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Small, typically quiet, time-share-style hotel on a great stretch of beach
The white sand beach is a highlight
The Elysian Beach Resort is a time-share hotel that shares Cowpet Bay with the St. Thomas Yacht Club on the island's East End near Red Hook, close to the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas and Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. It's a collection of vacation condos, not a traditional resort, so guests should expect less service and fewer amenities. But the large, lovely, white sand beach is one of the best on the island.
Being a small complex (just 67 guest rooms), the atmosphere shifts depending on who's visiting -- sometimes it's filled with rowdy twentysomethings, sometimes families, sometimes a relaxed group of retirees. But unless there happens to be a coverband playing late into the evening at the popular on-site restaurant, the resort remains fairly quiet.
Not a full-service hotel; for just about everything -- including room cleaning -- you're on your own.
- No daily housekeeping; if you want your room cleaned you'll have to request it and pay a large extra fee.
- Smaller per-day fee if you want someone to make the bed, take out the trash, and bring fresh towels
- No concierge
- No room service
- No poolside or beachside drink service
Just five minutes from bars, restaurants, and yachting in Red Hook
The Elysian is on the East End of St. Thomas, next to the Ritz-Carlton. Like most other resorts in St. Thomas, there's nothing to eat, see, or do within walking distance of the hotel.
- Five-minute cab ride from the small yachting town of Red Hook. You can walk in about 20 minutes, but there are no sidewalks and drivers are not typically looking for pedestrians.
- Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas' largest town and where mostly cruise ship passengers come to shop, is about 15 minutes away by cab.
- St. Thomas airport is 20 to 40 minutes from the Elysian, depending on traffic.
One of the best beaches on St. Thomas, although you may need to drip-dry in the morning (towels are scarce)
The Elysian is home to one of the best beaches on St. Thomas, not to mention a great beach bar.
- Ample trees and loungers for guests to grab some shade
- Water-sports rental shack with beach toys, kayaks, and snorkel gear
- Beach towels are available at the front desk, though getting a towel in the morning can be difficult because they're still getting washed.
- Some guests complain about bugs on the beach, and I too got some ant bites, but this is common at just about every resort on both St. Thomas and St. John.
Old and kitschy, but the balconies have excellent views
The Studio Suite
Turquoise walls, old rattan furniture, plastic plants -- you could call the room kitschy (though ugly might be a better word).
- All guest rooms are one-bedroom condo units with either two double-size beds, a king bed, or a queen-size Murphy bed that folds down from the wall.
- Firm beds, but old, cheap pillows and comforters
- Old electronics -- tube TVs, and the clock radio and TV remote didn't work in my room
- Functional AC unit.
- Small sink, minifridge, coffeemaker, and some glassware in all rooms
- All rooms come with a great balcony, with two chairs and a table. The immediate view from my standard room was of the tennis courts, but I could also see a sliver of the beach and bay.
- Hot water is limited, especially in the morning.
- No elevators; getting around the property can be very difficult for guests with mobility challenges.
Stick to the high-quality (and free) pool -- the spa and gym cost extra.
Generally, this is a well-maintained resort, but watch the steep cleaning fee.
Two on-site restaurants, both on the beach, loved by locals as well as tourists
- Robert's American Grille serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The steak-and-seafood-heavy menu isn't too fancy (or too expensive), but this is one of the better resort restaurants on St. Thomas.
- Bonnie's by the Sea (formerly Ainsley's Beachside Cafe) serves Caribbean fare by the beach for lunch and dinner.
- Children's menu at Robert's
A basic resort with a time-share focus, the Elysian has funky old rooms, one of the best beaches in St. Thomas, and two beachside restaurants that even locals frequent. But service is nil and everything costs extra -- the gym and even room cleaning costs something steep! Worse still, there's a fee-per-night "energy surcharge" -- just to keep the lights on!
Things You Should Know About Elysian Beach Resort
- 6800 Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas, VI
Hotel Is Also Known As...
- Elysian Beach Hotel
- Elysian Beach Resort St Thomas
- Elysian Beach St Thomas
- Hotel Elysian Beach
- One Bedroom Condo
- Studio Double
- Studio King
- Studio Parlor