Caneel Receives Top Honors

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Caneel Bay received top honors yet again! This time, Caneel was named as one of the top 25 best resorts for a honeymoon in the Caribbean by the Caribbean Journal.

“Choosing the best resort for a honeymoon in the Caribbean is a bit like choosing an engagement ring,” according to the Caribbean Journal. “There are so many, they are all beautiful and there’s usually one that’s just right for you. The difference is, you’ll have your ring forever — but your honeymoon is just a few days … so you’d better get it right! CJ has you covered, with 25 of our top picks to make sure you have a trip that you remember for a lifetime.”

Here’s what they had to say about Caneel:

“Long one of the flagship Caribbean resorts, Caneel Bay recently became an independent brand; but the resort, like St John, has retained its remote, idyllic luxury.”

Agreed! And while I’ve never actually stayed at the property overnight, I’ve definitely enjoyed my frequent day trips.

For those of you looking to book a stay at Caneel, the resort is currently running an Autumn Escape promotion. For new bookings for stays between November 1 and November 23, guests will enjoy complimentary breakfast with rates beginning at $399 a night. Click here to learn more. 

(Caneel is currently closed for the season. It will reopen on November 1.)

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Deli Grotto Closes

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Well folks, it’s a sad day over in Mongoose Junction – Deli Grotto has closed its doors for good. Fortunately, however, it will open under new ownership October 1. And from what we hear, it’s going to be pretty delicious.

For those of you on island over the past few days, you may have noticed a sign over at Deli Grotto stating that it’s closed for the month of September. We found that to be a tad odd considering we were told that Deli Grotto planned to stay open for the season, so we decided to do some digging.

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We learned that a local couple will soon take over the space and that it will remain a deli. They’re still in the process of clearing the deli’s new name, so we agreed to keep some of the details to ourselves for a bit. But I have to admit, as sad as I am to see Deli Grotto go (their turkey artichoke panini was my absolute favorite!), I believe the new owners will do an excellent job.

Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks… In the meantime, if you’re looking to get your sandwich fix or perhaps grab a bite to go, Sam & Jack’s in the Marketplace and Baked in the Sun plan to remain open throughout low season.

Participants & Volunteers Wanted for Just Play! Event


One of the island’s best events for kids is right around the corner, and organizers are looking for volunteers to help out.

The 6th annual Just Play! event is scheduled for Monday, October 13 at the Winston Wells ball field in Cruz Bay. Children, ages five through 17, are encouraged to attend this free event that features a fun-filled day of sports and fitness. Volunteers are needed as well. Pre-registration is required for both.

To sign up, please visit Volunteers will be asked to do general tasks such as keep score and keep the kids moving in the right direction. Sponsors are greatly needed to make this event a meaningful and memorable experience for all. Any business or individual who would like to help sponsor this event, please click here.

And for the second year in a row, Inner Visions will be playing at a fundraising event to support Using Sport for Social Change. It’s happening on Friday, October 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Beach Bar. There will be a ton of raffles and more. Last year’s event was a huge success. Let’s make it even better this year!

More about the event:

USFSC is proud to bring back for the 6th year in a row, a free fun filled day of sports for youth 5-17 years old, and Volunteers, 18 years+. Each person will be given a free t-shirt and water bottle for the event. A full lunch will also be provided by Mathayom Privates Chefs to each attendee at the event. DJ Adonis will be spinning the music for the event, and William Schouten (aka T-Rex/Juggernaut) will be the guest of honor.

William Schouten has dominated the NAPF and Caribbean super-heavyweight division of this sport for many years. He is currently training for the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships later this year and the North American Regional, Caribbean and Pan-American championship games of 2015. He brings a winning attitude to the games and proudly represents the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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