71% of travelers prefer to plan their own accommodations, but with so many resorts and vacation rental options, booking a place for your next trip can be overwhelming. Take a travel planning shortcut by considering the most popular resorts of the past year. Here are the Top 25 Redweek rentals booked by travelers to inspire your next vacation.
1. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club
Taking the top spot once again, Marriott’s Surf Club brings Aruba’s “One Happy Island” motto to life. Set on a coveted section of Palm Beach’s white sand beach with calm turquoise waters, the resort includes a lazy river, pool, waterslide, kids club, and a wide range of resort activities for the entire family. Spacious accommodations range from fully-stocked studios to three-bedroom condos, providing all the room and conveniences of an apartment rental with the amenities of a Marriott resort.
2. Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas
Set on a beautiful bluff overlooking Laguna Beach in one of the West Coast’s most scenic ocean fronts, this California resort is beloved by travelers for its long list of amenities and spacious rooms with vista views. Their extensive grounds include five outdoor pools, hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, biking trails, barbecue areas, fire pits, golf, tennis, and basketball courts. Their premium, large accommodations include full kitchens, in-unit washers and dryers, and furnished balconies or terraces to take in stunning California views.
3. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club
Marriott’s neighboring resort on Palm Beach is a popular choice for travelers looking for a smaller, laid-back, and quieter environment. Vacationers praise the resort for its white sand beach, relaxing pool, stunning grounds, and spacious one and two-bedroom apartment-sized unit with fully stocked kitchens and private balconies.
4. Marriott’s Grande Ocean
Located on a beautiful stretch of Hilton Head Island beach and close to popular activities, this all-suite resort is a top pick for families or larger groups. Guests praise the resort’s location, long list of activities, and well-appointed rooms. Relax in one of their generously sized full stocked 2 bedroom condo accommodation, stroll their lush property or enjoy one of their 4 pools, hot tubs, recreational courts, natural trails, beach, and drop-off kids camp.
5. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club
Located 25 miles from bustling Waikiki, this award-winning resort located on Oahu’s Western Shore lures guests back over and over again. It’s a Hawaiian paradise, set among lush tropical grounds, seven blue lagoons, palm trees, native Hawaiian plants, and a calm beachfront lagoon. Enjoy the daily activities program, 3 outdoor pools, and spacious one, two, or three-bedroom apartment-style rooms with tasteful Hawaiian decor and furniture.
6. Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes
Part of a 2,200-acre residential community, OceanWatch Villas offers a quieter Myrtle Beach vacation with all the resort amenities and conveniences travelers are looking for. Greeted by an oak tree canopy and miles-long views of Atlantic Ocean Sand Dunes, this resort balances fun, relaxation, and recreation beautifully. Visitors enjoy the putting green, volleyball, shuffleboard table tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, plus numerous kids activities. This all-suite resort offers spacious two-bedroom condo accommodations praised by travelers who return year and year for multiple weeks at a time.
7. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club
This beloved resort regularly places in the Top 10 for its coveted park-like 16 acres of Kaanapali beachfront and deluxe amenities. Its super pool complex across 3 acres includes a special section, Shipwreck Beach, for kids. After a day enjoying all that Hawaii has to offer, relax in the plush studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom accommodations noted for their Hawaiian feel.
8. Marriott’s Ocean Pointe
This resort is praised as a relaxing retreat designed with thoughtful conveniences for a carefree vacation set on Palm Beach Shores in Florida’s Gold Coast. Located oceanfront on Singer Island near championship golf courses, recreation, and adventure activities, reviewers also praised the on-site amenities like multiple swimming pools and a kid’s club. Enjoy all the region offers and retreat to your homelike one-, two- or three-bedroom accommodations noted for their comfortable details and private balconies boasting beautiful oceanfront or oceanside views.
9. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
Located just outside of historical Lahaina, this 26 acre Maui oceanfront resort on Kaanapali Beach offers not just views of the smaller Hawaiian Islands of Lanai and Molokai but a long list of amenities to pamper, relax, and explore paradise. Lauded for its various lagoons, kids pools, cultural children’s programs, 10,000 square foot spa, and snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing on site.
Whether you choose to dine at one of their three restaurants, prepare meals in your condo room, or take the complimentary shuttle to other nearby restaurants, this resort brings the charm, warmth, and sincerity of the Aloha spirit to life.
10. Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort
This award-winning Orlando resort set on Walt Disney World Property is popular with travelers not just for its convenient location but extensive on-site amenities. Set on a private lake with lush grounds, the resort offers a pool, lazy river, recreation rooms, and a wide array of games, crafts, contests, and events like Create Your Own Best Sundae. Featuring condo accommodations that range from one-bedrooms to four-bedrooms, Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort is well-equipped to host families, multigenerational groups, and family reunions.
11. Marriott’s Crystal Shores
This southwestern Florida gem is set on Marco Island, the only developed land in The Ten Thousand Islands. Offering white-sand Gulf of Mexico beaches, this Marco Island resort is also praised for its proximity to The Florida Everglades. Luxurious accommodations range from two and three-bedroom condo units with high-end touches and appliances as well as two pools, a grotto, and a waterslide.
12. Marriott’s Barony Beach Club
Travelers praise this oceanfront Hilton Head Island resort for having all the right ingredients for a fantastic vacation. Featuring four pools, three whirlpool spas, a putting green, bocce ball, table tennis, shuffleboard courts, and BBQ grills for easy summer meals, the on-site amenities were X. Young families appreciated the shaded zero-entry pool, children’s water play, and long list of daily activities. Barony Beach Club is an all-suite 2 bedroom condo hotel offering the space of a vacation rental with the amenities of an upscale resort.
13. Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
Colorful Caribbean buildings set on the renowned white sands of Palm Beach and surrounded by a private wildlife sanctuary, guests praise the resort’s location and views. On-site amenities include sports activities, poolside games, snorkeling, and family-friendly activities. Guests can also enjoy the amenities offered at Divi’s four nearby resorts, including Divi Village Golf Course. Relax in spacious suites that include a full kitchen, spacious living rooms, and in-unit laundry and picture windows, large private balconies, and patios to soak in tropical views.
14. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North
The newest section of Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas enjoys all the same on-site amenities of the larger resort complex, including fantastic snorkeling at a reef right off the main beach. Travelers noted the hotel’s signature Heavenly Beds, Heavenly Baths, and fully stocked studio, one and two-bedroom units with thoughtful details.
15. Marriott’s MountainSide at Park City
Situated at the base of Park City Ski Resort, the Largest Ski and Snowboard Resort in the U.S., Marriott’s MountainSide offers one of the best ski-in/ski-out condo rental locations. Featuring one and two-bedroom units with homelike conveniences of a full kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining space, and private bedrooms. Noted world-class amenities include valet ski services, pool, sauna, steam rooms, private movie theater, and an activities area for off-the-slope family entertainment.
16. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas
A newer section of Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, the accommodations in this building offer larger two and three-bedroom units featuring full kitchens with granite counters, full-size stainless appliances, and an in-unit washer and dryer. Travelers loved the spacious 3-section master bedroom and the lush grounds with tropical pools, lawn games, and towering palm trees.
17. Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II
This Mediterranean-style California resort offers premium accommodations in Palm Desert. Enjoy one of their 7 pools, children’s playground, fire pits, private movie theater, bicycle rentals or The Shade, a rec center with basketball courts, and more. Couples traveling together will appreciate the two-bedroom layout of this section with a king bed and sofa in each bedroom plus separate entrances.
18. Harborside Resort at Atlantis
The infamous Bahamas hotel complex that brings to life the lost city of Atlantis includes Harborside Resort, an all-condo building. Located across Atlantis’ Marina, it’s a great option for those who want access to the iconic on-site waterpark, casino, and world’s largest marine habitat but prefer to retire at the end of the day to a calmer section of the property.
19. Marriott’s SurfWatch
On a prime section of Hilton Head Island beachfront, the resort celebrates South Carolina’s seaside beauty with scenic boardwalks leading guests through forested land to the sand. With fully equipped two and three-bedroom condo units plus 3 pools, a fitness center, BBQ, picnic, and firepit areas, it’s not a surprise that 30,000 people own a Surfwatch partial ownership for an annual vacation.
20. Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach – A Hyatt Residence Club
Experience the beauty of the Hawaiian islands at Hyatt’s luxury resort on Kaanapali Beach. Travelers raved about its oversized lagoon-style pool and lush, tropical Maui setting. This all-suite hotel offers residential-style one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with large private lanais, stunning ocean views, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, and modern spa-like bathrooms.
21. Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
Located in south Kauai’s Poipu Beach, this premium resort combines spacious condos and resort-style amenities near top attractions. Take in Garden Isle views from your spacious 2 or three-bedroom condo’s lanai patio, lounge on the #1 beach in America, or enjoy one of the resort’s three pools set among waterfalls, lagoons, and tropical landscaping.
22. Marriott’s BeachPlace Towers
Situated along three miles of golden sand and sparkling turquoise waters, all rooms in the resort offering Intracoastal Waterway or Atlantic Ocean views. Spend a day exploring Fort Lauderdale’s arts, entertainment, and culture, relax at the outdoor pool and hot tub or enjoy the on-site children’s activities. At the end of the day, enjoy the conveniences and space of a fully stocked condo unit that include a full kitchen, in-suite washer, and dryer, living and dining room spaces. We enjoyed our July 2021 stay at this resort in a 2 bedroom unit with intercoastal views!
23. Marriott’s Desert Spring Villas
The original section of Marriott Desert Springs offers all the same amenities and upscale touches as its Phase II section. Reviewers were impressed with the well-manicured grounds, upscale touches, and convenient proximity to championship golf, Joshua Tree National Park, and Coachella Valley. Families or groups will appreciate the larger condo layout in these buildings that offer a second bedroom with two queen beds.
24. Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
The stunning oceanside setting of Carlsbad, California, coupled with Four Season’s luxurious amenities and home-like conveniences of a condo, landed this resort a spot on Redweek’s Most Booked list. Enjoy near year-round perfect weather at this hilltop resort, their neighboring wildlife sanctuary, the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, and nearby Legoland Amusement Park San Diego.
25. Marriott’s Monarch at Sea Pines
On six acres of Hilton Head Island’s ivory sand beaches, this award-winning resort offers not just a beautiful location but a long list of beach and water activities. Reviewers praised the resort’s two pools, kid’s water zone, and 2,400 square foot sun deck. Offering 2 and 3 bedroom condo units with full kitchens, a dining room, and a living room, travelers noted the conveniences of the nearby town trolly stop and neighboring Golf club.
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What if I told you that all these upscale, beloved resorts are actually timeshares from leading hotel chains? You don’t have to choose between the amenities of a hotel with the home-like conveniences and space of a vacation home rental. Booking timeshare rentals at one of these resorts from an owner instead of the hotel can save you 25% to 75% off the resort’s direct price at sites like Redweek.com. That bucket list trip to Hawaii, California, Florida, or Atlantis may be closer than you think.
Monica Fish helps her fellow adventurers live a financially savvy life so they can travel and explore our beautiful world no matter their budget. She writes about smart timeshare ownership, vacation tips and tricks, NYC Metro Area trips and activities, and frugal, yet rich, living at PlannerAtHeart.com.