By Erika Inman
I was so caught up planning my wedding; I didn’t have the time to enjoy being engaged. We invested lots of time and energy planning our “dream wedding,” then threw it all out the window and decided to have a destination wedding. Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas combines stress-free planning, intimate weddings, honeymoons and easy travel; we don’t even need a passport. Friends and family are as excited as we are. Our harbor view suite is awesome! We could stay on the balcony all day listening to the ocean and drinking coffee, but this is an adventure and we want to explore.
Night Kayaking is one of the most unique adventures in the world; no other resort offers it. Friends and family load into clear bottom kayaks with LED lights illuminating the water below. Beneath the surface we see a variety of fish, stingrays and the colorful coral reef. Our kayaks group together as we all try to glimpse the lone turtle swimming by. This experience is easy, fun, relaxing and interactive.
The Adventure Center
Located in the hotel lobby are experienced tour agents eager to arrange the best excursions for our wedding guests. There are many options; tours, cruises, snorkeling and marine parks are just a few choices.
Lazule Sea Spa and Salon
Located on the 2nd floor of the resort, Lazule Sea Spa features eight treatment rooms, Vichy Spa showers and steam room. Be sure to bring a swimsuit to enjoy the spa’s private pool, cold plunge and Jacuzzi. They provide robes, sandals, cucumber water, a variety of snacks and a great lounging area overlooking the harbor. The Lazule Signature Sugar Glow with Vichy body treatment is an indulgence that begins with a full body exfoliation with a sugar glow scrub. Then the Vichy shower performs a pressure point water massage followed by an application of deliciously scented body butter. The treatment ends with a scalp and foot massage while wrapped in hot towels. The spa is a great way to sooth nerves before walking down the aisle. Others in my party have: after sun body firming wrap, Last one massage and detoxifying warm mud massage. The full service salon takes care of our hair and makeup so we look just right for an island wedding. They offer bridal packages and bridal guests packages to enhance the special spa day.
Sunset Sail on The Cat
We climb aboard The Cat for dinner and a sunset sail through the harbor and along the island. It’s an absolutely a great way to spend the evening with those who traveled so far to support us. It is more than just romantic and relaxing, it is one of the best places I could be at this very moment, definitely a highlight of our destination wedding.
Guests at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort can take the ferry to nearby Charlotte Amalie. The city is a shopping and dining destination and we load up on souvenirs. An amazing aroma drifts through the alley and we follow it to the source, a quaint restaurant called Gladys’. Gladys is singing while she works creating a unique atmosphere. The jerk mahi sandwich with a side of crispy fries is so delicious I’ll want it again and again. I wonder if she’ll deliver to Houston?
Forget breakfast in bed and try breakfast on the beach at Coco Joe’s. The open-air restaurant overlooks the beautiful blue water, food is delicious and if you don’t want to leave the beach you don’t have to, servers bring your drinks and food to your cabanas. Seven other dining options are on property ranging from casual to experiential. Havana Blues is the best restaurant on property. The cuisine is Latin America meets Pacific Rim. It has a blue hue to it, open windows and doors looking out at the ocean. Our guests enjoy the skirt steak served with mashed potatoes and breaded asparagus. The elegant, but simple environment, is highlighted by the sound of waves crashing on the shore in the moon lit night, the perfect place our reception dinner.
As we walk through Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Resort I realize our trip is coming to an end, but this will always be the place where it began, as Mr. and Mrs.