Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
What We Love
- A classic Caribbean retreat on the beach in the lovely U.S. Virgin IslandsForaging for your rum in the Caribbean, on the weekly Snorkel Booze Hunt
- Enjoying a sail, a complimentary non-motorized watersport or a walk on the 1000-ft. beach
- Attending weekly Carnival Night certain months, or the weekly managers’ cocktail party
What To Know
- Stock up on bug spray and use it liberally come dusk – especially if you'll be out by the pool or ocean
- The hotel hosts Carnival nights on Wednesdays; you'll catch performers on stilts and fire dancers
- WiFi is hit or miss (more often miss)
A private beachfront hideaway in the Caribbean, with a view of the sparkling sea from your room
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is an idyllic, and very private, Caribbean retreat. The rooms are cozy; the beach’s sands are golden, and occasionally graced by iguanas; and a freshwater pool holds a swim-up bar. But just as there’s plenty of excitement on surrounding St. Thomas, this seafront property is not without offerings for more active guests. The resort can arrange sailing, snorkeling, cocktail-cruising and a St. John day trip on its 53-ft. catamaran.There’s even a weekly Snorkel Booze Hunt (finders, keepers…).
A recipient of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and buzz from Caribbean Journal, this escape has the whole blissful-seclusion thing down to a fine art. It’s possible that you may not even want to leave the property and the sea at all. While the outside island offers excellent dining, shopping and entertainment, there are already a full-service restaurant, a boutique and a bar with nightly music or limbo shows right here. And St. Thomas Carnival only takes place in April, but the resort’s Carnival Night occurs every Wednesday, from late November through August.
There are 74 rooms, spread out across multiple floors and appointed with all the necessities. You’ll be able to take in views of the Caribbean and Bolongo Beach from your balcony or patio, cocktail in hand. Surf channels on your cable TV, make calls on your telephone, and store leftovers from the restaurant in your refrigerator.
Amenities- Air conditioning?- Coffeemaker and complimentary coffee- Hair dryer- Iron and ironing board- Safe
Spanning two stories beside the beachfront pool, The Lobster Grille is Bolongo Bay’s signature restaurant and serves three meals a day, from breakfasts of bananas Foster pancakes to flatbread-pizza lunches to surf-and-turf dinners with decadent desserts. (There’s a daily happy hour, too.) Alternatively, do your dining and drinking at Iggie’s Beach Bar, with seafood snacks and fruity sips – plus nightly entertainment: steel-pan drumming, limbo shows, even Wednesday Carnival Nights in certain months. Cocktails are also mixed at the convenient swim-up bar. Order the famous Bushwacker, served in a coconut mug.
Set directly on the beach, the resort offers a wide array of activities, especially in the watersports department. Activities like paddleboarding, aqua-triking, kayaking, windsurfing and snorkeling – including on the weekly Snorkel Booze Hunt – are complimentary, with equipment on the grounds. If you prefer to scuba, you can take a lesson in the pool and then team up with the St. Thomas Diving Club to get your PADI certification; sailing trips take place on Bolongo Bay’s own 53-ft. Heavenly Days catamaran. For other ways to spend your tropical vacation, play a game of beach volleyball, attend the weekly Carnival Night or managers’ cocktail party, experience off-site parasailing, shop at the boutique, and soak in the freshwater pool. You might not even bother with the world-class golfing, horseback riding and duty-free shopping elsewhere on the isle.
How to Get There
Thanks Bolongo family for making our trip great. This was our first time back after the storms and we so enjoyed our visit. As always the staff at Bolongo was great. If you are looking for a place to stay that gives the feeling that they care and treat you as family this is the place to stay. Nothing fancy, just clean and comfy with great people.
This is a locally owned business that took care of their folks after the storms so please support them. If you can't stay here at least come visit Iggie's for dinner and meet the great people.
The only drawback is that it is rocky entering the water so be expecting that. That said the beach is well kept (even with all the seaweed floating in this year, great job guys!!), and Megan's Bay and other iconic beaches are only a short ride away.
I had really had high hopes for this trip. For the money spent on our group we could of just booked a cruise. Food is good but repetitive. No other food options near by and the Breakfast is better. Bring your own coffee if you crave Expresso type coffee. It's served watered down and lukewarm. Alcoholic beverages all watered down. Don't order drinks made via blender they taste like virgin drinks. St John alcoholic drinks are waaaayyyyyyy better. Tables are always sticky or maybe it's just grime. The rooms are clean but the shower is the devil. It's small and it made washing a child's sandy head difficult. If you have a baby you will need extra hands. If you're a big girl like me you won't fit and there will always be a pond of water waiting for u once your done showering. The pool is never crowded but the drowned bugs are of plenty. As far as staff, the waiters are okay. Some seem grumpy and bothered that on our last day one was speaking over me which was rude if I'm answering questions and some really engaged in a conversation with us. Albert was great, the youngest of the staff with the glasses and another tall lady we're great. Sam, Leonard? and the securities we're great as well. They really helped us around the island. Again I'll either return via cruise or just stay in St John. St Thomas is outdated for me. I completely understand they we're hit by 2 hurricanes but i believe Puerto Rico was more damaged and looks better based on different friends vacation pictures and it looks freaking awesome.
Had a wonderful time here! Stayed 5 nights! Safe clean hotel with great views! People are genuinely friendly and helpful. Food for an all-inclusive was great and plentiful. Sure the rooms are a little outdated- standard hotel room but the beds were comfortable and slept well every nite. Very small shower is only complaint about the room .There was a small fridge and coffee maker .( It would have been nice however to have early coffee available by the restaurant for us early risers, a half hour or so before the breakfast opened ) /Small property and so not a lot of room to walk around after dinner. The resort is low key and the atmosphere is casual and so enjoyed no real dress up for dinner . Sunset sail with Capt Z was great! Sunday/Funday with other captain was not as fun and entertaining- too long a day on the boat and miscommunication about no provided snacks- left us off at Water Island and a few of us did not know to bring $ for lunch. Only real disappointment with the property was the beach. I knew it was going to be rocky, and was prepared for that and I know a lot of it was lost to the hurricane....but the seaweed problem prompted many to leave the property to beach elsewhere.. (Entering the water you had to beware of little sea urchins as well as trying to avoid the big globs of seaweed ) and it made snorkeling visability poor. A day trip to Magens Bay/beach was wonderful. The pool was small but clean and never seemed to be overcrowded...The no see ums and sand flies were a bit annoying and we came away with more than a few bites. . I don't think they fumigated/fogged?? like the major resorts I have been too ) This was not a 5 star resort but this is exactly what I had wanted for this particular vacation . I enjoyed the AI, as I did not want to bother leaving the resort and paying taxis to take me to other restaurants . Besides knowing how expensive the food is on the island. The menu was fine for us, but staying a whole week it would have been a little limiting. It was nice to hear from the employees how the owners tried to get the place up and running quickly after the hurricanes, to give employment back to the people and how they invested their own $ to do so. Happy employees make the vacationers happy! Enjoyed our stay!
This resort is so beautiful and has the friendliest staff that ensures you are welcome and taken care of. They have the best food and such a private resort they have water activities. More than enough to do we didn’t even leave the island.
The dive shop is the best whether it is your first dive or 10th. They make sure you feel comfortable and are so patient with you. It’s a must do while you stay.
Heavenly days is a must do while on resort for snorkeling and sunset cruise. Z and his crew are great
This was our first all-inclusive visit to St.Thomas and it by far exceeded our expectations. It began when we arrived to the resort and were greeted by Keith who promptly checked us in, gave us an overview of the hotel, and sent us off to get settled in with Rum Punch in hand! Our room was on the 3rd floor but Chris was very helpful in assisting with bringing our luggage up. Once we got into the room and stepped onto the balcony it was love at first sight! We had the most spectacular view! The room was pristine and the double beds were covered in beautiful, bright colors that reminds you of the tropical location you’re in. We had chilled champagne and Belgium Chocolates waiting for us (We ordered that package additionally). The balcony had the perfect view of the bay, pool, and bar from our patio chairs.
Every meal was amazing; the food not only tasted exquisite, but was also ample-sized portions. Our dining experience was truly pleasurable. Mrs. Boadicea greeted us in the mornings and sat us promptly at one of the tables on the upper levels with views of the bay. One of our favorite waitresses, Tkoya, has the best personality and beautiful laugh that is so contagious early in the morning. She was always friendly and made you feel as if she’s known you for years. Ms. Lakesha helped us with our dinner reservations and always seemed genuinely interested in helping with any thing we needed. Honestly, all of our experiences with the restaurant staff were excellent.
When it came to enjoying the finer beverages, the Bartenders were skilled at their profession to say the least! Iggies Bar has some amazing drinks that have become personal favorites! Number one was the Key Lime Pie cocktail, followed by the Caribbean Sunset, and then the Sweet Tang! The drinks were always tasty, very generous on the alcohol, and served promptly. The poolside bar is convenient for those days you want to just lounge in the cool water while enjoying the shade. Nothing beats swimming up to the counter and getting a refreshing beverage to enjoy while basking in the views of Bolongo Bay.
The resort also has access to many things right there on the bay. We took advantage of the snorkel rentals and kayaking. We hung out on the hammock on the beach as it lightly rained, taking in the sounds of the waves crashing into the shore and the soft thud of raindrops on the beach. It was extremely romantic and felt like we were alone in paradise. I say that because it is an experience you can’t get at a huge, commercialized resort where there seems to be no privacy and more people than space available. Bolongo Bay offered the perfect, private retreat we so desperately needed!
We stayed 7 days/6 nights and received the complimentary sunset cruise on the Heavenly Days Catamaran crewed by Capt Z, Toni, and Perry. What a fun experience!!! The Rum Punch was out in full force (other beverages and food was available) and the sights were breathtaking! It was an exciting trip to see Charlotte Amalie Harbor and cruise on the open waters as we watched the sunset over the mountains in the distance. We took another trip on the Heavenly Days Catamaran with the wonderful Capt Z and his crew for the Sea Turtle Excursion. When I say it was an incredible experience, that doesn’t come close enough to doing it justice. We snorkeled and swam alongside sea turtles, sting rays, yellow-tail snapper, and a whole variety of other fish. Snorkeling at Shipwreck Cove and seeing the abundant sea life was breathtaking.
I know the hurricanes hit hard in 2017 and Bolongo Bay, along with most of the island, is still recovering, but it is truly a hidden paradise that everyone should experience. Speaking with the manager Mikael and many other staff members, it is evident the love that they have for Bolongo Bay and their determination to make it better than before is truly admirable. My family and I look forward to our next visit when we can see the progression on the beach restoration and rebuild of the original Iggies Restuarant. The young man who came to treat the pool was wearing a shirt that said it best, UNBREAKABLE VIRGIN ISLANDS.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort -a sincere thank you for the most wonderful family trip we have taken and for leaving an impression on us we will never forget. We look forward to seeing you all soon and until then, keep up the great work!