Had a great labor day weekend getaway while celebrating our One year Anniversary at the GC Marriott. The resort is currently under renovation for the top 2 floors so it was a blessing since the beach was never crowded. I can see how during high season with the top floors available the prime beach seats would be coveted and fought for.
Upon arrival we were offered a welcome fruit punch while waiting to check in. Our room wasn't ready right away but we checked in a tad earlier than the check in time so no complaints. They offered us a pager and we just checked out the resort grounds instead. We were offered an upgrade as well which is always nice.
The best part about the resort is the beach where they have implanted a coral reef system that has attracted a ton of tropical fishes which makes it perfect for snorkeling. Even while swimming there are fish that swim right next to you.
Would recommend renting a car so you can explore more places, hotel has free parking.
By the poolside we ordered nachos and a few drinks they were good and strong and have a pretty good happy hour. The pizza in the lobby was pretty good as well.
Would suggest to venture out of the hotel to try the food the island has to offer.
Sunshine Grill- delicious mahi mahi fish tacos
Blue by Eric Ripert at the Ritz - great celebration dinner, perfect in quality and taste (just like Le Benardin in NYC)
Coconut Joe's- right across the street, good for breakfast
Alfresco- great for dinner under the stars on their porch