The best hotel in the US Virgin Islands is Gallows Point Resort on St. John.
I’ve been hesitant to publish this content due to everything that happened earlier this year in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma and Maria.
However, I am excited to share with you that the islands are coming together, stronger than before.
While there is still a lot of recovering and rebuilding to be done, the USVI is opening their islands for cruise ships starting November 11th. Also my favorite resort – the Gallows Point Resort in St. John – will be reopening December 23rd after renovations!
***Before I share my review and photos of St. John’s Gallows Point Resort, I want to let you know how you can help the islands recover more quickly. You can donate to the cause at USVI Recovery or to Tim Duncan’s relief fund.***
The US Virgin Islands consists of 3 islands:
Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix.
After hours of research, both online and in person, let me save you a ton of time. The absolute best hotel in the USVI is Gallows Point Resort on St. John.
Gallows Point is my favorite hotel in the US Virgin Islands, for so many reasons… But what really impressed me was their excellent customer service, they have the best restaurant on the island – Ocean 362, and the overall ambiance was exactly what we we’re looking for. Gallows Point is private, yet convenient with a beautiful ocean view.
Read below for my full review on Gallows Point, along with a plethora of photos.
The Customer Service
We were celebrating Joe’s birthday while in St. John’s and the boat I had chartered ended up cancelling last minute – the night before. After a mini panic attack, I spent hours that night trying to find another boat that wasn’t already chartered. Unfortunately, I had zero success because it was a Saturday and everywhere seemed to be booked. But then, Gallows Point concierge came to the rescue, saved the day, and found me another boat and captain for a day excursion the day of. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Thank you guys!
The Best Restaurant In St. John – Ocean 362
First, let me start off by saying, that when researching where to eat while traveling, I’m an avid and thorough review reader. I like to hear it from the people – both locals and travellers alike. After reading reviews on all of the restaurants, peeping their social media, and asking the locals – I composed a solid list.
Ocean 362, which is conveniently onsite at Gallows Point Resort, serves dinner starting at 5 PM, with room service available until 9 PM. Besides, the delicious food and varied menu at Ocean 362, watching the sunset from up there is breathtaking. I’m a sucker for sunsets, but aren’t we all?
The Ambiance of Gallows Point
There is a lot of history behind Gallows Point Resort, as I’m sure you can tell from the name. (You can read more about their history here.) The resort is composed of 15 buildings – each housing 4 condos which all feel very private. You get a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, covered patio area attached to the bedroom, and back porch overlooking the ocean. Every morning and evening you are likely to get a visit from beautiful peacocks or cats that roam. The island is also home to many iguanas, chickens and butterflies – so keep your eyes open if you’re an animal lover:)
The rooms at Gallows Point Resort are tropical and open – allowing you to open all the doors to watch the sunset from inside. Each of the buildings is situated on a peninsula which is a 5 minute walk from Cruz Bay. The distance is enough to cancel out the noise from the bars.
Then there is my favorite area of the resort – the small beach which has a couple hammocks, chairs, and a swimming dock. Gallows Point is currently adding a pool to this area which will be make the resort even more perfect.
Undoubtedly, St. John’s is my favorite island in the USVI due to the layout and convenience of the downtown. Hope this post was helpful for those making plans to visit the US Virgin Islands soon. If you have any tips or advice on the USVI, make sure to comment below.
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