6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2010 11:45 AM by radiajp41 RSS

All inclusive rewards

mainiac Platinum
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Has anyone had the chance to use the "new" Marriott all-inclusive reward for the eight properties in the Caribbean?

 Is this as good a thing as it appears to be?

We are thinking Aruba or St. Thomas. Any comments on either property, especially regarding the restaurants.

Thanks

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  • Re: All inclusive rewards
    jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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    I just stayed at the Marriot in Costa Rica on the all inclusive. It was incredible. We must have averaged $150-200 per day which covered all the alcohol you could drink and eat at any restaurant on the property. The food was outstanding. One caveat, if you wanted to eat the lobster it was a $15 upcharge. I chose to stick with the covered menu during my stay. By the way, I am margarita'd out. I leave tommorrow from Costa  Rica to the US but would highly recommend the "all inclusive". It was nice not to worry about what drinks cost or how much a meal was going to be. Good luck!!!

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  • Re: All inclusive rewards
    gidget Platinum
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    We stayed at the Marriott Frenchman's reef (St. Thomas) over labor day and we ate and drank at the hotel a couple of days and boy-oh-boy did it get expensive.  I *mistakenly* had 5 frozen vodka lemonade's at the pool one day at $11/12 each -- thinking they were probably $5 - 8 each.  My husband was also drinking that day...then we decided we ought to eat on property rather than drive ourselves anywhere...  Dinner was easily $150 without trying too hard.  All in that one day cost us cash near $300.  This didn't include the buffet breakfast at $24 pp nor lunch....  If I would have known about the option to buy all inclusive, I would have done it - at least for a couple of days...  Not that there are a ton of fantastic restauarants in St. Thomas (albeit we are a bit spoiled, living and eating in Chicago...) but it is certainly fun to get out and meet the locals and try the variety of restuarants off property.  If Havana Blue is included in the STT option -- you should DEFINITELY buy the AI.

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  • Re: All inclusive rewards
    mainiac Platinum
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    bump, still loking for input, thanks

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  • Re: All inclusive rewards
    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    Greetings Maniac:

     

    There are a number of posts regarding the Inclusive Reward. There's a good mix listing pros and cons.  To find them, consider using Search or Advanced Search and browsing the results.

     

    The Marriott Rewards Forum is very popular and posts scroll off the main Forum board because the space is limited to the most recent 3.  You did the right thing by reaching out seeking additonal input,  By browsing 'backwards' I saw your post.

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  • Re: All inclusive rewards
    allforone Platinum
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    My wife and her sister used the 7 day all-inclusive package at the Aruba Resort last year (on my points). I tried to do a lot of research before the trip and was even able to enlist the help of a Marriott hotel I frequent to get more info. I had considered trading points for Marriott cash instead of taking the all-inclusive but that would have been a HUGE MISTAKE. Overall, my wife and her sister said the entire experience was FANTASTIC. The restaurants were great and well worth extra 90,000 pts. The drinks were also a great catch (they'd start everyday with mimosa, transition to fruity/frozen drinks in the afternoon and then onto martinis in the evening). Overall, with meal and bar bills, they estimated that they were spending over $500/day of food/beverages (keep in mind the restaurants and drinks are very expensive). Before they departed for the trip, I was able to obtain a list of the inclusions (such as drinks on the beach) and exclusions (such as lobster dishes & Chris's Steakhouse) so there was no surprises when they arrived. A few more notes: - staff were super friendly and service was great at all times - no hidden fees (e.g. all inclusive included even taxes) - room was upgraded to an ocean view - a reasonably good variety of restaurants - no room service but in late evening they would retrieve drinks from the bar to bring to the room - drinks available from any onsite bar, casino, restaurant - never used the casino - although they spent everyday on the beach, they didn't find any of the included "activities" of value - no hassle, no questions asked, no tags, no wristbands, etc ... after each meal/drink simply state add it to Room XYZ - beach was great and not overcrowded as the Marriott is the last hotel on the beach - weather was great the entire trip - the Simply Fish restaurant (out on the beach area) was outstanding with a broad menu, good coffee, desserts, etc (very expensive but it doesn’t matter if you are on the all-inclusive) - for Simply Fish, I called ahead and made a booking for the evening of arrival as it can be busy (once you are onsite you can make reservations for subsequent nights as desired) - on checkout, the only item on their bill was the internet charge If you can, call the hotel and ask them to email a list of restaurants, menus and inclusions/exclusions (they did for me last year and it removed a lot of guesswork).

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  • Re: All inclusive rewards
    radiajp41 Gold
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    How did you redeem for the "all inclusive" package?  I can't seem to bring that up.  I am booked at the Los Suenos Marriott...but can only get a standard room...no meals.  Any suggestions?

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