I stayed at the Vacation Club villas, which is on the same property.
The resort itself is very nice and I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to check-in there again. It's not as "grand" as other Marriott resort properties in the system but if all you are looking for is sun, sand and surf then by all means go.
As for the beach is concerned, the surf can be quite rough, and as a result, breaker rocks have been placed just off-shore to calm things down. The beach is very wide and the sand is of excellent quality. There are no surrounding buildings or neighboring hotels which means that the shoreline is pristine. I imagine one could walk for a mile along the beach and not run into another building.
Restaurants at the resort are very good and as what one would expect, very pricey. There are very good (and reasonable) places to eat within walking distance.
Lastly, the island itself is small and can be driven in less than two hours. The main town is absolutely nothing to write home about and can easily be missed.
We have stayed at the St Kitts Marriott 3 times over the last 5 years. We have always enjoyed our stay. Occassionally the water gets rough, but we have always been able to snorkel off of the beach at least a few of the days. They have large rocks that block some of the waves. You can also walk to the Carribean side, about a 20 minute walk. We have never taken children. We spend some time at the resort, but usually like to explore the island, there is a lot to do. The island is very LAID BACK!! We are from the south where everyone is slow, and it is slower. People are friendly if you are friendly to them, service is slow, but usually good. We love to eat at the local island restaurants, great food! Hotel restaurants good, but we can eat in restaurants like that at home. Visit the Ottley Plantation, Shipwreck Bar and Grill for an afternoon on the beach with the monkeys and fish tacos. We even got caught in a tropical storm on our last trip and still had fun. Rooms are nice sized, we like to stay in the Pool houses, a little more private. Hope you enjoy!
Beautiful resort - have been to St. Kitts 3 times and stayed at the Marriott twice. have not been back since the Vacation Club began but looking to go this summer.
The dining at the resort is exquisite but expensive. loads of great restuarants around the island and lots of local inexpensive beach restaurants with fresh fish on the sand within walking distance.
Great casino right at the hotel as well.
Nice places to explore - plantations and a fort. One of the most beautiful drives ever with the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean on the other through mountainous ravines.
Fun kayaking and water sports.
Fantastic day trips to the island of Nevis by catamaran or water taxis to one of the world's most beautiful beaches and the incredible Four Seasons Resort on Pinney Beach where can you can eat or drink. And plenty of popular beach places for food and drinks along the way. The best known is Sunshine Bar and the "Killer Bee" drink. Loads of day trip things to do on this island. I usually go 3-4 times in a week.
Stayed 11/2009 doing the all inclusive deal. Surf can berough but still was able to snorkel breakwater. The staff move at their own pace and are not outgoing. We never had a problem getting what we needed though. Food was very good (pricey). We took a taxi to town nothing outstanding. We also took a island taxi tour (driver was Sir Walter arranged by Tony? at front door) to Bateke factory and fort which was excellent. On a earlier trip to the island(cruise) we went on a snorkeling trip to Nevis which was nice. For a quiet relaxing stay this resort fits.
More St. Kitts threads:
Saint Kitts Marriott Condominiums http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1195
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