BW Emerald Beach Resort 07/24/2004
Reviewers Rating: Great
We really enjoyed our stay at the BW Emerald Beach Resort from July 10 through 17! Our room was wonderful, far enough way, but just close enough to everything on the property. The view was excellent. And yes, you have to pay $1 a day to use the room safe, but there's a sign that tells you so before you use it. Housekeeping was there every day...we liked the option of saying when to refresh the linens and the towels, especially when it was just the two of us. Fresh water on these islands are very precious to the islanders...
Lindbergh Bay is a beautiful stretch of beach and seeing it every day from our room and balcony was so relaxing. We snorkeled there every day and came upon different fish and marine life each
time. Stingrays, starfish, and an occassional sea turtle. The best area is, of course, towards the left, where there is a rocky bottom. You can rent your gear or bring your own. Kayaks are reasonable by the hour. We never used the pool but it is a beautiful place to set your eyes upon when walking towards the restaurant, beach bar, and the beach. We had no problems with bugs of any type on the beach or in our room. We loved the resident Iguanas and skittish geckos. Mild tradewinds kept the humidity on the beach at bay.
It was well worth checking a week ahead to see when cruise ships would be in St. Thomas in order to chose when we would be heading to other beaches & St. John. Less crowds and worth it. We booked Tropic Tours for St. John and were very pleased. They picked us up and returned us to the hotel...you will appreciate that alone once you realize how expensive it is to move around St. Thomas by taxi...plus it includes the ferry, lunch (including drinks), taxi tour, and snorkeling gear at beautiful Trunk Bay at St. John.
As far as the airport being nearby, you hardly see it, and you really do get use to the occassional noise. There isn't as much activity as you would think because it's small in comparison to what we are used to in the contiguous States....in our case, PHL.
The continental breakfast was very satisfying. There was a variety of cereal, granola, fruit, yogurt, english muffins, toast, jams, jellies, an interesting corn cake (very good, flavored with almond), and pound cake. Coffee, juices, tea, and milk. Of course, the earlier you are there, the better the selection. If you plan to snooze, well, you know the rest....
There were a few weddings, very lovely, each one unique and interesting, and were not an inconvenience at all. The settings and views there are so perfect for them....
We had lunch and dinners at the Palms which
were good. We also walked along the beach to the Island Beachcomber a few times for lunch, dinner, and drinks. We had dinner at Victors New Hideaway...food was good there also. We ate at the Greenhouse on the waterfont in Charlotte Amalie a few times, known for their two for one specials and had a wonderful lunch at a little place in one of the gades in town called "Bobbys."
We also had Dominos delivered one night to the hotel.
There is a store within walking distance from the
airport road to the main highway where we bought sundries, snacks, and sodas. The store has a big sign on it that says something like "VODKA!" but sells everything else too. The frig is very convenient in the room. We used the coffeepot every day.
The free AM shuttle to town holds seven to eight people, but will come back as often as needed to accomodate those who miss the first one. It is a one way offer so you have to find your own way back to the hotel when the time comes. A taxi is always available when needed. We discovered the $1 VITRAN taxi from town and it will drop you off just before the airport road, but you need to walk a little to the hotel. It is cheaper than taking a regular taxi. We used the savings for our sunset "Bushwacker," a specialty of Rolston's, at the beach bar.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Emerald Beach Resort and definitely recommend the place.