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.

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