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by Mike Brock
January 27, 2006
Best Things Nearby:Port Lucaya, Isle of Capri Casino, Rum runners and other great bars.Best Things About the Resort:Pool area, the beach, not crowded.Resort Experience:We have recently stayed at the Ritz Beach Resort; this resort was located on the beach. The accommodation was a studio with kitchen on the ground floor. We were met at the entrance and were given a complementary drink... fruit punch no alcohol. The check-in was efficient and smooth; the bags were placed in a locked room until 4pm when the room was available. A 10% off certificate for lunch was given for the on site restaurant. We ate lunch there 3 appetizers and drinks for $25. We got into our room at 3pm we were located on the ground floor, the studio was quite large with a kitchen, bathroom, large seating area, dining room table and double bed. Glass doors opened out to a deck area with a private pool "too cold to sit in." The room has no drawers to put away your clothes, only two hanging closets with a single drawer underneath, these are located on either side of the bed. From the deck you could see the pool area, which had lounge chairs and table set up. There was a swim up bar in the center of the pool and a bridge to get to the whirlpool tub. There is construction on the new units but the noise was not too bothersome from the pool area and could not be heard from the beach. Behind the Ritz was the devastated Taino Beach Resort; these buildings are scheduled to be demolished, they are unfortunately a bit of an eyesore, which takes away from the beauty of the area. The beach area was nicely groomed with lots of lounge chairs; some newly constructed huts, which ran down the beach at regular intervals, supplied shade. The resort activities were varied though we did not take part in them, the bonfire on the beach was an okay event but for $100 for the buffet, I am not sure it was worth it. The restaurant had a special menu every night but we did not eat there. The resort supplied transport three days to the local grocery store "Win Dixie" the store had all of the necessary items required to cook and eat in the suite.
The water taxi to Port Lucaya ran every hour on the hour from the resort and at 10 minutes past the hour for the return trip. The cost per person round trip was $5. The port itself had a large shopping and eating area with the Isle of Capri Casino across the street. The check out was also very smooth, with taxi arranged back to the airport Overall we had a good relaxing time at the Ritz, if you are into reading a good book either by the pool or on the beach, have a few cocktails and take in a special meal in Port Lucaya this could be the place for you.
From journal Ritz Beach Resort
Bayonne, New Jersey
November 27, 2005
From journal Sister's Family Vacation
Livingston, New Jersey
December 31, 2004
I ate breakfast at the outside restaurant every morning while I watched the ocean; that was my favorite part of the day. They also have a big pool with a swim-up bar and hammocks to sleep in. They have a lot of activities planned that you can sign up for, such as a wine and cheese cruise and festivities on the beach where you can taste local cuisine and listen to them play the local music. They also offer miniature golf, wave runners, snorkeling, parasailing, a bar/restaurant, and a small bazaar on their beach. I also swam with the dolphins, which was one of the best parts of my trip.
You can also go to Port Lucaya, which is only a very easy and short ferry ride that you take from the resort - and they offer weekly passes. In Port Lucaya, there are restaurants and bars, shops, a straw market, and a casino.
From journal Freeport Bahamas 2004 Vacation
Mactaquac, New Brunswick
April 24, 2004
The grounds and pool are beautiful and well maintained. We were unfortunate to arrive late (airline problems) and by the time we checked in, the only unit left was in the older section. We are not hard to please and thought it might be ok, but it really was not. The penthouse design featured a ladder that comes into the center of the small main room (a head bumper). Our balcony overlooked the outdoor A/C unit making it uncomfortably noisy to sit out there. The phone didn't work. But it was only after the A/C unit died (and for three days we had as many as four guys in this little room trying to fix it) that we began to be resentful that this was our trade for a two-bedroom Gold Crown property we own. No room change was possible until the end of our first week when we were moved to a very nice unit in the newer section. We couldn't believe the difference. This unit was quite lovely, spacious, better equipped, and much cleaner.
We truly enjoyed the people we met, the great snorkelling at Paradise Cove (we rented a car and drove there -- well worth it!), and the spectacular private beaches we discovered from one end of the island to another. The people of GBI are lovely and most welcoming.
We would return to GBI and the Ritz, but only with some sort of guarantee that we could be in a room in the newer section.
From journal Feeling Free in Freeport
October 26, 2003
There's tiki huts on the beach for shade for the non-sun worshippers. All in all this is a great place to stay. Also you can get the shuttle right down the street to take you to the Lucaya area where there are lots of restaurants, shops, and a casino.
From journal New Years At The Ritz
March 19, 2003
The unit was very big and very nice. My guess was that it was about 700 square feet. It was one of the newer units. The deck was huge with a table and chairs and lounge chair. It overlooked the pool. It had a pull-down bed, but it was comfortable. There was a full-kitchen and a fantastic glass shower. Table and chairs for 6 and a couch. I would not get just a studio room here--unless you do not mind looking out onto the parking lot and having people look right into your room if the drapes are open.
There is ongoing construction here and the owner died while we were there. The place closed down for the funeral. I don't know if this will effect the building from getting completed. We choose not to attend any timeshare meetings and got bugged just once.
We did not use any of the resort amenites--they were not much to speak of. It was really slow and dead around there. We rented a car and went to the grocery store and other restaurants in the Port Lucaya area. There was a water taxi for $25 a week that a lot of people were using--just be sure to know that it is a walk to get to the taxi. No big deal if you are in shape.
From journal FREEPORT/PARADISE ISLAND VACATION
February 17, 2003
We love this place.
The onsite restaurants are wonderful, from the 5 star gourmet French Cuisine to the patio grill. The Pirates of the Carribean grill is also a treat. From "American Hamburgers" to cracked conch, everything we tried was fresh and delicious.
From journal taino beach week