There are many good things about the resort that have already been mentioned. I will add a couple observations.
I would prefer there be a fitness center on site. We had access to another fitness center at Coral Sands about one mile away, but it would be more convenient to have one on site.
There are two pools, only one is heated. The weather was chilly, so of course everyone came to the heated pool, which made it crowded. There were maybe 20 chairs for a whole lot of people. Not nearly enough chairs. Why doesn't the staff bring the chairs from the unheated pool to the heated pool???? Easy solution! Or even better, buy more chairs!!!
More bike racks are needed near the 100/300/500 buildings. There was one rack on the side of the 100 building and it wasn't easy to get your bike in and out of. There were tall bushes on the left side and it meant scraping yourself up to get your bike out. There are two racks behind the 300 building and they were full just like the one by the 100 building. And this is off season! I can't imagine the pool chair situation or bike rack issues when it is prime season.
The welcome breakfast is on Tuesday morning. Check in was on Saturday. Why wait so long to have the breakfast? If you have good info the share with people about the area, they want to know early on in their vacation, so they can make plans of what to go see and explore. Waiting till Tuesday seemed pointless.
Our two bedroom unit was fine. The twin beds in the second bedroom could be updated to XL twin beds. They seemed extra small and short. The unit was decent overall. The bedspreads need to be updated. And also, a flat screen in the 2nd bedroom would be nice.
I just felt like there was not enough info given out regarding the entire Shipyard Plantation. There was a Shipyard Ocean Club facility.....I still am not sure if we were allowed to access that. There was a walkway to the beach by the Sonesta Hotel and it had benches and a bathroom area. Again, are Port O Call residents allowed to use that facility? It definitely is part of Shipyard, but it just seemed confusing. We wondered if there were restaurants within the Plantation, if so, what were their hours? It is like a huge plantation with several sub divisions, but we were never told what we actually had access to.
During check in our male clerk said he would drop off some restaurant info/discounts to our room. He said both he and his parents live in the Plantation. Well, we never heard from him again! I guess because we didn't sign up for the timeshare pitch, he wasn't interested in us anymore!
One other thing, the whole island is dimly lit and not easy to navigate at night. When you enter the plantation, you drive for about 1.5 miles and then turn right onto a road, and then left into the actual Port O Call development. The sign on the main road (when you need to turn right) is burnt out, thus making it impossible to see! I called maintenance to report this and the lady was very indifferent, stating they were aware of it, and was quite blunt about it. It never was fixed the entire time we were there. I hope this is not their general attitude toward maintenance issues. Since most of the buildings are at least 20 years old, there is plenty of maintenance to be done.
Overall, we enjoyed Shipyard and would return in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Why stay in a hotel when you can stay in a fully equipped villa or cottage with washer & dryer, entertainment centers, TV's in bedrooms and living room, DVD players, all kitchens utensils and tableware. Each unit is professionally decorated and refurbished every year. Port O' Call, a member of The Palmera Vacation Club, is located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, perhaps the finest resort community along the Atlantic Coastline. Hilton Head Island boasts natural beauty along with a playground of outdoor activities. World renowned for it's golf and tennis, Hilton Head also offers a variety of water sports, miles of bike paths, wonderful restaurants and great shopping. ... more less
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