My actual date of travel was March 2009 right before Easter. Before staying at the Viva Fortuna I stayed at the Redwood in Lucaya Bay for a few days basically just to be in the more touristy areas, the Wyndham is definitely a transition from where we were before. The only downfall to the hotel was that it was distant from Lucaya Bay where the "town" was where there were beach bars, grills, family owned restaurants, and clubs like Pulse. I definitely recommend spending a day or two in Lucaya Bay if given the chance, it's more of a "local" experience but it still is a touristy area so you'll feel safe. There are some restaurants there that are worth trying and the bars seem to be a little more fun and they'll hook you up on your drinks if you tip well! The bars in the Lucaya Market Place tend to be less worried about measuring out shots and just pour! Rum Runners is definitely worth the money and so is Sparky's because they give you your moneys worth even on more expensive drinks. I recommend trying Bahama Mama, Rum Runners, Goombay Smash, and Yellow Birds while visiting the Bahamas! Super yummy! (That is if you're a drinker!)
Okay anyways, I'll get more on topic of the hotel itself. Check in was great and the shuttle service for Viva Fortuna was really fast about picking us up from our hotel in Lucaya Bay even with it being a busier time right before Easter. The hotel shuttle as far as I can remember was free to travel but we had to pay upon going to the airport because our charter cruise ship broke down. So make sure you have plenty of cash on you for shuttles, taxis, and tips while in Bahamas.
I'll start off talking about the bars at the hotel; there were 3 main bars: the patio bar, beach bar, and the disco bar. The Patio Bar was the biggest bar and had the best service so we had to wait way less for getting our drinks. Pretty much everyone we met on the trip was very friendly and we had a good time drinking and taking different types of shots around the bar with groups of people from several areas in the world. The Patio Bar is enclosed and has several areas to lounge, ping pong tables (one night we convinced them to let us play beer pong but they said that was a no-no, but we had a cool bartender that turned his head to it), and a giant life-size chess board where you can play. The beach bar was good for getting drinks while out by the pool and on the beach but it was definitely the longest taking bar at the hotel solely because food was served there too; it was like hamburgers, hotdogs, and french fries type place perfect for quick snacks during the day. One thing I didn't like at the beach bar was it was a little windier and the birds would be around, other than that nothing the hotel can really control. I just hate birds! Disco bar was fun and quick, it was an all ages type "club" where there is a disco floor and you can dance or just hang out at the tables and chat. (note- one good thing--all alcohol is included in the price of your stay--all-inclusive is the way to go!)
I don't have much to say about the restaurants on site because we were more into just making the best out of our days drinking and having fun than actually going to fancy dinners on this trip. Majority of the restaurants you have to reserve ahead of time but the food is all-inclusive but their are certain menu items you'll pay extra for. We mainly went to the buffet for each meal. The buffet changed daily and the food was pretty good! I had no complaints! There was actually a pretty good selection of food for it being all-inclusive, I guess the best way to compare it is all-inclusive buffets on a cruise. There is also a late night pizza restaurant that's all included and open later for easy late night snacks!
As far as activities are concerned kayaking, snorkeling, and acrobats are included. Those were the ones I did. They also offer scuba, jet skiing and a couple of other services that cost extra but probably are totally worth it! I liked the snorkeling here, tons of rocks though so water shoes are a must! Other than that swim around and it's safe! The water is perfect for kayaking--no waves and you can see the bottom even a mile out! I saw my first running star fish here! Very cool experience.
I feel they have a really good amount of room for the pools and jacuzzi and I was always able to find my own time to go in the jacuzzi without it being over crowded. There is always a towel guy by the pool but they are also pretty good about putting towels in the rooms.
The rooms weren't the best rooms I've stayed in, but they're definitely worth the money and have outside balconies, inside safe, and mini-fridges. I didn't have any bad experiences at this hotel but I recommend anytime going out of the country putting your personals and valuables in the safe regardless.
The staff was great and very attentive and helpful! They showed us around when we first got there, helped us bring our stuff to our rooms, and were overall very personable. They would remember your name the next day and talk to you about stuff- great to know they actually care! Bartenders were good with the drinks and everyone else was helpful and accommodating.
Hint- Majority of the bad reviews about this hotel are based on Spring Break which is typically the month of April for the Bahamas! Of course anywhere you go on Spring Break with a beach is going to be awful if you're not a spring breaker! Do not go to this hotel during Spring Break if you plan on relaxing and having a romantic time--not the time or place!
This hotel is more for a social person just enjoying a fun vacation. This hotel is good for friends and spouses. But if you're looking for a romantic, intimate, and calm get-a-way Bahamas in general is probably not the way to go unless you go during slow times of year!
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Hotel Freeport
- Wyndham Hotel Freeport
- Wyndham Freeport
- Viva Fortuna
- Freeport Wyndham
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort
- Club Viva Fortuna
- Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island