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Taino Beach Resort & Clubs
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Jolly Roger Drive | P.O. Box F-43819, Freeport 42452, Grand Bahama Island   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

We have been coming here since the early 90's, at this point in out=r lives several times per year. We have travelled extensively and we always feel like we are returning home when we stay at Taino Beach Resort. We have stayed in all 3 buildings and actually prefer the Coral Suites (middle building) for the large patio and private soaking pools. We bring our own beach towels and much of our own food. It costs $1 per load to wash and dry in the laundry room on site.
We enjoy the seclusion of the resort. The ferry is $2.50 round trip for owners and provides a quick escape for shopping of partying in th eevenings.
We have our own snorkel equipment and have spent many an hour snorkeling off the beach. The beach is wonderful for just relaxing under a palapa too. No one will try to sell you anything or disturb your solitude. If you choose to you can participate in the activities that the resort runs daily. There is always something happening if you know where to look. Just check the schedule. We have enjoyed this resort as a couple, as a girls trip, and as family vacations with all our adult children and grand children. The staff is friendly and most accommodating. There is FREE Wi Fi in the welcome center. You can link up with your own device or make use of the 2 computers that the resort provides FREE OF CHARGE! There is no wi-fi in the rooms.
If you can be happy in a beautiful tropical setting with a white sand beach, the largest swimming pool on the island, complete with waterslide and swim up bar. A 7 minute ferry ride will get you to Port Lucaya for bars, casino, dancing, shopping, dining. Try this resort. If you expect to be waited on hand and foot and split second service, better try a different destination. Here you will get service with a smile, but it will be on island time. Who knows, if you manage to relax a bit and slow down you may come to appreciate island time yourself.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lorton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

Taino Beach is an interesting combination of rooms and activities best for older folks and moms and dads with very young (9 and under) children. Described as a mature resort-the landscaping and buildings are very attractive. The interior design, including the defunct patio pools, are funky leftovers from the 60s. Must say however, that all was very clean, recently painted and in as good condition as could be done without major renovation.
Hotel restaurant: food was tasty-restauant decor was dark and depressing.
Pool & Beach: lazy river with water slide and grotto bar is the major attraction for the resort - lazy river was a little too lazy as some of the jets in it and the jacuzzis don't work. (Jacuzzi was ugh) Beach is lovely!
Hotel daily activities and water sports: For the most part they give lip-service with the exception of bingo. No inner tubes, no shuffle board equipment, no one there most of the time. Big draw is free wine/bahama-mamas at some events and fee bingo prizes.
Rooms: well-equiped with dishes, cooking stuff etc. other reviewers have mentioned the garbage and towel issues.
Tours & Activities: Referral to the hotel tour desk is part of the registration process. The operator provides a short menu of tours and payment options (discounted if you buy right now!) In general, the tours were a disappointment-don't know if they are standard or if there is some deal going with specific folks. City tour - went to the botanical garden which is a commercial venture; a liquor store (called a brewery but there was no brewery); a local perfume store/factory; small local market (besh conch fritters), and drove through the suburbs/business areas to and from. Admittedly it is a small town, but commentary from tour driver was (believe it or not): "there is the burger king, there is the mcdonalds, Emmy's restaurant etc." Wanted a longer snorkel tour than was on the menu - was offered the party barge or halfday tour to paradise cove. Took the latter, enjoyed the drive to west end of island, beach was pretty, snorkeling operation was safely run and I would recommend for someone who had never snorkeled or was a poor swimmer; however reef was pretty dead and not much to see (maybe too many tours from the ships). Suggest a rigorous interrogation before choosing a snorkel tour. Rented a car for a day and drove to the east end of the island stopping for lunch at Bishops place (best cracked conch) and the Lucayan national park. Park included caves, beautiful empty beach that seemed to go forever and a mangrove swamp . It was beautiful-wish I had taken the adventure tour that went there.

Restaurants: Water ferry has you in the main tourist area (Lucaya) in minutes ($5 round trip). Shops and a casino. Lot's of good restaurants with similar prices-close to US ($2-4 difference at most of them for similar dishes). Portions are generally large! Most places offer a little of everything-to please everyone. Our favorites were Zorbas for Bahamian and Greek and Breezes (ate here twice!) for continental. The Wednesday night local fish fry was fun but suprisingly pricey-be there NLT 5:30 or 6 to avoid long wait. The hotel bonfire night was close to a rip-off (in-the-know regulars suggest eating in room and coming down for the bon-fire on the beach). Rum runners in Lucaya square next to bandstand is always full and has best frozen pina colada I've ever tasted.

Summary for Grand Bahama - safe and convenient, good food, drinkable water, clean bathrooms, service-oriented. Good for families with younger children and/or grandparents (not a party, cultural tour, or advanced-sports destination).

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Whitewater, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

This was really a mixed bag for us. My wife and I used her sister's time share and we stayed in "The Ocean" building. This is the oldest of the three (Coral and Marlin are the other two) and it has the best view of the ocean. The problem is that the rooms are very old and look like they haven't been updated in a long time. Examples: KItchen and bath fixtures are corroded and leaking. Only a couple of drawers for our clothes and those didn't close completely. Refrigerator was obviously painted but now the paint is chipping off and you could clearly see the hand prints around it. The former pool on the patio is now dry (which was actually good because some had stagnant water in them). Problems that needed to be resolved immediately were: toilet wouldn't flush and the safe was locked and closed. It took several calls, but both of those were taken care of. The toaster only toasted the bread on one side and I called and asked for a replacement that never came. All of this and it was our SECOND ROOM! The first one was so beat up that they moved us, although we did have to spend one night in it. Having said all of this, the room was clean and I think the staff did what they could based on what they have to work with.

We talked with several people who were staying in the Marlin and they loved their rooms, even though they didn't have the view. We met some people who allowed us to see their room and I must admit it was very nice.

The property is well maintained on the outside and the buildings are really pretty. The pool, though a bit cold, was great and the swim up bar was fun. No matter what room you are in, you are close to the beautiful beach. For the most part, the people that work at the resort are very, very nice. They do what they can to be accomodating - just remember that you are in the Bahamas and things move much slower there.

The food in the Beach bar and restaurant was very tasty and we have no complaints about the service.

The people staying at the resort were generally very nice and really a lot of fun. Although we knew no one when we arrived, we left feeling that we made some lasting friendships. That helped make the trip very enjoyable.

Unless I was guaranteed a room in the Marlin overlooking the pool and not the parking lot, I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Salisbury, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

My wife and I exchanged our RCI timeshare for The Coral Taino Beach and overall our vacation was very nice. However, there are a number of thing that could have been better so read the review to have a good idea of what to consider and expect before booking.

Check-in - the real check-in is at 4pm and pretty much stick to it so be prepared and have a change of clothes. I might suggest a bathing suit so you can hang by the pool or beach. We booked our timeshare from Saturday to Saturday and called a couple of weeks and the day before to let them know that we would arrive on Sunday. We asked the front desk in advance to have the room ready since we were checking in a day later and were told no problem. When we arrived the room was not ready and we had to wait around for an hour and the offered nothing due to the screw up. This is something to consider and we were not pleased. The staff should have at least offered a free lunch, drinks excursion or something becuase of their mistake. They have a bit to learn still.

Rooms - Be sure you know what section or building you are in becuase the rooms vary greatly. There is the Ocean which is the oldest but closest to the ocean and their 1st phase. The Coral which is the middle section, the 2nd phase and where we stayed. Then the Marlin which is the 3rd phase and by far the nicest of the rooms. At the moment, they are pushing the Marlin and neglecting the older phased rooms. We stayed in one of the Coral rooms and it was average and with a little attention could have been really nice. Our room had 1 bedroom with a jacuzzi tub behind it, 1 bathroom with a large shower and a small efficiency kitchen well equiped. The bed was on a cement platform and fairly comfortable and they had plenty of sotrage within the room. Decor was beachy and could have used an update. Keep in mind, the room is not insulated and you can hear everything in the adjoining rooms as if they were in the same room. There is no privacy.

Grounds and Pool - very nice grounds and right on the beach which is nice. The pool is very large with a waterslide, lazy river, swim up bar and a large hot tub. The pool was very clean and not too chlorinated but the hot tub was gross and not working due to a broken pump. Be careful on the patio blocks as many of them are raised or overgrown with grass and many people would trip. The swim up bar is very nice and the bartender(s) were very nice. Beach is well maintained and they have all of the amenities. BE AWARE they only give you two beach towels and trying to exchange them is difficult and pretty much impossible. We asked 3 or 4 times and they told me they were out of them and could not exchange. I wonder how this could be since the place was only 25% occupied.

Restaraunt & Activities - The location and food at the restaraunt is very good. Service at the restaraunt varies from good to bad but for the most part reasonable. They have many activities, ping pong, shuffle board, volleyball, fishing for free as well paid excursiions through Lucaya watersports, tours, jet ski's etc... The paid excuursions are not well organized and we had to wait an hour so they could get gas for the jet ski's even though we booked a week in advance. The other negative is they force you to book everything up front if you want to recieve a 10% discount. To me this discount should be available throughout the stay in order to encourage additional bookings and as a courtesy to guests. The major thing that is missing at this resort is a fitness center. In today's day an age this should be a standard offering and they have plenty of room to add.

Resort staff - We were not happy with the front desk or reservationists. As mentioned earlier we had checked in a day later and asked for our room to be ready and was not. Also, I had requested a room upgrade prior to and the day of our arrival. The resort was empty and guessing only 25% occupied and they would not upgrade us unless we paid a $1900 fee or upgrade charge. In my opinion this is not reasonable and they should review their policy. In addition, they will call your phone continously to try and sell you a timeshare so unplug your phone or be prepared to be disturbed or woken up. My thought is why would I buy a timeshare if the staff is unwilling to maintain their older units and not consider upgrading guests if there is a better unit available?

In summary, we would stay here again becuase the property is nice and we know exactly what the expect. Also, we would recommend to friends but with the considerations and expectations above.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

The rooms were better than expected! Very "Las Vegas" like with all the mirrors and pink marble. We had to wait too long for our room to be ready though. The one bedroom with lockout was perfect for my husband and I and my son and his girlfriend. We each had our own entrance, full bath, and kitchen. The whirlpool behind our bed was kind of weird. Likes: Omar the Activities Director, the beach, the pool, the location, the ferry service, the security. Dislikes: no wifi in rooms, hard to get clean towels for pool and bath, no maid service all week, sheets on bed were rough and worn, dishwasher leaked, rooms needed to be updated, chairs on beach were not a comfy as chairs at pool. Highlights: snorkeling at Paradise Cove, Sleeping late, The 70 degree ocean temps. Lowlights: The pool was very cold and closed too early, the International Bazar was a joke, The casino was a let down..tight slots and tables. Funniest moment? being buzzed into the drug store.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Missouri
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2011

We always take two weeks to visit the Caribbean or Pacific Coast at Christmas time to relax. Since we had visit most of the major reorts in Mexico we decided to try the Bahamas this year.
We bought two weeks on e-bay under the search " Cheap Caribbean".
First off it took foreever for the resort to give us a confirmation letter after we had paid for the two weeks.
We bought the weeks several months in advance.
Then unexpectantly we had a death in the family near the first of December. We notiffied the person we bought the weeks from and asked him to have the resort delay the two weeks for a couple of months so that we could take care of personal matters and then we would visit the resort.
We would get this courtesy, unquestionably with two other time shares we own in Cancun.
However, Taino Beach Reort would have no part of this request.
OBVIOUSLY THEY JUST WANT THE MONEY AND RUN.
Actually, from the reviews we have read about the reort, it sounds like this is par behavior for them.
We promise them that many people will hear of this experience.

Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Albany, New York
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

Great location, 15-20 minutes from airport, beautiful beach! Despite my comments below we really did have a great time on Grand Bahama Island- more so from what the Island had to offer than our accommodations.
*keep in mind they add a 15% gratuity to all food/bar tabs automatically, check your bill's!

Could use some work:

The resort itself could use some maintenance and some staff weren't very friendly or professional.
We stayed in a time share unit and the balcony had a personal pool, unfortunately as soon as we checked into our room we realized the pools are not currently operational. They are just empty (if you're lucky) or have some sort of standing water with bugs and debris- gross and totally unacceptable that we were not informed sooner.

5 of the 6 days we were there the 1 hot tub had 2 chairs blocking the stairs and it looked really green and gross. There was no sign and management had not mentioned any maintenance. Sound familiar? On our last day we noticed the chairs were gone and people were going in- reallllly not sure how clean it was!

The internet is extremely slow in the rooms, you were lucky if you could get a signal on your balcony. Luckily there is a faster internet connection in the lobby, but we were disappointed we couldn't connect leisurely in our unit, it's a task you have to master. This is probably the norm for the island but you should have a realistic expectation.

TOWELS- You have your bath towels and your beach towels and you are staying at a time share resort which means you are most likely spending a week there- conserve your towels! Everytime I went up to the "housekeeping" window to get a new beach or bath towel they did not have ANY.
Garbage- there are no instructions for garbage removal and we noticed other guests putting their trash outside there door- trash stayed there all day despite staff walking around.

TVs- old tv's green coloring at the top of screen, VCR, static and snowy screen

No shop on site for snacks/toiletries- there is a very small shop in their sister hotel the Flamingo but inventory is limited- no real food or booze

Restaurant was good the one lunch we had there, beware the limited menu. We tried to go for breakfast and despite their multi page breakfast menu they were only offering their $13 breakfast buffet and 1 page of the ala cart breakfast menu.

Highlights:
Valentine (activities)- lively spirit and makes sure everyone is enjoying their vacation! The activities are fun and help you let loose while on vacation+ great prizes (rum, shot glasses, t shirts) The welcome party was really fun and had great food & dancing.

Fish Fry at Smith's Point- awesome food, drinks, and dancing- only Wednesday nights and just a short cab ride away from the hotel. definitely recommend!

Hourly water taxi from the Flamingo Hotel to Port Lucaya for $5 round trip, purchase tickets at the front desk. The water taxi leaves Port Lucaya 10 past the hour until 11:10.
very quick trip!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jolly Roger Drive | P.O. Box F-43819, Freeport 42452, Grand Bahama Island
Location: Caribbean > Bahamas > Grand Bahama Island > Freeport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Freeport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Taino Beach Resort & Clubs 3.5*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our exclusive Taino Beach Resort & Club offers owners all the comforts of home, but far, far away from any worries of home. With full kitchens, master bedrooms, and spacious patios, the whole family can enjoy their vacation. Views of the beach and pool. Ferry service to Port Lucaya. ... more   less 
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