The most developed of the three main islands making up the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Saint Thomas is home to a range of excellent resorts that cater to luxury and budget travelers alike, as well as to families and couples. Saint Thomas is a popular cruise ship port and, as such, has more to do away from your resort than its sister islands of St. Croix and St. John and there are posh shopping malls here, as well as golf courses and gourmet restaurants.
Because the USVI is a U.S. territory, Americans do not need a passport to visit this part of the Caribbean. Saint Thomas is also home to the territory’s capital, Charlotte Amalie, and a number of resorts are clustered around the town. Saint Thomas is also home to beautiful white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise ocean, and underwater coral gardens to explore on a diving or snorkeling adventure and Let’s exploce The Best Resorts on Saint Thomas below.
The Best Resorts on Saint Thomas
The beach is not a white sand beach. It falls in the light brown spectrum. But who’s complaining. The beach is large enough that while it can get crowded you can always find a little space away from children or drunks or people. The water can be rough at times so it isn’t always the clearest but on a good day, there is some decent snorkeling on the far left and far right ends of the beach.
The beach is also long enough if you want to run or walk a few miles without have to turn around every 2 minutes. I’m guessing it’s about .4 mile long. I’ll be sure to get out my gps next time for a more accurate reading. There’s a watersports shack with kayaks and snorkel gear. All the gear is “free” which means you’ve actually paid for it in the fun line item known as “resort fee”. Just steps from the sand is a swimming pool, tennis court, restaurants, and bar. Beach chairs are plentifu, so no need to wake up at 4:30 am just to secure a spot on the beach. And there really isn’t a bad spot on the beach.Map of how to get to beach at Frenchman’s Cove. Here’s a well guarded secret: All beaches on St. Thomas are public. And right next door to the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef sits the Marriott Frenchman’s Cove.
The Only True Luxury Resort in Saint Thomas
The only five star resort on the island, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas recently underwent a $100 million renovation. The luxe property sits on 30 beachfront acres adjacent to Turquoise Bay. The rooms and suites are beautifully decorated with high quality linens on comfy beds and all come with ocean views and terraces or balconies. There is also a club level with its own lounge and dining area. The property works well for couples and families alike. If you are traveling with the children, the Ritz has a Kids Club that offers supervised activities for children ages 4 to 12 during the day and also in the evening so parents can have a romantic dinner or just some alone time. Babysitting is also available here.
The Ritz has a slew of amenities on offer as well. Book the Lady Lynsey II, the resort’s 60 foot luxury catamaran that can accommodate up to 75 guests. It can be booked for sunset cruises, snorkeling tours, or island hopping day trips. There is also a new family swimming pool with a waterslide, ocean view pool cabanas, a gym, and tennis courts. If you’d rather just sit on the beach, there is a private section for hotel guests with sun loungers and umbrellas. Grab dinner at one of the four on site restaurants. The signature dining spot here is Alloro, which serves good Sicilian fare. The resort is about a 30 minute drive from the international airport.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
If you’re looking for an all inclusive experience, then check out Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. The property has an all inclusive plan, as well as a room only rate should you not wish to have meals here. The small resort has 25 oceanfront rooms with direct access to the sea, 39 rooms with ocean views, and 10 rooms with no ocean views, which are a good choice if you want to experience the resort’s amenities and beautiful location at a more budget price.
Bolongo Bay sits on a thousand foot long stretch of sand backed by sparkling turquoise sea in Charlotte Amalie. There are two restaurants to choose from with a la carte menus here. The poolside restaurant Iggie’s Oasis is one choice that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel offers a range of included beach water sports and has its own catamaran named Heavenly Days. It does half day cruises that let you swim with sea turtles, as well as sunset cruises. Diving and island tours can also be arranged and this is once of The Best Resorts on Saint Thomas.