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Which Island - Marriott points

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Which Island - Marriott points

Need info from anyone that has stayed in Marriott properties in the Caribbean. Trying to find a nice property directly on the beach with access to good food, wine and relaxation. Have plenty of points with Marriott trying to find the perfect place. Not a family vacation, just me and my husband needing some time to ourselves. Trying to decide between Aruba, Grand Cayman, St. Croix, St. Kitts/Nevis or St. Thomas? Any opinions? Thanks!

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1. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

I have heard wonderful things about St. Kitts/Nevis, and also the Marriott in Curacao.

Of course since you are on the Aruba Board my first choice would be Aruba. :)

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2. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

I keep hearing about Curacao too! Unfortunately it is not as easy to get to as the other islands. Have you stayed in the Aruba Marriott? How is the food on the island vs the others?

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Have stayed at Frenchmen's Reef in St Thomas (January 2009). It's set up on a cliff. Getting to the beach is a short downhill walk to their Morning Star property or you can take their shuttle. We stayed in a room on the 'wing' side of the main building. Room was so-so but the harbor view was awesome, especially at night. There's a few restaurants on the property (prepare yourself to pay $16 for a hamburger at lunch). Unless you rent a car, it's a taxi ride to many others but that can add up. A water taxi is also available from their dock. The Morning Star property has 2-story cottage-like bldgs. Just step out your door and you're on the beach. Then, IMHO, if your points allow you to rent their TS units, I would pass on them. Just a few feet of beachfront. and you still have to get to the Morning Star section for the beach.

St Thomas is a vast contrast to Aruba. We prefer Aruba. The people are friendlier, it's easier to navigate around the island and less crowded. Also, I definitely prefer the beaches in Aruba. Don't get me wrong, we did enjoy our time in St Thomas.

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4. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

The Stellaris is a large, beautiful property. We have been there for the casino and dinner in a few of the restaurants in the past. I don't know if you are looking for a smaller property or not? Aruba has wonderful restaurants and there is no shortage on places to eat. You can easily leave the property to visit the various restaurants.

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5. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

The St Kitts property has property has an adults only pool and is nicer then The Marriott Surf and Ocean clubs. The Surf just added an adults only pool but its a joke, tiny and right next to everything. If your traveling when kids are off school then i would stay away from Aruba Marriotts, except The Renaissance Which is adults only in town but not beach front.

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6. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

Depending on the time of year, the Marriott Casa Magna and JW Marriott in Cancun are good choices for relaxation and food. I also think you can use Marriott points for free nights at the Ritz Carlton Cancun.

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The Curacao Marriott is a stunning property. To this day, my husband still comments (and he doesn't comment on much) that he feels it is the most beautiful hotel we have ever stayed in. Once we have accumulated enough points, this will likely be a return trip for us.

The Aruba Marriott is also very nice. All rooms have been recently renovated, with large balconies. The Aruba Marriott attracts a variety of travelers; honeymooners, 'older' couples and families with children. There are several restaurant offerings on the property, including La Vista, Simply Fish (dinner only), Ruth's Chris and Ketsu Sushi Bar.

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8. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

There's not a Marriott on St. Croix, is there? We like St. Croix, but not near as much as Aruba. They are very, very different places to visit.

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9. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

Hi.

Marriott took over the Carambola resort on St. Croix. It is now a Renaissance property. I have been reading that they are in the process of remodeling the resort. Once it is completed, it looks like it will be a great place to stay.

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10. Re: Which Island - Marriott points

We've stayed at the Carambola. It's a beautiful beach, but pretty isolated from everything else. If you want to go to the casino on the island, it's about 45 minutes each way. We enjoyed staying there, but if you are looking for an "active" vacation and aren't adventurous enough to rent a car (and drive on the opposite side of the road dodging goats), it may be a bit isolated for you. fortunately my hubby can/will drive anywhere!

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