Done up in Mexican clay tiles and stonework, this is the reconstructed palace of the exiled, former president of Mexico, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna of Mexico, who built it in the 1850s (the original burned in a fire in 1985). Pillowed in a garden of hibiscus and bougainvillea, Villa Santana has panoramic views of Charlotte Amalie and the St. Thomas harbor and six charming, handsomely furnished guest suites. La Mansion, in the villa’s former library, is a duplex with a full kitchen; La Terraza is another split-level room with a spacious terrace offering views of the glittering harbor. La Torre has its own outdoor dining patio next to a gazebo. Many of the rooms have original rock walls and four-poster beds (one, rumor has it, was used by the General himself—the frame, not the mattress!). The shopping district in Charlotte Amalie is just a 5-minute walk away; Magens Bay Beach is a 15-minute drive north.
St. Thomas, USVI
St. Thomas, USVI› Hotel
2602 Bjere Gade, No. 2D.
Our Rating Neighborhood Charlotte Amalie Phone 340/776-1311 Prices Winter $150–$245; off season $120–$176 Rates based on 3-night minimum; surcharge may be added for shorter stays Amenities Outdoor pool; Wi-Fi (free) Units 6 units Web site Villa Santana