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Whispers Resort at Treasure Island
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Dont believe the hype”
Reviewed August 9, 2003

Whispers has a lot of potential but, unfortunately maintainence does not seem to be the owners strong point. We booked Whispers based on the web-site and information supplied by the owner.On the website it looks gorgeous, but the reality is somewhat different. We arrived after travelling for around 22 hours,tired out and wanting sleep.After walking through the gate into the 'secluded' garden(for secluded read "overgrown").We were greeted by the site of tarpaulin and plastic sheeting over the roof of the whole left hand side of the complex, tied to bushes, benches and trees. We then found out that we were not expected(despite bieng booked for 6 months and keeping in touch via email) and were told that the property was clean but the bed needed making up. We went for a meal and returned to get some badly needed sleep. The next morning we started to look around. The shelves in the fridge were rusty, there was rust around the edge of the fridge door, there was a large amount of acciumulated dust in various places(behind chairs, on lamp shades), loose wires running to ceiling fans, the list goes on. The pool was full of leaves,the path to the pool was covered with debris(leaves ,branches etc.) The next day we locked ourselves out when going down to the pool(the patio door lock was broken and locked itself behind us). The next night at around 10.30 p.m. the air con.
broke down.With temperatures in the mid 80's we were told that the earliest an engineer could come was 5.00a.m.(was this acceptible?). We were told to open the windows to let some air circulate and on trying to raise the window blind, the whole lot came down.broke in two and fell down behind the settee. This was the final straw and we demanded to either be moved to another unit or have our money returned and we would have booked into a hotel for the rest of our two weeks. We were given directions to Bermuda Bay Beach Club which we were told was "much more expensive". The condo at Bermuda Bay was a vast improvement, but there were still things that needed attention.Ceiling fans were loose, sockets in the walls were not fixed properly, and we found 1 dead and 2 live cockroaches. We have our own photographs and video to prove all of the above. The Bermuda Bay community was great, the people were great and we had a good vacation. But i would not advise anyone to book at Whispers whilst it is with these owners and find other owners to book with at Bermuda Bay........

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Reviewed August 9, 2003

My husband and I recently came to the USA for our honeymoon and stayed at Whispers on Treasure Island. We had requested the Hawaiian Room, as we wanted a "Tropical" feel to our stay. The accommodation was delightful. It was like a little home away from home. The property has lush gardens - which are obviously maintained with much love - and this added to the tropical experience we desired. The beach, which is about 2 blocks away, stretches for miles. The sand is clean, the water clear and tranquil - it was wonderful to be able to swim, walk, sunbathe and relax. At night, a cocktail at Whisper's pool was often enhanced by a pod of dolphins returning home down the intercoastal channel. We also appreciated not having to rent a vehicle. An inexpensive limo service shuttled us to and from the airport, and were available for trips to Tampa or outlying areas. There are many stores and restaurants on the island, buses that run regularly along the beach road to other coastal areas as well as to downtown St. Petersburg. But best of all were the owners, Jeff and Sharda, who made us feel welcome and ensured we were comfortable. Thanks so much - we look forward to returning - hopefully next year! Roz & Ira

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Reviewed August 5, 2003

we had a great time and were very impressed with the facilities and the friendliness of the staff who went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed ourselves. Service was outstanding.

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Reviewed March 27, 2003

This place is not as advertised - overgrown, far from the beach, and dingy. Don't stay here if you are expecting relaxing bay breezes.

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Reviewed February 9, 2003

We stayed at Whispers of Tresure Island and it is one of the most charming and delightful small resorts I have stayed at.It is small, just 7 units but it is like a fantasy land with the beautiful gardens and fountains and so much charm.We loved watching for dolphins from the pool deck and in the night the garden comes alive with wonderful lighting effects, it is a fairy land.We stayed in the oriental suite. All the units are a different theme that I believe is from the owners lives.We did not see them all, but I also like the Safari Suite, the owner grew up in Africa.Our hosts, Jeffrey and Sharda, she is British, made us feel like family and even took us out on their boat into the Gulf of Mexico for the wonderful sunset at sea and we saw lots of dolphins!This is definitely high on my list for of places to return to. Loved the privacy and the location too. easy to get around and close to restaurants and shops.

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Property: Whispers Resort at Treasure Island
Address: 279 104th Ave, Treasure Island, FL 33706-4805
Location: United States > Florida > Treasure Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Treasure Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bright and Cheerful Unique Themed Decor Boutique Resort.......Your choice of One and Two Bedroom Condominiums Plus a 3 Bedroom House!.....Fabulous waterfront location in the heart of Treasure Island..... *** Close to Shops, Dining, Supermarket, Water Sports, Beach Trolley.....This Unique Heritage Property has been Updated in Fall 2012..... *** Full Kitchens with full size Appliances, Stove, Microwave, Fridge. *** All Appliances, Cookware, Dinnerware included. *** Iron, Hair Dryer, Linens, Beach Towels. *** Tiled throughout *** Large Size Feather Beds offer a Luxurious Sleeping Experience. *** Pull Out Sofas in Living Room *** Free Wi Fi *** Free Cable 70+ Channels *** Large Flat Screen TV's *** DVD Player, Stereo System *** All Ground Floor Suites with Private Patios..... Water Front with Lush Tropical Gardens....... *** Heated Pool *** Large Fishing Dock *** Bay Front *** Dolphin Watching *** Boat Mooring *** BBQ *** Very Private and Secluded. *** Fully Fenced. Children and Pets Welcome. *** Free Parking.......Beach Access take your car or a short six minute walk....... *** Close to Historic Johns Pass Village - 1 mile *** 20 minutes to Down Town St Petersburg and Tropicana Stadium *** 35 minutes to Tampa International Airport and Clearwater Airport *** 45 Minutes to Busch Gardens *** 45 Minutes to Hard Rock Casino *** 90 Minutes to Disney, Universal and Sea World. ... more   less 
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