Blowin’ in Tropical Breezes at the Marriott St. Kitts Resort.
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Riding out to Palm Springs, California, with my grandparents and mom in the late 90s, I had no idea that I was about to set foot in a property that I had fallen in love with years early on one of the great TV shows of that decade: Saved by the Bell.
Oh, I’ll never forget how Zach and the gang looked in their cool 90s outfits as they stepped away from The Max for a weekend and headed to Jessie’s father’s hotel in Palm Springs. As I sat in front of the TV eating my Corn Pops, my mouth dropped as the crew arrived at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort. Ivy hung from indoor balconies and a boat, which picked up passengers in the lobby, chauffeured people around the property to shops and restaurants; it was a true desert oasis, and one that I had never imagined actually being able to visit.
So, you better believe that I was pretty surprised when I walked into the entrance that hot afternoon in the spring of 1999 with my family, and realized this was THE place that my technicolor friends had stayed. During the next 13 years, I would have the chance to stay at a lot of hotels—some good, some bad—but none invoked that feeling of vacation I got when I first stepped into the Marriott Desert Springs, until I stood in the entrance way of another one of JW’s properties, the Marriott St. Kitts Resort, as a warm tropical breeze blew through the lobby and onto my smiling face.
Like the Marriott Desert Spring Resort, design is at the forefront of the hotelier’s property in St. Kitts. The big open lobby with its fresh flowers, restaurants, bars and The Royal Beach Casino—the largest in the Caribbean—reminded me of a luxurious Las Vegas hotel, except the resort was full of fresh tropical aromas, and the white sand beach was the real deal, not some Vegas strip gimmick.
You may have noticed that I’ve bring up the word “fresh” a lot. Well, that’s because the hotel was designed to work with the hurricanes and other windy tropical storms that pass through the region, so the whole property has an open air element to it that is just fabulous. The rooms are modern and bright and have sliders that open up to a private balcony. Furthermore, there is a relaxing vibe to the whole resort.
In addition to its great architecture, the cuisine at St. Kitts Marriott’s restaurants is delicious, offering up an array of innovative plates from the Royal Grille Steakhouse and La Cucina, which specializes in dishes from Northern Italy. Further, both restaurants have an extensive international wine list and some of the best deserts on the island.
Additionally, the resort also features several other restaurants that serve up an array of cuisine from seafood to tapas. And if you are looking for a night cap, there may be no better place on the island then the Keys Cigar & Rum Bar, where you can sip a decades old rum while puffing to your heart’s content on a Cuban cigar.
And while I’ve been gushing over the resort’s night time activities, let me just be clear that the days at St. Kitts Marriott Resort are anything but boring. With three pools, one of which has a swim up bar, a large white sand Atlantic Beach, and a world renowned island golf course, St. Kitts Marriott is a little slice of paradise in paradise. The resort’s only drawback is that it does such a great job of putting you on island time that it can take a bit of will power to get out and explore the rest of St. Kitts.
While I know it’s highly unlikely, I’m still holding out for a Saved by the Bell reunion, you know one of those destination episodes, and I can’t think of a more perfect place for it to happen then on the island of St. Kitts at the Marriott Resort.
*While my stay at the Marriott St. Kitts was complimentary, my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
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