The Grand Lucayan Resort is a beautiful place for a reasonably priced vacation in the Bahamas. The room was lovely, spacious, well-kept, and clean. We had a beautiful view of the town and village roofs. The pools were beautiful and pristine. We went swimming the first night. My granddaughter and I felt very safe in the well-lit pools and walkways. Security seemed close at hand. Each building has their own security personnel. The next day we went to the beach. The white sand and transparent pale turquoise water is gorgeous. There was a huge trampoline-like venue that was about 100 yards from the shore. Great fun for just about all ages!
We went on an afternoon Sailing and Snorkeling trip. The staff was outstanding. Walking with a cane, I have limited walking and climbing ability. The staff on the catamaran were extremely attentive to my needs. I wasn't sure they would want me to get into the water for the snorkeling, but I was determined! Since they had previously encountered my limited ability problems, they were prepared with a great solution. An extremely helpful staff member by the name of Karon tethered himself to me by way of a floatation device. This allowed me to snorkel "on my own" while he dived for small treasures to show me, including a baby starfish that he located under a large stone. I felt completely safe in the water with Karon, who by-the-way, is a very friendly and fun young man. When we got back into the boat, we had Bahama Mamas and lemonade or water waiting for us. I would highly recommend the sailing and snorkeling trip. I'm only sorry that I don't know the name of the boat to reserve. I bet if you ask for Karon, someone at the Lucayan will know him. He makes the trip so much fun!
On the other hand, we also booked the bonfire on the beach that included dinner and fire dancer. This was such an enormous $55 disappointment. We expected from the advertisement the type of dinner and show that you see on television or in movies. True, we did get a bonfire. But as far as dinner and show, what we had was a far cry from a Hawaiian luau. There were covered picnic tables on the beach, and a pavilion with tables. We had pork ribs and chicken, coleslaw, pork n' beans . . . a general American style barbeque. . . not one regional dish! The fire show was one girl, holding a fire-proof plate with a tiny flame on it. She would go to a guest, hold the plate over his head and then he would have to get up and dance with her. Finally, she put the plate on the floor and he would have to walk over it with one leg on each side of the plate of fire. That was it! The guests were the show! DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS DINNER AND SHOW! Put a few dollars to the $55 and go para-sailing!!
The market place was almost closed by the time we got to it our second and last day. Thank goodness "Bahama Mama" waited for us while we went to dinner, or we would have returned without souvenirs. I would recommend visiting her! She gave us some very good deals without the bargaining that I've heard about so much! See Bahama Mama and tell her I sent you!
A traveler we met on the ship after we left the Bahamas told me that while everyone was checking into the hotel, she and her family went para-sailing. They checked in much later in the day and had no wait at all! We also spent a lot of time checking into the Lucayan when we got off the Celebration cruise ship. This was my first experience on a cruise, or massive process like this. I wish I realized we could go about our merry way and check-in at our leisure! Keep this in mind if you need to check-in in a large group. Go have fun at the pools or beach or whatever you want. Then check-in later when the crowd dies down.
IMPORTANT WARNING: we were told by the travel agent with which we booked our vacation THAT OUR MEALS WOULD BE INCLUDED. This was done in conjunction with a cruise on the Celebration Cruise ship. Staff at the Grand Lucayan said they used to have all inclusive deals BUT THEY DON'T ANYMORE! This didn't do much to accommodate us, since we had planned on our meals being included already in the price. I was told to take this up with Celebration Cruise Vacations. It was Saturday and no one was available. So, they gave me a phone number to call when I got home. In talking to other travelers at the hotel, I found out that they had been sold the same bill of goods on all inclusive vacation at the resort. Who is to blame for this? Celebration Cruise vacation staff? The Grand Lucayan? Someone is getting away with selling travelers this deal!!! WHO IS TO BLAME?
BEWARE OF PROMISES OF ALL INCLUSIVE DEALS AT THE GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT!
It's too bad I had to give this warning. Otherwise it's a very beautiful resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Lucayan Bahamas is an elegant resort set on 7.5 tropical acres of sandy coastline and spectacular oceanfront. This 542-room hotel delivers the ambiance of the islands with all of the style and amenities you expect in a resort destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Hotel Freeport
- Sheraton Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort
- Radisson Freeport
- Lucaya Sheraton
- Sheraton Our Lucaya
- Sheraton Bahamas
- Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Freeport, Grand Bahama Island