My husband and I just returned from a ten day honeymoon around the BVI, and we spent the first three nights of our trip at Frenchmans. We did extensive research when choosing the three hotels we stayed at over the course of ten days, and because of the glowing reviews on Trip Advisor, we jumped at the chance to stay here.
We were certainly not disappointed with the stunning views of the water, the lush tropical landscape, and the cozy bungalow that reminded me a little bit of summer camp (in a good way). The staff was also friendly and helpful when it came to arranging a jeep rental and a catamaran day trip to Norman Island.
The restaurant, however, left something to be desired. On our first night we decided to dine on site and were prepared to splurge on an expensive dinner. I am a vegetarian, so it is often difficult to find anything to eat at fine dining establishments in the Caribbean. Usually the chef will prepare something simple that I specifically request, such as pasta with grilled vegetables or risotto with vegetables. In any case, the only option I was given was the "vegetarian dish," which was not on the menu.
After trying to get a straight answer on what the dish actually consisted of, I eventually gave up and tried to just go with the flow. In hindsight, I should have been more persistent. The dish was essentially rice with tomatoes and olives accompanied by various forms of mashed vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, and peas-yuk), tomatoes stuffed with olives, and a roll stuffed with... More mashed potatoes. Did I mention I hate olives? On a more positive note, my husband did enjoy his steak, the wine was surprisingly reasonable in price, and the ambiance couldn't be beat. We were also unimpressed with the daily breakfast, other than the mango pancakes, which were delicious. The coffee was great and the service was also pleasant.
Lastly, the air conditioners in the room don't go lower than 79-80 degrees (to prevent the AC from freezing up), and the mosquitoes are relentless, which together made it almost impossible for my husband to sleep comfortably. Be sure to bring bug spray if you decide to stay here.
Although there were many positive aspects of the property, I did not think the $500/night price tag matched the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Frenchmans is a hidden jewel located on Frenchman's Cay on the southwest coast of the island of Tortola. Set on a dramatic point, we capture the welcoming turquoise waters of the Caribbean and its trade winds. Each of our nine private villas embodies an exquisite elegance, set amidst flourishing gardens with our own private pool, beach and tennis court. Our palette of luxury services including massage, secretarial and concierge ensures your stay will be as care free and indulgent as possible. Private villas include fully-equipped kitchens, ample living spaces, air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and two or more balconies. Stunning panoramic views, soothing interior design and cool breezes set your body and soul at ease. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Frenchmans Hotel West End
- Frenchmans Tortola/West End