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Depew, New York
March 17, 2005
Our unit carried out the coral-reef theme. The wallpaper in the kitchen had a small tropical-fish design. The master bathroom had a vaulted ceiling with a skylight over the Jacuzzi. There was a glass-enclosed shower, too. The wallpaper was blue with large tropical fish floating in it. You felt like you were in the sea. The porch overlooked a small creek. The property was in excellent condition.
From journal Wildlife on Hilton Head Island
by Peter Wilner
Succasunna, New Jersey
January 30, 2004
The unit is well equiped and we had our own lagoon, with resident alligators, right off our deck, where we sat with a bottle of wine every evening, before going out.
From journal A Week at Coral Reef
December 23, 2003
After check-in we drove into Shipyard Plantation and were awed at the fantastic way the plantation is kept in its natural beauty. It was a little difficult finding our unit and we were very thankful that we arrived during the daylight hours. The outside of the building reminded me of a typical farm house, and upon entering we were greeted by the most awful smell. After some investigation we decided that the smell was coming from the mold and mildew that was collecting under the sink. I called the Reba Management Office and was told nothing could be done that night, but they would check into it in the morning.
This unit was a three bedroom; one downstairs with a bathroom and two upstairs. The kitchen and living room were very small if we would have had eight people, which is the capacity for this unit. The furnishings looked fairly new and were decorated in the yellows, whites and blues. The best thing about this unit was the backdoor porch and the view. It was located right next to a beautiful lagoon and wildlife abounded in and around it.
The next morning I again called Reba Management and was told that we probably could be moved, but she wouldn't know until later that morning. We checked in later and were told that we could move to the Coral Sands Resort. (Be sure to check out my review on this beautiful resort!) Remember the 30 minute timeshare presentation -- don't get suckered into it unless you want to spend 3 hours!
Coral Reef had an activity free dinner and that is when we booked our trip over to Dufushkee Island. They didn't offer a lot of other activities that we were interested in, but golfing definitely is high on the priority list for activities.
From journal Hilton Head in November
by Mint Julep
October 24, 2003
From journal Hilton Head & surrounding areas
October 17, 2003
Now about the units. We stayed in a 2 bedroom, each having a private bath (no locks on bedroom/bathroom doors though). The beds and pillows were very comfortable, however the sofa bed was miserable to sleep on. I can't imagine actually having to sleep on this for more than a "nap". The units were clean and well-appointed and nicely decorated, providing you like peach and aqua in mass quantities. There are no hairdryers if that's an issue.
The pool was small and crowded, but clean. They have a very small hot tub within the pool area, as well as gas grills and patio furniture.
Check in was smooth and check-out consisted of dropping your keys in a drop box by the pool. HOWEVER, an hour before time to vacate, the housekeeping staff was pacing back and forth in front of our unit waiting for us to leave. We felt rushed and uncomfortable. The maintenance fees are nearly $700 a year. It is a Gold Crown resort by RCI standards and we felt this was warranted by the condition/location of the resort.
To do it over again, I would not buy a "Coral Resort" (either Reef or Sands) because of the way they treat their owners.
There is no private beach access -- you take a chance on finding parking at Crowne Plaza or you drive 3 miles to the public access by Coligny Plaza. Since this was off-season, we usually found a parking spot or else we rode bikes to the beach. This was something else the sales team lied to us about. They pointed to a path and a gate and told us that was the private beach access for owners. Ha! First of all, that "gate" was always locked and second, the "path" led to a public street to about 5 rows of houses (privately owned) and only then could you get to the beach.
As owners, we have a sport package for golf and tennis. Golf is at Shipyard, tennis is at Port Royal. We played tennis daily and enjoyed Port Royal facilities very much. Nice people! Unfortunately we did not take advantage of golf this trip, but the courses at Shipyard were in excellent shape, we walked out and looked around.
There were no planned activities during our stay. I think this could have something to do with the fact it was off-season?
We also had an option of using the health club at the Crowne Plaza resort nearby but never did. It always looked crowded and was a bit of a drive.
In all fairness, it is a nice place to go if you can trade into here or go with a bonus vacation.
From journal Hilton Head - Spring Break 03
Freeport, New York
July 23, 2003
The only downside about this resort is that the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi weren't very large. Also, not many activities that interested me at the resort.
Overall the unit was very, very nice! Resort Experience:Hilton Head is a beautiful place. Along the main strip are many restaurants, outlet shopping, movie theaters, a family fun center, and more. One of my friends went parasailing and the rest of us went horseback riding. We didn't get to go on a banana boat because it rained, but maybe next time! I will definitely return one day!
From journal Girls Getaway to Hilton Head