Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. met with Mark Snider, the owner and developer for the resort being built on Lovango Cay and the first newly constructed resort development in the territory in 30 years.
Lovango Cay is one of the cays in Pillsbury Sound between Red Hook, St. Thomas and Cruz Bay, St. John. When it is completed, which is anticipated to be sometime around December 2021, the Lovango Resort and Beach Club will be a fully self-sustainable resort and club providing its own solar and wind power for its electric needs and a reverse-osmosis plant for its water needs.
The development will comprise overnight cottages for guest stays; a limited number of lots for sale for private homes; Zozo’s H2O Restaurant, formerly at Caneel Bay, which is scheduled to open in February 2020; and the Lovango Beach Club, scheduled to open in December 2020 with restaurant and beach services, swimming pool, water sports and unique island day experiences, according to Snider.
“This is a very positive sign to residents, as well as to developers and investors outside the territory, that the U.S. Virgin Islands is indeed open for business,” the governor said. “The Bryan/Roach Administration is looking forward to this new resort development and visitor destination – which is being built by the owners of the successful Nantucket Hotel – as the territory continues to rebuild and expand its tourism product.”
Snider told the governor that Lovango has received Economic Development Commission benefits that require the resort to have a workforce comprising 60 percent Virgin Islands residents. Lovango also will offer local employees the opportunity to work at either of its sister properties on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in New England during the off-season in the Virgin Islands, resulting in full-time employment irrespective of “slow season” for USVI resident employees.
Matt Snider, the Lovango resort project manager and Mark Snider’s son, has been teaching an upperclassmen course since September at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Hospitality Program; the majority of the class visited Lovango in October, with two students currently interning as managers-in-training at The Nantucket Hotel until mid-December.
Lovango also plans to provide daily ferry service between Cruz Bay and the Lovango Resort; it also plans to offer moorings and drop-off facilities for private and charter boats.