The A Moment in Paradise Package St. Thomas Resort & Spa, USVI

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Have you decided where you will be having your wedding at? Weddings at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa display tremendous amounts of beauty.

The Destination Wedding Professionals at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa will work with you to bring every aspect of your dream wedding to life. From guest accommodations, to the cake, to the flowers, activities and so on, the Wedding Department at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa will take care of all of the details of your destination wedding in St. Thomas.

There are many different options for your dream wedding at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. The wedding professionals at the resort can help plan your dream wedding and also make sure that it fits the wedding ideas that you have, while also making sure it all fits in your budget as well. We all know how important it is to stay within your budget! The professionals have plenty of experience in planning weddings and are here to help you with your dream wedding.

You can get married and celebrate on the beach right next to the beautiful palm trees or at the St. John Terrace which has a beautiful ocean view and a great view of St. John.

Below is a sampling of our Sugar Bay Resort & Spa Wedding packages. These are intended to provide you with a good idea on where to begin in the planning process. Please make sure that when you speak with our wedding professionals that you explain your vision for your wedding.  The wedding professionals at the resort will then help customize a package for you and your significant other with pricing and features that suits your wedding day the best.

The A Moment in Paradise ($750) Package Inclusions:

  • Your Wedding coordinated by a Sugar Bay Wedding Professional
  • Unlimited email correspondence, to customize your special day
  • Picturesque Wedding Site
  • Religious or non-denominational ceremony
  • Arrangements and Fees for Officiant
  • Decorative Wedding Certificate
  • Petite Wedding Cake (serves 2)
  • Handheld Wrapped Flower Stem (Rose, Orchid or Star Gazer Lily) & Matching Boutonnière
  • One Bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • VIP Status for bride & groom with:
  • A one Category Room Upgrade (based on availability)
  • Late Check-out (until 3pm upon request and availability)
  • Nightly Turndown Service
  • 15% Discount on Spa Services at Journey’s Spa for Bride & Groom

Traveling to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, USVI

Traveling to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, USVI

Are you planning a trip to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa anytime in the near future? Here is some information relating to the resort, in order to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Check in at the hotel starts at 3 p.m., and check out is by 11 a.m.

If you are paying for all-inclusive while at the resort, then you will receive a bracelet when you check in. It is important to keep your bracelet on at all times. This is so that you can be identified by staff for easier all-inclusive service. You must use it during your entire stay and, when checking out, you must return it to the front desk. Should your bracelet break, please return it to the front desk to have it replaced. There is a charge for lost bracelets.

When checking in at the resort, you will receive towel cards. Please present your towel cards at the pool towel hut or the front desk to receive your towels. Towel Cards must be returned upon check-out.

There are many other services offered at the hotel:

  • Car Rental
  • ATM
  • Laundry/Dry cleaning service
  • Shuttle service (intra-resort)
  • WI FI service in designated areas
  • Castaways Gift Shop
  • Full service Tour Desk
  • Pool Concierge
  • Beach Towel Service
  • Safety deposit boxes are provided free of charge for your safety and convenience. Should your room not be equipped with one, you can secure one through the front desk upon request.

 

Passport Information

Citizens of the U.S. or its territories (such as Puerto Rico) do not need a passport to travel to St. Thomas or the other islands within the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix and St. John). You do not need a passport or birth certificate when departing from your local airport to St. Thomas, but you do need some form of identifications when leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands by airplane.

Usually just two forms of identification such as your drivers license and birth certificate are sufficient. Providing both forms of identification will make leaving for your flight on time a much more simple process.

St. Thomas is an unincorporated territory of the United States, which means that U.S. citizens are free to travel to St. Thomas without a passport. This makes going on a vacation to St. Thomas much easier and a much more carefree vacation.

If you don’t currently have a passport, then the costs to get one might be too high for you, or you might be on a time crunch and unable to get on. With flying to St. Thomas, you won’t have to wait around for your passport to arrive in your mailbox – because you don’t need one!

However, bringing a passport might be a good idea as well. You can then island hop if you choose to do so. Also, travelers returning to the U.S. by another country will need to carry a passport to reenter the United States, so even though a passport is not required for U.S. citizens entering St. Thomas, it might still be a good idea to bring one with you.

June 2013 Reviews of Sugar Bay Resort & Spa St. Thomas

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Sugar Bay Resort & Spa located on the island of St. Thomas is a beautiful place to have your next vacation. Don’t just take it from me, read these recent reviews of the resort as well.

 

Reviewed June 4, 2013

“I stayed there for 3 nights… The manager there, Cavelle Francis made me think differently. She is the warmest person I ever met. I had some issues and she took care of it instantly. Everyone else was nice but she showed extraordinary interest in what she does. This woman would be the reason for me to visit again. As a manager, I’m sure she’s an asset to the company. I would definitely come back! “

 

Reviewed June 2, 2013

“This was our 2nd visit to the Sugar Bay and had a great time. Nelly Dizon (intern) did a great job & made our stay feel like home. The maid staff went above & beyond… We will be back. “

 

Reviewed June 2, 2013

“Chavelle, Manager @ Mangrove Restaurant was the absolute best. Very friendly, helpful and provided top-notch quality customer service.

Tamika, bar tender @ the Turtle Bar, the best bar tender, hands-down! She greeted us with a smile every day. I wish them both the absolute best!

Options: the all-inclusive is the only way to go; drinks are included. There are several restaurants onsite. The food was good and plentiful. You will not be disappointed.

Entertainment: all day and night.

Rooms: request an un-obstructed ocean view room on the outer-ring.

Pack bug spray and itch-cream. You are going to an Island after all.”

June of 2013 U.S. Virgin Islands Events

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There are always many events happening in the United States Virgin Islands. Below is a short summary to help you plan your vacation.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cruz Bay Waterfront, St. John @ 7:00pm
Event: Festival Beach Jam. Come on down to Cruz Bay beach area and party in Festival style.

 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mongoose Junction, St. John @ 4:30pm
Mongoose Junction to Hold First Annual St. John Rib Cook Off Event to Benefit St. John Rescue. Ten St. John restaurants will compete for the title of best ribs. In addition to the rib competition and sales, there will will be a raffle with great prizes.There will be live entertainment during the event. And many Mongoose Junction Retailers will be having a special Summer Sale. Tel: (310) 968-3789

 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 – 4th Annual King of the Wing

Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas @ Noon
Get ready for the 2013 King of the Wing Competition! This year will be bigger and better. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/alpinekow Tel: 340-714-2020 Email

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

St. Thomas Yacht Club, St. Thomas
Three clinic days, team racing and three race days for beginner and advanced sailors alike makes this one of the most instructive and competitive junior sailing regattas. Plus, it’s a great way to tune-up skills for the Optimist North Americans a month later in Bermuda. Over 100 8 to 15 year-old junior sailors are expected to attend this St. Thomas Yacht Club- and Virgin Island Sailing Association-hosted and Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned regatta. June 17 to June 23, 2013. For more information visit: www.styc.net

Getting Married in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Have you thought about getting married in the U.S. Virgin Islands? Well, you are not alone! The beautiful islands and wonderful weather make any of the U.S. Virgin Islands perfect for a beach or island wedding.

There are four islands that you can research and consider. They are St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. All are beautiful and have wonderful places for which you can get married. Your wedding in the U.S. Virgin Islands can be outdoors, perhaps near a big tree or near a beach.

Sugar Bay Resort & Spa has a wonderful spot on the beach near a beautiful tree for which you can have your wedding. You can then have your honeymoon at the resort after which makes everything much more fun and relaxing for you and your wedding party.

The wedding license application process in the U.S. Virgin Islands is relatively easy. You will need to request an application from the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands at (340) 774-6680 for a wedding on the island of St. Thomas. After the Court receives a completed application, there is a required eight-day waiting and processing period, which can be waived depending on circumstances. If either party is divorced, he or she must have a certified copy of the divorce decree or a notarized affidavit stating when the divorce was granted. The marriage can be performed by a judge in the Court or by a member of the clergy. The marriage application fee is $50 and the license fee is $50.

A consultant at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa can help you plan your dream beach wedding. You can get married right on the beach between the beautiful palm trees. The waves will be crashing on the shore and it’ll be prettier than you could ever imagine.

Or at Sugar Bay you can also have an elegant ceremony on the St. John Terrace. This is the porch area at the main building at the resort. The St. John Terrace is a beautiful rooftop gazebo that overlooks St. John and the British Virgin Islands. There is a spectacular view with a beautiful breeze. You can hear the waves crashing below you.

Endangered Animals of the Virgin Islands

When visiting St. Thomas, you of course are very aware of your surroundings. It’s hard not to be because everything is so beautiful! You will see many things that you are not used to, and it’s always a good idea to respect the animals and living organisms that cross your path. Several terrestrial and marine species of plants and animals in the USVI are threatened or endangered.

The list includes a number of plants, staghorn and elkhorn corals, black coral, the green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, the leatherback turtle, and the loggerhead sea turtle, St. Croix ground lizard, the Virgin Islands Boa, the brown pelican, the peregrine falcon, many other species of nesting birds, the slipperyback skink, the Atlantic goliath grouper, and three species of bat. 

Turtles

When visiting St. Thomas, you might see turtles. The green turtle, leatherback turtle and hawksbill turtle are all sea turtles that were once very common to the USVI. All three species nest on sandy beaches, some of which are protected in the USVI in order to prevent further harm to the turtle population.

Leatherback turtles have been around for over 150 million years. They can weigh over 1000 pounds and can grow to approximately nine feet. The are considered to be vulnerable to extinction. Turtles such as the leatherback turtle have become endangered because of egg collection and meat harvest by humans; nesting beaches are being developed which limits the areas for which turtles can lay their eggs, coral reefs are being destroyed. There is also a lot of pollution in the ocean which is killing many turtles. It is illegal to collect turtle eggs and to harvest turtle meat in the USVI because of this.

Jewfish

The jewfish are very big and can grow to approximately eight feet in length and weigh 1000 pounds! The jewfish is endangered because of over fishing since they are easy to catch.

Virgin Islands Tree Boa

The small Virgin Islands Boa has a distinct mottled pattern, light grey-brown with dark brown markings and a cream colored belly with dark markings. They are known to live in steep coastal forest among dry rocky soil. The tree boa is almost never seen in the Virgin Islands, it has become endangered due to large-scale habitat destruction and its demise was greatly impacted by the introduction of the mongoose.

Virgin Islands Screech Owl

The screech owl lives primarily in dense woodland and caves. It was last reported to have been seen in 1980 and in some references is listed as extinct since there have been no records of seeing it in such a long time. The demise of the Virgin Islands Screech owl is due largely to deforestation.

Events in May in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

May 4, 2013 and May 11, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. on both days

It’s Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill Pistarckle Theater in St. Thomas. This is a ‘bio-drama musical’ which truthfully tells the story of Billie Holiday’s tragic life. This is a unique theater piece, part nightclub act and also part play.

Denise Hummer, one of St. Thomas’ popular jazz singers, will be reprising her role as Billie Holiday. Denise Hummer is thrilled to have the opportunity to portray this great artist through stage and song, as she has done before. Lady Day show will not only include songs previously performed last year, but also include an additional song and expanded musical accompaniment. For more information visit: www.pistarckletheater.com

 

May 18, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival at Tillett Gardens in St. Thomas. ARTS ALIVE presents Art in the Garden, Arts and Crafts Festival. It’s going to be a fun filled day with great opportunities for shopping and looking at the many, many arts and crafts.

Everyone should come and see the work of local artists, listen to the sounds of our wonderful local musicians, and get involved in art. Tillett Gardens is located across from Four Winds Plaza. Call (340) 776-8566 if you would like more information or had any questions.

 

May 18. 2013 – 8:00 p.m.

Rhythm and Passion at the Reichhold Center in St. Thomas. Get ready to go on a mystical journey to discover the people, the stories and the drama behind the salsa, tango and gaucho. An international cast of singers and musicians perform before a backdrop of exquisite scenery depicting the origins of the tango in the seedy bars of 1920s Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Revel in the joy and exhilaration of salsa dancing in the streets. Delight in the antics of the Argentine cowboy ‘the Gaucho’ and the dramatic storytelling of his art. Filled with the pulsing rhythms of salsa and tango, Rhythm and Passion brings audiences to their feet. For more information visit: www.reichholdcenter.com or call (340) 693-1559 for more information or any questions you need answered.

Do you need a passport for St. Thomas?

Citizens of the U.S. or its territories (such as Puerto Rico) do not need a passport to travel to St. Thomas or the other islands within the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix and St. John). You do not need a passport or birth certificate when departing from your local airport to St. Thomas, but you do need some form of identifications when leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands by airplane.

Usually just two forms of identification such as your drivers license and birth certificate are sufficient. Providing both forms of identification will make leaving for your flight on time a much more simple process.

St. Thomas is an unincorporated territory of the United States, which means that U.S. citizens are free to travel to St. Thomas without a passport. This makes going on a vacation to St. Thomas much easier and a much more carefree vacation.

If you don’t currently have a passport, then the costs to get one might be too high for you, or you might be on a time crunch and unable to get on. With flying to St. Thomas, you won’t have to wait around for your passport to arrive in your mailbox – because you don’t need one!

However, bringing a passport might be a good idea as well. You can then island hop if you choose to do so. Also, travelers returning to the U.S. by another country will need to carry a passport to reenter the United States, so even though a passport is not required for U.S. citizens entering St. Thomas, it might still be a good idea to bring one with you.

Animals in the United States Virgin Islands

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The islands of the United States Virgin Islands are bustling with wonderful and exciting wildlife. There are donkeys, iguanas, deer, birds (which will be covered in another post) and so on all over each of the islands.

Donkey

Wild donkeys are found on the island of St. John and can often be found roaming the trails and sidewalks (just like as seen in the picture above). These wild donkeys many years ago were released into the wild and have been there since. They are usually in small groups of three to five (in the above picture, there were 4 or 5 roaming together).

Some of these wild donkeys are domesticated and friendly, however, you should of course still be friendly to the animals and not provoke them.  You will find many donkeys in the Cinnamon Bay area of St. John, near Coral Bay and also near honeymoon beach.

Deer

There is a small deer population in the United States Virgin Islands. The white tailed deer was brought to the islands by colonist in the late 1700′s for hunting purposes. They are a shy, solitary animal but are most likely more outgoing than the deer back home where they might run away from you.

Every now and then, deer are sighted in the National Park and along the trails on St. John, in densely forested areas of St. Croix and on the East End of St. Thomas.

Iguana

Iguanas are a reptile native to the Caribbean, Madagascar, Fiji, Galapagos Islands and Tonga. The Sugar Bay Resort and Spa is home to many iguanas and you might run across a few, especially down by the pond area where they are usually fed by the hotel. An adult iguana can grow to 6 feet long. Iguanas are often found high up in tree tops enjoying the sun and eating food.

Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie is a city on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is also the capital city of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is a great and beautiful city that offers a lot of things that you could possibly do, such as shopping, eating at great restaurants, entertainment, and is also full of history.

If shopping is your thing, then Charlotte Amalie is a must visit while you are visiting St. Thomas. There are numerous stores where you can buy purses, jewelry (watches, earrings, diamonds, gem stones, necklaces, rings, and so on) high quality designer items, clothing, and so on. Shopping at the island just seems like there are an endless amount of stores that you can visit!

The port in Charlotte Amalie is the most popular cruise ship port in the West Indies and can be a busting and busy spot to be in. You can see many very large cruise ships here, which means that sometimes there can be numerous people visiting the island. You can also search to see how many cruise ships are due to arrive on the island on any certain day.

If you’re not interested in shopping (or maybe you’re done and want other things to do as well!) there are a lot of other entertainment options that you and your family can do. As I said, there are plenty of historical things that you can do.

There are many historic buildings and then buildings themselves are worth a visit. They can be very colorful and full of great details. If you like interesting architecture, then Charlotte Amalie has a lot of that available for you and your family.

There are eco friendly tours (such as in kayaks and hiking) where you can explore the island, you can tour certain historical buildings, and so on. There are also many delicious restaurants that you can try, nightlife with karaoke, live music, and plenty of dancing.