This big, bustling beachfront resort offers something for everyone from families to conventioneers, golfers to gamblers. It's overscaled for tiny St. Kitts and somewhat lacking in West Indian charm and flair. Maintenance and staff are diligent, but service is inconsistent and often impersonal. Note that breakfast rush hour can mean long waits. The property is so vast that only Blocks 600–800 and 1300–1500 can claim true beachfront status; ocean-view rooms often show
only a speck of blue. However the resort rarely feels crowded. Perfect entry-level Caribbean, the Marriott scores points for its soothing Emerald Mist Spa; a splendid kids' area with a fully loaded arcade, and Club Mongoose, which offers nature hikes, limbo lessons, treasure hunts, and crafts classes. High marks for the the cosmopolitan cigar bar (Keys), piano bar (Blue Martini), and beach bar (Bohemia). The casino is decent, and there's a fine golf course. Huge suites and the many packages represent good value during the off-season.