KINGSHILL, St. Croix -- The 150-room Carambola Beach Resort on St. Croix's north coast, purchased in August by a Baltimore, Md., investment group, now pays 20% agent commission and has discontinued the timeshare operation in effect under former owner Sunterra Corp.

Suite rates start at $225 per night, double.

Ocean Hospitalities, a New Hampshire-based management firm retained by the new owners, said future plans include a resort upgrade "to bring the property to its fullest potential," according to Scott Rosenthal, director of sales and marketing.

Carambola was briefly under the Westin flag in the late 1980s.

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