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#1 caroline

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    Posted 15 August 2008 - 12:15 PM

    My FI and I are hoping to take advantage of his Marriott rewards points for our honeymoon (aswell as Mileage points for our air to wherever) and I'm looking for suggestions for Marriott locations - that don't have that "hotel" feel and would be suitable for a romantic HM.

    Aruba, Curacao, USVI, Grand Cayman, Hawaii (the big advantage of HI being that in air-miles, it's part of the US!) Even considered Phuket - but the travel time is SO long!

    If anyone has any experience with any of the above mentioned, could you share your thoughts.

    Also, anyone know about Marriott All-inclusive packages? I believe it's called the "Escape" package

    #2 Yari

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      Posted 15 August 2008 - 12:28 PM

      We are going to Curacao for our HM and used my FI's Marriott points. We got an ocean view room for one week. I am so freaking excited.

      We also used his miles to fly us first class. Basically our whole honeymoon is FREE! Well except for the food and drink part.

      #3 caroline

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        Posted 15 August 2008 - 12:41 PM

        Yari,

        I visited Curacao (for a day trip whilst on a cruise) and it was BEAUTIFUL! One of my favourites, actually.

        I believe that they have an AI plan - and was wondering how you go about getting it... If you can "upgrade" with more Marriott points or pay a fee (I know that their Portofino restaurant requires a $20 surcharge, so they definately do AI)

        We plan to do the same as you in regard to trying to upgrade to first class - but man! Going to Curacao sure blows a lot more points than HI - which I've heard is SUPER expensive, so maybe it all evens out! What to do?!!!

        When is your HM, btw?

        #4 Yari

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          Posted 15 August 2008 - 12:57 PM

          We looked into the AI but decided against it...wasn't worth the points. Plus we figured we wanted to explore the island and not be stuck at their restaurants. Also, since that is the only thing we are paying for, might as well splurge.

          Our HM will start on October 11th!!! I can't wait.

          Since we booked early the first class points were only 50K. Not too bad. My FI travels every other week, so he racks up points quick. Thankfully!

          #5 FutureMrs.L

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            Posted 15 August 2008 - 01:36 PM

            St. Kitts has an AI Marriott. My FH has been to the surf club and ocean club many times in Aruba. His parents swear by it and go several times a year. We have been looking into the different time shares. Frenchman's Reef and Cove in St. Thomas look so nice. We can't get into the cove, so we are back at square one for honeymoon planning again.

            #6 caroline

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              Posted 15 August 2008 - 01:45 PM

              Well, for the dates we're looking at (late Dec/early Jan) the only ones available with points (that are not obscene) are USVI fishermans wharf and St. Kitts Royal Beach... Must have another look at HI...

              ANYONE been to the Marriotts in Hawaii!!!

              #7 Yari

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                Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:11 PM

                I have been on a tour at the one in Kauai...very nice!

                #8 Banana11

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                  Posted 15 August 2008 - 09:26 PM

                  I went to a wedding off a cruise and it was held at Frenchman's Reef Marriott in USVI. So gorgeous! Here are a few pics...

                  The beach
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                  A view from the pool and gazebo area
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                  #9 marciaP.540

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                    Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:00 AM

                    We are going to spent our honeymoon on the beautiful island ofCuracao. Therefore we have chosen the 'Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino' because we both love this beautiful Resort. We have already spent an amazing vacation there and thought that this is the right place for our honeymoon. I am so excited and hardly can't wait.




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