We go to MOP every year (for 8 years) and are absolutely in love with it. We have gone to about other Marriot time shares so we have a lot to compare it to. I went on Trip Advisor to see if there were any recent reviews because we knew this year there was a lot of construction going on. My jaw has been dropped open reading some of the reviews. So first I want to stress that this year there is major construction going on. The Ocean Mall which is walking distance, is being turned in to a beautiful, large plaza. When it was open, yes it was small but it was great. It had a fun, outdoor seafood restaurant with live music, an Italian restaurant (with pizza place), a healthfood/yogurt cafe, a bar (that was a little seedy), a 7-11, and I think a Subway. There may have also been an ices place. Of course it also had your token bathing suit souvenir shop.
Also, at least two of the hotels walking distance have restaurants. Because they are in hotels, you may not know it, but they are there.
Just a little bit further down the strip (long walk or very short drive) are more hotels with restaurants.
There is also a marina (Sailfish) walking distance. I love this place! The boats are beautiful, the jumping fish are fun, and there is a water taxi you can take to restaurants. On Thursday night they have a craft show which does get a little crowded but sells some food and has a water taxi to the downtown Palm Beach area (Clematis Street) which in itself has great night life and has a trolley to City Place. On Thursday nights they have a free outdoor concert and all the restaurants sell their food in the streets. The music is hit or miss. One week it could be a kid friendly show with givewaways. The next it could be heavy metal. Oh and the marina itself has a restaurant - it is pricey but you are paying for ambiance.
Same with the Bucaneer next door.
The restaurant at the hotel is lacking in its selection. But a few nights a week they have amazing live music. So it is worth it to listen even if you eat a hamburger two nights in a row. You can also bring over pizza or paninis/wraps from the onsite Pizza Hut.
The beauty of the time share (which it does not hide the fact that it is), is the home living feel. Some of the units only have kitchenettes. But if you get a full unit and go to the supermarket (Not far), it's great to cook dinner, let the kids go to sleep and eat while listening to the sound of the ocean.
There is also a bbq area. We used this for the first time last year and were shocked how many people used it for both lunch and dinner. It was fun being with all the families.
As for the no kids pool, I disagree strongly with the writer who felt this was wrong. There are 4 pools at the resort. Two are next to each other, one is at a far building. The fourth is designated as an adults only pool and is used for water aerobics from 9-11. WA attracts sooooooooooo many people. Sometimes you can't please every one and in this case, they please a lot of people. While this particular writer's son may be a very well behaved teen ager, there are many teen agers who listen to loud music and are simply not "adult friendly". They can't judge who is what. Having an adult friendly pool and hot tub area is not such a bad thing that this great resort deserves to be slammed for it. The two family area pools (Which we went to before kids as they have the live music, bar etc), are not rectangular lap pools but we do laps in them all the time.
This is not Fort Lauderdale. There are not tons of loud, open restaurants walking distance if that is what you are looking for. But there is never a dull moment at OP (ok, after 9pm there are). From "Dive In Movies", to every sport, a great playground, a beautiful beach, live music, kids activities and more, I strongly recommend this place.
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