Detailed Reviews Of Our Stay:
Review of Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
I think the ultimate question when you’re reviewing a travel destination is “Would I go back?”
And our answer is: absolutely!
Our trip to Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort went swimmingly well and we couldn’t have asked for better accommodations given that we were traveling with two kids of very different ages. I had worried that the resort would be filled with adults wanting peace and quiet, but there were actually tons of families with small children there for Mazen to play with. (Probably more than usual due to spring break.)
We took a direct flight from Richmond to Miami and rented a car to drive down. For $250 for the week, we got a super nice, new Toyota Highlander from Alamo. I was so glad we decided to rent a car and not take a shuttle. The drive was not bad at all and took us about two hours. There are lots of places to stop for lunch along the way.
–Stunning property and convenient accommodations. Definitely spring for a beachfront house so you can walk right out onto the sand and take in the gorgeous views.
–Shallow, wave-free beach with clear water and plenty of chairs. Great for kids!
–Beautiful heated pool area with zero-entry and nice chairs. Perfect for kids of all ages. (There is also an adult pool for those seeking peace and quiet, but even if I was traveling alone I would prefer the main pool.)
–Full kitchen and nearby Publix so you can stock up on breakfast foods, light lunches, snacks, drinks, and coffee. We appreciated the nice coffeepot and provided coffee. (Even though we brought our own!)
–Laundry in the kids room. I put a load in every night (including our beach towels) and we had clean clothes every morning. This enabled us to travel very lightly. I can imagine going to the beach without a washer/dryer! (I also love doing laundry). I bought detergent at the grocery store.
-The view from our bed and wonderful porches.
-On-site activities: putting green, kayaks and (expensive) jet ski.
–Butterfly Cafe was delicious with a lovely ambiance.
Things To Note
-There are only two places to eat on the property: TJ’s Tiki Bar for lunch/dinner (super casual) and Butterfly Cafe (fancy) for dinner. We ended up just eating breakfast and lunches in our house and went out to dinner twice to Lighthouse Grill and Sunset Grill, neither of which impressed us all that much.
–TJ Tiki Bar was a disappointment. The food was just OK, and the drinks were $15! DIY a margarita in your room. I did have a good shrimp salad for lunch one day, but it cost me $23.
–Service: something to know is that this resort is not bustling with employees to bring you a poolside drink. This might be a pro or a con for you, but it’s something to be aware of. Housekeeping does come once a day to refresh your room and replace towels, so that was nice. Everyone was friendly!
–Pool towels are provided in your room and you have to carry them around with you. There are not extras by the pool, beach, etc.
-We really thought the rooms could have used some rugs. If you’re not used to it, the tile is quite cold/wet/sandy and hard on the feet, so bring some slippers! There was also no where to put our baby down on the main level so we resorted to towels and blankets on the floor. One nice indoor/outdoor rug and a few doormats would have been nice.
-The bathrooms, while 2.5 was nice to have, were TINY. Just something to be aware of. I could barely do a 360 turn in the master bath. They did supply shampoo, conditioner and soap – FYI!
–The resort is small, so if you want to go for a walk or run you’ll have to venture outside and there aren’t really great paths to take. There is a fitness room, but I never made it there. The few walks I took had me doing laps back and forth.
-There are iguanas by the pool and they are quite friendly! If you are afraid of them, you might want to go somewhere else : )
-Unlike some of the bigger resorts, there is no kids club.
A Return Trip?
We are really debating a return trip next year! Overall we really liked the resort, and now that we’ve been once we know what to expect. We are torn between going back to somewhere we liked and seeing a new part of the world. That said, it would be hard to find such a perfect walk-out beach with a direct flight and warm weather, so unless we want to up our travel game with a toddling Birch, we might just be back next year!