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Dallas-Based Company Takes Over Management Of Carambola Hotel

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St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

FREDERIKSTED – Aimbridge Hospitality’s Caribbean division has assumed management of the 150-room Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Owned by Carambola Northwest LLC, a U.S. Virgin Islands entity, the luxury Caribbean resort is located seven miles from the Henry Rohlsen Airport on the secluded white sand beaches of the largest island in the U.S. territory.

“Aimbridge Hospitality is honored to work with Carambola Northwest on this incredible St. Croix resort to enhance the guest experience and bolster profitability,” said Dave Johnson, President and CEO of Dallas-based Aimbridge Hospitality. “We are excited to expand our Caribbean resort portfolio and our team looks forward to providing the ultimate vacation experience for our guests.”

Originally constructed in 1986 by Lawrence Rockefeller, the lodge-style beach retreat speaks to the natural beauty of St. Croix and is just minutes away from its one and only rain forest.

Visitors can enjoy a stress-free day of exploring the historical towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, play a round of golf at nearby Carambola Golf Club, find bliss at The Spa at Carambola, or snorkel and scuba dive on the adjacent Davis Beach or nearby Cane Bay Beach.

The resort features 150 unique guestrooms contained in 26 separate buildings and five meeting rooms with over 12,500 square feet of meeting space.

Guests can enjoy three food and beverage options including Saman for breakfast, the casual Flamboyant Beach Bar with seasonal inventive menu, and the Friday Night Pirate Buffet.

Additional facilities and amenities include a fitness center, large outdoor pool with whirlpool, business center, barber and beauty salon, and a concierge desk ready to help guests plan their island activities.

Carambola is one of four hotels in the territory owned by Marriott International. Marriott merged with Starwood Hotels on Nov. 16 in a $12.2 billion deal.

Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas and the Westin St. John Resort are the other hotels owned by Marriott.

The Marriott Rewards program has 54 million members, while Starwood Preferred Guest has 21 million.

About Aimbridge Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality, LLC is one of the nation’s largest independent hotel investment and management firm’s with a proven track record for delivering superior returns for its investors in a variety of markets and economic cycles.

Aimbridge provides management, asset management, development, renovation and consulting services across all STR chain scales. Based in Dallas, Texas and with additional offices in Chicago and Puerto Rico.

Aimbridge currently manages over 285 upscale, independent and branded hotels with more than 43,000 rooms across the United States and the Caribbean, including such affiliations as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Aloft, and Wyndham. For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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