I would like to use my Marriott Reward Points to book a honeymoon in May 2010. My fiance and I narrowed down the options to:
St. Kitts Marriott Resort
St. Thomas --> Frenchman's Reef
Aruba --> Renaissance or Marriott Resort
I, personally, am leaning towards Aruba but I have no clue which hotel is better. I read that the Marriott just went under a $50mil transformation with the Tradewinds upscale hotel in hotel concept.
Which Marriott resort would be best for a honeymoon? I guess my top priority would be luxury followed by nice beaches and fun activities.
Any feedback would greatly be appreciated!!
Marriott Resort in Aruba is beautiful and would be my pick.
The Renaissance is downtown and the property reminds me of a Holiday Inn.
We have been to St.Thomas, nice, but does not compare to Aruba.
St.Kitts is beautiful, but not much to do outside of the property.
Many things on property to do, very close second to Aruba.
Also, the Casa Magna Marriott Resort in Puerta Vallarta is BEAUTIFUL........, MY FAVORITE Resort................
Depends on what you're looking for in a honeymoon-- St. Thomas is lush with beauty and the diversity of many beaches, each unique with their own particular pizzaz. You can snorkel almost anywhere. St. John is a quick ferry trip away-- dazzling beach individuality! Restaurants abound on both islands. Aruba is like a lunar desert, not that naturally beautiful. Palm Beach Marriott is there)is very similar to that of Seven Mile Beach in the Caymans. Though the island is Dutch, restaurants and clubs have a lively South American influence, as Aruba is just 19 miles off the coast of Venezuela, which appears as a hazy coastline across the water. St. Kitts is a great get away when all you want to do is laze around in one place--the resort-- as there is little else to see and do in more than one day. You'll run out of days trying to see all on St.T/St. John!!
PS I've stayed in M Aruba four times; regardless of the upgrades, renovations, or the room locations, the walls are thin and you can hear your neighbors' conversations, TV's, and trips to the bathroom! Also, young children are allowed to run unrestrained in the expanse of the lobby, as parents leave them unattended to go into the casino- this has been my experience for the entire week each time we went. No hotel staff enforces safety measures around the fountain/snack/bar area. Unruly children are let to run amok. No way, no 'honeymoon' there for me!!
These islands are situated in the Atlantic Ocean and are close to the Bahamas. The home to stunning beaches, arguably the best in the world, an immaculate marine environment and fabulous resorts. The beaches are really breathtaking with sparkling warm ocean water full of aquatic life. The crème de la crème is the globally acclaimed Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales. This is truly a piece of paradise. The beaches here have a pleasant good weather all year round. These islands are also home to the third largest barrier reef in the world which forms a habitat for corals, dolphins, turtles, and schools of colorful fish. You have the courtesy of choosing from a list of very many fun activities that you can carry out together e.g. wind surfing, kayaking and even kite boarding.
This is a laid back zone where you can seek adventure and at the same time relaxation. The best spot to stay is Negril in Westmoreland, the west-end of the island of Jamaica. This is home to the famous seven mile beach packed with restaurants, bars and even water parks for you to spend time with your loved one in any manner you would like. The seven mile beach has severally been voted one of the top in the world owing to its dramatic sunsets, clear turquoise waters and snow white sands. While in Negril Jamaica you should make a point of visiting Ivan’s which is a perfect place to dine out and enjoy the finest delicacies prepared by experienced chefs while watching the sun set over the crystal clear water. Later on you can go out and have some fun at the Jungle which is the place to go for latest Jamaican vibz (or Music as we would say), drinks and dancing. Negril Jamaicais a bird’s nest for lovebirds.
This is yet another island in the Caribbean that has proved to be a gem to any tourists who like exotic places. It is located between Martinique and St. Vincent, and the north of Barbados. St Lucia is covered with magnificent rainforests flourished with different bird and plant species. It is also rich in culture with the very steep coastal lines suitable for Scuba diving. St. Lucia also boasts many luxurious resorts with posh gardens and luxurious amenities for you to make full use of while there.
Other Perfect Caribbean honeymoon locations are:
This is your other perfect example of a Caribbean beach with miles and miles of scenic white beaches bordering evergreen tropical rainforests. With a range of different species of orchids beatifying this tropical place, this island is a fantasy to several honeymooners. The island also has many exotic resorts, most of which own their own private islands for the comfort of the tourists.
What are you waiting for? Let you and you loved one come and get a piece of this paradise. More informations about the Caribbean you find on the website of the official tourism board or Wikipedia of course. You can find some great honeymooners packages here. Come and enjoy, The Best Caribbean Honeymoon !!
jec7483, here is my 2 cents' worth:
I loved, loved, loved Aruba but do not think it would be very good for a honeymoon because it is extremely busy and crowded. Palm Beach is absolutely crammed full of people, signs, restaurants/beach bars, chairs, palapas, inflatables, boats, etc. It is great if you want to be in the center of the action, but if you want a romantic, secluded location, this ain't it. Having said that, the beaches are world class (despite the clutter), and the food on Aruba is wonderful. Plus, it is an extremely safe and clean island. There is good shopping as well. There are also fairly strong and very constant tradewinds that are a bit of a nuisance, although we didn't mind them too much. But you should be aware that Aruba is quite windy all the time and everywhere. If you choose Aruba, get reservations at Atardi (formerly Simply Fish) for beachside dining at the Marriott Stellaris. It is an amazing experience, and you will love it. I think the Aruba Marriott is probably more luxurious than St. Kitts, but it is way, way more dense/compact and more crowded. Plus, there are kids everywhere (except for the casino).
I also loved St. Kitts. I disagree that there's nothing to do on the island. You can: hike the rainforest, climb Timothy Hill, hike Mt. Liamuga, go horseback riding, go ziplining, visit Caribelle Batik, visit Romney Manor, take a boat/dinner cruise, go on a snorkeling or scuba expedition, go on a fishing charter, visit Brimstone Hill, take the train ride around the island, ferry to Nevis and tour that island and/or visit Pinney's beach, tour Basseterre, visit Ottley's Plantation, or just hang out at the resort which includes a casino and spa. The beach at Frigate Bay is much less congested than Palm Beach in Aruba. I think you'd feel a lot more secluded in St. Kitts. However, it doesn't have the shopping or restaurant selection of Aruba. And the island is not as modern or prosperous looking. The locals are very friendly, though. They drive on the left which can be a challenge for Americans. The resort is probably not as luxurious as Aruba, but it is much more expansive and there is a lot more privacy and seclusion at this resort and on St. Kitts generally.
St. Kitts is probably less luxurious but quite unspoiled by development, whereas Aruba is over-developed and overly commercialized, although probably more upscale if you can stand the crowds and congestion on the resort and beach.
Here are some pics of Aruba and St. Kitts, respectively, so you can see what I mean by unspoiled versus over-developed:
jec7483, ok I am laughing at myself because I see your original post was from 2010. Somehow this got to the top of the MR feed. So where did you go, and what did you think?