I want to give a massive mention to all the staff members that work at the Ritz-Carlton property. From the second I stepped foot into the main entrance, I felt like a princess. I find that in general people in St.Thomas are happy and beaming. One of the reasons I love coming there so much is because there is no obvious separation of power or wealth. The less fortunate and the wealthy can live on the same block and eat in the same places … the care free, laid back Caribbean lifestyle is really everything a big-city girl like me can ever only dream of having. As a matter of fact, I met so many people that left their corporate jobs and came to St. Thomas to live the breezy and easy-going island life. At the Ritz-Carlton, the positive energy from the staff members really left me with no choice but to smile from ear to ear all day long. The latter is a huge, HUGE, differentiating factor of the resort.
While I strongly urge you to leave the resort and explore St.Thomas as well as its neighboring islands (I’ll get into that in a bit), it’s nice to know that you have a multitude of things to do to keep busy as soon as you step out of your door. Hotel guests get to enjoy uses of paddle boats, kayaks, hobie cats, windsurfers, & snorkel equipment free of charge (other resorts typically charge an additional fee for equipment). You can even opt in for a scuba diving lesson. There is a beautiful infinity pool, a Jacuzzi, beach cabana’s, & as a guest you also have access to the Great Bay & Coconut Cove.
If that doesn’t sound like it’s quite enough – The Resort also has a full fitness center and spa, or you can take a short car ride to the Mahogany Run Golf Course for a day of golfing in the Caribbean breeze. The Ritz-Carlton is also home to the Lady Lindsey, a 53-foot luxury Catamaran that can take you anywhere from snorkeling with the sea turtles to a sunset dinner sail for a $160 per person. And you can relax … there is an entire itinerary planned out for kids with a strong emphasis on learning about and interacting with the local environment.
What I really loved the most came at absolutely no additional cost: the sunset. I’ve watched the sunset from all over the world and no sunset is quite as special as the one in St. Thomas, where peach and lavender hues hang over the neighboring islands as the sun hides behind the hills.