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From glitz and glamor with all the amenities to upscale accommodations evocative of a bygone era, the U.S. Virgin Islands know how to do luxury. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ top five picks for where to stay:
1. Caneel Bay. The epitome of understated elegance on St. John’s iconic north shore, the resort’s beauty and ambiance is a throwback to the days of Laurance Rockefeller, who fell in love with this tiny Virgin Island and founded the resort with environmental preservation in mind. Come here if you’re looking to really disconnect — the guestrooms don’t have televisions or phones, and the resort boasts seven beaches you’ll never want to leave.
2. The Buccaneer Hotel. One of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ finest hotels, The Buccaneer on St. Croix is the perfect blend of modern amenities and fascinating history. Hotel facilities including a spa, golf course, tennis courts and — of course — beautiful beaches exist in harmony along with the ruins of an 18th-century sugar plantation. Everything from the staff to the rooms to the food is refreshingly top-notch, exactly the way a luxury hotel should be.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. It goes without saying that The Ritz-Carlton offers unparalleled luxury along with upscale, Caribbean-inspired décor. Located in the bustling city of Red Hook, the hotel is just minutes away from restaurants, shops and nightlife. And true to The Ritz name, hotel staff goes out of their way to make sure you feel welcome.
4. Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. Ideally located in St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie, the recently renovated hotel is a playground for grown-ups and kids alike. Between the fitness center, kids’ club, pretty Virgin Islands beach, infinity-edge pool, tennis courts and much more, you’ll have no trouble staying busy at this Marriott. Plus the resort is just minutes away from some of the best shopping in the region in Charlotte Amalie.
5. The Westin St. John Resort & Villas. Forty-seven acres of fun. That’s what you’ll find at the Westin St. John, located just outside the island’s main town of Cruz Bay on its own private beachfront. Beautifully landscaped grounds are home to tennis courts, a playground, one of the island’s best restaurants and perhaps the hotel’s coolest feature: its giant, sprawling pool with a view of the ocean beyond.