Tropical Storm Dorian continues to track south of St. John. Such great news! And we have more great news to share today… And this news is BIG!
A new resort is planned for St. John, and we’re super excited about it! Oh and we have more news to share today… ZoZo’s is coming back! How amazing is that??!! Honestly, that makes me so happy.
New Resort Coming to St. John: The St. John Resort and Beach Club on Lovango
Let’s start with the new resort. It’s going to be called the St. John Resort and Beach Club on Lovango, and if all goes as planned, it will open in 2021. You may be thinking, Lovango isn’t St. John, it’s Lovango. Well actually Lovango is one of St. John’s cays. So it is St. John. 🙂
Let’s rewind time about two weeks back. I received an email from Mark Snider who’s the person planning to build the St. John resort along with his wife Gwenn and son Matt. Mark said he was on island and wanted to chat about his new project, but I was off island at the time visiting family. I noticed in Mark’s email signature that he owns hotels in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, two small islands off the coast of Massachusetts. I mentioned how I was planing on visiting Nantucket the following weekend and asked if we could meet up on that island. Mark owns The Nantucket Hotel, so we agreed to meet there. (It’s a beautiful hotel if any of you happen to be vacationing in that area.)
Let me start by saying that Mark is a very nice guy, who is super excited about this new endeavor. But what’s even better is his vision. I truly think you are all going to be excited about this.
The St. John Resort & Beach Club will be completely off grid. It will rely on solar and wind power, and it will have its own desalinization plant. The resort will have 14 home lots and 25 cottages, all of which will be located toward the top of Lovango. The home sites will be sold off to private owners, and they can choose to live there year-round or part-time. If they opt to live there part-time, they can rent their homes to vacationers during the times that they choose not to occupy them. The 25 cottages will have three bedrooms each. They can be rented as three bedroom units, or separately depending on season. Again, the resort portion is expected to open sometime in 2021 (subject to permitting of course).
Now on to ZoZo’s…
Top Restaurant Set to Return to St. John: ZoZo’s H20
ZoZo’s H2O will open at the St. John Resort & Beach Club on February 1, 2020. It will be the same ZoZo’s from Caneel Bay that we all know and love, but in a new location. The restaurant will be built on each side of a boathouse that currently sits on the property. The boathouse itself will be used as a bar area. It’s pretty much as close to the water as you can get without actually being on the water. Here is a pic of ZoZo’s new location…
When ZoZo’s H2O first opens in February, it will serve lunch only from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. It will be the same upscale ZoZo’s fare, but simply a lunch version. They plan to be open until June. At that time, they will close while building occurs elsewhere on the property. A boat shuttle will be provided and will pick guests up from Cruz Bay and Red Hook.
“We’re excited to get back,” ZoZo’s owner John Ferrigno told me last week.
And we’re just as excited to have you back John!
ZoZo’s H2O will reopen for lunch and will begin serving dinner in December when the beach club portion of the resort opens. The beach club will be open to the public, although membership will be required.
Wow, that’s a lot of news!
We have so much more to share, so we will tell you the rest tomorrow. Stay tuned for additional details on the beach club, staffing opportunities, how islanders can stay for free and much more!
In the meantime, have a wonderful day everyone!
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