Secret Harbour Beach Resort
What To Know
- Free WiFi can be unreliable
- Expect mosquitos on the beach and at outdoor restaurants anytime after 4pm; don't forget the bug spray!
- Nearby Red Hook has shops and restaurants, and St. John is reachable by ferry
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Secret Harbour Beach Resort in St. Thomas (Nazareth), you’ll be minutes from Secret Harbour Beach and close to Coki Beach. This 4-star condo is within close proximity of American Yacht Harbor and Cow and Calf Rock.
Make yourself at home in one of the 48 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring kitchens with refrigerators and stovetops. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and cable programming provide entertainment. Conveniences include safes and microwaves, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at one of the condo’s 2 restaurants. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a computer station, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
As longtime guests, we were so happy to return to Secret Harbour for five wonderful nights. After the hurricanes, the resort has done a fantastic job of restoring and updating the property. The new balconies have even better views, and our room was newly updated. The new equipment in the fitness center was great, too. My husband kept remarking that you couldn't tell that the hotel, or most of the island, had been through such devastating storms. The grounds were lush with tropical flowers and foliage. The beach, as always, was a delight: clear, calm water with fun snorkeling and lovely sunset views. We enjoyed the new menu at the restaurant and the bar.
It was really great to see familiar faces among the resort staff and we really appreciate the friendly and caring service from everyone at Secret Harbour.
Aside from lots of time relaxing on the beach, we did a day trip to St. John and went in to Red Hook a few times. Both Food Center and Moe's Fresh Market had plenty of good food and wine and local rums. (Rooms at Secret Harbour have full kitchens so it's nice to sometimes cook your own meals and eat on the balcony.)
I will admit I was a little nervous not knowing what the island would be like as it is still recovering, but there was nothing to be worried about. Secret Harbour is truly a special place.
Tip: The airport is still rebuilding/remodeling and so there aren't any restaurants when you are through security--just a souvenir stand and two small food stands. Eat beforehand or pack food that can go through the TSA checkpoint. There is TSA pre-check at the airport now, though.
Visited Secret Harbor for the 8th time last week, our first time back since the hurricanes. We actually had a trip booked for November, 2017, and sadly had to cancel, and Jet Blue finally started direct service from Boston again this month. We can’t describe how happy we were to be back at our home away from home. Let me start by saying anyone reading this with second thoughts about coming to St. Thomas or to Secret Harbor – STOP THINKING and just BOOK IT! The island is well on its way to recovering. I have lots of things to say about the island in general but this review is for Secret Harbor and I want to give them their due.
What more can I say about this place that I haven’t already said in my previous reviews? There have been extensive upgrades made to the grounds and buildings (painting of buildings, all units with new sliding glass doors, supporting walls around palm trees, new railings and lighting in the stairways, updated gym equipment, and many units with inside construction happening as we were there). However, what I want to share that I noticed the most – all the familiar faces, Margaret at the front desk, the general manager, Kevin, many of the grounds crew, and the beach staff. Why is this important, you ask? Because it shows Secret Harbor stood by their staff through the months of no electricity and no tourism. Moreover, it says something about Secret Harbor that their staff were willing to hang in there through what was probably weeks without a steady income. It just made me incredibly happy to see.
We stayed in a familiar room, 222, second floor of the second building. This room was updated prior to the storms, and is quite beautiful and comfortable. The views are amazing.
Spent most mornings jogging/walking around the property (easy to get a great workout in with the hills and stairs), and then spent time in the small but sufficient fitness center (all new equipment). Lots of wildlife back, including iguanas and peacocks! We’d like to choke that damn rooster up the hill, though – nothing like a 4:00 am wake up call each morning HA HA HA!
Here is my one complaint and this is very new from what we have experienced in the past – the lack of umbrellas. We arrived late in the day, and I was shocked when I woke up the next morning to look out and see all umbrella chairs reserved already, either with towels, a noodle, etc. Many available lounge chairs but you really need an umbrella if you want decent shade. We were able to move to an umbrella set up later in the day, and followed suit with all the others on the beach to leave some of our items there overnight so the umbrella would be available to us the next day. I don’t like this practice, it should just be first come first serve when you make your way to the beach. Another thing I noticed which really angered me was that at least two umbrella set ups were reserved with noodles that sat EMPTY each day until 3:30 or later in the afternoon. When I inquired about using one, I was told these are reserved for owners. Ok, I get that as an owner you want a place to sit on the beach, but come on!!! I also watched a family of 5 take over one of the umbrellas around noon time after seeing it empty and said owners strolled out at 4:00 pm only to ask the family to leave “their” reserved spot. It was appalling actually. We are paying guests and deserve just as much access to the beach as the owners. While I know part of the appeal of Secret Harbor is the quaintness, it might be worth investing in a few more umbrella/table set-ups for guests. Just my two cents.
We can’t wait to book our next trip! Hopefully in November! See you then!
This was our first time at St Thomas and couldn't have asked for anything better. The cove was very calm and beautiful. Clean facilities with a very laid back atmosphere (which we enjoy). View can not be beat!!
Can't wait to go back.
Enjoyed the laid back week spent at this resort on East End of STVI. My wife and I were not too familiar with St. Thomas when we took a chance and booked w/SHBR a month or so before arriving. Friendly staff, smaller footprint on property which means less bodies on beach-and tourists. The cove that SHBR sits around is an INCREDIBLE snorkel spot. Saw turtles, sting rays, barracudas and TONS of colorful fish. We elected NOT to rent a car, probably would next time as cab rides and rates seem to vary so much. But cabs are very accessible. Avoid Coki beach on St. Thomas and Trunk Bay on St. John as it's touristy with lots of cruise ship folks. Plus, alot of the coral and palm trees have been destroyed from hurricanes. Ferry to St. John is in Red Hook and runs all throughout the day. There is a cruise ship website for USVI that you will want to check to avoid certain days at larger public beaches on St. Thomas. Restaurant/bar on site is nice, but way overpriced for what it offers. food is good and happy hour from 4-7pm each night. Walking/biking to town from SHBR is NOT an option. Roads are scary with no shoulders. Plus they drive on opposite side of road! There is a pool and two tennis courts on site which unfortunately we did not get a chance to use. We were told that main office has complimentary rackets and balls which is nice courtesy. Small, but clean fitness center. Dive shop on site, rented snorkel gear for $80/week. Rooms are nice, we had a one bedroom, which had living room and full kitchen. No issue with water at restaurants or bars or our room. I would probably NOT try any roadside stands. Resort is nice because you don't have the volume of people like Aruba or Turks with big high rises resorts so you always can get chairs or umbrellas. There are 36 beachside condos(four bldgs.=nine units/bldg.), and another 36 hillside. We stayed in bldg. #3 beachside. I would probably avoid staying in bldg. one as it is right near restaurant/bar. Plenty of restaurants into Red Hook which for two people was $20 roundtrip cab. Highly recommend this resort, especially since it was straight flight via Dulles.
The best selling point of this resort is the beach and the beach-front suites. The view is fantastic but is also something you would certainly expect from traveling in Caribbean. The beach is small but nice.
You might be disappointed if you expect something luxury. We stayed in a 1-BR suite on the second floor of a beach-front building. The room is spacious but needs some upgrade. Water is precious on the island so I can understand the water that goes to flush the toilet is not of the same quality of drinking water. However the stain from the brown water that stays in the toilet after every flush still bothers me. Maybe it could be cleaned a little better?
Regardless, our family had a relaxing stay in the resort and really enjoyed the beach. Every staff we met is very friendly and willing to help.
One small tip for travelers: if you want to have dinner at the Sunset Grill in the resort, make your reservation as early as you can.