You seem to know a lot about Ocean Pointe buildings. Please rank them 1-5 for me so I know what to expect. We did an II trade for a 3-bedroom/3-bath unit. Don't know if we will get a building and/or floor choice; but, if we do, your experience there could really help me. Thanks.
We'll we do own there and we have gone every year except for one since 2011.
Ranking them is impossible. Each building has it's strong points depending on what you're wanting from a vacation. So I'll list what I like, or dislike, about each one.
Sailfish: Is the oldest building and is the most recently refurbished building. It's got a great location by the grills, it has a nice location close to the family pools if you have young children and the three bedroom units have a southern exposure which gives you a nice view of the pool deck, grounds and Tiki Bar.
Dolphin: Very similar to Sailfish but, it's the building with the Marketplace and Maze activities center. The grills are in front of sailfish so there is a little bit of a walk to use them but, it's not far and it's pleasant.
The problem with both Dolphin and Sailfish is the evening entertainment at the Tiki Bar can disturb your pease and quite if you want to relax at night. I believe activities end at 10:00 so it's not going to keep you awake all night. You just won't be sitting out on your balcony enjoying the peace and quite of the cool ocean breezes.
Cobia: Of the main complex buildings, this one is my favorite. Mainly because I enjoy the view of the Cobia pool and hot tub at night. It's just far enough that the Tiki Bar music doesn't bother me but close enough that it's a short walk to the Tiki Bar for an evening drink. I also enjoy standing on the balcony watching guest play mini-golf.
The downside to Cobia, if you can call it that, is that it's further away from the grills. It's enough of a walk that it makes eating at one of the tables by the grills and attractive option.
Pompano: Probably my least faborite of the main complex buildings. The fitness center, mens/womens dressing rooms and sauna's are in this building so, if fitness is you thing it's very convenient. There are grills just outside this building so those are convenient as well. My problem with it is that as a three bedroom unit owner, our view is to the south, which is the pink building that seperates the Kingfish building from the main complex. Basically, I just don't care for the view. It's also the furthest walk in the main complex to the Tiki Bar and, if you have kids, it's about as far away from the childrens activities as you can get and still be in the main complex.
Kingfish: This is our favorite building because it's more secluded, which is also the reason it's the least favorite for many guests at Ocean Pointe. Kingfish has it's own pool and small (very small) hot tub. It also has it's own bar but, that bar closes way to early IMHO. The pool at Kingfish is also the only zero entery pool in the complex, which can be attractive to couples with young children. Kingfish has easy beach access but, it's at the end of the beach at the inlet. Not the best swimming section of beach but, there's always people fishing on the jetty. The three bedroom units are on the north side so they also face the pink building but, you have a good view of the inlet and we've sat and watched the dolphin feeding there several times. It's also one of the favored spots for surfers, which I find entertaining to watch.
We like Kingfish because it's more secluded. Many don't like it for the same reason. It's about a 1/4 mile walk to the main complex and all it's activities and many find that walk annoying. Being from KS, I really enjoy walking the short distance up the beach to the main complex and find it relaxing rather than annoying.
Every building offers a little something different. I believe (I really don't pay attention) that the south facing rooms get the sun. For 3 bedroom units that would be Sailfish, Cobia, and Pompano (I think, someone will correct me if I'm wrong about Dolphin). Which one is best for you depends on what important to your traveling party.