We traded our timeshare week in Myrtle Beach, for a week on Hilton Head Island for a change of pace. My family and I really enjoyed Marriott's Grande Ocean. First of all, the villa was huge! We stayed in the Laughing Gull building and our villa overlooked the putting green near the Dolphin Pool. Parking is available outside the building as well as under. So, first floor villas are actually on the second level. The grounds were clean and well maintained. The pools (I believe) are heated and seemed to be the salt water variety, which was easy on the skin.
Biking: You MUST rent a bike and ride through Sea Pines Nature preserve. I was stupid and rented a bike for $10/day....I should have done the much better deal of $30/week...I would have rode more. You can bike pretty much anywhere on the island. The paths are paved and fairly flat. One day I biked from Grand Ocean to Marriott's Barony Beach and also Surfwatch to check out those Marriott properties..around 8 miles each way from Grande Ocean...but an easy ride.
The beach at Grande Ocean is fantastic. Very wide and you can wade out quite far before the water gets deep. You can rent chairs and umbrellas, or bring your own. Many people brought those 10' x 10' fold up tents you see at tailgate parties..I may have to do that next time.
The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable.
My wife enjoyed Pool Bar Jim's...good drinks, and live music.
Downside......the poolside restaurant closes at 4:00?!?!? You can get food until 9:00 or 10:00 at the Marketplace...but kind of inconvenient.
Downside 2: Parking. If you go out to eat and come back around 9:30 or later, parking is scarce. Overflow parking available across the street from the resort.
This is certainly a first class operation...just like what you would expect from a Marriott Timeshare.
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Grande Ocean Hotel Hilton Head
- Marriotts Hilton Head
- Marriotts Hotel Grande Ocean
- Marriott Hilton Head