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Currently at Harborside.

Discussion in 'Vistana Signature Experiences (formerly Starwood)' started by emeryjre, Feb 7, 2018.

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    If anybody has a question I will do my best to answer.
     
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    How is the weather? How long is the walking distance to Atlantis? thanks
     
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    The weather is very nice and is within the range I like. High 60's at the coolest and low 80's for the highs. Wind has been variable with anywhere from 5-15 MPH.

    Atlantis is a huge piece of property so it is hard to say "How far to Atlantis". It is a 10 minute walk through the Marina from the northeast edge of the Harborside property to get to the entrance of the Coral Towers. From there it could be a 10 minute walk to the Beach Tower pools and Beaches. Going in the other direction from the Coral Towers could be as long as 15 minutes to the Cove pools and Cove Beaches.

    The good news is that there are shuttles from Harborside that go to and from the various towers and cut the walking distance from Harborside.

    Highly recommend you go online and find a map of the Harborside Timeshare property. Also go online and find a map of Atlantis and get a feel for how the towers are laid out and where the various attractions are in relation to the towers.

    It is a beautiful place and there are many options for pool types, live fish ponds and aquariums, and of course the water park and its attractions.
     
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    I'm curious about the new restaurants that have opened since I've been there. Always like a review! Like these 3 I just got an email about:

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    Love Atlantis! Can’t go to WSJ this year. Hope to go to Atlantis again.
     
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    Thanks. Going in May so will have To give them a try.
     
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    Interesting. Went to Mckenzie’s at Potters Cay during our last trip in Sep. Conch Salad was huge! Fried fish & lobster was delicious although lobster was a bit over cocked.
     
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    Lisa, do you rent a car when you go?
     
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    Us too! Celebrating our 10th anniversary in November. (My avatar is from our wedding on Cabbage beach.)
     
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    DH will want to check out the tap room!!
     
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    We'll be there 5/13 to 5/27. We like being between the spring break and summer break crowds, even though some of the restaurants close.
     
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    No. Just walk and cab. We walked over to Potters Cay when it’s still light, then took a cab back after dinner. Food was good and price reasonable, but the environment was a bit shaky. Would be great if we only need to walk over to Marina Village!
     
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    5/2-9
     
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    Lisa, we are going this summer, 1st time since the rollaway-bed policy change. Is the resort saying anything about still allowing 5 in the 1br premium unit as some people have reported the sales people are saying?
     
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    Heads up!! Building 7 will be closing for rehab in Mid April. Last building in the rehab process.

    Renting a car for a trip to the Bahamas can be a surprise. The islands drive "British Style" Opposite side of the road from the US

    Our friends went to McKenzie's and said it was very similar menu to the original at Potter's Cay, but without the various characters or panhandlers. They always have made a trip across the bridge to go to Potter's Cay, and they did not go this year after finding McKenzie's had opened an outlet at Marina Village.

    Frankie Gone Bananas is very much like the original restaurant at the Fish Fry. Just saves a taxi ride over to the fish fry.
     
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    Thank you. Appreciate you sharing the info.
    I know they did away with the roll away beds but hopeful they will still provide a pack and play crib.
     
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    If you are an owner or renting from an owner, it is my belief that they will slip you 5 wristbands if you talk nicely to the people at the front desk.

    They do not have roll away beds anymore so if you have 5 people coming, make plans for some type of portable bed, air mattress, or the like.

    My belief is than no one in management here is happy about the change, but it came down from corporate so the rollaway beds are gone. But nobody from the front desk on up wants to spoil your vacation by trying to enforce a wrist band limit of 4 for an owner or owner's guest in the a 1 BR Premium villa.
     
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    My daughter and I did kayaking with the dolphins at Dolphin Cay this past summer. It was such a special moment since it was early in the morning and Atlantis property was so peaceful. The dolphins had fun with us and pushed our kayak around. I saw Kelly Ripa did yoga with the dolphins on alive with Kelly and Ryan and they were pretty playful then too. They showed an ice cream parlor in the Coral Tower I never saw before but plan to check out on next visit. They did a really nice job with the Coral renovations. We love Atlantis so much!
     
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    Just went by McKenzie’s in Marina Village. Conch salad was very good but more expensive and smaller size. Only item on menu was Conch salad. No seating and set up as a food stand and not a restaurant.

    Leaving tomorrow. What a beautiful area and sad to leave !
     
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    That's weird - wasn't expecting that. Thanks!
     
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    I was astounded at Mckenzie’s and very disappointed. I was looking forward to shrimp.
     
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    The Brew Pub was very busy and has outside seating. I asked a couple of people what their opinion was Got thumbs up
     
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    We went in November over Thanksgiving. I didn't find the food at Frankie's Goes Bananas all that great. We must have ordered the wrong items. My kids got the fish nuggets which was about the best thing we ordered as they were fresh and not frozen like here in the states. My husband split the Mahi Mahi. I wouldn't recommend it at all. It was VERY fishy and dry. That atmosphere was great. We sat outside and people watched listening to the band play at the restaurant down the way.
     
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    Much as I like to try new things, Murray's will always be our go to place for comfort food.
     
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    We are looking at renting a Harborside unit via RedWeek for this summer. If you rent through an owner at Harborside do you get full access to all Atlantis amenities without resort fees or other surcharges/upchrges?

    Are you entitled to enroll in the meal plans and if yes, ha anybody done do or compared as against a la charge meals?
     

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