Fronting its own gentle bay and a sprawling 34 acres, this is a big, American-style resort. Which means it’s not for everyone: The grounds are so spread out that the mobility-challenged need golf carts to get around, and the air-conditioned rooms are hermetically sealed off from the balmy tradewinds. None of the rooms are on the beach (admittedly, it’s not St. John’s best beach). But now that the grandest pool ★★ on St. John has reopened after a huge renovation, the resort’s beating heart is back in business. The “hotel” side of the Westin has actually been slowly shrinking—a resort whose rooms once numbered in the hundreds now has 96 (renovated) hotel rooms. The others have been converted to villas (Westin Vacation Ownership timeshare units, to be specific), some 172 fully equipped units that move in and out of the rental pool. More villas are in the works. The beautifully renovated Bay Vista Villas, up on the hillside, are virtually apartments, with full (state-of-the-art) kitchens, washer/dryers, dining tables, and patios overlooking the bay. But back to that pool: It’s a 3-quarter-acre beaut, with four chic cabanas and towering palm trees. It fronts the bay, which is dotted with sailboats and excursion boats; Cruz Bay Water Sports has a location right here for all your island-hopping needs. The resort has a small deli-grocery (look for Mango the resident cat), but you can also walk to the much better (and less pricey) St. John Market, on Chocolate Hole Road. The resort features excellent kids programs, though most require an extra outlay (boo! Hiss!).
St. John, USVI
St. John, USVI› Hotel
Westin St. John Resort & Villas
Chocolate Hole Rd
Our Rating Neighborhood Around the Island Phone 866/716-8108 in the U.S., or 340/693-8000 Prices Winter $379–$1,069 double, $489–$1,349 villa; off season $305–$600 double, $415–$889 villa. Resort fee $50 per day. Round-trip shuttle and private ferryboat transfers from St. Thomas airport $120 per person, $80 ages 4–12 Amenities 2 restaurants; 2 bars; deli; children’s playground; children’s programs; concierge; golf nearby; pool (outdoor); room service; 6 lit tennis courts; extensive watersports equipment/rentals; Wi-Fi (free) Units 367 units Web site Westin St. John Resort & VillasBook a Room Now