Some travel experiences hold such positive memories that it’s worth remembering over and over again. It was this time of year- Christmas- that we stayed at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida.
This Marriott property is located right on the beach. You can take just a few steps out of the building and be walking on part of the three mile long beach on the Gulf of Mexico’s waters.
Even though it’s in Florida where there’s no chance of snow, you’ll still get a white Christmas. A white sand beach Christmas that is.
When you arrive at Marco Island Marriott, the first thing you’ll notice if you are visiting during Christmas is the impressive Christmas tree.
This tree greets you in the lobby right in front of the entrance doors before checking in.
The tree is so tall and grand that the ornaments can serve as mirrors. Well, not exactly but the ornaments really are big!
One of our family Christmas traditions is to make gingerbread houses so it was nice to see an area of the hotel on the way to the elevators that was gingerbread themed. Along with a gingerbread house, there were two gingerbread themed Christmas trees.
We stayed in a two bedroom suite with a terrace facing the beach. The living room area could be turned into a bedroom too. The suite was spacious for seven people (and a baby)- my mom, dad, brother, grandma, aunt, uncle, cousin and I.
As nice as the inside was, the best part of the suite was the terrace. The terrace was so large it faced the beach and also went around the building. To access the terrace, both bedrooms and the living room area had doors.
While waiting to watch the sunset, I sat on a chair, put my feet up and grabbed a book to read. There was also a wedding taking place on the beach. I watched the whole ceremony.
When it was time for the sun to set, my whole family stood on the terrace and watched as the sun was setting right on the beach.
The next morning, we had breakfast delivered to our room. I had a yogurt parfait with berries and of course, took it outside to enjoy on the terrace.
This is the view from the terrace. It doesn’t even need a filter.
Our stay at Marco Island Marriott in Florida will always be a part of my favorite Christmas memories.
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
400 South Collier Boulevard Marco Island Florida 34145 USA