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Golden Strand Ocean Villa Resort
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

This was a timeshare week exchange. It's a pretty difficult exchange because it's such a great location with great accommodations.

Unit Features: We stayed in Unit 1102, which was located on the first floor of Building 1, located off of the lobby. This is a two story building. Lower numbers are located near the lobby with higher numbers located toward the beach. Odd numbered units faced the pool area and had views of the ocean. Second floor units would have had better ocean views. Odd numbered units faced the "villas", which are one-story units. Our view was the back of the "villas" with views of palm trees and the towering condo next door. Not an ocean view; however, it wasn't the worst view that we have ever had. We were happy just to be at this resort. Our unit was a two bedroom, two and half bath first floor unit that accommodates up to six. It was large enough to comfortably accommodate six without feeling cramped. It was only the two of us; however, it was spread out enough to provide space for six individuals. The living area had enough seating for six with a large flat screen TV. The private balcony could be entered from the living area and the master bedroom. There was a large dining table and a eat at bar. There was a full kitchen with full size appliances. It was well-equipped. The refrigerator had an ice maker. The master had a king bed and en-suite bathroom with a garden tub/shower combination and dual sinks. The second bedroom had two twin beds and en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and dual sinks. The living area had a queen size sleep sofa. Both bedrooms had flat screen TVs. There was plenty of storage space throughout the unit for storing suitcases, clothing and more.

Condition of Unit and Property: Although this property is older, it is well-maintained and everything was very clean and well-groomed. The landscape was beautifully manicured with lots of trees, flowers and shrubs. All amenity areas were clean. The beach and pool area were always clean and maintained for the enjoyment of the guests.

Any problems encountered such as check-in problems, room changes, etc.: We experienced no problems during our stay whatsoever. We arrived in Miami early morning and reached the resort at 11:00 am. We went to check-in to obtain a parking pass since we wanted to use the facilities while waiting for the 4:00 pm check-in. Much to our happy surprise, our unit was ready when we requested our pass. The check-in was quick and thorough in explaining where everything was and addressing the daily fee and parking fee.

Planned Resort Activities such as welcome parties, barbecues, kid programs, and outings: We did not participate in any resort activities. I do not believe there were any kids programs or planned outings. There was a Manager's welcome party (Monday) and a Good-Bye party (Thursday).

Resort Amenities: There are many amenities onsite for guests. There is an oceanfront outdoor pool with many cushioned lounge chairs and umbrellas. A tiki bar is by the pool, which offers drinks and food. The onsite restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining and has Italian cuisine. We did not dine at the restaurant during our stay. There is a spa, which offers a full menu of spa services. Over the spa, is a well-stocked library, two computers with printers and a full-time staff member to assist with your needs and any questions. The fitness room was well-equipped. The resort sets on a beautiful beach and has staff to assist you with chairs, cushions and umbrellas.

Staff Friendliness and Responsiveness: All staff members we encountered were friendly and willing to assist, answer questions or wish you a good day. From check-in to check-out and everything in between, all staff members made you feel welcome and willing to make your vacation an enjoyable experience.

Convenience to Area Attractions: This resort is close to interstate access for travel to many areas in Southern Florida including Miami, Miami Beach, South Beach, the Keys, the Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, and West Palm Beach. You could stay for weeks and not run out of things to see and do in the area. There are so many different restaurants including Italian, Cuban, Peruvian, French, American, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Seafood, and more. There is shopping galore, from high end to Walmart, BJs and Costco. Entertainment abounds with theater, comedy, concerts, museums, tours, water sports, etc. We enjoyed a fun-filled week with different activities every day.

Additional fees assessed: There was a $10 daily fee and a $20 weekly parking fee assessed. We were aware of the fees prior to booking this exchange through RCI. I feel the fees are acceptable considering what is provided. I have stayed at other resorts where each item would be assessed a fee and would be well over the fees charged by Golden Strand. For those that aren't interested in WIFI in the unit, beach chairs and umbrellas, access to washers and dryers, etc., then the fees may seem excessive. At the end of the week we had a bill for $90. Parking is always at a premium in large city areas. We were always able to park onsite. The resort provides an overflow parking lot about a block away. We have paid up to $50 for a week of internet service in the unit at other resorts. The resort also had a library, fitness center, computers and printers, washers and dryers, and cushioned chairs and umbrellas for everyone on the beach, as well as around the pool. I felt the fees were well worth the convenience of having these extras.

Suitability of Resort for couples, families, relaxing, partying, etc.: This is a great resort for relaxing and to use as a home base for exploring all the areas within a short drive or for a day trip. It is close to interstate access to reach the Keys, the Everglades, Miami Beach, Miami, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood. It is a quiet resort with mostly older adults in the the 35-75 year old range. There were a few young families with children, but overall it was older adults looking for relaxation on a beautiful stretch of beach.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bertrand S, General Manager at Golden Strand Ocean Villa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Dear guest,
I am glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you again soon!
Thank you for the nice comments!
Best regards!

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We were forced to find new accomodations at short notice when we arrived at another very unsuitable hotel further south. We had the choice of three different size rooms and were shown each one before deciding on a one bedroom villa with a direct view to the beach. Or appartment was situated on the second floor and was so peacefull, clean and relaxing. We had our own full kitchen, but ussually just had breakfast in, as there are many good restuarants in the area. This hotel has a long history and has been home to famous celebrities of the past. It,s one of the few art deco style places left along the Sunny Isles Beach area as it is a time share condo and the owners wont be selling to Trump soon. It has a very well priced and excellent Italian restuarant, a beauty salon and free beach chairs, car parking, fitness center and is just across the road from Starbucks and other cafes. We loved our stay here and would recommend it to people who just like relaxed, friendly and clean simple style family atmoshperes.

Room Tip: Maybe dont choose the rooms near the laundry area as the gas dryers let off a gas smell during the day.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Kbarschow
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Charming full service resort in an ideal location. The layout and grounds of the resort are 4* caliber and feel like all inclusive resort in the Carribean. The rooms are 3* with 4* views but are clean, comfortable and functional. The pool is big and warm even on cold Florida nights. The only thing missing is a hot tub. There is ping pong by the pool, shuffleboard by the beach volleyball and plenty of beach and pool lounge chairs with cushion and umbrella service. The staff are friendly and clearly enjoy their jobs. The on premises Italian restaurant Azzurro Has a tiki bar by the pool and serves reasonable and tasty 7$ lunches. It is an excellent resturant for dining aswell however the price goes up at night with entrees from 20 to 35$. The 10$ daily resort fee is well worth it to have cushion and umbrella service with a smile for a 1-2$ tip. With a Publix supermarket, McDonald's, Starbucks, and many fine restaurants a short walk away, you need not even rent a car. If you do however, parking is only 20$ a week! Because it is a timeshare property that also acts as a hotel with unused rooms, the decor is only refreshed at the will of the owners, but if you are like us, you will spend most of your time at the beach or by the pool. I highly recommend this property for family vacations.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
7  Thank Paul-YUL
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We stayed at the Golden Strand and we felt right at home. Ther staff were very friendly and very accommodatingThe resort is old but quaint. I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Thumbs up for the Golden Strand.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

This was our first visit to this resort. We traded into it using our timeshare. It's an older resort, but well kept, clean and comfortable and ... right on the beach! The customer service we received here was simply exceptional. Sandra and Edwige at the front desk went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. When we were a little disappointed with our unit, they saw to it that we were moved to a more acceptable unit. We were simply overwhelmed with their efficiency and helpfulness. Even down to a little thing like coffee. We asked at the front desk where we might be able to purchase some coffee without having to take the car out. They gave us some coffee to tide us over until the next day, so we didn't have to go out. It was so pleasant talking with them and they started our week-long vacation off with a positive note that is much, much appreciate. Our thanks to Sandra and Edwige!

Room Tip: The one bedroom units are like a home away from home.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank MoonscapeDreamer
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Bertrand S, Manager at Golden Strand Ocean Villa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Thank you very much for your kind comments, they have been passed on to Edwige and Sandra. We hope to see you soon again and we all wish you a happy new year!
Bertrand
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