Marriott Grand Ocean Resort is located near Sea Pines, and is an older but favored Hilton Head Island resort. The initial parking at check-in is problematic, but this Atlantic Ocean Front resort is classic.
Marriott Grand Ocean Resort is an extremely desirable Atlantic Ocean Front Marriott Vacation Club. If you are ready for an upscale holiday oceanfront in the “Low Country,” this is THE Place! Marriott Grand Ocean Resort is a perfect holiday retreat for families and for couples. We always take delight in seeing multi-generations using several condo units to holiday. Our advice is to reserve a two bedroom or at least a one-bedroom property. Please do not “settle” for a studio unit.
Marriott Grand Ocean Resort is one of the older of several Marriott Vacation Club Resorts in Hilton Head Island. We think it impossible for all of the Marriott Vacation Club owners to agree on “the best” Marriott Vacation Resort. There are seven Marriott Vacation Club Resorts, and one Marriott Hilton Head Island Beach Resort & Spa in Hilton Head.
We observe that many guests of Marriott Grand Ocean Resort are either Marriott “timeshare” owners or owners of other branded timeshares. Other guests may have “booked” Marriott Grand Ocean Resort, and may not quite be certain of the difference between Marriott Grand Ocean Resort and a Marriott Hilton Head Island Beach Resort & Spa. All eight properties are similar, and all eight properties use common terminology: “Condo Style Suite, 2 Bedroom Condominium, Bedroom 1: 1 King, Bedroom 2: 2 Double, Bathrooms: 2.”
Marriott Hilton Head Island Beach Resort & Spa is similar to a Marriott Vacation club, and offers “resort hotel” amenities such as daily maid service, numerous on-property dining areas, and general “hotel” features. The seven Marriott Vacation Club Resorts do not provide free daily maid service, and on property dining is very limited. This is not a negative because there are 400+ “restaurants” within minutes, and 40+ upscale restaurants as well.
Ok: the primary difference is that many guests in Marriott Grand Ocean Resort Vacation Club have either purchased a deeded timeshare weeks or the newer Marriott Destination Points (Not Marriott Reward Points.) However, Marriott Reward Points may be used to book Marriott Grand Ocean Resort, and one might simply book Marriott Grand Ocean Resort as one reserves any hotel property. If you are a Marriott’s Reward member, please display your Marriott Elite card to enjoy enhanced villa accommodations.
My wife and I have been “timesharers” for 30+ years, and timesharing with all of it’s advantages and disadvantages is a lifestyle choice. We now own six Marriott Resorts and six additional non-Marriott resorts for our holidays.
In general folks who elect to purchase vacation properties enjoy independent navigation, and like the advantages of condo ocean front holidays at a premium resort that is “first class.” In addition to the purchase price, we pay an annual maintenance fee of about $1,100.00 per week of ownership. We either exchange our Marriott's Resort through Marriott or through Interval International (please Goggle the terms) to many other “Timeshares” throughout the U.S. and the world. We have holidayed in nearly all Marriott U.S. Vacation Clubs. In our view, Marriott Grand Ocean Resort, while smaller is as nice as the Newport CA Beach Marriott Vacation Club. And some years we do enjoy both the Atlantic and the Pacific beaches.
We understand that an automobile is essential, and we fly into Savannah, select a car rental, and holiday. We cherish the nearby Publix supermarket for morning breakfast preparation, take breakfast and coffee on our private decks, and either dine out at the many Hilton Head area restaurants or prepare lunches and dinners at our condos. All condos are equipped with washers and dryers. I might be happy to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean all week and never leave the property; however, my wife is a list maker, and she determines if we are going shopping, visiting upscale consignment shops, taking day trips to Savannah or Beaufort, and selecting the restaurants.
We always rent GM OnStar vehicles, and we seem to “know Hilton Head fairly well. Marriott's Barony Beach Resort offers a much-needed carefree luxury holiday. We shall return again and again. We typically arrive a day early and depart a day late; we elect the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel in order to enjoy Savannah.
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