Caribbean Tourism

Accommodation - St Thomas

There are many hotels, guest houses, apartments, villas and cottages on St Thomas, the cheaper places to stay are in town or up in the hills, while the newer, chain hotels on the beach are at the top of the range. Summer rates are about 20% cheaper than winter. There is a Hotel Association counter at the airport which can help you with reservations. Please note that non-inclusion does not imply non-recommendation.

Unfortunately, because of the increase in crime, you are not advised to walk around downtown Charlotte Amalie at night, take a taxi. Between downtown and Havensight the police have put up signs advising you not to walk along the waterfront path. Also be careful if walking to the Crystal Gade Synagogue and never walk there at night.

Resorts, Apartments & Condominiums

Clustered around the east end, such as the LL Elysian Beach Resort on Cowpet Bay, T7751000, F7760910. 180 rooms and suites, fitness centre, tennis, pool, jacuzzi, watersports centre offering diving, kayaking, parasailing, use of facilities at Bluebeard’s and LL-L Point Pleasant Resort, 6600 Estate Smith Bay, T7757200, F7765694, Children sharing parents’ room free under 21, 95 suites in 15 acres of tropical gardens, pool, tennis, watersports.

Next door is LL Renaissance Grand Beach Resort on Water Bay, PO Box 8267, T7751510, F7752185, 290 hill or beachside rooms and 36 suites, well-appointed, 2 pools, 6 lit tennis courts, fitness centre, restaurants, bars, children’s programmes, complimentary watersports, sailing, fishing and diving can be arranged, conference facilities, lovely views over the resort’s own beach to St John and the British Virgins.

LL Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina, T7756100, F7772403, 171 rooms, pool, suites, villas, watersports, tennis, kitchens, restaurant, children under 19 free when sharing, children’s activities. LL Secret Harbour Beach Resort, T7756550, F7751501. 64 suites, popular with honeymooners, watersports, tennis, kitchens, restaurant.

On the south coast is LL-L Bolongo Bay Beach Club & Villas, 7150 Bolongo, T7751800, F7753208, EP, CP or all-inclusive family resort, kids’ offers, pool, beach, tennis, kitchen facilities, 2 restaurants. Among others, and overlooking the entrance to Charlotte Amalie harbour and above Morningstar Beach, the huge LL Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort, PO Box 7100, T7768500, F7156191, 408 rooms and suites, all facilities, and its 96-room sister property LL Marriott Morning Star Beach Resort alongside, Lots of restaurants and bars, fitness centre, water ferry to town, watersports, pools, tennis, excursions, access for the disabled.

West of Charlotte Amalie are LL Best Western Emerald Beach Resort, 8070 Lindbergh Bay, T7778800, F7763426, 90 rooms, pool, bar, restaurant, ‘The Palms’ rooms have ocean and airport view, tennis, watersports. Its sister resort L-AL Best Western Carib Beach Resort, T7742525, F7744131, same website. Smaller at 60 rooms, pool, casual, both on Lindbergh Bay, sheltered beach at end of airport runway, only drawback is aircraft noise.

On the same bay, AL Island Beachcomber, PO Box 302579, T7745250, F7745615. 47 rooms, on beach, by airport, free shuttle to town. LL Pavilions and Pools, 6400 Estate Smith Bay, T/F7756110, 25 rooms with salt pools, kitchens, restaurant, newly renovated, private.LL The Ritz Carlton, 6900 Great Bay, T7753333, F7754444. 152 rooms, very expensive and luxurious. LL all inclusive Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, near the Renaissance Grand, T7777100, F7777200,300 rooms, also very expensive, 3 pools, watersports, tennis, fitness centre, scuba, beach volleyball, non-residents can get an all-inclusive day pass for US$50. The Department of Tourism website for hotel rates is.

Small Hotels & Guest Houses

L-AL Admiral’s Inn, T7741376, F7748010,12 rooms, seaside on Frenchtown Point. L-AL Limestone Reef Terraces, on Water Island, T7742148, Email: Studio apartments and 3-bedroom villa with car, overlooking Honeymoon Beach. AL-A Danish Chalet Inn, T7745764, F7774886, Good value, 10 rooms, friendly owners. A-B Island View Guest House, T7744270, F7746167,Great place to stay before or after a charter, near airport, great view.

In Charlotte Amalie: LL Bluebeard’s Castle, on hillside overlooking town, T7741600, F7745134. 183 rooms, sports, pool, free shuttle to Magens Bay Beach and to Veterans’ Drive. Heading towards the airport, is LL-L Windward Passage Holiday Inn, PO Box 640, T7745200, F7741231. Pool, restaurant, 151 rooms, walking distance of shops and ferries, shuttle to beach.

AL Villa Blanca, T7760749, F7792661,14 rooms, large gardens, on hillside, view of town and harbour, pool, quiet, family run. AL-A Bunker Hill Hotel, 7A Commandant Gade, T7748056, F7743172, 15 rooms, a/c, TV, pool, airport transfers. AL-B Galleon House, PO Box 6577, T/F7746952, Swimming pool, veranda, gourmet breakfast, snorkel gear provided, discounts for senior citizens. B-C Miller Manor, PO Box 1570, on the hill behind the Catholic Cathedral, T7741535, F7745988, Email: millermanor-aida-leo@worldnet.attnet Clean, very friendly, a/c, 5 mins’ walk to town, microwave and fridge in each room. For luxury & peace rent your own island.

Little St James, a 72-acre island, off the southeast of St Thomas, has an antique-furnished villa, sleeps 8 and comes with 2 boats, captain and staff, all-inclusive. Contact Caribbean Chapters in the UK for rental information, T44-1244-341131, popular with the rich and famous, eg Kevin Costner.

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