ST. KITTS MARRIOTT RESORT:
Taxi from airport to resort was a 15 minute ride - US$16+tip=US$20 for the four of us. Check-in (at the Beach Club) by Melisha was quick and easy. Mikhail, the bellman was very nice and remembered our names whenever we saw him during the week. All service personnel – housekeeping, groundskeepers, pool guys, hosts/hostesses, waitresses, bartenders, bellmen - were very friendly.
Main building at the Resort contains all administrative facilities, a few small shops, meeting and banquet rooms, casino (with different hours to lose money every day), fitness center, spa, and four of the resort’s restaurants – Calypso Café is open for breakfast thru late evening for coffee, pastries, sandwiches, wraps, etc.; Calypso Restaurant, full service breakfast and lunch only; Royal Grill Steakhouse (dinner only); and, La Cucina an Italian restaurant also open for dinner only. It may have just been because it was very much an off-season week, but not all of the restaurants were open every day.
The pool decks (actually three of them) were spacious with plenty of lounges - many with canopies, activity center, three restaurants – Pizza Shack, open for lunch and into the evening; Blu, a full-service dinner-only seafood restaurant; and, the Bohemia Beach Pool Bar and Grill, open from 11am to 8pm.
The beach (on Atlantic Ocean side of the island) was huge with plenty of cabanas. Some seaweed along shore, but groomed daily; a rock breakwater provided a few opportunities for snorkelers.
The golf course did not look very well maintained for the price to play. We declined.
All resort employees were friendly – they must be under strict instruction to greet every guest at every encounter, but all seemed sincerely interested in making sure that we were having a quality vacation.
MARROITT’S ST. KITTS BEACH CLUB:
Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club is really just 88 units within St. Kitts Marriott Resort, so comments on the accommodations will be presented here. We later learned the eight-building Beach Club was originally part of the Resort, later converted to timeshares. We were in a first floor villa in Wesley House – a full ocean view – beautiful. It was a very large two-bedroom unit. Master had a king sized bed, flat-screen TV and an en-suite bathroom. Bedroom #2 was quite large with two queen beds and a flat-screen. There is a full 4-piece “guest” bathroom. Decent sized kitchen (plenty big for our needs), large round dining table (would fit six comfortably), hide-a-bed couch, flat-screen TV and DVR in the living area. All in all a very nice space that would easily accommodate 6-8 people, especially if some are children. Marriott is in the process of updating all of the Beach Club units. Ours was still an “old” one, a little worn, but still very comfortable.
Only minor complaints were lack of a printed TV channel guide (and the one that we eventually found on the TV itself was only partially accurate), and it would have been nice if copies of the menus for all of the on-site restaurants were either in the villa or in our welcome package. It was also quite a walk (almost a quarter-mile) from our villa to the parking lot, but I guess when you have an oceanside room one has to make sacrifices.
Vacation Club desk personnel – Melisha, Vidal and Elise – were all very friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.
NEAR THE MARRIOTT:
As far as nearby amenities, there are several restaurants and a couple of convenience and liquor stores about ¼-½ mile down the road from the resort entrance. I may be missing some, but I recall PJ’s, Rituals Coffee House, Rituals Sushi, Pizza Boys, Ciao, Rock Lobster and Bombay. Another ½ mile (or more) walk is “The Strip” – a beach with restaurants and bars. This is where you can find Sunset Grill, Mr. X’s, Chinchillas, Cathy’s, Patsy’s, Vibe, Buddies and several more. We had hoped to eat at a few of these but partly because of the lack of island visitors, some were closed, some were only open for dinner, at least one was only serving a small portion of their menu. Most looked like gastro-intestinal disorder waiting to happen. (Sorry for my suburban-American viewpoint, but I have to call them the way I see them.) Also, the Strip is adjacent to a salt pond that smelled more like a sewage treatment facility – not very appetizing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marriott St. Kitts Resort & Royal Beach Casino captivates you from the moment you see it, immersing you in the culture and atmosphere of this most relaxing and romantic of Caribbean Islands. Our breathtaking St. Kitts resort hotel offers an unparalleled island vacation experience. Luxury guest rooms, trimmed with West Indian accents and cutting-edge comforts, are spacious and welcoming. That same Caribbean flavor sets the tone in our 8 restaurants and 2 lounges. For entertainment and relaxation, the resort also offers the 35,000 sq ft Royal Beach Casino, the 15,000 sq ft Emerald Mist Spa and boasts an 18-hole championship golf course at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. ... more less
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