The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas – U.S. Virgin Islands ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎ

 

Spread across 30 acres of oceanfront, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offers a luxury resort experience amid breathtaking natural beauty.

Looking out over white sand, lush greenery and azure water, the hotel blends traditional architecture with modern comforts including four restaurants, a luxury spa, a private catamaran, indoor and outdoor event space, an infinity-edge pool and accommodations with balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Accommodation

Contemporary design with island-inspired touches, guest rooms and suites at this St. Thomas hotel offer spacious layouts and private terraces with ocean or resort views. Fifty-five Club Level accommodations include lounge access with exclusive culinary offerings and experiences.

Dining

Set against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea, restaurants at this St. Thomas resort borrow from the land and sea both for their views and their ingredients. At Bleuwater, local seafood and prime cuts of meat are offered in a casually elegant setting.

Handcrafted Italian dishes are paired with fine wines at Essenza, featuring both indoor and al fresco dining. Casual fare is on the menu at the beachside Coconut Cove and Sails, while family BBQs and romantic dinners for two can be set up on the sand. At Zest, gourmet coffees, smoothies, frozen yogurt and snacks are ideal for crafting a beach picnic.

The Spa

The Caribbean offers abundant resources for a spa getaway. At The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, the resort spa cozies up to the sea, and treatments are inspired by the beauty and bounty of the surroundings.

Signature treatments incorporate raw, organic ingredients, and a seaside cabana offers a private experience ideal for couples.

St. Thomas – U.S. Virgin Islands ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Most visitors arrive at the US Virgin Islands via St Thomas, and the place knows how to strike a first impression. Jungly cliffs poke high in the sky, red-hipped roofs blossom over the hills, and all around the turquoise, yacht-dotted sea laps. St Thomas is the most commercialized of the Virgins, with cruise-ship traffic and big resorts galore, but it’s also a fine island to sharpen your knife and fork, and kayak through mangrove lagoons.

U.S. Virgin Islands ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Hmm, which of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) to choose for hammock-strewn beaches, conch fritters and preposterously blue water? Easy: any one, though each differs in personality. St Thomas has more resorts and water sports than you can shake a beach towel at. It’s the most developed island, with dizzying cruise-ship traffic. St John cloaks two-thirds of its area in parkland and sublime shores, ripe for hiking and snorkeling. It leads the way in environmental preservation. The largest Virgin,ย St Croix, pleases divers and drinkers with extraordinary scuba sites and rum factories. It’s the furthest island and offers the greatest immersion in local life. Wherever you go, get ready for reggae rhythms, curried meats and mango-sweetened microbrews. These are US territories, but they feel a world away, mon.

Caribbean

From high mountain peaks to shimmering reefs, spicy salsa rhythms to deep rolling reggae, pirate hideouts to sugar-sand beaches, the Caribbean is dizzyingly diverse.

Tropical Adventures

You can find any kind of island adventure here. With so many islands, beaches, cultures, flavors and waves to choose from, how could this not be vacation paradise? You can do nothing on the sand, party at a resort, explore a new community, hop between islands, discover wonders under the water or catch a perfect wave above, revel in a centuries-old culture (and sway to some of the world’s greatest music while you’re at it), and then run off to find your inner pirateโ€ฆ Just about anything is possible in the Caribbean.

A Caribbean Mosaic

The Caribbean is a joyous mosaic of islands beckoning paradise-hunters, an explosion of color, fringed by beaches and soaked in rum. Itโ€™s a lively and intoxicating profusion of people and places spread over 7000 islands (fewer than 10% are inhabited). But, for all they share, thereโ€™s also much that makes them different. Can there be a greater contrast than between bustling Barbados and its neighbor, the seemingly unchanged-since-colonial-times St Vincent? Revolutionary Cuba and its next-door banking capital, the Caymans? Or between booming British-oriented St Kitts and its sleepy, Dutch-affiliated neighbor Sint Eustatius, just across a narrow channel?

Island colors

Azure seas, white beaches, green forests so vivid they actually hurt the eyes โ€“ there is nothing subtle about the landscapes of the Caribbean. Swim below the waters for a color chart of darting fish and corals. Feel the sand between your toes at any one of a thousand picture-perfect beaches. Hike into emerald wilderness and spot the accents of red orchids and yellow parrots. Outdoor-adventure enthusiasts make a beeline for unspoilt islands such as nature-loversโ€™ Dominica and St Luciaโ€™s iconic lush Piton mountains, which send out a siren call to climbers.

Sunlit culture

The tropical sunlight is infectious. Like birds shedding dull adolescent plumage, visitors leave their wardrobes of gray and black behind when they step off the plane and don the Caribbean palette. Even the food is colorful, with rainbows of produce brightening up the local markets. Youโ€™ll also see every hue at intense, costume-filled festivities like Carnival, celebrated throughout the region but particularly in Trinidad. Glorious crumblingย Cuba, reggae-rolling Jamaica and Vodou-loving Haiti top the wish lists for travelers seeking unique cultural experiences and Unesco heritage havens.

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http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/st-thomas

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/us-virgin-islands/introduction

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