This was our first visit to hilton head island, but will not be our last. We are vacation club owners and wanted a getaway to a beach with warm water without going to florida or the Caribbean. This was one of the nicest vacation clubs we have stayed in overall. In the review, I will also mention barony beach club as we had family staying concurrently and used their facilities as well.
The room we had was one of the renovated rooms and the other half should be done in December. These are very nicely appointed and quite spacious. Full sized washer and dryer, well stocked and spacious kitchen, two large walk in showers and a jacuzzi bath tub. I did not like the feather pillows but must admit I never tried to call for different ones. Our room had a side view of the beach and a very large balcony. One bedroom with a king and the other with two doubles. Only 5 of us so didn't need to use the pullout sofa. In comparison to the barony beach club, the rooms were significantly nicer.
There were 4 outdoor pools and one indoor pool with a lap lane in two pools. Water felt like bath watered didn't even need the hot tub to warm up after 2 hours straight in the pool. Main pool had some shooting jets and bubbles to make it more interesting and there was music at times. Pools at the barony were better for younger kids however as the garden villas there had a fun tube water slide and kids splash pad and zero entry pools. The lack of a zero entry pool at grande ocean was one of the few disappointments.
The beach was a little small but very easily accessible. Nice sand and again felt like bath water. It was southern Caribbean warm. Waves were better at grande ocean but not too big for small kids. Waves were almost non existent at barony but I though beach was slightly nicer. Long walk to ocean from some barony villas.
Fitness center was decent but not spectacular. There were plenty of other activities as well. Tried to rent bikes but they didn't have what we needed on that day. Looked comparable to other bike rental places we looked at.
Location was excellent. Close to see pines and an easy drive to shelter cove. Was about 15 to 20 minutes to barony beach on the north side. I liked the location better than the other marriott resorts. Grocery stores nearby were reasonable but the new Kroger was worth the extra drive.
Hilton head itself is definitely more classy than typical east coast beaches. It is hot in June but there is so much shade from the large old growth trees it was comfortable to walk around or bike outdoors during the day. If you are looking for a boardwalk, amusement parks, heavy crowds, load people, a drinking or party scene, then hilton head isn't for you. If you want a fun, clean, relatively quiet and beautiful beach getaway with warm water though, this is perfect. We will be back.
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