Stayed at the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove on a timeshare exchange through Interval International. NB Some of the reviews on this page seem to be for the Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Resort which is the hotel complex just around the headland from Frenchman's Cove. The Cove is a timeshare complex made up of very large, luxuirious apartments - ours was 2 bed 2 bath with a living/dining/kitchen (really well appointed - huge fridge/freezer complete with ice-maker and even a washing machine and tumble drier) plus 3 TVs and DVDs. Towels, pool towels, tea towels, starter packs of coffee, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing powder were all provided. For someone used to staying in apartments in French ski resorts (the sort of place where 8 of you are expected to share 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and take your own bedding) it was absolute heaven. The complex itself is relatively small and climbs up a steep hillside so there isn't much in the way of communal areas around the separate apartment blocks. The pool area is quite small for the number of units - it was too crowded the first week we were there which was Easter week, but much better the second week. The complex is still under construction which wasn't a problem and apparently when it's finished there will be another pool and more communal areas. The least appealing aspect was the access roads betweens the blocks (so you could get your car right up to your building - typically American) and the combination of air conditioning and lack of screens on the balconies - so we tended to keep the doors closed all the time, which was a pity - unlike being in the Mediterranean where you have the doors and windows open all the time. Guests at the Cove could use all the facilities at the Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Resort - although the path between the two was a bit of an obstacle course. The food at the Cove was OK but a bit pricey as was Coco Joe's at Morningstar Beach, which was worth it for the location. The beach at the Cove is small but with some snorkelling (watch out for sea urchins) and nice early morning and evening. The Morningstar beach is nice for walking along but the sea is quite rough. We liked the pool at Morningstar Beach which was very quiet both weeks (but the kids preferred the one at the Cove where there was quite a good Kids Activity centre). Hiring a car is a must as taxis are so expensive - we used ZIp Rental - the car was a bit of a banger but the service was good. Try to avoid hitting the most popular beaches such as Magen's at midday as they are full of tourists off the cruise ships - by about 2.30pm most of them have gone. Take the car ferry to St. John's but again avoid Trunk Bay at midday. Can recommend the half-day sail and snorkel trip on the Jolly Mon and also the half day kayak and snorkel trip to the mangrove lagoon, both booked through the Adventure Centre at the Cove. All in all a fantastic holiday with lots of great snorkelling and some amazing beaches (go to Coki Beach where the fish will eat food from your hand - they like dog bisuits!). Our only disappointment was that there weren't enough places selling Caribbean food.
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- Marriotts Frenchmans Cove
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