As I rely on reviews on this website, I felt compelled to write one of my own on the Ritz St. Thomas. Visited with my husband and 6-year old daughter for 10 days over Thanksgiving in 2003. Booked a 1-bedroom suite at $600 per night-well worth the money. Very large bedroom, huge living room and dining room, huge closet, beautiful bathroom, separate shower and tub, decorated beautifully. Also a HUGE covered, furnished outdoor terrace overlooking the bay.
Although it was a hike to get to the beach, we did not mind as it was good exercise. The beach was lovely, meticulously kept, quiet, not too crowded, just enough (well-behaved) children to entertain our daughter. As the Ritz is located in a bay, the water was very calm and good for swimming and snorkeling. The Ritz does not allow non-guests to use their facilities, which keeps the cruise-ship crowds away! The service on the beach was good, the comfortable chairs were plentiful...all in all, VERY relaxing.
Food at the resort: yes, it was expensive, but everything in the Caribbean is expensive. We did not eat in the main dining room, but rather chose to confine our meals to lunch on the beach during the day, and dinner at the outside, casual restaurant at night. DO take advantage of the Lobster Buffet: at $70 pp all you can eat, it is a bargain! The lobster was great, and they kept it coming. We did venture into town for a few meals, but due to the very expensive cab rides, we saved no money by doing so.
My husband is a diver, and he found the dive shop on site to be a quality operation, and no more expensive than customary.
The Ritz Kids program is first rate. My husband and I went deep sea fishing one day, and our daughter stayed at RK for the entire day, and loved it. She wanted to go back again, although we only used the service that one day.
The only reason I did not rate the property at 5-star is: the water pressure in the bathrooms is TERRIBLE, and, several times, the water went off completely for 20-30 minutes right in the middle of our shower. If they could rectify that problem, they would have a first rate resort.
All in all, I would highly recommend this resort for families with pre-teen children. Our daughter was NEVER bored, and my husband and I actually felt like we were able to relax.
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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