We stayed at the Fairways at Palm Aire, which is inland a bit in Pompano Beach. It is about a 30-minute drive to the beach because of the all the stop and go traffic. But the beach is located at another Fairfield Resort and is quite nice.
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.