The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas Reopens, in Huge Boost for USVI

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In what is easily one of the most anticipated relaunches in the Caribbean in several years, the Ritz-Carlton St Thomas has officially reopened its doors. 

The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas, long the leading hotel in the United States Virgin Islands, began welcoming guests again on Saturday, Nov. 23. 

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The Great Bay beach resort had been shuttered since suffering damage during Hurricane Irma in 2017. 

In what the property is calling a “new era of island-inspired elegance,” the resort has been redesigned and updated, with renovation Marriott pegged at $100 million. 

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What a room looks like.

The new Ritz-Carlton St Thomas has a transformed infinity pool; a kids’ pool; a reimagined club lounge and four dining concepts, from a Sicilian eatery called Alloro to the US Virgin Islands-inspired Coconut Cove, all with a focus on farm-to-table dining and locally-sourced ingredients. 

That’s along with amenities like the brand’s signature Ritz Kids programming; tennis courts and a newly-added 55-foot catamaran for private excursions. 

There’s also a heavy menu of daily activities, from fitness classes like yoga and cardio and resort garden tours to a daily rum tasting and complimentary use of snorkel gear, among other touches. 

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The Coconut Cove eatery.

The Ritz-Carlton St Thomas is also adding a second family pool which is slated to open in January 2020, according to the property. 

The return of the 180-room-and-suite hotel is a significant boost for the USVI and its ongoing tourism recovery, particularly for the USVI’s luxury market. 

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The reopening comes as the vast majority of the USVI’s major hotels have reopened, from the beloved Bolongo Bay Beach Resort to the Westin St John Resort.

Next year, Ritz-Carlton’s parent company Marriott will be reopening its Frenchman’s Reef resort, also in St Thomas, along with opening a new resort in St Thomas called Noni Beach. 

The latter resort will be opening under Marriott’s Autograph Collection brand; the two properties’ openings will mean a combined investment of $200 million. 

Ritz-Carlton’s Caribbean portfolio includes resorts in Puerto Rico, Cancun, Aruba and Grand Cayman. 

For more, visit the Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas

— CJ


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