Inside Lovango Resort and Beach Club, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ First New-Build Hotel in Over 30 Years

The treehouses and tents are magnificent however rustic-feeling—worlds away from just about anything else I’ve viewed in the Caribbean. “We didn’t want to offer anything that was presently down there,” stated interior designer Michael Kramer, whose credits include Ruschmeyer’s, The Surf Lodge, and Gurney’s Montauk. Mosquito nets drape elegantly in excess of significant, comfortable beds. Low-slung household furniture and designed-in seating provides lots of house for luxuriating below the Caribbean solar. Colours are existing below and there, but the rooms’ finishes by and massive air on the natural facet of items so the landscape definitely pops. The concrete retaining wall of my outside shower, for instance, was constructed about an current tree: viewing the fauna not grow back again but, instead, continue to grow is portion of the aesthetic practical experience at Lovango.

An out of doors shower at the treehouses.

Image: Courtesy of Nicole Canegata

The perspective from previously mentioned.

Picture: Courtesy of Nicole Canegata

The challenge, Kramer advised me, was to create a little something hurricane-proof that did not look like so a lot of of the “big, brutalist, white concrete buildings” usually seen in the USVI. There is a explanation new hospitality builds haven’t occurred in the USVI in around 30 many years: hurricanes, as we have noticed, can decimate complete resorts. Building listed here is a risky expenditure. If you get some binoculars at the Seaside Club, it is doable to glance throughout the drinking water at the previous Caneel Bay Vacation resort, the glamorous 2000s celeb hideaway and former Rosewood home which now rots at the water’s edge, a testomony to how promptly factors can turn in this aspect of the globe, and how tricky it can be to revitalize them. That is why developing on the leeward, wind-sheltered north side of Lovango is a smart move—these wooden constructions can be very easily boarded up and furniture stowed away on a moment’s see.

The toilet portions of every treehouse and glamping tent are really unique concrete bunkers, but are created into the hillside in this sort of a way that you’d hardly see. All you see is just about every accommodation’s attractive uncooked cumaru wood exterior, which will create much more and extra patina above time. Hurricanes, even though nonetheless a menace, will provide to beautify the home. “The hurricanes will give us that greyed, gnarly, sun-bleached texture,” explained Kramer. “We’re trying to showcase the mother nature of this beautiful island. It’s about aesthetics using a backseat to all of that.”

The treehouses, as noticed from the seashore.

Photograph: Courtesy of Nicole Canegata