The Ritz-Carlton: 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.
On nearby St. John:
- Bolongo Bay Beach Resort: This fun and laid-back place, right on the beach, has lots of sand to run around on, water sports aplenty, and a happening restaurant with a lively weekly Carnival. All of the 62 rooms face the beachfront, each with balcony or terrace.
- 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.
- Westin St. John Resort & Villas (St. John): This contemporary mega-resort, set on 34 acres of neatly landscaped grounds and fronting a nice beach with gentle seas, offers some of the best children’s programs on the island and good watersports.