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The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina, Martin County, Florida #travel

The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina is one of the nicest places I’ve ever stayed. The atmosphere is upscale. The location is fantastic and the surroundings are truly gorgeous, but the service here is the star of the show.

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This June I was invited to do a travel writing gig in Martin County, Florida. I was staying in Indian River County for a couple of days and having a blast trying paddle boarding and kayaking. Quite frankly I lost all track of time and just finished up my activities, when I realized I was expected in Martin County at the Hutchinson Island, Marriott Beach Resort and Marina. Luckily the drive to the Stuart Beach area from Vero Beach area is super straightforward. I tossed all my clothing hastily into my suitcase and headed north.

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A tropical storm had been winding through Florida when I arrived, but it started to leave shortly after I arrived in Stuart Beach area. That was good, because I was ready to explore. But first, I was hungry.

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After a speedy check in and a quick refresh in my spacious, immaculate room at the Marriott Resort, Hutchinson Island, I was starving. I accepted the recommendation of the staff at the Marriott and popped into the Baha Grille. I was not disappointed at all. I am not really a white fish girl, but I had a tonne of seafood in Indian River County and figured I would try something a little different. The person who checked me in earlier in the day recommended Grouper and I was ridiculously happy I took him up on that.

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The Baha Grille was casual with a wide range of dishes and an extensive wine list. The prices are standard for a resort restaurant. This dish was not inexpensive at around $26, but it was so worth it. Grouper in a light mushroom sauce. I never ever in a million years would think of pairing fish with mushrooms. The grouper was moist and perfectly flavourful. I can barely write about it without getting hungry. If ever at the Marriott Resort Hutchinson Island, have the grouper. I had a small appetizer off the chef’s specials menu  consisting of cream cheese won tons. The appetizer was good, but a little bit greasier than I like. The meals also come with a bread service. The food was wonderful and the service was on point. This was the best meal I had in Martin County.

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The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina is about 20 minutes from Stuart, the tiny coastal town, voted America’s Happiest Seaside Town 2016 by Coastal Living.com. The resort is also close to Stuart Beach, The Florida Oceanographic Institute, and is within walking distance to the Elliott Museum. It is a short drive from Hobe Sound.

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My room was in the main building and it faced the pool. It was well decorated, fresh and lovely. There was a balcony overlooking the pool and hot tub area. The second floor room had a large washroom with shower and bath. There was a coffee nook and bar fridge near the entry. Despite my concerns that a pool facing room might be loud at night, all noise ended by 9 p.m.

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There is ample parking at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina. The resort itself is massive and there’s a shuttle there that will take you to the beach or marina. The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina is halfway between Orlando and Miami. It’s a 200 acre resort on an island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway. The resort features 274 deluxe newly renovated accommodations with 224 guest rooms and 50 suites. The Sandpiper Building is locate directly on the ocean.

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The resort offers a wide range of activities and it is also very family friendly. I would happily return for a lengthier stay. The location of The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina is perfection. I was able to use it as home base while exploring the cutest coastal town ever – Stuart, then riding the Stuart Trolley, before visiting Elliott Museum and the Florida Oceanographic. Because of the closeness to Stuart Beach I was able to take a surfing lesson at surfing camp before I left for home.

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The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina

The pool and hot tub area is beautiful. There is poolside service of course and staff are both friendly and efficient.

Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina is located at 555 NE Ocean BLVD, Stuart, Florida.

I was a guest of the Martin County Tourism Board and Visit Florida while in the area and received compensation, flights, meals, accommodations and other perks while there. My opinion is all my own and it is truthful.

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.

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