Reading over recent reviews of Bolongo makes me wonder why opinions vary so widely. Having stayed at this dubious "Club Everything" four years ago, and given that the resort has not been refurbished in the intervening years, I want to say: Believe the folks who say this place is run down--nothing more than a very bad motel. We had booked 7 days and gutzed it out because we wanted the free catamaran sailing. I would advise simpling paying the bucks to do the one-day trip while staying elsewhere. The "Heavenly Daze" outting was great fun and the snorkeling delightful, but it was not worth the 7 nights of "YUCK" in terms of the lodging.
I don't consider myself to be at all snobbish, but I wonder if Bolongo is attractive to people who don't normally stay at nicer resorts. We are simply middle class folk--teachers from the Midwest, yet the other guests at Bolongo were just a bit declasse for us rural USA dwellers. Additionally, although booked as a family place, my sons, 17 and 11 at the time, found no one their age with whom to interact during our stay.
As a better alternative, I suggest Marriott's Frenchmen's Reef and Morningstar Beach. We had booked Morningstar for the last three nights of our USVI trip and did a mental head slap when we saw how beautiful it was compared to Bolongo. The pools, views, rooms, and dining at the Marriott properties were wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1974, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort has welcomed guests from around the world curious to discover life in the Caribbean. Bolongo Bay is a small, authentic Caribbean beach resort on the southern coast of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Located in a beautiful bay touching the Caribbean Sea, Bolongo Bay offers a perfect harmony of relaxation, solitude & adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bolongo Bay Beach Hotel South Coast
- Hotel Bolongo Bay Beach
- Bolongo Bay St Thomas
- Bolongo Bay Beach Resort St. Thomas/South Coast