Just returned from a week at ISR, ended up going using our friends time share. We did do the 90 min. presentation (which is really over 3hrs), ended up buying a timeshare, very happy with our decision. Talked with many other happy "owners" there which was reassuring. When checking in you will be asked to do the presentation, your choice. At checkin we were put in the "kingfish" building which is across the street along with the "jewelfish" & "inia" buildings. These are the marina view rooms, was not really happy with being put there, feels very away from the action, having to walk so far to the beach & pool. Our room was clean, nothing extravagent, very plain but living room furniture needed replacing soon, worn down. With our timeshare purchase were were moved to ocean front in the "coral" building which was where we would have liked to have been anyhow. Just an FYI, the "coral & dolphin" buidlings are the only ocean front & all have only 1 bdrm. The room was comparable to the kingfish building only the furniture was somewhat newer, room was clean. Again a bit rough around the edges, definalty not a perfect posh room, had its dings/dents. Do not expect 5 star here, it is comfortable & functional. The resort is quite nice, it is coming back & and from what i understand & saw the resort is trying to work on upgrading. The staff are all very friendly, hard to walk anywere without someone saying hi to you. Heard of other issues some guests had but they were taken care of promptly, we did not have any issues with our room. I also used their spa for a massage, the ladies were quite professional & they have tried to make a pleasent space for the spa which is located in 2 rooms above the main building. We went to paradise cove for snokeling (which was amazing), but very busy with tourists, and found that Island Seas beach was superior to the beach at paradise cove. The beach at IS is the nicest beach i have been on. Soft white sand, clear blue water, & plenty of room for your beach chair. Towels available to guests till 5pm every day. I did not use the pool (more of beach bum) but looked nice, swim up bar, waterfall, pretty large in size. Just a walk to either side of the resort will get you some off resort dining. Bernies to the east & Micheles to the west, did not visit Micheles but heard good things, ate at Bernies several times & that is fun & unique. If you want fresh fish, go there. Resort has 2 resturants, seagrape (open for breakfast & dinner) & cocunuts (open for lunch & serve drinks all day) Food was just average & do expect prices to be almost double in the states, its that way even at the grocery, so be prepared. Dining service is a bit slow but it seems everyone wants to eat at the same time & they do their best but with only one resurant open at each dining time its hard to accomodate all the hungry guests. We often said to each other "we're on Bahama time". It just takes a bit longer but thats why we liked it; laid back relaxing time. The resort did offer some activites throughout the day which we did not participate. My only REAL compaint was the gym which consisted of 2 treadmills, an eliptical, stationary bike, & some freeweights. One treadmill was completely broken & the other would work for 3-4 minutes then cut out & wouldn't work, after 5 minutes i could get it to work by flipping the trip switch on the front & i could get another 3-4 minutes of run time. So I did my best & alternated between eliptical 5-10min/treadmill3-4min. Very frustrating! Freeweights were crumbling, never seen such old freeweights. Did have maintenace come in to investigate but there's nothing they can do for it. The whole gym is in need of a major overhaul which I let the front desk know my thoughts & the timeshare sales people. They did tell me the gym is on the list of repairs & is in line for updating (i hope sooner than later). Overall though i would totally recommend a stay at Island Seas if you want a relaxing, pleasant vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This fully furnished one and two bedroom condominium resort with full living/dining areas and private beach is set between the shopping and dining centers of Port Lucaya Marketplace, 2 miles away, and Freeport's International Bazaar, 3 miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Seas Hotel Freeport
- Island Seas Freeport
- Island Seas Resort Freeport Bahamas
- Island Seas Resort Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island