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
We stayed here for 4 nights as part of a tour - took a taxi from the Airport and found out that Bolongo Bay is quite a way from Charlotte Amalie town and you WILL need transport to go anywhere. Hotel is VERY.....loval, meaning that it is somewhat sedated, rooms are ok for size, but not for interior or Decor. Bathrooms, for instance, could really use a refurbishment as well as public areas. A local restaurant is great for Caribbean foods or you will have to check out the local beach pit (a must, actually) in order to get outside the hotel. My main concern is the natural wildlife - loads of lizards, geckos, birds, etc of all sizes that tend to find their way into the hotel rooms. It really is an annoyance! The local is beach, right outside, is ok for a short stay, but if you want entertainment, shopping, dinning, etc you really have to go the !/2 hour by taxi to Charlotte Amalie.
This is our second time at Bolongo Bay. We had a great time. Even without their second restaurant up and running because of the Hurricanes the food was excellent and the staff as friendly as ever. The Thanksgiving buffet was especially nice and the food was really awesome.
I've worked in the service industry for 10+ years, and my mom has worked in the industry for 30+ years. I was born and raised on St Thomas and understand the value of hospitality. Seating ourselves at the restaurant with no greeting, and no service after 20 minutes at a table with not even a hello, we figured we'd just order our drinks at the bar. Received by rude service and no sincerity, we decided to go elsewhere. If you can't impress locals who know the industry, good luck in the recovering tourist industry with terrible service that we received. Figure out your staff or figure out your management, because you have a great location and you're squandering it!
From the moment of our slightly early arrival, we were welcomed graciously, escorted with assistance to our room, enjoyed a nice stroll on the beachfront and great food! Facility is clean, well maintained grounds, and nice beach toys. Great staff from ground keepers to the manager and owner. Pool was most inviting. Breezes pleasant, a/c worked great in the room.
My wife and I visited here for 1 week just this past week. It was our first time to the Virgin Islands and was not sure what to expect following the devastation from the 2 hurricanes. We were simply blown away with our experience! To say the staff is friendly is an understatement, they there simply fantastic, always saying hi or good morning or ask how the previous day was and conversing with you versus just doing their work.
The activities coordinator, has been with Bolongo Bay for nearly 20 years and she is extremely knowledgable and easy to work with. If you tell her what you want to do, she will make it happen! I recommend doing a Island Tour of St. Thomas, when we did this we went with Tim's Tours and Tim takes you all around the island, he works with you to determine how long you want to be at each stop, and shares his knowledge with you.
We missed out on the Rum Dive unfortunately, but we did get to take advantage of the Sunset Cruise on the Heavenly Days Catamaran, upon doing this we immediately signed up for the Sunday Funday event which was a full day on the Heavenly Days Catamaran. The crew, Captain Z, Rob, and Connie were again fantastic, they make sure everyone is having a great time and are not just drones working on the boat. They offered to take pictures for each of the couples on the boat and really engage with everyone, treating those on board more like friends. I would highly recommend going on either of these options or both of them, the Sunday Funday trip was truly the pinnacle of our trip.
The rooms are pretty basic which was fine, as we only used the room to sleep in but has AC, a shower, fridge, and TV.
If you are looking for a good place to stay on St. Thomas, I would highly recommend staying here. This resort is owned by 2 families, who are committed to rebuilding the island versus the major resorts who are simply focused on simply rebuilding their resorts.