My family and I just returned from our seven night stay at OceanWatch. We were in the newly opened Pine Building since we own a Gardenview villa. All units at MOW are 2bed/2bath and are very nicely appointed. I will try to touch on the basics, but please feel free to e-mail me if you have any specific questions.
Check-In: Check-in was very easy and quick. There were two families in front of us, but we were at the check-in desk no more than ten minutes, including waiting in line. We were also provided a VIP card which gave us discounts at many popular restaurants and businesses.
Condition of Unit & Property: The unit was very nice and in great condition. The pool and common areas were also very clean and well maintained.
Kitchen Features: The kitchen is well stocked with dishes and cookware as well as Palmolive, dishwasher detergent and plenty of towels. The villas have a nice full-size range, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.
Planned Activities: We were quite impressed with the planned activities for the week. Many activities were family oriented and some were more geared toward certain age groups, but it was nice to see activites for adults as well as children. The activities by the campfire are nice (smores, etc.) and my son enjoyed bingo at the pool as well as the ice cream sundaes in the afternoons. I also think the "Kids Night In" is a great idea, however, we did not take advantage of it this year.
Amenities: The pools at MOW are wonderful! The Woodsy Pool is probably our favorite because of the waterslide and the close proximity to our villa, the treehouse, etc. MOW was at full capacity while we were there, but the pools didn't seem crowded at all. There were plenty of chairs, etc. My only suggestion would be that additional umbrellas or additional chairs with umbrellas should be added to the pool areas. The treehouse was very popular with my son because of the "fun factor" and very popular with me becasue of the "safety factor". Additonally, my husband enjoys the gym and the sauna almost everyday and did not feel it was overcrowded, etc. The MarketPlace is very nice for lunch or to grab something that you forgot at the grocery. It is very reasonably priced. The Pizza Hut was wonderful - we reveived great service and everything we ordered was delicious. The Woodsy Pool bar was good also.. Drinks were very reasonably priced - much cheaper than at most resorts. It should also be mentioned that MOW guests receive a discount at the adjacent Marriott's spa.
Staff: The staff at MOW is wonderful! They do all they can to make your trip enjoyable. Everyone from the pool staff to servers make it smile and always say hello. The Pool Supervisor at the Woodsy Pool was absolutely wonderful! He went above and beyond by always stopping to talk and even advising us of the weather and the UV index. He was great! The concierge staff was very helpful with setting up tee times, getting some great golf discounts and helping with dinner reservations/suggestions. Every request at MOW was addresses quickly and accurately!
Convenience to Area Attractions: One of the things we love the most about MOW is that we are close to attractions (golf, Broadway at the Beach, shopping, restaurants, etc.), but not too close. We like that MOW is away from the the hustle and bustle, but close enough to take advantage of it if we want!
Additional Fees: Nothing really applies here -- internet and parking are included.
Suitability: I would recommend MOW for families, relaxing, girls getaways, golf getaways, etc. Anyone who wants to stay at a great resort with an excellent staff should try MOW.
I hope this review has been helpful and again, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
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