|Review: Marriott Resort St. Kitts (Part 1)|
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Our American Airlines flight arrived at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on the island of St. Kitts at around 4:30pm. We took in some picturesque views of the island as we descended, and as soon as we were on the ground we were thoroughly enjoying the warm weather. After a quick shuffle through immigration and customs, we were on a taxi on our way to the resort.
The Marriott St. Kitts & Royal Beach Casino sits on an expansive beachfront on Frigate Bay, a small bay on the eastern coast of the island. It's about a 10-minute drive from the airport and downtown Basseterre, the nation's capital.
The resort is a Category 7 hotel in Marriott's classification of Categories 1–9, meaning that a free night costs 35,000 Marriott Rewards points. We paid for our four-night stay using 140,000 points.
The property is very large and consists of a 7-storey main building as well as about a dozen 3-storey villas, with 320 guest rooms and 69 suites in total. About half of the villas have rooms for hotel guests, and the rest contain timeshare units.
Upon our arrival at the resort, a friendly bellman helped us with our bags and directed us to the queue for check-in. We waited a bit to check in before Marcie helped us at the desk.
There was a moment of confusion here. Marcie informed us we had received a room upgrade, from a room facing inland in the main building to a larger room in one of the villas with a patio. However, the keycard jacket we received had the old room number on it, so we were totally lost when we went to the villas looking for our room. Thankfully, Ashmo at the front desk was excellent and quickly informed me of the correct room number, Room 1108. He gave us a few bottles of water for our troubles, which I appreciated.
Our room was excellent. It was very spacious and featured a king-size bed, a table, and a lounge chair.
The bathroom area was spacious and well-designed as well, with a mirror and sink on the outside of the bathroom. Inside, there was a toilet, a bidet (which we never figured out how to use), and a large bathtub with spray jets.
There was also a minibar featuring the usual coffees and teas and a refrigerator. In my opinion it would've been very useful to have a microwave as well, especially as eating every meal at the resort can get pretty pricey (more on this later).
Since our room was located on the ground floor, our patio opened up directly to the central courtyard among our little cluster of villas. There was a set of patio chairs and a table, and it was a great place to pass the time.
Overall, I really liked the room and the amount of space it had. I loved how the patio provided direct access to courtyard – sitting on the patio at night, sipping tea and watching the palm trees sway idly, was pure relaxation. I also really appreciated the whirlpool bathtub. So many hotel bathtubs these days are way too small for a comfortable bath, so I thought this one was outstanding.
We quickly unpacked our stuff before heading straight for the beach, hoping to take a walk along the water and catch the sunset.
We strolled along the beach and pretty soon the sun began to set, which made for some fantastic views of the beach and the surrounding area.
Quick comment on the beach at the resort. The water is perfectly clear, and the sand is great, but since St. Kitts is an island almost entirely formed of volcanic rock, the beach isn't quite the "white sand beach" that you'd find on islands with more coral or limestone – say, Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands. I also read a few reviews before the trip that the amount of seaweed posed an annoyance for a few guests. Personally, I didn't find this to be the case, as the amount of seaweed that washed up on the beach didn't seem excessive and could be easily sidestepped.
In terms of the beach facilities, the Marriott maintains several banks of cabanas and beach chairs for its guests, which can fill up quickly in the morning but are otherwise pretty easy to snag for yourself. There's also beach volleyball and beach soccer setups if you wanted to get a game going.
Time flies when you're having fun, and our first half-day at the Marriott Resort St. Kitts passed quickly. We couldn't wait to check out what the rest of the island had to offer. Stay tuned for more posts covering the sights and sounds of St. Kitts, as well as Part 2 of this review, where I'll give you a closer look at the rest of the activities and amenities available on hotel grounds, as well as stuff worth checking out within a few minutes' walk of the property.