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Perched on a ridge between Pacquereau and Morningstar bays on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas is the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott & Morning Star Beach Resort. And it’s held this enviable position, overlooking Charlotte Amalie harbor and vulnerable to the elements, just long enough to need “a little work.” So last year, Frenchman’s Reef was closed for six months to undergo a $48 million renovation. It completely transformed the property, inside and out. The hotel’s 302 rooms have been redesigned in elegant Caribbean shades of light blue, sage and cream (all rooms also give guests a view of the island, the harbor, two pools and the twinkling lights of the city beyond). Of the property’s three pools, one is an adults-only infinity pool with a swim-up bar; another is located in the new 4,000-square-foot Lazule Sea Spa, which also has seven treatment rooms and the requisite outdoor massage cabanas. Two of the resort’s eight restaurants were re-envisioned in terms of design and menu, while Presto’s Market, the gift shop and snack bar, was completely remerchandised. Some things, however, haven’t changed: There’s still an hourly shopping ferry to take guests into town, plus unexpected activities like night kayaking. And the island remains one of the few in the Caribbean that Americans can travel to without a passport. From $269, (800) 524-2000, www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com