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:
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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)
• 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.
For more details on this article, see St. John: A day-tripper's dream.