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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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“Great place...some suggestions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed at the Marlin for a week in January. The unit we had was newly renovated, and very clean. It had a nice kitchenette (no oven) and all the items you would need for cooking.
Some suggestions:
1. Know that a studio (also called efficiency here ) does not have a balcony. Because the island is so quiet, and not much was going on at night, a balcony would have been very nice to have. You will need a one or two bedroom to get a balcony. The two bedroom is actually the door opened between the studio and one bedroom. so with a 2 bedroom you get 2 kitchen areas...great when booking with another family.
2. RENT A CAR. It was very reasonable (350 for the week, Hertz) and driving on the island, although on the left, was very easy. We were able to explore parts of the island we would not have been able to because we had one. Do not worry about the left side driving. Speed limits are very low (30 for trucks, 45 max for cars on the "highway") and there is hardly any traffic. It is an island with a very low population, so not so many cars. Also, all main roads are divided with a median, and the roundabouts easy to maneuver.
3. Visit Gold Rock Beach. I have been to many beautiful beaches, including ones in Hawaii, but this one is the best! You have to visit it at low tide. We were the only ones there...miles of beautiful, deserted beaches. It is across the street from Lucaya National Park. From there we continued to the end of the island and visited many other beautiful beaches. Again, we were the only one at every beach we went to. Collected conch shells, and relaxed.
4. Pack food in your suitcase. You will be in your bathing suit all day, so do not overpack clothes. We packed a small,collapsable cooler to carry lunches in for our day trips and it paid off. We brought tuna, sandwich rounds, crackers, peanut butter and jelly (packed into the cooler) and other snacks.
5. Pack your GPS. Ours worked on the island, and brought us to many wonderful places. Salomon's was the best place to buy groceries.
6. Bring enough reading materials. There is NO PLACE to buy books. The 2 "bookstores" they had on the island had a total of 30 books, and were mainly for student supplies.
7.Do not waste your time going to the International Marketplace. About 6 vendors were open, and the whole place was in disrepair. Go to the Lucaya Marketplace instead. Drove there every night for dinner...another reason to have a car. Saved on taking the water taxi.
8. Easy to get clean towels...the housekeeping room is open several hours a day so you can exchange linens. (no room service or daily cleaning for condos)
9. RENT A CAR..again , do not be a slave to the tours...we saved so much money visiting places on our own, and did it on our own timeline.
10. You can walk the beach to Junkaroo Beach. Tony Macaroni's is there....heard food is great, but got there late and it was packed so we did not eat there.
11. If you go with children , pack a small inner tube for each of them. There was only 3 at the pool, and no problem getting one, but also no children there. If children were there, it would have been a problem.
1.2 You can purchase bread and snacks and other food items across the street at Flamingo Bay Hotel.

Would highly recommend the Marlin! Lots of shade, never had to look for beach chair, and friendly staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We've visited this place on 3 or 4 occasions over the past few years. We'd definitely go back and have been back so it's a solid 4. We've stayed here multiple times, as a couple and with the whole family (3 young kids). We've stayed in the Coral and the Marlin. Marlin is clean definitely more modern, the Coral is clean, just dated decor, nothing that would get in the way of enjoying this beautiful part of the world. The resort and pool are clean. We've always enjoyed our experience here.
We come to enjoy the beaches and do just that. I prefer having fresh towels each day and the bed made, but know they don't offer that here so it wasn't a surprise this time. Our kids met some friends and had a blast playing with them at the pool. I love the beach being so close and the pool that was very warm and clean, great for young kids and parent's who want to float on the lazy river.
I come to the beach/Bahama's to put my phone away, turn off the computer, put my feet in the warm sand and soak up the sun. Each time I have come to the Bahama's I have been grateful for the experience and have always been delightfully surprised by the kind, kind Bahamian people. We love the Bahamanian people!!! We've stayed in better places and worse places. Taino is a great place for the money we paid. Things to be grateful for...
-The Water is so warm you can play in it for hours and get out and back in and never feel cold
-The weather is usually perfect
-The bonfire is every night, hasn't always been the case
-The pool is clean and the slide and lazy river were running
-The rooms were clean when we arrived
-This time we were able to get towels when we went to the laundry room
-Great location (close to: Port Lucaya, fish fry - love the conch fritters, on Wed's eve's, ferry - we rent a car from Brad's car rental thanks Gina, JT's on the beach and the freshly cracked coconut, Tony Macaroni's - amazing food, and most importantly close to GOLD ROCK BEACH!!!)
-Taino is a very nice beach to have right out the door
-The resort is always painted well, sounds weird but ocean weather can be very hard on buildings and they do a wonderful job of keeping the buildings brightly painted and looking nice.
-We called ahead to have a crib reserved for our young one and they had it waiting in the room when we got there.
Area's for improvement:
-Allow check-in's before 4pm and a later check out. With that said, the bell hop Kenny is great take care of the man.
-Deliver new towels and clean the rooms daily for those who opt in. The better things are taken care of the longer they last.
-The corners of the bed (Marlin and Coral) stick out past the mattress, right at your shins, and we always come home with bruises from bumping our shins while walking around the bed. Silly I know but I'd like to saw the corners off those beds :)
Like I said I gave this a 4 only because of the areas of improvement and we have stayed in places that are "nicer". However, the all around deal... including the Bahamian people, gorgeous beaches and the resulting great memories with the whole family makes the trip always worth it. Wish I was still there. Oh and if you do nothing else, go to Gold Rock beach at low tide, hike the 5 mins into it, take a camera and you'll see the most beautiful beach you'll probably ever see. Lay down in the shallow water and feel the stress disappear (see pictures attached). Some of the Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed here. I travel half way across the U.S. just for this beach. If the tide is right catch a low tide at sunset. WOW! Or during the day, or anytime just go to GRB!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Verona, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed at the Coral over Christmas and New Years as an RCI exchange. After seeing some of the poor reviews, we were a bit hesitant, but it exceeded our expectations. Our room was actually adjoining front and back units which backed onto the pool, which gave a family a tremendous amount of space.
Both the pool and the beach are spectacular - we spent a great deal of time around the pool and it, along with the beach volleyball court, were the center of activities for our very active son. We also used it as a base to explore the island, spending a couple of days in each of the west end and east end of the island, so we also did not spend our entire vacation at the resort. We had been a bit concerned about the weather not being warm enough at the end of December, but there was only one day each week where we did not spend at least some time soaking up the sun by the pool or on a beach and we used those days for site-seeing. Most days peaked in the mid 70s to low 80s (mid 20s in Celsius).
I will note for exchange owners that there is a $220 hotel tax added per week. Additionally, the decor in the Coral is, well, molded pink coral. Think Flintstones meets Austin Powers. The partial kitchen is just that - stove top and microwave but no oven (which made Christmas dinner a bit of a challenge).
In spite of those limitations, there was excellent service in a beautiful location - the swim up grotto bar and restaurant were first rate. Junkanoo on New Years Day was not to be missed and the Port Lucaya Market had a great balance of up-scale boutiques and local straw-markets. While the island still has not fully recovered from a series of hurricaines, Grand Bahama is a great place to visit and Taino Beach provided a relaxing and fun location in which to enjoy it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lupton, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

My husband & I stayed at the Coral at Taino Beach 12/7-12/14 and were VERY disappointed. The room was very small and faced the parking lot. When we checked in, we were taken to our room and we knew immediately that it was not satisfactory. We asked for an upgrade and were told that it would be an additional $300, which of course we could not do. The room was like a studio apartment - no table/chairs, a couch that was like a hide-a-bed. I did the dishes in a kitchen sink that was more like a bathroom sink. The decor was very outdated. There were mirrors on ALL of the walls, which was almost like a porn movie atmosphere. The pool was nice. The beach was about 5 minutes away - which was very nice. The staff was friendly for the most part. My husband thought it would be a perfect room for a 50 year old man with a 20 year old girlfriend. We would not recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed at the Coral in a 1 bedroom apartment. Although the decor was weird - the furniture was molded, free-form pink concrete - the apartment was huge and well-stocked. The jacuzzi worked beautifully and we had our choice of beds and kitchens (the 1 bedroom is a combination of 2 studios). The balcony overlooked the spectacular pool that was, unfortunately, too cold for comfortable swimming. The beach was absolutely beautiful: clean, sparkling clear water and lots of chaises for sunning. We went with friends, who stayed in a studio in the Marlin, which was more traditionally furnished. One of our friends fished off the rocks every day with great success. We ate at the restaurant 3 times, all with good, attentive service. The food was good 2 out of 3 times. The $5 ride to the Marketplace was well worth the price and we went several times. We all highly recommend the Agave restaurant. The food and service were both outstanding.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Macclenny, Florida
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I used a timeshare exchange for my week at Taino Beach in the Coral Building. This is the center of the three buildings and has a lovely view of the extensive landscaping surrounding the swimming pool and waterslide.
The check-in was okay but they did make me wait until the 4 o'clock check-in time so I had a wait of about two hours. I enjyed a superb beachfront lunch at the resort's restaurant, Taino By the Sea...chicken salad nicely presented and delicious.
Although I had reserved a 1-bedroom suite, I was appalled to be confronted with a $220 surcharge (whick included a Bahamas tax but also a resort-imposed fee) at check in. I was given the option of choosing to just take the studio portion for $120 or the hotel room for $100 and I chose the studio. The studio portions of the units face the pool while the hotel room (lock-off) faces the parking lot. None of the units face the ocean but the upper floor may have a water view with glimpses of the ocean.
The Coral is a unique interior design with many of the surfaces and trim moulded and distressed to look like pale pinky peach coral. The walls are heavily mirrored. Huge covered patio. There have been individual pools on the patios of the Coral and Ocean buildings but the pools are empty now. Management told me that there had been a hygiene concern and that the pools are going to be converted into garden plantings.
I found a number of maintainence issues with my unit and the patio had not been swept in a number of weeks apparently. The patio was swept promptly when I pointed this out. Water dripped constantly from the A/C vent in the ceiling. I could overhear conversations and other "actvity" from the unit next to mine. The bed is a permanent "Murphy" bed but there is no box spring and the mattress was not quite thick enough to sleep comfortably upon. Kitchen is well-stocked.
The grounds and beach are superb and I totally enjoyed the 4 meals I had on the property. The filet mignon I had was the largest filet I have ever been served and cooked perfectly. The coconut French toast was to die for as others have recommended. There is indoor as well as outdoor dining in this restaurant. In my opinion, the indoor dining room is so attractive, it would be a lovely venue for a wedding and/or reception. The grounds are so pretty and extensive, they also offer a number of locations for a beautiful outdoor wedding.
There are services the resort organized such as a supermarket trip ($3) a variety of water sports and activities. I took the glass-bottomed boat trip and thought it was very nice. Ferryboat to Port Lucaya ($5 roundtrip)
I would not choose the Coral again, but did see the nicer rooms in the Marlin. Also, the Ocean is closer to, well, the Ocean!
I would recommend bring a large plastic tumbler in your luggage so you can take drinks to the pool, etc. I spoke with a Bahamian lady on my flight home. She was carrying frozen fish, etc to the states in a cooler. Nice idea. She also said to bring frozen meats from the US into the Bahamas, they evidently import their meats anyhow and is supposedly is no problem.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We stayed in the Marlin which as people have mentioned is the newer part of the resort. Our room was really nice. The furniture was in good shape, the kitchen was well stocked, and our room had basic cable. The pool area was really nice but the water was too cold for me after a morning of diving. The white sand beach was gorgeous. The only negatives I'd say were as other mentioned some maintenance issues (loose towel bars, broken lamp shades, cloudy hot tub by the pool area). Nothing terrible but also easy to fix. The front desk was slow, they only checked in one guest at a time. Since there was paperwork to fill out, there was no reason the staff could not multi-task. The ferry cost 3 bucks a person to get you to Port Lucaya where all the restaurants and shopping. We had a rental car so it was no big deal to drive to dinner. It was nice being able to make breakfast in our room to save money. But all in all a good place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
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
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Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Freeport
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Taino Beach Resort & Clubs 3.5*
Number of rooms: 157
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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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