St. Thomas Offers Resorts A-Plenty

There's a surprisingly wide choice of resorts on St. Thomas, from the glittery five-star, to the basic but comfortable. Which one you choose ultimately depends on your budget and individual tastes, but all the resorts on St. Thomas combine excellent service, value, and atmosphere. Top-tier options include The Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Frenchman's Reef, and the Sugar Bay Resort. If you're looking for a moderately priced, less fancy option but with lots of amenities and, consider the Sapphire Beach Resort or the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Both have a laid-back atmosphere with pools, beaches and tennis courts, and many family-friendly options. On the lower end are resorts like the Best Western Emerald Beach, which has less character but offers good value for money and a beautiful beach setting. And for something totally unique, try Pavilions and Pools, where each unit comes with an outdoor pool and high walls for the ultimate in relaxation and privacy.

Best Western Emerald Beach Resort Saint Thomas
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This is one of three hotels located in the western part of the island, next to the airport. Though this may not sound appealing at first, the flip side is that the hotel opens onto the lovely Lindbergh Bay (named after the famous aviator). Only...  Read More

Point Pleasant Resort Saint Thomas


This private, unique condo-villa resort is located on a verdant hillside preserve adjacent to Water Bay, on the island's northeast shore. The 15-acre grounds include flowering shrubbery, century plants, frangipani trees, secluded nature trails,...  Read More

Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel by Antilles Resorts


Honeymooners and couples love this resort because each self-contained villa is completely private (high walls separate each one from neighboring units) and has its own private patio with pool. Each unit also has a kitchen, bathroom, living room...  Read More

Elysian Beach Resort Saint Thomas
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Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
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Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is a small, casual beach resort of 65 rooms with all the amenities of a larger resort. The cute pinkish buildings are located right on the resort's own 1000 foot-long beach. Rooms are simple and functional, with each...  Read More

Sapphire Beach Condo Resort & Marina by Antilles Resorts
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Sapphire hits all the marks as far as tropical beach resorts go. The location on a wide white-sand beach with views toward St. John and the British Virgin Islands is the key selling point, but the well-appointed, affordable rooms and resort...  Read More



This all-suite resort is tucked into a stunning white-sand beach at Nazareth Bay in St. Thomas's quiet east end. Rooms are just steps from the sand, and the cove is known for its great snorkeling and stunning sunsets. There are three types of...  Read More

Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
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Formerly operated by Wyndham, Sugar Bay Resort and Spa is now independent of the mega-chain but still as good as ever. Located on a bluff overlooking St. John and the British Virgin Islands, the towering monolith is not the most stylish hotel...  Read More

Frenchmans Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort Saint Thomas
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The Marriott is the island's largest and busiest resort, offering a full array of activities and services from a stunning bluffside location. The rooms are modern and spacious, having undergone a renovation in 2011. All units have private...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Saint Thomas
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The Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas's east end is without a doubt the plushest resort on the island, with its 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