The Best Hotels in St. Thomas, USVI
From Magens Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, to magnificent mangroves and some of the best shopping in the Caribbean, St Thomas is a dynamic and energetic destination that has been among the most popular in the entire region since the beginning of the pandemic.
And the island’s hotel product is diverse: a stay in St. Thomas can range from a small boutique hotel to five-star luxury; here are our picks for the best hotels and resorts in St. Thomas.
Located on Great Bay on the quieter eastern end of the island, the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas just underwent a $100 million renovation with a beautiful oceanfront infinity pool lined with private cabanas, four restaurants that include fine Sicilian cuisine at Alloro, and a renovated lounge for Club-level guests. A spa and a catamaran for private sailing complete the five-star facilities. And then there are those views of St John.
The legendary family-run Bolongo Bay is a stress-free hideaway just a short drive from bustling Charlotte Amalie. When the purpose of your Caribbean vacation is simply to unwind over a cocktail and laze on the beach, this family-friendly resort is the place to be. Rooms are right on the sand and a short walk from the shore, and dining at the poolside Iggie Restaurant makes the all-inclusive plan extra worthwhile. No visit is complete without a sunset cruise on the Heavenly Days catamaran and participating in the weekly scavenger hunt for sunken rum bottles.
Every room at the Lindbergh Bay resort has a beachfront balcony, and the laid-back garden includes a pool with a waterfall feature and the Caribbean Fusion restaurant, serving locally-inspired cuisine. The Emerald Beach Bar is one of the few truly waterfront watering holes on the island.
This condo complex features one, two, and three bedroom villas located on the hillside or on the beach about a mile outside of Red Hook, the eastern gateway to nearby St. John. The beach is tucked away on the side of a quiet harbour, as is the beach restaurant and bar; at the top of the hill is the swimming pool with a beautiful view of the bay of Nazareth. On-site activities are provided by a nautical base; there are also tennis courts and a fitness center.
Boutique hotels are rare in St. Thomas; Two Sandals is not only that, but also a bed & breakfast. Located in Red Hook, just steps from Secret Harbor Beach, the hotel has a modest collection of rooms, villas, and a private condo. There’s no pool, but that’s what the beach is there for, and Two Sandals is also within walking distance of the bars and shops of Red Hook and the ferry to St. John’s – perfect for an excursion of a day.
This Jimmy Buffett-themed resort is part of Wyndham Vacation Clubs, but condo units can also be rented by non-club members. One-bedroom villas are located on the hillside and poolside, and the resort is located on an east coast beach near Red Hook.
The history of Bluebeard’s Castle (recently renamed simply “Bluebeard”) dates back to the 1600s, when the stone tower was built by the Danes to protect Charlotte Amalie. Although there is no evidence that it was ever occupied by the pirate Bluebeard, the tower remains a prominent landmark on the city skyline, and the surrounding property has been renovated after the damage caused. by the 2017 hurricane to include a pair of accommodation options: the Castle Villas and the Pirate’s Pension. Guests have access to a trio of restaurants, a pool, and tennis.
The views don’t get any better than from this hotel in the hills above Charlotte Amalie, where you can spend your days watching seaplanes take off and cruise ships come in and out of the harbor below. The hotel has 22 rooms — including what’s billed as the smallest room on St. Thomas — and stays include a full breakfast served poolside. The fine-dining restaurant is magical after dark, with an open-air patio overlooking the city lights below.