Recent St. Thomas Reviews

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Sugar Bay Resort & Spa located on the island of St. Thomas is a beautiful place to have your next vacation. Don’t just take it from me, read these recent reviews of the resort as well.

 

Review from August 3, 2013

“We were pleasantly surprised at everything. Our room had an amazing view of St. John. I sat out on our balcony every day and truly enjoyed the spectacular sun over the ocean. We did the all-inclusive and loved it. Snorkeling and kayaking are included and we did that several times. We met some great people and Carolyn at the pool bar was so great! There were certainly no shortage or drinks or food at any time.”

“We had a problem with our safe when we first checked in and the security lady was so sweet! Every day we saw her, she remembered and greeted us! All the staff was great! The food was really good–mostly we ate at the buffet in the main dining room. Everything is super fresh and hot. The pool has a restaurant right next door and we had lunch there everyday. The food was delicious. Even a basic hamburger came out piping hot. My husband and I would recommend this resort for it’s value, activities and the people.”

 

Review from August 3, 2013

“My husband and I went to St. Thomas for our 20th anniversary and stayed at Sugar Bay and LOVED IT! The staff was so friendly especially the girl who checked us in, our waiters, we enjoyed talking with them, the room was clean and nice and the view was BEAUTIFUL from our balcony. We enjoyed the food and variety they offered. We loved the beach and pool area. We had fun snorkeling and kayaking right at our beach. We went for fun, sun, relaxation, scenery and got it all! Thank you Sugar Bay!”

Caribbean Beach Weddings at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas Virgin Islands

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The Sugar Bay Resort & Spa has all the right ingredients for the destination wedding of your dreams: white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and romantic sunsets.

The resort can help you realize your vision, whether it is an intimate beach-side ceremony with swaying palm trees, the waves crashing on the shore, and the sand between your toes, or an elegant ceremony on the St. John Terrace, a charming rooftop gazebo overlooking St. John and the British Virgin Islands.

Our wedding experts will work with you to bring every aspect of your dream to life, from guest accommodations to making sure your flowers and cake reflect your theme, style and budget. Our wedding experts plan hundreds of Virgin Island weddings each year.

Why Choose St. Thomas as Your Destination?

Because St. Thomas is on U.S. Territory, it’s easy for a U.S. Citizen to obtain a marriage license. There are also no stay requirements in St. Thomas. Our island’s status also allows you to use U.S. dollars, the language is English, and U.S. Citizens are not required to have a passport. You will enjoy an exotic location without the complications of traveling abroad.

Why Choose Sugar Bay

Not only is Sugar Bay Resort & Spa a great location for St. Thomas weddings, but it also an excellent honeymoon destination. Newlyweds will enjoy the romantic beachside setting and can also plan activities such as a couple’s massage at Journeys Spa. The resort is near various St. Thomas attractions, activities, and entertainment venues.

For more detailed information, please contact us at:

weddings@sugarbayresortandspa.com
(800) 927-7100

July St. Thomas Reviews

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Sugar Bay Resort & Spa located on the island of St. Thomas is a beautiful place to have your next vacation. Don’t just take it from me, read these recent reviews of the resort as well.

Review from July 10, 2013

“Our Family was recently looking for a different, (out of the box) Vacation resort, other than the normal Florida Hotels or beachfront Cancun Type Hotels. Our kids are now in College and were wanting to visit a resort that had a lot of different activities to choose from that also would be all inclusive. After doing a lot of research, we decided to try a St. Thomas U.SV.I. resort, that offered the all inclusive package for our family. This was a great choice!

The Hotel is Modern and within 15 minutes of the St. Thomas Airport. We arranged an easy open air transfer bus, for the ride to the Hotel with our travel agent. This makes the ride to the hotel very scenic and allows you to experience the views close up. We were greeted at the Hotel by a very nice staff who quickly offered a welcome Island Punch drink, for all in our group. Check in was easy as there was no long lines or waiting at the Front desk. The Hotel sits high on a hill, so the views are awesome down into Sugar Bay and to the close by, surrounding other Virgin Islands such as St. John. The Hotel is within 5 minutes of the Red Hook Ferry Dock, which is nice because for about 12 dollars per person, you can get a round  trip ticket to St. John. This ride is only approx. 20 minutes. This allowed us to rent a car, and visit some world class beaches on the Island such as Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay Beach over on St. John where the snorkeling is great.

The Sugar Bay Resort has many things to offer with 3-Pools with a waterfall, a good sized white sand beach with a great little reef right off the beach for snorkeling. A nine hole mini golf course, basketball courts, Tennis Courts, and a nice swim up- bar in one of the pools to get  your favorite Island Drink. The Food at this resort for all of our meals was delicious. They also offer Catamaran Trips at an additional cost, that leaves right from the resort’s beach. We are looking forward to coming back again soon.”

 

Review from July 11, 2013

“Had a good time , beautiful place , and beaches ,the resort was awesome, including the resort manager (Cory Santana) thanks for everything, and Valery ( waiter) the staff were very welcoming Me and our friends had a blast the club & restaurants were awesome,the food were excellent”

 

Review from July 11, 2013

“SugarBay Resort have some of the most gorgeous views from your bed. Of course if you leave the privacy of your bedroom, you will have an even larger expanse of the beauty that mother nature has provided.

Each and every staff or anyone you come in contact with, do go out of their way to be helpful, friendly and gracious. Had a wonderful time at this property. Great for romance, weddings…awesome location.”

 

Relaxation and Fun at Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas

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A Life of Leisure & Indulgence

At Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, you can experience everything the Caribbean has to offer. On-site resort activities in our St. Thomas all-inclusive hotel range from lounging poolside or beach-side to participating in a wide variety of sports or evening entertainment.

Off-site, St. Thomas also offers a wide range of activities including shopping, sightseeing, and eco-tours. Click on the links below for more information.

Pool & Beach Access

The resort houses three interconnecting freshwater pools and a hot tub. You will also have access to a secluded beach where you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming and a wide range of recreational activities.

Concierge Services

Our concierge desk in the lobby will be happy to assist in answering any questions you may have about the island. The concierge can also provide you with car rental information. Our tour desk offers a wide variety of island excursions from cultural walking tours to sailing, boating and kayaking adventures.

Dining

A variety of dining options are available at the resort including casual fare and twofine restaurants, Manor House and Ristorante Baci. Please visit the dining section of our site for complete details.

Spa

The resort’s Journeys Spa is the number one rated spa in St. Thomas, offering a full range of services including massages, facials and hydrotherapy. Please visit our Spa section for a list of services and descriptions.

July St. Thomas Reviews

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Sugar Bay Resort & Spa located on the island of St. Thomas is a beautiful place to have your next vacation. Don’t just take it from me, read these recent reviews of the resort as well.

 

Review from July 18, 2013

My girlfriend and I consider ourselves to be ‘accomplished’ travelers – which means to say that we’re getting old (middle aged) and have been to ALOT of islands, hotels and resorts;-)

We had one of our most memorable and enjoyable vacations while staying in St. Thomas at the Sugar Bar Report & Spa (no, I’m NOT being paid or receiving any type of reward for writing this review). To put a ‘fine’ point on it, we felt very much “at home” and it all started with a Manager by the name of Kevin. A “New York” native (I could hear the accent instantaneously even though it’s apparently “worn off” over the years, Kevin is truly a great guy, undoubtedly a great boss – his entire staff mirrored his friendly, courteous and service oriented demeanor, and great Manager. Kevin simply made us feel welcomed and was accommodating at every turn.

In addition to the staff, we met some really nice couples from Dallas, Minneapolis (“you betcha”), and other places. We even ran into not one but TWO George Clooney look-alikes (tough competition guys)! Lol.”

 

Review from July 19, 2013

“I have all my life wanted to be happy and finding my husband did it, but getting to experience this place for our Honeymoon topped it off.
The staff were amazing
The rooms were clean and amazing views.
Everywhere we went they were kind
Food was great
Entertainment was awesome!
Guest services manager Natasha was awesome!”

 

Review from July 20, 2013

“It was all amazing but SPECIALLY our favorite bartender Carolyn in the bar at the pool! What a sweety! Great attitude perfect for a resort and the best drinks ever!! She made our trip extra special! Thanks Carolyn will be back to get your drinks soon!”

 

Tips to make your St. Thomas, USVI vacation perfect

Tips to make your St. Thomas, USVI vacation perfect

St. Thomas is a great place to visit for a vacation. Vacations are always supposed to be fun, and relaxing. Today, we have several tips to make sure that your vacation to St. Thomas goes exactly as you want. Hopefully these tips makes your vacation as smooth as possible.

Arrive on time

Remember to leave adequate time to check your suitcases and items and also to move through security. Security measures in the Virgin Islands are different in that all passengers traveling from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico must pass through U.S. customs. If you are prepared, this can take very little time. However, of course there are always the small instances where it might take a little bit longer.

Different airlines have different recommended arrival times, so be sure to ask someone such as a flight attendant or call your airline directly to see what the flight wait times are.

3-1-1 rule when packing your items

If you plan on bringing liquids on your vacation, be sure to follow the 3-1-1 rule.  Liquids, gels and aerosols  must be in 3 ounce or smaller containers. Then it must be placed in a  1 quart sized clear plastic bag. Each traveler gets up to one ziplock bag.

Identification

Make sure to bring your boarding pass and an ID. If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a passport, a driver’s license usually will suffice.

Also make sure that the information such as your name are correct on your boarding pass.  The information should match the ID that you show. You will have to show this information twice, to the U.S. Customs agent and to a TSA agent.

Bringing certain items back

During and after your vacation, you might find awesome things to bring back home as a souvenir. Keep in mind that certain items should be kept in the island in order to protect the natural resources of St. Thomas.

It is prohibited to bring back or export indigenous species, coral, sea shells, sand, flora and fauna.  Commercially caught legal size conch and whelk are the only shells that can be removed from the territory.

Language and Currency St. Thomas, USVI

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When traveling on vacation, it usually makes it a lot easier when you know more about the place that you are traveling to. It can make everything much easier and much more enjoyable.

St. Thomas is a great place to visit and learning more about the culture, shopping and so on can make it even more fun as you will be prepared and have less questions once you arrive. Have a great time when you do come to the Virgin Islands!

Language

There are many West Indian dialects which you may hear when traveling to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Most of these dialects are English-based. There are people from all over the Caribbean living here so if you do not understand what has been said to you, ask for permission politely.

Also, it is a great idea to say “good morning” and “good evening” when greeting people on the island. It is considered very polite to do so if you are about to ask a question or start a conversation with someone. It’s just like a routine as though you greeted someone with a “hello.”

Currency in St. Thomas

The currency in St. Thomas is the U.S. Dollar. Credit cards are accepted at many places also, but as always, it is always a good idea to make sure first that they accept your form of credit.

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy 4th of July! If you are celebrating Fourth of July while in the Virgin Islands, there are a couple of events that you can attend:

Thursday, July 4, 2013 – Cruz Bay, St. John

J’ouvert, which is a popular event of Carnival. It is an early morning party as thousands of people dance through the streets behind their favorite bands while others stand on the sidelines and enjoying the music.

This event starts outside of the National Park Visitor Center.

Parade – A parade takes place in Cruz Bay and includes thousands of participants and thousands of viewers that line the parade route. Come see mocko jumbies, carnival royalty, listen to bands play while colorfully costumed troupes dance along.

Some troupes include masqueraders wearing from the smallest costumes of bikinis with beads to elaborate, large costumes that stretch the width of the parade route. The parade route starts at the National Park Visitor Center entrance and runs through Cruz Bay.

There are also fireworks on July 4th, 2013 in Cruz Bay at 9 p.m.

June 2013 Reviews of Sugar Bay Resort & Spa St. Thomas

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Sugar Bay Resort & Spa located on the island of St. Thomas is a beautiful place to have your next vacation. Don’t just take it from me, read these recent reviews of the resort as well.

Review from June 27, 2013

My Husband and I arrived a bit late, traveling for several hours from California. We were very hungry and was told to go to th Mangrove Restaurant. When we got there it was closed. The manager there Cavelle was still on premesis. She explained that they were closed, but she made an exception and let us eat. Thank you Cavelle for being so patient as she waited for us to finish. Cavelle showed us the best costumer service ever.

 

Review from June 24, 2013

There are so many world class beaches in that area it’s unreal. Trunk Bay ,White Bay, 2 must see! The resort beach was a little rocky in a spot, but still lots of white sand and plenty of room. We snorkeled there and I came back with a nice shell.

 

Review from June 22, 2013

Our honeymoon at Sugar Bay was awesome and very relaxing. The best service I have received in quite some time, particularly from the pool restaurant manager Chavette Francis. My husband and I are vegans and she made sure we were accommodated each meal and satisfied with the limited choices available. There were times she would have the cooks prepare a special for us. This is customer service as it should be everywhere! She needs a promotion…Thanks Chavette you will always be remembered.

 

Review from June 20, 2013

Sugar Bay staff made our stay very comfortable. The guest services manager is beautiful, professional, and on top of her game. The concierge, the towel guy, the golf drivers, security, the chef, bar tenders, waiters are all the best…oh and let me not forget the casino staff. We had an AWESOME time! Highly recommend this property to family and friends! Sugar Bay is our new home away from home. I can’t wait to come back. I celebrated my birthday and our wedding anniversary and it was one of the best. Thumbs up! Jesse & Rhonda – San Francisco, California

St. Thomas, USVI Weather

Weather on the island of St. Thomas is pretty similar year round. It always feel like great summer weather and usually doesn’t get cold. St. Thomas does not experience significant seasonal changes, therefore weather and temperatures are pretty much the same regardless of what month it is.

The warmest months on the island of St. Thomas are usually the months of June, July and August, with temperatures usually in the mid 80s and December through February cooler months with high temperatures of 70 degrees.

The hottest temperature recorded between 1972 and 2004 was 99 degrees. This heat was experienced in August of 1979, July of 1988 and June of 1996. The lowest temperature recorded was 52 degrees in November 1999 on the island St. Thomas.

Water temperatures on the island of St. Thomas do not change greatly from summer to winter, however the 4 or 5 degree change is noticeable to those acclimated to consistently warm tropical weather. In the summer months the water temperature is about 83 degrees and in the winter about 79 degrees.

The island of St. Thomas does not have a rainy season, however there are month to month differences. The rainiest months on the island of St. Thomas are May, August, September, October and November. Rainy months does not mean that there is continuous rainfall every day all month long, in fact most daily rainfall reports are below .10 inches. Rain showers are often short and typically occur early in the morning or at night.

On a truly rainy day, it will rain off and on for the entire day. All day downpours over numerous days are not common. The driest months are usually the months of February and March. In November of 2003, the USVI experienced record breaking rainfall, with the island of St. Thomas had 18.39 inches of rain. Droughts are a larger problem because the islands are dependent on rain as a source of water.

One of the greatest natural threats in the USVI is hurricanes. Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the highest occurrences of storms in August and September.