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Marriott's Grande Ocean
Ranked #4 of 28 Hotels in Hilton Head
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124 reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

I simply don't have enough praise for this resort - something I haven't given out often. The rooms were spectacular; the grounds are stunning and the staff could not have been more pleasant or accommodating. This is absolutely a first class resort. We stayed five nights on the lagoon side of the property. We had a beautiful balcony to enjoy the evening and the South Carolina peepers. We did visit in high season so pool chairs were typically filled, but we managed to find seats every day. The beach is beautiful and there we weren't able to get seats as they were all rented. The activities were great and our teenage kids studied the activities listing daily to plan their day the next day. The fitness center is spectacular with a five star expansive view of the ocean. The food at the Market was great and my kids enjoyed getting a milkshake or a sandwich to enjoy at the pool. Pool Bar Jim's makes you feel like you are somewhere in the Caribbean with their exotic drinks and fresh fruit specialities. Live music throughout the week brought great energy to the pool deck. We would absolutely - categorically - return and would highly highly recommend the resort to others. Note you can rent bikes on premises; free wifi is included as is free parking. I especially appreciated the emails in the days ahead of our visit with suggestions for our trip and questionnaire about our preferences for our room. Excellent..excellent...excellent. Great job team Marriott! Made me proud to be an Elite rewards member.

Room Tip: lagoon side was more recently renovated
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Our family has been vacationing on Hilton Head for 25 plus years. We have stayed on other Marriott properties throughout the island. This was our first stay at the Grande Ocean. We loved everything about it. The villas were huge and well maintained and equipped. The amenities and pools were a bonus. They have wonderful activities for all ages! We loved the location as well. We were a walk away from Coligny Park and very close to Sea Pines. We enjoyed it all!! Pool Bar Jim is a plus, too! We loved everything and all they offered. We will be back! It is by far the best place we have stayed at!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

My grandmother owns a timeshare here and we have visited lots. There is a convenience store pizza hut and a small burgers/dogs restaurant right on the resort. There are plenty of activities, great views right on the ocean with rockers and swings, too. Jim's Pool Bar is a MUST for the BEST fresh fruit drinks!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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chesterfied NJ, USA
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

The Marriott Grande Ocean in Hilton Island is truly a grand vacation resort that exceeds expectations. We have stayed at this property at least 8 times during the past 10 yrs and have never been disappointed. The location is perfect, the villas are spacious, well equipped and very clean, and there are a variety of activities offered daily. The property is beautiful and the various pools always sparkling clean. Plus the staff is professional, courteous and goes out of their way to address any questions or concerns you may have during your stay. The Grande Ocean is the best place on HHI ... always our first choice!

Room Tip: We like the ocean side villas .... floors 3, 4 or 5 ... never disappointed.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Ohio, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

For over 15 yrs been coming to this resort and it never fails me! Best place and location on island!!!! Great staff , extremely clean rooms and great activities fir all ages!!! Beach patrol girl on beach was amazingly nice as was the help around the grounds! Unfortunately we booked late so had to move to another Marriott for last two days (which was awful) different review!!! Now my kids love to come back and feel comfortable here!!! Easy vacation thank you

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed here with 2 young kids for family vacation. Was overwhelmed by all the Marriott choices on the island and we chose the best. The location is perfect. We had a 2 bedroom unit recently remodeled booked thru Redweek. We usually vacation in Hawaii was not sure what to expect. The island is super laid back and some amazing restaurants. The hotel has lots of activities (some free and some nominal charge) for kids of all ages. No kids club but enough activities to help with the entertainment of the kids. Not sure I would want to come child free if you don't mind the noise of families and pool. Staff is super attentive. If you receive an updated unit and other updates are completed it will be a win win. We will come back.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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mbeach89
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We traded our timeshare week in Myrtle Beach, for a week on Hilton Head Island for a change of pace. My family and I really enjoyed Marriott's Grande Ocean. First of all, the villa was huge! We stayed in the Laughing Gull building and our villa overlooked the putting green near the Dolphin Pool. Parking is available outside the building as well as under. So, first floor villas are actually on the second level. The grounds were clean and well maintained. The pools (I believe) are heated and seemed to be the salt water variety, which was easy on the skin.

Biking: You MUST rent a bike and ride through Sea Pines Nature preserve. I was stupid and rented a bike for $10/day....I should have done the much better deal of $30/week...I would have rode more. You can bike pretty much anywhere on the island. The paths are paved and fairly flat. One day I biked from Grand Ocean to Marriott's Barony Beach and also Surfwatch to check out those Marriott properties..around 8 miles each way from Grande Ocean...but an easy ride.

The beach at Grande Ocean is fantastic. Very wide and you can wade out quite far before the water gets deep. You can rent chairs and umbrellas, or bring your own. Many people brought those 10' x 10' fold up tents you see at tailgate parties..I may have to do that next time.

The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable.

My wife enjoyed Pool Bar Jim's...good drinks, and live music.

Downside......the poolside restaurant closes at 4:00?!?!? You can get food until 9:00 or 10:00 at the Marketplace...but kind of inconvenient.

Downside 2: Parking. If you go out to eat and come back around 9:30 or later, parking is scarce. Overflow parking available across the street from the resort.

This is certainly a first class operation...just like what you would expect from a Marriott Timeshare.

Room Tip: If you have kids with you, ask for a room near the Dolphin Pool.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Marriott's Grande Ocean
Address: 51 S Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head, SC 29928-6220
Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Grande Ocean 3.5*
Number of rooms: 290
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