No longer a Wyndham property, this 294-room all-inclusive resort has undergone exciting renovations, with recent refreshments of all rooms, the lobby, and the main restaurant, which by press time, should be a fully operating Japanese teppanyaki steakhouse. It’s an impressive, well-maintained property, on one of the island’s prettiest perches, a 32-acre plot of sloping terrain just 5 minutes from the ferry terminal at Red Hook. From its position atop a rocky promontory, guests are treated to panoramic views out over the sea. At its feet is a pretty, secluded beach that’s smallish but excellent for snorkeling and swimming. It’s a fine family resort, with a wonderful pool/beach/restaurant area called the Mangroves right on the beach (reached via a steep walk 99 steps down from the hotel; those with mobility issues can reach it by hotel shuttle). On Thursday the Mangroves rocks with a Carnival party, and the daily activities are many and varied (sunrise Pilates, pool volleyball, iguana feedings). Rooms are attractively furnished but are more utilitarian than luxe, each with a small balcony—the only thing that distinguishes one room from another is the view, so if you want to guarantee those amazing ocean vistas, request it when booking. Still, the 2013 renovations have given the rooms a pleasant new look, with tile floors replacing carpet, marble counters in bathrooms, and a beachy blue-and-white palette. Those who want to splash out, so to speak, go for the properties cushier 475-square-foot suites. Sugar Bay offers both all-inclusive plans and room-only rates; the all-inclusive plans make sense for those who prefer to stay put during their vacation—and with Sugar Bay’s lineup of good restaurants, full complement of water sports, and ongoing daily activities, you may never have to leave the premises.
St. Thomas, USVI
St. Thomas, USVI› Hotel
Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
6500 Estate Smith Bay
Our Rating Neighborhood East End Phone 800/927-7100 or 340/777-7100 Prices Winter $310–$700 double, from $1,250 suite; off season $238–$530 double, from $1,050 suite. Check the website for all-inclusive plans; all-inclusives include 15% service charge Amenities 3 restaurants; 2 bars; babysitting; basketball court; boat dock; children’s programs; exercise room; miniature golf; 3 pools; 4 tennis courts (lit); watersports (canoes, kayaks, sailboats, snorkeling gear); Wi-Fi (free) Units 294 units Web site Sugar Bay Resort and SpaBook a Room Now