The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, Reopens

The newly reopened Ritz-Carlton has plenty of green space. Balconies enable guests to enjoy the vistas. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

The Ritz-Carlton reopened on Nov. 23 following a $100 million renovation at the Great Bay location on St. Thomas. Closed since hurricanes Irma and Maria, the five-star hotel is ready to provide outstanding customer service with fine dining, luxurious rooms, beautiful beaches and well-trained staff, the hotel said.

According to the Ritz-Carlton, the luxury resort offers four restaurants, an infinity pool above a white sand beach and a catamaran for sunset cruises, snorkeling tours and other events. A new family friendly pool with a waterslide will open in January. These are only a few of the amenities offered, the hotel said.

From the infinity pool and beach, St. John is visible as a backdrop. The catamaran is available for sunset cruises and other excursions. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Joe Cypre, a hospitality manager, said the organization is happy “to give customers a chance to be staying in a five-star hotel.” According to Cypre, the hotel “partnered with the government to hire local employees.” A seminar was given on hospitality with 700 to 800 in attendance. Resumes were collected and interviews were held to hire “the best of the best of the Virgin Islands candidates.” The hotel also welcomed former employees.

Shamika Fahie, front desk agent, is ready to assist with the check-in process. She is one of the many cordial staff members prepared to make any stay at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas wonderful. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Cypre said the hotel works hard to maintain its reputation.

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“The Ritz-Carlton is known for excellence,” he said. “We set our bars high every day. We do training, training, training every day, do observations and take feedback from the customers.”

He said the most important thing he would like known is “we are open for business.”

Soft, cushioned rockers under high arches wait for guest to relax in comfort. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The iconic Ritz -Carlton, St. Thomas with steps leading up from the infinity pool, beach and restaurants makes a beautiful presentation. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Fountains abound throughout the property, both inside and out. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The Alloro Restaurant specializes in Sicilian cuisine, offering fresh seafood, pasta and cocktails in the lounge. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The gazebo is a popular and private venue for weddings. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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