Desiree French is a writer in Washington DC Today she reviews Club Ocean Villas in Ocean City, Maryland.
I needed a vacation and wanted a place close to home that’s child friendly. I spoke those words to a co-worker more than 10 years ago. Without hesitation, she recommended Club Ocean Villas II in Ocean City, Maryland. I’ve been going there with my son during the summer, and sometimes the spring, ever since. The amenities are to die for. The proximity to the beach is priceless. And the units, each with yellow patio umbrellas, are cozy and equipped with everything you need.
Fond of low-rise buildings, I took to Ocean Villas immediately. Especially appealing: our unit overlooking the canal and tiny pier with boat slips. And the units are airy, bright, and feel like home away from home. Need an extra pillow or blanket? Look in the closet. Spilled ice cream on your shorts? Dump them in the washing machine and dryer behind the sliding glass door. There’s no maid service—and therefore no interruptions—while there, but there’s a broom and vacuum cleaner in every “apartment,” which the one- and two-bedroom units feel like.
The two-bedroom apartments have a living room—which my son likes to dominate playing his video games—master bedroom, a well-stocked kitchen, dining area, three televisions, and two bathrooms, one with a Jacuzzi. One of my favorite pastimes is sitting on the balcony watching the occasional boat pass within a few feet of our living quarters. The outdoor hot tub that’s available in private space at each unit is a real treat, particularly at night after a long, lazy day at the beach and boardwalk.
Ah, the beach. It’s only a block away. But it’s far from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk and other main attractions, such as the amusement parks, about five or six miles away. This means Ocean Villas is located in a quiet area. No rowdy teenagers, wild parties, or intoxicated vacationers.
When my son was younger, he and his friends spent most of their days at the resort’s outdoor and indoor pools. I still prefer the indoor pool house and sauna but can’t deny enjoying lounging on the beach chairs at the outdoor pool. And although I used to play racquetball and my son played tennis, we have yet to take advantage of the racquetball or tennis courts. But we both like going to Gold’s gym, which accepts temporary passes from guests staying at Ocean Villas.
About two or three years after visiting Ocean Villas, I purchased a canal side unit that we have come to love. We continue to visit the timeshare every June, although we have the option to trade our one-week stay for an excursion to other RCI locations. But Ocean Villas II has become our special, family vacation spot, and we have no plans to switch. We have many treasured memories of our stay there over the years—from watching videos on the sofa and spying rabbits in the bushes to chilling in the hot tub and playing in the pools. Good times, indeed.