"above the middle below the upper"
01/27/15 golfnva Chesapeake, Virginia
The staff make this resort nice. The new beach bar down the beach is a nice addition. We stayed in the Marlin this trip and the room was very nice on the pool side. Using the ferry is inconvenient because you have to be back to the dock by 10:45, would like to see that extended to midnight or 1am. Would go again.
01/27/15 garpolian Nashville, Tennessee
We stayed here for a week during New Years and loved every minute of it. Our hotel room was a tiny bit dated, but then again, everything is the Bahamas is dated. That's part of it's beauty. I read a lot of bad reviews about the hotel room, so I was very pleasantly surprised. Service was wonderful and every employee was friendly EXCEPT for the waitresses at the restaurant. They were pretty rude. Probably because the tip is already added in. The cave bar is great and the pool is WONDERFUL. No kids running around and there seemed to be plenty of available lawn chairs for sunbathing. The hotel activities were a bit lame, so we opted out of them. We took the ferry to Port Lucaya about every other night for dinner. A cab ride cost about $25 for the 4 of us just to go one way. We did the bonfire on Sunday and the food was delicious. I hope you like sweet rum drinks because the beer is expensive. I'm more of a beer and wine person, so I did not take part in the free rum punch and other sweet concoctions. If you have never been to the Bahamas, beware of the price of food. We went to the grocery store and it was $15 for a box of Cheerios. Also, the prices are not the same as they are marked. Your best bet is to just eat out. It's cheaper. My only suggestion for the hotel is to have a live local band and to hire friendler waitresses for their restaurant. Some local island music would be so much fun. The beach was fun and very low key. I would definately advise anyone to stay here.
01/26/15 rustysan Lynnfield, Massachusetts
We booked thru RCI at a place that RCI should not recommend - Island Resort & Golf Club. No Golf Club - no elevator. Taino Beach was recommended to us so we visited and got the grand tour as if we were going to buy a Time Share. They were not pushy - and showed us the place and took us to lunch. Would rate in top 5 of places we have stayed in 48 states and Hawaii. Right on ocean. Nice Restaurant - discount for staying there. Nice large pool with slide. Beautiful beach.
"No hot water"
01/25/15 Darren R Truro
Just to start they have a wonderful beach with lots of available beach recliners...to bad most of them are broken. We had no hot water in our room for the first two days and it took us that long to get moved to a room that did. My wife went our first two days without a shower. The room was as musty smelling as anything I have been in. The front desk staff are about as friendly as the cats that wonder the resort during the evening even though I tried to be as nice to them as I could. (The cats). We were given a inventory sheet for our room when we signed in to confirm the items in our room were actually there. We went over the list when we checked out and there were a lot of items not in the room. They said it was ok.....what if we had not checked? If you go to Freeport stay away from this resort it only has a nice beach going for it.....
01/21/15 Karina P
Most definitely different from an all inclusive as it seems you have to bring money everywhere you go and cannot even charge to your room to pay all at once. Things of concern when travelling with children: waterslide randomly broken with no indication when it would be back (front desk has “no idea”), free fruit punch in lobby is never actually ready…but we keep waiting, hard to get towels as we left early and they were only available in the morning, ice machine randomly empty. Things for adults: wifi is dismal. Cuts out every 5 minutes and have to reconnect. Don't depend on their wifi!!! Overall this was an OK location. Rooms were nice, but not noise proof. Good resources in kitchen provided. The island is very friendly.
"Nice spot to relax"
01/17/15 Jerri R
We stayed in The Marlin section of the Taino Beach Resort as guests of a share holder. It was a very thoughtful, welcome gift. We stayed here in January, 2015 - not the prime time to be in the Bahamas, but only time we could get away. The first apartment we were in had a leaking A/C unit, so we were moved to a first floor apartment. The first apartment on the second floor was nicer and a little better taken care of. Both were very comfortable - beds, living room furniture, space. While the first floor apartment opened out right to the pool, I preferred the more secure feeling of the second floor and the ability to leave the patio door open to let some heat in. The apartments don't have heat, only A/C because heat is so very rarely needed. Being from Colorado, there were still a couple of days that some heat would have been very welcome. :) The staff was very helpful and friendly - every one of them - although this is what I would totally expect from a resort staff in an area that is almost totally dependent on tourism. All of them seemed to like what they were doing and I felt welcome. Every additional activity cost to participate, as expected. I would recommend the snorkel trip as a must-do activity. The only other activity we participated in was the glass bottom boat tour and after snorkeling, that tour was slightly disappointing because the colors weren't as vivid as when snorkeling. I would recommend this resort to anyone who wants to spend the money to rent here.
"A Fantastic Experience"
01/07/15 Bruce L Savannah, Georgia, United States
The staff was friendly, attentive and very helpful. The property is fantastic, its right on the beach and has the biggest and best pool that I have ever seen including a large water slide and hot tub; with a full service swim up bar. They have an excellent restaurant with a full service bar right on the property. The rooms are spacious and clean, with full kitchens; some including a 2 person Jacuzzi in the room!! They have several planned events that include food and drinks thru-out the week. Cant wait to visit again.
"Resort nice but room was not"
01/07/15 TCP A
I was very disappointed with the room. Very old, not very clean, numerous stains on floor, in bathroom and on the small frig, no chairs or a table in room except for two stools. It was the strangest room we ever stayed in. I did peek into another room and it seemed to have been renovated and much nicer and cleaner. The rest of the resort was very nice. Pool was one of the nicest I have ever seen and the resort was on the beach. If you go, definitely ask if room has been renovated.
"Hard to ruin the Bahamas. Taino Beach Resort tried!"
01/03/15 Max A Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
We stayed for a week at The Coral at Taino Beach on an RCI Exchange over New Years. The entire vacation was a positive experience--we ate well in restaurants, enjoyed laying by the pool and the beach, and went for nice walks around the beaches in beautiful weather. But truthfully, just about everything that was great about the trip had little to do with our experience at Taino Beach Resort. The positives: - The kitchen in the room had working appliances (except the coffee maker--which they did replace promptly), and so it was somewhat easy to go on their $4 grocery run and stock our kitchen with food and beverages so that we could inexpensively prepare food and drinks in the room. That was a thrifty decision, and not so difficult to execute. - The beach itself was absolutely as beautiful as any beach I have ever seen. Crystal clear water and smooth sand, and an interesting shoreline stretching to the east that you can walk along. - The $6 roundtrip ferry that goes from Taino Beach to Port Lucaya takes about five minutes, and is prompt and reliable. The ferry captains were good-natured. Port Lucaya is a nice place to visit, with several interesting dining options and marketplace style shopping (tourist-y beach wear and things that say "Bahamas", a very pricy drugstore and liquor store). There is a small casino as well with slots, video poker, and table games including craps. - Almost everyone was nice. "Niceness" wasn't a problem. There was never that yucky feeling that someone totally didn't care about us. Negatives: To be brief, everything that you would hope to find in a hotel was just a little bit more difficult than you think it should be. For example... - The wifi was free but totally unreliable and slow, and no one seemed to know anything about how to troubleshoot to fix it when it wasn't working. (I would have preferred to pay!) - There is no ATM. Which normally isn't a problem, because it's the 21st century... BUT cabs only take cash, and there is a $20 credit card minimum on the bar and restaurant at the hotel! So, at one point, in order to get cash, we purchased two $6 ferry tickets with our credit card, and went across to the casino at Port Lucaya to the only ATM we could find in order to have cash to pay for our cabs that evening. - Furthermore, you are not able to charge things to the room. So things that would be only a little bit annoying (like, a ten dollar deposit to use beach towels?!?) become much more annoying because you have to bring cash or your credit card in your swimsuit. And, when you just want a drink at the bar, you have no option except cash--which is particularly stupid if you have a bar in the pool! - There is no service to the rooms during a one week stay at all. (Towels/sheets can be exchanged at the laundry window.) Actually, that arrangement didn't really bother us at all, as we often just put our DND sign on the door and tidy up our own rooms when we travel anyway. However, on the first night, when we arrived and the smoke detector was beeping (low battery) and five different lightbulbs needed to be replaced, it took six hours and an obscene number of phone calls to the front desk to make it happen. - I didn't see a single pool or deck chair that wasn't broken. They were still sit-able, (we didn't fall through them...) but it did make the whole thing seem pretty run down. - There is a twenty dollar deposit to use towels at the beach. - There is just a general slowness to the service--at the lobby, the bars, and the restaurant. You ask for something---and wait---and the person behind the desk or taking your order smiles--and starts working---slowly.... I think there is absolutely a cultural element to this: We actually had a very, very, funny interaction with a kind waiter who at one point said "you're in the Bahamas! Don't be in such a hurry!" But we weren't in a hurry. We were just puzzled, generally, that everything seemed to take a little bit too long all the time.) - Public restroom facilities outside of the lobby area and our room were not well-kept. (For example, notably: The door to the women's restroom in the pool area did not close.) As others have alluded, the decor at "The Coral" is absolutely bizarre. Painted stucco rooms and marble tile floors, everything the color of a grilled salmon filet. The TV worked, and the jacuzzi was pleasant. However, there is what clearly used to be a small wading pool on the balcony of each room, and it is filled only with about three inches of dirty rain water and bugs. SO--if you have truly low expectations for hotel amenities and service, and you just want a beachfront hotel so that you can eat and drink in your room and then go sit by the pool and beach, stay at Taino Beach. If you are used to more service than that, and systematic failures in customer service get you stressed out, you should look elsewhere.
"This is no resort"
12/31/14 pmccar New York
We had a friend give us nearly free stay at the Ocean part of the resort. This part of the resort is closest to the ocean and if you get a room with a balcony you might have a nice view...BUT...the rooms are straight out of the Flintstones, severely dated. Everything is very old, rooms were sprayed with stucco and have been painted over a few times. There is no wi-fi at the "resort" but we were luckily close enough to the Sales office to pick up their signal. There is also no maid service at the Ocean. You can exchange towels and sheets at the laundry service room during the day. The Marlin section rooms seem to be newly renovated, with better service and more up to date. When we checked in they locked our bags hostage in a room off to the side while we got the hard sell of activities they you a big 10% discount if you book then and there. Deal is off once you leave. Most places offer deals to guests regardless of when you choose to use them. I was so off put by this I didn't sign up for anything. The savings are so minimal it's really not even worth it. So after the activity sell, they wouldn't give us our bags. I told them I was happy to take our small carryons to the room myself. They said the guy who put them there was checking to make sure our room was ready and would be right back. After 15-20 minutes with the guy still absent the receptionist noticed my aggravation and upgraded us to a room with a balcony. The balcony was the only redeeming part of the stay here. Without it would have been so much worse than this stay was already going to be. All of the resort shares the same amenities, or lack thereof. Want a beach towel, 20$ deposit, want to borrow tennis rackets, 20$ deposit. Want to ride the lazy river, bring your own tube!?! You literally have no benefit to being a guest of this place. There are some nice, helpful people that work here, but many of them at don't know the meaning of customer service. They could care less about your and just give you made up excuses about whatever you ask about to blow you off. The hotel shop is up the block at another part of the "resort". It reminded me of a bodega waiting to be shut down. If you are thinking about coming here I would honestly rethink your plans and find somewhere else to go, and I mean another beach or island not in the Bahamas, except for maybe Nassau. Just stay in Florida on the east coast, same weather and much more convenient.
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