With its stunning beaches, lush rainforests and picturesque salt ponds – not to mention the third-largest cruise ship traffic in the world – there’s no denying that St. Thomas is one of the most sought-after Caribbean destinations. But with so many different resorts spread out across this small island, which ones are worth your time and money? Given that St. Thomas is an American territory, visitors can only access it by flying directly into either Cyril E. King International Airport or Henry O. Murray Airport on nearby St. John Island. There are also a limited number of day tours available from St
BVI’s Best Resort and Spa – The Breakers
The Breakers is widely considered to be one of the world’s most iconic Caribbean resorts. This stunning 18-acre oceanfront property features 75,000 square feet of meeting and event space, as well as 556 guestrooms and suites all situated amid lush tropical gardens. And, as the property is designed around a stunning white sand beach and flanked by turquoise waters, you’ll never have a hard time finding something to do while visiting. The Breakers’ expansive water and sports activities include scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, sailing and windsurfing. And, if you’d rather take a more leisurely approach to your vacation, you can also enjoy the property’s many on-site amenities, including the world-class spa, kids club, tennis courts, fitness centre and more. And, after a full day of activities, you can retreat to one of the resort’s spacious guestrooms. The rooms and suites come in a variety of themes and styles, including the classic Caribbean, the modern Ocean Drive and the luxurious Palm Court. Whatever room you end up in, you can expect top-notch amenities, including plush bedding, a mini fridge and an in-room safe. The Breakers is located on the island of Virgin Gorda, approximately 60 miles east of the main airport in Tortola.
This 16th-century Caribbean castle is one of the most popular non-resort destinations in the region. And, as it features a plethora of exciting attractions, including a pirate museum, haunted graveyard and a rum distillery, it’s no wonder that it’s a favourite for families and couples alike. The property is also set on one of the island’s best beaches and surrounded by one of the region’s most pristine rainforests, making it a fantastic destination for outdoorsy types. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, you can also take advantage of the property’s water sports activities, like kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling. And, if you’re looking for a more relaxing visit, you can also take part in the many on-site activities, like feeding the resident iguanas and strolling along the beach. Without a doubt, Bluebeard’s Castle is a one-of-a-kind tropical experience that no traveller should pass up.
Condos at Ocean Club
Ocean Club is one of the Virgin Islands’ most popular resorts, and its condos are a great option for travellers who want the resort experience without the hefty price tag. Located on the island of St. Thomas, these condos are just steps away from the beach, and you can also easily explore nearby attractions like the Salt Pond Nature Preserve and Magens Bay. Plus, with easy access to the resort’s many on-site amenities, including the beach bar and grill, fitness centre and more, you won’t have to leave the grounds if you don’t want to. And, with a range of price points, styles and sizes available, there’s a condo that’s perfect for every traveller. Whether you choose to stay in a studio or a three-bedroom condo, you’ll find everything you need onsite, including a fully stocked kitchen, a private balcony and luxurious bedding. Plus, if you’re travelling with a group, you can even book a penthouse and enjoy extra-spacious accommodations. Ocean Club is located on the island of St. Thomas and is approximately 10 miles east of the main airport.
Fairmont Gold at the Fairmont Virgin Is.
Nestled in the heart of the lush Virgin Islands rainforests, Fairmont Gold is a small and exclusive resort experience that is well worth the high price point. Located on the island of St. Thomas, this resort is one of the Virgin Islands’ most stunning destinations, and it’s also the only resort with direct access to the world famous Virgin Islands National Park.
Renaissance St. Thomas
If you want luxury and comfort, the Renaissance St. Thomas is the island’s top pick. With a stunning beachfront location just outside of the main town of Charlotte Amalie, this resort offers resort amenities and services, but with a more relaxed feel. Enjoy beachside yoga, shop at the resort’s open-air marketplace or take a stroll through the nearby Botanical Gardens. This resort has something for everyone – including the all-important beachside bars and loungers.
Reef & Rainforest Resort
This resort is located near the gorgeous and remote Salt Pond, which is one of the most biodiverse spots in all of the Caribbean. This remote location means that you’ll get a true island experience that feels miles away from the more touristy areas of the Virgin Islands. This resort is also eco-friendly, having been built using locally sourced materials. You’ll get a true island experience from the rooftop yoga studio, the butterfly garden and the on-site rainforest trail.
Sammsara Wellness Retreat (formerly Scape)
If you’re visiting the Virgin Islands for the first time, or if you just need a little pampering, this resort is the perfect choice. Offering an excellent wellness experience for both couples and solo travellers, this resort is ideal for anyone who wants to get away and truly unwind. Plus, with a prime location near the beaches of St. Thomas, you’ll have access to some of the best activities in the area, including scuba diving and paddle boarding. After a full day of activities, you can enjoy the many on-site amenities, including the heated pool, the fully stocked library and the delicious on-site dining.
Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for something a little smaller and more intimate than the resorts mentioned above, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. Located on a gorgeous beach near Cruz Bay on the island of St. John, this resort is a great option for couples who are visiting the Virgin Islands for their honeymoon. Plus, with a variety of on-site activities, including paddle boarding and scuba diving, you’ll never get bored.
Sumptuous Resorts: Beqa Lagoon Fiji and Maldives, a Constance Property
Fiji and the Maldives are two of the world’s most alluring tropical destinations. While visiting either of these exotic islands is an experience that is out of reach for many travellers, you can get a taste of the wonderful things to see and do in these places by booking a stay at one of the Sumptuous Resorts. These resorts have been designed to give travellers a sampling of all that these two destinations have to offer. Both resorts offer access to some of the world’s best diving. In addition, the resorts feature a wide range of water sports, including surfing, scuba diving, kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing. If you’re not a water sports fan, the resorts also offer land activities including yoga, tennis, golf and fishing.