A season of change in U.S.V.I.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas -- Visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands this summer will discover new inns, renovated hotels, state-of-the-art spas, increased commissions and packages with intriguing incentives. Here's a sampling:

St. Croix

• The St. Croix Hotel and Tourism Association launched a Web site, at www.stcroixhotelandtourism.com, with links to travel information, island history, activities, events and a directory of airlines, accommodations, operators and wedding coordinators.

• Mt. Victory Campgrounds, near Frederiksted on the island's west end, offers open-air, tent-style furnished cottages from $60 per night. Up to two kids stay free of charge. For details, visit www.mtvictorycamp.com.

• Hotel on the Cay, a two-minute ferry ride from downtown Christiansted, renovated its guest rooms and expanded its water-sports options. For information, call (800) 524-2035.

St. John

• The Westin St. John Resort & Villas offers Starwood's Travel Agent Education Rate, which starts at $79 per night year-round with a maximum three-night stay. Qualified agents must provide ID and a letter from their agency. For longer visits, a 50% discount is valid through May. For information, visit www.westinresortstjohn.com.

• Caneel Bay Resort opened its Wine Room at Turtle Cay, built within the walls of a 17th-century plantation house. The Wine Room, with three temperature-controlled mahogany cases holding more than 1,000 bottles, is open four nights a week from spring through fall and seats up to 10 for private dinners. For details, visit www.caneelbay.com.

• Maximillian is an addition to the Galleria Shops near the Cruz Bay ferry dock, offering shelves stocked with sea jewelry, sculptures and out-of-the-ordinary island finds.

St. Thomas

• Guided ecotours are offered on a new nature trail at Magens Bay created by the Nature Conservancy. The guided, downhill hike travels 90 minutes through dense trees and vegetation to Magens Bay beach. The trek costs $60. For more information, call V.I. Ecotours at (340) 779-2155.

• Pavilions and Pools All Villa Hotel pays commissions of up to 20% on direct bookings. Villa-style units include a full kitchen, a living room, a dining area and a private pool. To book, call (800) 524-2001.

• Guests unwinding at the new, 6,100-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa can choose a treatment room, open-air cabana or an outdoor relaxation terrace for their reflexology sessions, massage therapies or skin treatments. The facility is part of the resort's $75 million expansion, set for completion in November, which will include 24 new suites, 24 guest rooms and a 23-residence facility. For details, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

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