Like the Caymans, all-inclusive resorts are a little harder to find in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Still, there are advantages to coming here. You won't have to fiddle with your passport unless you're planning on trekking over to the British Virgin Islands for a day trip. If you're looking for a dazzling array of all-inclusive options, you might want to try Aruba or Saint Lucia, but of course, we have your options covered for a Virgin Islands trip, as well.
Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
Sugar Bay Resort & Spa calls itself the only true all-inclusive resort in St. Thomas. It certainly is comprehensive, covering meals, unlimited house cocktails, domestic beer and wine, three connecting pools and a hot tub, children's programs, water sports, miniature golf, tennis, and introductory scuba lessons. Dining options include three restaurants, a sports bar, and a swim-up pool bar. There are seven tiers of room here, all centered around room size and the type of ocean view available. Weekly events include movie nights and karaoke.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
The Doumeng family has been running Bolongo Bay for 40 years, and while they make you feel welcome, the resort is also sizable enough to feel established. There are 64 beachfront rooms and 10 "value rooms" available. Wi-Fi is free, as are water sports like paddle boards, windsurfers, and snorkel gear. You can also take an introductory scuba lesson in the pool for free, but more advanced excursions will cost you. A free weekly "snorkel booze hunt" more than makes up for those fees, however. If you find a bottle, you keep the bottle. There are a couple of open-air restaurants, a poolside bar, and weekly cocktail parties where you meet the managers. One more thing—the place is so accustomed to being a wedding destination that they have a "Romance Director" on staff.
Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort
Divi Carina Bay offers 200 rooms in three tiers, with either a king or two queen beds in each room. Four restaurants range from the Starlite Grille to a late-night cafe. Reviewers tend to enjoy the inclusive packages, but those who come away complaining tend to cite a sort of recurring problem of under-staffing. You also have access to two pools, an intro scuba course, miniature golf, a driving range, and the usual array of non-motorized beach sports. You can also learn to play poker here, which will come in handy since this resort also holds the only casino in St. Croix. Speaking of, St. Croix is an attraction unto itself as one of those towns that always seems to have some kind of festival or citywide event happening. Every April sees the arrival of A Taste of St. Croix.
Marriott's Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
The inclusive package here includes three meals daily, unlimited brand cocktails, house wines and domestic beers, and recreational activities, including tennis courts and the health club. There's an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, a whirlpool, snorkeling, and more. Since this is a package at a hotel, rather than a resort that's built from the ground up to be all-inclusive, some of the activities may incur fees, so be mindful. Yet, by and large, Frenchman's Reef seems to be well-liked. Confusingly, Marriott also operates Frenchman's Cove in town, which travelers may want to research, as well.