Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Since we use radios here at Maho it's not uncommon to hear staff ask where certain staff members are working at any given moment. The radio call for Woody can often be: "maintenance to Woody are you available to give a guest a ride to Harmony, or are you treed?"
The next time you're enjoying that incredible view from your tent, the dinning pavilion, F-pavilion, the store, activities or any other spot at Maho you can probably thank Woody, as he's the only one of us crazy enough to spend his days so high off the ground.
If you find Woody "treed" here at Maho say hi & thank you!
Pictured below he is working just off the Maho driveway, below the dining pavilion, and about 10-12 feet off the ground.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Each season the driveway leading up to Maho gets it's fair share of abuse though all the guest vehicles, taxi cabs, delivery trucks, and pouring rain. For the most part though, aside from a few potholes here and there, the entire driveway holds up pretty well. Unfortunately the lower part of the driveway leading up to Maho saw more than it's fair share of abuse from heavy tracked vehicle equipment leading to the new villas being built. Add to that the massive amounts of runoff from the construction site during heavy rains and you have a road that is in desperate need of repair.
Getting asphalt from St. Thomas to St. John, arranging a steamroller and driver, buying plenty of shovels and rakes, and getting enough staff together to rake the asphalt off the truck and onto the driveway takes quite a bit of coordination, and perhaps a little luck.
If anyone needs a good idea of what it felt like last week for 3 hours in the mid-day St. John sun laying the asphalt then it may be time to re-watch Cool Hand Luke. Pictured below we have 6 or 7 of us shoveling and raking it out, with plenty of steam rising from either the road or ourselves!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
If you look closely you can see some of the incredible ornaments made by our glassblowers, including a hummingbird. And if you'll be down this season for the holidays you'll have to pick up a few ornaments for next season.
No decorating party would be complete without eggnog (adult style) and cookies:
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Getting a one year lease extension is definitely something to be thankful for, but we have another reason thanks to the USVI Department of Tourism!
There is an amazing opportunity for those who wish to come visit Maho or Concordia Eco and Premium Tents in January that has just been announced by the Department of Tourism. Travelers who book this promotion on Cyber Monday November 28, 2011 will get $500 instant credit/discount, $750 in gift certificates to use while on island, and the fifth night free. This is by far the best deal that has been offered by the department of tourism! In order to receive this promotion, you must book Air and Hotel together through Expedia.com, we will not be able to provide this package through our own reservations office. If you miss Cyber Monday, you can still book before Dec 9th and receive part of the promotion. We've taken the nuts and bolts of this directly from the DOT and it is below for further clarification.
For a 24 hour period on Cyber Monday (November 28, 2011) a very rich promotion will be offered. After Cyber Monday, from November 29 through December 9, a slightly less rich promotion will be available.This offer will only be available through Expedia.com
OFFER for booking window of NOVEMBER 28, 2011only:
i. $500.00 Instant Credit PER PACKAGE The booking must be a minimum of five nights, fall within the designated travel dates and be booked within the booking window. The instant credit promotion must be a package that has been combined with air and a USVI hotel. We will not honor back-to back room only bookings that have not been combined with air. The voucher must include the booking code USVICM11.
ii. $750 in USVI CERTIFICATES ($500 RETAIL, $100 DINING, $150 ACTIVITIES )
iii. 5th night FREE
*FIVE NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIRED
*BOOKING DATE: NOVEMBER 28, 2011 ONLY
*TRAVEL WINDOW: January 1-16, 2012 (travel must be completed by 1/16/12)
OFFER for the booking period of NOVEMBER 29 – December 9, 2011
i. $200.00 Instant Credit PER PACKAGE The booking must be a minimum of five nights, fall within the designated travel dates and be booked within the booking window. The instant credit promotion must be a package that has been combined with air and a USVI hotel. We will not honor back-to back room only bookings that have not been combined with air. The voucher must include the booking code USVICM11.
ii. $300 in USVI CERTIFICATES ($150 RETAIL, $50 DINING, $100 ACTIVITIES )
iii. 5th night FREE
*FIVE NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIRED
*BOOKING WINDOW: NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 9, 2011 ONLY
*TRAVEL WINDOW: January 1-16, 2012 (travel must be completed by 1/16/12)
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I will not accept another short-term extension. We will either get a long-term lease which will allow for some wonderful capital improvements and investment in new technologies or close at the end of the lease in June 2013.
You can imagine the stress and anxiety of our employees, boat captains, artists, concessionaires and all the small businesses who make Maho special, not knowing if they have a job next year and who need to prepare for their own future.
This additional year means a great deal to our guests, staff, and the Island of St. John. It means that we all get extra time to do or redo some of our most favorite things. It has been a tough year for many which meant the possibility of not visiting Maho one last time. We hope this will afford you the opportunity. There is a special magic here that cannot be found anywhere else, and we are all grateful to have just a little more time to enjoy it.
I hope you are as excited as we are about this extra time we have acquired. For all of you that have already booked for May 2012, have no worries. We will be changing those rates back to our standard low season rates and will adjust your reservations accordingly.
Once again, I am so pleased to be able to share this news with everyone and hope to see you at Maho.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Those of you that live on the coast in the states will probably get a good laugh out of this, but the waves in this video are monstrous to us!
During the winter we tend to get swells every other week or so, bringing "big" waves to our beaches. This swell is a few weeks early, and since it was mainly a north-northeast swell our own Little Maho beach saw some heavy wave action. Previous guests to Maho will indeed think these waves are much different than the 1-2 inch ripples that usually hit our beach. Those visiting Cinnamon Bay will find almost a direct hit from the swell, producing the kind of waves you can actually surf - something that doesn't happen often here on St. John!
If you happen to be visiting during one of these swells and feel like it's taken all of your beach options away; fear not: if we're getting heavy waves on the north side of the island it means that the south side should be perfectly calm.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
According to NOAA, the odds of being hit by lightning are about 1/1,000,000, though one staff member came dangerously close during this storm - the lightning came through the tent and struck the bed, just a matter of inches away from where he was sleeping. Needless to say, it was a very scary moment and night for all of us here at Maho as we started to access damage and deal with the emotional aspects of coming so close to being hit.
Nothing other than our phone system, internet, and one staff tent was damaged (though we're still in the middle of fixing everything!).
If you're trying to reach us please email. We have our internet back up and running, but the phone system is still down. If you're trying to make a reservation please send us the request via email and we will email or call you back asap.
Monday, October 31, 2011
We couldn't pass-up buying a bunch and doing our own pumpkin carving contest here at Maho for our guests and staff. Everyone at dinner last night was very impressed with the creativity on display. 1st prize was quite a "sweet treat:" dessert at the restaurant, followed by a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream from our store.
Notice the bent plastic forks for arms and legs!
Wish we had a picture of the cute tail on this pig!
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Last week a few of us staff & volunteers thought we had a pretty good idea: do a hike & pick up some trash along the way. What sounded like a simple and great idea turned into one heck of a challenge. The plan was to walk from the Annaberg parking lot out to Waterlemon along the trail, then "scramble" or "rock walk" along the shoreline from Waterlemon to Brown Bay. Once at Brown Bay we'd then hike the trail back to Waterlemon and eventually the Annaberg parking lot where we started. Under normal conditions we figured on about 2 1/2 hours or so, maybe 3ish max. Well, about 4+ hours later we found ourselves gasping for breath, each carrying at least one 30 pound bag of trash on our shoulders. All totaled there were 11 of us hiking the shoreline, and boy did we get a lot of trash: the estimate is roughly 300-350 pounds of trash, enough to fill the back of a pickup truck. We even had one person kayak from Brown Bay to Annaberg with garbage bags attached to the kayak!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Monday, August 15, 2011
Maho Bay is always changing, so if you have been a visitor during the high season you might want to come and see what we are like during the low season. Some of my favorite events are the marching of the sea stars at Warterlemon Cay and the blooming of the Coral Vine, while it is invasive it is still beautiful. While nature changes around us we at Maho Bay change too, from the influx of volunteer workers or the departure of the Schooner Yacht Heron for the season, things are always evolving.
One of the newest and most exciting evolutions is the changing of the Pavilion restaurant into Café Maho Bay. For all you out there that visit Maho between November and July this is something new to you. We take the standard four item selection and explode it into a full twenty plus option menu. The menu included classics like Grilled Chicken Ceasar and an eight ounce Angus Burger to the more exotic dishes like the Rajun Cajun and the regional Rasta Pasta. The menu was developed to suit everyone’s needs from the veggie burger made especially for vegans to smaller portioned items just for kids. If your vacation plans include Maho Bay, between now and November 1st , get your taste buds ready for an exciting culinary event.
Along with changing to the new menu there have been evolutions in other areas. We have started to offer some handmade desserts and no more premade salad dressing. All dressings are made in house by our chefs. While the menus and offerings at the restaurant change to reflect the seasons the service and quality of your stay will always remain the same. We look forward to welcoming back or for the first time to Maho Bay.
Café Maho Bay is open every night from 5:30pm until 7:00pm until November 1st, so make plans to join us.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thanks to the wonderful people over at the VI Department of Tourism, we are now able to offer a special Diving promotion for our guests. We are not currently listed as a participating property/diveshop, but we assure you the gift certificates are fully redeemable here at our Dive Shop, Restaurant, Store, and Art Gallery.
Nuts and Bolts:
Guests must book a minimum of 6 nights
Booking window: Now-Nov 30th
Stay Window: Now-Dec 31st
Register here after making your Maho reservation: Dive Promotion
This promotion comes with $300 worth of certificates for Scuba diving at participating dive shops. Because it is during the off season, some shops will not be diving due to boats being out of the water to be worked on and slow season shut downs. Our dive boat, Ocean Quest, should remain operational throughout the entire off season, although we are at the mercy of good weather. It also includes $100 in dining certificates which can be used in our Maho Bay Pavilion Restaurant and $50 in retail certificates which can be used in our Store and Art Gallery. Again, all you have to do is book for a minimum of 6 nights between now and Sept 15th and your stay has to be between now and Oct 31st. Click here to register! (registration cannot be done upon arrival and it takes about a week for us to get the packets once someone is registered)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
This year as part of our campaign, we are asking former guests and friends of Maho to write in on her behalf. If you have a fond memory of Madre or kind words to say on her behalf, please please take the time to send us a quick letter or even a postcard. We'll take what we can get! The important part is that we let them know the positive influence Madre has had on our guests in the last 35 years and the best way is for them to hear it directly from you.
We have to officially nominate Madre by Aug 19th, and will send in what letters we have already collected. The whole process usually takes a month or so, and we will have several opportunities to make sure they recieve letters of support that may come in after that date. Don't worry, we'll make sure that everything gets to their office!
How do you support?
1) Send a letter: We hope that we do get quite a few hand written (or even typed is fine) notes in the mail as we feel that will really make a difference. Have a picture from the past? Include a copy!
Maho Bay Camps:
Attn: Madre Support
PO Box 310
St. John, VI 00831
2) Email: email@example.com "Madre Support" should be the subject line. We would love as many emails as we can get and please feel free to attach photos of Madre as well.
Thank you for your support as we hope to help Madre recieve an award she has definitely earned in her years here at Maho!