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
What can I say it's actually a resort it's supposed to be going past so if you decide you would like to go into town you have to take a cab or rent a car. What I did enjoy was the ferry was adjacent to the hotel which allows you to travel to St John's the sister islands St the beach was very nice and it's actually has it on beach. Keep in mind bring some money because the restaurant is quite expensive breakfast for 1 year by $20 a person overall wonderful experience I will come back p
Well this is not much different then the other reviews. The beach and location were wonderful, we rented a car and stayed in morning star. Driving on the wrong side of the road wasn't bad, remembering to look right was interesting. If you are looking for any kind of luxury or Marriott quality this isn't it. Doors are delaminating, cleanliness was lacking, the 96 step to the buffet breakfast was anticlimactic, the food was fair but the condition of the room was sad. Stained ceiling tiles, leaking ceiling, carpet worn to the mat and tables that needed lots of attention to level out. The highlight at breakfast was the staff, truly the best crew at the resort. The pools were spotless and grounds keeping on point. Enjoyed the beach, the view and the ease of parking our rental vehicle at no cost, you have to go off property to enjoy St. Thomas.
Stayed here on a 5 day flight layover.
It is kinda of a crazy drive from the airport, but once on the property, this place will relax even the tightly wound individual.
The front desk staff are extra cordial, the bell staff all smiles and personality, the rooms are quiet and comfortable, the bed is firm, the pool is relaxing, the poolbar and bartenders make the afternoons a happening place, the beach is wonderful.
That pretty much sums up the Marriott in a nutshell.
Got to explore St Thomas, but always enjoyed returning to the resort. Would love to go back to Frenchman's Reef on my own dime sometime!