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From journal The Holiday Road Trip - Wisconsin to Florida
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 26, 2005
Elevators can be a little slow, but fortunately, we were on the second floor and used the stairs. The fitness center was rather large for a resort and quite accommodating.
This is a great family resort. We always exchange for a property on the beach, but this, by far, was a better choice. We would drive to the sister resort (Fairfield Royal vista) and park for free and use the beach and pool there. Palm Aire also offered a shuttle service daily. It was definitely worth the 15-minute direct drive. Our sons felt comfortable walking from one activity to another - definitely a family resort.
From journal Family Spring Break at The Fairways of Palm Aire
June 22, 2004
From journal Florida Fun and Relaxation
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!!
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
Castle Rock, Colorado
October 15, 2004
The resort is not in a very nice part of town. The nearby WalMart and the grocery store were staffed by persons who seemed inattentive and less than enthusiastic. However it was nice to have them close by. I would not feel comfortable in this area alone at night. The security at the resort is a good as can be expected without making you feel like you are in a prison.
I knew from reading other reviews to ask for one of the high-rise tower buildings inside the gated area. Although we were not originally scheduled for one of those units, the front desk moved us without protest. We had a sixth floor unit in the center building; that meant from either side you would get a view of a pool. The unit was beautiful. It was very clean and nicely furnished. The living room was not huge, but there was a large kitchen and eating area in addition. One small patio came off the living room. The master bedroom was very nice sized with a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and a separate large shower. The smaller bedroom was also quite large, with two double beds and room for a chair and lot of floor space. There were three TVs. The resort provided large pool towels and plenty of bath towels.
My main complaint was that there was NO maid service at all for the whole week. If you wanted clean towels, you had to gather your dirty ones, take them to the lobby downstairs and trade them in. This service was only at one specific time during the week. If you missed it, too bad. I complained and did get clean pool towels. On the upside, there was a washer and dryer in the unit and the resort provided laundry soap as well as the soaps needed in the kitchen.
There were activities scheduled every day for children, most for a very nominal charge. Don’t miss the wild animal show, but for heaven’s sake don’t stop by to look at the animals without paying your $5.00; the staff makes you feel like a criminal just because you are curious. But the kids loved the show and it was worth the price for them. The main pool had a slide and floating devices, as well as other water toys to play with. The hot tubs were large and not crowded.
From journal Family Vacation to Ft. Lauderdale
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.
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