We spent a week at Marathon Key Beach Club (Marathon location) during the Christmas holiday in December 2003. Except for health issues this past Christmas, we would have gone back. Anyway, it was a great experience.
We travelled with two other families who also booked at the same time. We all agreed that it was more than our expectations. The condo was comfortable, immaculate and well equipped to accomodate a family of four for a week. The pool, although unheated, (which kept me from going in) was clean and the children enjoyed it alot. December is a mixed bag for weather so we were lucky it was in the warm 70's during our stay with very little rain, even then it didn't bother us if we had to be inside. The beach area was covered in seaweed due to recent storms and no effort was made to clean it up, which was a disappointment, but it was quite windy. The breakfast area around the pool was pleasant and we utilized it every morning until the last day we were there. The woman who ran the breakfast set-up told us as condo renters we were not to eat the continental breakfast. That is not what we were told when we booked the condo. The office was closed and we could not inquire about that as we were leaving that morning. I am still not sure on that policy, but I hope she was wrong. She worked for Banana Bay resort and maybe she didn't know about the policy that Marathon Key Beach Club guests are to share Banana Bay resort or we were not given the correct information at check-in.
The grounds were always clean and the man who drove around in a little golf cart everyday, told us we could even pick the fruit off the trees if we wanted. Foliage is abundant and beautiful. You don't even realize you are located on a busy main highway.
We understand that everyone has different expectations but if you want the convenience of space and a cooking area so you don't have to eat out all the time (saves money, too) this is a great place. We weren't all on top of each as we would be in a hotel room setting. I would go back anytime.
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