Let me start by saying we are Marriott Vacation Club owners for year - but we own at Ko Olina. We have also stayed at many Marriott villas either through redweek rentals or II getaways, so we are very familiar with Marriott.
We just arrived home after staying in a two bedroom villa March 23 - 30. It was myself, my husband, and our two children age 14 and 16. Overall, we had a nice relaxing stay!
We opted to not rent a car, since it seemed too stressful to try and drive on the other side of the road than we are used to. We are glad we did, since it worked out well for us.
The day after we arrived, we had a taxi take us to Pueblo (only since it was closest) to pick up essentials ( bread, frozen burgers, buns, soy milk, water, wine, beer, cheese, lunch meat, frozen chicken nuggets and fries oh my super expensive compared to home, etc - not a lot really since I had packed some things like ramen, cereal, crackers, Tide Pods, dryer sheets, etc). So for about $200 we were set - not too bad since alcohol is super cheap but some food was super high - I didn't care really we got what we needed - and just be aware the crime is high in town. Our cab driver said he'd meet us up back in 45 minutes - sure enough there he was. Just as he was about to help us load our groceries a panhandler was approaching - he just told him to "move along" which he did - I think he was going to try to steal some of our groceries poor guy (looked homeless)
Back to the villa - St. John building fourth floor - beautiful view! I didn't realize till second day - there is NO GARBAGE DISPOSAL. First time ever I've been in a condo of any type without one - mind you I've lived without them in the past but wow. All was okay though. Also - I was surprised that this Marriott does not recycle. Just toss it all I guess.
I had to call for foam pillows after the first night - I am allergic to feather and these were bad. The foam ones were good.
Mosquitoes - I DO NOT know where they came from as high as we were - but my advice - bring two citronella candles - one for the balcony (yes there are two but our kids never opened theirs) and one for the living room. If i do return I would bring them! We all went home bitten up so much, they cam into the room from the balcony and the bedroom - one made a meal out of us during the night! I am fine now (even though last day I shaved my legs, oops over one bite and had blood running down my leg!). I suggest citronella candles for sure!
I also suggest bringing snacks from home if you can - many foods are expensive. But, we bought Bubba Burgers a the store and they weren't much more than home. I had brought salt and seasonings too - but the grills I used weren't the best. We always grill at Marriott condos - maybe I picked the worst ones? There was no salt and pepper even so glad I brought that - also coffee and sweetener we brought, cereal, etc.
We had brought snorkels (Just two) since my kids have loved to snorkel since they were about 5. We just were so lazy that we never used them! If you do like to snorkel, I'd bring them - they charge $15 a day to rent and we got ours (minus my daughter's prescription mask) for $30 or so at Costco. I would probably think about bringing a nice fun floaty thing for the cove!
They do have some games by the pool - one day we played the rum bingo, and my husband and I both won. Funny thing is, it's a small bottle of rum you win, which costs barely more than the $3 to play the game if you get it in town, like $1 more? Oh well, we had fun.
One exciting thing here is the cruise ships that pass so close - some mornings at 6:30 or so we'd see them start - very cool.
We went over to the Marriott resort closest (quick walk) to eat a couple of times for a change of scenery - still lots of kids but different atmosphere. We totally preferred the Cove! Also we had no problem ever over spring break finding pool chairs any time of the day!
Definitely would stay here again if we went back to St. Thomas.
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