So how several islands have you been to? Potentially you have frequented the Hawaiian islands? Or these in the attractive Baltic? Or destinations in the Mediterranean — Mallorca, probably, or Ibiza or Santorini?
Floridians have possibly taken a trip to the Caribbean. The Bahamas is just off the coastline, and other islands are commonly accessible. Have you visited St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, Aruba or Barbados?
The latter are all well-liked. But you most likely have never been to the island of Lovango? It is a new hideaway, some 10 minutes by ferry off the coast of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, near the Caneel Bay area.
Caneel Bay was originally established by the late Laurance Spelman Rockefeller as just one of the destinations in the RockResorts chain. But rampages by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 left the famed resort a wreck, perhaps awaiting some entrepreneur to once again create an island paradise.
Lovango is a new vacation resort with a seaside club and bayside restaurant and café. It is the aspiration baby of Nantucket hotel owners Gwenn and Mark Snider and their design-and-construction company, Stanmar Inc., which is based in Wayland, Massachusetts.
The Sniders have two resorts in Massachusetts — The Nantucket Hotel, with 46 rooms on the south shore, and the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Martha’s Winery. The Sniders’ properties are little gems for those seeking peaceful, comfort and a contact of simplicity.
Lovango Resort and Beach Club comprises 42 of the island’s 110 acreage. The resort opened on Xmas Day with The Villa and its three pods, with more cottages and villas in the organizing stages.
The vacation resort has two sides. The north side is graced by sandy seashores and the south facet looks over the h2o to St. John.
Will White, an assistant manager of the residence, described the resort as a romantic position to wintertime or honeymoon. The Villa rooms hire for $3,500 a night, breakfast provided, during the season.
The resort closes Thursday, when the workers and owners head north. So now is the time to commence setting up your visit for following period, which starts in November.
When decorating on the islands, laid-back is often the very best glimpse. The resort’s décor is perfectly appropriate for the locale, with bright-blue umbrellas — to match the Caribbean Sea — and bamboo details. The pool cabana region has very relaxed bamboo-fretwork information, which I appreciated.
The swimming pool, complete with a waterfall, has an infinity design that echoes the sea, as perfectly. The island atmosphere is captured everywhere, with many of the furnishings selected by Gwenn.
For color accents, the resort’s designers chose lime environmentally friendly and shiny papaya orange for a taste of Lovango — and the Caribbean — itself.
Palm Beacher Carleton Varney is president of Dorothy Draper & Co., an global design and style firm with places of work in New York, West Palm Seashore, London and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. His new e book is titled “Romance and Rhododendrons: My Love Affair with America’s Resort — The Greenbrier.” Check out CarletonVarney.com or email him at [email protected].