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Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, has announced the opening of Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection.

The new resort is part of an extensive $425 million rebuild project at Frenchman’s Reef and is the latest to join Autograph Collection HotelsMarriott Bonvoy’s diverse collection of independent hotels.

“Today marks an inspiring transformation here at Frenchman’s Reef as we are thrilled to officially welcome guests to Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection, after a meticulous and sensitive rebuild effort,” said Kurt Wiksten, managing director of Frenchman’s Reef, in a press statement. “This moment has been a long time in the making and it reflects the immense dedication of our development team, who worked diligently to craft a brand-new island experience for travelers filled with bespoke amenities, striking design, delicious culinary journeys, and plenty of adventure. We look forward for guests to discover the experience within.”

The resort features 94 guest rooms, including two suites, which offer a mix of beachfront and oceanside contemporary accommodations. Dining options include Salt Shack Beach Bar & Grill, offering an oceanfront beach-and-beverage experience, and Tide Pool, Cabanas & Bar, featuring poolside service and private cabanas and offering signature cocktails and light bites.

With a Michelin-Star Executive Chef at the helm, oceanfront restaurant Isla Blue brings creative island inspired cuisine from the Caribbean to Mexico, coupled with a bar featuring twists on classic cocktails with fresh local fruits and herbs, as well as a temperature-controlled wine room showcasing an expansive wine, champagne, and reserve list as well as premium sipping tequilas.

Amenities at Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort

Palm Court is a beachside social space featuring a hammock court, Caribbean-style food and beverage huts, games, activities, and more. Guests can also enjoy a variety of aquatic programming with complimentary non-motorized watersports curated by RED Hospitality and Leisure, offering a fleet of Hobie Cats and kayaks, an Aquabana Lounger, assorted beach toys, and snorkel gear to explore the surrounding Caribbean waters.

The aquatic experience is further enhanced with a fleet of private vessels available to charter for day and night excursions around the surrounding islands, accessible at Frenchman’s Reef’s private dock. Multiple boats are available to accommodate groups small and large, including the Flying Frenchman – a private luxury catamaran with a capacity of up to 125 persons for daytime snorkel trips, sunset sails, and more.

Guests of Buoy Haus will also enjoy full access to the amenities available at its adjoining resort, The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef, opening shortly after Buoy Haus. Amenities include an expansive pool deck featuring three ocean view pools, a pool bar and cabanas, a range of destination-inspired restaurants and lounges, Heavenly Spa by Westin with 13 treatment rooms, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, a private adventure beach with abundant programming for all ages, retail shopping outlets, and 72,000 sf of meeting and event space, in addition to the 13,000 sf of meeting and event space at Buoy Haus. The two resorts will be connected via a shared stretch of Morningstar Beach.

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