Frenchmans Reef Marriott, St Thomas

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Frenchmans Reef Marriott pool area

After Laura paid her ticket, we followed her back to the Marriott Hotel where she works as an events coordinator.  We would not be staying here, but we would be hanging out at the hotel pool and beach until Laura got off work, and tonight we will be staying at her place.  Frenchmans Reef Marriott is a large, beautiful hotel, probably the biggest on the island.  Laura led us to her office, introduced us to her co workers, then showed us to the locker room where we could change into our swimsuits. She then went back to work, while we explored around the hotel a little.  Tyler was impressed by the large number of lizards, especially the large iguanas, that were all around the property.  We headed down towards the beach, and went for a swim in the lower pool / hot tub area, near the beach and just past some tennis courts.

Steel drum player and feathered dancers at the rum punch party at Marriot Frenchman's Reef, Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
  We spend a few hours hanging out there, then went back up to the hotel to wait for Laura to get off work. 

 Because it was Tuesday, they were having a rum punch party up in a courtyard area just past the hotel entrance. ( I guess they do this every Tuesday? I remember something like this the last  time I was here!)  They had a guy playing steel drums, and some dancers dressed up in feathered garb, entertaining the guests.  I enjoyed a few of the complimentary rum punches (Tyler stuck to punch only!)  and some snacks, and we watched the show. 

Shortly after it was over, Laura was off for the evening, and we followed her to the restaurant where we would be having dinner.  I believe it was called East End?  It was a nice Italian place, Tyler and I both had ravioli.

Waterfall behind the hotel
  We were joined by one of Laura's friends.  (She's queen of the island, one of those people who knows everybody!)  After dinner, we walked down to the Marina, which was not far from  the restaurant.  We met up with Laura's friend Robert, who works on a boat called the "Reel Tight".    This is a rather large pleasure craft, used mainly for fishing excursions.  The boats owner had passed away a few months ago, he was a multi millionaire who invented the concept of time shares.  Robert was his first mate, and lived on the boat, taking care of it until the family decides what to do with it.  We interrupted Robert during dinner, but he was very cordial, gave us drinks and a tour of the boat.  We hung out there for awhile, then headed back to Laura's house.  We would spend one night at her place, crashing  on her couches.  Tomorrow, we would be off to St John!

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Frenchmans Reef Marriott pool area
Frenchmans Reef Marriott pool area
Steel drum player and feathered d…
Waterfall behind the hotel
Waterfall behind the hotel
Frenchmans Reef
Frenchmans Reef
Plenty of iguanas hanging around
Plenty of iguanas hanging around
Hanging by the pool
Hanging by the pool
The pool bar!
The pool bar!
No shortage of iguanas here!
No shortage of iguanas here!
Some of them were pretty big!
Some of them were pretty big!
Pool area at the hotel
Pool area at the hotel
Fountain in the pool
Fountain in the pool
Wooden deck trail around the prope…
Wooden deck trail around the prop…
Trail along the beach
Trail along the beach
The beach and pool area were just …
The beach and pool area were just…
The lower pool area at the Marriott
The lower pool area at the Marriott
They had a few hot tubs, too!
They had a few hot tubs, too!
Tyler would stay in the water all …
Tyler would stay in the water all…
This guy hung around the pool with…
This guy hung around the pool wit…
Palm by the pool
Palm by the pool
Cruise ship pulling out
Cruise ship pulling out
I once sailed on her sister ship, …
I once sailed on her sister ship,…
View from the Marriots balcony out…
View from the Marriots balcony ou…
Charlotte Amalie harbor
Charlotte Amalie harbor
They see several cruise ships a day
They see several cruise ships a day
Tyler tries for a coconut!
Tyler tries for a coconut!
They have a gazebo area for weddin…
They have a gazebo area for weddi…
Wedding gazebo
Wedding gazebo
The rum punch party!
The rum punch party!
Guy playing steel drums
Guy playing steel drums
Hey! get yer free rum punches here!
Hey! get yer free rum punches here!
fancy dancers at the rum punch par…
fancy dancers at the rum punch pa…
Our rented Jeep... In one piece- F…
Our rented Jeep... In one piece- …
Dining at East End
Dining at East End
It was almost dark when we arrived…
It was almost dark when we arrive…
Robert, Tyler, and Laura, aboard t…
Robert, Tyler, and Laura, aboard …
Master bedroom on the Reel Tight
Master bedroom on the "Reel Tight"
Crews bunks
Crews bunks
guest room on the boat
guest room on the boat
Tyler is impressed.  He wants a bo…
Tyler is impressed. He wants a b…
We had interrupted Robert during d…
We had interrupted Robert during …
It was a very nice craft, with all…
It was a very nice craft, with al…
Tyler and me on the Reel Tight
Tyler and me on the "Reel Tight"
Lauras cat, Judy
Lauras cat, Judy
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photo by: Andy99