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June 22, 2004
As far as the unit went, it was VERY VERY spacious. We had a one-bedroom unit with a foldout couch. It also had a full kitchen...it was HUGE. The bathroom was also very large, with a shower that was big enough for five or six people! The master bedroom had a whirlpool tub in it. The unit was large and comfortable for the four of us. However, we had some problems with several large bugs in our room, as well as lots of little ones. We also found a beer bottle (not ours) behind the nightstand, which was disgusting. Another thing was that upon reporting a few missing items when we first took our inventory, and being assured that they would be brought to our room the next morning, we NEVER received the items. We also experienced the problem with service when we requested more toilet paper, and none was ever brought. We had to find a maid to get some ourselves!
There was a very large spa and gym at the resort, with much equipment available for free use (in the gym). There were three pools available, one quite smaller and older than the others. One of the pools had a nice water slide and volleyball net. There was a playground for children as well as a sand volleyball court and a miniature golf course.
From journal Florida Fun and Relaxation
Jacksonville, North Carolina
April 30, 2004
The resort gave out coupons for some restaurants, which we used. We didn't use the spa or the fitness room, but we did schedule use of the clay tennis court. Driving to the tennis club makes you realise just how big the place is – it’s not just timeshares, but condos and houses too.
Pompano Harness Track is right across the road. We didn't go this time, but I have been there on two previous occasions. I enjoy a small flutter and find it very entertaining. Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart are very close, which is convenient. The beach at Pompano is good with lots of lifeguards. The Pier has a good restaurant and the Holiday Inn has a good one too.
From journal 2004 Spring Fling in Florida
by southern girl
March 22, 2004
There is 24-hour security at the main gate and access is limited to guests only.
Check-in went quickly with no problems. At first, they were going to put us in the older two-story units, which looked somewhat like an old Holiday Inn with outside access. My husband asked (very nicely) if she would please put us in one of the newer high-rises, which she did. I do not think we would have been happy in one of the older units. The activities director was helpful and friendly.
THE TWO-BEDROOM UNIT
When we first saw the unit, we were pleased. The kitchen was small but had everything that we needed for the week. The refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave were so clean that they looked brand new. Off to the side there was a booth-style dinette table that seated six.
The second bedroom had two full-size beds and a TV. The extra bathroom was small and it had a bath/shower combination.
The living area had a fold-out couch and some comfortable chairs. The entertainment center also had a TV and stereo.
The unit had a stackable washer/dryer unit, which was a lifesaver with four children and all the sand that wanders back from the beach with you. The laundry area was not as clean as it could have been, though.
The master suite was equipped with a king-size bed and a large closet. There was a TV in there as well. The bathroom was almost as big as the bedroom. There was a big Jacuzzi tub and a huge walk-in shower.
THE RESORT GROUNDS
There were more high-rise units under construction, but it was gated off so that it didn't bother anyone. Our kids loved the pools and jacuzzi. There was also a simple putt-putt golf course, which we all enjoyed. Our family loved the relaxed, tropical atmosphere. They offered a lot of activities for the kids, but we didn't get to them because we spent most of our time at the beach. The resort also had an impressive spa with a choice of massages, facial treatments, etc. We didn't use any of the services because of the expense, but if you wanted to splurge on a little pampering, it was right there at the resort.
From journal Pompano Paradise
March 20, 2004
The unit has its own washer and dryer. A great benefit when you have 4 children.
The living room had a roomy couch and loveseat. It opened to a balcony that overlooked the playground and minigolf course. One of our favorite moments was sitting on the balcony watching the kids play mini golf. There was no charge for the golf, so the kids could play every night.
The master bedroom had its own TV and a king sized bed with a jacuzzi tub. The master shower was was the largest one I had efer seen. It was almost large enough for the whole family.
The second bedroom had two full beds and a good size closet. The kids enjoyed having their own TV and bathroom.
The unit we stayed in was beautifully decorated. It was one of the cleanest places we have ever stayed and in my opinion, that is the most important feature of any resort.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
March 14, 2004
There were three pools on site. One's rather small; the other two are a nice size; one has a slide that the kids enjoyed. Only problem: some of the days were cooler (as well as the evenings) with a fair amount of wind and the pools are not heated, so we didn't enjoy the pools as much as we could have had the weather been about ten degrees warmer or had the pools been heated.
The beach is about 5 miles away; we were able to park easily at the Fairways sister resort, Royal Vista (on the beach) and use their beach. Pompano Beach has its share of college students on spring break, but it's not overrun (unlike Ft. Lauderdale -- we took a drive down there and it was packed with college students). The college kids that we met who stayed at the Fairways were well-mannered and not too rowdy.
Definitely need a car to get around, though there is a grocery store, a pharmacy, a couple of diners, and a Ruby Tuesdays across the road. Nothing else within walking distance. The resort offers several tours during the week -- we went on the Everglades tour -- truly awesome to see gators up close. Some of the tours are adult-oriented, most are family-oriented.
Despite the fact that we enjoyed our vacation in Pompano Beach, however, we had one bad day: we made the mistake (naive of us) of attending what the Fairways called a "guest update." Well, it wasn't a guest update at all -- it was a sales presentation -- high-pressured with a salesman who tried to tell us why we needed to convert our "weeks" to "points" and treated us like idiots when we repeatedly told him that weeks was working just fine for us at this point in our lives. He would not take "no" for an answer, so we finally just got up (after two hours) and walked out (claimed he couldn't end the session without his manager's approval!?). Ruined a good portion of our day.
From journal Spring Break in Florida
January 24, 2004
Upon entering the unit, we were very happy with the exchange - it was more than we expected. We were in a newly upgraded one-bedroom unit. The combination kitchen, dining and living room is large, and all furnishings were new and tastefully selected. The living area has a large sleep sofa, coffee table end table and a large chair. A CD player is located on a table along the wall to the kitchen area. The kitchen area is great - plenty of counter space, full-size fridge, stove with oven, large microwave and full-size dishwasher. The counter has a 27-inch TV with VCR recessed into the end of it. The dining room side of the counter is stepped down with a shelf to use as snack counter with two chairs. The dining area has a large glass table for four. A balcony wraps around the dining/living room with two sliders, four chairs and two tables. The bathroom has a large walk-in shower and is located off a corridor in the living area. This area has a small closet and lacks storage space for another couple.
The master bedroom has a king-size bed, two end tables, a counter with a sink, and small fridge. The master bedroom can be isolated from the other rooms, as it has its own entrance from the corridor. It also has its own private balcony with two chairs and a table. The bathroom off the master bedroom has a large Jacuzzi and a large walk-in shower, nice and bright. The bathroom has plenty of counter space with two sinks.
The master bedroom armoire has a 27-inch TV and drawer space below. A double-wide closet is in the master bedroom.
From journal A Nice Surprise at Pompano, Florida
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
January 18, 2004
Driving to the resort on our first day took us through an area that isn't the greatest of neighborhoods; however, our fears were fast removed after we passed a new shopping center under construction and once we entered the gated community. The new pool area was still being constructed, so we didn't get to use the pool for the first few days, but they were quick to finish the landscaping and the pool area opened just before our New Year's Eve celebrations.
Our best part of the stay was the massages we had at the spa. However, they close the locker room at 5pm when the spa closes, so you cannot use the steam room if you workout in their gym after hours.
From journal December Holidays in Pompano Beach
leicestershire, United Kingdom
November 12, 2003
The on-site bar was good, but it was closed on Wednesdays and closed early most nights. The resort’s activities mostly revolved around golf, but they did have cocktail nights and barbecues too. (I really didn't fancy 'blackened dolphin' though!)
Overall, this was a real wind-down place. There isn't a great deal to do either on-site or close by, but that forces you to slow down and take things easy, which is just what I needed. I really enjoyed my stay here and would definitely recommend it to others.
From journal Florida Funshine!!
by Babs UK
Durham, United Kingdom
October 27, 2003
We did enjoy our time in Florida, DESPITE the resort, rather than because of it. After contacting the resort several times we are still waiting for an apology. Is this too much to ask?
From journal 4 Brits in the USA
September 8, 2003
There are two swimming pools with a third being built. They are supposed to be known for the golf and spa at this resort but I have not used either. There is also a workout room and game room.
The only negative I would say is that there were numerous things that other guests did that were I felt unsafe and disruptive. Examples would be the unit down the hall where the children ran all over the resort with no parental supervision and the noise coming out of their unit was ridiculous. The children were running around the four-bedroom model across the hall from us and turning the stereo up in the model full blast. I saw a guy pushing chairs into the pool late at night. You can see a lot from the penthouse balcony. Two other guys were using the entire pool area as their own personal football field during the day and after pool hours. The security could really use to be stepped up at this resort. Everyone has a right to go on vacation but when some people infringe on other people’s vacations with things such as I have mentioned I do not think that is right. I felt the security at this resort was very lax. I have only mentioned a few of the things I witnessed on this trip. I called for security numerous times but they always came too late. Oh, did I mention the morning when we were walking out of our building towards the pool area and there was watermelon, cantaloupe, banana peels, and grapes thrown all over the brick walkway leading to the pool. Someone must have thrown these food items off one of the balconies during the night. I do not understand why some people do not realize that it is up to all of us to take care of the units and amenities at these resorts because bottom line it affects us all with increases in maintenance fees!!!!!!
From journal A Week In the Penthouse