The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas
For the discerning bride who yearns for a personalized wedding at a spectacular tropical location, The Ritz-Carlton, St.
Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a must. Nestled on 30 acres, the beachfront resort is located at the east end of the island overlooking Great Bay.
The main hotel is a rendition of elegant editerranean architecture with breathtaking views and open air windows overlooking the entire resort. The legendary service at The Ritz-Carlton is unparalleled. The staff is courteous, professional and at your service.
The Signature weddings are what set the Ritz- Carlton apart from other resorts. They have their own staff of wedding professionals, as well as local recommended wedding vendors who will work with their clients to create the personalized wedding of one’s dreams. No two weddings are alike and the possibilities are only limited to one’s imagination.
Choose from two breathtaking locations at the resort to host the ceremony—the chiffon-draped beachfront pavilion or the cliff side gazebo. The reception can be held in many areas; the resort offers over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space to host functions. Guests staying at the resort have an array of activities to enjoy including paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, private sailing and windsurfing lessons to name just a few.
Be sure to plan a visit to the luxurious Ritz- Carlton Spa. The seaside facility features 11 Mediterranean-style treatment rooms, a beach-side cabaña, salon and retail boutique.
Dining at the resort includes four distinctive oceanfront dining options from an upscale dinner to a casual lunch. Do not think “stuffy”; there is a hip sushi/Asian restaurant as well as the island chic Bleuwater Restaurant serving seafood and Caribbean fare.
The Lady Lynsey sailing experience is a must while staying at the Ritz. A variety of sailing excursions are available aboard the Lady Lynsey including sunset sails and dinner in St. John.
Following is a sample itinerary of what it is like to experience a stay at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas provided by the author who recently enjoyed a stay.
Day 1: After arriving by ferry to St. Thomas, from a stay in The British Virgin Islands, we are met by a taxi to take us to
the hotel. It is a scenic 20 minute drive as we wind along the road high above the turquoise waters of the bay. We pass
through Charlotte Amalie, the capitol of St. Thomas. I eye the quaint shops and make note to self to return for shopping.
We arrive at The Ritz-Carlton realizing we have come to a very special place. A friendly staff person greets us with
chilled cloths on a platter to cool off. Welcome drinks are displayed in the entrance. The service is legendary. We take a
tour of the resort. There are iguanas enjoying the warm sun along the paths. Lunch is enjoyed at Sails oceanfront grill. The
service continues to be unmatched. Our waitress makes us feel like old friends by the time we leave. Our room is gorgeous
and overlooks the bay. We find welcome gifts and refreshments waiting for us to enjoy. A shuttle arrives at 4:00PM to
take us to our sunset excursion aboard the Lady Lynsey. Gourmet appetizers and a full open bar are just some of the treats
afforded guests as we cruise the bay to watch the sunset.
Upon our arrival back a full moon has magically risen over the resort. We are surprised to find a beachside table set
up to host our very own private dinner. Our waiter serves our selections from the Bleuwater. I have the surf and turf with
candied plantains and coconut-scented jasmine rice. I finish with a decadent dark chocolate crème brûlée.
Day 2: We have breakfast in the Great Bay Lounge. Afterwards we head over to the dive shop to do some kayaking. Later
my daughter tries paddle boarding. The dive shop arranges other excursions as well. I set up a surprise for my daughter and husband—parasailing.
I highly recommend adding the Ritz-Carlton Club Package. This service gains access to the Club Lounge. Here, each
day you will enjoy gourmet foods, snacks, desserts and signature cocktails (they provide the ingredients and directions for
the drink of the day and you make it). Breakfast, lunch and a light dinner can be enjoyed here. This is a great service if you
want to grab a bite to eat before an activity. When we arrive back at our room we are surprised to find the front desk has
called just to see if we are in need of anything.
For dinner we enjoy an Asian noodle bar and drinks at The Great Bay.
Day 3: We are sad it is our final day. I am surprised upon check out they still know our name and the manager personally
asks how our stay was. That legendary service again!
On our way to the airport we stop off at Charlotte Amalie for lunch and shopping.
Do have lunch at Gladys’ Café. It is a local restaurant housed in a 1700s era stone pump house. Be sure to take home
some of their signature hot sauce.
On the plane I am already missing St. Thomas and the legendary service of The-Ritz Carlton!