Marriott Ocean Pointe consists of a line of buildings along the ocean front with an inlet to the immediate south of the property. The water was very clear and nice. The beach is clean. Beach chairs (two with umbrella) have to be rented from a private concessionaire for $25 per day, but we were offered $100 for a week because it was not crowded. The grounds were very well kept. Our building was the Pampano which is second to the last bldg. on the south end, with a private condo bldg. sitting between us and the last Ocean Pointe bldg. I suppose Marriott hoped to buy the intervening bldg., but the whole time we were there, renovations were taking place on the penthouse so I don't think that bldg is going anywhere. The Pampano has an adult oriented pool and hot tub so it was perfect for us because it was just the two of us (50+ marrieds) enjoying a get-away week from the midwest. We love the beach and access to the beach was also right behind our bldg. We didn't mind the short walk to the tiki bar and other amenities. The well equipped fitness facility was in our bldg.
The view from our two bedroom/two bath timeshare unit was pretty good in that we could see a good slice of water from one side of our lanai - our room was about half way back from the beach. The only real complaint about our accommodation was that the second (lock off) bedroom's a/c was so loud it made sleeping in there diffifult. Fortunately, we weren't using that room except for the extra bath, but I was glad I wasn't counting on sleeping in there. Otherwise, the unit was clean, well decorated, spacious and comfortable.
Golf commentary - skip this if you don't plan to play: We enjoyed watching the boats go in and out of the inlet. We spent every day on the beach. One morning we playefd golf at the North Palm Beach Country Club Golf Course. Marriott Ocean Pointe provides a list of nearby courses. This was a low point of the week. First, the price the course offered Ocean Pointe guests was initially not honored. We were offered a higher price upon arriving for our tee time. The club then offered a discount of 15% (still higher than the advertised rate for Ocean Pointe guests) and then inexplicably we were suddenly given the proper advertised rate. This should have been the first warning that we were going to have a rough time here, as non members of the club. We were paired with a father and son, also Marriott guests. Our foursome was a competent group of golfers, not great - midwesterners vacationing, but we were aware of all golf etiquette and respedtful of the course in every way. We were absolutely HARRASSED by the marshal about our pace of play even though we teed off at noon and holed out of the 9th at straight up 2 pm. After a restroom break, we teed off on 10 and holed out on 18 at 4:10 pm. The marshall followed us around, rudely lectured us on pace of play (he spent 10 minutes lecturing us!! causing us to lose 10 mins of pace time.) It was beyond rude and ridiculous. Numerous times marshalls or associates at the club would comment that we obviously had never played there. On many holes there are no directional signs to the next tee and we took a wrong turn twice. This was a MISERABLE outing, even though I personally drove the ball further than I normally do, as a woman keeping up with and sometimes outdriving my three male golf group. We played that course in 4 hours and 10 minutes and were treated like we robbed them of a place on the course. We were lectured on how important this course was and how fine it was with a clear meaning that we should not have come. The course champion was in a twosome behind us and continually drove into us. While it is great that he can play the course in 3 hours, it is unreasonable to expect a foursome who have never seen the course before to do the same. He played through eventually, which was fine, but he was extremely rude, grunting as we said "have a good one." My only response to the people and members of that course is that if you are so wonderful, why do you need public money to keep your course open? Marriott guests - BE WARNED that this course wants your money but would prefer that you skip holes so that you don't slow down the twosome regulars who play in 3 hours. EXTEMELY regrettable game of golf and I would NEVER play there again.
Entertainment at the Marriott bar was good with a particularly talented singer on Sunday night who sounded exactly like Jimmy Buffett or Paul Simon or whoever he was performing. The staff was friendly throughout the stay. The Marriott offered buffets on several nights making it very convenient to "stay in" for dinner, but we also dined at other restaurants - ER Bradleys in Palm Beach (Clematis Street) with great outdoor eating area and bar; Jettys in Jupiter which was excellent, and Seasons 52 nearby, all very good food and ambience - and we were picky.
We own in Ko Olina and have high expectations for Marriott timeshares. This was a very pleasant week in a dependable timeshare resort.
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