Who is looking for something new and fun to do when vacationing in St. John or over on St. Thomas? Well you’re in luck, because I have just the place!
So as I mentioned yesterday, I enjoyed a bit of a staycation last week. And I have to say, my absolute favorite day was the one I spent with my family at the Lovango Resort & Beach Club. It was the third time we spent the day at the Beach Club, and it certainly will not be the last.
Let’s start with logistics. The Lovango Resort & Beach Club is located on Lovango Cay, which is a quick 10-15 minute boat ride from Cruz Bay. It is open to the public, so you do not have to stay at the resort to enjoy the Beach Club or its waterfront restaurant. In today’s post, I am going to focus on the Beach Club. (Truthfully, I had so much fun that I never made it over to the waterfront restaurant to sample the food and take some pics. So it looks like I will have to go back. Twist my arm!)
There are three options for guests who want to spend the day at Lovango’s Beach Club. You can rent a lounge chair on the beach, a two-person lounger which is tucked away and surrounded by beautiful landscaping, or a poolside cabana that seats up to six guests. Each option comes with a roundtrip ferry ticket. You can choose to take one of the following ferries heading to Lovango – the 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. You then then choose to return to Cruz Bay at either 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. (I took the 10:45 a.m,. ferry over and was scheduled to return at 4 p.m. I was having such a great time that we changed our return time to 5:30 p.m.)
You can choose from the following three options when visiting the Beach Club:
This is the most affordable way to spend the day at the Beach Club. There are only two rows of lounge chairs, so each has a beautiful water view. The beach lounges are located on the sand and come with an umbrella and side table. The cost to rent a beach lounge is $135 per person for the day. USVI residents can rent a chair for a discounted rate of $120 a person. Guests renting a beach lounge have full access of the beach club, including pool access, snorkeling, games and more.
For those of you who are looking for a bit more privacy, you can opt for the beach hideaway option. Nestled between beautiful tropical foliage is a private daybed with unobstructed views. Guests who choose the beach hideaway also have two chairs on the sand where they can enjoy a bite to eat, a drink or two, or simply put their toes in the sand. The cost of the beach hideaway option is $235 per person with a two person minimum/maximum. A bottle of Prosecco is included as well.
Looking for a day of luxury? Then this is for you! The poolside cabanas are located exactly where you’d expect them to be – poolside! 🙂 There are five cabanas in total, and each comes with a very comfortable living room-type set up inside and private daybeds outside on the pool deck. The cabanas each come with a bottle of Prosecco, sparkling water and still water. The cost of a poolside cabana is $245 per person with a four-person minimum. The cabanas can accommodate up to six guests.
Regardless of which option you choose, you are welcome to relax poolside or on the beach. The beach area, however, does not have direct water access. Guests who looking to snorkel – there are a couple of great snorkeling spots around Lovango Cay – can opt to enter the water near the western edge of the property or on the north side of the property. Guests who choose to snorkel on the north side of the property (in the channel between Lovango and Congo cays) have to hike up to the ridge and then back down to the other side. Transportation is not provided. Most guests opt to snorkel on the western edge of the property near the beach club and waterfront restaurant. That’s just a quick walk down the boardwalk to the property’s third dock.
And speaking of the other side of the resort, that is where the luxury treehouses and glamping tents are located. I took a quick ride over there, and I have to say, they look pretty incredible.
Back at the Beach Club, there are a few options when it comes to food and beverage. The Sandpit – a new addition this season – is described as being fresh, fast and casual. It is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Sandpit offers an array of bites, bowls and flatbreads. Take a peek:
And as I mentioned, there is also a waterfront restaurant on property in addition to a cute little bar. The waterfront restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Now I know what some of you might be thinking… Why would I spend that amount of money when I could visit one of St. John’s beautiful beaches? Well I can tell you firsthand, that Lovango is different. There is something magical about that little island. There isn’t a rush to find a parking space or a spot in the shade. It’s never too crowded or too loud. It’s very calm, very laidback. The service is impeccable, and the food was delicious. Every time I have visited Lovango, I have felt like I’ve been transported to some exotic faraway place. I never felt that I was 10 minutes from home. If I could go to Lovango once a week to recharge, I would do so in an absolute heartbeat. If I can provide one tip for your next vacation, it would be to check this place out. I promise you will not regret it.
For more information on the Lovango Resort & Beach Club, please visit their website at www.LovangoVi.com.