Whatever the Age - St. Thomas USVI
before the new year around christmas time my husband Todd and i took a quick jaunt to st. thomas, the us virgin island for a bit of a birthday getaway. island hop, bam, off we go. well after you deal with LIAT air first (late in another terminal, luggage in another terminal) the worst caribbean airline service. we started off with a two hour delay which turned into three, so a few bloody marys and macarons saved us. plus i knew i was in for a divine, luxury bed later so who cares when you are flying on island time. once into st. thomas we picked up our jeep rental and first stop, nikon land! the husband surprised me with the new nikon 7100 and an 85 mm lens, so wonderful, especially the timing, right before we got to spend the next few days luxuriating in paradise. he knew i would be serial snapping. pulling into the ritz-carlton st. thomas was a feeling of privacy where we could really escape to operation lounge mode. plus the usa flag waving at us upon arrival was a refreshing sight. the more important greeting, a perfectly poured, fresh might i add, rum punch by Vance. the best first impression and a nod to the top service, we are always thirsty for these in the caribbean. surrounded by sparkling christmas decor, we were surprised to find this gem pleasantly at low occupancy, calm before the festive storm if you know the hotel industry.
the grand view over Great Bay and the resort with a distant view of the quant island of st. john.
next we were off to our room and a bit of exploring the grounds. on the way these unique african sausages hanging from the trees and lining the pathways immediately took me back to africa, as the landscaping manager mentioned they are used for herbal medicine and skin products. there was unique and lush flora everywhere and our room was nestled in a garden sanctuary with a bold little fountain full of succulents outside. bright colors up to our room enticed the senses and a welcome amenity that wowed from the general manager, a bit of bubbly never disappoints a birthday girl.
we had dinner at bleu water, a delightfully modern, chic restaurant with superior service and the perfectly blue lit menus to add a touch of surprise sophistication. the food took quite some time and was not spectacular for the price, although we did enjoy a nice bottle of pouilly fuissé and opted for an amorous stroll in lieu of dessert.
the next morning off to breakfast with a view, then my husband rescued a runaway golf cart ocean bound (does he ever stop working really!), and finally a day of rest and relaxation in the sun. we chose to hibernate at the ultimate infinity edge pool on these brilliant mesh floatation mats available for all guests. they only floated on each pillowy end and allowed your body to sink perfectly, basically a water hammock. many people kicked their feet up over the edge and stared at the clouds, of course with a frozen libation or cold beer in hand. did i mention they have rocking chairs and iguanas?
we had a late lunch at sails, oh the fish and chips, and then relaxing early evening. the next day we wanted the wind in our hair and to see a bit of the what the island had to offer, by jeep of course. we also stopped at the charming shopping on Main street in charlotte amalie. we walked into old cobblestone streets, high-end shops and a european ambiance. literally you are looking at the ocean and palm trees and then you turn around and open a small door to a hidden european town, it was a delight.
after a day well spent exploring, we watched a plane take-off, dropped the jeep, hopped on a mega delayed flight via LIAT back to st. maarten and a boat ride into the sunset home to anguilla. traveling and creating memories in new places lights a fire inside my soul, brings back a certain childhood feeling, a giddiness. it was a birthday for the books, each year gets better, certainly no turning back. with that said i leave you with a bit of self discovery: