Water Island and Honeymoon Beach – US Virgin Islands
Water Island. St. Thomas US Virgin Islands
NEW YORK CITY, New York — Travel Agent Magazine chatted with Beverly Nicholson-Doty, commissioner of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Tourism, and learned that the destination’s little known Water Island is looking to fully open up to tourism by adding its first hotel since 1989.
Doty expects groundbreaking of the hotel to be at least two years away since a developer still needs to be selected. Doty says since the property is owned by the government, it would have to be a lease agreement by the new developer. Of the applicants, Doty says there are three proposals that are currently of interest. All of the proposed plans of interest are for hotels between 150-200 rooms.
“The idea is that this becomes kind of the new hip, young place for people to come to in the USVI,” says Doty.
She also says there have been several meetings with the roughly 200 residents of Water Island to make sure the community has a say in the future of their island. Doty says one of the main requests from residents is that the hotel be environmentally friendly and that is something she says the government is also looking at as a top priority.
The first hotel on Water Island, The Water Island Hotel, opened up in 1953 and later became the Sea Cliff Resort before it was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Water Island is actually the fourth official and most recently acquired island in the USVI. The other three main islands are St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. .
There isn’t exactly much to do on Water Island, but that’s the point. People come here to get away from the tourist scene on St. Thomas and escape to nothing. Well, not entirely nothing. There’s the beautiful Honeymoon Beach where Brad Pitt visited to film the hurricane scene in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill is the hip, little beach hangout where you can grab a cold drink or a bite to eat. Now, if you really want to break a sweat and actually, physically do something, there is a cool bike tour offered by Water Island Adventures. ** article from Travel Agent magazine **
****** I had the pleasure of swimming and sunning on Water Island at Honeymoon Beach and also had lunch at Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill while we were there. It was a great and relaxing day so if you ever find yourself in St. Thomas and would like to get away for the day take the water taxi ride over – it was $4.00 each from St. Thomas. – Jennifer