St. Kitts Travel Diary Part 2, the Marriott

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway set on a beautiful island in the Caribbean, look no further than the stunning St. Kitts Marriott Resort & the Royal Beach Casino. The spacious resort offers spectacular views of the island’s cascading hilltops and rocky coastline. Today, I’ll walk you through the resort’s best attributes and provide an honest opinion on the destination.

Set on the Atlantic side, the open-air lobby and halls face both the ocean and backwards to the island’s rolling hills. In front of the main resort sits Marriott’s Timeshare rooms, offering even better oceanfront experiences for its members.

We booked our trip through Cleveland’s Casino Sales. The trip could easily be configured through the Marriott’s reward program or just on your own. We went during March, and the resort didn’t feel overcrowded at all. In fact, it even seemed slow.

The Resort

One of the best qualities of the resort was how peaceful it was out by the ocean. There were plenty of chairs to choose from on the beach or at the pool. There were several areas where you could grab a spot, whether you were looking for a secluded area or to be with the crowd.

The hotel has a casino, spa and an 18-hole golf course. There are several restaurants on site, which is a plus for this island. St. Kitts is a slow, calm island without a significant amount of attractions compared to other destinations. Check out Part one of my Travel Diary to get a sense of the overall island and where we went off the resort.

While we were there, we ate at the breakfast buffet, the pool bar, the lobby bar and the Italian restaurant, La Cucina. The sushi at the lobby bar was delicious, as was the vodka pasta at La Cucina. I also tried a Bananas Foster drink at the pool that is worth mentioning.

The resort is home to restaurant varieties no matter what you’re looking for. I liked how there were upscale or casual beach-side dining options.

Other dining options include the Royal Grill Steakhouse and the Blu Seafood Restaurant, which are dinner only options. Additionally, there is convenient cafe where you can grab a coffee, smoothie or sweet treat from the bakery. It’s located by the lobby, which has a plethora of seating areas compared to many other resorts I’ve been to.

Shop the Look

This was nice because during our stay there was a convention being held at the same time. There are a total of nine event rooms that can be used to host international conventions, which is a great option if you’re considering hosting a wedding or business retreat somewhere.

The Room

Our room was spacious, long and nice enough for a double queen room. While it wasn’t the most luxurious I’ve stayed in, it was large enough for two.

The amenities included; a bar area with a fridge, a sink that was separate from the bath and toilet, and a couch and chair on the far end. Another option that is available is opening up to a connecting room to add a half bath and living room area to the suite.

One of the cons about the open-aired lobby and design of the building was that the noise traveled up to our room. I imagine this is only an issue for the rooms that are closest to the main lobby bar area, but it is something to consider when checking in, especially if you don’t want to be disturbed late at night.

My Honest Recommendation

Staying at the Marriott was an enjoyable experience for my mother-in-law and I. If you want to relax, lay by the beach, drink and play at the casino, this is a good destination for you.

That being said, I wouldn’t recommend the island if you’re looking to go out and party. While there are other outside restaurants, it’s nothing like other places in the Caribbean I’ve been to. However, I’m more the type of person to stay at the resort and occasionally go out when I’m with my husband.

I would recommend the Marriott for its space, calm atmosphere and multiple restaurant options. The food wasn’t killer, but the resort itself offers all the amenities you could possibly need on vacation. If you’re considering other destinations, make sure to read my reviews of the Hyatt in Aruba and Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica.

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