We tried Paradise Lakes before taking a crusie out of Tampa. We liked it so much we came back for a few days after the cruise. Our experience was mixed and we will attempt to explain.
It took us about 30 minutes to drive to the resort from the Tampa airport. The resort is located within a clothing optional community. The community is gated although nobody was manning the gate area. The community consisted of homes, condo's, a small trailer park, and the resort / pool area. The setting was relaxed with allot of retired people around.
We stayed pool side at the resort both times. The rooms were adequate, both rooms entirely mirrored on the walls and ceiling, making the room feel larger that it really was. We saw that there were other rooms in different themes that people could try. The male half would rent a condo next time. The female half loved being pool side and would prefer going back to one of the resort rooms. The bar is located center of the resort area and was a great place to watch the super bowl.
The pool, hot tub, and sports pools were clean and well taken care of. Daily water polo was fun to watch and play. The poeple were more than accomidating and actively recruited you to participate. Employees were making repairs around the pool area as it some areas showed neglect.
Check in and out was easy and the staff helpful. Food from the bar was good for bar food. Food from the restraunt was average. We were not impressed with the male bar staff as they actively verbalized their want for tips. At one point after not tipping the man for a single round of drinks he puffed indignantly with a sour look on his face. Our tip for them is "If you have to ask for a tip you are probably in the wrong line of work". The women wait staff never did this, were very professional, and did receive a nice tip at the end of our stays.
The resort will not allow you to bring any food or drink into the resort and keep a sharp lookout for it. Anything wanted to eat or drink must be purchased from within. We understand but were extremely put off by the militant enforcement. We over did it (drinking) one day at the pool and into the evening at the super bowl party. We spent a considerable abount at the bar and were paying for it the next morning. When we awoke nothing was open at the resort so the male drove to the store and purchased power aid for his wife. He did not conceal the bottle and was abruptly stopped and told not to bring the bottle in. The man complied and asked where he could buy it at the resort and was told that he could not, but when the bar opened they would have something available. This event very nearly made us never come back here.
We did enjoy and evening at Club Reveal. The music was great, drinks were mixed well, and fun was had by all. We are in our 40's, are in shape, and like 70's - 80's music. We had a blast even though we were on the youger side compared to the rest of the attendees. There were a couple of unattached males with fart breath running around but were easy to shoo away.
The retirees exercise every morning in the pool then a group plays a form of bocce. It was fun to watch and talk with these people.
We will try this resort again sometime but may also look at Caliente just to compare. Although allot more costly Desire Resort was well above Paradise Lakes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel, Resort & Spa...We have over 100 hotel rooms; many of them are situated poolside, an upscale restaurant, a rocking nightclub, our Key West Bar at poolside, a fitness center with a gym. a day spa & a boutique featuring the hottest in clubwear, an RV park, tennis, sand volleyball, water volleyball, hot tubs, a heated conversation pool and huge all-season pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Lakes Hotel Land o Lakes
- Paradise Lakes Resort Florida/Land O Lakes