It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that during these “mergers” (and this was merger in name only – Marriott took over Starwood) programs usually adopt the worst aspect from both programs and then call it “one of the best”.
Marriott has traditionally been very stingy towards its elite members that have stayed at resorts properties. Gold and Platinum members have not been eligible complimentary lounge access even if property has had one and breakfast benefit has not been extended to guest staying at resorts ($$$).
SPG Platinum benefits, however, have always been extended to resorts excluding confirmed 4PM check out that has been based on availability.
Seems that SPG resorts that want to enhance their F&B revenue and have captive guests like Sheraton Full Moon Resort in the Maldives will start closing their club lounges. They may have to give complimentary breakfast to Platinum elite members but certainly will collect significant revenue for F&B that otherwise would have been “lost”.
I stayed at this hotel few years ago and it is basically an airport hotel and not worth a trip to Maldives just by itself unless you are from the region.
It was full of package tourists from the mainland that were warming their cup noodles in the bar area in the evening (not making this up unfortunately).
The hotel didn’t have a lounge when I was there. It was opened later and closed as of July 31, 2018. It is interesting to see if more SPG resort properties now decide to follow Marriott’s lead and close their lounges depriving elite members from one of their benefits.