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Barony Beach Club in the Spring?

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Hi all! We got a confirmation this morning for Barony Beach Club the last week of March.. We had requested it as we will be in Orlando the week prior and I thought it would be nice to break up the drive and stop for a week in HHI. Is there a lot to do around the area with a toddler?

We have never been to HHI.. have a couple of questions for Barony.. it looks like we will be in the garden units.. do you know the estimate time frame for the pool enhancements? Are there any pools that are heated at the resort? We have a 2 year old to keep busy.. I am sure the water would be much too cold? Thanks so much!
 
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Hi,
Barony has an indoor pool in the main check in building. There is also a playground.
The beach is a wonderland for little ones. get a bucket and shovel and your little one will be set.
We usually spend February in Hilton head and it is cool then. The end of march will be lovely. Cooler than Orlando but with highs in the low 70's and lows in the 50's
enjoy
 

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I do not think they have even broken ground or done anything except post some pictures of what the new pool area may look like. I am sure an owner will correct me if I am wrong, but I do not think the new garden villas pool and waterslide will even be done for any of summer 2012, let alone Spring. I could be way off on this, though.

What I really wanted to chime in on was the weather. I love going ot Hilton Head for Easter. You will be there before Easter, but in 2006 (I think) Easter was in March and I was in Hilton Head. The weather was fantastic, something like mid 80's and SUNNY for two days, then sunny but low 70's high 60's for another day and then cool and rainy (think 50's and no sun) for at least two days of the week. I remember arriving on a Saturday and being amazed by how hot and sunny it was, felt like a hot summer day to me. The next day was more of the same and then it started to get cooler. There were a couple days when the weather was just BAD. You should be okay, but I would count on at least half the week being "jacket" cool during the day and even raining. On the flip side, you should be able to count on at least a couple days when you can be outside by the pool or beach. The weather is just so iffy in March and April for that matter. It is either beautiful and warm or cool and wet.

The ocean will be like taking a dip in the North Pole, but the sand will be nice, especially if there is sun. We bought a skim board to at least get some use of the ocean. Not really an option with a two year old I know, but for future years this will make the ocean in Hilton Head much more fun for him or her.

You should have a great time, though. Could be some really perfect weather for biking and just being outside. Not so great weather for the ocean, but hopefully this will be a warm Spring after suffering through the recent more cool Springs. I'll be there for this Easter so I am hoping for warmth.
 

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Barony has a small kiddie splash area and toddler pool that you will enjoy. They have one heated indoor and one heated outdoor pool. And the hot tub is heated. And, I just traded in with a Marriott and got the front buildings (it was the off season.) You might request the front buildings telling them you have a toddler and need to be near the beach. (It might not work but it cannot hurt.) I think you and your toddler will enjoy Barony.
 

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Just spent a week at Barony this past September with a 3 year old and a 18 month old. They loved it, as did we. As mentioned, the beach is very conducive to young kids - very spacious with plenty of room to lounge/play (not like much lounging can be had with young ones...). The tides were also friendly so our kids could play in the waves as the tide came up without us having to worry about their safety. I can't be certain about the status of the garden pool enhancements come March but it may be worth a phone call to learn where they'll stand at the time. They do have a toddler pool near the front (ocean side) of the resort. Its a basic round kiddie pool that's about 1.5 deep but our little guy loved it. They also have a fountain area at the toddler pool which was nice as they could play in it without constant physical attention from us. We usually used the toddler pool at the end of the day to let them mess around while we enjoyed a cold beverage or two - we felt we deserved it after spending the day 'playing' with them. Love my children more than I can express, but they sure change how relaxing vacation used to be :wall:
 

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There are lots of things to do with young kids on the island. Do your homework ahead of time to see what is right for you.

I completly agree about the beach. Great beach. It is flat and very , very wide. Not the best powdery sand, but terrific for biking, playing sand sports, etc.)

There are lots of other nature oriented things including canoing, nature walks, equestrian activities, etc.

The indoor pool at Baroney is very nice. They had good kids activities when I was there last time also.
 

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I would concur about the dramatic weather changes you can sometimes get in late March....pack both shorts and t-shirts, as well as jeans and a jacket a few warmer layers, too. The wind on the beach can make things feel cooler than, say, in Harbor Town walking around.

If it's rainy, the indoor pool is a haven for little kids, but The Sandbox is a great, relatively new children's museum on the island. My then-four year old daughter really enjoyed it during a rainy/cooler day last Feb. It's worth the small price of admission to have a change of scenery.

If you're renting a car, and have particularly terrible weather, there's also a really nice aquarium in Charleston that would be a worthwhile day trip.
 

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Thanks so much!! I am loving our Marriott exchanges! Since we are only about a 4-5 hour drive away to HHI I decided to go when it is a little warmer since our daughter LOVES running into the ocean when we are at the beach.. she is not in school yet so a early fall week during flexchange would be great! We already have MOW booked for end of August so we'll see what else comes up...

So I call II to release the week and they found me a 2BR BeachPlace for the end of September.. I guess I will talk to the hubby tonight to see if he wants to do another FL week in the fall... :D We are trading with our studio so am happy with all the shoulder season matches II is coming up with.. :)
 

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We are at Barony Beach now. We got a message yesterday that they would be draining the pool in at the garden units and would be starting work on the new pool area next Monday. It didn't say when they expect it to be completed.

Changing the subject, we are here on an AC. Our original confirmation specified garden unit. We were put in an OF unit on the 4th floor. I had requested a high floor in one of the OF buildings but didn't expect an actual OF unit. However, when I checked the upcoming reservation on Marriott.com, it did specify OF. We own two weeks at Barony and have enrolled both weeks into the Destination Club. Hubby is also a platinum Marriott Rewards member. I don't know if all of these, or any of these, made a difference. But we are very happy with our gorgeous oceanfront view. :cheer:
 

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Beachplace feels like a real urban timeshare - lots of traffic, highrise buildings etc. I would like it but not sure it is the best timeshare for a toddler. Barony would be tons and tons better. Funtime
 

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Wow.. that is awesome!! We are going to be Oceanwatch next week.. I could only dream about that happening.. :D I put in our room request with the resort and I joked about putting in a request for OF unit even though our II confirmation is a OV unit.. the guy helping me said he'll put it in since you never know..

We are at Barony Beach now. We got a message yesterday that they would be draining the pool in at the garden units and would be starting work on the new pool area next Monday. It didn't say when they expect it to be completed.

Changing the subject, we are here on an AC. Our original confirmation specified garden unit. We were put in an OF unit on the 4th floor. I had requested a high floor in one of the OF buildings but didn't expect an actual OF unit. However, when I checked the upcoming reservation on Marriott.com, it did specify OF. We own two weeks at Barony and have enrolled both weeks into the Destination Club. Hubby is also a platinum Marriott Rewards member. I don't know if all of these, or any of these, made a difference. But we are very happy with our gorgeous oceanfront view. :cheer:
 

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Thanks for this! I did end up canceling BeachPlace after reading the TUG reviews.. I agree our daughter wouldn't have as much fun... another thing is that her bedtime is 7pm and we would be stressed about noise waking her up etc... think we are going to wait for a possible fall week at HHI during flexchange or something that works at Ocean Pointe...

Beachplace feels like a real urban timeshare - lots of traffic, highrise buildings etc. I would like it but not sure it is the best timeshare for a toddler. Barony would be tons and tons better. Funtime
 
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