"Absolutely what you want"
09/15/14 Yolie1700 Brooklyn, New York
My husband and I ( Yo and Yo) spend a couple of days at Flamingo and a couple at Taino Resort (same grounds) a time share facility. There were problems with the air conditioner at Taino. The on site manager Vanessa Neely appreciated our disappointment and did her BEST as well as her staff to make us comfortable. We either choose to flow with the caring hospitality or get annoyed and ruin our planned vacation. We flowed and it worked and will absolutely return. Thank you Ms. Neely, Charnell, Donna, Dorothy, Crystal, Christopher, Big Mama and all the other staff that did not have a name Tag including Security
"Night at a Bonfire"
We visited this resort as part of our cruise package for the bonfire excursion. The staff was nice and what we saw off the resort seemed fine but we were disappointed in the bonfire experience. We were told it was all you can eat but they cut you off after less than 20 min barely giving you enough time to scarf down your plate and the quality of the food wasn't anything special. The bonfire was small and unimpressive and you weren't given much time to enjoy it as they made everyone leave the beach after a few min and go back to the patio area where they had the "fire dancer" who basically just walked around holding a burning tray then called some men forward to show off by standing over the tray of fire and toasting their "marshmallows". Overall not at all what was expected. They tried to cram to many things into to sort of a time and ended up ruining everything.
"Amazing location, amazing people. Not so amazing rooms."
09/04/14 JaimiM Phoenix, Arizona
Taino beach was in a beautiful location, and had beautiful views from nearly every angle. For our group of eleven girls, we split into four different rooms. Unfortunately only two of the rooms could be placed moderately close together, and when we asked about maybe moving the other two closer, despite not being a packed place in just about slow season there was "nothing" that could be done. With that being said, two of the rooms were pent houses, 2 bed and 2 bath, not only was the upstairs dangerous considering you had to walk up a metal ladder with only one side with a railing and not accommodating to taller individuals with such a small space, but the layout was absurd with a shower in the sleeping area and a see-through bathroom door leaving no privacy at all. It would also be nice if WIFI wasn't only available in the lobby. On the plus side, we met amazing individuals here, and were pleased with nearly all the staff that we met, the free bahama mamas were a plus in the lobby as well, and happy hour was always a fun time at the pool. The water ferry to Port Lacaya was reasonably prices and a great connivence to get into town to explore and shop. Nothing was too outstanding, but I enjoyed my stay mostly because I was in the Bahamas.
"Stop on our cruise"
09/02/14 Elayna A
We did this as a one day visit through our cruise. We loved it! We were welcomed with a Bahama mama, how perfect. My husband and I then proceeded to the beach. The sand was soft and clean! There were water sports to do, but we chose not to. They were a little more than we were willing to spend. There was also a pool that had a lazy river, hot tub, and slide. We enjoyed the hammocks and nothing was overcrowded. After a morning of festivities we were able to eat a basic BBQ meal. This was not extra and included in our price. The food was nothing special, but was okay. If we cruise again and this is a stop we would probably go back! It was affordable for what was offered!
"It would be 5 stars if it weren't for the rooms"
08/22/14 Nicole M Long Beach, California
I stayed there from Aug 9, 2014-Aug 16, 2014 I had a really great time at this hotel. I came here with my boyfriend and his uncle, cousin, father and all there girlfriends. Pros: Locations, Location, Location: This hotel is located in the perfected spot. Its in the middle of everything. I looked at all the others places as we passed by and this hotels located perfectly. People would leave there hotel to come to our beach. Lots of people I met weren't staying at Taino. You can go on a Bannana Boats, Jet Skiing or Kayaking right there. There is a little market and bar called The Open Bar right at the other end of the beach. When that bar closes then you can walk right back to the hotel to go to the Grotto Bar. If you want to go to Port Lucaya then its just a 2 min walk down the road to the water taxi. Its $6 for a round trip. Hotel: I love the rooms because they are huge, at least the one my boyfriend and I stayed in. We stayed in The Ocean suite at the very top. It has a full kitchen which is awesome maybe full use of. The view from our room was amazing. The rooms come this just about everything you need. The front desk is helpful. Our room key wasn't working and long story short, it ended not being the key, but the door sensor. Yes, it sucked and it took an hour and a half to get done, but everyone was nice and got the job as fast as they could. Free Bahama Mamas in the main lobby all day!! The pool is perfect and the slide is fun. Happy is hour is from 4-6 in the grotto bar. Grocery store: I suggest that you go to the grocery store. Even though groceries are expersive out here on the islands, its still cheapier than eating out for a week. If anything, bring a checked bag of dried goods. I brought oatmeal, avocados, tea bags, nuts and seasonings. Things like that. If you can bring it, then do cause you will regret it. Weather: It was sometimes cloudy but only in the middle of the island. It rained on the last day we were there but it was for 1 minute. Then some lighting storms but there were out in open water at night, which was beautiful. Cons: Rooms: They are kind of dirty. They clean it and make it look nice but there are little damages. Im not sure but i think they took the door off the shower downstairs. It had this clue on the wall. The kind you would use to put up a shower door. Little cracks in the wall or mold in a corner. There are ant problems too. Some of that I know was my fault cause I left something out but still. Grotto Bar: The female bar tender can be kind of mean or just doesn't smile much. For the majority of the trip they didn't have milk so if you wanted a drink with milk then no can do. Sometimes they run out of ice too and you will have to wait for a bit.
"There are pros and cons--if the owners werent cheap it would be gr8"
08/06/14 bamagirl0269 Fayetteville, Georgia
I have been staying at this property for 10 years and this is the first review I am writing. SO here goes. The beach is great! There are some jet skis (terrance is great) kayaks, all fun and decent price. The food at the restaurant also is not overly expensive and is very tasty. Lets move to the property its self. The slide really what's the point? we were there this time and the slid usually running 10-4 was open from 11-1 are you kidding? what a joke! there were at least 30 children there to play not counting the adults. This happened throughout the week. The bartender at the swim up bar, if you get the regular male great. If you get the female just leave. she is awful and hateful. she told children to get out of the swim up it is not for them..it is for everyone! There is supposed to be a waterfall as you enter the swim up bar cave but it is broke and has been for oh year or so now. again the owners are too cheap to fix it. there are no floats for the lazy river...another too cheap. the owners could easily have someone pay a deposit for one and check it out and if you don't return it or its damaged you don't get your money back. A float costs around7*9 dollars charge double for the deposit and you have made enough to get it back. there is no daily entertainment though there used to be and there is only 2 hammocks. there is no pool side service so therefore there is also NO ONE picking up trash around the pool throughout the day. when we were there my children picked up anywhere from 50 plus cups in a day/ the owners wife and her friends are there swimming around but maybe they should get to work. I love this property and it has so much potential but each year I see it get worse and worse. It earned rci approval again, but I am not sure how. with enough complaints and nothing done to improve they could lose it again. some real time needs to be spent on making this a real resort again. oh it is close to the ferry for port lucaya a huge plus! also the shuttle to the grocery that they offer is a huge saving too!.
"Love Taino. We are regulars."
08/03/14 ewindmiller Raeford, North Carolina
The beach is amazing. Second best beach on the island & the hotel is located on it! The food at the restaurant is delicious. Omar & the rest of the staff aim to please. They are laid back, helpful, & always try to accommodate any request. We won't stay anywhere else. I'd rate it 5 stars but the property needs a face lift. The rooms are clean enough but dated.
"Best to Stay Away!"
07/14/14 nazpaz11 Salem, Oregon
I believe at one time this resort was one of the best you could find in Freeport-but not anymore! My son and I stayed at the Marlin at Taino Beach just last week and while we loved the pool and the ocean our room was 79-80 degrees constantly and very humid. It was far from comfortable! To top that off we paid an additional fee for utilities. We informed the staff three or four times - and were told people were working on it! The phones didn't work! Most of the time the lazy river was not working and the slide rarely was turned on and when it was - the gate was locked and people had to jump over it to get a ride. Also the restaurant service was poor - one time we waited 15-20 minutes and have no one even wait on us. That would have been okay if they were busy - - - but there were only two other tables and they had already been served.
"The Marlin at Taino Beach Resort & Clubs"
07/13/14 VH-Diver Vestavia Hills
The Marlin is the newest building at Taino Beach Resort & Clubs followed by the Coral and then the Ocean. We were there right after Arthur had formed. They said the storms had knocked out the phone system so we had to go to the lobby to make any calls (but we didn't really need to make any calls so no problem). They also said the storms knocked out half of the Air Conditioning capacity but I find it hard to believe all three buildings shared 2 chiller units.. But i guess it's possible. In any case, our room never got below 77 and it spent most of the time @ 79 even when it was 75 outside one night. One couple said the units were hard set to a maximum coldness of 76 and you couldn't get it colder even when it was working @ 100%. We placed frozen water bottles in front of the vent in our bed room and that seemed to help a little @ night. Cooking in the room made it unbearably hot so we only did it once. I think they run a shuttle to the store but I'm not sure. We had a car so we could go anywhere @ any time. The ferry is down the road @ the flamingo hotel. It's a short walk but not "just across the street". It drops you off next to the UNEXSO builder / right in front of the SABAR restaurant. Our unit was nice. I saw a comment about the pools outside the older units. An owner told me they used to have cascading waterfalls from the top floors to the bottom but they no longer worked. When they did they were very nice and he used to rinse his SCUBA gear in them. POOL.. The pool was nice. The slide was fun when they turned it on. The lazy river was fine too. I think they've made arrangements with some cruise lines so there were a good many extra people in the pool on those days. There may have been 1 or 2 days of this. POOL BAR... It's in a cave/grotto. The bartender was nice. I saw several people sit in there all day and never get up to go to the bathroom (which is just around the corner, next to the showers)... so there's that... HOT TUB.. be careful getting in this thing. I almost lost some toes on the sharp tile on the stairs. My 13 year old daughter heard some colorful language when I tried to get in. They need to drain it and pour some concrete on the stairs to fill them in (and paint it white or blue while they're at it). I thought it was dirty and wouldn't get in it at first but it was just the color of the bottom. I think it's too hot too but that may just be me.. BEACH.. The beach was nice. Very fine sand. the water was clear and warm. No big waves even during the thunderstorms. There are jet ski rentals etc.. SCUBA... The op that the resort uses is Caribbean Dives. Booking through the resort offered a considerable savings on a 10 dive package. These guys were great. My 11 year old son was doing his first real dives on this trip and they were very accommodating to the JR open water limits. They offer 2 tank morning and 2 tank afternoon (shallower) dives. They gave him special attention and i was very pleased. They pick you up @ the lobby and drop you off @ the dock in the channel next to this property. I did look into the other near by ops UNEXSO and Sunn. Both seemed fine and would pick you up @ the boat ferry dock @ UNEXSO on the other side of the channel but I couldn't beat the price of the onsite op and no ferry ride. The only downside is they don't offer nitrox. They were a little chancy with the weather on the last day too. As a last minute deal for 9000 RCI points, I'd go back. I don't think I'd want to pay full points or real money to come back.
"Will stay here again"
07/10/14 Shanna W Burnsville, North Carolina
My husband and I went to this resort for our 10 year anniversary.We stayed at the Ocean. The pool is awesome and had a swim up bar. We really liked the relaxed atmosphere. We were steps away from the ocean and if we wanted to do any water activities they were there on site. Our room was nice with a full kitchen and very spacious. We liked the ferry ride to the Lucayan Marketplace and overall loved our resort. Definitely will stay there again and bring more family to enjoy the experience.
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