by Amanda Geronikos
Secret Harbour Beach Resort is a secret we’re willing to share. The charming resort is tucked away on a quiet stretch of beach in St. Thomas, and features condos with full kitchens and balconies. It doesn’t offer many resort-style amenities — that’s part of the charm — but does have a dive center with water sports rentals and two onsite dining options.
Its location near Red Hook makes it easy to hop a ferry to St. John, just 15 to 20 minutes away. The hotel is also located at least 30 minutes from the St. Thomas Cruise Port, allowing guests to avoid most of the crowds when the ships are docked.
Our Editor Loves
- Hidden location on the beach
- Condos with equipped kitchens
- Easy access to St. John
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
Secret Harbour Beach Resort has a total of 62 accommodations, most of which are individually owned and furnished rentals; there are also a few hotel rooms. Cribs and rollaway beds are available at no additional charge.
Beachfront One-Bedroom Condominium Suite
This unit sleeps up to four people, with a separate bedroom that has a king bed and a sleeper sofa in the living room.
Beachfront Two-Bedroom Condominium Suite
This room is the best option for families, with room for up to six guests. It includes one bedroom with a king bed, another bedroom with two twin beds and a sleeper sofa in the living room.
Beachfront Three-Bedroom Suite
This suite isn't advertised on the hotel's website, but is a popular choice for large families and books up well in advance.
Beachfront Studio Condominium Suite
This unit is best for couples or single travelers, with one king bed.
There are a few traditional rooms available, and these are best for physically challenged guests as some are ADA-compliant. They have kitchenettes and are located near a ramp with easy access to the beach.
A wonderful getaway , great resort with an on site restaurant and bar , tennis courts , a full service dive shop and so much more , close to the ferry to St John and close to restaurants and shopping.
As longtime guests, we were so happy to return to Secret Harbour for five wonderful nights. After the hurricanes, the resort has done a fantastic job of restoring and updating the property. The new balconies have even better views, and our room was newly updated. The new equipment in the fitness center was great, too. My husband kept remarking that you couldn't tell that the hotel, or most of the island, had been through such devastating storms. The grounds were lush with tropical flowers and foliage. The beach, as always, was a delight: clear, calm water with fun snorkeling and lovely sunset views. We enjoyed the new menu at the restaurant and the bar.
It was really great to see familiar faces among the resort staff and we really appreciate the friendly and caring service from everyone at Secret Harbour.
Aside from lots of time relaxing on the beach, we did a day trip to St. John and went in to Red Hook a few times. Both Food Center and Moe's Fresh Market had plenty of good food and wine and local rums. (Rooms at Secret Harbour have full kitchens so it's nice to sometimes cook your own meals and eat on the balcony.)
I will admit I was a little nervous not knowing what the island would be like as it is still recovering, but there was nothing to be worried about. Secret Harbour is truly a special place.
Tip: The airport is still rebuilding/remodeling and so there aren't any restaurants when you are through security--just a souvenir stand and two small food stands. Eat beforehand or pack food that can go through the TSA checkpoint. There is TSA pre-check at the airport now, though.
The hotel is located on a small stretch of beach that's quite calm and relaxing, and far removed from the crowds at the Port of St. Thomas. Since all beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands are public, some -- but not many -- passengers will visit the beach at the resort.
Located onsite, Aqua Action Dive Center offers diving experiences, plus other water sports equipment that includes kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear.
Sunset Grille isn't affiliated with the hotel, but is conveniently located onsite and a treat for hotel guests. Guests enjoy upscale, al fresco dining with ocean views, along with seafood and steak specialties. The restaurant offers an extensive wine list, as well. It is open for dinner only, 5:30 to 10. We recommend it for families with teens, though all children are welcome.
Cruzan Beach Club
Cruzan Beach Club serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails outside, with plenty of shade available. It's open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and a kids' menu is offered.
You can order groceries prior to your trip (additional fee) so that you don't need to worry about shopping once you arrive. Otherwise, you can head to nearby Red Hook for any necessities.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is free at the resort.
While it isn't affiliated with the hotel, there's a gift shop onsite that sells toiletries, snacks, beverages and gifts, such as shirts and tree ornaments. It's open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The resort has a small fitness center with cardio machines, free weights, universal machines and a view of the beach. It is open 24 hours.
The Art of Smart Timing
All hotels in the U.S. Virgin Islands -- Secret Harbour Beach Resort included -- are busiest during the winter months. Families may enjoy fewer crowds and lower rates with a visit in the summer or fall months.
The resort is about 45 minutes from Cyril E. King Airport, the only airport on the island. You will need to rent a car or get a taxi, but be aware taxis charge per person and the trip can become very costly depending on how many people are in your party.
You can call a taxi, though we suggest a car for your trip so you're able to explore St. Thomas. Parking is free at the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
Make a reservation at Mafolie, which overlooks the harbor in St. Thomas. The charming restaurant specializes in seafood and steaks. Try the Lobster Bisque and Caribbean Conch Fritters (some of the best on the island). You might also enjoy a quiet dinner and lovely views at Sunset Grille, located onsite.