Returned from Island Seas this past Saturday. Had two weeks booked but only used 10 days (my choice). As an owner with confirmed dates, my unit (Ocean front) should have been waiting for me. Timmy at the front desk did a wonderful job of getting me a unit in one of the two ocean front buildings. My friend (also an owner) was there earlier and was in a different building. The room was clean but missing a coffee pot which was supplied almost immediately. The inch long bug skittering across the floor disappeared into a door jam not to be seen again. If you are coming to Island Seas be sure to bring scouring pads for the pots and pans as well as condiments. Nothing is supplied. Yes, everything costs more in the Bahamas but when everything is imported to the island, what do you expect? Solomon's replaced City Market and is clean and as reasonable as any of the other big shopping markets (Butler's or Butler and Sands).
The beach is wonderful but with the increase in cruise ships docking at Freeport, Island Seas has added a hospitality suite. On days when the ships were in, the beach was wall to wall humanity and all the lounges were occupied - and not by owners. Owner's don't get preferential treatment re: lounge chairs and that kind of rankles me. I do understand that the resort is in the business to make money, but not an an owner's expense. In addition to cruise passengers, the quiet is broken by wave runners and a catamaran blaring music - all trying to get business. The photographer is particularly obnoxious and loud. Freeport is getting very commercialized although not as much as Nassau.
Do rent a car! I got one for $35/day (over a weeks' rental gets a cheaper rate). That allowed us unlimited trips to Port Lucaya, Gold Rock and other interesting venues. Do see the Garden of the Groves! Do visit the Rand Nature Centre! International Bazaar is just about closed which is very sad. Years ago it was a fun place.
At the far end of Island Seas next to the park is John and Michelle's open air take out place. For $15 we got two lobster tails (local type) plus rice and peas, cabbage and plantains. Outrageousely good food at a very fair price. It's take away so be prepared not to dine there.
Most of the restaurants offer "early bird" specials and Giovanni's in Port Lucaya is superb (and merits it's own review).
My only dissatisfactions with Island Seas are that maid service is sketchy at best, the sheets don't fit the beds properly and guests ignore the prohibition regarding glass and glass bottles on the beach, but then slobs are slobs whether on vacation or at home.
- 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