WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Fresh from the $48 million renovation in 2011, Frenchman’s Reef Marriott in St. Thomas is the largest resort on the island. Located near the Charlotte Amalie Harbor on the southern side of the island, the resort is a fortress on the cliff with beach and dock access.
When you enter the Frenchman’s Reef open-air lobby you feel the Caribbean envelop you. The view of Charlotte Amalie Harbor is breathtaking and the breeze is delightful. The staff was friendly and welcoming upon our arrival and we were quickly processed and off to our rooms. One group member had to wait for her room and had some difficulty finding a facility to change; however once we figured out how to navigate this large resort, we found there were plenty of changing facilities available.
The rooms benefited from the recent renovation with a fresh color scheme, paint and comfortable furniture. The Marriott’s Signature Revive bedding was a treat to sleep in. A comfortable desk and flat screen TV filled up the room with the king-size bed. The floor plans in the Harbor Wing were very spacious and included a balcony. However, traveling as a single female, I didn’t enjoy the long walk back to my room alone at night. It was an especially difficult trek for a group member with knee issues. Upgrades are available to the Morning Star Garden and Beachfront rooms for those who want a view and immediate access to the beautiful Caribbean waters. The Royal Suite is also available with 710 square feet. King-size loft bedroom and bathroom are up a flight of spiral stairs for those who choose to navigate them. Additional suite options exist for those who require them.