The beach is OUTSTANDING -- it has the softest creamy yellow sand that never gets hot underfoot...warm turquoise water...to this winter-weary soul, it was heaven!
Accomodations: Not fancy, but rooms are large and clean -- they could use an update, but great for the price -- GET AN OCEAN VIEW -- (5th floor and above so you can see over the plentiful palm trees).
You WILL use your large, private balcony -- its so nice to sit out there with your morning coffee or evening cocktails!
We even took our portable DVD player out to the balcony and watched a movie under the stars! And there was plenty of room for me to do my morning exercises on the balcony in the sweet ocean air! If you're a morning person, You'll enjoy watching the gorgeous sunrises!
They also have Villas at one end of the resort that look gorgeous.
We've been there twice -- the first time to Reef Village right beside Grand Lucayan -- they were sister properties then and shared all facilities, but sadly the Reef is a "Memories" resort now, and attracts a young, party-type crowd. Thankfully, they have done a good job separating the two properties, minimizing guest crossovers.
You can still walk the whole length of the beach (I think it's a couple of miles) -- once you go past Memories, the beach is seriously practically deserted -- houses are hidden well back from the water and you'll only come across 1 condo complex...terrific for a fitness run or a romantic stroll!
The stretch of beach directly in front of Grand Lucayan is breathtaking, and we were there in March just before March Break, and it was never crowded! The pools were very well maintained, but we never used them, as the ocean was so warm and inviting!
The dining can be confusing, even if, like us, you don't do all inclusive, but they do publish which retaurants are open on which days. As other reviewers have noted, there are lots of restaurants in the Lucayan Market just behind the resort. Notably we enjoyed the restaurant on the Marina at the Pelican Bay resort.
There is a small liquor store in the Marketplace for beer wine and spirits. Try the Caribbean beer -- my husband loved the Kalik light with lime!
But back to Grand Lucayan:
Breakfasts were a fabulous buffet feast at Willy Broadleaf -- terrific value, and everything you could imagine. If you have dietary issues, call the resort ahead of time -- they are so helpful!
Their own Iries pub is delicious -- the Iries fine dining part isn't open any more, much to our disappointment. China Beach has yummy Sweet Potato Fries for a fun snack.
They also have a café if you want a specialty coffee, but the coffee in the room is really good!
There is a convenience store right on the property -- it looks small, but has so much you might need -- I got a terrible cough, and they even had the cough syrup I usually have to have a prescription for at home! You can also buy snacks there...just expect all food in Port Lucaya to be fairly expensive.
The resort has a lovely fitness centre, and they provided many free classes -- we enjoyed Kim's Meditation classes! She also does Yoga on the beach, which regretably I didn't have a chance to do. Our friend had a lovely massage at the spa where they offer a variety of treatments.
I think it's a great choice for some peaceful R & R -- there are lots of activities if you wish to partake, but I think it really excels if you want some "alone" time, or privacy with friends or family.
The grounds are so well maintained and beautifully manicured -- I never saw garbage lying around in all the time we were there. It's very lush and tropical looking.
Most of the staff are so friendly and helpful -- especially the housekeeping staff, and the breakfast buffet staff at Willy Broadleaf!
Customer service is great -- one morning there was a very unpleasant odour in our hallway -- I telephoned guest services, and then went out for a swim -- when I came back, they had taken care of it already! I also asked for an extra blanket one night and it arrived in less than 5 minutes!
Also, since our WestJet Package had a late flight out -- they were able to let us stay in our room a little later than usual, and they happily locked up our luggage so we could still enjoy the beach and facilities until the transfer arrived in the late afternoon!
If you are going to Freeport, I don't think you could find a nicer place than the Grand Lucayan.
- 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