anywhere else on vacation. I'm a frequent flyer I know better..NOT THE PLACE FOR VACATION UNLESS UR 90 YRS OLD!!! NOT KIDS FRIENDLY NOT EVEN ADULT FRIENDLY..

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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York, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We are owners at Ocean Reef and have visited four times usually taking friends. We stay 2 weeks. As stated in other reviews, the staff are very nice, the grounds well-kept, pools are nice, orientation is a kick, movies are great, it's well located and, since the island isn't very big, it's comfortable. We look forward to Ester's homemade breads and great breakfasts at the quiet pool grill. We enjoy watching the boats come and go in the marina, each unit has a porch or balcony. Kitchens are well equipped. You can rent a car right in the office. If you'd like a massage, the therapist will come to your room.

For those who like the casino and more action, Port Lucaya is only a few miles away. There are many beautiful beaches to explore, and wonderful restaurants. Giovanni's and Cappaccino's are two of our favorites. We discovered a nice bakery in Freeport on the main road. The resort offers many tours. We've been East, West and really like the Lucayan National Park area. Many kayak there or explore the caves.

We live in southcentral PA and Freeport is only a 2 hours flight from Philly. We also have driven to BWI and flown to Freeport with a layover in Charlotte. If you have trouble walking, I do not recommend flying into Nassau and taking the Bahamsair into Freeport. There are two terminals, one domestic and one international. You have to cart your luggage from one to the other.

We are looking forward to our next trip and seeing our friends at ORYC.

Room Tip: Rooms on the West away from the pool and marina may be quieter. Except for the mockingbird that tend...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The resort is a stand alone facility too far from the centre of activities,restaurants, shops, and watersports, etc. There is nothing close to the resort and traveling by taxi back and forth can be costly for afamily, since cab fare is charged per person. For example a family of 5 the fare was $40 round trip to Lucaya Marketplace. The resort provides a shuttle Monday thru Friday at 10am to Marketplace or beach with return pick up at 2pm which for our purposes was not enough time to do much but it could save one cab fare.
The restaurant on premise is spartan and not air conditioned.The Exchange unit we had was nice and clean, freshly painted and nicely appointed. The ac functioned well but with residual high humidity which made the ambient air feel damp cold. The staff was very courteous and accommodating.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indian Head, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had a wonderfult vacation at Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort July 19 - 26, 2013. It was time to catch up on some quaility time with friends and meet some interesting people in Freeport Bahamas. It was my first time staying in a timeshare in the Carribean and was used to all-inclusive properties. But I must say I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the 3 room - 3 bathroom condo. I had read the reviews about this property before travelling to get a few tips on what to do during our stay. I am so glad I did. Hayward came highly recommended and we immediately seeked him out wrhen were arrived. Words can not express the wonderful and professional service Hayward provided during our 7 day vacation. He was the perfect gentlemen and very knowledgeble of the history and places to visit in Freeport. He even stayed with us on several short tours and had lunch. For three ladies in Bahamas this was really important to us, because Hayward made us feel completely safe. We had grown very fond of him and have made a friend for life!! I can only hope that Ocean Reef Resort appreciates Hayward as much as we did and know they had a REAL GEM! There was no hassle, no tricks, but a real human being who cared about the importance of us have fun and enjoying the Bahamas. We will return again and I must say 90 percent of this decision is because of Hayward...not to mention that Freeport is beautiful, laid back and relaxed!!! We miss you Hayward! Yours truly 32!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
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Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Address: 48-60 Bahama Reef Blvd. | PO Box F-42695, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Reef Yacht Club & Resort 3*
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