Marco Island Travel Guide
It took us a few minutes to realize this gorgeous creature at the Marco Island Marriott wasn't made of stone or plaster, but rather, plain sand.
Her name is Margo and she was created by Dale Messick, best known as the cartoonist behind the Brenda Starr comic strip. This sand version was created by artist John Gowdy and sits in the hotel's stairwell, and is a sight to be hold, especially lit up at night. This is an actual replica of the bronze-statue of the Margo character made in 1966 by sculptor Tony Lopez.
You can see her in all her glory after the jump.
It's Monday and just the right hour to take a minute and play Witty Wordsmith with us, whydontcha? That's right, it's time to Name.This.Caption!
We've all heard of those people. They get up at the break of dawn and go treasure hunting. Be we have never seriously seen anyone like this until we paid a visit to the Marriott Marco Island Resort Golf Club And Spa in Florida.
Our man was on a serious treasure hunt. He had all the accoutrements of someone who was an EXPERT at digging for diamonds, pearls, or whatever could be lurking underneath the golden sand of this south Florida haven. Now, he wasn't a nuisance, (we don't think) even with his handy dandy shovel, headphones and all kinds of tools. We were intrigued! And we were wondering if he'd be creating pot holes in the
lawn sand with his intense investigation. But nope, he seems to be a regular and no one bothers him much.
And that seems to be the way of life on Marco Island in particular, which we kind of like and will talk about more soon.
We didn't interrupt him and ask him what kind of booty he's been lucky enough to behold (that was probably a mistake on our part), but that's because we were trying to respect his hustle. Also, we didn't want him to think we were going to muscle in on his turf!
So, what's the caption for this "Diggin' for Silver Dollars?" "They Call Me The Trezhure Huntah" "Beach Bounty Hunter"? Yeah, you can def do bettah.
Help us out! Have a humorous hunch about what's happening here? Let us know in comments below!
[Photo: Chanize Thorpe for Hotel Chatter]
We love us some hotel discounts and the Marco Island Florida Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa is offering a nice one: a $20 resort credit to its Facebook fans.
The Florida resort is giving out the credit to celebrate hitting 2,000 fans on Facebook. But you have to hurry to "like" the hotel and claim your gift, since the offer expires September 8.
You'll know you've really made it as a celeb when hotels in your hometown begin to create packages with you as the theme. Leighton Meester must be jumping up and down in her Tory Burch flats nowadays knowing she is officially a superstar: the ever-creative package-wizards at the Marco Island Marriott have created a girlfriend getaway with the Gossip Girl actress, a Marco Island native, as the inspiration.
For $219 per person per night (based on a two-night stay), you can grab your girly pals and book the Gossiping Girls Getaway, which includes:
· One Gossip Girl Season One DVD set per guest
· A few gossip tabloids in-room to keep up with the hot goss
· Two tickets to the nearby Off the Hook comedy club
Now, unfortunately, you have to be 18 to get into the Comedy Club (unlike on GG, the laws are not overlooked for well-dressed, sassy minors in the real world). And also, we're assuming that whoever is performing at this comedy club is going to make a legitimate effort to kick up some trouble between you and your girls you know, to ensure some real drama goes down.
The package is available through December 22nd and can be booked here.
Since it's been about nine months since the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida put out their Fertile Turtle package yes, a hotel package designed to attract couples hoping to conceive a child it only makes sense that they're now ready to cater for the offspring of these packages. Enter the Baby Butler deal.
Ok, maybe we would need some help if we had this much luggage with us.
Think back on your most recent hotel stay. Was there an instance -if only a fleeting one--when you couldn't wait to escape some overzealous hotel staffer who was hell-bent on giving you "an experience" that you could go home and eagerly share with your friends?
For example, we still can't stop talking about a stay of more than a year ago at the Marriott Marco Island Hotel in Florida. As soon as our cab pulled up in front of the hotel, a bellman was opening the door while a second was attempting to whisk our luggage away, into that purgatory where it seems to disappear for hours after checking-in.
When we politely objected, we found ourselves in a verbal volley of courteous "please-ma'am-allow-me" and "thank-you-but-really-I-manage-it."
Times are tough. The dollar is low, gas prices are high; the food we like is too expensive and the weather is too hot. In our current cash-strapped, landlocked, sweaty and hungry state, we have actually considered hitting the streets with a "Will Blog for Food" sign to solve our monetary and gastronomical troubles.
We guess maybe someone out there was so hungry and sweaty that they actually did stand on some block somewhere with a similar sign, because now the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is offering free food to people who blog.
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Calling all Fertile Myrtles and their significant others: you can be one with the sea turtles and conceive your child at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort!
Oh no, we're not kidding. Their Fertile Turtle package (greatest package name ever) is indeed meant for couples who are interested in pregger-nating on their vacation:
As sea turtles are known as a symbol of fertility, lovebirds have the opportunity to watch sea turtles eggs hatch, right on the resort's very own three-mile stretch of beach, while trying to fertilize an egg of their own.
Ha! It gets better...
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Just when we thought the hoopla of the Lucky Seven (07/07/07) mania had been put to bed for good, we are pointed to a press release that lets us know there are still many more of these special dates to come. Like 08/08/08.
Next year, August 8th falls on a Friday so it's totally the perfect day for you to have your wedding. And the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida has got you covered.
Perhaps trying to appeal to the little people, the hotel is now offering a Christmas night stay for free. Of course, that's if you stay five or more nights from December 21, 2006 through January 1, 2007.
The hotel plans to get in on the Santa festivities with a holiday-themed sand sculpture, holiday cooking demonstrations, traditional reading of `Twas the Night Before Christmas, and holiday craft sessions.
The hotel spa is also offering guests the chance to relax in a holiday way with their special Peppermint Pleasures menu.
Peppermint pedicures, peppermint facials and peppermint massages will surely help guests unwind and get in the holiday spirit.
Golfing is also available this time of year with two guests playing for the price of one. And you can have a very merry Christmas dinner on the beach at the hotel restaurant, Quinn's.
Rates are starting at $199 a night.
· Insane Hotel Package: Marco Island Marriott's $175,000 'Getaway' [HotelChatter]
This probably the most insane hotel package that we have come across to date: $175,000 for a seven-night stay at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Club and Spa in Florida.
The reason for this outrageous cost? To commemorate the resort's recent $175 million renovation. But of course, you aren't just paying for a week's stay in the two-bedroom lanai suite (pictured above.) With this package you also get:
Unlimited food and beverage, private chartered jet into Marco Island Executive Airport, Mercedes convertible rental car, personal butler service, helicopter ride and private dive in Key Largo, private airboat ride in Florida Everglades, seven-course private dinner at chef's table, $5,000 Marco resort gift shop credit, $10,000 gift certificate to Naples 5th Ave/3rd Ave South and a private sunset cruise on a yacht.
But the real reason behind the expensive package is that it includes a lifetime membership to the Rookery Golf Club and Marco Island's Balinese Spa. While the package is good through Dec. 31, the resort lets us know that there are some more "pocket-friendly packages" available.
· Marco Island Resort, Club & Spa reviews [TripAdvisor]
[Ed. Note: This is probably an overall hotel hell judging from this guest's scathing review, but we're putting it in here because they charge for wireless access.]
We stayed at the [Marco Island]Marriot in April 2006. We understood it was Spring Break and expected it to be crowded. Much to our dismay, it was more than crowded; the hotel simply could not handle the number of guests. We paid Four Season's prices for Motel 8 service. It was a terrible Marriot experience. In-room was internet $12.95 per day (wireless is free now in many places!)