US Virgin Islands Top Spots
The islands of St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix offer travelers truly astounding views of the Caribbean Sea, as well strikingly different accommodations. But where to stay: a large and traditional resort, an eco-villa or a luxury private yacht? We weigh the options.
The largest resort in St. Thomas, Frenchman’s Reef offers the traditional all-inclusive resort experience with a few extra-special perks: a jaw-dropping view, a private beach, a water ferry to town and plenty of water activities (did someone say glass-bottom kayak?). Situated on a 17-acre bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the 4-star resort has 470 rooms, 7 restaurants and 3 pools.
Pros: Impressive views, all-inclusive resort, great location
Cons: Crowds, more of a tourist destination
Let husband-and-wife sailing team Virginia Lee and Jonathan Wehrung whisk you around the US Virgin Islands. Go wherever you want, whenever you want, on this luxurious private yacht. Everything is included -- Virginia will even cook up a fabulous, gourmet meal for you aboard the yacht.
Pros: Explore the US Virgin Islands at your own pace. Plus, everything is included, and it’s a different kind of vacation.
Cons: Smaller space, tight quarters, small beds
Experience a true “seed to plate” meal at the fabulously-appointed Eco Serendib Villa. If you book your trip 125 days out, the staff will plant a small garden according to your tastes and harvest it when you get here! The 5-star luxury villa has 8 different suites, along with a private pool set against crystal-clear waters, white sands and lush trees on the small island of St. Thomas.
Pros: Eco-friendly, quiet, private pool, well-appointed kitchen, great views
Cons: No beach
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