I have stayed at many Marriott Vacation Clubs on HHI Surf Watch is our favoritePros:Quiet, secluded. Great in October.Beautiful beach, gorgeous marshClose to Bi-lo for groceries.Unlike DVC, grills don't require coal.Friendly "feral" resident catsGreat rooms and sofas, great activities.Cons:Only one "beach" front building.No spa - have to go to Barony Beach.Favorites on Hilton Head:Guiseppi's PizzaRuan ThaiThe Boathouse at Skull CreekA new favorite north of tanger outlets: Jim & Nicks BBQ -- great mac & cheese, grits and collards.We used to ALWAYS go to Micheal Anthony's Italian, but are looking for a new Italian.
I visited Surf Watch a number of times over the years since it was built. We stayed there for the first time this past summer. We were in a 3 bedroom unit and it was absolutely beautiful! The resort has an ambiance with the marsh and then the ocean. The only downside that I can see is that the garden units are quite a distance from the beach and have only a lagoon view, not marsh or ocean. If being on site and willing to be a distance from the water, then garden can be a good value. Otherwise book Oceanside or Ocean Vista.