My party stayed at Royal Vista from Friday through Tuesday morning, so it was a quick weekend. I rarely get to south Florida and so wish I had planned for a week at this resort. Royal Vista was a pleasant surprise. It took me awhile to figure out what made it stand out from the other Wyndham resorts that I have stayed at, but I’ve decided it was the staff. They were friendly, hardworking, everywhere, but invisible at the same time, and really went out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. Both my boys commented this was a nice resort, especially my 22 year old who stated he’d like to revisit.
We reserved a 1 bedroom for our party of four, but also had a studio unit over at Santa Barbara. I couldn’t rent the unit, so my son chose to use the studio himself while my mother, 8 year old and myself stayed at Royal Vista. We checked in at 10 p.m. Check in was painfully slow considering there was only one other customer ahead of us, but we were rewarded for our patience with a 2 bedroom unit. I’d requested building one with a view of the ocean, but we were in building two I think. Unit 8114 (I think). We did get an ocean view.
The unit was in excellent condition. I didn’t notice anything that needed refurbishing. Everything was in working order with the best feature being the huge shower in the master bedroom. I loved it. Great water pressure and we had plenty of linen for to meet our needs for the multiple showers we took after our time at the beach. We enjoyed the balcony. A few more chairs would have been nice, but we had a nice view of the ocean on the right and left of the building in front of us. The kitchen was fully stocked as always with Wyndham and I liked the tile flooring (always nice at the beach) and granite countertops. The beds were extremely comfortable. We requested extra pillows and received them within minutes. We had great Wifi reception for one laptop and two tablets.
There were at least two pools and fortunately for us neither was ever overcrowded. The Tiki Bar on the beach was nice. I thought it was reasonably priced as were the beach chairs and umbrellas. $5 a day for a chair and $10 for an umbrella. They had a weekly rate that I thought was very good compared to what we’ve paid in Myrtle Beach and Destin. The beach was very clean and there was live music by the pool closest to the beach which I enjoyed. I ate at the snack bar – a hotdog which needed to be cooked a bit more. Can’t say I had a desire to get anything else from there and we didn’t.
Parking was easy. There is a garage and you can access the elevators directly. You receive a code at check-in. I would preferred a key access, because I couldn’t remember it. Overall I thought it was very secure. There always seemed to be a staff member moving about in the garage no matter how late or early we were in there. This resort is well staffed. I can’t say that enough. Pool towels were provided in exchange for a card you were given at check-in.
The resort had activities, but we didn’t take part in any of them. They served coffee and tea in the lobby and on Sunday there were bagels and fruit. I’m not sure if that’s standard on Sundays or if it was special for Father’s Day. Anyway, it was nice to come down for coffee in the morning. I have a Keurig at home and admit to no longer knowing how to operate a standard coffee pot, so we chose to grab a cup in the lobby.
The first night we picked up pizza from Umberto’s. Yummy. New York style. Very good. We didn’t eat anywhere else locally, because we spent most of our evenings in Deerfield Beach. I did visit the Publix. It was a Publix. Can’t say I’ve ever had to park in a garage to get to one but it was free and my car wasn’t boiling when I came out so it was cool.
I highly recommend Royal Vista for a family or couple looking for a laid back beach vacation.