This was our second stay at the Marriott October 03-08, 2012. Our first visit to this resort was back in 2005. We traveled with a group of 11 adults.
The party we were traveling with requested 4 ocean view rooms, and for some reason the resort would only give us 2. I have a hard time believing the resort was booked to capacity. We stayed in a garden view room on the second floor. Our room was nice, plenty of storage space and the bathroom was clean. The beds are very comfortable as well. Several in our party had complaints that the air conditioning in their room was not doing its job. Our A/C was okay, not great, but okay. I found housekeeping to be below average.
I thought the resort has improved in some ways since our last visit 7 years ago. The lobby was much cleaner, and the furniture was nicer and in better condition.
We had a difficult time getting dinner reservations at the resort for our party of 11, and ended up eating quite late. Again, the resort was not that busy, I am not really sure why we had to eat so late. We ate at La Cucina one evening which everyone appeared to enjoy. we ate at the steakhouse another evening which was really good. They took us about 45 minutes late from our reservation time, and the manager appeared upset and frustrated that we were still dining after their closing time. Very unprofessional. We ate breakfast a few times at the buffet and it is still mediocre at best, service is very slow. I finally figured out just to order 2 beverages at a time, that way I didn't have to wait for a refill. It was also very hot inside the breakfast restaurant.
The Marriott is a huge resort, almost too big for my taste. the grounds are absolutely beautifully landscaped. Lots of palm trees and heavenly plumeria. We never made it to the pools or the Marriott beach other than to look at them, the pools were lit up beautifully at night.
St. Kitts is a beautiful island. It has only been catering to tourism for abut 7 years after the government decided to stop growing sugar cane. I was sad and disappointed to see some of the changes that has taken place since our last visit there. It is well worth your time to rent a car for at least a dat and drive around the island. You can drive around the entire island and see all the sights at a leisurely pace in about 4 hours or less. I highly recommend stopping at Ottleys Plantation Inn for a drink on their porch. Unfortunately Ottleys was not open when were were there, a big disappointment. Brimstone Hill fortress is a UNESCO world heritage site, well worth a visit. Romney Manor and Caribelle Batik is one of the most beautiful places I have seen. The gardens are stunning, a must see!
Sadly, there is a disease killing off the palm trees on the island. There used to be a spectacular coconut grove with beautiful views of Stacia and Saba, but all of the trees are dead. I was heartbroken to see this.
The Southern peninsula has also undergone some major changes, it is no longer a quiet place with secluded beaches, goats, cows and monkeys. It has been all done up for the cruise ships that come into port. We did enjoy the Reggae beach bar at Cockelshell Bay. They play great music and have excellent pina colodas. A big frustration for my husband and I was that we are avid snorkelers, and could not get out on an excursion due to it being off season. This was an issue for us 7 years ago also. We took our gear and went out on our own in Cockelshell Bay. We swam near the rocks to the left of Reggae Beach bar, it was not the best snorkeling ever, but we did see some neat things.
I find the Kittitian people to be somewhat standoffish, which was the case 7 years ago. We are not rude tourists while on vacation, being polite to everyone we meet along the way. MAybe people will warm up as tourism continues to grow.
It is well worth going to Nevis for a day. It is beautiful, completely laid back with a different vibe than St. Kitts. We were treated to an amazing day at the Hermitage Plantation Inn, which I will review separately.
All in all, St. Kitts is a good island to visit, and the Marriott is an okay place to stay. I do hope to return again someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino captivates you from the moment you see it, immersing you in the culture and atmosphere of this most relaxing and romantic of Caribbean Islands. Our breathtaking resort in St. Kitts and Nevis, situated in Frigate Bay, offers an unparalleled island vacation experience. Luxury guest rooms, trimmed with West Indian accents and cutting-edge comforts, are spacious and welcoming. That same Caribbean flavor sets the tone in our 8 restaurants and 2 lounges. For entertainment and relaxation, the resort also offers the 35,000 sq ft Royal Beach Casino, the 15,000 sq ft Emerald Mist Spa and boasts an 18-hole championship golf course at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. ... more less
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