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“Current State of Affairs at the Resort” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Paradise Lakes Resort

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Paradise Lakes Resort
2001 Paradise Lakes Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL 33558   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Land O Lakes
Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Current State of Affairs at the Resort”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2006

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.

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  • 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2006

In recent months, some have compared the Paradise Lakes Resort to a "Motel 6" and expressed disappointment with the attitude of management (the owner), preferring instead to visit the Caliente Resort 5-7 miles to the North. In fact, this "Motel 6" reference was picked up by the Florida media in a story run on resorts in Pasco County, Florida. I must respectfully disagree with the rather quick and summary dismissal of what PL has to offer.

I visited the Paradise Lakes Resort, as well as the nearby Caliente Resort, in June, 2006. (I am reviewing the Caliente Resort separately on TripAdvisor.) By way of background information, Pasco County, Florida, just North of Tampa, is home to a number of resorts, including the long-established (since 1947) Lake Como Resort (which offers a more rustic, but very family oriented, experience), nearby clothing optional Paradise Lakes Resort, and the newly built Caliente Resort several miles North of Lake Como and PL on Highway 41 (Land O' Lakes Boulevard).

The Paradise Lakes Resort is an estimated $40 Million club and residential community encompassing approximately 73 acres. Management reports that it has 800 year-round residents, with 90,000 visitors per year and more than 6,500 members.

While making a reservation, I found Paradise Lakes Reservations Manager Charlotte Miller to be quite friendly, helpful and accommodating. One immediate benefit I noticed was a quite welcoming male singles policy. (I am a married male, but visited without my lovely wife.) You can obtain a Day Pass almost anytime--even without advance reservations (although that would be recommended) provided that you have an AANR membership. (By contrast, Caliente will not provide Day Passes to single males without holding an AANR membership for at least one year.) In fact, Charlotte invited me to enjoy a free Day Pass simply by printing off a coupon from the internet.

Another plus is the "clothing optional" nature of all areas of Paradise Lakes. (Caliente is not clothing optional around its pool area.) This gives "newbies" a chance to relax and adjust to the environment. I found nude patrons at PL to be quite accommodating to everyone who chose to wear bathing suits and other clothing. (By the way, all PL staff is fully clothed throughout the Resort.)

On the other hand, an immediately apparent drawback to Paradise Lakes is that there apparently is no locker room for patrons. Day guests must change clothes in the parking lot. A small locker room area would really help!

Each day guest first must take a tour of the Resort, which actually was quite pleasant. The Resort is quite large. But for some new construction by PL's entrance road, however, it is apparent that many of the buildings are showing some age, although everything seems to be maintained well enough.

The pool areas, while not as luxurious as those at Caliente, are comfortable and relaxing, with nearby showers and dining facilities. On a typical weekday, you may find more guests at the pool area at Paradise Lakes than at Caliente. I found the daytime guests to be a very quiet crowd, which is good for relaxing (although I'm told the night-time activities at PL are quite different, and perhaps even a bit wild).

The PL Boutique is overseen by Jeannie, a very perky and enthusiastic redhead with a ready smile who has been working at the Resort for a number of years. She's a good person to chat with about life at the Resort, and seems to be well-respected by regular patrons.

Paradise Lakes apparently does not have a steam room, which I look for whenever I see "spa" advertised. It does have a sauna room, but it is on the small side, located next to a gym room in an area quite a way from the main pool facilities, and requires additional clearance to use. (By contrast, Caliente has a very nice steam room and larger sauna area in a very nice relaxation area with showers and a restroom nearby their spa facilities, and not far from their pool area. This was a big plus for me!)

Since I was able to visit Paradise Lakes on two separate days in June, I tried massages with two different PL staff. My first visit was with Jewel, a deep tissue specialist (who used to work at Caliente, and is now a stable at PL), who was quite good and friendly. She provided me with a two hour massage (no longer offered, by the way) for a very reasonable price, which I really appreciated! My second visit was with Tracey (working at PL since January, 2006), who also did deep tissue work on my aching back for 90 minutes or so. I found her to be quite warm and interesting to talk to, while being quite knowledgable about pressure points and finding the muscular sources for various backaches and pains. She was excellent as well.

I encountered no unusual problems or difficulties while visiting Paradise Lakes. To the contrary, the experience was quite relaxing and enjoyable. In my view, Paradise Lakes has its own charm. It certainly is no "Motel 6". Those regularly enjoying PL's facilities candidly say it probably is more like an upscale Ramada Inn, which certainly sounds good enough for me.

There is no need for excessive competition and animosity among all of the resort owners in Pasco County, Florida. Each resort offers a uniquely different environment that will cater to one's individual tastes. I'm sure there will be many who prefer Paradise Lakes over other resorts, and vice versa. Fortunately, there certainly is room enough for all to coexist well together. I don't think visitors to Paradise Lakes will be disappointed at all.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2006

dh. and I stayed 24hrs and can't wait to go back. Clean rooms and grounds, staff very friendly.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Springs, CA
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

Very disappointed, the attitude of management (the owner) is unacceptable, left and went 5 miles north to Caliente Resort. Awesome, warm friendly and beautiful, the place to be....

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2005

I had a great time during my recent visit. The grounds are very clean and maintained. I found most people very nice and willing to talk. There are lots of things to do, including regular volleyball games (one for "pros" and one for newbies).

The very large conversation pool is fantastic and the water is the perfect temperature. A word of warning however: on the weekends after 11pm or so it turns into more of a "swinger" atmosphere instead of a nudist one. I witnessed several people having sex late at night, often in group situations, so be warned if that's not your taste!

Otherwise, it's a great trip for a nude, natural vacation!

Stayed October 2005
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2004

Stayed at Paradise Lakes from May 24th thru May 28th. It was a great experience. The accomodations were wonderful and also what I really encjoyed was the fact that the people are very friendly. An all around great place to vacation!

  • Stayed June 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Paradise Lakes Resort

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 #2 of 2 hotels in Land O Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 Hotel Land o Lakes
Paradise Lakes Resort Florida/Land O Lakes

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