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“a little bit of paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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2001 Paradise Lakes Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL 33558   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Land O Lakes
Sydney, Australia
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“a little bit of paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My husband and I recently visited Paradise Lakes and was so wonderfully surprised at the great vibe and ambience of the resort. We felt immediately comfortable and enjoyed our stay and wished we had booked longer. The front desk staff was accommodating and friendly. We were given a tour of the facilities and decided to sit poolside for the rest of the day. We had previously visited Caliente the day before and felt quite uncomfortable there and decided to leave almost immediately. It was refreshing to be at Paradise Lakes among naturists and not lifestylers only.

The pool area is large and there are plenty of lounge chairs and tables as well. The large pool is not heated but it was refreshing once you got in. The resort is clothing optional except for the pool area which is nude only. There is also a conversation pool which is heated and a heated spa pool. People of all shapes and sizes were enjoying the sun. My only suggestion concerning the pool area is that the pools need to be swept and cleaned more often as there were some dead insects and debris from the trees floating.

The Key West pool bar/restaurant was not crowded, but it did take a very long time to get the lunch order prepared. Hemingways' Restaurant is a very nice sit down indoor restaurant open for dinner on the weekends. The food was adequate, but needs to be expanded and/or an additional chef hired to offer more than the basic fare. Our waitress Jess was excellent, answering our questions about the resort and the area honestly. She was attentive and friendly.

We did look at a number of properties for sale and/or rent while there and our advice to anyone renting or staying for a night or two is, know the type of accommodation you are getting, as a number of the units offered are privately owned and run the gammut of being in great condition or in need of repair. The hotel rooms around the pool area are nice standard rooms and a few are more than standard and are quite resonably priced for a night or two. They are convenient to all the resort facilities.

As a naturist couple, we have visited naturist B&B's and beach areas in the US as well as in Australia and were very pleased with our stay and the time spent at Paradise Lakes. We plan to return very soon.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Our previous stay was under the old ownership, no tour, no contact by staff after sign in,

Our trip in October 2012 was a different story, love the new energy, changes that have already occurred and the new plans.

The tour we rec'd was complete and helped us understand more about a community like Paradise Lakes. And the Entertainment Director is amazing and full of enthusiasm!!!

The pools were heated to a comfortable level, staff stopped to see how we were doing and remembered our names.

Yes the rooms are dated but have begun to be renovated, Key West was a great place to grab a burger. The dinning room still has some work to be done but it is definately improved.

We have just booked New Years and are very excited to go back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I visited in October 2012 with some friends. We had never been to Paradise Lakes Resort before, and we had ready both good and bad reviews, so we were not sure what to expect.

The staff was very friendly, regularly checking in with us to see if we needed anything. Our room was very clean and though the hotel was old and had some outdated amenities (old tv, no phone), it served its purpose.

We heard from residents and regulars who said that new owners have taken over the resort after a period of decline, and we saw the owners on premises the entire time working and keeping things moving. Many locals thought the resort is coming back strong and are happy with the work being done on the location.

Everyone we met was friendly, relaxed, and respectful, including staff, residents, and visitors. The food from the Key West bar was good, the drinks were cold, though we did hear some complaints about the food at the restaurant. Our breakfasts were good there, however.

Club Reveal was a very fun spot in the evenings and added a more adult end to each night with a DJ handling the tunes on site.

We will certainly be back.

Room Tip: The pool-side lower level rooms are very convenient and we were glad to have one during our stay. Ma...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. I found PL website that looked great and told my wife let try something exciting. But the resort looks nothing like the website, and I can tell why there are no pictures of the Studio Condo Lakeside rooms for a reason. Our room we had to find with a map because "we didn't get a tour" of the resort, the room wasn't nice, a very old TV, VHS was the first thing I notice. We checked the rest of the room as we walked around the our feet where black from dirt from the tile floors. The grounds where not well kept and needed some upkeep. A very bad start to what I wanted to be great trip. The staff was very excited to talk to us before we gave them our credit card, but when went immediately went to talk to them about shorting our stay they said they could not do anything. They said we needed to talk to the General Manager Stephanie Gibson. After many try’s even by email "NO responses". We spent our anniversary in an expensive filthy outdated room and didn’t use the grounds but for one hour. We went home early dissatisfied.
DON'T sign anything till you get a tour of room and grounds.
We will never go back!! "Nightmare"

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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sarasota
1 review
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Was there over Christmas. An all inclusive resort, and NOTHING was open. Had to leave to get lunch and Supper. Bar was closed so the lady I was with bought a bottle of rum, so she could have a few drinks around the pool. They charged my card $300 for the bottle of rum (Not allowed to bring in own drinks) But nothing was open. and an additional $25 each for 2 bottles of mixers. Cost me an extra $350, which was more than the stay. I will never go there again, and neither will anyone I know. Its not what it used to be. And its turning into a run down dump...

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Southern Maryland
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We had always wanted to stay at this c/o resort, but had never found the time. Finally, after a week's stay at another Florida c/o resort, we thought we'd stay here one night before heading back north. We were glad it was only one night. We got a poolside room for one night at $110 plus grounds fees of $48. When you throw in no food or drink being allowed to be brought in to your room, it's actually more than we expected. The rationale for no outside food or drink is understandable, but please don't try to suck every penny from us that you can.
The room was decent, with a nice king size bed, however there were shortcomings. It may have have the noisiest room we've ever spent the night. The a/c was very loud and you couldn't turn on the bath light without the fan which was even louder. Also found it strange that the bathroom light switch was actually inside the shower stall with no GFI. Thought it strange that for this type of resort, the room had no place to hang a towel, yours or the resorts. All the towels were left on the toilet lid. The only other complaint was that their wi-fi didn't work for us. When asked if there was free wi-fi, the desk help hesitated about offering the password. I couldn't connect and they didn't seem to care. Told them that perhaps their router needed rebooting, but they made no attempt to correct it. We were able to connect thru someone's personal network, so I know it wasn't us. Also heard the same from another guest. There were only about dozen or so rooms rented, so maybe they had no incentive to please us?
I think we'll stick to the other choices in the area.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Coral, Florida
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Great place if you're feeling all natural!!! We had a great room right by the pool!!! And the room was absolutely unique to say the least!! WOW!!! And the food at the restaurant was great as well!!! Never had to leave the property for anything!!! Great people and an excellant time!! Didn't care for a few girls at the front desk...just had bad customer service skills, but other then those 2....everyone else was wonderful!!! I would definately go back again and we will soon!!!! Yes, it's clothing optional..but totally felf comfortable and everyone was great!! We had the best time ever and I really hope everyone tries this once in their lives!! Who needs clothes!!! LOL And the club at night totally rocks!!! You can really get creative in what you wear and that's totally fun!! They do have a clothing store on site and the owner was awesome!! I got some great things to wear and she gave me ideas on how to wear them!! Really loved her!!! Thanks Wilma!!!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2001 Paradise Lakes Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL 33558
Location: United States > Florida > Land O Lakes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Land O Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel, Resort & Spa...We have over 100 hotel rooms; many of them are situated poolside, an upscale restaurant, a rocking nightclub, our Key West Bar at poolside, a fitness center with a gym. a day spa & a boutique featuring the hottest in clubwear, an RV park, tennis, sand volleyball, water volleyball, hot tubs, a heated conversation pool and huge all-season pool. ... more   less 
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Paradise Lakes Resort Florida/Land O Lakes

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