We stayed at the Islander the second week of January through an RCI exchange. We were in a one bedroom unit and there were four adults and one child in our group. The unit has a decent sized bedroom and then a murphy bed in the living room and a sofa bed. Thankfully, our friends staying with us are not very demanding, because I would not want to sleep on that murphy bed. We did request a mattress topper that was delivered promptly by Maintenance, but still, it would have been odd to sleep in the living room like that. All of the living room furniture had to be moved around every night to accommodate the bed. Additionally, the bathroom was one of the smallest bathrooms I have ever been in! On the positive side, the ocean view was phenominal...also the sunrise in the morning was just breathtaking. The unit was well equipped for cooking and hanging out. There was a DVD player and a flat screen tv in the bedroom. The staff was very nice and responded to each of our requests.
There were activities posted each day for both kids and adults. The pool was heated and the two spas were quite hot. Our guys went for the Happy Hour and 39 cent oysters a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The pool area has a wind shield and is completely secure from the beach area.
If you have not been to New Smyrna before, you are in for a treat. It is a very quiet, friendly, clean, wonderful area. The beach is wide, spacious, full of shells and great for walking. At the north end of the beach, there are numerous surfers and schools of dolphins to enjoy watching. There are some great casual restaurants and little shops to explore. Our favorite restaurants were Heavenly BBQ and Touch of Italy.
We did agree to attend the Vacation Club presentation because they upped the offer from $75 to $125, but you have to travel to Daytona Beach for the presentation and then they give you a Visa gift card rather than cash, so that was a little irritating. Most of the salespeople looked like they just came out off a used car lot. I wouldn't really recommend attending this and the Vacation Voyage Venture deal was really not a good deal because if you belong to RCI, there is no additional value...plus they insist that you purchase a four week plan.
I would recommend this resort if you don't have very high expectations and are happy with a Holiday Inn type hotel on the beach. We spoke with a lot of fellow visitors and some were there for weeks and months at a time and there were certainly a lot of repeat guests.
If you plan to visit Orlando during you visit, it actually is a 90 minute drive.
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- Also Known As:
- Islander Beach Hotel New Smyrna Beach
- Islander Beach New Smyrna
- Islander Beach Resort New Smyrna Beach, Florida