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.