The best hotels & resorts in the U.S. Virgin Islands
By Hannah Barnard on 14th May, 2020
When it comes to places to stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, there certainly isn’t a shortage of luxurious resorts, authentic charming hotels or dreamy villas. Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive luxury getaway or a family-friendly vacation, the beautiful islands of St Thomas, St Croix, and St John will not disappoint. We’ve selected some of our favourite hotels and resorts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
St Thomas hotels & resorts
A modern paradise filled with colonial jewels, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is both a historian’s and an adventure seeker’s playground. The island boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world as well as some of the most popular activities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The best places to stay in St. Thomas are a mix of large resorts and small, independent hotels.
A hidden gem at the foot of the Caribbean Sea, Noni Beach delivers an unrivaled U.S. Virgin Islands experience. Intimate and all-new, guests will discover oceanfront boutique-style rooms and suites, locally-inspired cuisine, an infinity pool with cabanas and swim-up bar, and an unparalleled Virgin Islands beach.
Noni Beach is the first Autograph Collection hotel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is comprised of a series of intimate beach house style villas containing 94 guestrooms, including two honeymoon suites, all nestled directly on the beach. Noni Beach boasts a 3,000 square foot beachfront ballroom with memorable views, and multiple dining experiences including the Caribbean-casual Coco’s Beach Club as well as an indulgent restaurant with elevated, 180-degree panorama of the Caribbean Sea.
To book visit: nonibeachresort.com
Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort and Spa
A beacon of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the brand new Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort and Spa is dramatically situated atop a harborside cliff with panoramic ocean views. Enjoy elevated style, gourmet dining, a full-service spa, and island excursions. Designed for adventures and leisure-seekers searching for an authentic, world-class Caribbean getaway.
Frenchman’s Reef boasts 384 guestrooms, including 28 spacious suites, three resort pools including an infinity-edge pool with swim-up pool bar, and a private dock and pier for boating excursions – with a private Catamaran available for snorkeling and sunset sails.
To book visit frenchmansreefstthomas.com
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Family owned and managed for over 45 years Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is a fun, relaxed vacation spot located right on the beach. Offering both room-only and all-inclusive stays, the resort features 74 rooms – all at affordable prices. The resort sits along a 1,000-foot golden sand beach peppered with palm trees, which is also home to a number of iguanas.
The resort’s restaurant, Iggies Oasis, boasts ocean-views and poolside dining, a swim-up bar, and live entertainment 5 nights a week. All guests receive complimentary use of our non-motorized water sports, including kayaks, Hobie Cat, stand-up paddleboards, float mats, and snorkel gear. Located on-site is the St. Thomas Dive Club, a 5-star PADI dive center, which offers diving excursions from Bolongo Bay Beach Resort’s dock. What’s more, the resort hosts regular sailing excursions on their 53’ catamaran to admire the sunset over the Caribbean Sea, visit neighboring St. John, or to swim with the sea turtles.
To book visit: bolongobay.com
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Following a $100-million renovation, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas features an alluring blend of sea-inspired luxury and resort amenities. This idyllic US Virgin Islands retreat offers endless views over Great Bay, locally sourced cuisine, and stunning rooms and suites. As well as four restaurants, an infinity pool, tennis courts, daily fitness classes and a luxury catamaran for sunset cruises, snorkeling tours, and private events
To book visit: ritzcarlton.com
Emerald Beach Resort
A tranquil, relaxing and remarkably affordable boutique hotel, the Emerald Beach resort is situated directly on stunning Lindbergh Bay just a short drive from St. Thomas airport and the charming shops, restaurants and attractions of Charlotte Amalie. With 90 beach front guest rooms tucked among swaying palms and beautiful tropical gardens, the US Virgin Islands resort offers effortless access to the water sports, cuisine and breathtaking natural attractions.
To book visit: emeraldbeach.com
St Croix hotels & resorts
The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St Croix has a lush, varied interior, which has earned it the nickname of the ‘Garden of the Antilles’. St Croix is also the least developed island, with just two, pretty towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted, one at either end of the island. The best places to stay on St Croix are generally the smaller resorts and charming independent hotels.
The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort
Family-owned and operated for more than 70 years, The Buccaneer has earned countless accolades for its luxurious yet relaxing offering. The resort boasts 138 elegant guest rooms, three restaurants, three beaches, two pools, a water sports center, a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, an 18-hole golf course, and eight tennis courts.
Situated on 340 tropical acres, the St Croix resort offers a wealth of programs for every age to enjoy throughout the property’s lush grounds. Many of these activities can be experienced by guests for their very first time when they participate in instructor-led classes and lessons.
To book visit: thebuccaneer.com
Tamarind Reef Resort & Spa
For those looking for a relaxed and fun Caribbean island getaway, the Tamarind Reef Resort & Spa in St Croix is just the ticket! Offering private oceanfront guestrooms, complimentary water sports, boating excursions, scuba diving adventures, and a luxury spa, the resort has everything you could want for a Virgin Islands vacation.
To book visit: tamarindreefresort.com
The Fred Hotel
The newest boutique resort to open on the beautiful island of St Croix, the beachfront hotel features 22 stylish rooms, a restaurant, bar, gift shop and full service spa.
Named after King Frederik V of Denmark and the town of Frederiksted where the property is located; restaurants, shops, bars, and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts is only a short walk away.
The Fred is a magnificent collection of 6 beautifully renovated and preserved historic structures, each with its own unique personality and story. For example, Totten House is named after early civil rights leader Ashley Totten and it is the signature structure on the property. It was originally constructed in 1790 but don’t let the property’s rich history fool you, The Fred offers the very latest in modern travel conveniences including free Wi-Fi throughout the property, even on the beach. Guests can enjoy the saltwater pools, swim or walk to the pier, and try out a number of watersports.
To book visit: sleepwithfred.com
St John Accommodation
St. John might be the smallest of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in pure, unadulterated natural beauty. About two-thirds of the island is protected by the Virgin Islands National Park, preserving the verdant sloping hillsides, silky white sands, and shimmering turquoise waters.
Eco Serendib Villa and Spa
Perched atop Point Rendezvous with vibrant, ever-changing views from Fish Bay to Ram Head, Eco Serendib Villa and Spa on St. John welcomes guests with gracious service, sumptuous accommodations, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Boasting five-star ratings from TripAdvisor and HomeAway, this eco-luxury private villa exudes tranquility and offers the finest services and amenities in a sustainable environment.
Green elements minimize the villa’s carbon footprint without sacrificing the guest experience. Just one reservation is accepted at a time, so guests have exclusive use of the retreat whether booking one, two, or all eight guest suites. It is the perfect venue for intimate weddings, family reunions, girls’ getaways, corporate retreats, and romantic escapes.
One of Eco Serendib’s crowning amenities is the private spa, featuring a steam shower, infrared sauna, and the finest organic products. Eco Serendib’s list of luxuries includes optional butler-style service, spa treatments, Pilates instruction or yoga, and tantalizing gourmet cuisine. A favorite is the signature “seed to plate” epicurean experience, whereby guests are “edutained” with a private chef demonstration incorporating fresh organic produce and herbs grown in advance according to the guest’s preferences at the onsite garden. You’ll learn horticultural and culinary skills you will continue to enjoy long after returning from paradise.
Additional amenities include a Life Fitness gym, salt water pool, Bullfrog hot tub, Sub Zero/ Wolf gourmet appliances, table tennis, life size chess, baby grand piano, and a presidential suite unlike any other. Thoughtful touches such as individualized turndown service, Frette bathrobes, daily maid service, and a dedicated villa concierge ensure an experience to remember.
To book visit: ecoserendib.com
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