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The number one Caribbean hot spot for vacationers from the United States, St. Thomas excels in hospitality on so many different levels. Many visitors – especially first timers – choose the destination resorts where everything is convenient and every whim handled. At the high end of the scale, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas dominates as a luxury destination resort. In the all-inclusive category, Dreams Sugar Bay Resort recently rebranded and reconfigured longtime favorite Sugar Bay. Coming up next: a new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort.
Those looking to immerse themselves more deeply in a U.S. Virgin Islands experience select inns and smaller hotels away from the popular resort areas. Mafolie Hotel, mountain top overlooking the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, is one such choice, where history and local culture further heighten the experience.
Hotels and resorts spread throughout the island and on little sister island St. John. A couple on the fringes of downtown Charlotte Amalie afford proximity to shopping and the city’s historic sites. Those on the island’s eastern end are more laid back and closer to Red Hook, the island’s salty seaside port and home to vivacious bars, clubs and restaurants.
The rest crop up on sandy bays for the ultimate island toes in the sand experience. On St. John, a short ferry ride away, accommodations range from beachfront platform tents in the national park to luxurious, old-money Caneel Bay.