A short (3 hour) but expensive trip from Miami gets you to St. Kitts. We opted to do taxi’s rather than a rental car, $16 US from the airport for up to 4 people. Contrary to a lot of other reports, people have been super friendly. The staff at the Marriott always have a friendly greeting, probably the most nicest staff of any Marriott Resort. Ocean views are reserved for owners and our 2 balconies had a view of the grounds. The grounds and pools on the property are not spectacular compared to other Marriott resorts. The only spa (hot tub) is heated to 95 degrees. We own in Orlando and have swapped over the past 15 years to many Marriott's. This Marriott was empty this time of the year so we had no problem accessing anything. Cruise ships are also down to one on Friday meaning that a lot of tourist operations like the train were not running.
We had a 2 bedroom villa on the second floor of the Canada House, room 1020. The rooms are spacious, relatively clean except for the tile floors. Kitchen utensils are bare minimum, but adequate. Separate thermostats in each room is great for those that like different temperatures. Wireless internet provides a weak signal so connections drop occasionally. The TV’s are wide screen, stretched viewing (everybody looks fat). You cannot change aspect ratios. The main TV has the 3 network HD stations located at 95.1, 95.3, 95.5. These stations have to be located manually as they are not identified anywhere. All stations come from Miami.
Food is expensive! It is almost impossible to get fresh vegetables and fruit. The Rams express down the street has enough to get you started but the IGA is the best for groceries. The Bohemia Grill on the property has good food but service is super slow and be prepared to share your food with the flies. Cathy’s restaurant down the street is great for lobster. Most restaurants are good with plenty of food. The Calypso restaurant was one of our favorites for lunch.
We are in St. Kitts with our friends to explore the islands and snorkel the beaches. The snorkeling at the Marriott provides a poor quality reef but has turtles, sting rays and some small fish. We were rained out on our trip to Cockelshell Beach. We did the island tour and trip to Nevis. In Nevis we snorkeled Pinney Beach but it was not very good. Nevis is a cleaner island and the highlight was a tour of the Golden Rock Inn, great tropical garden. We have had a lot of cloudy, rainy weather and there is not much other activities. We snorkeled Shipwreck Beach on the Caribbean side Saturday before we left because of the winds off the Atlantic. This beach is the weekend hangout for all the medical students, 3 medical schools on the island. The snorkeling was poor as the water was dirty but watching and talking to the kids was fun. Lots of monkeys at Shipwreck Beach. The food was mediocre.
TAXIS - The taxi service on the island is supposedly regulated with standard rates, the Marriott posts rates. The main occupation on the island is tourism service. US dollars are pretty standard currency. We used recommendations on Trip Advisor for a highly rated driver, Leroy Procope. Specific drivers can be called by the bellhop. After using Leroy for the first bunch of trips we realized he was charging above legal rates. I suggest getting a taxi from the bellhop and asking about the rates. Other drivers were very nice and some had better vehicles than Leroy. We took an island tour with Leroy, 6 hours the fee was $30 per hour. We met other people who took an island tour, their fee was $100 for five people for 6 hours. Remember this is a third world country totally dependent on tourism.
In conclusion, it was an interesting experience but we are done with Caribbean vacations, back to Hawaii.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The stunning new oceanfront Marriott's St. Kitts Beach Club offers 2 and 3-bedroom villas with separate living and dining areas, full kitchens and private balconies. These first-class amenities will be yours to enjoy, including luxurious spa services, championship golf, 3 pools, gaming and excellent restaurants. Marriott's St. Kitts Beach Club is perfectly paired with the romance of St. Kitts, an undiscovered island paradise quickly becoming the jewel of the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott's St. Kitts Beach Club Frigate Bay