The Margaritaville Vacation Club on St. Thomas will open its doors to non-vacation club owners starting Tuesday, nearly three months after COVID-19 forced its doors shut.
The 264-unit, beachside resort located in Water Bay at the eastern end of St. Thomas, had its last arrival the week of March 16, according to General Manager Pamela Kelly.
Since then, the resort’s parent company, Wyndham Destinations, has launched its Vacation Ready program in partnership with cleaning industry expert Ecolab.
The rigorous standards of the program include implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures and social distancing measures that cover every aspect of the guest experience, according to a news release from Wyndham Destinations.
These include resort staff wearing masks, surfaces being disinfected and updated furniture spacing that encourages socializing at a safe distance in common areas.
“We’re just really doing what we can to ensure that our owners trust us to take care of them and trust that we’ll make sure the property is healthy for them to arrive,” Kelly said.
The Margaritaville Vacation Club on St. Thomas, like all resorts and hotels in the territory, was ordered by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. in March to suspend new reservations to curb the influx of visitors and the potential spread of COVID-19. Kelly said the suspension proved tough given the resort’s bond with its families.
“Wyndham is all about vacation and building those memories with families, so that was hard for us to work through and postpone those vacations for families,” she said.
Kelly added, however, that the suspension gave the resort an opportunity to work on projects that may have impacted peoples’ stays, like pool work and landscaping.
The resort began welcoming vacation club owners earlier this month.