Explore the Island at Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas

By Mira Temkin

Like a fortress standing tall and proud above the harbor, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands  is a sight that simply takes your breath away. The largest hotel on the island with 470 rooms and 27 suites, this fabulous resort offers an adults-only Infinity pool with swim up bar, world-class Lazule Sea Spa and Salon, fitness center, exquisite restaurants and a range of activities. Deluxe accommodations feature an open balcony to feel the warm island breezes. It’s an ideal venue for a family-friendly vacation, couples getaway, wedding or business meeting.

Take off at The Adventure Center

Look for the Adventure Center in the resort’s lobby, offering a range of activities, under the sun or under the stars, aboard their 54 foot “Cat.” The Turtle Cove Sail and Snorkel is a guided snorkel tour that includes all the equipment, plus complimentary rum drinks and snacks. At night, head for the Harbor Lights Dinner Sail Cruise featuring a full dinner and open bar with breathtaking views as the sun starts to set. Even if you just want to shop in the amazing stores in Charlotte Amalie, there’s regular ferry service to and from the town. But it’s the Night Kayak Tour that steals the show. Watch tarpons, stingrays and sea turtles swim by underwater through a clear bottom kayak, retrofitted with powerful LED lights as you glide with the group through the harbor.  It’s truly a magical adventure!

Dining Deluxe 

There are many dining options at Frenchman’s Reef like the casual Aqua Terra, which offers a variety of buffets. Sunset Grill serves fresh seafood, hearty sides and traditional favorites. Or dine at Coco Joe’s on Morning Star Beach.

The award-winning, ocean-front Havana Blue is set against white walls and the sparkling blues of the water. The gourmet menu creates the perfect fusion of Latin America and Caribbean favorites. Start out with a Havana BLUE-Berry cocktail and the Tacos de Fillet for a perfect appetizer. The Mojito Skirt Steak with chorizo mash was delightful, paired with Sweet Fried Plantain. For dessert, the Mocha Cappuccino Bread Pudding and Havana Banana were to die for. Reservations are recommended because this is one of the most popular restaurants on the island for locals and visitors alike.

Get your Heart Pumping  

Choose from yoga, wave runners, bocce ball, beach volleyball, tennis, snorkeling, sailings and lots more. Relax at one of several pools or just hang out at the beach.

Spend a Day in St. John

St. John is known as the eco-friendly destination of the Virgin Islands and an ideal place for a day-trip. Over 60% of the island is in a national park with thriving coral reefs and marine wildlife. Take the short, ferry ride across the water to St. John. Discover snorkeling on Trunk Bay, named one of the best beaches in the world. Learn more about the island’s rich colonial history and hike along the Cinnamon Bay Beach trail for its archeological excavations on the beach.

Why visit St. Thomas?

There are many reasons, but here are the best.  St. Thomas is a possession of the USA, which means all you need is a driver’s license (no passport), the official language is English and they take the American dollar. Plus, it’s a shoppers’ paradise with more bling and designer shops than you can ever imagine.

Plan your visit to Frenchman’s Reef soon and you’re destined to make this your go-to island escape. For more information, 800-524-2000,  www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sttfr-frenchmans-reef-and-morning-star-marriott-beach-resort/

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