"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.
"Taino Beach Resort"
07/10/14 Judy A Troy, Michigan, United States
The grounds were beautiful; the pool was spectacular with a water slide and a lazy river. There were 5 of us so transportation was expensive. I have stayed at other resorts in Freeport where the trip to the grocery store was complimentary. We had to pay for a taxi or a water taxi to go Port Lucaya; trips to Port Lucaya were also complimentary at other resorts. This was an RCI exchange so I paid the RCI Exchange Fee and the resort charged me an additional $558.00. I would not stay here again nor would I recommend this resort for a family.
"ocean at taino beach resort"
06/25/14 ena47 Madrid
The resort was OK,not for high maintenance travelers. I stayed at the Ocean which was the closest to the beach. The beach was very good. As to the accommodation, I wonder what the bath tub on the patio is for. It has no use with an exception maybe for different kinds of insects that drown in the filthy waters... And one thing that upset me very much - postal services. If you hand your mail to the person at the reception desk, do not expect the mail reach the addressee at all! I did that on June 3,2014. As of today,June 25, the postal cards have not reached the US.
"Great Pool Area and Swim Bar"
06/25/14 Nubbean San Diego, California
I did not stay at the resort but I did get a pass to hangout at the pool area and it was awesome. My girls and I basically turned the bar upside down. They have great prices and I love the fact that I didn't even have to get out of the water to sit at the bar. The food however is very slow. I ordered a salad and by the time I got it it looked like steamed spinach. The fried chicken is good. The bartenders are great but kitchen staff needs to work on faster service
"Well Kept Secret!"
06/17/14 Margaritamama2 Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
We stayed at the Ocean building in a studio room. I was nervous that this place wouldn't be acceptable because of all the negative reviews. After spending a fabulous week at this resort I have come to the conclusion that those people shouldn't travel. They all went on about cracks in the walls and chips on the sink. Who really cares? This is the most relaxing, rustic beach holiday I have ever had. The beach is gorgeous. Turquoise water, white sand and not many people. You could always get a chair and some shade. The pool was terrific too! Large, lazy river and a swim up bar in a cave. The rooms were fine. This is not a glitzy five star. It is comfortable, friendly and you can spend the whole day in your bathing suit and bare feet. The beach front restaurant was good and we ate there several times. We enjoyed having our own kitchen so we could do our own thing. We went to the grocery store a couple of times and had fun shopping. We rented a car but there's really not much to do so we wouldn't rent again. They also had BBQ's and you could buy charcoal and have a cookout. We basically relaxed, swam, walked and ate. If this is what you are looking for, this place is amazing. We came home restored!
"Two couples spent one week at the resort"
06/16/14 Edward F Middletown, Delaware
My wife and I and another couple spent a week at the Taino Beach Resort on Grand Bahama Island (June 8 to June 15). We stayed in the Marlin section. Our friends stayed in the older Ocean building. The following is our report: Check in: We all arrived early at 2:30 PM for a 4 o'clock check in. We asked for an early check in and our friends were able to get to their room by 3:30. We were delayed and did not get entry until 4:30. Rooms: The Marlin is the newest and nicest section. The room was actually two rooms, a large living room and kitchen and a separate bedroom. There was also a very nice deck with a good pool view. The quarters were very clean and nicely furnished and equipped. The Ocean section is older, smaller (although our friends had a loft, two sleeping areas, two bathrooms and a hot tub). Their view was not as nice. On the whole the Marlin was excellent. The Ocean was okay. The pool: The pool was outstanding. It was skimmed and cleaned every morning. It had a swim up bar, three grotto caves, a lazy river, a swallow children's section and a great slide. There was an adjacent hot tub. The pool was probably the largest in all the Bahama Islands. The restaurant: Good food, good service, reasonable prices (15% tip added automatically), great porch near the water. The grounds: Beautifully landscaped. The beach: Just steps away from all the units. It was never crowded, had plenty of good lounges and a series of shelters for shade. You can rent kayaks, banana boat rides and jet skis right on the beach. Venta, a very nice Bahamian, can braid your hair or sell you some local jewelry. I bought four necklaces at very reasonable prices. There was good snorkeling in the canal. We saw a lion fish, three sting rays and many, many fish. On the whole this was one of the best vacations that I have taken in 45 years of traveling.
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