THE RITZ CARLTON, ST. THOMAS
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
(340) 775-3333; www.ritzcarlton.com
Reservations: (800) 241-3333
A spectacular 30-acre oceanfront estate along Great Bay on
the eastern end of St. Thomas houses the island's most luxu-
rious resort. At first glance you may think you took the
wrong turn and somehow ended up in Florence, Italy. Atop
the hillside sits a burnished Renaissance palace. There are
marble floors, graceful columns that frame arched
entranceways, pale pastel walls and ornate chandeliers. But
the view of the sea and St. John from the wide terrace as-
sures you that you are still in the Caribbean.
Accommodations include over 200 guestrooms and suites
housed in Mediterranean-style villas in a semi-circle facing
Great Bay. They are luxurious, with private terraces facing
the bay or the award-winning gardens. Contemporary fab-
rics in muted tones and West Indian mahogany and wicker
give the rooms a comfortable ambience. All have oversized
marble baths, a stocked refreshment center, a safe,
dataport, designer robes, cable TV with in-room movies and
hairdryer among the amenities.
A recent renovation has added 24 rooms and suites in a pri-
vate “Club Level” villa. It has a private lounge and concierge
Stone staircases lead from the hilltop main building through
landscaped gardens to beaches on Great Bay and Coconut
Cove. There is an infinity edge pool as well as an oversized
guitar-shaped traditional pool. There is a Jacuzzi as well.
The gardens are spectacular, with 290 species of plants, ex-
otic birds and animals. Garden tours are conducted daily.
The on-site Patagon water-sports center has non-motorized
watersports equipment including Hobie Cats and Sunfish.
They also offer scuba trips, day-sails and sunset cruises on
the hotel's catamaran, Lady Lynsey . Tennis enthusiasts can