US Virgin Islands Hotels: Luxury to Laidback, and Everything In-Between

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.

Mafolie Hotel
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This hotel is one of the best of the many historic boutique properties in the hills surrounding Charlotte Amalie. Perched 800 feet above the harbor, each room is different from the next, all decorated by the owner with a personal touch. The...  Read More



Surrounded by the Virgin Islands National Park, Concordia is a unique low-cost, no-frills eco experience that puts guests as close to nature as possible without actually camping. The 25 soft-sided wood-frame tents are spread out across a scenic...  Read More



Located just a 10-minute drive from Christiansted, the Palms is the place for guests wanting a more intimate resort experience. This friendly, family-run establishment features just 40 rooms sitting astride a pearly-white beach. Personal touches...  Read More

Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
Photo courtesy of Sugar Bay Resort


Formerly operated by Wyndham, this giant resort and spa is now independent of the mega-chain but still as good as ever. It's not the most stylish hotel you'll ever see, but rooms are functional and modern, with Asian-themed furnishings,...  Read More



One of only two large hotels on the island (the other being Caneel Bay Resort), The Westin is pretty much the opposite of Caneel in terms of style and ambiance, though it's no less desirable as an accommodation option. It's spread over 47 acres...  Read More



Situated on a 1000-foot silky white sand beach on the island's east end, Divi Carina has the distinction of being the only all-inclusive resort on St. Croix, and the only one with a casino. The range of amenities is impressive – and necessary...  Read More

Frenchmans Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort Saint Thomas
Photo courtesy of Marriott Frenchman's Reef


The Marriott Frenchman's Reef is one of the finest and busiest hotels in the Virgin Islands. Located on a picturesque bluff overlooking both Charlotte Amalie harbor and the Caribbean, it not only boasts a commanding view, but offers spacious...  Read More



Caneel Bay is a curious paradox: it's one of the premier resorts of the Caribbean (and one of the oldest), but it's definitely not one of the most luxurious. It's more like an elegant, old money summer camp. Which makes sense, considering it was...  Read More



Known as a gracious, elegant, yet low-key resort, the Buccaneer has catered to well-heeled families for generations. Perhaps the most picturesque resort on St Croix, the Buccaneer occupies a 300-acre estate that was formerly a sugar plantation....  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Saint Thomas
Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton St. Thomas


The Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas's east end is without a doubt the plushest resort on the island, with palazzo-style marble-floored lobby, bubbling fountains, hidden courtyards, and elegantly-appointed rooms. Guests can take advantage of the...  Read More


Meet Karen Elowitt

Karen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before becoming a travel writer. She worked for renowned  travel expert Peter Greenberg before going freelance, and now...  More About Karen