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Marriott Vacation Club Opens First Resort On Florida's Paradise Coast

March 10,2009

ORLANDO, Fla. - March 10, 2009 - Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI), the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announces the opening of Marriott's Crystal Shores on Marco Island. Marriott Vacation Club's first beachfront resort on the Gulf of Mexico welcomes Owners and guests with the latest in architectural design both inside and out.

Perfectly situated on the expansive white sandy beaches of tranquil Marco Island, the first phase brings on 71 two- and three-bedroom villas with a proposed 219 villas upon build out. Resort amenities include a zero-entry pool area with waterslide and lush, tropical landscaping, a zero-entry modern designed pool with a whirlpool spa and six well-appointed cabanas complete with contemporary furnishings, flat-panel televisions and refrigerators. Other amenities include a large outdoor terrace as well as fire pits and barbeque areas for evening activities. "Stilts" elevated pool bar and grill with beautiful Gulf views offers lunch and dinner daily and is open to the public.

"As Marriott Vacation Club International commemorates 25 years of delivering unforgettable vacation experiences, we are thrilled to welcome Owners and guests to Marriott's Crystal Shores," said Stephen P. Weisz, president of Marriott Vacation Club International. "After more than 17 years of searching for just the right location on Marco Island, we couldn't be more pleased to see this resort come to fruition on this prime beachfront setting."

Capturing the essence and easiness of the Gulf Coast Florida lifestyle, the distinctive architecture of Marriott's Crystal Shores integrates and enhances the surrounding natural environment. With optimized views from every villa, spacious floor plans range in size from approximately 1,100-1,450 square feet and offer large windows and casual furnishings made of natural materials, and an inviting color palette consisting of golden tan, blue and sage green. Villas feature a spectacular floor-to-ceiling sliding glass wall which opens up to a gracious balcony offering panoramic views while providing ample space for relaxing and entertaining. Each villa features a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with GE stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry, tile floors and granite counters; generous living and dining areas; washer/dryer; oversized shower with multiple shower heads in master suite; multiple flat-panel televisions; DVD players in living room and bedrooms; and Wi-Fi access. Three-bedroom villas can accommodate up to ten guests.  

Other resort features include The MarketPlace Express convenience store, a resort activities center and a temporary fitness center featuring Life Fitness equipment.

Additional proposed resort features and amenities upon build out include:

- Two elegant pools that cascade from an open-air lobby offering stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico
- Two whirlpool spas
- Fully equipped fitness center with locker rooms and two treatment rooms
- Owner's lounge with large terrace and indoor/outdoor seating overlooking the pools and the Gulf

Located just 22 miles from Naples Municipal Airport, Marco Island is known for its pristine Gulf beaches, world-class golf, shopping and dining and relaxing atmosphere. Boasting four miles of pristine beaches and beach parks within the Ten Thousand Island region, visitors enjoy long walks and shelling on deserted beaches, spectacular sunsets, and numerous water sports activities. Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and many other state, local and private parks, and preserves offer ideal habitats for viewing wildlife, as well as outdoor recreation such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating. For more information, please visit

About Marriott Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club is the recognized worldwide leader in vacation ownership with a program highly regarded for its quality and unique flexibility. In 1984, Marriott became the first branded hospitality company by nearly a decade to enter the timeshare industry. Marriott Vacation Club continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of over 10,600 timeshare resort villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Today, more than 392,000 vacation Owners around the globe own their vacations "the Marriott way," offering options to exchange weeks with priority within the Marriott Vacation Club portfolio or within Interval International's global system of more than 2,300 resorts in over 75 countries, trade their week(s) for Marriott Rewards points, or rent their week(s). For more information, please visit

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March 10, 2009 | Marriott Vacation Club Opens First Resort On Florida's Paradise CoastMarriott Vacation Club International (MVCI), the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), announces the opening of Marriott's Crystal Shores on Marco Island.