Marriott’s Ocean Watch Villas review

I grew up in the Northeast and during my college years, my friends and I would sometimes drive from our school in Rhode Island down interstate 95 to visit Disney World and other Spring Break locales. We would normally stop about halfway down at a town called South of the Border which presented itself as a mix of a Mexican border town blended with a simulacrum of International Drive in Orlando with all it’s tourist traps. Heralded by neverending billboards advertising cheap tourist shops and Mexican cafes with a neon glow. For us, it was just a place to stop, eat and take some pics decked out in our store-bought sombreros and accompanying panchos. A little over an hour away from this Carolina cut-rate Tijuana lie the beach town of

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Marriott’s Ocean Pointe review

  I had the good fortune to have worked for the Marriott Vacation Club for over a decade, in that time and to the present, I have been able to work for, visit and stay at dozens of vacation clubs (Marriott and others). I took some notes during my stays and have decided to add these observations and insights on the website. I will enlarge upon these notes from my vacation club travels and I hope you find some nice nuggets when considering your next trip using your ownership. I recently visited Marriott’s Ocean Pointe with my family and I can present the following review for the property. Before I get started, I would like to disclose that I spent the very early part of my career working in Orlando

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Marriott’s Crystal Shores review

My old friend Steve texted me and he asked me if he could Facetime me via our phones. “Sure, what’s up?” I asked. The image of aqua blue pools running left from left to right from an office window flashed on to my screen. “Huh?” But I had already accessed my memory banks. Are you at Marriott’s Crystal Shores? … He replied affirmatively and explained that he had transferred from Marriott in Orlando down to Marco Island. Steve and I had worked for various Marriott Vacation clubs since meeting over 20 years ago and enjoyed the friendship and commonality of a shared career. “Get me some pics from the Poolside balcony – please.” I excitedly pleaded. My family and I had been to Marriott’s Crystal Shores back in March 2013

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Marriott’s Mountainside Villas Night View

Marriott’s Mountainside Villas review

No exaggeration, I have probably declared this vacation club resort to be my very favorite at least a hundred times to various friends and clients.  It’s one of the main reasons I moved my family from Hawaii to Colorado and lived in the Vail Valley for about a year. I was presented with the opportunity to work in a ski town and after a dozen trips with my family and friends to Park City over the years I decided if there was anything better than living by the beach and surfing (I had been living in Maui), it would be by the mountains and skiing.I am a self-confessed fanboy, I really don’t think I can do a review of the property justice in terms of being unbiased or even critical

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Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers review

Here’s another in my series of Vacation Club reviews: The Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers vacation club is located six floors above ground level, sandwiched between the intercoastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The resort’s lobby level and sun-kissed veranda sit atop the Gallery of Beachplace shopping center situated directly across the street from the Ft Lauderdale’s white sand beach. The GPS announces that I have arrived and after doing a few dizzying circles up the parking tower I find a spot and proceed to take the elevator up one more floor level.  My eyes adjust to the lobby area which looks out on the to the veranda, bar and pool area – white light reflecting from the tiles and pool water momentarily blind me and after a couple of blinks I

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Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Discounted Owner Rates with Resort-Level Customer Service DETAILS VILLA SIZE 1280 SQ FT. SLEEPS 8 BEDROOM 2 BATHROOM 2 MINIMUM STAY 2 NIGHTS ABOUT THE PROPERTY Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is situated on the beautiful Western shore of Oahu, where waterfalls and fountains welcome you as you drive under the port- cochere. Just 30 minutes from Honolulu, this beach front oasis is secluded and peaceful. Surrounded by seven lagoons, you will find brilliantly blue water all around you. On-site you will find four pools, a poolside bar and grill, Polynesian dinner show, fitness center, convenience store, golf, and a wedding chapel. Guests can also enjoy access to the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, and Ko Olina Golf Club and Marina. The villa is luxuriously

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