For a combined total of 255,000 points I redeemed for a 5 night stay at Marco Island Beach Side Marriott (120,000 pts) and $1,000 in Marriott Reward Checks (135,000 pts). My wife and I packed up our two kids and headed south in the height of hurricane season.
The weather was fantastic! and the beaches were uncrowded. Whilst in Florida our area of the north east suffered major flooding - end result, 50% of my potatoes were ruined but 100% of our family vacation was perfect!
At check in we were upgraded to a 10th floor ocean view balcony room. The following day we were "terribly" inconvenienced and moved to a beach front La'nai suite with direct access to the beach.
I cannot think of a more enjoyable use of my points... until next September when we go for 7 days with $2,000 in checks!