by Amanda Geronikos
If you’re traveling with a large group and looking for luxury in St. Thomas –part of the U.S. Virgin Islands — look no further than Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove. Many of the hotel’s deluxe villas are individually owned, yet all of them feature the same furnishings and unique amenities found at Marriott Hotels.
The resort is located on the same property as Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef, and guests are welcome to use some of the services there, including the top-notch restaurants. You won’t likely find a need to go there, however, since Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef features three restaurants, a swimming pool (with a waterslide!), a lovely stretch of beach, themed events and buffets, and transportation to Charlotte Amalie.
Our Editor Loves
- Condos with full kitchens
- Pool and kids' activities
- Boats to Charlotte Amalie
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove has a total of 301 villas; 155 of them are three-bedroom units, and 146 have two bedrooms. About half of the condo units are individually owned, though all of them feature the exact same furnishings and amenities. Cribs and rollaway beds are not available. If you're traveling with a baby, bring your own Pack 'n Play, but know you won't likely need a rollaway bed with the amount of space that is offered.
Amenities in each room include several flat-screen TVs and DVD players, fully equipped kitchens, spacious dining and living areas and private terraces (sometimes two per room). Each unit has at least one bathroom with a tub.
These units typically sleep up to eight guests.
These rooms can sleep a maximum of 12 guests.
Island is still struggling to reopen its restaurants, hotels, etc. since the destructive hurricanes, so onsite amenities were limited to one restaurant and nothing else. Good food though! The resort is somewhat isolated with nowhere to really walk or go without a car or taxi. However, beautiful room, beautiful views, and very hospitable people! We’d likely go back when the companion hotel reopens, hopefully in 2020.
by Scott T
We spent the week of Thanksgiving 2018 at the Marriott Vacation Club in St Thomas. The resort is small with a great pool area, restaurant and activities. Our 2 bedroom condo was roomy enough for 6 people to enjoy, cook, shower and hang out. The beaches in front of the resort have been eroded away from the Hurricanes in 2017 and the adjacent Marriott Hotel is still closed. The staff at the resort is amazing and we will definitely return. The best beaches are worth a car ride anyhow. The resort is convenience to downtown, cruise ship shopping
The resort's Olympic-size pool borders the ocean and seemingly glistens beneath the sun, inviting families to relax. Kids especially enjoy the waterslide - there's never a line! The pool is about 4 feet at its deepest; there isn't a lifeguard on duty. Adjacent to the pool is a hot tub for parents to enjoy.
The hotel's beach is public, but rarely feels crowded. It also features fun gadgets in the ocean, such as loungers and an "iceberg" that kids can climb.
Next to the pool is an activity center for kids, where they can participate in arts and crafts, games, sandcastle building contests and more.
You can easily get to Charlotte Amalie for shopping (mostly jewelry) and dining via boats that stop at the resort's dock several times daily.
Sunset Cove Poolside Bar & Grill
Enjoy al fresco dining and glorious views at this casual establishment that serves burgers, wings, seafood, steaks and more. A la carte breakfast is served Monday to Thursday, and then becomes buffet-style the remainder of the week. A kids' menu and live music are also on offer.
On the go? Stop by the MarketPlace for sandwiches, salads, snacks and coffee.
You can visit a grocery store by the resort (there are several nearby), but you can also make things even easier by pre-ordering food from the hotel's grocery service. All shopping can be done online; an additional fee applies.
Guests of Marriott's Frenchman's Cove may also take advantage of the restaurants at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef: Coco Joe's, Havana Blue, Sunset Grill and Aqua Terra Oceanfront Grill, the latter of which features floor-to-ceiling windows and incredible views of the ocean and island.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is free to guests.
Visit the Marketplace Express for snacks, coffee and toiletries you may have forgotten, such as toothpaste.
The resort regularly hosts themed events and buffets, including an all-you-can-eat Beach Fest on Mondays.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel is busiest during the winter months, a popular time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you'd like to beat the crowds (most of them), try visiting in the fall or summer.
The closest airport to Marriott's Frenchman's Cove is Cyril E. King Airport, a short drive away.
Taxis (better known as "safaris") in St. Thomas charge by the person, which means getting around the island can become costly. Opt to rent a car and park at the resort -- plenty of free parking is available.
For Mom and Dad
Enjoy a cocktail at Sunset Cove Poolside Bar & Grill and then a stroll along the beach, or make a reservation at Aqua Terra for delicious food and exquisite views.