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  • The Buccaneer (St. Croix): Family-owned and built around the historic ruins of an old sugar plantation, this St. Croix resort is a class act, stretching over so many rolling acres that it comfortably encompasses an 18-hole golf course, eight championship tennis courts, a spa and health club, a 2-mile jogging trail, and three scenic beaches.

  • Caneel Bay (St. John): Laurance S. Rockefeller created Caneel Bay as the Caribbean’s first eco-resort back in the days when no one knew what that word meant. It’s an understated classic, an outpost of refinement without ostentation, and operating at the top of its game. The resort’s low-rise, low-impact structures front some of the island’s best beaches.

  • Biras Creek Resort (Virgin Gorda): The ultimate in serene privacy, this resort is built around an old hillside fortress that’s high up overlooking the liquid expanse of North Sound. It’s an escapist’s hideaway, no question, with luxe rooms, bicycles to breeze around in, and Boston whalers to comb North Sound on your very own. There are no phones or TVs, but who needs it when you’ve got iguanas, chickens, brilliant Atlantic Ocean surf, and a thousand stars above to sing you to sleep?

  • The Ritz-Carlton (St. Thomas): This is the top-tier place to stay on St. Thomas. Overseen by a grand Italianate palazzo and fronted by white-sand beaches, this full-service resort offers the kind of manicured comfort that’s luxurious if somewhat generic; still, rooms and suites are spacious and outfitted with sumptuous bathrooms and top-of-the-line amenities.

  • Bitter End Yacht Club (Virgin Gorda): Entertaining a lively scrum of sailors, families, and beach lovers, this sailing and diving resort opens onto North Sound, one of the most unspoiled deepwater harbors in the Caribbean. It feels a little like a rakish colonial outpost, with boats coming and going and an open-air lobby straight out of a Somerset Maugham tale, but it’s also a peaceful getaway, with luxury treehouse-style lodgings high above the seas.

  • Frenchmans B.V.I. (Tortola): The top lodging on Tortola, this small boutique property combines all the perks of a resort—including a topnotch restaurant—with the seclusion of a private villa. All cottages face the blue sweep of Frenchman’s Bay, with pelicans whirling and diving and terraces kissed by warm tradewinds.

  • Guana Island (Guana Island): Of all the very fine resorts in the B.V.I., this private island eco-retreat may be ne plus ultra in terms of sheer comfort and romantic seclusion, even if it’s a glorious and gracious throwback to the days before technological intrusions ruled daily life. This is rustic old-school luxury, where the service is hushed and impeccable, and the sea breezes are the best air-conditioning you’ll ever need.

  • Rosewood Little Dix Bay (Virgin Gorda): Warm service and understated elegance make this wonderful, 494-acre resort popular with families, older couples, and honeymooners alike. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. This impeccably run property offers sporting activities galore, the best spa in the Virgin Islands, and, in the beautiful wooden Pavilion, the bonhomie heart of the resort, a fizzy and convivial place to wine and dine. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.