Marriott takes over Scrub Island

Marriott has planted its flag close by, on private Scrub Island, just east of Tortola in the BVIs.

Marriott, which runs the Frenchman’s Reef hotel on St. Thomas, will make the Scrub Island Resort & Spa part of its new Autograph Collection.

Scrub Island, a 230 acre island, was developed as a resort by Florida developers last year, the first private island development in the BVIs in 15 years, Marriott says. It includes a marina, 67 rooms, suites and villas, restaurants and beaches.

Looks like you can book for around $400 a night right now.

9 Responses to “Marriott takes over Scrub Island”

  1. Rob
    August 17th, 2011 07:08
    1

    Let’s hope they run it better than they do the FR. What a ghastly hotel…at least the 2 times we’ve stayed there. I am cursed when it comes to that place.

  2. SteveV
    August 17th, 2011 08:56
    2

    I’m dying for Captain Brandi’s explanation on how Scrub Island got its name….

  3. Party Pooper Parker
    August 17th, 2011 15:18
    3

    It may look like heaven to some, but I guarantee it’s living nightmare to whoever underwrote that thing.

    One day it will be success, but it ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. When possible, I think these things should be planned to succeed on a very small scale before they are expanded – and then only when demand (and the numbers) warrant it.

  4. ajr
    August 17th, 2011 15:43
    4

    Seems like a good match–a cheesy company takes over a cheesy development.

  5. SteveV
    August 17th, 2011 15:54
    5

    so…is this a “if we built it, they will come” kind of development…instead of a “people want it, so we will build it” undertaking?

  6. Parker
    August 17th, 2011 18:27
    6

    Indeed AJR, This video should give pause to the knucklehead who thought he was going to put 100 villas on Thatch Cay. There just isn’t a market for homes on small islands. They are great places to spend a few days (see Peter or Cooper Islands), but very few people REALLY have the means or mindset to make a home on a few acres surrounded by water.

  7. KathyP
    August 17th, 2011 22:11
    7

    Rob, ITA about Frenchmen’s Reef. What a horrible property. Staff is so rude and could care less if you are happy. Rooms are awful. Food is the pits. Not one redeeming feature. THey need to take some lessons on how to make a customer happy from the JW Marriott in Cancun.

  8. CraigB
    October 10th, 2011 10:19
    8

    I remember going to dinner at Donovan’s Reef on Scrub Island before the development started.

    Listening to Beans atop Marina Cay at happy hour followed by dinghying over to an otherwise deserted Scrub Island for dinner is one of my fondest memories of sailing the BVIs.

  9. Doug Wallace
    October 22nd, 2011 20:49
    9

    Just got back from 5 days at Scrub. Very nice upscale. However there are more than a few half built houses that are in foreclosure or distresses that are an eyesore. Most are on the other side of Little Scrub and cannot be seen from the resort. Would recommend the vacation there however.

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