St. Thomas was fabulous; Chamber of Commerce weather and an island unspoiled by the huge tourism business they have.  Our group stayed at Marriott Frenchman’s reef and Morning Star Resort, portions of the group in each section.  The property has a bit of a split personality, which is wonderful if guests have varying requirements while traveling. The rooms at Morning Star are reminiscent of Gidget’s beachfront Bungalow.  They are clean, practical and certainly built with the idea of guests spending their time at the beach, not in the room.  There are no elevators to the upper level rooms (3 levels), so something to keep in mind if you are traveling with small children.  However, the views from those rooms that face the ocean are exceptional.  Morning Star was not part of the much advertised multi-million dollar renovation that closed the resort for 9 months.  The Reef Tower rooms, which are offered at a lower price point than Morning Star, have been beautifully updated. The Reef houses the two infinity pools, which are lovely; one with a swim up bar and the other has a splash area where smaller children can be a part of the water experience.  In addition, the Reef contains several shops, the LaZule Sea Spa and the dock to the water taxi service.  Our guests dined in all of the restaurants, but most enjoyed Havana Blue, Coco Joes and Aqua Terra.  Havana Blue (at Morning Star) is noted as the best restaurant on the Island.  It has an exceptional wine list and offers a variety of cigars for after dinner enjoyment.  Coco Joe’s has an Island neighborhood pub/restaurant feel.  It overlooks the beach and has a more economical price point.  I believe the draw of Aqua Terra was the floor to ceiling windows that overlook the docks; it was a favorite breakfast location for all.  Our guests were often seen moving between the two properties either by the scenic walk down the hillside, enjoying the many iguanas of varying size along the way, or on the complimentary resort shuttle.  The trip was a success and our guests have some wonderful memories of a beautiful island. 

Gigi Gernand