Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort
What We Love
- The infinity pool with swim-up bar, tailor-made for sunset cocktails
- Ocean-inspired treatments at the recently upgraded Lazule Sea Spa and Salon
- The photogenic iguanas that wander the grounds
- On-site beach access; plus it's a short water taxi ride to the shops and restaurants in downtown Charlotte Amalie
What To Know
- Parking on-site is free, although entrance roads are steep and difficult to navigate
- Rooms that face sidewalks pick up pedestrian noise
- A $45 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Thanks to its recent renovation and several fresh coats of paint, the resort’s look reflects a laid-back but contemporary Caribbean vibe (think: clean lines and cool, watery colors). An airy, stone-tiled lobby has panoramic views of the harbor, and exterior passageways link the separate whitewashed buildings, allowing tropical breezes to waft through public spaces. Outdoors, sleek, dark wicker furniture is upholstered in the resort’s signature aqua palette, while warm globe lighting adds a romantic touch.
Bed and Bath
The 478 rooms and suites that make up Frenchman’s Reef and the adjoining beachside Morning Star Resort come in a soothing array of aqua, sage and ivory. Frenchman’s Reef’s guestrooms (some of which have sea views) are an expansive 400 square feet, while all rooms at the Morning Star include a 40-square-foot balcony that are steps to the sand. Suites start at 710 square feet and come with outdoor balcony space and separate living rooms. Contemporary creature comforts — ergonomic work spaces, high-def LCD TVs, luxury bath products and rainfall showerheads across the board — come standard.
The 2011 renovation added an abundance of facilities, from the pampering spa and salon to two new pools (including an infinity pool with the swim-up Azul Pool Bar). The 4,000-square-foot spa welcomes overtaxed guests with a slate of sea-inspired services, a private pool, a cold plunge, a Jacuzzi and a steam room (book a seaside massage in one of the cabanas for a truly relaxing experience). In the main Frenchman’s Reef wing, the Aqua Terra Oceanfront Grill serves up a daily breakfast buffet plus American favorites and harbor views. The open-air Sunset Grill slings the usual array of frozen cocktails and lunch bites, while Presto’s Marketplace, a gift shop/snack bar/café, is convenient for quick bites or picnic provisions. At the Morning Star Beach Club, guests can dine at hip Havana Blue, a Cuban-Caribbean restaurant with a distinctly exotic vibe (and delicious fresh-catch ceviche with yucca). Of course, they can also just hit the pristine sands of Morning Star Beach and leave all the mod cons for another day.
In the Area
Downtown Charlotte Amalie and its assemblage of luxury shops, restaurants, and historical sights is just a short cab ride away. Yacht Haven Grande, a marina cum shopping center perched alongside the harbor, carries outposts of posh labels Coach, BCBG and Louis Vuitton, plus jewelry shops and uber-expensive art galleries. Nearby, restaurant Grande Cru dishes up suave French-Med fare; try the mahi and mussels in billi-bi as you gaze at the million-dollar yachts docked outside. Farther into town, legendary Gladys’ Café awaits with the warmest welcome on St. Thomas (and top-notch island food), perfect for a bite after a stop at Hublot. Back at the resort, the front desk’s Adventure Center can help guests arrange outdoor excursions, from full- and half-day snorkel trips to sailing to the neighboring BVI, to a stop at St. Thomas’s Coral World to get up close and personal with the resident sea lions.
How to Get There
This family-owned restaurant is terrific. Located in a shopping center right next to a grocery store & post office, you can eat, get supplies and mail cards back home at the same place.
Try their ‘famous’ pink sauce with the spaghetti (Mariana, white wine & mushrooms) it’s amazing. We also loved the deep dish pizza (small just 12.95)
We added Italian link sausage to the spaghetti. Grate meal plus lots of left over pizza for under $33!
The rooms were like condos with a living room, dining table, fully stocked kitchen, washer/dryer in the unit!! Plenty of towels! Extremely spacious! The stationary floaties in the ocean were the best!
Check back in 2 years, that is when they expect the renovations to be completed. Will be phenomenal when finished. According to locals Marriott took a long time to start renovating after the Hurricane Irma, but not only Marriott there are many places that do not intend to ever reopen.