Where to Stay

People regularly note how few Americans have passports, but it’s easier to understand when you hear that they can travel to the perfect, white-sandy topical island beauties of the US Virgin Islands without one. But this isn’t the States but with better weather, the culture is West Indian, and it beats to a reggae backing track.

The three islands in the group differ greatly from each other, ranging from cruise-ship mecca to camping-ground fringed national park, so the best places to stay in the US Virgin Islands are a very mixed bag as well.

WHERE TO STAY

St. Thomas is the main island in the group. It’s been a trading port for centuries – first a favourite of pirates and now the cruise ship crowds. St. Thomas’ shopping benefits from the extra visitors, and the main town, Charlotte Amalie, is quite famous for its boutiques.

The extra visitors also increase the choice when it comes to bars and restaurants, and there are lots of a high standard. St. Thomas also has a number of exceptional beaches. This is where you’ll find a lot of the large hotels, but its also got some lovely, small, independent inns.


The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas, is a large, top of the range, five-star tropical estate for travellers looking for nothing but the best. 155 rooms share four gourmet restaurants, a large spa and health club, tennis courts, private yachts and a private beach.

Pavilions & Pools, St. Thomas, is a collection of 25 villas, in a private tropical setting. Each villa has its own BBQ area, pool, terrace, kitchen and living area and all the mod. cons. a modern family needs. The hotel has its own restaurant, but there are also plenty nearby.

Paradise Cove has a variety of pleasant accommodation including: condos, cottages, cabanas and suites. Enjoy a relaxing massage after spending the day by the pool or on the beach.

Bolongo Bay is a picturesque beach resort overlooking a beautiful bay. The accommodation is simple and comfortable and they’ve great watersports facilities, three restaurants, tennis courts, a pool and they also run sailing lessons. The two bedroom condos comfortably sleep four.

Galleon House is an unfussy stay offering comfortable rooms from just $75 per night. What’s more, it boasts gorgeous views of St Thomas and its harbour. A lovely all-round stay.

Bunker Hill Hotel features charming accommodation, a decent Caribbean restaurant, an outdoor pool and is just a short walk away from the beach. What more do you want?


Contacts

Ritz Carlton
340-775-3333

Frenchman’s Cove
340-693-4800

Magaritaville
340-775-8300

Elysian Hotel
340-775-1000

Bluebeards Beach Club
340-776-4770

Bluebeards Castle Resort
340-774-1600

Secret Harbour Hotel
340-775-6550

Windward Passage Hotel
340-774-5200

Emerald Beach Hotel
1-800-233-4936

Point Pleasant Hotel
1-888-619-4010

Pavillions and Pools
340-718-9150

Sapphire Beach Resort
340-775-2600

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
340-775-1800

Lindbergh Bay Hotel
340-774-2525

Mafolie Hotel
340-774-2790

Starz Hotel
340-777-7767

Bunker Hill Hotel
340-774-8056

Bellavista Hotel
340-714-5500

Flamboyan Resort and Villas
340-777-6000