Bolongo Bay on St. Thomas is small at 65 rooms, is located on a 1,000-foot-long, crescent-shaped beach (two freshwater pools as well), and offers all-inclusive and European plans. Included food is impressive, with nightly lobster and filet mignon. The property has been in the Doumeng family since 1974; the website proudly boasting “we have no elevators, no marble or chandeliers, we are not a deluxe property but our rooms are good size, nice and comfortable,” a no-hype honesty that's honestly refreshing. They must be onto something: Caribbean Life & Travel picked Bolongo in its 2010 Editor’s Choice for Best All-Inclusive Resorts.
All-Inclusive Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Rooms
There are 65 prime rooms at Bolongo Bay, broken into 25 beachfront rooms and 40 with ocean views. All feature air conditioning, cable TV, balcony, room safe, and other common amenities. Rooms have either a queen bed or two doubles, and many have one queen and two twin (trundle) beds. Decor is simple but clean and fresh; bathrooms are small and a bit tired; you won't be spending too much time lounging around in these strictly functional tubs.
There are also eight “value rooms” in an older section of the resort, with no view.
The resort offers 10 condos for rent, with usual amenities plus a full kitchen. Studio suites or two-bedroom units are available. Studios sleep two, two-bedroom units can sleep six.
All-Inclusive Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Restaurants
There are two restaurants, and a pretty good offering of entertainment as well. The Lobster Grille is where you get lobster, all you want, your way, stuffed with crab, grilled, sautéed over pasta or in chunky chowder. They also have steaks, chops and fresh fish.
Iggie’s Beach Bar and Grill serves food and entertainment -- it's a place once voted the best beach bar in the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel & Life readers. In addition to a wide range of food, Iggie’s offers live music seven nights a week, and karaoke, beach parties, beach sports and regular “Bands in the Sand” concerts. Wednesday is Carnival Night, with an excellent West Indies buffet, a calypso band, and performances by fire walkers, limbo artists, and stilt-walking "moko jumbies."
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Activities
The beach is the biggest star here, located (of course) on Bolongo Bay, a quiet cove almost entirely occupied by the resort. Use of all non-motorized water sports is included here, such as kayaks, sunfish sailboats, windsurfers, aqua tricycles, swim mats and snorkel gear. There is a tennis court as well as half-court basketball lit for night play. Beach pick up for parasailing can be arranged at additional cost. Free WiFi hotspots are available throughout the resort. A free “Discover Scuba” lesson is included and takes place in one of the pools. There is a small workout area as well. Longer stays get you an excellent sunset catamaran cruise (departing right from the hotel dock) and Turtle Cove snorkeling trip as part of the all-inclusive package. Massage therapy (extra cost) is also available.
All-Inclusive Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Information
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
St. Thomas, USVI
Rates from $185