Guestroom updates include new patio furniture, flat-screen TVs and wall-to-wall carpeting.
Thomas from several mainland gateways.
Those incentives also have boosted
Wyndham’s wedding business.
“We do hundreds of weddings each year,”
Ali said. “We have a lot of locations on
property, but St. John’s Terrace overlooking
the entire resort is a top choice.”
The 31-acre, self-contained site on the
east end of St. Thomas offers an array of
tempting activities, including the Iguana
Green amusement center, with minigolf,
an activity pool, indoor games and a grill
restaurant; five a la carte dining options; a
private cove for snorkeling; three recently
renovated, lagoon-style, interconnected
pools with a waterfall; gardens with igua-
nas; tennis; kayaking; catamaran cruises; an
ice cream parlor; and a spa.
Wyndham Kids Club, for ages 4 to 12, is
complimentary and operates daily.
“We offer four themed dinner nights per
week,” Ali said. “On average, guests take a
day or two to explore outside the resort,
and a number do go out to a restaurant in
Red Hook during their stay.”
He’s working on creating a culinary ex-
perience for guests. “Our team will cus-
tomize dining events for four or more
guests who tell us what they want and
where on the resort property, and we’ll do
it,” he said.
“We’re working on getting propertywide
WiFi, but we’re not there yet,” Ali said.
Occupancy was up in 2010 over 2009,
and this winter saw a jump in numbers
over the same period last year.
Guestroom updates include new patio
furniture, flat-screen TVs and wall-to-wall
carpeting, and the pool deck and beach areas
were outfitted with new outdoor furniture.
Wyndham hopes to add a private boat
dock but has no plans to eliminate the 98-
step stairway to and from the beach and
Many guests opt for the elevator, but Ali
calls the trek a “good workout” and often
joins his guests on the climb.
Go to www.wyndham.com/hotels/
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