Like we recently did for Latin America, Travel Agent put the representatives of Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts on the spot by asking for the company's top hotels for Millennials heading to the Caribbean.
Read on to see how to sell each of the four hotels they mentioned, from the swanky W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island to perhaps the trendiest Marriott hotel for Millennials, the AC Hotel San Juan Condado.
In no particular order, here are the four most solid Marriott hotels to pitch to Caribbean-bound Millennials.
AC Hotel San Juan Condado
The AC Hotel San Juan Condado is Marriott's latest property in Puerto Rico.
The 233-room hotel is located in the bustling Condado District, a neighborhood known for its fun nightlife and entertainment.
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Head up to the 9,000 square-foot rooftop terrace for a swim in the pool or grab a bite and a drink from the AC Lounge. A signature element of the AC Hotel San Juan Condado, the AC Lounge is a twist on the traditional hotel bar: it includes tapas, local artisanal beer, specialty wines on tap and signature cocktails, curated and prepared fresh by the hotel’s resident mixologist.
On selected evenings, the rooftop becomes a lounge, with a DJ spinning the latest local and international beats.
Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire
Bonaire’s very first branded hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire, is a must for Millennials seeking a tropical getaway with a dose of adventure and local culture.
Located just minutes from downtown Kralendijk, which offers bars, restaurants, shopping and more, this brand new hotel is a laid-back home base that’s close to all the action.
When they’re not busy diving or snorkeling via the hotel’s onsite dive shop, guests can sip cocktails at a poolside bar that overlooks the waterfront, admire the colorful Dutch architecture, or experience the island’s local culture at nearby Donkey Beach, which is often frequented by locals and food trucks that offer authentic Caribbean cuisine.
Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas
Overlooking the sailboat-dotted Charlotte Amalie Harbor in downtown St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is just a short boat ride away from some of the Caribbean’s most Instagram-worthy views.
The 470-room resort, which was recently included on Nick Viall’s season of ABC’s The Bachelor, features cliffside water and mountain views.
By day, guests can claim a spot along the cliffside, adults-only infinity pool or swim with green sea turtles at Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, just a 45-minute catamaran sail from “The Reef,” as it’s affectionally known.
At night, guests can embark on a kayaking excursion under the stars in a clear-bottom kayak retrofitted with LED lights for spotting the island's tarpon, stingrays and turtles.
For added adventure, Millennials can arrange an island-hopping excursion with the resort’s on-property Adventure Center.
Travelers staying in St. Thomas can fly on the seaplane to St. Croix, explore The Baths at Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, or take a 20-minute ferry ride to St. John, where they can swim at Trunk Bay, consistently voted one of the best beaches in the world.
W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island
Millennials looking for an off-the-beaten path beach will find it at the stylish W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island.
The hotel is the only branded hotel on the small, charming island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico.
This 156-room property set on 30 beautiful acres overlooking the Atlantic offers Millennials a combination of relaxation and a sexy-chic environment.
The resort features a delicious restaurant called Sorce (full of authentic specialties and dishes inspired by influencer Tara Stiles), a cafe, fitness center, luxurious spa, as well as a three-level WET pool with one level exclusive to adults and one shallow level with built-in lounge chairs.
Beach lovers can take their pick of two private beaches, the adults-only Whisper Beach and the family-friendly Red Beach. W Vieques also has a tour operator on property called Black Beard Sports that can arrange hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, eco-excursions, and kayak trips.
A short drive away, Millennials can venture off into town for laid-back, local restaurants and bars.
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