Flying into St. Thomas from many places in the United States brings your arrival time to start your Caribbean yacht charter to late afternoon.
Not wanting to lose a day to travel (most yacht charters are booked to start at Noon) many guests opt to spend the day before charter at a hotel.
St. Thomas offers incoming guests many opportunities to relax before heading off on their Caribbean yacht charter or to slowly return to reality before flying home.
With that in mind, here’s a list of hotels that we recommend from budget-friendly to luxurious. This list will be constantly updated for your reference.
Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriot Beach Resort
Perched atop a promontory overlooking the Eastern point of Charlotte Amalie’s harbor, Marriot’s Frenchman’s Reef Resort is a multi-storied hotel with all of the amenities you would expect from an all-inclusive resort with the Morning Star cottages located along the beach. The pool and pool bar are inviting with enchanting views of the ocean below and the cruise ships coming in and out of the harbor. There are a couple of very good restaurants within the resort grounds, so one need not leave until it is time to get to the yacht or the airport. The beach is wide and very pretty with plenty of lounge chairs. There is often a bit of surf to play in, as well. Guests returning from a Caribbean yacht charter find this luxury hotel to be the perfect buffer before returning to reality!
The Marriot Frenchman’s Reef has an average nightly room rate of $260 to $460
Make sure and check out the restaurant Havana Blue for romantic seaside dining with great drinks and excellent Cuban inspired cuisine.
Emerald Beach Resort
This hotel is conveniently located along the beach that parallels the airport runway…you can walk there if you have easy bags to handle! Emerald Beach Resort’s rooms are clean and overlook a beautiful beach. Some have been upgraded as well.
The restaurant is good, the bar facing the beach is wonderful, and the pool is very pretty with a waterfall and a few resident iguanas for local color. If you don’t want to eat at the hotel restaurant some excellent restaurants are located in nearby Frenchtown or downtown Charlotte Amalie, a short taxi ride away.
Because of it’s proximity to the airport, Emerald Beach Resort is often booked by guests with early flight times home who don’t want to stress after returning to port from their Caribbean yacht charter.
We highly recommend this budget friendly hotel with an average nightly room rate of: $160 to $180
Head to the right down the beach to find an excellent happy hour at the Island Beachcomber Bar. It is one of the few places in St. Thomas where you can sit at a bar right on a beautiful beach. The people watching is excellent!
Windward Passage Hotel
Located directly across the waterfront road from the BVI ferry terminal, the Windward Passage is a great choice for guests who are planning to board their yacht in Tortola to begin their Caribbean yacht charter through the BVI. The Windward Passage is an older 4 story hotel that has seen many improvements and renovations over the years. The advantage of staying at this hotel, aside from it’s proximity to the ferry terminal, is its location in the heart of historic Charlotte Amalie. The town boasts some of the best duty-free shopping in the Caribbean. After dropping off bags, guests can take a stroll down to the busy streets a few blocks away for deals in diamonds, watches, cameras, perfume and liquor.
Windward Passage is a good budget-friendly choice with an average nightly room rate of: $179 to $245
Make sure to book a room overlooking the harbor, not a room facing towards Back Street. Those rooms can be noisy at night and have an unattractive view of buildings and squalor.
Guests chose The Ritz-Carlton for the all-around elegance of this resort, for its world-renowned service, and for its convenient location on the East End of St. Thomas.
As many guests will begin their Caribbean yacht charter from an East End marina, this is a great place to stay for a day or two. The overwhelming beauty of this resort will definitely start the relaxation process!
The Ritz-Carlton is a luxury resort with an average nightly room rate of :$450 to $1750
The beach is not the best (a lot of sea grass in the shallows and a tendency to get sargassum tides washing up), but the negative edge pool overlooking the bay is absolutely exquisite!
Island View Guest House
This boutique hotel located on the upper hillside overlooking St. Thomas harbor is a great place for the budget-minded traveler to stay. Guests that have booked a Caribbean yacht charter that picks up in the BVI will find the Island View Guest House convenient for an early morning ferry to Tortola.
The restaurant is open Friday and Saturday evenings only and is a popular last evening stop for yacht crews and their guests due to their famous hand cut rib-eye steaks and honor bar. The rooms are clean and there is a small pool. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly and can recommend a great restaurant nearby for mid-week travelers.
Island View Guest House is very budget friendly with an average nightly room rate of: $135 to $180
The steaks here really are considered to be the best on the island and the view is amazing!
2 Sandals By The Sea
Conveniently located on the East End of St. Thomas within walking distance to Red Hook’s bars and restaurants, 2 Sandals By the Sea has become a popular stopping place for guests beginning or ending their Caribbean yacht charters on St. Thomas. Clean, modern rooms overlook American Yacht Harbor and Vessup Bay. From their hotel room, guests may even catch a glimpse of their yacht at the American Yacht Harbor dock!
2 Sandals By The Sea is a budget friendly B&B with an average nightly room rate of: $160 to $260
Red Hook is an easy walk for an afternoon of bar-hopping and shopping, but check out Latitude 18 down the Montessori School road (across from the hotel) for excellent live music and good food.