St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - 2016 - Caravelle Hotel & Casino invites guests to discover St. Croix through yoga, photography and local art. First up, the Rasamaya Shakti Tribe arrives with Elemental Flow, an intensive three-night yoga retreat that challenges participants to find their inner “badass” and conquer the “would have/should have” excuses that keep them from achieving their heart’s desire. Founded by Carrie Tyler, a nurse and self-described “gypsy yogini,” the program incorporates the principles of Rasamaya, combining mind-body medicine and exercise science with the wisdom of yoga philosophy to explore nine core emotions (rasas): wonder, fear, joy, disgust, anger, courage, compassion, love and peace. Priced at $200 person, Elemental Flow takes place on St. Croix from Sept. 1–4. Admission covers entry to all daily sessions, a fire ceremony, a fire dance performance and a dance party. Check the full schedule of events and register at Rasamaya. Email email@example.com for more information. Caravelle Hotel & Casino is offering a special rate of $75 per night. Mention the Elemental Flow Retreat when making a reservation.
In October, professional photographer Peggy Farren, of Naples, Fla.- based Understand Photography, partners with Caravelle Hotel & Casino to offer a seven-night (Oct. 2–9) photography tour of St. Croix. Priced at $3,195 per person, double occupancy, the tour includes accommodations at Caravelle Hotel & Casino, airport transfers, transportation on St. Croix, daily breakfast, some lunches, admission fees to places listed on the itinerary, photography instruction and gratuities for models and drivers. While the St. Croix Photo Workshop (limited to five participants) is open to all levels of expertise, instructors recommend participants have experience shooting in a manual setting. A full-time professional photographer for almost 20 years, Peggy Farren began leading photography trips six years ago. Her motto: We simplify the technical. For more information, or to book a space, call 239-263-7001.
Just in time for holiday shopping, sixth-generation Crucian Norma Krieger welcomes guests to discover authentic St. Croix during a six-night (Dec. 1–7) St. Croix History & Art Tour. Krieger, who was born in Christiansted, brings a contagious enthusiasm to her role as tour curator and ambassador for USVI Tourism. An educator, author and curator, Krieger is a graduate of the Pratt Institute. She was the founding director of the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts and is the founder and director of the Society of Caribbean Artists. Priced at $1,274.50 per person, the St. Croix History & Art Tour includes accommodations at Caravelle Hotel & Casino, a welcome reception dinner with some of St. Croix’s finest artists and artisans, five restaurant dinners including a traditional West Indian buffet, airport transfers and ground transportation, an open-air van island tour and a walking tour of Christiansted (admission fees apply), gallery visits and two studio visits. Register or call 336-287-4706 for more information.
“St. Croix’s innate creative energy inspires artistic expression,” said Sid Kalmans, managing director, Caravalle Hotel & Casino. “It’s a joy to support initiatives that bring creative talent from all walks of life to the island.”
About Caravelle Hotel & Casino: The newly renovated Caravelle Hotel & Casino (formerly Hotel Caravelle) is located on the pier in historic Christiansted. Caravelle Hotel & Casino is an easy-access Caribbean destination for U.S. citizens. Following a $2.5 million facelift completed in early 2016, the waterfront hotel’s fresh new look incorporates natural stone flooring, bright open spaces and an on-site casino. The 43-room European-style waterfront hotel blends Old World elegance with 21st-century service and amenities including complimentary WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool and sun decks, an award-winning restaurant and fully equipped conference space. Call 800-524-0410 to make a reservation or to request information.