by Amanda Geronikos
Located in Panama City Beach, Marriott’s Legends Edge at Bay Point offers deluxe villas that sleep up to eight guests and provide fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers. The hotel also a zero-entry outdoor pool and children’s pool, fitness center and an onsite marketplace with meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are two golf courses located next to the resort.
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Our Editor Loves
- Villas that sleep up to 8
- Zero-entry outdoor pool
- Onsite marketplace
- Family Room 5+
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
- Spacious two-bedroom villas
- Array of complimentary kids activities
- Quiet side of Panama City Beach
- In-room washer and dryer (detergent provided)
- No shops or restaurants within walking distance (until Sheraton re-opens)
- Exterior construction lingering
- No work station outside the dining room table
- Long wait for elevator at peak times
Marriott Vacation Club consistently delivers a memorable experience, and the Legends Edge is certainly on the edge of legendary. I have stayed at several Vacation Clubs from Orlando to Palm Springs to Phuket. While this one may not be the all-time favorite it is certainly in the top decile of hotels.
Our drive to Panama City took us through hurricane-ravaged areas which elevated my concern for the state of the property. As an important side note, the devastation was astonishing. It was quite sad to see the remnants of Hurricane Michael. As we approached the hotel there was a former fairway littered with tree branches and overgrown grass, so I was naturally a bit concerned. There were also several condo complexes that looked to be closed. But the Marriott Vacation Club looked just fine sans the construction equipment on the far end of the property – more on this later. If I had landed on the property and not seen the equipment I would have never known about the hurricane. Suffice to say it was a bit of a relief.
Our room was ready just before the 3pm check-in, and they honored our request for a high floor room. The property consists of two buildings which surround the pool. It is the smallest Vacation Club in the Marriott system and certainly has a more intimate feel. The main difference between the buildings is the balcony layout. All rooms have patios or screened-in balconies, but the Azalea building’s balconies do not share a wall with the adjacent room. These balconies feel a bit more private. All balconies had outdoor lighting and a fan. The only issue with the building design is that there is only one elevator for the entire building. This made for a few long waits. The elevator is also quick to close, so be careful with kids.
The two-bedroom villa is intelligently designed. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with two sinks and a large soaking tub. There was one large chair in the corner. The second bedroom includes a pullout sofa which can accommodate an additional person or two. The bathroom is accessible from the bedroom as well as the living area, so it is convenient if you have any visitors. I found the living area to be reasonably-sized but a bit smaller than other Vacation Clubs. The main living area featured a pullout sofa, chairs, and dining table. The kitchen was well-stocked with basic cooking supplies. The hotel provided dishwashing powder, extra dishwashing liquid, and plenty of trash bags. One of my favorite design aspects was the breakfast bar. In terms of in-room amenities there are three TVs, one in each room. With nearly 100 channels and a long list of DVDs for rental there are plenty of entertainment options for the inevitable rain day. The wireless internet was speedy. In short, the two-bedroom villas are self-contained apartments that should fulfill most needs for a week.
The villas themselves are a refuge of relaxation, but perhaps the best part of the Vacation Club is beyond the room. The pool was never too crowded during our 8 days, and we did not have a problem finding chairs together. This is a welcome departure from previous experiences where all chairs are reserved before breakfast. The walk-in pool is ideal for kids, and our son enjoyed splashing while walking. The pool temperature was also walk-in warm, so minimal adjustment was necessary. There were various pool activities throughout the week. Bingo was the highlight, and there were several other games. Marriott also held a poolside burger and hot dog lunch twice. The cost ranged from $2 for a hot dog to $7 for a burger – very reasonable. Beyond the pool, the hotel orchestrated a wide range of activities for all ages. A free pancake breakfast was served on Saturday morning, and a magician entertained the kids while we enjoyed our pancakes.
The hotel is on the tip of Bay Point, adjacent to a golf course. It used to be a 36-hole course, but the hurricane damage meant that only one has reopened. The Sheraton resort was also still under reconstruction. The good news about the location is that it was very peaceful. There are plenty of walking paths for a morning stroll or run. The bad news is that a car is essential. The nearest grocery store is a 5-minute drive, and most of the good dining choices are 10-15 minutes.
In summary, the Marriott Vacation Club delivered a memorable vacation experience. This property did so many of the small things well. There are some minor inconveniences, but this Marriott is certainly on the edge of legendary.
Very nice facility. There are 2 six story buildings with a total of 81 rooms (or villas in MVC terms) both overlook the pool and spa and the activities building. The Admin building is across the parking lot. Every Villa is the same and consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, living area, balcony and washer/dryer. The kitchen is fully furnished. There are a number of Grills available for guests as well as a Fitness Center and a Fire Pit for evening enjoyment. The staff is very friendly and helpfull. The Concierge - Debbie - is outstanding. She has been there since it opened and is a fountain of knowledge. From the best restaurants to places to see. As with most MVC's there is a constant stream of activities on the schedule. Something for everyone. This is our 3rd week long stay and we thououghly enjoy it. It did suffer some damage from the hurricane in Oct 2018 but nowhere near as bad as other close by facilities. I believe they were closed for about 4 weeks. We spent a lot of time just relaxing around and in the pool. WiFi is free and works very well.