There's a surprisingly wide choice of accommodation in the Virgin Islands, from glittery resorts, to boutique inns, to eco-camping lodges. Which style of lodging you choose ultimately depends on your individual tastes, but all accommodation styles combine excellent service, value, and atmosphere.
The USVI is fortunate to have several properties that preserve the genteel, old-money atmosphere of days gone by, when Kennedys and Rockefellers vacationed in the islands. Caneel Bay Resort on St. John and The Buccaneer on St. Croix both offer this sort of elegant, unflashy experience. The Ritz Carlton on St. Thomas also does to a certain extent, though it's arguably more "new money" than old. But it's a splendid place to stay, nevertheless (if you can afford it).
More moderately-priced yet equally fabulous options include relaxed beachfront resorts like Sugar Bay on St. Thomas, the Palms at Pelican Cove and Divi Carina on St. Croix, or the Westin St. John. Each offers a laid-back atmosphere with pools, beaches and/or tennis courts, plus family-friendly and all-inclusive options.
Specialty lodging also has its place in the galaxy of accommodation in the USVI: there are lots of stylish boutique hotels and swank villas dotting the hillsides around the main towns of all three islands, as well as a couple of eco-camps in St. John. Mafolie Hotel in St. Thomas is a favorite boutique property because it combines great value with spectacular views and fine dining. And St. John's Concordia Eco Tents are a truly unique low-cost, no-frills eco experience that puts guests as close to nature as possible without actually camping.
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