Caneel Bay Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Built from a historic sugar plantation, this profoundly serene 166-room resort sits on 170 acres of a protected national park dotted with seven remote beaches. Even with a quaint pool and rustic rooms that lack TVs and phones, Caneel's attentive service and unparalleled setting make it one of the Caribbean's best resorts.
The Westin St. John Resort & Villas Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Arguably the best family resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the 175-room Westin has a huge pool, a beautiful, fun beach with trampolines, great kids' camp, and kitchen-equipped villas in addition to its standard rooms. But for the price, its worn rooms and lackadaisical staff don't compare to the Wyndham on St. Thomas.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Ritz-Carlton is St. Thomas' classiest resort, located only five minutes from Red Hook's fun dining and yacht scene. Its private sailboat, fitness center, spa, and soft-sand beach -- a marine-life sanctuary -- are all among the best in St. Thomas. But the food and service don't compare to swankier Ritzs elsewhere.
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A clean, modern resort with stunning views, this 478-room Marriott is a cut above every other hotel in St. Thomas, except, maybe, the pricier Ritz Carlton. It's sprawling, the food's overpriced, and it can, at times, become packed with conventioneers. But its excellent gym, great pools, top-notch beds, and soft-sand beach rival the island's best.
Sugar Bay Resort and Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A clean, modern, family-oriented resort with a full-service spa, an excellent snorkeling beach, and service that rivals (even bests) the pricier Ritz-Carlton -- the Wyndham is a great pick for the price. Its all-inclusive packages can save drinkers some cash, but the on-site food is average; drive five minutes to Red Hook for better restaurants.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Family-owned and run since 1974, Bolongo is a laid-back resort with an excellent beach, great food, and a warm, helpful staff that keeps guests coming back year after year, despite the small pool and scarce features. But beware the "Value Rooms," which have old, sagging mattresses.