CONTEXT: Our family and friends stayed at Marriott's Grande Ocean during Spring Break in late March, 2009. We were a family of four, including two 14 year old boys (our youngest son and his friend). We have stayed at over 20 timeshare resorts over the years and own weeks at 3 Marriott resorts.
UNIT SIZE AND CONDITION: We stayed in a two bedroom unit in an Ocean Front building. The two center ones are closest to the ocean. We like these building the best as they are a short walk to the beach & pool complex and to the family pools by the other buildings. The view of the ocean, beach, and pools was great. The ocean view from Grande Ocean is the best on the island. The unit was very clean and met EVERY specification listed in the resort features description on the Marriott website. The full size washer and large capacity dryer in every unit is a big plus.
RESORT AS A WHOLE: We did NOT have any problems during the week with check-in, villa location, item problems, room charges, etc. The service was very good all week and the staff was always friendly and helpful – from maintenance to front desk to management. Our boys enjoyed the swimming pools, the three large outdoor ones and large indoor heated pool. There are less kids playing outside during Spring Break than the summer. The adults liked the lower noise level, but the boys wished there were more kids (this now includes girls) like when we come in June or July.
Marriott had several planned kids and adult activities during the week. We attended the free family ones and had a good time. We visited Pool Bar Jim’s by the south pool several times. Jim and his staff are the BEST bartenders we have ever met at any resort anywhere at anytime. Jim was featured by Bacardi a few years ago as a top 10 bartender. We are amazed that Jim can remember so much about us and our family even though we only see him one or twice a year and he sees thousands of people a year. You can charge your drinks, sodas, T-shirts, and hats to your villa account so you do NOT need cash.
WEATHER: Hilton Head weather was good most of the week. Day temperatures were in the low 70’s and 50’s at night. We had one rainy day and one windy day and a rain shower one day that lasted a few hours. Some folks went swimming in the ocean, but most people just enjoyed walking the beach. Kids stayed in the pools and hot tubs for the most part, with several riding bikes, playing tennis and golf, and doing Marriott (MVCI) activities. The resort’s tennis complex is right across the street and offers lessons.
HILTON HEAD AS A WHOLE: Spring break on Hilton Head was very relaxing and almost all the summer island activities are available. We enjoyed the less crowded conditions and easier parking – like at the Salty Dog complex at the south end of Sea Pines. Older teenagers and college kids may be grumpy as there are not beach beer parties on island or big dance bars like in Florida. We enjoyed the week even more because this was true. We welcomed the numerous spring flowers, quiet morning coffee on the balcony watching the sunrise, and easy access to golf, tennis, bicycling, restaurants, and shopping.
We did the usual HHI activities – an afternoon at Harbour Town in Sea Pines, dinners at Salty Dog in Sea Pines and Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks up in the NW corner of the island, golfing, riding bikes, and a dolphin cruise. All of these are family friendly and enjoyed by all ages. Dining and shopping are easier than in the summer as it less crowded and more relaxed. The Sage Room, off Pope Avenue, is a great restaurant for adults and has fantastic food.
RATING: We gave Grande Ocean a 5 star rating. Grande Ocean is great and the “down to the concrete” renovation came out fantastic. Grande Ocean now meets all the new MVCI standards – granite counter tops, wireless computer access, and all new furniture, drapes & wall coverings. A big plus is that Pool Bar Jim and new pool side grill are here. Parking is some times a struggle at Grande Ocean, especially in the summer. We had to park outside the under-building parking area once due to the high occupancy rate.
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Grande Ocean Hotel Hilton Head
- Marriotts Hilton Head
- Marriotts Hotel Grande Ocean
- Marriott Hilton Head