Five Star Hotels in St. Thomas

The list of five-star hotels and resorts on St. Thomas (and St. John) is not long, as they are small islands better-known for boutique hotels and rental condos. But the few five-star hotels that do exist are some of the best in the Caribbean.

The Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas's east end is without a doubt the plushest resort on the island, with its palazzo-style marble-floored lobby, bubbling fountains, hidden courtyards, and elegantly-appointed rooms. Guests can take advantage of the resort's private white-sand beach, extensive spa, and Ritz Kids program, which features snorkeling and scuba diving. The property also has its own scuba diving school and private yacht. The restaurants are outstanding, and include Bleuwater, an award-winning favorite.

The Marriott is not as plush as the Ritz, but it is a full-service, American-style mega-resort with facilities devoted to the good life. Located on a picturesque bluff overlooking both the harbor and the Caribbean, the accommodations here have all you'll need for comfort, including spacious rooms with private balconies and sea views, variety in dining, a large private beach, tennis courts, a spa and more.

The Wyndham is a step down from both the Ritz and the Marriott, but as a hugely popular all-inclusive resort, it rates highly among hotels on the island. This is not the most cutting-edge or stylish hotel, but guest rooms have modern carpeting, Balinese furnishings, electronics, wall treatments, and state-of-the-art plumbing. The hotel has three pools, a private beach, a kids club, one of only two casinos (slot machines only) on the island, and the hotel's spa, Journeys, is the largest full-service spa in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

St. John should not be overlooked as an alternative to St. Thomas if you want more choices for five-star lodging. The Caneel Bay Resort, for example, has long been a favorite for discerning travelers who want a posh (but not flashy) hotel with unparalleled food and amenities. Surrounded by lush greenery, the rooms are set back on low cliffs or headlands and have understated elegant decor (but no technology such as phones or internet access). The resort lies on a 170-acre parcel and offers a choice of seven beaches, historic ruins, semi-formal dining, and incredible views.

The Westin St. John is a more modern-style resort but also offers all the bells and whistles a well-heeled customer could want. A deluxe, cliff-top resort with direct beach access, the Westin fronts a Caribbean bay flanked by green hills on St. John's southwest side. Guestrooms feature specialized beds and baths for extra vacation comfort. Attractions include water sports, a health spa and fitness center, and hiking and snorkeling in Virgin Islands National Park.

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