This is a 3.5 resort because it is outdated BUT they are trying….so I rated it a 4. I had a good experience, the price was GREAT, and if I get another offer like it again from Interval I will definitely go again. It is right on the beach and the STAFF is SO FRIENDLY, EVERYBODY says hi to you and has a smile. If you want to spend $300 a night and want a 5 star go to the Grand Lucayan. If you want a 4 star resort at $150, spend some extra and go to Taino Beach resort (huge pool and slide). If you want a good deal and can deal with some of the outdated parts, then Island Seas is your resorts. The pictures on here are a good indication of what you will get. There were rusted parts in the bathroom (toilet bolts and shower rack), the kitchen cabinetry was outdated and the wood inside was breaking, I wasn’t a fan of the couch (floral outdated) BUT it wasn’t a big deal to me (the price was right for a beach resort).
No wifi in the rooms. If you want wireless internet you have to sit around their outside restaurant Coconuts.
Only 1 computer in the lobby, they charge $5 for 15 minutes. My computer broke so instead of paying their price I went to the Starbuck Café at Port Lucaya that gave you 30 minutes everytime you purchased something.
Only 1 frying pan in the room. There is no blender in the room but you can request it from the member services office.
Gym needs updating and hope that there is only 1 other person in there. 1 bike, 1 working treadmill, a bench, and some weights. THAT IS IT! TV works if you can figure out how to turn it on. Light switch needs to be on and the “turn on” button for the TV is on the bottom right corner on the back of the TV.
No soap dish in the shower.
You’re going to need bottled water the tap water is HORRIBLE! I normally am ok with tap…this is one of the first times I ONLY drank bottled water because of the taste of the tap water.
Monday they have a free shuttle bus to the RIDICULOUSLY OVERPRICED supermarket Solomons (but this is where the locals shop, it is just expensive b/c it gets shipped in from the US). The resort provides multiple trips because there are like 70 people waiting for a bus that holds 20. The shuttle is at 1245, get there at 1230 to grab the first shuttle out. If you get there at 12:45 you’re at the end and have to wait until 1:15 ish to get out of the resort. It would be nice if there was a shuttle for everyday after check-in (Saturday, Sunday). The public bus will take you from Port Lucaya for $2 BUT once your at the supermarket you have to HOPE a nice bus driver will take you back to island seas for a few extra dollars, because the resort is NOT on the public bus route. I offered a bus driver $10 to take me back to Island Seas on a Sunday and he jumped right on my offer. It was Sunday so I didn’t want to wait for another bus driver if I offered $5 and they didn’t want it. Cookies $6, Cereal $7, Milk $6, Juice $6, chips $5, paper towels $3 each….I think you get my drift
*So to get to the supermarket on Sunday, I used the free shuttle bus from island seas to Port Lucaya, the shuttle bus driver (Eddie) will drop u off at the bus stop if you ask him. At the bus stop, wait and ask the bus driver if he will take you to Solomons supermarket, if he says yes, it is like $1.50. Then right outside of the supermarket is the bus stop. Wait and ask a bus driver if you pay them extra will they take you back to island seas.
*Another negative at Island Seas is they don’t let you know what is going on off the resort at night (Bon Fires, Fish Frys, and Pig roasts) when you check-in, they should have it written out as a courtesy.
*Airport shuttle would be a nice perk….taxi is $22-$25 each way. Contact Forbes Charter and get a voucher before hand, somebody told me it is $13 each way.
*Check-in is REALLY 4pm……people wait around with their carry-on luggage at the outside restaurant Coconuts. I had no problems checking out, 5 minutes.
Shuttle bus is driven by this nice elderly man Eddie. TIP HIM $1 each time you ride, it is a free shuttle to Port Lucaya BUT I’m sure he works for minimum wage. So throw him a tip. Shuttle bus runs hourly (except when he takes a 1 hour lunch break) from 930AM – 630PM. A cab from Port Lucaya to the resort is $12 and you can catch them outside of the casino or outside the Port Lucaya shops is a stand. There are about 15 different places to eat at Port Lucaya (Café, Greek, Chinese, Agave-Mexican, Subway, Dominos, Bar food, Pizza Hut, Bahamian cuisine). Across from Port Lucaya is the Casino and high end resort with restaurants.
*The clientele is great. Retirees and working class couples.
*The beach had about 80 people outside. The pool had about 35 on the chairs.
*Happy Hour at Coconuts is 4-6 so they have 2 for 1 drink specials. I got Pina Coladas.
*There are plenty of places to pick up maps and books of day time activities around the island. There are maps when you check-in and also the room has a booklet with info on the resort. BUT for nighttime activities you need to ask around because once 9pm hits the place is dead except for 2 nights I heard they had karaoke and another night they had Bahamian music.
*I didn’t see the tennis courts but they said they had free tennis on the grounds.
*The pool is nice and was empty. There is a nice waterfall that falls into the pool. I saw people use the Jacuzzi.
*When you walk out to the beach, either way, a few minutes away are locals cooking up some seafood and meat. I only went to Michelle’s. $12 for fish (with bones), and $15 for twin lobster tails, $20 for a lobster and a fish. It came with rice, some cabbage, and plaintains. The twin lobsters were my favorite and I ordered that 3 different times.
*The beach is AWESOME! Very little seaweed, white sandy beach, very soft by the towel area. Some rocks in the water but stay to the left side (less rocks). The sunrise and sunset are beautiful.
*I felt REALLY SAFE at the resort! 2 nights I was out on my first floor balcony on my phone and security passed by. I even joked with security and asked them if anybody got robbed this week, he laughed and said no we haven’t had an incident in a while and definitely NOT that week. Then I joked with the taxi drivers and asked them if people get robbed at Port Lucaya and they laughed at me also and said that doesn’t happen on this island. Tourism is #1 on the island and they have cameras all around Port Lucaya. I’m a New Yorker so trusting people is not my thing BUT I asked around and people looked at me like I was crazy for asking.
* So just some extra FYI: Locals harass you but it is expected, they are looking to make money. They want you to check out what they are selling, they want you to come to their restaurants, they want you to braid your hair. Timeshares from other resorts such as Ocean Reef and Taino Beach try to get you to do breakfast or lunch to listen to their timeshare promos. Taino Beach offered $50 to a really nice restaurant called Agave. Island Seas offers breakfast or lunch to listen to their timeshare promo. As gifts they give you t-shirts, Bacardi, and a choice of 5 things to do. I did the glass bottom boat located at the canal across from the front entrance.
*If you are in your 20’s and single….this is NOT your kinda resort. The average age is 50. This is a quiet resort, everyone is sleeping by 10pm (if not earlier). 95% are couples.
*At Taino Beach for $55 there is a buffet bonfire (15 minutes away), 3 nights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and I forgot the 3rd night). Wednesday night at Smith’s Point (Taino Beach) is a Fish Fry. It is like 7 local outside restaurants serving fried fish and sides….it starts at like 630ish. A cab back to the resort should be like $15. By Island Seas resort there is also a Fish Fry and Bon Fire but smaller, walk down to the beach and make a left, walk that way they have cards with what they have going on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This fully furnished one and two bedroom condominium resort with full living/dining areas and private beach is set between the shopping and dining centers of Port Lucaya Marketplace, 2 miles away, and Freeport's International Bazaar, 3 miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Seas Hotel Freeport
- Island Seas Freeport
- Island Seas Resort Freeport Bahamas
- Island Seas Resort Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama Island