Westin St. John Resort & Villas Celebrates Island Hopping

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Guests Invited to Experience Highly Customizable Water Excursions Coordinated by a Boating Butler.

a full spectrum of personalized boating adventures

“Being that the combined land area of the US Virgin Islands is roughly twice the size of Washington, D.C., guests can create their adventure hopping from St. John, the greenest island, to the bustling mega resorts of St. Thomas," said Jim Curtis.

With tailored sophistication at the forefront, Westin St. John Resort & Villas launches a new “Island Hopper Experience,” where wanderlusters can explore the open waters with a full spectrum of personalized boating adventures planned by their very own onsite Boating Butler.

“Ease and simplicity are top of mind as planning a full service boating adventure becomes a seamless, hassle free process,” said Jim Curtis, area director of sales and marketing, Caribbean, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. “Being that the combined land area of the US Virgin Islands is roughly twice the size of Washington, D.C., guests can create their adventure hopping from St. John, the greenest island, to the bustling mega resorts of St. Thomas, to the off-the-beaten-path feel of St. Croix, at their leisure.”

When booking a five-night “Island Hopper Experience,” guests receive a resort credit of $150 that can be applied at time of checkout towards boat rentals. Stays of six nights or greater receive a $200 resort credit. Adventure seekers can choose from the following highly customizable boating excursions:

  • For the whimsical wanderluster : Catamaran Island Spirit

"Island Spirit" is a brand new custom built sailing catamaran, the first of its kind in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the vessel can accommodate up to 70 passengers. The cabin features a large U shaped bar for beverage and food service, upholstered seating in both sun or shaded areas, and stereo throughout the vessel.

  • For the family frolicker: Dinghy boat rental

Be you own captain aboard a 12 foot dinghy powered by a 15 hp Yamaha outboard. Take a picnic lunch and cruise the U.S. Virgin Islands at your own pace. Visit stunning beaches like, Honeymoon, Caneel, Hawksnest and Trunk Bay.

  • For the adventurous explorer: Powerboat Rentals with Nauti Nymph

Fountain Powerboats offer simplified elegance teamed up with the highest quality and best performance. The vessel makes for one of the smoothest riding, best handling and safest boats in its class.

  • For the sophisticated traveler: Luxury Excursion with Magic Moments

Magic Moments Luxury Excursions caters to guests who want to discover the heights of luxury at sea level. Offering first class service and gourmet food and drink aboard a luxury yacht, guests are pampered with breathtaking destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • For the underwater voyager: Cruz Bay Watersports Diving Experience

Scuba diving around St. John is best described as fantastic, safe, easy and fun. Divers can discover more than 25 under water sites within a 15 minute boat ride. Shallow coral gardens, shear rock faces, and fringing coal reefs have an outstanding variety of hard and soft corals, sea fans and sponges of every hue. Visibility ranges from 50-100 feet, and water temperature between 78-84 degrees.

The offer is available for stays booked now through Dec. 30, 2010, and is subject to availability. An “Island Hopper Experience” of at least five nights includes one free night, and also a complimentary upgrade based on availability. To book the Westin St. John “Island Hopper Experience,” please visit http://www.westinresortstjohn.com/island-hopper or call 1-800-734-7345.

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas is set on a crescent-shaped beach on Great Cruz Bay and is surrounded by 47 lush, tropical acres. The resort offers 174 guest rooms with two Westin Workout rooms, three one bedroom suites and five townhouses housed in low-lying structures and decorated in delightful island pastel colors. One hundred and forty-six fully equipped vacation villas, many with private waterfall pools, are also available for rent. There are four dining and entertainment venues, 24-hour room service and seasonal entertainment. The quarter-acre fresh-water swimming pool with a pool bar, a Jacuzzi and a decorative waterfall is the largest in the USVI. The Spa at The Westin St. John Resort provides facials, body treatments and massage. Activities abound with six lighted tennis courts, snorkeling, diving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing, fishing, a full-service fitness center, jeep rentals, and hiking in St. John’s extensive Virgin Islands National Park, which covers 2/3 of the island. Golf is available via ferry on St. Thomas. The charming port of Cruz Bay and the sleepy town of Coral Bay are nearby.

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