1 . Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

St Thomas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 524 - 2000

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Palm fronds graze the light pink walls as the sun reflects off the white roof and illuminates the golden beach sand and clear turquoise waters. You keep closing and opening your eyes to make sure it’s not a mirage. But it’s true – you have arrived at our No. 1 St. Thomas Island resort!

Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is situated on the southern tip of St. Thomas and overlooks the bustling Charlotte Amalie Harbor. With 479 hotel rooms, Frenchman’s Reef is the largest Caribbean vacation resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. That doesn’t mean you’ll get lost in the crowd, though. Frenchman’s Reef is dedicated to simultaneously providing individualized service and ample privacy. While sipping your morning coffee, looking out over the Caribbean Sea – and read your newspaper that was delivered to your room that morning. After a day waterskiing, snorkeling or SCUBA diving, return to a room that mirrors the aquatic landscape outside. Tropical flowers against teal accent the sunny yellow walls. Or, take a break from the beach scene and relax in a room with colorfully patterned carpet, classic mahogany doors that lead to the open-air terrace and a plush red couch.

Related activities

Inspire your little buccaneer with Pirate Lore, story telling and tales from the island.

Related Onsite Offerings

Tempt your sense of adventure with an exotic Lastone Therapy Massage. Using 54 hot basalt stones and 18 chilled marble stones, tight muscles will be relaxed and all your stress and tension will melt in the Caribbean sun.

Highlights

Surrounded by paradise is the perfect way to embark on the most adventurous and rewarding journey of your life, your marriage. Walk down the aisle, bordered by lush gardens with the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond, and exchange vows beneath the shade of Frenchman’s Reef’s white gazebo.

2 . Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

St Thomas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 524 - 4746

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We have all dreamt of the perfect Caribbean vacation – the way it should be. It’s just a matter of finding it that sometimes eludes us. Not when you stay at our No. 2 St. Thomas resort, however! Come stay and play the true Caribbean way at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort!

We don’t necessarily mean you are going to start saying “mon” instead of “man” at the end of every sentence, but we do mean that at Bolongo, your experience is entirely focused on sand and sun. Located on the 1000-ft. palm-lined St. Thomas beach, you are steps away from the Caribbean Sea shore in your Bolongo oceanfront room. And the pool’s water is just as crystal blue as the island sea and sky. But what really got us excited was the attention paid to our stomachs – not in a bikini contest, but in the kitchen! Bolongo is the only all-inclusive resort to offer lobster, all-you-can-eat snow crab and filet mignon without a surcharge. As much as you may want to stay in that hammock, Bolongo encourages diving in – literally and figuratively. Kayak, paddleboat, try an aqua tri-cycle or take a SCUBA lesson in the pool!

Related Onsite Offerings

Take a breather from the beach activity at Iggies Beach Bar and Grill, voted the best beach bar in the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel and Life’s readers in 2004.

Fun facts

Dick and Joyce Doumeng were awarded the Caribbean Hotel Association’s Hotelier of the year in 1988 and are the only couple to have done so.

Related activities

Have you been looking for the perfect date? Well, Bolongo Bay offers the Perfect Date Package for you and your sweetheart. Begin the night with a Sunset Sail around the Charlotte Amalie Harbor on the 53-ft. catamaran, Heavenly Days. Sip champagne as the sun gives way to the island’s sparkling night lights. Upon your return, enjoy a romantic dinner for two at Lobster Grille.

3 . Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

St. Thomas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (340) 775 - 6100

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Our No. 3 pick specializes in going beyond the ordinary. The sun is not just yellow, it’s a sunflower gold. The clouds are not just fluffy, they are gossamer. The water is not just blue, it’s a brilliant sapphire. And so, Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina takes its place in the ranks of exceptional beach resorts.

Sapphire Beach Resort rests on its own beach, which is more than half a mile long, complete with sun, sand, shore and shade. Drop your anchor in the 67-slip Sapphire Marina and watch the gentle waves rise and fall from your Yacht Harbor View Suite. Our favorite view, however, was from Sapphire’s multi-level cascading pool. From these sapphire waters, a sweeping vista of the Caribbean seascape and some of the other surrounding islands is visible. Pretend with the kids that you are swimming to the next island shore or stay on St. Thomas with a cool beverage in hand. If you must venture off the beach, then the summit of St. Peter Mountain is our suggestion – and not just for the banana daiquiris you can reward yourself with. Or, reward yourself simply by returning to Sapphire’s beach!

Average temperature

High 82 degrees F, low 78 degrees F.

Related activities

Another spot worth visiting for some phenomenal keepsake photos is Drake’s Seat, where you can see 100 islands.

Related Onsite Offerings

Sapphire Beach Resort has a sports center for popular activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing and sunfish sailing. By night, enjoy a game of tennis on one of two lit courts.

4 . The Beachcomber Hotel

St. Thomas, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (340) 774 - 5250

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There are most assuredly a few habits we are encouraged to develop throughout our lives. And combing is our favorite of those for the No. 4 resort. Beachcombing, that is, at The Beachcomber Hotel in Lindberg Bay.

The Beachcomber Hotel is a St. Thomas Island treasure. Feel the refreshing sea breeze blow off the water and through your hair as you sit in the open air Castaway Bar with your choice of beverage. Walk up and down the shoreline as the tide nips at your toes and the warm sand soothes your soles. This diamond in the rough resort is a tranquil retreat where you can reconnect with your thoughts, hopes and dreams. Bond with the Beachcomber community at Sunday’s BBQ or soak up the view and fantastic food from the patio of Castaway Restaurant. Chomp away on juicy baby back ribs or indulge in a specialty, banana griddle cakes.

Related Onsite Offerings

Beachcomber Hotel’s rooms come with all the comforts of home, including remote-controlled A/C, TV, wireless Internet, a coffee maker and a refrigerator.

Related activities

Hop in a kayak and paddle on over to The Mangrove and see southern and spotted eagle stingrays.

Getting there

Once you step off the plane or ferry, a rental car is easily obtained for mainland transportation. Or, choose to ride an Islander Taxi or tour the island through Timmy Tours.

Despite our No. 5 pick’s name, there is no way we are keeping quiet about this resort. Secret Harbour may have successfully slipped into the quiet East End of St. Thomas Island, but it did not slip by us unnoticed.

Sequestered in a cove and surrounded by palm trees, the water stays consistently calm. This makes Secret Harbour’s shore ideal for water sports like snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Since the water is relatively shallow (only about 45 ft. deep), divers receive a significant amount of bottom time. Spot a stingray, sergeant major, grunts or yellowtail snappers! The crescent shaped beach is especially romantic. Walk hand-in-hand in this intimate setting beneath the crescent moon and rekindle that burning flame. Secret Harbour also understands that you like to be active, as well as relax, on vacation. The three all-weather tennis courts, a fitness center and an outdoor freshwater pool are there for leisure or to keep your workout schedule. But you are on vacation, after all, so end your day with an invigorating massage from Secret Harbour’s onsite professional massage therapist.

Related Onsite Offerings

Blue Moon Café is on site to satiate your appetite three times a day with delicious, casual dining. There is even a barefoot bar, too!

Related activities

If you don’t like the idea of diving in yourself, but still want to see the world under the sea, take a submarine tour on the Atlantis XV. You’ll see tropical fish, stingrays, lobsters, turtles and maybe even a shark!

Fun facts

Stay at Secret Harbour during St. Thomas Island’s French Heritage Week. Celebrate the French roots of Caribbean culture through dinners, dancing, fishing tournaments and family activities.

6 . Magens Point Resort

St. Thomas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 524 - 2031

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Magens Point Resort really puts the heart into our St. Thomas Island Resort list – well, Magens Point Resort’s beach does. Magens Bay Beach is not only unique for its heart shape, it has also been called one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by National Geographic Magazine.

If you think the importance of location on your Caribbean vacation only extends to St. Thomas Island, think again. Magens Point Resort is on the north side of St. Thomas on the side of a lush tropical hill overlooking the famed Magens Bay Beach. When you think it can’t get any better, thing again. Next door is also the Mahogany Run Golf Course. This George and Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole course includes the challenging “Devil’s Triangle.” Take a lucky swing or two on the green surrounded by blooming Caribbean flora and breathtaking cliffs. Turning inside, Magens Point Resort has beautifully paired location with amenities. Splash around in the outdoor freshwater pool with a cascading rock waterfall and views of Magens Bay Beach. Enjoy scheduled entertainment on Monday, Wednesday or Saturday. Or, visit Lady Luck in the video lottery game room with games like poker, blackjack and keno.

Related Onsite Offerings

Forget sunscreen and a good beach read? Magens Point Resort has a mini-store that can supply you with anything you’ve forgotten to pack or decide you need, from beach towels and DVDs to liquor and food items.

Fun facts

According to local legend, Sir Francis Drake anchored his ships in Magens Bay Beach while he watched from a hilltop for ships to plunder.

Related activities

Host a business conference or seminar at Magens Point Resort and Magens will organize a tournament event for up to 144 people on Mahogany Run Golf Course.

7 . Bluebeard's Beach Club

St Thomas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 722 - 0073

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In a crop of emerald green palm treetops, a rustic red roof peeks out and then gives way to 15 acres of private Caribbean beachfront property with white sand and aquamarine lounge chairs to match the Caribbean Sea in the resort’s back-yard. Impressed? We were!

Bluebeard’s Beach Club lets you strike a balance between being a beach bum and an active islander. You never have to leave the acres of sand, intensely blue water or the hammock from which you stare up at the equally intensely-blue sky. Or, you can get up and play a game of shuffleboard, ride the wind parasailing or challenge your family and friends to a game of water or sand volleyball. Whichever you choose, Bluebeard encourages both. The contrast of relaxation and activity continues inside the resort as well. Sit at the swim-up bar in the outdoor free form pool or play video games and billiards on site. But what we recommend for everyone is a Bluebeard suite or condo, accented with coral and sand colors and a gorgeous view of the St. Thomas coastline from the balcony.

Related activities

For the avid island explorers, ride horseback through the lush tropical terrain. Or, explore the diverse and numerous duty-free shops in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fun facts

Bluebeard is a character in a French fairytale by Charles Perrault involving a wealthy aristocrat, Bluebeard, whose wives mysteriously disappear. When he marries a neighbor’s daughter and she unlocks a forbidden room in his chateau, she is in danger of disappearing the same way as the wives before her.

Getting there

Cyril E. King International Airport is the closest airport to Bluebeard’s Beach Club. From the airport, take Route 30 East past the waterfront. Turn right at Mandela Circle. Then, at the top of the hill, turn left to continue on Route 30. Travel approximately another mile and make a right turn at Bluebeard’s Beach Club sign.

8 . Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa

x, Ohio

CALL DIRECT: +1 (340) 777 - 7100

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Crash! You ram your car into your kid’s car. No, this isn’t an extreme case of familial road rage. This is you and your family riding water bumper boats at our family-friendly St. Thomas vacation resort, Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa.

Our No. 8 resort holds two key elements to a successful St. Thomas Island getaway in its title: sugar and spa. Situated next to a secluded mountainside, Wyndham Sugar Bay’s sand beach is soft and sugar-white. And not only are they a Caribbean beachfront hotel with four tennis courts, a basketball course, jogging track and equipment to sail, kayak, snorkel and SCUBA dive – there’s also Journeys Spa! Feel refreshed after a day lounging in one of the three interconnecting pools with a waterfall and then a Balinese massage with acupressure, organic tropical oils and a tropical back scrub. But massages with exotic oils are not exactly the perfect Virgin Island vacation in a kid’s mind – again, Wyndham Sugar Bay is one step ahead. While you’re at Journey’s Spa, on a worry-free island of your own, the kids will be at Kids Klub. With their peers and supervision, they’ll enjoy iguana feeding, painting, movies and games.

Related activities

Spend a half-day on the waters between St. Thomas and St. John Islands. Swim and snorkel during the one stop with provided gear and instruction. The sailing excursion includes open bar and light snacks.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hold your dream Caribbean destination wedding at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa with their Tropical Romance in Paradise package. This thoughtful package deal includes a bottle of imported champagne, a consultation with a romance specialist, decorative wedding certificate, honeymoon memento, a tropical bouquet that matches the groom’s boutonniere and much more!

Getting there

From Cyril E. King International Airport, enjoy a scenic drive through the port and over mountains. Exit the airport and turn right onto Harwood Hwy. Then turn left onto Route 38 East to Smith Bay Road. Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa is on the left hand side.

9 . The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

St Thomas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (340) 775 - 3333

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When we were little, most of us would dream that one day we’d find we were actually a prince or princess that lived in a large castle far away. Now, that dream can come true. Arrive at the opulent, luxury castle that is Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas and feel like royalty.

Our No. 9 spot is the ideal 30-acre Caribbean headquarters on Great Bay for those kings and queens searching for grand treatment on and off the sand. Indulge in a seaside cabana massage. The soothing massage motions, coupled with the sounds of the gently crashing waves and sea breeze, will send you, body and mind, into a deep trance of peaceful relaxation. Later, head straight down to the resort’s beach to go island hopping aboard Kekoa. This Ritz-Carlton boat shuttles you to St. John’s National Park Dock in Cruz Bay. While the king and queen are busy in their own kingdom of leisure, your little princes and princess will be, too. The Ritz-Kids, St. Thomas includes craft time, pool games, like diving for treasure, lunch, Hobie Cat rides, games on the Mangrove Lawn and sand castle building.

Related activities

Take your own customized sailing excursion aboard Ritz-Carlton’s 53-ft. catamaran, Lady Lynsey. Spend a half or full day snorkeling or shopping on St. John’s Island. Take a romantic sunset cruise or dinner sail to St. Johns. Or, our favorite, go on a pirate treasure hunt!

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy luxury amenities like a private balcony or terrace, 32-inch HD TV, fully-stocked refreshment cabinet, coffee maker, an in-room safe and high speed Internet access.

Getting there

From Cyril E. King International Airport, turn right on State Road 30. Continue past the waterfront and downtown shopping area and follow State Road 30 right, in front of Havensight Mall and the West Indian Company Cruise ship dock. Continue on State Road 30 and take a left at the stop sign at the crest of the hill. Still continue on State Road 30 until it intersects with State Road 32. Turn right on State Road 32 and follow it past the National Guard Armory. Turn right onto State Road 322 by the Ritz-Carlton sign. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas will be on your right.

10 . Elysian Beach Resort

St. Thomas,

CALL DIRECT: +1 (340) 775 - 1000

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We’re sure you always imagined it would be St. Peter opening the pearly gates for you, but we have found that it is actually St. Thomas that is the doorway to paradise. Our No. 10 St. Thomas Island resort, Elysian Beach Resort, only adds to the already celestial surroundings.

Encompassed by hills covered in a blanket of palm trees, Elysian has 67 villas with balconies that look out on the expansive, blue Caribbean Sea and Elysian’s yacht-filled cove. We’ve heard that things run in the family, which is another reason Elysian is a prime St. Thomas Island vacation destination – it is the sister property of our No. 7 pick, Bluebeard’s Beach Club. Holding to the same standards of relaxing luxury and quality entertainment, Elysian has a unique free form pool, day spa, marina, outdoor hot tub and more to amuse! After a rigorous game of tennis or basketball, or a relaxing swim in the pool or Caribbean Sea, Elysian has two fine dining options to satisfy the appetite you’ve worked up. Head to Bonnie’s by the Sea for local flair in seafood and Caribbean cuisine; or enjoy traditional favorites, seafood specials and live piano bar entertainment at Robert’s American Grille.

Related activities

Explore the Caribbean by spending a day deep-sea fishing or reading a book on the beach. Dine at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, overlooking Cowpet Bay. Or, spend a half-day shopping at Palm Passage and island hopping.

Fun facts

In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields were the final resting place of heroic and virtuous people’s souls.

Related Onsite Offerings

Elysian Beach Resort rooms come with world-class amenities like a balcony with a view, coffee maker, refrigerator, toaster and wireless Internet.

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