I've rebuilt this hotel three times," says James Costello, architect and builder of the 290-room Renaissance Grand Beach Resort, St. Thomas, USVI. "I hope this time is the charm." With 204 low-rise rooms set into a hillside above the bay, the new property looks pretty permanent. The other 86 rooms are in seven villa-like units by the beach. The entire property is landscaped with tropical plants. Contributing to the tropical ambience is the occasional iguana that steps out onto the pool deck ...

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