I just returned from a five night stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach resort in the Bahamas. As a family who travels extensively and in fact, have been to quite a few three-star all-inclusive resorts, this sadly did not live up to even our expectations.
First, I think it is misleading to think of this as a Wyndham property. It is clearly a local property that Wyndham purchased but they brand name does not help strengthen its offerings. It is tiny! Although there are a lot of rooms and it initially appears spacious, there are only a few people there and we knew everybody within the first day of being on the resort. There is also only one dining room, one main bar, one pool bar/pool buffet and two (need reservation) restaurants. That is slim pickings for food and drink. The food is bland and lacks variety. We saw the same food out there everyday and it was very unappetizing. We only went to the Cafe Viva, the Italian restaurant, which was better than the dining hall. The buffet of food at the pool is even less appetizing and tasty. They offer the same things everyday: hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos (with a cheese sauce), chicken nuggets (seriously dry and gross!), french fries and pizza slices. In theory, this sounds great as snack food, but in reality, it really was sub-par.
Rooms: We stayed in a Vista room, recently renovated, but even that seems to be incomplete. The bathroom had missing tiles, uneven ledges and plumbing that clearly needs to be updated. Not enough to complain about on its own, but when you factor that in with the fact that we were cooped up in the room for extended periods of time due to the weather, it was noticed. If you stay in the A wing and have an ocean front view, you will likely hear the DJ and loud music kick up from 11-1 am, after the nightly shows. It didn't bother us but you could hear everything.
February: If you are considering traveling this month, do not travel in February. Of our five nights there, we lost three days to cold weather and rain. Even when it was sunny, it was not warm. The pool is unheated and COLD and the ocean is cold as well. Our one-year-old could not go into the water at all which seriously dampened our experience.
- Milk: Ask any of the waiters or waitresses in the dining hall to fill up your baby bottles with milk and they will be able to help. We didn't have any problems with this.
- Water: The resort gives you one bottle of water when you check in and then you have to get it filled in either the bar or the dining hall.
- Bathrooms: Our bathroom only had a standing shower, no tub. This is a pain in the butt when you have a one year old who needs a shower. Might have to ask if there are other room types with tubs.
- Food: There really is a lack of variety of food, but the basics for kids (cereal, pizza, sandwiches) are available.
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Hotel Freeport
- Wyndham Hotel Freeport
- Wyndham Freeport
- Viva Fortuna
- Freeport Wyndham
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort
- Club Viva Fortuna
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island