- Reviews: 27
Divi Carina Resort: Nice Resort
The place is beautiful. Has a pool and bar/restaurant right on the beach. The villas were extremely large. 6 Girls stayed in on Villa and we all got ready on time- imagine? The service was not so great, may have been b/c it was off-season- no excuse as far as I'm concerned.
There is a casino on the premesis but it wasn't the best. Also, by the villas there is a private pool/hot tub that is lit up at night. Grab a few drinks and go swim under the stars.
- Reviews: 485
Sapphire Beach Resort
Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort is one of St. Thomas's premier resorts with complete amenities. The resort's beautiful beach is over a half mile long, with plenty of sun, shade and sand. Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort provides few accomodation options: Beachfront and Yacht Harbor Suites and Villas.
We opted for a Beachfront Villa. The room was big, with a queen size bed, a living room with a pull out sofa bed and full kitcken. A/C, cable TV, fridge and stove, fan ceiling, phone and safe were other things that we really enjoyed having available to us.
Big and clean rooms, perfect location, free parking for residents. The resort has a breath taking multi-level cascading freshwater pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
The beach is one of the best in St Thomas, with white sand and clear water. There is a water sports center on site, with snorkeling, windsurfing and sunfish sailing. Guests enjoy complimentary tennis on two courts, lit for night play.
- Reviews: 5
Maho Bay Camps: Eco camping at it's best
Maho Bay is built with conservation of the environment formost in importance. For this reason, the tents are placed on raised wooden platforms and there are raised wooden walkways inbetween. The trees and plants are allowed to grow pretty much undisturbed. The tents consist of two rooms, a sleeping room with twin beds and a living room/kitchen. Linens are provided and you may exchange them by returning the old to the laundry and picking up the new. Water is provided in thermoses and there is a propane cooking stove. There is a grill for each little cluster of tents and a spiggot for non-potable water every so often along the boardwalk. There is a restaurant where the food is very tasty but we ate out most of the time.
This place is very remote and the drive there was pretty scary late at night when we actually ventured there from Cruz Bay. But the view as the sun came up the next morning made it all worthwhile. If tenting is not your "thing" then this may not be for you. There are no personnel to carry your bags to your room and no room service. Once you get settled in it is comfortable and the staff is friendly and accommodating. I would definitely go back and stay there again. Now that we know exactly how things work there, it's be easy. I much preferred being so close to nature, rather than in some stuffy hotel. I don't think there are any stuffy hotels on St. John. We did have some uninvited house guests. There are geckos everywhere but they eat the bugs so we welcomed them. Not so welcome, however was the huge spider who greeted us one night when we arrived home. We shooed him out and he didn't come back. The Bananaquits come looking for a handout every morning and are fun to watch.
- Reviews: 32
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, USVI: Nice if you can swing it...
Very nice, luxury property; beautiful beach, near Red Hook. Far from the madding Charlotte Amalie crowd--very quiet.
Situated on a lovely beach, with rafts, small catamarans, etc., available; negative edge pool, luxurious rooms, attentive staff. Don't miss the poolside bar, Iguanas. There's a reason for its name...
- Reviews: 22
Westin Resort: Westin Resort
The pool area is the most beautiful I've ever seen with underwater lights, cascading waterfall, palm trees. Just relax and look at the stars...
- Reviews: 22
$375/night but we used priceline.com and got it for $75/night
The main door of the room opened to the outdoors. It made us feel like we were staying in our own private hilltop villa. We slept on the Westin 'Heavenly Bed'. It was so comfortable that we would have never woken up if we didn't have an alarm clock!
- Reviews: 45
Inn at Tamarind Court: Inn at Tamarind Court
This is the only budget accomodation on the island. Everyone who moves here started out at the Tamarind. They have small single rooms with shared facilities and also regualar hotel rooms with private facilites, and they should offer discounts for longer stays. It's basic but clean and convenient. They'll take phone messages for you and offer a free continental breakfast. You can eat at the courtyard restaurant or just have a drink at the bar with the locals.
- Reviews: 45
Other Options: Other Options
Maho Bay $100-200
Other hotels $375+
Rental Villas varies
Gallows Point Resort - The only resort I can recommend. There are only about 20 condos so no big crowds, it is set apart but still walking distance from downtown. The condo owners maintain the rooms comfortably so you'll get a separate bedroom, kitchen, living room with amenities.
Maho Bay - I like their concept of environmental friendliness. They are a bit far away from Cruz Bay but have everything you need on-site. Their beach is public and is very popular. Warning: cruise ship passengers have day excursions here.
- Reviews: 88
Because there were 11 of us,...
Because there were 11 of us, we rented a house for the week. It is called Prasanthi. It's located on one of the smaller bays on the island, but because of the tiny size of the island this presented no problems at all.
The house is only rented out on a weekly basis, but the web link has all of its prices.
Prasanthi itself is no longer on the market to visit. However, the company that rented us the house, Carribbean Villa, is still in business. Find their hyperlink below.
While this house can hold up to 12 people, it can be subdivided into upper and lower floors that do not connect, thus making it much easier to house smaller quantities of people. Do note that that bottom floor has a much weaker kitchen and no pool access.
- Reviews: 288
Saint Johns : do not...
Saint Johns : do not hesitate...go to The Inn at Tamarind Court !!! It's a great place with sometimes live music in the patio. Building is new, rooms are big and ultra clean with fan or a/c...and rates are very reasonnable as per Virgin Islands standards. The owners are very helpful.
Tortola : We had huge problems trying to find an 'affordable' accomodation...Tortola is definitively not made for 'backpackers'. We ended up in the Sea View Hotel which is not really a good place (small rooms just cleaned, dirty pool in the patio, and noisy outside, with some night visitors such as lizards...funny...) but with a very sympathic lady running the house. It's extremely cheap for Tortola but it's really overpriced if you had to compare with other places in the Carribean.
- Reviews: 31
Bolongo Bay Beach Club -...
Bolongo Bay Beach Club - Bolongo Bay is fun, casual, friendly and small, but with big resort facilities.
If you like to relax, find a hammock on our palm-lined beach and read, or try everything from sailing, kayaking, snorkeling or wave runners. Make sure you sign up for their famous 'Snorkel Booze Hunt', where they hide bottles in the bay and you go find them! A great way to learn how to snorkel.
- Reviews: 648
Tamarind Reef: Tamarind Reef
$150.00 U.S. currency
The outside breakfasts everday. The frozen drinks at the outside bar. The views are absolutely gorgeous and mesmerizing.
- Reviews: 229
Harmony Suites: Harmony Suites
Low-season (May 1 - December 14) rates are $105 - $125/night, double occupancy in a bedroom studio, $125 - $135/night in a living room studio. Additional guests in the same suite are $25/night per person.
During the winter season, from December 15, 2000 through April 30, 2001 rates are $175 - $190 per night double occupancy in a bedroom studio, $185 - $200 per night in a living room studio. Additional guests in the same suite are $25/night/person. (Minimum stay of seven nights required.)
Harmony Studios is a short walk up the hill from Maho Bay Camps. Perched on the hillside above Maho's tent-cottages, with vistas overlooking the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Virgin Islands National Park, Harmony Studios are the ideal vacation for those seeking to combine luxury accommodations with environmental sensitivity.
- Reviews: 7
Caneel Bay Resort: Caneel Bay Resort
120 rooms and 7 beaches spread out over 77 acres! There are 3 restaurants on the property, including The Equator (which has unbelievable sunsets) and Turtle Bay (very elegant).
Lots of acitivites, including day snorkeling and diving, sunset sailing and day trips to the British Virgin Islands.
- Reviews: 134
Charter a yacht. See pic for...
Charter a yacht. See pic for ours for a week.
You can charter a yacht that sleeps four comfortably for about $5-8,000 per week, which includes everything - food, drinks, crew, etc.
This is by far the best way to see a lot of the Virgins and get off the beaten path. Since they're so close together it doesn't take much time to sail from one island to another.
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