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Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

We had tried to get into this property for 3 years and were unable to until the points system. Check in was fine, we got an oceanside room in a great building closest to the beach. We were a little early and they offered to put is in another building further away but said this was worth the wait and it was. We are owners at another resort and have stayed in many properties. I was worried about it being a high rise, elevators being crowded, etc. That was not the case. They said they were booked 100% and I never saw or heard anyone on our floor or had to wait for an elevator. The villas are smaller than the usual 2 BR in other places but plenty of room. The lobby and main building are very nice. Staff was all very friendly and helpful. The only complaints that we had were #1, the beach is so crowded that your rented chairs are literally on top of one another. I could reach my hand and touch the chair of the people next to us. Not what I like on the beach. Second, the chairs at the pool. This happens everywhere and they implemented a new system with name tags which I believe makes it far worse. People reserve chairs and never show up. Annoying! Otherwise, we liked it. We love Hilton Head and weren't sure about Myrtle Beach but it was fun. Lots to do with kids, very touristy if you like that. we saw the Cirque show which was actually very good. Broadway at the Beach was definitely fun, my son loved the Nascar. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank dreinhardt
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

As MVCI owners, we have the ability to trade our week here which we have done--once. OceanWatch is perfect for our family of 4. The accomodations are spacious, and the bathrooms are huge! Location is perfect. Pool is between the beach and the villas. There's a bar which also serves food. On the bottom floor near the pool is a market so you don't have to leave the complex for milk or necessities. And there's a Starbucks! Activities every day--perfect for elementary school children! I have attended jewelry making and wine glass painting classes. I used to be the kind of vacationer who would go out for the evening. Now, I like to nest. With all the amenities (especially the pool bar) there's no reason to venture out.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank williamsburg79
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Terrific front desk staff. Good concierge service. Beautiful grounds. Spotlessly clean. And the rooms are so quiet. Five stars for the Oceanwatch facility and staff. Only negative belongs to the Lack's beach rental service. The umbrellas you rent overlap, so you don't even get a full umbrella width as your space. Since the space on either side of the line of umbrellas is open, it's hard to figure why they don't spread them just a bit. I'd even pay more for some extra room.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed here 07/09-07/16/11 in a two bedroom/two bath villa in the Woodsy Meadows villas building. Check in was fast. We got in around 7 pm. The room was awesome. My boys (ages 6 & 8) loved having their own room/bathroom/TV. There is also a TV in the living area and master bedroom. The master has a bathroom and large jacuzzi tub that we never used. The kitchen has everything you need in it. The view from the room was awesome. Your view is of the main builing, the Marriott hotel, and the beach. We loved keeping the balcony door open and feeling the beach breeze. You also have a view of the 3rd pool which is more of a children's pool that has a water play area and a water slide. They have 2 pools at the main building an upper and lower pool. The children's pool with slide (adults can swim there too), and an indoor pool. We only swam at the children's pool the entire stay. They also have a grill at this pool and a bar at the upper and lower pool. The resort also has a playground, grills throughout the property, volleyball sand court, basketball court, outdoor pool tables, foosball tables, shuffle board, and bocce ball to keep you busy. They also have daily activities for children, adults, and families. We loved the poolside movies where you can swim at night while watching a movie. A grocery store is within minutes of the resort. You can also go up a ways to the Wal Mart Super Center to shop. The outlets are about 10 minutes north of the resort. This is an awesome resort with a great location You are only about 10 minutes from Broadway at the Beach. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Stayed for two weeks. Woodsy pool for children was great, play gym was very nice and the grills by the Woodsy pool were never crowded . Nice to grill lunch or picnic with children. We did not like how close the blue beach chairs were, that the lifeguard rents - you could touch elbows with the next person. If you brought your own beach umbrella and chairs, you could not put up your umbrella in front of the stand of chairs and umbrellas the lifeguard rents to guests. You can only put up your chairsWe had to put down our umbrella. The cost to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella is about $100. per week. We like to bring our own chairs and umbrella so we can sit where ever we want at the beach and be in the shade, I need to be in the shade so we had a problem not being able to put up our umbrella unless we went behind the lifeguards chairs and then you only had a view of the lifeguards rented blue umbrellas and not the beautiful ocean we came to see. Will not go back because of this.

Room Tip: Use the early bird specials at the restaurants so you can get back and walk the beach in the early evening and enjoy the sunset.
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Thank betty r
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