It is with a degree of sorrow that I inform you of the current state of Paradise Lakes Resort. We have stayed 7 times at Paradise—the last four being for 4 months each.
Here is the current state of affairs: 1. It’s raining, and you decide to get a paperback from the library. Sorry, you’re locked out, but can view the shelves of books through the window of the gym area 2. So, you go the book-exchange box by the main pool, but it’s gone 3. Want to kill some time playing miniature golf? That’s been removed. 4. How about a game of petanque on the courts that were refurbished last year? They have been removed also. 5. Well, there’s always the old standby, shuffleboard. Can you keep score in your head? Three of the four scoreboards have been broken for the past 2 years. 6. Swim in the covered pool shown behind the Key West bar on the resort map? It’s been filled in. 7. Swim in the pool by the gym? It’s not heated anymore. 8. Swim in the Main Pool? A surprise announcement on the club’s door informs you that it will not be heated for the entire month of December--too bad for you if your 1 or 2 week stay is affected.
The weekly calendar reads like a broken record --- the same tired events, performers and DJs repeat and repeat.
Some nudists will find upsetting the presence of swimsuits around and in the pool (when it is heated).
An owner here told me that the problem is that the current owner is a developer, not a resort manager, and that the current management seems to be doing everything wrong. His statement is probably correct. There is a large building complex under construction at the front gate, and plans are in the works to replace the current gym building area with more condos. A greater population here will put an even greater strain on the few remaining facilities.
There are a lot of “For Sale” signs around the resort, and one seller told me he has dropped his asking price almost 30%, and still no sale. Rumor has it that the current owner is planning to overbuild (sure looks that way), and then sell out.
I can no longer recommend a stay here for my fellow nudists.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Paradise Lakes Hotel Land o Lakes
- Paradise Lakes Resort Florida/Land O Lakes