September 27, 2021

Carleton Varney says the Lovango resort off St. John offers an island idyll

So how many islands have you been to? Perhaps you have visited the Hawaiian islands? Or those in the beautiful Baltic? Or destinations in the Mediterranean — Mallorca, perhaps, or Ibiza or Santorini? 

Floridians have probably taken a trip to the Caribbean. The Bahamas is just off the coast, and other islands are readily accessible. Have you visited St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, Aruba or Barbados? 

The latter are all popular. But you likely have never been to the island of Lovango? It is a new hideaway, some 10 minutes by ferry off the coast of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, near the Caneel Bay area. 

Caneel Bay was originally established by the late Laurance Spelman Rockefeller as one of the destinations in the RockResorts chain. But rampages by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 left the famed resort a ruin, perhaps awaiting some entrepreneur to again create an island paradise.