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
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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.
Just spent a week and had a great time. We will be back. Recovering very nicely from Hurricane. Staff very friendly and helpful. Ask for a room on the 3rd floor up for better views. Only negative would be the food on sight, fair to poor. Some of the staff when I complained said they do not eat there. Have been told when Marriott Hotel opens late in 2020 you can go their for better food.
Would recommend “The Cat" Turtle Cove Sail & Snorkel, The “Cat Night” Harbor Lights Dinner Sail. Night Kayak was ok but did not see mush sea life. Can snorkel right off Marriott’s beach. Having a car can make your trip more enjoyable if you like to explore. Two must are Megan’s Bay and Coki’s Beach
Rooms were up to Marriott’s standards. Friendly staff, fine resort.
Restaurant had a nice menu and some special nights- lobster and bbq
Only issue is it isolated so need taxi to get away.
Some rent cars, I would not do to poor roads.
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.
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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.