We just got home from the Colonies and I can't wait to try and book this place again, but I'll bet it will be hard to do! I almost hate to share such a good review because everyone will want to go here, and then they'll be sold out. This is definitely a family resort, if you want quiet romance, don't go here.
First, the condo was first class! Large, well decorated and with every ammenity. Big bedrooms and comfy beds. Super large master bath with a walk-in shower big enough to fit six people, if you wanted. The kitchen was well supplied and there was a large dining table and six, full size fridge with ice maker, lots of dishes and appliances. Big screen TV in every room and DVD players. Just top notch. Everything was new.
The pool area with the slide, waterfalls and play area was a huge hit with the kids. They had a blast every day. If you get there before the first half of the day you will get a table and umbrella and be able to hang out and have lunch pool side. It never seemed too crowded, though much more busy on the weekends. Only draw back is that there is no lifeguard and very, very little supervision. So you need to watch and police your own kids closely. Do not send your kids to the pool alone.
They have activities every day for the kids. Glitter tattoos, art projects, contests, etc. They range from free to $10 we paid for the kids to learn to write with a real quill pen with a Ben Franklin look a like, they loved it! We also took advatage of the discounted Haunted Tour, saved $5 bucks, and saw a little history. Free board games and DVD's to use and a video game room with ping pong. They have a nice little gym with treads.
Only draw backs were, no life guard or monitor made for a few kids being rowdy. Mostly parents took care of that. There are only charcoal, no gas grills at the condos. Parking is limited to one vehicle in the space provided and any other car goes to the overflow lot, not really a big deal, but some guests were rude and didn't play fair.
Oh, and of course, hard core sales for the time share. If you choose to go for the free $75 bucks (I did, I'm an owner already) get ready to be drilled for and hour at least. Or just pass and save yourself the pain.
Go to the small, close-by beach at Jamestown, perfect for little kids, no wake, clean, lots of shade in the tree line. Virginia Beach is a 45 minute drive, and well worth it if you've never been and like the beach scene. Fun boardwalk and shops, plenty of dining and sight seeing. Don't even attempt this at rush hour, you will be sorry.
Right down the street are "Oceans and Ale" restaurant (seafood, yum), Food Lion grocery and Rite Aid. Lots of outlet and antique shopping close and a ton of restaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect for your next family vacation, The Colonies at Williamsburg boasts residential-style accommodations consisting of two- and four-bedroom condominiums with full kitchens and electric fireplaces designed for maximum comfort. Kitchen, living room and dining room areas in each suite are integrated for entertaining and enjoyment. Resort amenities include indoor & outdoor heated pools with water features, an outdoor hot tub and tennis courts. The resort is just minutes from the most popular attractions in the area including Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and popular retail outlet stores. Designated suites meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. ... more less
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