My wife and I are going to St Thomas Frenchmans Reef to celebrate our anniversary. Has any one been there? We are doing an all inclusive stay for 7 nights. How was your stay? What should we not miss and what should we skip. Thanks
We have been there. It is a beautiful island. If you get a change go to eat at Tavern on the Water. It is a Polish Restrauant on the second floor of a building in the downtown area. You will love it. Also, take a Day trip to St John's. Megan Bay is beautiful. Have a great time.
My wife and I stayed there for a week on our 10th anniversary - many years ago. I don't remember any fantastic restaurants that really stuck out, but I tend to go to the local haunts and not the tourist places. I know there was a bar downtown that had great local fare, a few blocks from the ships terminal, but I couldnt' tell you a name. One thing to remember is that the locals are all so very friendly, so don't be afraid to get off the beaten path some and explore more interesting places to eat. You definately have to take the ferry over to St. John and take the main road across the island. The time it takes to get across is wonderful, and my wife and I ate at the Marina on the east coast of the island and had a wonderful time watching the boats. The miniature donkeys are interesting too - they're roam wild there - and watch out for them if you're driving.
We have been going to St Thomas since our honeymoon in 1952, and to Frenchman's Reef since they opened. Our last stay was at Frenchmans Cove. Be sure to try the outdoor restaurant at Morning Star. If you are interested in buying jewelery Charlotte Amalie is the place. Also, go to the shops just beyond the cruise ship dock. They have some very nice high end stores with prices better than you would find at home. Most of all, enjoy your anniversary.
I have been there several times, it is wonderful! I don't know that I would do all inclusive, there are so many wonderful restaurants. You have to go to the Agave Terrace Restaurant at Point Pleasant Resort, it is excellent. There is also a restaurant way up in the mountains with a beautiful view in the Mafolie hotel. I can't remember the name of the restaurant. Shopping is good, check the paper for the days when the cruise ships are fewest & go downtown on those days to avoid the crowds. Beaches are very calm. You can't go wrong no matter where you go, there is just one gorgeous view after another!
Have been there many times. Wonderful property. Beach is very nice. Coco-Joes has some great food for breakfast and lunch and sits right on the beach and is part of the Marriott. Parking lot is horrible. Shopping is real nice in Havensight, where the ships dock and downtown. The hotel has a ferry that will take you from the hotel directly to the downtown for guests only. Makes for a nice way to get down there without dealing with driving and parking. Try the Deli Deck and Molly Malone's for breakfast. Shipwreck Tavern has a great burger. If you get a chance, book an excursion to the BVI's- well worth it.
A lot of great answers. We go to our timeshare there yearly and it's marvelous. Renting a car is great to see all the island and it isn't too difficult to drive on the left. Just have your wife be your lookout to help you stay left. Also, the natives tend to drive a little erratically and stop in the middle of the road whenever they see someone they want to talk to. One of our favorite restaurants is Robert's American Grill out toward the east side of the island. The beach at the Marriott is wonderful and a visit to Magen's Bay Beach on the north side is also necessary. It's a super trip.
I'll confirm everything said here. It's a unique island because it has lush forests, mountains and great beaches, something islands like Aruba don't offer. There are lots of great restaurants, so don't worry about where to eat. A trip to St. John is a must but you'll need a car to do it right. Best of all, since St Thomas is a USVI, cell calls are considered to be made within the U.S., so no roaming charges and the currency is the greenback. The only thing I would do different, and I've said it here several times before, is not do the inclusive thing. While the restaurants at the property are fine, part of going to St Thomas is eating out each day at a different place. Why would you want to eat on property each and every single day? Fact of the matter is, the property doesn't have all that much to choose from in terms of venue, so you will be dining in the same places over and over. Just my two cents.
I would completely reccomend that you stay at the Ritz Carlton (also tied to the Marriott organization now). The Frenchmans Reef resort is really run down and has the most rooms on the island. The beach got hit hard in October of last year from record rainfall and may have not yet recoverd. Everyone we visited with that stayed their either got room credits, got points back OR moved to our hotel. Go to tripadvisor.com and read the reviews. You may get a common theme of what I have shared. St Thomas is an unreal spot, but the Ritz and a few other resorts will be better than the Reef.
Frenchman's Reef is a nice resort. My family and I particularly enjoyed snorkeling with the sea turtles on the FURY. Great sailing vessel. We had dinner one night at Havana Blue on the beach. Pricey, but good food, relaxing and good service. I particularly enjoyed sitting on the balcony with strong morning coffee and watching the sun come up. Great location to watch both Charlotte Amalie and the sea.