Let There Be Bioluminescence: Hotels Invite Guests to Bask in the Glow of Bioluminescence
August 2016 - Swimming in pixie dust. It’s an apt description for the encounter Rock the Park’s hosts Jack Steward and Colton Smith experienced during a kayak tour of St. Croix’s Salt River Bay National Historic Park. In fact, the on-screen team for ABC’s Daytime Emmy Award-winning travel show were dipping their toes into one of the world’s premier bioluminescent bays, an extraordinary ecosystem inhabited by marine organisms that emit light similar to the way fireflies light up rural landscapes on summer nights.
Just seven miles from Caravelle Hotel & Casino in downtown Christiansted, Salt River Bay National Historic Park is a 120-acre ecological preserve encompassing natural, historic and archeological sites. Virgin Kayak Tours leads nighttime excursions through the bioluminescent bay, one of only seven remaining “super-glow bio bays” worldwide, offering kayakers an almost magical up-close — and hands-on — experience with the tiny organisms that emit light when the water around them is stirred. Caravelle Hotel & Casino will donate $10 to the St. Croix Environmental Associationfor every hotel guest who books a bioluminescent tour through Virgin Kayak Tours. Established to promote the conservation of environmental resources, the St. Croix Environmental Association provides education and advocates for environmentally responsible actions that benefit St. Croix.
In Naples, Fla., Lemon Tree Inn supports a similar initiative in partnership with Kayak Marco’s Black Night Bioluminescence Tours. Offered June–October, the 1.5- to two-hour tours showcase luminescent marine life as it reacts to paddlers passing through its habitat. Lemon Tree Inn will donate $10 to Everglades National Park for every guest who books a bioluminescent tour through Kayak Marco. Everglades National Park, the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River, is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone.
About Lemon Tree Inn: Lemon Tree Inn is a 34-room boutique hotel in the heart of the charming town of Naples, Florida. Individually decorated guest rooms feature four-post mahogany beds, wicker sleigh beds and unique artwork combined to evoke the feel of Old Florida. Complimentary continental breakfast is served poolside and cold lemonade is on offer all day. For more information or to book a reservation, call 888-800-LEMO or visit www.LemonTreeInn.com.
About Caravelle Hotel & Casino: The newly renovated Caravelle Hotel & Casino (formerly Hotel Caravelle) is located on waterfront of historic Christiansted. Caravelle Hotel & Casino is an easy-access Caribbean destination for U.S. citizens. Following a $2.5 million total renovation completed in early 2016, the waterfront hotel’s fresh new look incorporates natural stone flooring, bright open spaces and an on-site casino. The 42-room European-style waterfront hotel blends Old World elegance with 21st-century service and amenities including complimentary WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, sun decks and an award-winning restaurant. Call 800-524-0410 to make a reservation or to request information. www.HotelCaravelle.com