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U.S. Virgin Islands Hotels

$200-$299
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At Home in the Tropics Bed and Breakfast
1680 (25) Dronningens Gade
Kings Quarter
Charlotte Amalie , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 777 9857
info@athomeinthetropics.com
www.athomeinthetropics.com

High above the din of Charlotte Amalie and its cruise ship crowds stands At Home in the Tropics, a four-room B&B reminiscent of a New England beach house with white lace curtains, fresh white walls, and quilts in shades of Caribbean blue. Formerly the residence of the personal guard of the Danish governor of St. Thomas, the 200-year-old building was restored for its 2006 opening by owners Pam and Matt Eckstein. The adults-only policy makes it an ideal sanctuary for couples' retreats. Book rooms one or two for a private upper deck with panoramic views of St. Thomas and neighboring islands. If you're a nervous driver, be forewarned: Finding this B&B on its hilltop perch can be a bit disconcerting, and there's no shuttle service.

$400 or more
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Buccaneer
5007 Estate Shoys
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00824
Tel: 800 255 3881 (toll-free)
Tel: 340 712 2100
mango@thebuccaneer.com
www.thebuccaneer.com

This 138-room resort east of the Danish-era port of Christiansted is steeped in history. The first owner was a Knight of Malta who built the estate in 1653; Alexander Hamilton later lived in the main house, and an 18th-century sugar mill still lords over the entrance. Established as a hotel in 1947 and continuously operated by the Armstrong family, the 340-acre property is ideal for family vacations and destination weddings. Whether you're traveling with children or on a romantic getaway, it's worth splurging on a beachside one-bedroom Doubloon villa, where you'll enjoy spacious balconies or shorefront patios, plantation-style furniture, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and enviable bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. The Oceanfront rooms have interconnecting doors to accommodate large groups, and the kid-friendly two-bedroom Family Cottage Suites have hand-painted murals and trundle beds. There are also plenty of activities and amenities for all ages, including a private dock for boat trips to Buck Island, a Kid's Camp, three restaurants, spa and beauty salon, fitness center, a pair of sandy swimming beaches, two pools, eight tennis courts with on-site coaches, and a challenging par-72 golf course with views of the Caribbean Sea. Come nightfall, guests sip Caribbean Sunset cocktails (light and dark Cruzan rum, Amaretto, lime and pineapple juice, and Grenadine) at the Terrace Bar while watching the real thing slip behind the hills.

$400 or more
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Route 20
Caneel Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tel: 340 776 6111
caneel@rosewoodhotels.com
www.caneelbay.com

Wondering where to find those idyllic Caribbean beaches with gin-clear water and bone-white sand? Caneel Bay has seven of them on its 170-acre property. In 1956, ecotourism pioneer Laurance S. Rockefeller founded this serene hideaway on a private peninsula as a low-key luxe resort for guests who wanted to stay within Virgin Islands National Park. The rooms still don't have telephones or TVs (instead of a wake-up call, guests can request a wake-up knock); however, you'll be doing anything but roughing it in the 166 guest rooms, outfitted with soothing shades of green, midcentury modern furniture, private patios or balconies, and as a concession to the 21st century, free Wi-Fi access. Celebrities seeking to escape the paparazzi (including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) often book Rockefeller's former residence, a five-bedroom cottage overlooking placid Paradise Beach. Even more history-steeped is the Equator restaurant, set on a hilltop amid the ruins of an 18th-century Danish sugar mill, where fine Caribbean cuisine is paired with nighttime views of the distant lights of St. Thomas. Caneel Bay guests arrive by private ferry from Charlotte Amalie and have unlimited use of Sunfish sailboats, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Other amenities include 11 tennis courts and a pair of spa cabanas for massages overlooking tranquil Hawksnest Beach.

$199 or less
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Concordia Eco-Resort
16371 Concordia
St. John Island
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 693 5855
www.concordiaeco-resort.com

Concordia Eco-Resort, set on 20 hillside acres abutting Virgin Islands National Park on the south side of St. John, appeals to active, eco-conscious couples and families in search of more solitude than can be found in busy Maho Bay (where sister property Harmony Studios is located). There are 25 wood-framed, canvas-walled tents equipped with composting toilets, solar-heated showers, basic kitchenettes with gas-fired burners, and space for six guests. For creature comforts that come closer to condo-style, opt for one of the newer studios, each of which accommodates four guests with queen-size beds and a sleeper sofa in the living room, standard toilets and showers in the bathrooms, and kitchens with electric stoves and coffeemakers. The best breezes and vistas—on a clear day you can drink in the British Virgin Islands all the way to Virgin Gorda—are to be found at the most easterly tents. The property also has a freshwater swimming pool and, in season (late November through early July), a range of activities such as art classes, yoga sessions, and a full-service restaurant serving Caribbean-inspired fare such as conch fritters and coconut-encrusted mahi mahi. Salt Pond Bay is an easy ten-minute walk away on a trail that skirts a Danish-era tomb and crumbling plantation buildings.

$200-$299
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Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino
Estate Turner Hole
Christiansted , St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00820
Tel: 340 778 9700
info@divicarina.com
www.divicarina.com

Gamblers have long flocked to this beachfront resort on St. Croix's peaceful southeastern shore—after all, it's the only hotel in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a casino. But it's also ideal for families: Children under 15 stay for free, and there are a near-endless selection of on-site activities and facilities, including 1,000 feet of sand, a dive center, multiple pools, and a mini-golf course. Each of the 200 tropically inspired guest rooms has a private terrace or balcony. Standard rooms are relatively spacious, but the cheesy upholstery could use an upgrade. So opt for the more modern premium rooms, which have bamboo floors, turquoise and royal-blue graphic duvets, and flat-screen TVs. The hotel is located about 30 minutes from Christiansted, so if you get stir-crazy, you might want to consider renting a car.

$300-$399
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Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
5 Estate Bakkeroe
Morning Star Beach , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 776 8500
resorts@marriott.vi
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sttfr-frenchmans-reef-and-morning-star-marriott-beach-resort

Frenchman's Reef is impossible to miss: The 478-room flagship commands Charlotte Amalie's harbor from the tip of Muhlenfels Point. On busy port days, guests gather on the terraces to watch cruise ships pass in and out of the picturesque bay. The hotel has its own dock, making water sports or sailing excursions a snap; for those who'd rather burn calories browsing the stores, a shopping ferry shuttles guests downtown. The property offers two distinct hotel experiences. Frenchman's Reef, the main hotel, is a bustling, high-end resort; a $48-million renovation, completed in 2011, spruced up the interiors with elegant Caribbean-style furniture and flat-screen TVs and added the kid-friendly open-air Aqua Terra Oceanfront Grill as well as the grown-up–friendly Rum Bar, a swim-up bar at the infinity pool, and an expanded, seven-room spa. A five-minute stroll to the east, the pricier Morning Star part of the resort offers a quieter, more boutique-style experience. Its pastel three-story buildings with condo-type units, free-form pool, pair of tennis courts, Coco Joe's Restaurant, and pan-Latin Havana Blue restaurant are set on an ivory-white beach.

$300-$399
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Gallows Point Resort
Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tel: 800 323 7229 (toll-free)
Tel: 340 776 6434
information@gallowspointresort.com
www.gallowspointresort.com

If you want the feel of a private villa with the conveniences of a hotel, consider the adults-only Gallows Point. The 50 one-bedroom suites of this St. John resort have full kitchens, living rooms, and private patios or balconies, but you also have access to one of the island's best restaurants, Zozo's, and a staff that can plan excursions, romantic dinners, and more. Still, the rooms are designed to be relatively self-contained. Instead of a welcome drink at the bar, you get a bottle of rum and mixers to make cocktails in your suite, and in lieu of room service, there's a general store with provisions for cooking. The hodgepodge decor feels a bit '70s beach house—pastel tropical prints and old sailboat models—but the focus is on your surroundings. Eight-foot-tall louvered doors in all living spaces open onto ocean and harbor views, and the grounds are a lush mix of Christmas palms, bougainvillea, and banyan trees. It feels isolated, but you're actually a quick five-minute walk from the shops, restaurants, and bars of Cruz Bay. One caveat: In lieu of a beach, the resort has direct reef access. In the absence of sandy relaxation spots, guests usually laze about on beach chairs around the pool or on their private balconies or patios.

$400 or more
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Gibney's Beach Villas
Estate Denis Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tel: 340 643 2936
info@gibneybeachvillas.com
www.gibneybeachvillas.com

If you've ever dreamed about moving to the islands, Gibney's Beach Villas is the perfect place to test the waters. Set on stunning Hawksnest Beach and within the boundaries of Virgin Islands National Park, these two West Indian beach cottages have open kitchens, travertine tile floors, handsome mahogany furniture, and plenty of privacy. Couples love the one dubbed the Beach Cottage, with its king-size four-poster bed, sea-view patio, and outdoor shower; families often book the Garden Cottage, with a master bedroom plus a sleeping loft that opens onto a second-story deck. Run by Teri Gibney—an affable woman who's lived on St. John for more than 15 years—the cottages are surrounded by dozens of fruit trees, including star fruit, banana, sugar apple, and mango, a garden Teri's 12-year-old son, Tommy, will gladly walk you through. There's a nearby reef for snorkeling (BYO gear) and kayaks to explore beyond the bay, but most people come here just to laze on the beach. Be forewarned: There's a five-night minimum stay.

$200-$299
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Harmony Studios
North Shore Road
Maho Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tel: 800 392 9004 (toll-free)
Tel: 340 715 0501
mahobay@maho.org
www.maho.org

Set above the pristine sweep of Maho Bay, Harmony Studios draws environmentally sensitive types who don't want to bunk in tents and share bathhouses. The airy accommodations have high ceilings, kitchenettes, and generously sized decks; dwellings are constructed from recycled materials and powered by the sun, with elevated walkways to minimize erosion. It's only a five-minute walk to sister resort Maho Bay Camps, which was founded in 1976 and is this earth-conscious hotel group's flagship property. Up at Maho, Harmony guests can visit the open-air restaurant, shop at the store for provisions and necessities, peruse the art gallery, and sign up for activities. Besides the usual hiking, snorkeling, and sailing, there are classes like ceramics, watercolors, papermaking, yoga, and glassblowing (resident artists use the recycled items from all four of the island's hotels).

$199 or less
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Island View Guest House
Scott Free Road
St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 774 4270
Tel: 800 524 2023
info@islandviewstthomas.com
www.islandviewstthomas.com

Traffic in St. Thomas often snarls to a standstill, particularly near Charlotte Amalie. But if you stay at this B&B more than 500 feet up Crown Mountain, you'll be happily above the fray and still close enough to grab a taxi into town. The 15 accommodations are clean and bright with impressive views, and range from a simple room with shared bath to a deluxe suite with air-conditioning and a balcony, but even during high season, none cost more than $150 per night. The friendly owners will advise you on where to swim and snorkel; they even host communal dinners several nights a week. In keeping with this hideaway's chilled-out vibe, guests help themselves at the honor bar and tally their choices on a chalkboard.

$300-$399
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Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
Estate Davis Bay
St. Croix , U.S. Virgin Islands
00851
Tel: 340 778 3800
www.carambolabeach.com

Lying literally at the end of the road in a valley on St. Croix's rugged northwestern coast, the Carambola has an edge-of-the-world solitude that draws in couples, honeymooners, and more than a few business travelers seeking a serene escape. The resort, rebranded a Marriott in 2010, has 156 newly renovated rooms spread among a cluster of 26 two-story buildings by the seaside. The Caribbean plantation-style rooms are decked out with mahogany and rattan furniture, ceiling fans, louvered doors that open onto screened-in porches, and oversize showers in the bathrooms, along with all the modern amenities you'd expect from a chain hotel, including flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. The best views are from second-story Room 16 overlooking the beach, and on a clear day, you can even spy St. Thomas and St. John in the distance. Cell-phone service is spotty, but that just adds to the "check in, check out" feeling here. Plus, there's plenty to keep you busy: the largest freshwater swimming pool on the island, a small, quiet beach, tennis courts, a spa, a full-service restaurant and casual beach bar, an on-site Sweet Bottom Dive Center, and access to the Robert Trent Jones–designed Carambola golf course.

$400 or more
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Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
6900 Great Bay
Great Bay , St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340 775 3333
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/StThomas/Default.htm

At this Mediterranean villa-style resort, red-tile roofs cap graceful pink and terra cotta buildings, dramatic arched windows let in the islands' famous trade winds, and fountains gurgle in sunny courtyards. But once you amble through the gardens to the infinity pool and half-mile-long beach, the view across Great Bay—rolling green hills atop aquamarine water—locates you firmly in the tropics. Fresh off a $40 million renovation, the hotel has amped up the amenities, adding custom mattresses, Frette linens, and European down pillows. Seventy new suites on its Club Level include a dedicated concierge service. Even the spa has gone designer adding Prada facials. New dining options include the casual Sails lunch spot by the infinity pool, the family-friendly Great Bay Lounge whose "All American" and "Asian" menus aim to please picky and adventurous alike, and Bleuwater where Executive Chef Jaspar Schneider serves up seafood specialties like lobster Thai curry soup in an the elegant candlelit dining room or al fresco overlooking the ocean. The location—removed from the buzz of Charlotte Amalie—and the more formal feel make this the province of couples and families. Social types might want to opt for livelier digs like the Marriott.

$400 or more
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The Westin St. John Resort & Villas
Route 104
Great Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tel: 800 808 5020 (toll-free)
Tel: 340 693 8000
www.westinresortstjohn.com

One of only two major resorts on St. John (the other is Caneel Bay), the Westin caters to a diverse clientele: You'll spot families chatting at the pool bar, kids cavorting on water trampolines, newlyweds basking on the 1,200-foot-long beach (sometimes very newly wed, as the hotel does a brisk wedding business), and everyone watching the daily iguana feedings. The pool is a big draw—it stretches over a quarter of an acre and is by far the largest in the territory—as are the signature Heavenly Beds in each of the 174 rooms (think high-thread-count sheets, comfortable mattresses, and crisp duvets). As at Caneel Bay, guests arrive via private ferry from St. Thomas (which returns to Charlotte Amalie four times a day for anyone eager to brave the cruise ship crowds); Cruz Bay Watersports is on site for those interested in booking excursions like diving, sunset sails, or parasailing.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.