All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort with Grotto-Style Pool and Private Beach
The eye-catching centerpiece of the all-inclusive Sugar Bay Resort & Spa is a sprawling pool complex made up of three contiguous freshwater pools. Large rock formations are built in, creating waterfalls and cavernous grottos. You can get an overhead view of the action from a raised wooden walkway, or get comfortable in the cabanas or on one of the surrounding padded lounge chairs.
Before heading to the resort's private white-sand beach, grab some complimentary snorkeling equipment and check out the coral reefs just offshore or take an ocean kayak out for a sunset cruise. When a more relaxing afternoon is in order, make your way to Journeys, one of the largest full-service spas in the US Virgin Islands.
The all-inclusive package includes meals and drinks at six dining venues, ranging from formal candlelit restaurants to poolside bars. Pimentos spices up lunch and dinner with à la carte Caribbean classics, and Mangrove Restaurant hosts themed dinner buffets. For a taste of the nightlife, head to The Ocean Club, where 95 slot machines, weekly karaoke, and live-DJ dance music create a lively atmosphere.
Afterwards, you'll retire to an ocean-view room featuring a private balcony with dazzling views of Water Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Rooms are spacious and feature Balinese furnishings to reinforce the resort's casual island vibe.
St. Thomas: World-Famous Beaches and Diving Sites
St. Thomas is home to some of the best water recreation and duty-free shopping in the Caribbean. Professional and first-time scuba divers flock to the island's more than 30 dive sites, where networks of coral tunnels are filled with parrotfish, turtles, and other forms of marine life. The pristine waters are also ideal for fishing, boating, and windsurfing, but many visitors who come to St. Thomas never leave the shore. That's because the island boasts miles of white beaches, including heart-shaped Magens Bay, which was hailed by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. You can pull up a rented chaise longue and admire the scenery at this picture-perfect spot located just 3 miles from the hotel.
For an up-close look at the island's diverse animal inhabitants, visit Coral World, located a 10-minute walk from Sugar Bay. Here you can swim with sea lions, feed lorikeets, and catch glimpses of turtles, sharks, and stingrays during treks along the ocean floor. Another kind of treasure can be discovered in the capital city of Charlotte Amalie, where old Danish buildings house shops selling duty-free jewelry, clothing, and gifts.