Will be going to St. Thomas for my wife’s birthday in January 09. Our choices are the Fisherman’s Reef Marriott (7-day all inclusive for 220K MR Points) or the Ritz St. Thomas (7-days for 250K MR points – room only). Anyone stayed at either or both? Recommendation on the best stay?
I've stayed at Frenchman's Reef (not Fisherman's Reef) a few times. The location is great if you have a car at your disposal. Overall I've had a very nice time there but the property itself is fairly dated and in dire need of a multi-million dollar makeover.
The restaurant's are just "ok" so I'm not sure you should waste the extra points for an all inclusive package especially since there are some really really great restaurants in town.
When we stay at the Marriott in STT I pick the Morningstar rather than the Reef. You'll stay in a cottage type building right on the beach. There is usually a $100 a night surcharge but it's only 130k points. Either way I'd pass on the all-inclusive and just go into town to eat. There are numerous restaurants to choose from.
Haven't stayed at the Ritz but I've been there. It's a nice hotel and TS but it's a little far from town. Haven't eaten there so I can't comment on the food but right next door there is a great restaurant at the Elysian TS. It's close to Red Hook and there are several good restaurants there.