Gallows Point Resort Completes Renovations


A remodeled kitchen at Gallows Point

Modern living room decor and furniture

Gallows Point Resort recently wrapped up a five-year-long project which brought renovations to all 60 units, the main lobby and the grounds at the Cruz Bay hotel; all while remaining open the entire time.

The project kicked off in 2008 with renovations to the first of what would eventually be all 60 units on the property.

“I feel like I’ve been a construction manager,” said Gallows Point Resort Managing Director Akhil Deshwal, who has been running the high-end hotel for the past 11 years.

Deshwal and crew got good at juggling construction time lines while running a bustling resort in high season. Early renovations took close to nine months, while the last few renovations stretched only six to seven weeks, according to the resort general manager.

“We got pretty good at this,” he said.

The Gallows Point face-lift is evident as soon as one enters the resort as the front desk area now boasts a granite counter, new tiling and Venetian plaster. The upgrades continue throughout the hotel grounds where all pathways were newly tiled and new handrails installed, Deshwal explained.

Glass shower doors and new tile work


Gallows Point landscape company Property King also replaced every single bed on the roughly five acre property, added Deshwal.

“We did it over the past four years, but every single bed on the property has been replanted,” he said.
Even before stepping inside the guest units, new tiles at the entry ways and new doors set the tone for the fully upgraded accommodations.

“We fully gutted every unit,” said Deshwal. “We have new tiles, new counters, new lighting, new appliances and more in every single unit.”

All units at Gallows Point Resort are one bedroom and have breathtaking water views; with the upper units having two bathrooms and the lower units having one bathroom.

The resort was originally constructed between 1982 and 1987 and this renovation project was the first one undertaken since Gallows opened. Now the resort’s perfect location — just up the hill from the restaurants and shops in Cruz Bay — is matched with its elegantly renovated guest units.

Each of the units is individually decorated, yet all were held to a certain standard during the renovation process, Deshwal explained.

“All the furniture and the painting is different in each unit, but they all have brand new furniture and the new tiles, stainless steel appliances, the granite counter tops and hard wood cabinets,” said the managing director. “We had a certain design and standard that all the renovations maintained.”

All bathrooms in all of the units were also gutted and now feature new tiles, luxurious finishings with individualized style.
One theme seen throughout the property is the use of local ceramic artist Donald Schnell’s sconces, a detail encouraged by Gallows management.

“We try to recommend our owners use local artists and Donald’s work fits well with our property,” said Deshwal. “It’s nice to see his work throughout the resort.”

The open plan kitchens in each of the units have been beautifully upgraded with granite counters, mahogany cabinets, new appliances and modern lighting fixtures. The kitchens flow into a dining area with seating for four in each unit and then into a comfortable and airy living room space, all of which now boasts brand new furniture.

The lower units include one expansive bathroom, all of which were recently renovated in different, yet all elegant, styles. The upper units at Gallows include two bathrooms; all of which were also completed renovated during the recent upgrades. High-end finishes like custom sink basins and modern subway tiles are found throughout the units.

From floor tiles to ceiling fans, no detail at Gallows Point Resort was overlooked during the recent renovation project. The resort also purchased new BBQ grills for guest use and recently installed a hot tub.

With the renovations now complete, the resort’s next project is upgrading the Gallows “point” a popular wedding location on the resort grounds.

“We’re going to widen the access road, put a stone path to the gazebo, even out the ground and build a new gazebo,” said Deshwal.

The project should begin this summer and is expected to last about three weeks with landscaping taking longer, Deshwal added.

With a five year renovation project now behind him, Deshwal is looking forward to decreasing the resort’s electrical consumption by installing solar panels on each of the buildings. The project includes replacing the roofs on the buildings and then installing the new solar panels, a project Deshwal expected to kick off later this year.

“The roofs are fine now, but before installing the solar panels we are being proactive and getting a far better product on the roof,” he said.

What each of the units at Gallows Point Resort always had was a breath-taking water view. What they now have are the luxuriously appointed accommodations to match.

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