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
- 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
I have been coming to this resort for more than 10 years, and it is one of my favorite Marriott properties. The day trips from here are consistently excellent, and the location offers close proximity to many of the highlights of the island. The Adventure Center has a wide breadth of offerings for families, couples and larger groups. One of my favorites is the Night Kayak tour, in which you paddle a clear bottomed boat around the bay near the resort. Brought my kids - both under 13 - and they enjoyed their own boat and exploring, all with a seasoned guide. A true gem!
A beautiful place to be, we loved our time at Frenchman’s Reef. We had a ground floor bayside room for one night before we moved to an ocean view room which gave us incredible views. Just wow. The spa was great and we mixed it up between one of the pools and some time down on the beach. The shuttle into town was super convenient. Loved this place!
Stayed here memorial day 2017.
I wish I could give 6 stars.
When this places reopens you must try the wings and tacos in the local Cafe. The first day of our stay we stuck by the upper level pool. There are two pools one with an infinity edge and beautiful view. Another that is more for children and family's. At night we would venture to the hot tub. Day 2 we walked down to the beach. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
It was such a pleasant stay. Our rooms were comfortable and beautiful, and the Morningstar Beach was absolutely fantastic. I loved to sit on the balcony listening to the waves.
We will definitely be back!
Overall pleased with this property. My room was clean and comfortable and the grounds were very pleasant. I enjoyed the pool area and the spa. The service at the Morning Star beach restaurant was beyond-island-time slow, but the staff at the rest of the property was kind for the most part. I was disappointed at check out time by the front desk staff. I inquired ahead of time about a courtesy room for showering and changing since I had a late afternoon flight and was assured that one would be available. When the time came, there were too many people in line for the courtesy room to accommodate everyone. After waiting for about 30 minutes and repeatedly checking with the front desk, I had to find an alternate solution. The front staff at this point was unconcerned about the guests waiting to shower/change in order to make flights. This was really disappointing as the expectation had been previously set that this would be a workable option. Outside of that, I was pleased with the guest rooms, food and common areas of the property.