Tucked just a 10-minute boat ride from St. John and St. Thomas sits a U.S. Virgin Island you’ve likely never heard of. But soon, the tiny oasis that is Lovango just might just top your post-COVID travel wish list. That’s because the proprietors of the #1 Hotel in World on TripAdvisor are now the proud owners of half of Lovango.
Recently, the Boston Globe reported on this new business venture from Mark and Gwenn Snider. The hoteliers are well known within the hospitality community thanks to the Nantucket Hotel, which has become a go-to New England spot for beach lovers and Instagrammers alike. That’s clear thanks to its top TripAdvisor rating. However, the achievement is made even more impressive when one considers that when the Sniders purchased the preexisting business almost a decade ago, it was in a decidedly shabby state…
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Winter often calls for a beachy week or two away. But this season, the desire for personal space ranks even higher than the need for a dose of sun. “We’re seeing a trend of extended families or groups of friends who’ve spent months separated seeking a safe way to come together in a remote destination where they can feel free,” says Brooke Lavery, a New York–based travel expert at Local Foreigner. “They’ll fly privately to create a bubble, seeking out a total change of scenery from home.”
Larger Caribbean properties are capping occupancy at between 30 and 60 percent, and tours and attractions are also reducing capacity. That means small hotels and private-island resorts — where social distancing happens naturally — are proving to be the perfect fit…
It’s incredible to think that a new resort hasn’t been built in the U.S. Virgin Islands in three decades. But that’s about to change as Lovango Resort & Beach Club is preparing to open their doors in December 2020. And what makes it even more remarkable is that it’s located on a lush private island just a 10-minute boat ride from Cruz Bay, St. John.
The stunning property will open in phases over the next year. The first portion is a full-service beach club complete with an oceanfront restaurant, a three-bedroom villa, a retail village, and 14 ocean view homesites. That means visitors can come for the day, week, or month via private charter or regularly scheduled private ferry. And while on-site, they can lounge on the white sand beach, take a dip in the infinity pool, go snorkeling, and enjoy poolside food and beverage service. Moorings with tender service and dock tie-ups are also available.
The novel coronavirus has wreaked havoc on nearly all parts of the economy, but few have been hit quite so hard as the travel industry. When #StayHome is a globally trending hashtag, it’s not a great time to be in the hotel business.
By early May, weekly travel spending in Massachusetts was down 93 percent year over year, according to the US Travel Association. And due to the tourism standstill, New England was losing $40 million in state and local tax revenue every single week.
That may not improve anytime soon in Boston, where the near-term viability of major tourist draws — museums, theaters, conventions, concerts, sporting events — remains in limbo. But innkeepers in some of New England’s more bucolic destinations are cautiously optimistic about salvaging a summer vacation season, albeit a slow one. There’s hope that, after being housebound for months, people will be ready for a change of scenery.
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