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7 of the Best Marriott Rewards Caribbean Hotel Deals for Your Points

7 of the Best Marriott Rewards Caribbean Hotel Deals for Your Points

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When it’s time to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy™ points for hotel room nights, you want to get as much value as possible. That can mean different things to different people, depending on their travel goals.

If your goal is a nice Caribbean vacation, for example, we’ve found our favorite Marriott Bonvoy points redemption options based on factors including overall value and style, for families, luxury, great beaches or budget options.

For research purposes, we checked the same date at all properties — Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. However, keep in mind that values could be different, depending on when you travel. Don’t forget you receive a fifth night free after booking a four-night stay. And consider using cash and points as another option to pay for your room.

Make sure to check all the Caribbean options available before booking one of 50 Marriott hotels in the region. Below are our seven picks for the best value Marriott properties in the Caribbean.

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Best for luxury

The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, and St. Regis properties are included in the luxury category. These hotels are usually in Category 7 and 8, at 60,000 and 85,000 points a night, respectively.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

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Only minutes away from the beach with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea, this hotel has an oasis of pools with cabanas and lounge chairs, along with a spa and the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course. The El Yunque National Forest is nearby, and further away is Luquillo Beach and the Rainforest Zipline Park. A deluxe king room with a balcony at this Category 8 resort costs 85,000 points a night; upgrade your room for $200 plus 85,000 points a night, or pay $499 a night. This property charges a $75 daily resort fee.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

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This beachfront five-star resort comes with six restaurants, a luxury spa and a 24-hour casino. The island of Aruba is known for its white sand beaches, watersports and caves. Explore Arikok National Park, visit the Butterfly Farm or shop for Dutch and Aruban products in downtown Oranjestad. A king room with a balcony in this Category 7 hotel is 60,000 points a night, or upgrade for $90 plus 60,000. The same room will run you $509 a night.

Best for budget

Category 3 or 4 hotels that can be booked between 17,500 and 25,000 points a night or less were considered in the budget category.

Courtyard Kingston, Jamaica

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If you want to stay in a hotel on a budget, it usually means not staying in the most ideal location or compromising comfort. The Courtyard in Kingston, Jamaica, is a wonderful price and value and you’re only compromising a little bit on location, but the hotel is still beautiful, with a rooftop pool. You’re in the heart of the city, where you can explore theaters, art galleries, nightclubs, shops and restaurants. If you want to visit a beach, check out Hellshire or Bob Marley Beach. A king or two queen room in this Category 3 hotel will cost 17,500 points or $269 a night. There wasn’t a cash-and-points option at this property.

Courtyard Aguadilla

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A second great option is the Courtyard Aguadilla. Most people stay in or near San Juan when visiting Puerto Rico, so staying here likely means you will be traveling a little bit farther, but it’s worth it if you are trying to stretch your Marriott points. The hotel is two minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes to the beach, downtown and local attractions, such as the Punta Borinquen Lighthouse. Other points of interest include the Gozalandia Falls and the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, both an hour’s drive away. A king or two queen room in this Category 3 hotel will cost 17,500 points or $169 a night. This property also didn’t have a cash-and-points option.

Best for families

We looked at properties with space to accommodate families, along with plenty of hotel and local activities appealing for kids and adults.

Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club

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This oceanfront vacation resort features two- and three-bedroom villas with separate living and dining areas and fully equipped kitchens, making it perfect for families. Adults can enjoy the luxury spa or play a round of golf at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. Kids can participate in the Island Adventurers Activity Club, which offers organized activities, games, arts and crafts, hair braiding and education on local Kittitian history and culture. Children ages 4 to 12 can participate in Kids Night In, which includes pizza, a movie, Wii, PS4 and Xbox One games and more, for $25. Local attractions include the Brimstone Hill Fortress, the black sand beach at Dieppe Bay and the island’s sugar plantations.

Note: Sargassum seaweed is currently impacting the onsite beach, so guests can take a free shuttle to other area beaches. Resort villas will be undergoing renovation between Aug. 23 and Oct. 25, 2019. An oceanside two-bedroom villa at this Category 6 hotel will run you 60,000 points or $275 a night. The cash-and-points option wasn’t available.

The Atlantis Collection of Hotels, Paradise Island, The Bahamas

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No matter which property you choose, Atlantis is a dream vacation spot for kids and adults. The family-friendly The Cove Atlantis is a great option. There’s access to water slides or rolling with the rapids on the lazy river at Aquaventure or you can hang out at the pool. Local attractions include Ardastra Gardens & Zoo, the Mayan Temple Shark Lagoon and the Predator Lagoon.

A deluxe king or two queen room in this Category 7 hotel runs 60,000 points or $379 a night. You’ll also pay a $55.95 daily resort fee.

Best for beaches

The main reason to visit the Caribbean is its world-class beaches. If the Marriott-branded hotel you choose has its own beach, that’s even better.

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

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Situated on the scenic Seven Mile Beach, this Category 7 oceanfront hotel has direct access to sugary white sand and the crystal clear waters of the Cayman Islands. On-site activities include snorkeling, paddle boarding or swimming in the beachfront pool. Area attractions include Stingray City, where you can interact with stingrays, the Cayman Turtle Farm and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

Normally, a king room runs 60,000 points a night, but during our chosen date of Oct. 1, we found a point-saver rate of 55,000 for a king room with a balcony. The same room costs $299 a night. Upgrade to an ocean view king room with a balcony for $25 plus 55,000 points a night.

Category 2 hotels

Get even bigger bang for your buck with these Marriott properties where you can book for a bargain 12,500 points a night. Note that they may not have direct beach access or upscale amenities that come with higher point categories, but they still offer good value.

Courtyard Bonaire Dive Resort

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Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel, Haiti

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Courtyard Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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The bottom line

Marriott offers a host of Caribbean property options, with the ones we outlined above as a start. It’s worth spending the time to research all the options where you can redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points.

Choose from vacation condos and villas, beach resorts or hotels. All have plenty of on- and off-site activities and attractions to keep busy, whether it’s just the adults or extended families traveling.

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