Easter Week - 2012
Arrived at the Paradise at 11am on Good Friday. Even though they had just finished the checkout hour, the front desk personnel were very polite and very accommodating! Our room, of course, was not ready yet, but they let our kids go swimming and gave us all kinds of information about the hotel, events for the weekend, etc, etc.
Even though it was very cold and rainy, the outdoor Tiki Hut servers (Cassandra, Wendy) were very friendly. They didn't open the hut up all the way, because of the weather, but did leave the side door open and they waited on us inside by the pools all afternoon.
The parking garage is tight - but really, aren't they all? There is an additional lot across the street - well lit at night - spacious.
Our room. We are sharing a 4 bedroom suite with another family. We really like ours. From what I understand, each suite here can be a little different, as they are privately owned Condo units in reality. So, while one might have new flat screen TV's, another might have older models. While one suite has nice wall art, another might be a little more bare on the walls. The beds can be different, and the furniture, etc. We are very happy with ours.
Aside from that - the layout of the suite is great. The end of the hall suites are the larger ones - and they each have a spacious double patio deck - really nice with a great view! The kitchen/dinning/living space is spacious, with a bar area to sit at as a divider between the kitchen and the living area.
Having 3 bathrooms is of course - wonderful - for two families.
The pool areas are nice - this company (they own many others: Compass Cove, The Long Bay, Ocean Reef, etc.) understands families with kids. Inside, there is a pool with a basketball hoop - always filled with the teens having fun with other teens. Two hot tubs - one nice and hot - spacious - with areas to get away from others if you want to, the other a little cooler that seemed to be enjoyed by families with little children - with a cooler "kiddy" pool right next to it. A nice lazy river - warm.
There is one outdoor pool - very functional - large and able to swim laps or let teens play their games.
The outdoor sunning area is spacious, with a cute "tropical" Tiki Hut bar right there for you! As far as I can tell, plenty of chairs for laying out in the sun - and even a couple of grass areas if you like that.
Unlike Compass Cove, or Island Vista, this is like many other hotels here - in that there is not - geographically - a lot of north to south space - it is compact from side to side. That said, they seemed to do well with what limited beach frontage they have.
That's it for now - more later I hope!
1979 Captain's Quarters
1993 Beach Cove
2001 Compass Cove
2002 Coral Beach
2003 Sand Dunes
2004 Long Bay
2005 Long Bay
2007 Ocean Reef
2008 Long Bay
2009 Island Vista
2010 Island Vista
2012 Paradise Resort