This was our first visit to HHI and our first time at this level of resort. We are not Marriott timeshare owners so I can't compare the Barony to others. Also, we bought a week stay for eight at a charity auction so we were only paying slightly over $100 per night vs the normal rates which are near three times the amount we paid.
There are six buildings that make up the resort, seven if you count the resort's check-in building, which is large an comfortable. That building also has a heated pool, well-done exercise room, spa, and small deli/market. The four buildings that are together make up the the majority of the resort and offer some direct ocean view apartments and some "near" oceanview apartments. The other two building, which are called the "garden view" apartments are separted from the main resort by a short walk through well lit and landscaped areas. We ended up staying in the "garden view" buildings and found them lovely and quiet. They overlook a pool, barbeque area, and lots of outdoor seating. I had read a lot of complaints on TA about the garden apartments and the walk and distance from the ocean, but the eight of us, and others we talked to, thought they were great. If you do the research in advance you'll know what you will be getting. The pool at the garden view buildings was too shaded to be warm enough to swin in in October. If you have young children the large pool at the "garden view" buildings is excellent. It has a fun fountain area; shallow entrance zones, and what looks like a great slide (was closed whenwe were there).
At the end of the four main buildings lies the ocean. The beach is great for walking, running, or bike riding due to the hardness of the sand. If you take a left up the beach there is a rock jetty about a mile up that marks the entrance to an inlet and beautiful views. We were there Oct 12-19 and the surf temp was in the mid to low 70's. We thought the swimming was great though there isn't typically much surf, mostly 1-2' waves. But, on two days the wind and tide had the surf up to 3-5' waves which made for great body or boogie board surfing. There was not much shelling when we were there.
We thought our "apartment" was beautiful. Eight of us stayed there, including one two-year old without feeling being crowded,. The accomodations are well described in the Barony's website so I won't go into that except to describe the nice surprises: a good sized kitchen with plenty of utensils and a decent amount of pots, pans, plates, glasses, etc (bring your own condiments and food); a balcony with a table for four overlooking a large pool and lovely landscaping; access to the balcony from the living room and master bed rooom; two two-person whirpool bath tubs; very comfortable beds; good linens and towels (you don't need to bring any including none for the pull-out sofa); a large master bedroom with a very comfortable king bed; large screen TV's in the livingroom, master bed room, and the bedroom with the two queen beds; a living room with a couch and two chairs; a dining area that seats six; large closets; a hall closet with lots of storage room for suitcases or coolers; everthing in very good codition; and finally a large exterior hot tub down near the pool. wonderful for late night dips. Obviously we loved it!
The staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. Never a sour word or lack of caring. It felt like they really appreciated our patronage.
The garden area between the four main buildings is very well done and includes a small cafe/restaurant; barbeque area; pools; shuffel board and corn-hole toss games; benches hammocks, and lots of shade trees (palms). It was wonderful walking through and using it.
Somehow we will pool our money together and be back at the Barony during some future October. In October, the crowds and prices are down and itis still warm enough to get a sun burn and swim in the ocean and large pools, a couple of which are nicely heated.
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- Clear you mind poolside at Marriott's Barony Beach Club. Nestled on in infamous Hilton Head, South Carolina, your feet will be covered in sand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Barony Beach Club Hotel Hilton Head
- Marriott Barony Beach Hotel
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