i am considering using points to go to st. kitts or st. thomas on 2/21/2011.
has anyone been to either? what are the comments for each?
were flights easier to get for one rather than the other?
for some reason i ams scared of frenchmans, i prefer st john, to st. thomas, and this hotel seems really isolated.
was there anything to do on frenchmans? did they arrange snorkel trips?
I've been to both. There are plenty of posts here about Frenchmans.
I don't think there was any difference in flying to either island. When returning, you clear customs in St. Thomas, so some people may think that is easier. Especially if you want to bring bottles of adult beverages back.
The resort at St. Kitts is great, and many people I talked to there loved it and never left the property. Every staff member I encountered was very friendly and helpfull.
I like to go wandering and explore the places I go. It took me several days to adjust to just how isolated the St. Kitts Marriott is. The island is very undeveloped. In my opinion, St. John is much more developed than St. Kitts. Everyone I encountered on St. Kitts was extremely friendly. I felt they understood that tourism was their business.
I've been to both. I think St Thomas is the way to go for several reasons. First, it's cheaper to fly into St Thomas because it's served by several airlines, including Spirit from Ft. Lauderdale. St. Kitts is pretty much served only by American Airlines and they get a hefty fare for it.
While St Kitts is a nice island, there's not much to do on it. Once you've rented a car and driven the perimeter, there's not much more to see. The town of Basseterre is not much to write home about, maybe a block or two to walk down. Compare this to the entire town of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, which is quite large.
St. Thomas is mountainous and lush with some phenomenal beaches such as Magens Bay. While St. Kitts has some nice beaches, they don't compare in my opinion.
Both islands have great restaurants, although St Thomas has an abundance.
Both Marriott's are isolated from town so a rental car or taxi will be needed to get into town.
St Thomas is a short ferry ride from one of the most spectacular islands in the Caribbean, St. John, a destination unto itself. St Kitts is next to Nevis but I haven't been there.
As far as the Marriott's are concerned, I think the St Kitts property is much nicer than Frenchman's. It's also newer (2006) and Frenchman's is sadly looking its age (early to mid 1970's).
The previous poster was absolutely correct. The people of St Kitts are incredibly friendly. As we drove through each little town making our way around the island, everybody in the street stopped and yelled hello. It was quite remarkable actually. The staff at the hotel was equally friendly.
Hands down St Thomas. We have been there 3 times and finally bought Time Share at The Cove. It is right next to Frenchman's Reef and Frenchman's Cove.Morning Star Beach is wonderful and The Reef is great. The reef is being refurbished and was great anyway. Lots to do on the property and in town. We had our daughters wedding on Morning Star Beach and used the Reef for a dinner and had the reception around the pool on the beach. Perfection.
St Kitts has a great beach. We loved that. The Villa was fine and the Hotel fine. But the food not so good.
There is nothing much else on the Island. It is beautiful for a 3 hour tour around the Island, but nothing else. Marriott is the only resort there. Basically Marriott or nothing. There is a golf course next door.
More St. Kitts threads:
Saint Kitts Marriott Condominiums http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1195
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