Water Island, a small residential island just south of St. Thomas is getting its first hotel since the destruction of the Sea Cliff Resort during Hurricane Hugo 25 years ago.
The Water Island Development Company was chosen to facilitate the project, which “must be achieved in a manner that maintains what is charming, environmentally appealing and respectful of what the island and community reflect,” according to Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr.
So far, eight hotel brands have expressed interest in the project.
What is there to do on Water Island? Not much – and that’s exactly the point. The island, which is just less than 500 acres in size, appeals to travelers seeking a relaxing, laid-back vibe.
Areas of interest include the Virgin Islands Campground, a collection of ecologically friendly beachfront cottages; snorkeling and sunbathing at picturesque Honeymoon Beach; bird watching and beach combing at the more rugged Limestone Bay; and exploring underground tunnels at the abandoned Fort Segarra.