Bang for your buck Marriott

Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 01:10 PM
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Bang for your buck Marriott

I have to go to a Marriott resort-who can give me the best bang for the buck? Must have pool, private beach and spa.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 01:32 PM
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I have a friend who went to the new St. Kitts Marriott last week and really liked it. It seems to have the ammenities you're seeking.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 01:43 PM
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To read reviews of the Marriott and St. Kitts visit www.myislands.myeyez.net

The beach at the Marriott isn't private. It does have a pool and spa.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 04:36 PM
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I've heard good things about the St. Kitts Marriott. Marriott's Frenchman's Bay also fits your bill & I do know their spa is great & there is a beach at their Morningstar section. No beaches in St. Thomas are private. I doubt you could go wrong with either.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 04:58 PM
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Curacao Marriott is pretty nice
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Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 09:18 PM
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Another fan of Marriott in St. Kitts! Yes,it is a big resort, but we so feel alone while we are there. Lots to see and do..many resturants within a short stroll and/or taxi away for very little $. Plus you can visit Nevis on a day trip, which is, our personal favorite.....not much to do but lime with the "locals" and have a killer bee at Sunshines, just to say that you did!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 09:20 PM
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not to chime in again, but...skbfan, are you liz????
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 05:27 AM
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Aruba Marriott was very nice. No private beach, but a great hotel (resort).
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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Yes, IW this is Liz aka SKBFAN.
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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Rawlins Plantation Inn will be closed for annual vacation from Monday, August 7th and reopening on Sunday, September 24th.

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Old Aug 4th, 2006, 03:00 PM
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I found we got a lot of bang for our buck in Curacauo (sp)
The staff was great, it was not crowded (March) and the restaurants were wonderful, the snorkeling right one the property was great.

Very Enjoyable!!

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Old Aug 15th, 2006, 07:30 PM
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The St. Kitts Marriott certainly will not disappoint! We are pretty discriminating travellers (we've been to more than 12 Caribbean islands/destinations), and we LOVED the St. Kitts Marriott.

We were there May 2006 for a wedding, so we got a pretty rounded view of the resort.

The hotel is, bar far, the largest, most glamorous resort on the island. We were in awe when we saw it from the road on the way in! It's almost like a city in itself...and the doorman and luggage service were a nice tough (they unloaded it and placed it by the door for us--w/o expecting a tip)!

Although the resort was only 30% full when we were there...many guests said even at full capacity, the resort doesn't feel crowded. I must agree--the layout allows more than enough space for everyone to get around freely.

The three pools offer plenty of swimming room. The beach is small, however, and had quite a bit of "trash" floating toward the rock jetties about 50 feet out...very disappointing. Also, the beaches are open to everyone...and there were some very "persistent" hawkers out trying to sell you items, as well as "services," such as aloe rubs and massages. It made it very uncomfortable, so we opted to stay away as much as possible. It's a shame, because otherwise the beach was very relaxing.

The food at the restaurants was pretty good (although we didn't try Blu--the seafood restaurant. It was pricey and pretty full while we were there). Plus, it's closed now through the end of Sept. 06 for renovations. The strawberry daquiris at the poolside bar are to die for! Very yummy--made with ice cream base, coconut and strawberries! MMMMmmmmm. Well worth the 4.50 USD.

The girls in the bridal party had all of their hair and nail appts. at the spa on site, and none of them were impressed. Within an hour of leaving, their polish was coming off completely! They were not happy. AND...it took them almost 2 hours longer than they were told it would take.

Overall, however, you will LOVE this hotel. It is WELL worth the price...very relaxing. Very nice rooms..comfortable. Never wanted more sleep..and the hotel personnel are very friendly and accommodating. I lost my room key 4 times (yes, I know...what a dope!) and not once did they express any kind of contempt or seem frustrated.

Although...FYI...do NOT book anything through the tour desk in the lobby--Flamboyant Tours. They charged us $118 each to take an ATV tour for the groom's "bachelor party." We woke up at 6 a.m. to go, like they said, and they told us the tour company only had 3 ATVs available--when there were 5 of us. So...we rescheduled for the next morning...even though we were incredibly frustrated. Woke up at 6 a.m. the next morning...they said there were only TWO available! Then...they didn't want to give us a refund. They said they would get them working...and made us wait 45 mins. in the lobby ... very unprofessional. DO NOT EVEN BOTHER -- YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED.

Bottom line: THE HOTEL IS A VERY GOOD VALUE IF YOU GO OFF-SEASON. DO IT! YOU WON'T REGRET IT. This property puts most US properties to shame.
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Old Aug 16th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Depends on what you mean regarding Bang for the Buck? Do you mean best use of Marriott points or best overall value? The best use of Marriott points is St. Kitts Marriott because the room rates are the highest so you are getting the most dollar value for your points. I have been to St. Kitts Marriott, Aruba Marriott, Curacao Marriott. The best value/biggest bang for the buck in my opinion is Curacao. Lower room rates, great service, a smaller, low-rise property, private beach, just overall a great value.
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Old Aug 16th, 2006, 01:39 PM
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I think the Marriott in Curacao has legendary service and is on an idyllic island. Nice pool area and big beach.
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