On the Fly™ - Editorial Commentary by Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams

Issue 1, 2008: Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas
--by Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams

If you want to escape the cold, gray, or very white, winter, try sunny St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands where I'm experiencing an 80 difference between the weather here and the weather at home in the Beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts! If you're a skier, you'll love the Berkshires at this time or year but you might want to apply your skills to water skiing in more temperate surroundings!

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Bolongo Bay, US Virgin Islands (USVI), St. Thomas.

I can't wait to go out on the Heavenly Days catamaran moored at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on a beautiful stretch of sugary sand. This is a small, intimate resort with one of the friendliest staffs I've ever encountered anywhere in the world! This family owned and managed resort reflects their philosophy of providing relaxed and comfortable accommodations where “no worries” seems to be the focus of every day for the guests. There are accommodations here with front and back doors so you can enter on the parking and garden side and exit to your balcony or terrace at sand-level to enjoy the amazing view of the sapphire waters and small islands in the distance. I've counted the steps from the seaside door of my room to the sand and paced it off at 12 steps where lounge chairs and thatched umbrellas await my visit! It's so nice to have my room, furnished in Caribbean rattan and wicker over white ceramic tiles, only 12 steps away from the sand and the sea, affording me incredible convenience for quick changes of everything from what I'm reading to what I'm wearing!

Dinners at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort are another awesome surprise! You'll find lobster dishes in abundance and the filet mignon compares admirably with the quality of what you'd expect at a Ruth's Chris or Morton's steak house.

If your focus is on relaxing in comfort, where the staff goes out of their way to attend to you in a warm and very friendly way, where the beach is at your footsteps no matter where you are on the property, and where you can “come as you are” and vege out, you will love this place! Bolongo Bay Beach Resort offers real vacation value in an intimate setting for those who enjoy the beach, water sports, and the stress-free beachcomber's lifestyle while not giving up service, comfort, incredible views from the accommodations, beach and poolside bar, and restaurants. And for best value, opt for the all-inclusive plan!

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Scuba Divers training in the Bolongo Bay pool. Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

Here are some facts you should know about Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands:

This intimate resort is located about 25 minutes drive from St. Thomas' airport.

Bolongo Bay has 65 accommodations.

The resort is located on 1000 feet of palm-lined beach.

The resort has been owned and managed by the Doumeng family, originally from Long Island, NY, since 1974.

Seven members of the Doumeng family are involved in the day-to-day operations of the resort making every guest's experience an important focus of the family's concerns.

The resort offers the options of European Plan (no food included) and All-Inclusive.
The All-Inclusive option provides guests with all meals seven days a week at the resort at two of the most popular restaurants on St. Thomas and when you eat there, you'll know why!

Their Lobster Grille is a great place for lobster, fresh seafood and steaks. Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill is considered one of St. Thomas' most popular “hangouts” where guests get to meet locals while enjoying items like “All You Can Eat Crab Legs,” burgers and BBQ favorites.

The all-inclusive package also provides beverages including all premium brands, and includes hotel taxes and gratuities. Iggie's is also the spot for karaoke and the resort's weekly Carnival Night Extravaganza & Limbo Show. And if you've got sports in your bloodstream, Iggie's is the place to catch up on sportscasts and televised games! Readers of “Caribbean Travel & Life named Iggie's as the Best Beach Bar!

Best of all, every guestroom has a full beachfront view of the Caribbean Sea! That is rare in the world! And if you're going to have a room on the beach, you don't want to be facing the parking lot! Guests at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort also enjoy complimentary use of non-motorized water sports including: Snorkel gear, paddle boats, sunfish sailboats, windsurfing equipment, kayaks and a “discover scuba diving” in-pool lesson.

I have to go now. My beach chair is calling me!

Gotta Fly Now! Tm
Stephanie Abrams


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To hear interviews with the movers and shakers at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort and others in St. Thomas who provide wonderful experiences for visitors, including swimming with seals, something I feel compelled to do, click here for archived shows broadcast live from Bolongo Bay on Traveling Feet (January 5, 2008) and Travel with Stephanie Abrams (January 6, 2008).

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