The resort is 5 minutes to Yorktown/Jamestown Settlement; about 15 minutes to Busch Gardens, which is great; and minutes from Historic Williamsburg. We did the Walking Ghost Tour, which we didn't really like. The kids, and us, thought it would be ghost stories, but it turned out to be more historic storytelling, with one very long ghost story in the first hour. The kids lost interest fast, so we had to leave the tour early. It was a waste of money, but if your kids are older, you may like it.
The resort has a home-away-from-home feel, which was nice. We liked it.
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June 2, 2002
I hated this hotel!!! It was SO LOUD. I think it was used as a prostitution hotel. There were people coming and going at all hours and shouting in the hall.
The rooms were about as big as a postage stamp and very muggy.
The bathrooms were nice though.
Pick a different hotel in Milan if you can.
From journal Italy - First Time Visitor
Grand Ledge, Michigan
August 3, 2005
This was not the typical Gold Crown resort that we have experienced over the last 10 years that we have used time shares. The landscaping could use some serious weeding around the units. Upon entering our unit, it was not clean and several items were missing in our unit. There were several other problems and after two days, management fixed all and did try and make amends by waiving several fees and offering items. This resort has the potential to truly be a Gold Crown Resort but I feel that they still need to work on things. They also had a huge family of field mice (nest underground) outside our first floor unit. They didn't come in our unit and our kids enjoyed watching them but again not Gold Crown standards.
They really need to have someone on staff that is familiar with restaurants and the area. Several times, I asked questions/recommendations on restaurants (particularly on the Historic Taverns) and area attractions but the reply was always I don't know you should call around to find out.
They also have baby items available for rent (crib, high chair) but they need to place these items in the unit when they are requested. I found it ridiculous that we had to go to the front desk several hours after we checked in (at 9:30pm)to pick up these items and that we were not told this upon check in. We have NEVER had to get these items at any other resort we have stayed at including resorts that don't have Gold Crown/Resort of International Distinction ratings, particularly if we are paying for them.
The unit layout is very nice and spacious. It is very nice to have the washer/dryer in a walk in closet area with storage space for your luggage and coolers if you have one. Good selection of DVDs and VCR tapes if you want to rent one and it is also nice to have the mini golf course outside the clubhouse for the kids to play.
From journal Family Vacation
June 23, 2003
From journal Sunterra Greensprings Plantation
August 22, 2006
June 14, 2004
The pool area is quite nice with a fairly large pool. There is also an indoor pool, which, funnily enough, was closed during the one day it rained because of a potential lightning storm. Isn't that why you have an indoor pool. . . to get out of the weather? Also the outdoor hot tub was not working and wasn't repaired all week even though we were told it would be fixed the next day. There is a tiki bar at the pool, but bring your cash because they haven't figured out how to charge drinks to your room yet. There were minimal activities at the resort. The basketball tournament we signed up for didn't happen. Oh well, we were there just to relax anyway. The golf course on site is a nice track. You get a discount if you stay here. Unfortunately for us, it rained on the day we golfed, but that was not their fault.
The staff was fairly friendly but didn't always have the answers to our questions. It seemed they didn't know what was going on at the resort (repairs to hot tub, activity schedules, and the towel sign-out method changed daily).
I would go back, but I think I would try one of the other Williamsburg RCI resorts first.
From journal Williamsburg Getaway
Saint Cloud, Florida
May 9, 2003
What was very disappointing was the major sales pitch we received. In out six visits to Williamsburg, neither Powhatan or King’s Creek used these tactics. When you get your parking permit they invite you to a lunch. No mentions is made that it is a sales meeting. They feed you a very poor meal and if you do not show up charge $5 per person to your unit. The sales person meets you at the door, seats you, waits while you eat, and then say they cannot hear over the din and move you downstairs for the sales pitch for Club Sunterra and Interval International. We are already owners and RCI members. While pleasant and not hard sell, the sales person tried to tell us that RCI is behind the times and that the industry is changing to a point system. Blah, Blah, Blah. Though they never came out and said anything slanderous about RCI, they seemed to insinuate it. When we told them we were not interested, they dropped us like a hot potato, whisked us to the door, and our salesperson was already escorting in the next target before we could exit. Except for this experience, the resort was quite nice.
After staying at Greensprings, King’s Creek, and Powhatan, I’ll take Powhatan.
From journal Greensprings Plantation - May
by Rose (Bud)
September 27, 2003
From journal Why visit Williamsburg in December?
New York, New York
April 4, 2002
From journal French Polynesia (2001) - Bora Bora
London, United Kingdom
January 16, 2003
Life seems to slow down at Ilha Grande's only hostel. They say the island is 100% stress free and here you can kick back and watch hummingbirds buzz around the flowers and fruit ripen slowly on the trees.
For a small price you can buy a little time in this paradise. The hostel is one of the best deals in Agraao, and if you don't fancy one of the plentiful pousadas on the island, then this is a good option. It consists of a main building containing three dorms and six cabanas scattered around the garden. It is the last building before the jungle-covered mountain backing onto Agraao and some of the rainforest seeps into the hostel (see photo). The buildings blend with the slope of the mountain including a huge great boulder poking through the veranda of the main structure. The veranda itself is made of teakwood, hung with hammocks, and lined with bookcases and writing tables. From here, the garden flows down a slope and incorporates natural elements--huge banana trees, lianas, shrubs, and brightly-colored flowers.
The hostel is owned by an islander called Jorge. This silver-haired saint looks after all the guests' needs and is joined by a boisterous cocker spaniel. If he knows you are coming, then he will meet the ferry and lead you personally to the hostel. The accommodation is top notch, including a segregated dorms with clean bathrooms and singular cabanas dotted around the gardens. The cabanas are of a reasonable size and contain their own bathrooms. The dorms cost 15 reals per night, and the cabanas 30--breakfast included. This spread is exceptional. You can sit outside on a huge table and devour rolls, ham, and cheese washed down with fresh guava juice. And I will never get used to the Brazilian habit of having cake for breakfast.
The hostel is situated at the back of Agraao and is a little tricky to find. From the ferry pier, head west and walk past the main praca. Head inland for ten minutes until you reach a white church, turn right, head uphill, bend left into the jungle, and cross a small bridge. The cracked track will continue until you take the left, turning to the hostel. It's a long walk with heavy luggage. It is also a good idea to memorize the route when you go back into town. After a couple of Brahma beers at the 'Verdinho da Ilha,' and a little bit of dancing to 'Bossa Nova' finding your way back in the dark can be an adventure to say the very least.
From journal Ilha Grande - Tropical paradise with an eerie past
July 6, 2012