15 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2016 10:32 AM by kathynfmom RSS

Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary

kathynfmom Gold 3 Reviews
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Ok we have 7 days from October 15th to work with.  Hoping to find something to not kill our bank. Fly out of toronto or even buffalo.  Was thinking Aruba or would  dream of Hawaii. I have points  but don't need to use. Ideally would love to find all inclusive??

Ps we never took a honeymoon so hoping to make this ours 18 years later

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Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad, Aruba Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
Montego Bay, Jamaica
St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    natural_log Platinum
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    I would suggest looking at Marco Island.  I have been both there and Aruba (along with most of the other Florida resorts) and Marco is the quietest of the bunch.  The "vibe" at Aruba was much more of an active vibe (lots of motorized water sports, band at the bar, casino, etc.).  Marco is much more low key.

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    • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
      clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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      PS - I have also got to agree with @natural_log about Marco Island.  It has a Marriott hotel/resort as well as a timeshare property.  Both are wonderful properties.  Marco is very laid back and quiet.  The Marriott has several restaurants and bars and is truly a full-service resort.  You'd never have to leave the property, but if you did, there are dozens of other great restaurants on the island as well as fun shops.  Our favorite restaurant is Sale E Pepe in the nearby Marco Beach Ocean Resort.  Marco has a huge, expansive beach that goes for miles and is never crowded.  The sunsets are amazing.  You can't go wrong in October as the weather should be great, too.

       

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  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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    I can't comment on Jamaica, but none of the Marriott properties on Aruba are quiet or secluded.  Aruba is very bustling and commercial.  The Ren is downtown and doesn't have a beach right on the property.  You have to take a boat out to a private island to get to the beach.  I haven't stayed there but have heard good things about the private island and beach.  But it's definitely not right on the property.  The Marriott Stellaris, two timeshares and RC are all together on Palm Beach.  The beach there is fantastic, and I mean to die for.  It's the quintessential Caribbean blue and sugar white sand.  But it's not quiet. It's actually really, really crowded and has tons of stuff on it - motorsports, buildings, palapas, vendors, etc.  The RC is at the end of the beach and more secluded, so that would be your best bet for quiet.  I think the only Marriott property on Aruba with an all-inclusive option is the Ren.

     

    So, having said that, how about St. Kitts?  Marriott has a property there which is much quieter and more laid back and offers an all inclusive option.  St. Kitts is much less commercialized than Aruba and much quieter and less congested/crowded.

     

    Here are some examples of the bustling beach and beautiful fantastic waters in Aruba contrasted with the quieter less crowded beaches on St. Kitts that are darker blue with gold colored sand:

     

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  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    fschumpert Platinum 22 Reviews
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    Marriott properties mentioned in Florida, but also including Miami, are all wonderful. We're headed to Singer Island,  FL, near West Palm Beach,  to stay for week at Marriott Vacation Villa for first time visit here.

     

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    Hopefully, weather will be OK, as this is near end of hurricane season on East Coast. We're using our "Destination Points", but if you're not member of MVC, room costs for 2BR ocean front in "Sunrise Tower in $270/night. Aside from private beach, there are quite a number of fine restaurants, boat rides and shopping in the area.

     

    However, one of our favorite beach destinations on East Coast is North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and you could even drive there from N.E., even Canada....

     

    Myrtle Beach.jpgThere are several MVC villas, as shown above, or Marriott Ocean Watch Hotel & Resort, on the beach also...

     

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    There are plenty of amenities available here, along with 6-7 pools and private beach...

     

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    Hope this is helpful - blessings on your anniversary!

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  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    kathynfmom,

     

    Gotta go along with natural_log and clebert.  Marco Island is a very beautiful resort that is on a huge beach in Southwest Florida.  The October weather will be wonderful and it is an easy 45 minute drive south on I-75 from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Ft. Myers. 

     

    There is a renovation ongoing at the resort to turn it into a JW Marriott so you may want to check with the resort to see what areas are being impacted at the time you wish to visit if you chose Marco Island.  Heck I think clebert has some info on that as I think they were the recently.

     

    Another spot to check out near Ft. Myers would be Sanibel Island Hotel and Resort | Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa.  Though it is on on Sanibel Island and without a beach it is located less than two minutes fro the Sanibel Causeway and about 10 minutes from the wonderful Sanibel and Captiva Island beaches, well worth checking out as well as the Hotels in Fort Myers, Florida | Fort Myers, Florida, Hotels which is about a mile or so further away from the Causeway and probably be a place where you won't break the points bank.

     

    Do let us know what you decide upon as there are a few spots in the U.S. Virgin Island and British Virgin Islands that are great places, just more than likely will deplete your points quicker.

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    • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
      clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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      Yes, IAHFLYR, I was there in August and construction at both Marriott properties is ongoing.  But it was not disruptive at all, and both resorts were business as usual in all respects.  I haven't been to USVI but Marriott does have an all-inclusive option on St. Thomas, I believe.  But I don't think you can use points for all-inclusive can you?  Can anyone clarify?  Maybe you can use points for the room and pay an extra fee for the all-inclusive option?  We are not big eaters or drinkers so we have never been fans of the all-inclusive model, so I can't speak from experience.

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    • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
      kathynfmom Gold 3 Reviews
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      Thank you . We have been to Florida and wanted more carribean. I will keep that in mind too thank you still reading

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  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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    I should add, since we're discussing Florida, that the RC Naples Vanderbilt Beach, RC Ft. Lauderdale, and RC Amelia Island are all great properties.  Naples is very high end and expensive.  Amelia is more affordable and a bit more casual but really beautiful and secluded/romantic.  Ft. Lauderdale is more urban and bustling.  All are wonderful properties.  Also, you mentioned Hawaii.  We have only been to Oahu and have stayed at the MVCI there which is in Ko Olina.  We loved it, but I wouldn't call it quiet or romantic - more family oriented.  There isn't a "real" beach there - only man-made lagoons which most people love, but I prefer a natural beach.  The Marriotts at Waikiki are not on the beach but close by.  CY is fine but not really very romantic.  haven't stayed at the Marriott Waikiki but have heard good things.  My choice on Waikiki for a romantic getaway would be the Halekulani which is true luxury and right on the beach, but not cheap.  Haven't been to the other islands, but of course they are quieter than Oahu.  Not aware of any all-inclusives in Hawaii or anywhere in the US except for one resort in Florida (a Club Med in Pt. St. Lucie, FL).

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  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    carat Community Manager Marriott Associate Silver
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    Really great insight and suggestions here!  kathynfmom, hope this helps narrow down your decision.  You'll have to let us know where you end up going.  Happy Anniversary!!

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  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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    More St. Kitts pics for your info:

     

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    Location Brand Hotel
    St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    kathynfmom Gold 3 Reviews
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    Thank you everyone. Today I used all my points for st kitts.  I used my other miles for flights.  I am really hoping we can make this happen.  My biggest fear is the food.  I have pretty severe allergies. All I am reading is the food is way too much $$. Since I used points I can't get all inclusive.  I didn't do Florida as my son is having his wish there in 2917. Thank you everyone I'm excited I csn do this. Only took 22 years.

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    • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
      clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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      kathynfmom, I hope you enjoy it.  You are right that food and even groceries are expensive there.  We packed a suitcase full of non-perishables and brought it along so that we had cereal, bagels, jam, etc. and ate breakfast in our room each morning.  That saved some money.  Of course that works best if you don't have to pay extra for bags which we didn't because I had one of the Delta cards that gives you free baggage.  You will even see or hear about people who bring frozen meat and cheese in coolers.  The property has grills you can use to cook on. and I'm pretty sure you could use them even if you are not staying in the timeshare part and don't have a kitchen in your room.

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  • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
    kathynfmom Gold 3 Reviews
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    Ok so now after learning that the all inclusive option IS there at St Kitts and you can book using points too I had THOUGHT we could do this. The problem is that there is STILL 22% TAXES on TOP of the daily rate of 424.00a NIGHT!! minimum stay for 4 nights So taxes are  as much as a 1 day stay? IS there ANY way to lower this?I REALLY want to go to St kitts but cannot justify that much for all inclusive??  So you can use points for other days JUSTneed to book 4 nights for allinclusive??ANYONE??thanks

    I am wondering if there is a better HOTEl to book inclusive for less $$$ I have used my air miles for flights

    This is turning into a NOT good option. I think I just want to say screw it soon Marriott is not making this easy or giving any breaks

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    • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
      clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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      kathynfmom, did you consider not using the all-inclusive and just paying for food and drink?  The St. Kitts property has reasonably-priced alcoholic drinks, and there are many restaurants just down the street within walking distance along with a small grocery called Ram's, so no need to eat all meals on the property.  We took our family of four and paid for all our food and drink, and when we ran the numbers we came out far ahead not choosing the all-inclusive.  The pizza place is reasonably priced, and there are a couple casual restaurants on site that weren't outrageously priced, either. 

       

      Maybe there are other resorts on St. Kitts that offer all-inclusive?

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      • Re: Looking for a hot beach and quiet getaway for anniversary
        kathynfmom Gold 3 Reviews
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        Thank you so MUCH all of you for helping me   I reached out to the hotel and have done points and paid stay for this trip I have to say it was ALOT more work but I am hoping in the end worth it.  I would have switched to Aruba but the flights were booked seperate so to change I would lose $$ and they would charge more to switch. I have learned ALOT this time around and will know for next time what to do and what NOT to do.  I am so vrey grateful to  be able to go away as this is needed!! I will update and I will put up pictures and review how it went at the resort

        Thank you once again Marriott Community!!!!!

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