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“Beautiful views and residences” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas

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The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas
Great Bay, 00802, St. Thomas   |  
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Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful views and residences”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We had an amazing time here!

Our view was phenomenal and the residences are absolutely beautiful. We rented a paddleboard and went snorkeling around the club. We saw sea turtles, sting rays and other incredible sea life not too far from shore. Most of the staff was very friendly but we did encounter a couple local staff members that did not want to be disturbed. Although, we found this to be common throughout the island. We did find it a bit rude/odd at times but assumed it was an "island time" thing.
Restaurants:
Bluewater- Incredible. Amazing!
Sails: Also amazing! Try the lobster pizza!.... (I know, right?)
Coconut cove: Just okay for us. We ordered the lobster and there was little meat in it :-(
The desserts were great though and it's a fun place to hang out if you get locked out of your residence :-) - (The system to open our door just died and they had to replace the battery).

The concierge that we dealt with, Ashley, was fantastic! She was super helpful with everything and very friendly every time!

Spa: I got a pedicure and the staff was very friendly there as well. I was hoping for maybe a foot massage or scrub since the pedi came to $70ish with mandatory gratuity and service charge.

I think that's it! :-) Overall, very happy!

If you are staying at least a week, definitely rent a car (As long as you're okay with driving on the left side of the road!) because for an active couple... well, we needed to get out every once in a while. Exploring the island is super fun! Just get lost :-)

Room Tip: If I remember correctly, we were in the Jasmine building and our room was unbelievable!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Mesa, Arizona
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10 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

I had the pleasure of staying in one of the Villas at the St. Thomas Virgin Islands Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. This 2BR, 21/2 bath fully furnished Villa came complete with a full kitchen with all the appliances, dishes and bake-ware you would need and a washer and dryer. The floorplan was perfect with two split master bedrooms/baths and a 1/2 bath off the living area.. Each bedroom had it's own balcony as did the living room overlooking the ocean and pool area. Travertine floors were a welcome cool relief to the feet coming in from the hot sand. Granite countertops, the spa bath products, blow dryer and spa robes for each guest were a welcome luxury. There was an outdoor restaurant by the pool/beach for drinks, appetizers, sandwiches and salads. The staff in the lobby were kind and took care of our needs. Two days they were doing work in a utility room replacing a door or something and unfortunately it was the wall of our (end)Villa so we were somewhat bothered for 2 days worth of jack-hammering and construction noise. There was no attempt made to contact us the first day to warn us but the second day they did. We did not complain but I suspect they may have offered something in return if we had. We chose instead to leave the room and spend the day at the private "Great Bay" on a lounge chair under a shade tree sipping our drinks and listening to the surf. We also were guests with some friends on a day chartered sailboat trip on the Ritz-Carlton's Lady Lynsey for a tour of the islands, and a snorkeling outing. Iguanas and ferile cats were more than common sightings on the property but did not bother us...they just made the experience unique to this property and our travels. Watercraft were available for rent on a daily or per stay basis and although we didn't partake we enjoyed watching the younger crowd playing in the bay with hobie-cats, paddle boards, paddle boats and rafts. The grandchildren participated in the afternoon activites of crafts and water activities provided by the Ritz; Coconut breaking, sand creations and snorkeling. We had a wonderful time on this beautifully designed and kept property. Beautiful location for a tropical destination!

Room Tip: Any of the rooms have an equally desirable view of the ocean and bay. Don't be concerned about b...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yorba Linda, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We went to the Ritz for our honeymoon and decided to spend the extra money on the club. We had never stayed at the Ritz before but new we wanted to have the best honeymoon possible. Some of the reviews said that the Ritz in St. Thomas was not up to par but we do not know how it could have been any better. We arrived several hours before check-in and there were no rooms available. We were escorted to the club lounge, given a tour and indulged in an alcoholic beverage and a variety of delicious lunchtime foods as we took in the magical blue water. We were at the club for only 30 minutes before the club consierge came down and informed us that our room was ready. Jake escorted us to our room and waited for us to make sure that everything was in order and then informed us that they would have our bags brought over. While we settled in our room we made several trips to get to go drinks from the club. We choose to make our own drinks but they offered every time to make it for us. We were always called Mr. & Mrs., which took me several times to realize that they were talking to me not my husbands mom. Carl, at the club lounge, went above and beyond and helped us on multiple occasions to arrange different excursions. The Ritz delivered a plate of congratulation deserts and a bottle of champagne to our room which set the tone for the entire trip. The club lounge was not to far from the pool and beach but the stairs were more than we wanted to do sometimes so we did pay for some drinks, the best mojitos I have ever had. They were pricey, the best deal for your money was buckets of beer and the staff would bring fresh buckets of ice to keep the beer cold. The food at the club varied greatly from day to day and we had a hard time not making a meal of it. We ordered pizza, really good not too thick or greasy, from room service twice because we filled up at the club and were not hungry for dinner until late. We felt the club saved us money and was well worth the extra you pay up front. The Ritz is nicely spread out but someone who is not in shape may have a hard time walking all over the resort in the humid heat. The infinity pool is spectacular and the beach is beautiful. There are a lot of conch and coral in the water so bring water shoes. The bay is great for water activities that are included in the resort fee. We snorkeled in the bay and saw a wide variety of sea life including turtles, squid, and a barracuda. We advise taking the ferry from red hook, $12 round trip which leaves every hour until 11pm, to St. John to have dinner and or go bar hopping. A much better experience than Red Hook. We will definitely be going back soon.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Napa, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We found the Ritz to be comfortable and well maintained. The staff was very friendly. We stayed in the residences. The water toys (Hobie, windsurfers etc are available for a daily fee. Changed this year and we needed to sign up for three or four days even though we were only there three full days and knew we would go to St John at least one day. View from the top of the Ritz is incredible. Food was very good to excellent, although pricey like most of the island. We had two couples in the unit and we had plenty of room. Rum punch is offered on arrival. Nice touch. We will be back.

Room Tip: The Ritz hotel is fabulous. The residences are not as "Ritzy" and a less crowed. That work...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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37 hotel reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

We had a nice 3 bedroom at the end, farthest from the hotel section. Said they were upgrading appliances soon, and while they were very low end, how much do you use the washer/dryer on vacation, or really care if the dishwasher is bottom end? The condo itself was very nicely done otherwise, very comfortable, granite countertops, huge bathrooms, walk in closet, etc. Two bedrooms were on the beach side, third in back, but all 3 had nice balconies and the LR balcony was largest of all. Easy to get some private time on your own balcony. The beach is much larger than the hotel side, more spacious, and when we were there, much less crowded. Only downside, and this may well only happen on the end units where we were, when the ferries crossing from Charlotte Amalie, which is hourly, there is a very strange echo/reverberation effect against the Ritz buildings! Annoying, to be sure, but only lasts a few minutes. For this reason, best to ask about this issue or just ask for a "condo" in the middle or towards the hotel side if you are concerned. I would still opt for the end we had, as we were RIGHT on the sand, and the annoyance was worth the privacy and proximity to the waves and sand. I don't know that I would have liked the hotel side, too crammed. Service was great, as one would expect at a Ritz. Food at the beach bars decent, not great, but better at night at the "highest" dining room at the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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boston
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We highly recommend the residence side of the resort for families traveling with more than one child - if possible. The accommodations are lovely, plenty of room, beautiful views, and lovely balconies to relax and catch some sun while the kids are still sleeping! We found the resort side so easy to walk back and forth from that we definitely took advantage of the amenities on both sides of this lovely property. The staff are wonderful and couldn't be more helpful and accommodating. All that has been said about restaurants and needing a car are true - but, you truly cannot beat a full service, upscale resort with wonderful staff! Lastly, the location on the island forces relaxation (far from cruise ships and major shopping!), and encourages a visit to St. John for snorkeling, and Tortola to swim with the dolphins - if so desired. Our family had a much needed, fantastic vacation!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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nj
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7 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

The Residences are beautiful with lots of space and great views. Pools are great and pool on residence side is heated. Some advice - rent a car. Private cab/van roundtrip from airport is $240. Cab ride to Red Hook is $5 per person each way from the hotel. We have a family of 6 so any savings we would have had by eating off property was lost in cab fair to Red Hook. We enjoyed all the restaurants on property with the exception of Coconut Cove. Agree with previous reviewer that it's just not good! We did the meal plan for the kids which is $29 a day for ages 5 plus and under 5 food is free. Makes sense to do the meal plan when smoothies are $7 each but the meal plan must be bought for the entire stay. One objection we had to kids meal plan is that none of the meals came with a fruit or vegetable. Residences do not provide any information about what is going on for the hotel side so ask if you are interested.
We really liked the Residences - convenient, close to beach, restaurant, pools, and beautiful views with great space for a family. We would return.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Great Bay, 00802, St. Thomas
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > East End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty lodging in East End
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breathtaking natural beauty right on the beach. A bounty of outdoor adventure with perpetually perfect climate are just a few of the reasons why St. Thomas attracts the savy traveler from around the world. Everything the Ritz Carlton is famous for but raised to a higher level in these stunning private residences. ... more   less 
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