I'll start off by saying, your booking a trip to the Caribbean. It is an island. Surrounded by water. Everything is flown in, and of course that adds cost. If your wallet is your primary concern, I'd suggest you go to Florida so your able to reconcile your cost/value ratio better. I feel sorry for people who go on vacation, and complain that a coke cost $5.00.
Arrival Charlotte Amalie
Grab your luggage, and chill while waiting in the taxi queue line. This isn't San Francisco or Chicago, with well organized and seamless taxi lines. You'll likely be with nine other people, with the cost of $15 per person to get to the Ritz. Want to get there fast, take the private taxi, which is $90.
Departure Charlotte Amalie
Arrive 3 hours before the flight leaves. Don't argue, don't complain, don't stress out, just do it. This is the caribbean, and this won't be smooth. I laughed at all the fools at the American Airlines counter who missed their flights because they tried the 1 hour before departure show up. You won't check your bags until you have passed through customs. So if your tired and stressed, maybe you should have left all that luggage at home, and realized this is the caribbean.
Arrival is smooth. Check in at the front desk, get your tasty drink, see where your room is, and get driven over by golf cart. Couldn't be any easier. I had the executive suite. The room was huge, my bed absolutely comfortable, ceiling fans in main room and the living room where the kids slept. Two toilets, a great bathtub, and a beautiful shower. Floors are marble, and you can't hear anything from your neighbors rooms. Paper thin walls like others reported? I'm skeptical. The turn down service people were kind and did their jobs well. Room service was fast, and the food well done. If your coming to the Ritz for nightlife, or think this is party central, your going to be sad. This is intended for people who enjoy relaxing. If the idea of enjoying the beach/pool for 8 hours per day makes you nuts, do not come here. My kids and I brought two books each, and we read both of them, interspersed with sailing and paddleboarding. The restaurants are fine, the food is fresh and didn't make any of us sick. I'm on vacation, I don't care what the cost is, and I understand the Ritz has to make a profit and that this is an island in the caribbean.
We ate at Senor Frogs in Red Hook. Again, if your looking for fancy, or consider yourself a foodie, stay away from the caribbean. The locals have their own styles, food choices, and flair for how life should be lived. Senor Frogs had a great chicken fajita plate, fun location, and typical of the restaurants which do well in the climate of the caribbean. I've seen people complain about the local people and that they were scared. Are you kidding me? Do you know anything about the islands. After eating at Senor Frogs, we got our ferry tickets for St Johns, and trunk bay. Very nice ferry for a reasonable fare.
Peoples Views on Luxury
I'll stop you here. Don't come to the islands if your expecting to be waited on hand and foot like a prince. There isn't anything about coming to St Thomas, or Jamaica, or the Dominican Republic which will be sanitized enough for you to consider your trip luxury. I'd suggest listening to some Jimmy Buffet to get the true essence of the islands. Relax, have a margarita, smoke a bowl and let the caribbean magic come to you. The Ritz allows you to do the caribbean in a nice and comfortable setting, and is a great resort. I'll never forget smoking my cigars on the balcony each sunset, and enjoying the laid back vibe of this great resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within a 30-acre beachfront estate, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas blends classic European elegance with warm Caribbean hospitality. The resort overlooks sparkling turquoise waters and white sand beaches on the eastern tip of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, along Great Bay and with views of St. John. 180 Guestrooms each have private balconies, Caribbean-inspired decor and views of the Caribbean Sea and tropical surroundings. Other features of our beach resort in St. Thomas include a full service spa and salon, 24-hour fitness center, a Club Level with private concierge and complimentary food and beverage presentations, infinity pool, a beach and aquatic center with ample complimentary water sports, and four restaurants for gourmet dining and personalized service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas Hotel St. Thomas
- St. Thomas Ritz-Carlton
- The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands