Hotels, casinos highlight new U.S.V.I. offerings By Gay Nagle Myers / May 10, 2002 Share 1 -- CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas -- Things are rockin' in America's Caribbean, and it's not just johnnycakes (local pastries), jazz (at Estate Whim on St. Croix) and Mocko Jumbys (dancers on stilts). Hotels are renovating, expanding and building; restaurants and art galleries are opening; and tourists are coming -- lured by incentives, discounts and deals.Here is an island-by-island rundown of developments:St. CroixThe $160 million Robin Bay development, planned for the island's south shore, calls for a 1,500-room hotel and condominium complex, a golf course and casino.The first stage, planned to open in late 2004, includes a five-star, 300-room hotel and two smaller properties.Gov. Charles Turnbull described the private sector mega-project as one "that will bring St. Croix to public attention and help give the island its own image."The Golden Gaming project, also on the south shore, will include a large hotel and casino when it opens, although no dates have been set.Meanwhile, the terminal and runway projects at Henry Rohlsen Airport are nearly complete. The expanded 10,000-foot runway will be capable of handling nonstop flights from Europe.Divi Carina Bay Casino grew by 5,400 square feet to accommodate 91 more slot machines, seven gaming tables and more parking facilities. The Anchor Inn, a small downtown property, closed earlier this year.New restaurants on St. Croix include Cafe Chris-tine in the historical Apothe-cary Hall complex on Company St. in Christiansted; the Avocado Pitt, also in downtown; and the Cultured Pelican on the island's east end near Coakley Bay.St. JohnSelf-improvement courses are the focus at Caneel Bay's new Self-Centre, located on a cliff above the resort's Honeymoon Beach. Breath walks, water aerobics, lifestyle counseling, meditation and yoga are available.St. ThomasThe revised opening date for the new $1.5 million Journeys Spa at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa is now mid-June, according to Rik Blyth, general manager."The demand for spa vacations increases each year," Blyth said. "The spa will help position Sugar Bay as a leading resort destination."The spa's opening caps a $7 million, 18-month renovation project at the inclusive, 300-room property.H. Wein Dimetros, general manager of the 151-room Holiday Inn St. Thomas, reported the downtown waterfront property opened a new business center, exercise room, car rental facility and mini-spa.The first phase of the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas expansion project, which includes 48 new rooms and suites, a lounge, a beach restaurant, a spa and the first of four Ritz-Carlton Club buildings, is slated for completion this summer.New restaurants in downtown Charlotte Amalie include Sinclair's Caribbean Cave and LeLoLay Puertorican Cuisine & Cafe.U.S. Virgin Islands contacts, by the numbers• St. Croix Hotel & Tourism Association Phone: (800) 524-2026• St. Thomas/St. John Hotel & Tourism Association Phone: (340) 77-HOTEL• U.S. Virgin Islands tourism Phone: (800) 372-USVI Web: www.usvitourism.vi.