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Ritz Carlton St Thomas

Hubby and I visited the Virgin Islands in Summer 2016 and instantly fell in love with these beautiful, picturesque islands.  We flew in and out of St. Thomas and though we spent the majority of our vacation on Scrub Island off the coast of Tortola, we did spend one night prior to our return at the Ritz Carlton on St. Thomas.  One night just wasn’t enough and I was immediately enamored with this wonderful resort.  I decided to write a post outlining the amazing property and what I loved most about staying there.

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Flawless tropical settings and impeccable landscaping

As soon as our taxi pulled up at the entrance to the Ritz Carlton St Thomas I was impressed with the incredibly lush surroundings.  The sky was the most impossibly perfect blue and the surrounding greenery and landscaping was just perfect.

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The open air lobby is beautifully designed and of course the staff and service were near perfect.  Walking throughout the property you can see the attention to detail in every nook and cranny.  The pool area overlooking the gorgeous beach is perfectly placed and well maintained.

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The hotel rooms are spread out in large buildings that feature tropical flower names and have cute little courtyards and open stairways between levels.

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I really loved the open and sprawling nature of the resort and actually enjoyed the short walks from our building to other locations in the resort.

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Beautiful, cleanly modern rooms

Of course at the Ritz you expect the most discerning taste in suite decor and our room did not disappoint.  The design in bright and freshly modern with some classical touches.  We found the rooms were quite spacious and the balcony as well.

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Gorgeous beach and pool

The Ritz Carlton main pool is situated perfectly, overlooking the beautiful beach with views of St. John across the water.

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The pool featured a smaller splash pool for kids and babies.  There were many loungers alongside the pool.  The bathroom facilities were very clean and well kept considering they were near to the pool and beach.

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Kid’s splash pool at the main pool area which has plenty of loungers

The beach loungers were super comfy as well; there were ever present beach staff who were on hand to set up your loungers, attend to your questions and your needs and take orders for beverages or snacks.  There was also a clear water cooler set up on the beach, making it easy for sunbathers to get a cool drink of lemon or lime infused water at any time.

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The water was gentle for the most part though the sea bed had a lot of broken shells mixed with the sand, making it not as comfortable to swim without water shoes.  Despite that, the water was perfectly clear and warm; we spent a lot of time in the water.

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The view of the hotel from the beautiful beach

 

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Gourmet restaurants

There are 4 main restaurants on property: Essenza (Italian cuisine, open for dinner), Bleuwater (prime meats and seafood at dinner, also open for breakfast), Sails (the poolside grill, open for lunch only) and Coconut Cove (ocean front, open lunch and dinner).  We were able to sample a few of the restaurants over our short stay and each one one was fantastic.  We had lunch at Sails and loved the fresh seafood offerings and fun atmosphere.  Dinner at Essenza was incredible and the service was phenomenal.  We had brunch at Bleuwater the morning we checked out and we fully enjoyed the buffet as well as a la carte options.

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The awesome kids club area….

Chic amenities including the Jacques Cousteau Kids Club

The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas is truly designed with families in mind, with adventures and amenities designed to please each member of the family.  There is, of course, a lovely spa and fitness center.  The resort also caters to golfers with access to nearby Mahogany Run.  Water sports and adventures abound, as well as private sailings on the resort’s 53 foot catamaran Lady Lynsey.

The Ritz Carlton also features a unique program called Ambassadors of the Environment which features learning and exploring adventures for the whole family to enjoy.  Created by Jean-Michel Cousteau, this program is a unique way for resort guests to discover the natural beauty of St. Thomas.  Some of the offerings for children include snorkeling lessons, nighttime sea life exploration in the mangroves, and cooking classes with foods grown in the on property organic garden.  There is also a standard children’s club which offers a variety of playful activities throughout the day with expert staff.

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We were blown away during our short stay at the Ritz Carlton on St. Thomas.  We hope to visit again in the future as a family and spend more time there.

Have any of you been to St. Thomas?  What were your favorite things to do/see while in the Virgin Islands?

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12 Comments

  • Reply Sheena Steward August 23, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Between your pictures and your description I feel like I was there. I loved that vanity. They views were amazing and the food looked good too. It’s good they had a place for the kids and that they’re family friendly.

  • Reply Nicole Caudle August 23, 2017 at 9:39 am

    This place looks amazing! This will certainly have to be on my list of places to visit.

  • Reply Tomiko August 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I had planned on going to St. Thomas this past summer but after looking for accommodations I was very disappointed because even the luxury hotels looked old and run down. I thought for the cost of the hotels they needed updating badly. I don’t think I looked at the Ritz

  • Reply Kasi M Perkins August 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    OMG your pictures make me want to go there right now! I’d love to go and stay at the Ritz, it looked beautiful.

  • Reply Tyra August 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!!! The hotel and grounds look fabulous! Love it!

  • Reply Ola August 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    That bathroom stole my attention! I’ve never stayed at a Ritz hotel, but would definitely like to one day. Your photos of the crystal clear waters of St. Thomas bring back great memories.

  • Reply Jo Jo August 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wow this place looks beautiful. Something like out of a dream. I would love to go one day and take in that awesome view on the beach. Also, love tour photos!

  • Reply RaNesha August 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    As I read your post I looked over at my husband and said baby in 2018 we going to St. Thomas! I fell in love with this review sounds like the perfect getaway for us.

  • Reply Kirstin N. Fuller August 24, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    What a beautiful resort. The Ritz-Carlton never disappoints. You had me at the first pool lol!

  • Reply Shabree August 25, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I was born in St. Thomas so I’m so biased to this post! Feels like I was back home. ✨?

  • Reply Eva August 25, 2017 at 8:48 am

    That looks amazing! I have a lot of Caribbean travel coming up next year and I will definitely add this to my list! Thanks for the intel about the beach. That matters so much!

  • Reply Kita August 26, 2017 at 7:49 am

    This looks like a great hotel. And the backdrop of the sky and ocean definitely makes it bucket list worthy.

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