The stunning U.S. Virgin Islands are, without a doubt, a little piece of heaven amidst the endless blue waters of the Caribbean and Atlantic. While each island boasts its own unique features, one thing is common for all – the natural beauty of these territories is unmistakable. White-sand beaches lined with hammocks, towns full of historical significance and their unique flair, and the lushest tropical greenery imaginable amidst it all. You can’t wish for a more perfect backdrop as you sip on some of the finest Caribbean rums and enjoy fresh conch fritters on the beach. After a day of enjoying the endless sunshine and the azure waters you’ll be wanting to immerse yourself in luxury comfort and here is our selection of the best hotels and resorts that will exceed all expectations during your stay on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Marriott Frenchman’s Cove
Two and three-bedroom spacious villas overlooking the striking Pacquereau Bay are the defining elements at the Marriott Frenchman’s Cove resort on St. Thomas Island. Perfect for a tropical escape with friends or family, all villas are comfortably equipped with capacious living areas, fully fitted kitchens, and dining areas. Elegant bedrooms and spacious bathrooms truly make this resort the ideal home away from home. The location itself, where the Marriott Frenchman’s Cove resort has found its home, couldn’t be any more stunning – overlooking azure waters adjacent to a private strip of beach and also within easy reach of the historic town of Charlotte Amalie, it is not only magical within itself but allows exploring the nearby gems with ease.
The resorts own Sunset Cove Poolside Bar & Grill offers effortless poolside open-air dining with complementing ocean views, juicy coconut shrimp, indulgent cocktails and even live entertainment. Each private villa has its own patio and balcony to allow its residents to take full advantage of the unimaginably gorgeous surroundings, ocean air, and bird songs. All interiors are kept in-line with the tropical setting – light and cream-color walls and furnishings create lovely contrasts with the heavier wooden bedframes and fixtures.
St. Thomas Great Bay Resort
The St. Thomas Great Bay Resort is located on the east coast of St. Thomas along the Great Bay on a stunning oceanfront section with a white sand beach, tall swaying palm trees and a turquoise and deep blue panorama as far as the horizon. Enjoy this striking vista from one of the waterfront loungers on the pristine private beach, the beautiful outdoor pool, or even your own balcony – it’s impossible to be left indifferent by all of this natural beauty. The resort offers two outdoor pools, a fitness center, fantastic dining at the al-fresco Coconut Cove Restaurant which excels with unmatched views, or the elegant Essenza Restaurant. All rooms and suites are spacious, modern, and exceptionally elegant – they include comfortable beds with crisp, white high thread count linens, practical and elegant furnishings, and huge windows that allow the rooms to be filled with the warm Caribbean light and ocean breeze. Most rooms also have balconies.
The Westin St. John Resort Villas
Spread over 47 acres, The Westin St. John Resort Villas is a true tropical resort paradise come to life. Located on St. John’s Great Cruz Bay it not only boasts impressive views of the surrounding landscape but also features a gorgeous, private 400-meter long white sand beach perfect for effortless daytime lounging or a pre-sunset stroll. Manicured lawns, tropical flowers, and plants cover the whole area of the resort making it an absolute tropical oasis. The Westin St. John Resort Villas is one of the most stylish and elegant resorts on the island offering one, two, and three-bedroom villas and even a 2,850 square feet townhouse which can comfortably accommodate up to 8 adults. Signature Westin touches guarantee the highest levels of luxury and comfort. The resort also has its own full-service spa with relaxing and rejuvenating treatment options, as well as a fitness center and fantastic outdoor pools.
All villas excel with their fantastic interior design which feels fresh, modern, and truly luxurious. The well-balanced interior elements mix contemporary features with carefully placed island-inspired details. The result is well beyond expectations and this truly makes this Westin resort stand out among its competitors on the island. Lush beds and sofas are matched with dark and heavier wooden furnishing and contemporary lighting pieces. The windows open up to the stunning surroundings seamlessly blending the two together. Fully equipped and fitted kitchens complete the space making it a true home for the duration of your stay.
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
The beautiful Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa embodies within itself everything you’d expect from the Virgin Islands and more. This luxury hotel is built on a previous sugar plantation which not only gives it a natural appeal but also historical significance. The villa-style suites boast a heavenly and tranquil appeal which continues into the communal areas too. Surrounded by a lush tropical forest, the outdoor pool is a peaceful haven where comfort and decadence are above everything. The Carambola spa offers rejuvenating treatments in the most picturesque setting imaginable – right on the beach. The resort and its dark wood furnishings and interior elements are slightly resemblant to those of the world’s best retreats in Southeast Asia thus making Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa so much more than just any tropical resort – this peaceful oasis will not only recharge your body but also your mind and soul.
All suites are tropical sanctuaries where you feel worlds away from the buzz of everyday life and seem to be immersed in a peaceful oasis. Light walls and floors contrast with deep dark wooden furnishing – massive bed frames and beautiful louver doors. Soft lighting makes each space inviting and it’s the perfect cocoon of comfort after a day of enjoying all the sensational experiences the island has on offer.
There is something extra special about family-run luxury hotels and resorts. We have already talked about the legendary Hotel Byblos in Côte d’Azur, run by the established Chevanne family, and Sonnenalp in Vail, and The Buccaneer is essential to mention in the contest of the Caribbean. Not only has this remarkable family hotel been an important player in the luxury hospitality scene for years – it is also the longest-running resort in the Caribbean. Run by the Armstrong family for over 70 years, The Buccaneer delivers the promise of effortless Caribbean splendor and tropical comfort. Offering an 18-hole golf course, 8 tennis courts, 3 beaches ideal for everything from kayaking and snorkeling to idling in peace and quiet, a full water sports center, and The Hideaway Spa & Salon.
The rooms reflect traditional island charm and aesthetic – heavy wooden-frame king beds with high thread-count linens and unmatched views of the azure waters of Grotto and Mermaid Beach. The luxury oceanview rooms located in the Great House or the historic Sugar Mill offer well-appointed comfort and a large patio or balcony where you can enjoy the warm rays of sun, the fresh ocean air, and a getting immersed in the natural beauty of the surrounding St. Croix landscape. The spacious Ficus Suite comes with two master bedrooms, perfect for a couples’ getaway – this suite is not only equipped with an oversized whirlpool tub and a separate shower, but also an expansive balcony overlooking the ocean and pool.