Can anyone assist in helping us make up our minds?
We have been debating for the last couple of months where to go - everywhere from the new Starwoods resort at Singer Island, various places on Captiva Island to the marriott on Hutchinson Island. We've now reviewed this and decided, I think :-), on Marco Island. We will have a little over 10 days (in September) and don't want to split the holiday between two places but will have a car so can get about.
Our requirements are (i) relaxation in a hotel where service matters but nothing stuffy/formal and it must have easy beach access with beach facilities; (ii) some water based trips that don't require too much exercise; (iii) some shopping when bored with relaxing and (iv) good restaurants. Does this sound like Marco Island will fit the bill?
We will have a car and we expect the shopping and good restaurants to be in Naples - I understand the drive will take about 30 minutes or so - is this right? Does anyone have any recommendations for fresh fish restaurants nearer by that are within an easy walking distance?
In terms of hotel it seems to be either the Marco Beach resort or the Marriott. I like the idea of Marco Beach resort because of the kitchen in the room but it sounds as if its not 'as on the beach' as the Marriott is. But then the Marriott doesn't have a kitchen but perhaps the service is better and not as stuffy? I certainly wouldn't like 'rules' about what I could and couldn't wear for dinner so this is a negative for Marco Beach resort. I am a Marriott reward person so any impartial advice as to choice would be appreciated.
Lastly is the construction a problem (noise wise) when you are on the beach or at the pool?
Thanks in advance!