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December 20, 2003
Since we arrived at the resort at 11am, our unit was not ready, yet. However, they did allow us to take care of all of the paperwork, so we could easily pick up our keys later on.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF THE HOUSE:
It was gorgeous!!! I immediately fell in love with the colorful schemed house. The guys were not so fond of the "pink walls" though.
Once you are inside the house, you'll step into a tiny foyer. Behind the front door on your right, you'll see another door that leads into the third bathroom and bedroom. The small bathroom has a regular tub with a shower head, small sink and commode. There are two twin beds in this room that would be great for the kids.
On the left side of the foyer, you will see the livingroom with its couch, loveseat and entertainment center. Looking straight ahead you will see the elegant dining room and the floor to ceiling windows. Beyond those windows is your very own private heated pool and in some houses, a hot tub. Believe me... We could not wait to try out the pool.
As you step into the living room, you'll notice on your right a long mirror with a beautiful sculpture sitting on a bar. I thought this added a nice touch to the house. You'll then see the kitchen and the casual dining room, which I've enclosed a picture of. A compact washer and dryer is located in the kitchen behind the sliding door. You'll also have entrance into your one car garage from the kitchen. OH!! Lets not forget this house has an automatic garage door opener. How's that for convenience?!!
You have two master bedrooms with their own jacuzzi tubs and stand alone showers on the right and left side of the livingroom. We preferred the master bedroom on the right side because of how the TV is situated, which is right in the front of the bed. In the second master bedroom, the TV is located on the side of the bed. We thought that was kind of odd.
Now to the good part... The Pool.. You'll have your own privately screened patio, chairs, table, and lounge chairs for your pool entertainment and relaxation. A nice long soak in the heated pool/spa is the absolute perfect way to end your day with. Ahhhh...
Summer Bay Resort does NOT provide internet acess nor data ports in their units. With today's technology, it would seem like they would have this. Instead-- if you wanted to access the internet, you would have to go to the nearby library. You are only allowed on 30 minutes per day, per user. It is first come, first served. This issue was an inconvenience and we sincerely hope they will (at the very least) add data ports to their units in the near future.
Our second concern was their onsite putt-putt. It was in such depleted shape. The court was literally falling apart. Again, we hope Summer Bay will take it upon themselves and fix it up. I'm sure many more people would take advantage of this free onsite amenity if only it was in decent shape. Unfortunately, we did not have time to participate in any of their onsite amenities except the Las Vegas Casino Cruise, which should not be missed.
In closing, we were VERY happy with our stay at the Summer Bay Resort. Despite the few faults they had, it did not in no way mar our happiness and satisfaction with them. We would not hesitate to stay with Summer Bay Resort, especially if we have the house exchange again. Because of their one in four year exchange rule, we won't get to experience the enjoyment of staying here again until after this designated time expires. Until then.... May you all have the pleasure in staying with the beautiful Summer Bay Resort.
From journal Summer Bay Resort's Luxurious Pool Homes
November 5, 2005
We arrived at Summer Bay Sunday morning. The check-in process was really fast. The resort is very pretty, with well-kept lawns and a very friendly staff.
We went to our two-bedroom villa on the third floor. I thought the room was nice and rather spacious. The master bedroom had a king-size bed with a TV. The bathroom was kinda small, with no Jacuzzi tub, but it was clean. The living room had a leather couch and chair, and also a TV, stereo, and DVD player, with two big windows to view the other areas of the resort. The villa had a full kitchen that was somewhat small and a dining room table just to the left of the kitchen. There was a washer/dryer combo just outside the kitchen. The second bedroom and bathroom were big. It was very clean and roomy, with a queen-size bed and TV.
They have their own lake inside the resort where you can rent jet skis, paddleboats, and small motored boats. They have white sand for the kids to play in and several water toys in the lake, like a small and large rock climbing wall and trampoline to jump into the water. My kids LOVED that! The rental is a little expensive for the jet skis. Summer Bay also has a small water park inside for the kids. My children really liked that. They have a mini golf course inside, too. Overall, our stay at Summer Bay was nice, and I would like to visit again someday.
From journal Summer Bay Resort Family Vacation 2005
FULTON, New York
December 28, 2005
Check-in was a breeze. The staff was very kind and helpful. It was obvious that they were used to accommodating families with small children. The resort had tennis courts, a putt-putt golf course on-site, and an activities center that loaned out sand pails, shovels, tennis rackets, and balls. The activities center also held daily things for people to participate in, such as bingo, "build an ice cream Sunday," etc. It was a great experience.
They provided shuttle service to Disney, and we did spend 1 day at Disney, but next time we probably will save our money and just stay at the resort and do things there. You do need a rental car if you plan on doing more that going to Disney. There is a grocery store on-site, but you would need transportation to tote your purchases back to the resort.
Our accommodations were excellent. We had a spacious one-bedroom with a queen-size sleeper sofa, and for an additional fee, we rented a cot for our granddaughter. There was plenty of room. Our room had a balcony with a table and chairs so you could sit and enjoy the outdoors. We are from New York, so it was great to go where there wasn't any snow and you could actually go outside without a coat. We will definitely return to Summer Bay.
From journal Summer Bay Resort
September 9, 2004
We got a phone call the first day to make sure our room was working out for us. They had some very helpful information about the area as far as what parks to see on what days, directions, where to eat, and other helpful information about the area.
The rooms were nicely appointed and the most noticeable thing, though small, was the toilet paper wrapped into a ribbon. We had a great view of a nearby pond.
The resort offered many activities, but we were too busy at the parks to partake in any of them.
From journal Orlando Florida 2004
April 9, 2004
Our next pleasant surprise came upon arrival. It seems that most resorts look better in the brochure than in reality, but this place looked great. Pleasing looking buildings, picturesque ponds with dancing fountains, lush landscaping. After the "tacky tourist trail" that is highway 192, we felt as though we had entered paradise. With the exception of the front desk staff, who didn't seem to want to be there, all the employees were very pleasant too -- none more so than the guards at the guard gate. They were always ready with a friendly 'hello' or a wave, and always a big smile. They really made us feel welcome.
Our room was exactly as described, nicely decorated with all the comforts of home and a lovely view of one of the ponds and a pool. We had a couple of complaints though. On our first morning we had no water. . . at all! We called the front desk and they told us that it was a problem with the city and that the whole resort was affected. We weren't pleased as we were trying to get a head start on the Disney crowds. In all, this happened on three different mornings, although the longest we had to wait was about 10 minutes. Funny thing though, on speaking with several other guests over the course of the week, not one said they had had any water problems. Another complaint was the noise. We had a family with two very lively young children who ran around a lot later in the evening, and we could hear the shouts of some older kids who were outside exploring the grounds in the p.m. It seemed like they were in the room with us! I can't imagine the buildings are very well insulated, or that well built. The kitchens are well supplied although a pair of scissors would have been a nice touch.
We can't comment too much on the activities as we only spent one day away from the theme parks and were happy to just lounge by the pool, but our 10-year-old had fun with the planned pool games and the sundae-making.
An on-site dining-room/restaurant is desperately needed here, although there is a Denny's close by, along with a Publix grocery store. By the third day we were all sick of having to drive to the Golden Corrals or the Ponderosas on #192 and we would have appreciated a short walk from our condo to a nice, quiet, sit-down meal. Hopefully this is in the expansion plans.
All in all, we enjoyed our visit. This was our first timeshare experience, other than our home resort, and the folks at Summer Bay helped make it a good one.
From journal Orlando Surprise
Derry, New Hampshire
August 16, 2005
Summer Bay Resort - Highly Recommended
This is a continuation of my Summer Bay resort journal. Please read both for a complete picture of Summer Bay.
We had a great time at Summer Bay! The resort was easy to find, about 30 minutes from Orlando International Airport. The check-in process was quick and easy.
We had a two-bedroom condo. The condo was nicely furnished with leather furniture. The living area had a sofa, two sitting chairs, a coffee table, two end tables, a dinette with four chairs, a desk, and a shelf unit with a large color TV and a phone.
The resort doesn't have Internet access for guests, but the public library next door has it available. The front desk will help you with online airline check-in and print your boarding passes.
There is a washer and dryer in the condo. They also provided a laundry mat-size box of Surf. The washer is small, about half the size of a large-size washer. It worked fine for us, so we were able to do all our laundry midweek.
The clubhouse is mostly for the front desk, but they do also have a large room where we played bingo. It cost $2 per bingo card, but we won three free drinks at the bar, so we had fun! There are also a few sitting areas and a display of brochures for area attractions.
There are three pools at Summer Bay. There are two nice-sized pools near clusters of buildings. These two pools had a nice feature: instead of stairs, they had a sloped entry at one end. However, you did have to go to the activity center to get pool towels. The main pool is located at the clubhouse and is much larger than the other two.
Poolside Bar and Pool Area
There is a nice bar area next to the main pool. They have an assortment of their own fun drinks and also make all the standard ones. They have a DJ playing and also karaoke.
The one of the three-bedroom villas is being used as the activity center. Each day they plan a different activity. My boys participated in the teen mini-golf tournament. It was a free activity, and the winners received drink coupons for the poolside bar, non-alcoholic, of course! They also had things like crafts and make-your-own sundaes. There was a pool table and room set up for movies. The activity center also supplied the sports equipment for tennis, volleyball, and shuffleboard. They also supplied pool towels, which you signed out.
From journal Summer in Orlando
Summer Bay resort is a large resort with a variety of accommodations on the property.
Summer Bay has three pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts, shuffleboard, a nice beach on the lake, a marina with all types of water craft, a water activity area and an activity center. They also have their own mini-golf course.
The grounds are nicely landscaped and well maintained.
The kitchen had all the necessary cooking and dining utensils. The appliances included a full-size stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, and a stacked washer/dryer. The resort provides plenty of bath towels, and you can exchange them for fresh ones for a fee. We used ours more than once, and then washed them midweek.
The master bedroom had a queen-size bed, one nightstand, a dresser, and a large closet with lots of hangers! We had plenty of room for all our clothes. The second bedroom loft had two full-size beds, a dresser, a nightstand, and a closet.
The master bedroom also included a large Jacuzzi, stall shower, sink with lots of counter space, and separate toilet for privacy. The second bathroom had a tub with a shower, toilet, and sink.
The condos were air-conditioned and also had a ceiling fans.
The first-floor condos included a patio with table and four chairs, and the upper floors had balconies.
Summer Bay is located on the W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, a.k.a. US 192. It is about 8 miles from the main gate to Disney. It is 30 minutes from the airport. There are all types of restaurants on US 192, including Denny's (right next door), Olive Garden, Sizzler, IHOP, Ponderosa, and Golden Corral. The resort is next door to a Publix for quick and easy groceries or if you forgot anything.
There is a shuttle bus service from the resort to Disney at no charge, but it only runs twice in the morning and once at night. There is also a bus service to some of the other parks, like SeaWorld and Universal. I think there was a charge for this service. We had a rental car and drove each time. The parking at Disney is $8 and good all day at any of the four theme parks, so you can park hop.
October 20, 2004
That each of the 20 or so houses had a private, screened pool was our favorite feature of this RCI Exchange. The house had a single car garage (with opener). Our kitchen had every utensil or dish that we could ask for. Everything was in good working order, but we were told that our house was scheduled to receive new appliances soon. Maintenance told us that our carpet (living and bedrooms) was less than 2 months old.
The kitchen had a small eat-in area. The washer and dryer were located in a closet here. Counter space was abundant as was cupboard and storage space.
The adjoining living room and dining rooms were nicely decorated. Dark green leather furniture in the living room was new. The couch and loveseat were both sleeper beds. The TV was located in a cabinet that served as a partial divider for the living/dining rooms.
Each bedroom had a television, clock radio/alarm, ceiling fan and ample closets.
The smallest bedroom had two twin beds and a bathroom with a standard tub/shower. The room was bright and sunny.
The remaining two bedrooms were both masters with king beds and LARGE jacuzzi tubs. One room seemed slightly larger than the other. Each had sliding doors to the pool area with beautiful, light blocking window coverings. Well lighted vanities and glass showers were in both bathrooms. Our mattresses had been recently replaced and were GREAT for a good night's sleep.
The only picky negatives about this house were that there was a clear glass side light next to the front door. A sheer curtain or frosted glass would have provided more privacy. Also, this resort offered VERY limited cable channels...even the popular "Nickelodeon" station was not available.
One house had been converted to an activities center. The main pool was reported to be open 24 hours (although we didn't personally check this). At the beach/lake area there was a sand volleyball court. There were boat and bike rentals available, an Adult Beverage Bar, exercise room and nice size gift store. Certain nights had musical entertainment. One night was designated "Teen Night"...a miniature golf course was near this area.
From journal A Rare Exchange
Saint John, New Brunswick
May 31, 2004
The resort location is really good. It’s only a two-minute drive from Orange Lake Country Club (another Gold Crown, which has a golf course, but no beach). Within 10 minutes of all the theme parks (we did Universal instead of Disney), water parks (we did Typhoon Lagoon), and shopping (International Drive). If you are into the club scene, check out the Universal City Walk (at the Universal Studios theme park), they have something for everyone. We went on a stay and play pass (seven consecutive days of admission for RCI members), this gives you free access to all clubs (i.e. no cover)!
The unit was very nice, if not a little small for six people (it would have been more appropriate for four). We were in the Villas at Summer Bay (which is a group of buildings all part of the Summer Bay Resort). The master bedroom was very nice, king size bed, private bath, and tub with whirlpool jets! I believe that there are some larger two-bedroom 8/6 units that have an actual jacuzzi. . . next time we'll try to get one of these!
Overall, I really enjoyed the resort. The only negative was that there is only one main pool, which was closed two nights during our stay because some kid apparently had a habit of puking in the pool. However, the nights the pool was open were nice. The tiki bar is great and they have karaoke four nights a week for those who are into that (I am)!
From journal The Best of Orlando for Six
July 17, 2004
From the moment you enter you will feel relaxed and see that your vacation home is very nice. We had a two-bedroom unit that slept our family of six. There is a foyer between the door to the outside and the condo entrance door (like a little mud room) it is great for storage or shoes. The fully equipped kitchen has every thing you need for cooking and eating meals in your vacation home. The dining area has a round glass table with place mats for six. The living room has a sofa sleeper and a side chair. The entertainment center with a television, VCR and CD player provide a nice diversion from the pool and parks. Videos can be rented in the clubhouse. The patio door opens from the living room to a balcony overlooking the pool and lake. A table for four provides a place for card games and lunches. The master bedroom welcomes you with a king size bed with a small canopy over it. There is a separate entrance to the balcony from the French door. A large dresser provides storage and a hidden television. The in suite bathroom has a jacuzzi tub, a large shower, and vanity area. A private bath area for the toilet gives privacy in an otherwise open room. His and Hers closets allow a lot of storage. The second bedroom is off the kitchen and has two twin beds and plenty of dressers for storage, also a television.
There is a second bath in the little hall by the kitchen with a tub and shower. The washer and dryer are in a little closet in the kitchen and is awesome for keeping bath towels clean and fresh. These very nicely decorated comfortable unit provide a fabulous vacation home.
I do recommend bringing a personal pool towel for this resort if you spend much time swimming. The resort does provide towels, however, they are very small hotel type white towels (not very good for chair covering or drying if you are over two years old.) Also just a note about the pools - there are many, but none of them is over four feet deep, and some have water features, one has a water park for kids.
Summer Bay Resort is a great place for vacation.
From journal Orlando Adventures