St. Thomas Is Welcoming U.S. Travelers — and One of Its Best Hotels Just Reopened With a Private Presidential Penthouse Experience

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Following a brief closure to control a spike in COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Virgin Islands — comprising St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas — reopened its doors to tourists on Sept. 19. Now, one of St. Thomas’s best hotels is welcoming visitors with a slew of renovations and new amenities, including a penthouse experience. 

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas completed a $100-million renovation late last year, but with all the road bumps of 2020, the property could not relaunch with the new upgrades until recently. The five-star hotel completely revamped its public spaces, rooms, and suites, as well as its restaurants, including the addition of a new dining venue. A new luxury catamaran, Lady Lynsey II, was also unveiled. 

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas master bedroom
balcony and living room area at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

To give guests an even more exclusive experience at the property, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is converting one of its four Presidential Suites into a three-bedroom penthouse. The new Presidential Penthouse will feature a micro-kitchen, fully furnished terraces, personal concierge service, a complimentary cabana daily, and enough room to accommodate eight guests. A stay in the Presidential Penthouse will also include one sunset sail and Club Lounge access.

Guests looking for an extra bit of relaxation can also head to the new Seaside Spa Cabana. This private, airy space overlooks the ocean and allows guests to enjoy the same list of treatments offered by the spa but with the added bonus of the ocean breeze as their backdrop.

Beyond the physical upgrades to the property, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is also offering new experiences for its guests. Club Level guests can now enjoy their perks without leaving the beach. The newly offered experience provides these guests with a private area on the resort’s beach and complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is one of only a few Ritz-Carlton properties to offer this type of beach club experience year-round. 

And for the couples whose weddings were ruined this year, the property now offers a special Elopement Escape package to help these lovebirds plan a beautiful and intimate affair for their closest friends and family. The package includes an officiant, court concierge, IT support to ensure smooth live-stream facilitation, photography, florals, access to a dedicated Ritz-Carlton Wedding Planner, and a full beach reception for up to 30 guests. Enhancements include a rehearsal sunset sail aboard Lady Lynsey II, island hopping charters, and a three-night honeymoon experience.

fire pit at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

For more information or to book your stay, visit ritzcarlton.com.

Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but always on the lookout for the next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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