St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, boasting white sand beaches and glistening blue waters. On the shores of Great Cruz Bay lies 47-acres of tropical bliss: Westin St. John Resort & Villas. Whether traveling for a secluded romantic escape or fun family-friendly getaway, the resort offers activities both on and off-site for every traveler’s needs this holiday season. Couples What better way to spend quality time in paradise than a picnic on the famed Trunk Bay, named one of the ten best beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler? Just in time for Thanksgiving, the resort offers “Take Your Turkey to Trunk Bay,” a package inviting couples to reserve a customized picnic on the white sand beach at Trunk Bay. You can choose from three packages featuring an extensive menu of traditional turkey and stuffing with a side island flair: of mango relish, and charred corn and tomato salad. Prefer to stay at the resort or in your room? Whether in room or at the spa, you’ll enjoy a holistic relaxation ambience, body treatments, massages and skincare treatments. Family-Friendly The Westin St. John offers engaging activities that are fun for the whole family. The resort’s “Island Hopping Scavenger Hunt” challenges families to channel their inner sea captains for the day, mixing education and competitive camaraderie. An island hopping experience is also available for families to take part in, which is coordinated by an on-site boating butler. You can explore the open waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands in your own private setting. Mom and Dad won’t be hearing the dreaded phrase of “I’m Bored” on this vacation! Kids also have endless options of daily activities from bobbing for sodas to tie-dye creations and even iguana feedings. Westin Kids Club provides entertaining and educational activities where your tiny travelers can learn about the natural environment and rich culture of the island, while enjoying arts and crafts, sailing lessons, seashell hunts and sandcastle building. The resort’s Director of Fun provides children with the opportunity to become adventurers for the day with field trips where they take part in everyday life in the Virgin Islands and get a close-up of a sun-worshipping mongoose. Dining The resort’s fine dining restaurant, Cruz Bay Prime, is St. John’s newest Caribbean steak and seafood restaurant. You can enjoy a meal filled with local sustainable lobster and seafood and grass fed steaks while looking out at the panoramic views of Great Cruz Bay. The resort also has the Beach Café with daily breakfast buffets and Snorkel’s Bar for pool and beachside dining. The Mango Deli is perfect for take-out dining to the beach or for an in-room feast. Nearby Attractions The Virgin Islands National Park is located just 10 minutes from the resort. The park covers two-thirds of St. John and is the home to more than 800 species and plants. Westin St. John gives you the chance to give back while enjoying your vacation. The Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park program is a one-day excursion that allows you to help maintain the park trails and ruins as you take in the breathtaking views. Westin St. John offers a $100 resort credit and transfers when you volunteer at the National Park through February 15th, 2012. Mongoose Junction, located just one mile from the resort, houses the island’s shopping and restaurants in a tropical setting. You can find upscale clothing boutiques as well as local crafted home decorations. Wharfside Village is also just minutes from the resort and provides views of the islands while shopping and eating at local restaurants. Westin St. John is coming to the aid of sun-seeking travelers with a “Retreat to the Heat” offer for those looking to trade in snowshoes for flip flops. The savings are sensational with one free night and a resort credit when you stay at any of the participating Starwood Caribbean Hotels and Resorts. The offer is available to book now through Dec. 15th for travel through Jan. 31st, based on availability. For more information on the offer and a list of participating hotels please visit Details: Westin St. John P.O. Box 8310 St. John, Virgin Islands 00831 T: (340) 693-8000 or 1-800-734-7345 Reservations: Westin St. John Resevations. Facebook: