I just returned from the Oceanwatch. I am a new owner and this was my first trip. I have to admit that I was a nervous after we purchased. I kept second guessing whether we made the right decision buying into this vacation club. After this past week I must say that we are extremely happy with our decision. We arrived at the Oceanwatch around 1:30pm on a Sunday. It was a little confusing at first as far as were we were supposed to go to check in. There is a regular Marriott hotel next to the Oceanwatch. Not a big deal. You quickly figure out were everything is. Everyone was so friendly with big smiles and lovely greetings. Unfortunatley our room was not ready (check in is 4:00). This was a little disspointing since we had been driving for awhile. They took our cell number and gave us a temporary gate key so that we could park our car. They also gave us maps to we could find our way around and said that we were welcome to use the amenities. There was a changing room available if you wanted to swim. We decided to just walk around and check out the resort. There is limited food available to purchase. We had lunch on property at the Marketplace. They have premade salads and there is a Pizza Hut. We probably would have been better off going off property for lunch. For two salads and two small pizzas it was $44! Around 3:00 we checked back in with the front desk and found that our room was ready. They hadn't called us yet. I would suggest that if you are waiting that you check in with them every hour or so. Our Villa was in the Pine Building in the Woodsey area. We requested to be in this area because we were traveling with two small children. This is were the playground and kiddie pool is located. If you are traveling with only adults or older children you may want to be closer to the beach. The location was perfect for us. My only complaint is that we were on the second floor. I would definately request a higher floor for privacy. Our room was overlooking the Bocce ball and shuffle board courts. If you like to sit on your balcony you will be on display. Our Villa was a two bedroom, two bath unit. Everything was spotless! The living area was a little small but not a problem. We had a corner unit so our balcony was smaller than the other units. I found it a little odd that the Villa sleeps 8, but they only provide 4 chairs on the balcony. If you have 8 people, you wont be able to seat everyone on the balcony together. We had 5 and wanted to eat outside one night. We could take a chair fromt he dining room but more than one more chair would have been very tight. There is a full kitchen stocked with pots, pans, utensils, storage containers, etc. We cooked most meals in the Villa and found that it wasn't lacking anything. We were able to drive and bring a crock pot, which I highly recommend if you plan on cooking. It was wonderful setting up dinner in the morning and returning in the evening to a nice hot meal. I would love to see MVC make crock pots available to guest. They provide toasters and a blender. I found in speaking to some other guests that some Villas may be lacking certain items. Check around in your Villa, there should be an inventory sheet. If your missing something that you need, call the front desk and they will send it up immediatley. We were missing dish soap and kitchen tongs. Without 5-10 minutes they were delivered. They do provide kitchen bags, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, a sponge, paper towels, glass cleaner, one box of Tide and a couple of small bottles of shampoo/conditioner and bar soap. I know that they will replenish certain items free of charge;however, other items like laundry detergent you will have to provide. I brought laundry sheets (the all in ones). That worked out great, I also brought some Lysol bathroom wipes to wiped down the counters and toilet. If you are an owner or renting through an exchange, there is NO maid service provided unless you want to pay. I believe that a full cleaning is $80, a tidy service (fresh towels, make the beds and empty trash) is $35. I was not sure how I felt about this when we first purchased. I figured that I am on vacation and wanted to do as little as possible. Honestly, it wasnt a problem at all. We actually preferred it. We didnt have to worry about getting out of the room so the maid could come in. It wasnt an issue to make our own beds, wash some towels and empty trash. There is a trash chute on each floor. There is also a broom and carpet sweeper in the closet with the washer/dryer. You will need it being this is a beach resort. We also enjoyed having a full kitchen. It was not only a huge money saver buying and cooking our own food but so much more convenient. We have a 4 and a 6 year old that really don't appreciate being dragged to a restaurant three times a day. We planned our menu ahead of time and made our shopping list. There is a Lowes food within two minutes of the resort. Tip: sign up for the store card. Its free and you will save even more money. A nice suprise for us since we were driving is that they also sell gas and give discount on gas. We were able to fill up for $3.14 a gallon when we left! Lowes sells just about everything you will need. My guess is for the 5 of us if we were to eat at a restaurant 3 times a day it probably would have cost us around $1500 for the week. I spent about $250 at Lowes and we did eat one meal out at the Boardwalk. Not bad. There are also several BBQ grills available. The ground here are beautiful and well kept. Everything is very clean. I read several reviews before our trip and was really worried about the chair situation at the pool. I was on vacation and I refused to wake up at the crack of dawn to reserve a chair. Honestly, we never had a problem getting chairs by the pool. We mainly stayed at the Woodsey Pool. There always seemed to be adequate chairs. I am not sure what other people were talking about. Maybe the problem is at the main pool. At the beach you can rent chairs and an umbrella. We decided not to do this. We brough our own and we were able to store them in cubbies provided by Marriott. The beach is ok. I found that it was a little rough (if you have small children) and a lot of broken shells. It was very clean and I didn't find it to be crowded. There are a lot of activities offered for both children and adults. The kids loved doing the crafts in the activity room. Most are free. Some have extra charges. For example, we participated in the pottery activity. An outside company comes in and you can choose a piece to paint. We didn't know what to expect as far as the additional cost. The five of us each painted a piece and it came out to $102! I was a little suprised when I got the bill. Everyone did enjoy it and we have some nice souvenirs to display. We also did the Kids Night In one night. Its $25 per child. That includes 3 hours in the activity room, pizza/drinks/snacks, crafts, a Mad Scientist came in and performed experiments and a movie. The kids loved it. It was a nice break for mommy and daddy as well. They also have Dive In movies by the pool a few nights a week, smores by the campfire, and a few other things. You are provided with a list at check in. I could go on and on about this resort. There are so many activities for all ages. I wasn't really crazy about the town. I guess its a typical beach town. We did leave a couple of times to go to Broadway on the Beach and play mini golf. I would have been fine with staying at he resort all week and not leaving. Marriott will most likely contact you and ask you to come to a presentation. If your not an owner yet they will try to sell to you. If you are an owner they will try to get you to buy more. I found it to be informative. I had a lot of my questions answered. We happened to go when it was raining so we didn't feel like it was taking away from our vacation time. We were also given $100 resort voucher which was nice. My only complaint was that the Encore Dept. offered us what we thought was a great deal. We could return to the resort next year for a week, also an 8 day cruise that we had a year and a half to use and 45,000 reward points for $1800. Sounded like a fantastic deal. My only question was about date restrictions. The rep repeatedly told me that there were none. As a matter of fact I could request for more time if I needed it. Great. We asked if we could get back to her and that was not a problem. The next day when we decided to do it we called and they told us to come by the next day. They would prepare the paperwork so we didn't have to wait around. I went the next day and it was a different representative (the other was out of town, which we were aware of). This lady reviewed that there were blackout dates (June 9-Aug 24 ?). This was a problem. We can only travel during those dates because the kids are on vacation. I didnt want to come during winter break. Who wants to go to a beach resort when its too cold to use the pools and beach? I was very dissapointed. Other than that I can't say enough good things about this resort.
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