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Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

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Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

We are staying in GC for the first time in April for 5 days, and using Marriott points. We have a 5 and 4 year old. Would love to hear which resort we should stay at. Considering the Ritz and Marriott. Which is better for staying with kids.

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Amy

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1. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

Definitely Ritz by a longshot

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2. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

We've stayed at the Marriott for the past four years. This year we're staying at the Ritz. It's 300000 points at the Ritz for 7 nights; whereas, the Marriott would be 210000. The beach at the Marriott has been shrinking. It really feels crowded. The Ritz has a wider beach and has a larger resort. If you have the points, I'd say the Ritz would be a better place for a family.

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3. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

210k vs. 300k points? No debate, Ritz by a country mile

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4. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

Ritz! Beach area is fantastic & so is the hotel.

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5. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

Another vote for the Ritz, if you have the points.

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6. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

The Ritz-Carlton is a 5-Star resort, but the hotel rooms are not on the beach but rather on the other side of West Bay Road as is the beautiful lobby and most facilities. The pool is right next to the beach. A true luxury resort, it is not really "kid-friendly" but the beach is world class, and there are plenty of watersports to plug into right on the property (or better yet, at two properties north at the Westin). Moreover, Sunshine Grill across SafeHaven Road is a most economical alternative to the very pricey Ritz restaurants.

The Marriott is over a mile south on a very poor and quite crowded stretch of the beach, with its pool in a courtyard. But it is close to several economical and popular eateries across the road. Condo owners cannot compete with "points" but you will learn that most vacationers to Cayman prefer the condos on the beach, of which there are some 40 complexes -- but "cheap" doesn't come to mind when describing cost. In fact, be prepared for just about everything to be more expensive than you would expect, as Cayman makes no claim to be a "bargain" destination.... it is in just about every way a world class luxury destination.

And the central part of Seven Mile is the equal of any other beach in the entire world.... you would certainly see that on both sides of the Ritz (and the diving at nearly 200 certified dive sites is unequaled). Just walking the length of 7MB is a memorable experience. We used to have some of the most interesting people as a unique seafaring Caribbean society but much of Cayman's younger generation has become so Americanized as to make them indistinguishable from our own younger generation, although young Caymanian professionals are a most talented group.

Yes, with all its warts and imperfections, still, we love this island like no other!

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7. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

Dobby, the Ritz has rooms on both sides of the road with the cheaper ones tending to be on the wrong side while the pricier 'view' rooms are on the beach side

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8. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

Yes, the Residences are on the ocean side, but are most definitely not used for "points" guests.... And most of the Residences, which cost in the millions, are not even in any rental pool to the best of my knowledge. The "reality" is that these nice folks are very unlikely to be anywhere near the beach but rather will overlook the gardens and or SafeHaven Drive or the new bank construction on the east side of West Bay Road. Not bad, as you still can GET to the beach easily enough, but certainly not the view we enjoyed in the old Holiday Inn 30+ years ago!

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9. Re: Using marriott points to stay in on GC, which resort?

There are rooms on the ocean side too, not just residences, access to which is dependent on points redeemed and loyalty status, among other

Also, assuming points only redeem for the cheapest rooms, you'd get an island view room at the Marriott too. A little closer to the beach but hardly a big deal

Edited: 06 March 2013, 18:35
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