More about Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Great week in St Thomas
Just back from a week at Marriotts Frenchmans Cove druring Presidents week. Was one of the only "hotel guests" among a sea of satisfied timeshare owners. Our two bedroom room was excellent and was well equiped with appliances and TV's
The staff was incrediably friendly and knowledgeable. The view from and location of the hotel is awesome.
Of particular note, this hotel was probably one of the best I have seen that was set up and equiped to deal with kids. Lots of activities, a great slide at the pool and a Wii in the playroom.
The beach is good to sit on but you will need swim shoes to go in the water. If you want a better swimming beach take the free shuttle 5 minutes to the Marriott Morningstar resort. The pool was more than enough for us
The total resort is 50% built at this time. We experienced no noise in our room or while sitting at the pool. There will have to be some building noise over the next two years during some guests stays as at some point they will be building more rooms next to the pool.
Only negative of the whole stay is the cab situation. High prices for a family of 4 and driving on the left hand side of the road is not a great alternative.
Gorgeous views, beautiful interiors
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove timeshare condos are lovely with beautiful views of the water. It has a nice pool, hot tub, poolside bar, and beach area. The beach is nice for relaxing (lounge chairs, umbrellas and side tables are always out for your use), but not as nice for wading since there is a line of rock (or coral or something) a few feet into the water. Morningstar beach around the corner (quick complimentary shuttle ride) has a sandier bottom. I understand the Cove wants to have the rocky stuff removed but getting permission to do so takes time.
Regarding the shuttle, there are three properties connected by the complimentary guest shuttle: Frenchman's Cove (the timeshare condos), Frenchman's Reef (the Marriott hotel), and Morningstar (also Marriott properties, low-rise buildings on the beach that I'm not especially familiar with, though they look very nice).
The big downside to the Cove right now is that there is construction ongoing as more condos are built. The entry is through a construction area, but all that is easily forgotten once you get into your lovely unit and see the beautiful view. There is some construction noise during the day, but you can head over to Morningstar or venture out to one of the many other beaches on the islands if it bothers you. Nearby St. John has some great choices--very natural and undeveloped beach areas. (There is a desk in the Reef's lobby for booking various excursions around the islands.)
I wasn't impressed with the food at the poolside bar/restaurant, but had better luck in the hotel, or Coco Joe's on the beach at Morningstar.
Cruise ships dock in the Charlotte Amalie harbor and your unit offers a front row seat as they come and go. Watching a fully lit cruise ship leave the harbor at night is a pretty impressive sight.
Driving is on the left though cars are set up with the steering on the left, as in the US. Roads are often steep and winding and not especially wide. I left the driving to the shuttles and taxis.
Outstanding facilities, but the beach needs work
We stayed here for a week in Feb 2008 and was astonished by the cleanliness and views. The complex is only half built right now, and I was afraid of being awaken by construction noise. Surprisingly, not sound. The swimming pool is great for kids, it's mostly 3 1/2 ft deep except for a small end where it deepens to 4 ft for the water slide. The bar is next to the pool which offers a 2 for 1 drink special daily from 4-6pm. The only real complaing I had was the beach. Personally I loved it, there is an old pier that jetties out which attracts various tropical fish. Snorkeling was great, but without booties or flippers, I wouldn't go into the water. The beach quickly turns to rock where you will find a good number of sea urchins, then it turns to sea grass. The only resolve was to either drive or take the free shuttle to the Marriott's Morningstar beach a 4 minute drive down the road which was actually my favorite beach on the island.
It is getting better
We stayed at Frenchman's Cove last week and had a wonderful time. It was busy because of spring break but not crowded. We are owners and were very proud of the complex. Didn't do any swimming in the water but the pool was nice. The Sunset Cove restaurant is surprisingly good with a friendly staff especially Hattox. Ira at the taxi stand was very helpful also. Matt our concierge was very helpful with lots of tips and great reservations at the restaurants we ate at. We took taxis and the comments are true about the high costs are true. I am not sure about renting a car though as the roads are winding and up and down. You need to remember to drive on the left also. Other people were raving about the smart choice of renting a car. Not sure. Went to Red Hook one day to celebrate St Patricks Day and parade. The next day we took the ferry over to St John. Very fun. Took the water taxi from the resort to Charlotte Amalie rather than a taxi. The resort has lots to do if you don't want to travel off the property. There are kids, family and adult activities available every day. All in all a good vacation.
We spent the first week of March at thisTimeshare. We exchanged a week. It is brand new with three phases complete. Beautiful Villa stayed in a two bedroom, building one, third floor. Lots of constrructuion still going on. Small beach, great view. the cruise ships pass by almost every day. Beach faces the Harbor, swimable good snorkeling. Bring your ipod radio to drown out the construction noise during the day if you stay at the frenchman cove beach. There are many beautiful beaches on St. Thoams, our favortie is Megans Bay. The Ritz has a great beach and don't miss Sapphire Beach. Check how many ships are in Megans Bay gets crowded on the days seven ships are in. Stay away from town these days over 30,000 people wonder the streets. Hit Imperial Jewelers family run for years good people. Have a drink at the Happy Buzzard by the waterfront. Rent a car its easy to get around, you have to drive on the left side of the road. Dinner at the Marriott's Havanna Blue in awesome had the best red snapper ever. Hit Bannana Tree at bluebeards castle great food friendly staff . Owner is a great person. Great wine list. Get there to watch the sunset at the Castle. The agave terrace is also a great place to eat. Don't leave out Duffy's love shack great dinks in fun mugs, crazy drink menu, best hot wings we had in a long time. great spot for lunch and drinks. Take the red hook ferry to St. John, it's only 20 mintues. Trunk Bay on St. John is beautiful and has great snorkel area.
Nice accomodations but fantastic views
Hi St Thomas lovers and future lovers:
We stayed in the Cove from April 4-11. We traded our week in Aruba for a two bedroom here. We stayed in Building 5 which is one back from the beachfront buildings, but stayed on floor 4 so had amazing views.
We checked in right at the bellhop station outside with no problems. Gave us keys, etc right there. Parking is a little strange right now in that its below the units and was sometimes hard to park directly under your unit, but again, no problems really.
I was used to the lock out at our Aruba timeshare so didn't realize that the second bedroom is not an independent room as in Aruba with its own entrance, coffee maker, etc. It is more just a room with two beds, but not its own safe, coffee maker, fridge or even iron. However, the overall unit was very nice with beautiful kitchen, nice balconies and most importantly - oceanfront which I don't get in Aruba since we own oceanview. The views are what made this property. You would see cruise ships pass right before the property in early morning and we loved that. They were very quiet coming in.
The property is clean and new and construction noise was never a problem -- maybe a little on our last day while we stayed at beach.
The beach is not big but still nice with chairs, umbrellas. There is a little coral right at beach entrance but even if you don't have water shoes, once you get passed it, the bottom is very nice and sandy. Plus, being in the cove, it is calm and not very windy, but more breezy. The Morningstar beach is windier, but much longer if you like more of a walking beach.
We did not eat at the Sunset Cove but looked good for things like lunch, etc. Right near pool and big portions.
There is a temporary lobby where they have menus of nearby restaurants and can arrange excursions.
As far as staff, I found service to be about average. Some staff were quite friendly and helpful while others barely got up from their chairs to help. I would think service should be high since they are still trying to sell units at this property.
Tidy service was good. We did not get full maid service but a once a week tidy and she did a nice job.
Overall, I was very happy with the property. It never felt crowded, unlike the Aruba Surf Club we belong to. The views were amazing.
Hope this helps.
Pleasantly surprised with Frenchman's Cove. Great Place!
We are new owners at Frenchman's Cove, and I was concerned about some of the comments regarding the rocky beach and construction noise. True, the beach has about 10 feet of challenging walking, but once you are past the rocks it is actually quite nice with decent snorkeling (but too much for little kids unless good swimmers, and best to walk in close to the dock and work your way to the right). The food in the restaurant was a little pricey, but good. Only negative is they should add a kids menu for breakfast w/smaller portions like they have for other meals. There are many differences of opinions over renting a car. We ended up renting one, and wouldn't do it any other way. The driving isn't that bad because the speed limit only goes up to 35mph on the island, and as long as you stay on the main roads its pretty straight forward. In terms of restaurants, we really liked Fungis and Wikked (don't be afraid of the roadside trucks w/bbq, etc. you'll be pleasantly surprised!). In terms of beaches, Megans Bay is fantastic, and ask some island residents about getting to Lindquist Beach, which is beautiful and a bit off the beaten path. We had a great trip and can't wait to go back! My 7-year old actually cried the whole way through the customs line at the airport on the way home because he didn't want to leave!
What a beautiful place!!!
This was our first stay at the Frenchman's Cove and we have just booked again for next year! The views from our room were unbelievable and we loved having coffee and watching the cruise ships come into the harbor. The villa is spacious and has everything in it that we needed. The pool is warm with a great view of the harbor and the beach.
My 3 kids loved the kids club. The people were friendly and engaging. They were completely entertained.
We rented a car, explored the island, and took the ferry to St. John's. It was all really, really beautiful. Loved "Room with a View" at Blackbeard's for dinner. Try it at sunset. Unbelievable views!
Only downside is parking in Charlotte Amalie, but we were there during carnival and the public parking lot was closed for the events. Maybe it will be a little easier next year!!
Coral World was also a surprise. Very interactive aquarium on a small scale. Worth a trip to Coral World and lunch in Red Hook afterwards.
We're so happy with our timeshare in St. Thomas and can't wait to go back!
Think you're safe...think again....
On fourth day of stay someone attempted to break into our room. Took three phone calls to security for someone to answer. Forced to yell for help from balcony. Blood was splattered on door from his beating so violently. Not one security camera was connected and operating. This building is approximately 2 years old. Management told us security cameras were just being installed that week! Two years too late. Individual escaped down stairwell which has no security camera's installed. No cameras in the hallways either. We were told there are no plans to ever install cameras in those two areas. Management suspects it was a guest but there is no video to proove it. We were told people's behavior is not something the Marriott can be responsible for. They told us "people sometimes make poor choices...we cannot control that". Extremely disappointing dealing with the Marriott. We've now left, so has the criminal. Makes it convenient for the Marriott to move on selling timeshares and booking units to unsuspecting people. I am a Marriott timeshare owner...how lilttle they care after we signed up and paid up.
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