Travel Review: Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas
Truth is, the Wyndham Sugar Bay in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) does have the finest views of the eye-popping Caribbean blue water and sister island, St. John and the Brit Virgins.
But it isn’t for self-absorbed jet-setters or picky travelers who want everything done for them.
It’s a comfortable, dated, all-inclusive resort, built in the mid-90’s as a Holiday Inn. The 290 plantation-style rooms are basic, and all share the spectacular vistas.
Class and panache are not part of the Wyndham experience because it’s primarily a family travel destination where multiple generations mix easily, and the guest languages range from Spanish and Italian to good old New Yorkese.
The small beach abuts a three-tiered pool, and pool-side pub, and if the long stairway from the top to the beach and pool are just too much (and they can be) a regular shuttle carries guests back and forth.
Dinners are modest, and not especially imaginative, but breakfasts are ample and fresh. Design your own omelet and drink in the view .
There’s a lot of ground for the staff to cover from the huge, elegant, lobby to all those rooms on multiple levels, and I think they do a terrific job.
I’ve seen staff pick up random pieces of paper and help an elderly gentleman from the pool without being asked.
The all-inclusive option is probably worth it because the taxi fares are ridiculously high and you can’t get from the Wyndham to anywhere without a taxi.
The iguanas are great to watch, and the Wyndham, if it wins an award, will be for its simple, friendly unpretentiousness and the views.
All photos: Wendie Hansen