In preparation for summer, the U.S. Virgin Islands not only boasts new hotel developments but also offers some exciting new culinary experiences and adventures for 2022. All fully vaccinated American citizens traveling domestically from the United States or Puerto Rico are no longer required to provide a negative COVID-19 test for entry when submitting proof of vaccination. With easing travel restrictions, the U.S. Virgin Islands welcomes visitors back with these highly anticipated additions.
New Hotel Developments
The first Autograph Collection hotel in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Noni Beach Resort sits directly on the beach, with 94 guestrooms and two honeymoon suites. Slated to open this summer, the resort will also feature a beachfront infinity pool with a swim-up bar, a beachfront ballroom, a Caribbean-casual Coco’s Beach Club and an on-site restaurant with a 360-degree view of the Caribbean Sea.
Another exciting addition to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Frenchman’s Beach Resort and Spa will soon reopen in late summer following a $250 million rebuild. The Marriott-owned property will include new accommodations for a world-class experience. The 384-room hotel will also be home to six restaurants and lounge areas, three oceanfront pools, 72,000 square feet of event space and 2,000 square feet of private dock area. Frenchman’s Beach Resort and Spa will offer a full-service spa and island excursions for the ultimate island vacation.
In St. Croix, Meada’s Garden takes guests on a world trip through food thanks to chef Shaibu Abdulai’s “global fusion” menu. Implementing elements from his Ghanian heritage, Abdulai blends West Indian staples like oxtail and other seasonal foods with his own culture to create stunning dishes. Meada’s Garden opened in early 2021 and serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday,5:30–9 p.m.
For live music and fine dining, Goat Soup & Whiskey delivers. In addition to hand-crafted cocktails, Goat Soup & Whiskey features locally sourced ingredients, three homemade soups a day, hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood. The eatery serves lunch and dinner six days a week, as well as brunch on Sundays.
St. Thomas now serves as home to two new restaurants, Blue 11 and Indigo 4, thanks to chef David “Benji” Benjamin. Blue 11 grew in popularity following a quiet opening at Yacht Haven Grande, serving seven-, nine- and 11-course bites with the option of a wine-pairing dinner. With a wide range of seafood dishes, the restaurant uses inspiration from the region for each plate. Indigo 4 arrived during the pandemic following a space opening in Yacht Haven Grande. Since then, Indigo 4 draws visitors and locals through its Caribbean-inspired dishes, such as the steak with coconut ginger mushrooms and warm green banana and horseradish salad.
The world’s first vodka distilled from breadfruit lies on St. Croix at MUTINY Island Vodka. Distilled and bottled at the newly opened Sion Farm Distillery, MUTINY invites visitors and locals to enjoy the bar, tasting room and special event space at this distillery.
The recently opened Carambola Zip Line in St. Croix invites visitors to see the island’s rainforest from above. The tour begins with a 30-minute safari bus ride to the top of St. Croix, followed by a zip line tour. The tour includes three extensive zip lines to the famous Carambola Golf Course and the Carambola Valley.
Tan Tan Tours comprises another way to enjoy the wonders of St. Croix. This scenic, off-road jeep tour offers flexible options for individuals or groups, as well as half-day or full-day tours with stops for refreshments, lunch and stunning views along the way. The tour ends at the famed Annaly Bay Tide pools for guests to swim.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
Savoy Signature Hotel Group continues to generate a buzz in international hospitality about the way its diverse portfolio shapes Madeira’s future as a destination; the brand keeps existing fans (particularly the traditional group of older British and German visitors) interested while drawing younger, more active travelers beyond the confines of Europe. The Savoy Palace, opened in 2019, took on the “legacy” mantle of a predecessor (the former Savoy Hotel) that stood on the same site, and then reopened with a lot of enthusiasm after the height of the pandemic passed.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
Acqualina Resort & Residences, located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, invites guests to enjoy its new elevated pool experience at the adult pool on the property’s north side. Surrounded by palm trees and greenery, the space welcomes guests 18 years and older to indulge in its newest amenities and features.