ROOM: We spent a little extra and got a 2 bedroom luxury suite - one br with king bed, one with TWO full, and pull out sleeper sofa, so we were able to sleep two teens and two adults and everyone had their own bed! The room was enormous, with a dining area and a wrap-around balcony that gave us views of the ocean, the main entrance and the market area across the street. Our room and the building we stayed in was very attractive and clean. They need to do a bit better at cleaning things like shower areas, where there was some mold or mildew in places. Not enough to be a problem and sad to see as it is easy to fix (Tilex anyone?). The FITNESS CENTER/GYM was the best I've ever seen at a hotel or resort - top notch equipment and facility. It is at the far north end of the property past the lighthouse. If the hotel is reading this, break down and post some good pics of the equipment so others can see how it's a great place!
NOISE: Ok, the one real beef we had, other than the cold weather (January, our bad) was that for 3-4 days some air handling equipment on top of the main lobby building went into squeak mode, so we had to fully close the balcony doors even tho we didn't want to.
SERVICE: generally a bit warmer than many have reported previously, but we did run into a few staff that were aloof at first. I learned however that if you worked at being friendly, people would usually come around. Times aren't great these days in the tourist industry, so please be generous when tipping - we found it was greatly appreciated.
FOOD: While very expensive, the room service menu was pretty good - we ate in one evening - and I have to tell you the pork chops was the best food I had the entire week we were on the island ( I believe it's from the Willey Broadleaf restaurant downstairs). Like others have noted, best place to have breakfast is Zorbas in the market across the street - recommend the coconut french toast. The China Beach restaurant on the hotel property was fancy looking, but a completely underwhelming experience food wise, as was Agave and Sabor, the restaurant at the Pelican Reef hotel, where I would however recommend the fried Conch, which was good. NOTE!: the "Kitchenette" in the suites only has a microwave and frig - no cooktop! After a run of so-so meals out we went to a local supermarket got some groceries and made BLTs inside with creative use of the microwave...one of the best lunches we had on the island.
ACTIVITIES: Dolphins - Our youngest teen went on the assistant trainer experience with the dolphins (UNEXSO) - if you can spring for the money, highly recommended. Instead of a few minutes in the water with the dolphins, you're there most of the day assisting the staff in feeding them, etc, and you get some fantastic quality time with them. If your kid is young, one parent needs to go too; they charge a much smaller amount for you to tag along. Scooters - please do not underestimate how fast they can go or how confusing driving on the "wrong" side of the road can be, particularly when making turns. A friend of ours almost crashed headlong into a car on a turn and went home with some huge bruises as souvenirs. Just go slow at first and remember that the RIGHT lane is the passing lane down there, so stay to the left when cars are around. Snorkeling - despite the cold weather we took in the scooba diving offered at a desk down in the lobby of the hotel (the building we were in, not the lobby proper). For a little extra, you can get wetsuits which made a huge difference in the chilly water. Recommend you bring your own snorkel and mask, as their masks all leaked a bit, which made trying to dive down a bit tricky.
All in all, a real nice vacation, but next time we'll come when the weather and water is warmer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Lucayan is an elegant, serene AAA four-diamond resort set on 7.5 tropical acres of sandy coastline and spectacular oceanfront. As part of Grand Lucayan Bahamas Beach & Golf Resort, this 542-room hotel delivers the ambiance of the islands with all of the style and amenities you expect in a resort destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Hotel Freeport
- Sheraton Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort
- Radisson Freeport
- Lucaya Sheraton
- Sheraton Our Lucaya
- Sheraton Bahamas
- Grand Lucayan, Bahamas Freeport, Grand Bahama Island