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?
Bluebeards Beach Club
Bluebeards Castle Resort
Secret Harbour Hotel
Windward Passage Hotel
Emerald Beach Hotel
Point Pleasant Hotel
Pavillions and Pools
Sapphire Beach Resort
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Lindbergh Bay Hotel
Bunker Hill Hotel
Flamboyan Resort and Villas