st thomas marriott hotels
A bar at the new Westin, slated to open this fall.

Two New Marriott Hotels to Open in St Thomas This Fall 

By: Alexander Britell - May 22, 2022

The long awaited transformation of the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef property in St Thomas is slated to debut this fall. 

Aimbridge Hospitality has announced that it will be opening two new hotels in St Thomas: the Westin Beach Resort and Spa at Frenchman’s Reef and The Seaborn at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection. 

Aimbridge will manage both properties under the leadership of managing director Kurt Wiksten.

The Westin Beach Resort and Spa will offer 392 rooms, including 28 suites, most of which will offer ocean views, along with six restaurants and lounges, three ocean-view pools; a Heavenly Spa by Westin with 13 treatment rooms and 72,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

the What the property looked like before the storms of 2017.

The hotel will also have a private dock with access to nearby islands and what Aimbridge calls a “private adventure beach.”

It will be the second Westin-branded resort in the US Virgin Islands, joining the existing Westin St John Resort Villas on neighboring St John. 

The Seaborn, which was initially slated to be called Noni Beach, will have 94 rooms (including two suites), with four open-air eateries, an infinity-edge pool with a swim-up bar and 13,000 square feet of meeting space. 

Both resorts are being designed by architects Kollin Altomare and The Johnson Studio. 

The two properties are connected by the beach at Frenchman’s Reef. 

“Frenchman’s Reef has served as a pivotal vacation and celebration setting for many years and we look forward to reaffirming its status as a premier luxury destination with two new exceptional resorts under our management,” said Rob Smith, Executive Vice President of Operations at Aimbridge Hospitality. “We are excited to welcome guests to new levels of wellness travel and unique experiences.”

Both properties are owned by Fortress Investment Group, which purchased the in May of last year. 

The two openings will only add to what has been a sizzling tourism renaissance in the US Virgin Islands, led by one of the Caribbean’s model destination reopenings after the onset of the pandemic. 

“We are delighted to manage the transformation and evolution of Frenchman’s Reef into an exciting new destination in the heart of the U.S.V.I. and bring two entirely new world-class resort experiences to travelers around the globe,” Wiksten said. “We are committed to ushering in a new era for this beloved property and look forward to opening our doors soon to a quintessential luxury St. Thomas experience.”

For more, visit Frenchman’s Reef St Thomas

Popular Posts

A.R. Carnegie, 74, Caribbean Legal Legend

A Caribbean Journal Editorial He was never a judge, never a Queen’s Counsel. His robes were never silk. But A. Ralph Carnegie was a Caribbean John Marshall if there ever was one. Ralph Carnegie, A.R. in scholarly texts, passed away […]

Robinson: Manatt Approached Government

Lackston Robinson, Jamaica’s Deputy Solicitor General, testified that it was the law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, and not the Jamaican Government/Jamaica Labour Party, that made the first move to solicit a contract to lobby the White House, he told […]

IMF Back in Antigua on Performance Review

The International Monetary Fund has sent a team to Antigua for a third review of the nation’s performance on a stand-by arrangement with the IMF. According to the Ministry of Finance, the IMF team began the review Monday and will […]

Related Posts antigua barbuda

Why Antigua and Barbuda Is the Caribbean’s Honeymoon Capital

There’s nothing like a Caribbean honeymoon: stunning beaches, days filled with a mix of relaxation and adventure, limitless natural beauty.  But when it comes to choosing the right destination, the decision can often come down to the right hotel — usually […]

This Turks and Caicos Hotel Is Getting an Upgrade 

somerset hotel

One of the top resorts on Turks and Caicos’ Grace Bay is getting an upgrade in time for the high season.  The Somerset on Grace Bay is unveiling a refresh in time for the peak winter season.  The changes include […]

Jamaica’s Legendary Geejam Studios Is Open Again 


It’s hosted everyone from Amy Winehouse to Grace Jones to Drake, and now Jamaica’s legendary Geejam Studios is open again.  The studio, set at the popular Geejam Hotel, has completed a major renovation to mark 25 years as a top […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You