This is our first visit to Frenchman's Cove. We have stayed at the Reef twice before, which is a fantastic property as well, but wanted the convenience of the timeshare with a full kitchen and laundry. We were happy to get into the Cove for this week of Thanksgiving and are loving our stay here.
The villas are a bit smaller than at some other resorts but there is still ample space to spread out in the two bedroom villa. We have yet to have any issues finding chairs and umbrellas by the pool or beach - even though it's busy here this week, it doesn't feel overrun with people. The beach area is right in front of the pool, which is highly convenient and makes it very easy to split up between the two areas and not feel like we are so far away from each other (like at Aruba Surf Club for example). We rented a car this time and the parking is easy (just remember, they drive on the left here!). Another plus about the beach here is that there are no public vendors selling hair braids, and other beachy stuff that you see in Aruba. They also have a giant foam mat that you can swim out to and lounge on - as well as an inflatable "iceberg" that you can climb up on and jump off of or slide down. Both of these are free for anyone to use and are a big hit with kids and adults. Another plus is that you can go over to the Reef and Morning Star properties and use all of their amenities - pool, restaurants, and beach area. You can charge any expenses from there back to your room at the Cove. Everyone is very friendly and helpful - especially our personal concierge. In our 15 years as owners, we've never had a personal concierge and apparently it is a relatively new thing for Marriott VCI and this is one of the first properties to do this. Prior to our arrival, we were assigned a concierge. We picked a day for her to meet us at our villa at a time chosen by us (at first we were hesitant because we weren't sure if this was sales-related but it's not at all and can take as short or as long as you want/need). She came over and gave us a lot of helpful information. The best thing is, she gave us her cell # and we have since exchanged multiple txts for dinner recommendations and reservations. She has been a great help and it could not be more convenient!
As many others have mentioned, depending on where your villa is, you may have to go down three separate elevators to make it down to the pool/beach/restaurant. But it's not terrible and the way the resort is built into the hill, this "tiered" set up means just about every room seems to have at least some ocean view even if you didn't pay for it.
Marriott did a great job with this resort and St Thomas is a beautiful place to vacation!
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott`s Frenchman`s Cove Hotel Charlotte Amalie
- Marriotts Charlotte Amalie
- Marriotts Hotel Frenchmans Cove
- Marriott Charlotte Amalie
- Marriotts Frenchmans Cove
- Marriott's Frenchman's Cove St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands