The U.S. Virgin Islands are one of the easiest choices for couples looking for a Caribbean escape—you get the white-sand beaches, steel drum music, rum drinks and more—all without the need to exchange money, find your passport or worry about a language barrier. Whether you’re looking for an affordable hotel for two, or a resort with plenty of things to do, the USVI has you covered. Here are the most romantic resorts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Chenay Bay Beach Resort, St. Croix
Chenay Bay Beach Resort on the northeast coast of St. Croix is a hidden gem, offering couples the sanctuary of stand-alone cottages spread along a hillside and strip of golden sand beach. Each cottage has its own front porch and kitchenette, allowing guests to truly nest while away. The resort also has kayaks, paddle boards and snorkel gear for rent so you can take full advantage of this choice stretch of coastline.
Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, St. Thomas
If you prefer the privacy of staying outside of Charlotte Amalie, then consider the lush east end escape that is Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, located on one of the softest, most picturesque beaches on St. Thomas. We like that this non-chain resort lets you opt for an all-inclusive stay where you pay one price for all meals, drinks, non-motorized watersports and activities. Note that this property will be reopening in late 2019.
Marriott Frenchman’s Cove, St. Thomas
Marriott Frenchman’s Cove is a safe bet for those who want the best of both worlds: The property sits just 10 minutes by car from Charlotte Amalie and its restaurants, bars and shopping—plus it’s set on a calm water beach perfect for lounging the day away. The 453 rooms are built on a hillside, with most rooms offering elevated views of the ocean. We like the resort’s two hilltop infinity pools—elegant by day, and sexy by night.
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast, St. Thomas
With just four rooms, Bellavista Bed and Breakfast offers one of the more intimate settings in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We love how tucked away and secluded the property is, with ample landscaping, including plumeria trees and palms surrounding the pool—which grants inspiring views of downtown Charlotte Amalie thanks to the hilltop location. The owner, who lives next door, prepares a two-course breakfast daily for guests, and is on hand to answer any questions you may have about the island.
Gallows Point Resort, St. John
Situated on its own peninsula, Gallows Point Resort offers quiet seclusion—and it’s just a 10-minute walk from the town of Cruz Bay. Each of the 60 apartment-style suites includes a kitchen and ample living room, giving you plenty of space to spread out during your stay. Plus, because the resort faces west, you’ve got a perfect beachfront location for sunsets.
The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas
Set along Turquoise Bay on the eastern tip of St. Thomas, The Ritz-Carlton Club offers stunning views of the bay, neighboring islands and the 30 acres of resort property. We love that the Ritz offers 24-hour room service, as well balconies and in-room mini-bars stocked with drinks. Plus, there’s an adults-only serenity pool, which allows for a more relaxing experience. Note that the resort is scheduled to reopen from renovating in summer 2019.
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, St. Croix
The Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa occupies what is easily our favorite spot on the island. The resort sits on a crescent of white sand, hemmed in by the green mountain of Hams Bluff on one side, and rocky, undeveloped coastline on the other. Here, the experience is all about privacy. We love the warm, cozy feel of the rooms thanks to dark wood furniture and doors, and the plantation-style décor of the rooms. As a bonus: When the two of you are lounging in bed, you can hear the waves hitting the beach just yards away.
Westin St. John Resort Villas, St. John
Set on Great Cruz Bay, the next inlet south of where the ferry lands, the Westin St. John Resort Villas is just six minutes by car from the downtown Cruz Bay. Explore the town, then retire to these modern studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. Most rooms offer balconies with views of the surrounding green hillsides and Caribbean Sea. Onsite, you’ll find activities including scuba diving, boating, sailing and jet skiing, plus a gym and a spa offering couple’s massages.
The Fred, St. Croix
We love The Fred, a hip boutique resort breathing new life into a restored historic beachside property in Frederiksted, St. Croix. The resort is adults only, and features one-of-a-kind rooms with white and bright minimalist décor (many with kitchens). Each room features a collection of funky modern art—think pop portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Christopher Walken and Jimi Hendrix. Plus, we like the convenience of the onsite gift shop and spa, with a bar and restaurant coming soon.
The Buccaneer, St. Croix
Sure, you may not want to spend your entire vacation on resort grounds, but if you are going to stay put, you couldn’t pick a better spot than The Buccaneer. This classic, elegant resort just a 10-minute drive east of the town of Christiansted and offers onsite golf, tennis, paddle boarding plus a host of other water sports and activities. Its beach, with white sand and patch coral reefs well suited to snorkeling, is reason enough to stay here. What’s more, having a rum punch at the open-air bar overlooking the property and Buck Island is a romantic way to kick off any evening.