There are very few traditional hotels on St. Thomas and St. Croix, but there are wonderful places to stay for your vacation.
The history of traveler accommodations, especially in U.S. cities, begins with inns or houses, which eventually evolved into hotels. Most were in cities and towns. "Lodge" became the name for accommodations associated with national parks, mountain areas, and for outdoorsmen - hunters and fishermen. Hotel accommodations along U.S. highways, like Route 66 and other roads through rural areas or on the outskirts of town evolved into motels.
USVI, St. Croix and St. Thomas, both have key cities; Christiansted and Charlotte Amalie, which had hotels built in the 1800's and early 1900's. But as vacationers became more drawn to the beauty and serenity of the beaches and the glorious water, the traditional inner city hotel was hard pressed to meet the desires of the new beach bound vacationer.
Generally, continental US hotels in major cities can't easily focus on beach and water interests unless they are beachfront hotels or oceanfront hotels or on lake fronts. A hotel is not inherently associated with beaches. Random House says hotels offer lodging to travelers (and sometimes permanent residents), restaurants, meeting rooms and stores. Beaches, nor relaxation are mentioned.
The growth of beach and watersport interested vacationers impacted city hotels. St. Thomas and St. Croix are small islands with miles and miles of breathtaking beaches. A resort is defined as a place to which people frequently or generally go for relaxation or pleasure, especially one providing rest and recreation facilities for vacationers. St. Thomas and St. Croix are perfect for rest, relaxation, pleasure and recreation, and the resort concept fits better than the hotel concept. Relative to mainland US major cities, Charlotte Amalie and Christiansted would be small towns. Antilles properties take advantage of the views and beaches. You see towering hills instead of towering office buildings on St. Thomas.You can find two distinct Eco systems on St. Croix - a desert and a rainforest with a lush tropical landscape in-between.
The Antilles Advantage: Room size expectations of a hotel can pale in comparison to Antilles properties. Usually a hotel room is a room, and a suite is the exception. Antilles properties are all suites - standard suites and junior suites. You will find separate sleeping rooms, separate kitchens and dining areas, or combined areas. In Antilles Resorts, you can expect housekeeping similar to most hotels.
The hotel is typically defined as having a restaurant. Most Antilles resorts have a restaurant on the property. The indoor-outdoor restaurant at Club St. Croix has great food and wonderfully fun island decor. At Point Pleasant you'll find an elegantly casual cliff-side restaurant, as well as Fungi's bar - actually on the water. Part of the fun of being "on island" is to also experience all the marvelous cuisine and individualized tropical ddecor Very few "chains" have reached the islands - food, clothing or hotel chains which makes it a unique experience.
The hotel definition includes a store. If that means shopping, both St. Thomas and St. Croix have charming shops and shopping areas that make just window shopping a delight. Take as little or as long as you like to savor crafts, clothes and beachwear, island dresses, separates and casualwear, jewelry, perfumes and international offerings. Shopping is only a few minutes cab ride away from your suite.
If you're looking for a hotel on St. Croix or St. Thomas, try the rest, relaxation, space and beaches offered in the accommodations of Antilles Resorts.
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