Tropical Herb Garden

Colony Cove Resorts has many unique attributes. It is especially famous for its remarkable, award-winning herb garden.

 Colony Cove Eco-Garden Remedies

Below are listed just some of the plants 
growing within that lovely, aromatic herb garden and…according to 
local West Indian folklore, their traditional medicinal properties.


  • Aloe – Heated to bring boil to a head, sliced and eaten for colds, jelly for wrinkles, skin problems and sunburn.
  • Basil – Tea for mild nervous disorders, menstrual pain, bad heart, upset stomach.
  • Cocolue – (Watercress) thrush and body coolant.
  • Eucalyptus – Tea for colds and fever. Leaves crushed for decongestant.
  • Four o’clock – Crushed leaves with Vaseline for boils, tea of new leaves to cool blood.
  • Garlic – Colds, coughs, fever, blood pressure, diabetes, diarrhea, earache, intestinal infection, ringworm, sinusitis, virus, worms. (boiled in milk).
  • Ginger Thomas – Colds, fever, headaches, diabetes, jaundice. (tea from leaves and flowers).
  • Hibiscus – Faded flowers in cough syrup.
  • Japana – Revivant and cough syrup.
  • Lemon Grass – Flu and fever.
  • Lignum Vitae – Leaves and flowers for debility – bark for fish poisoning.
  • Lime Bush – Upset stomach (tea).
  • Marigold – Abscesses and boils (leaves and flowers poultice).
  • Marjoram – Head cold and chest cold – mild tea for baby’s colic. Liver obstruction (tea).
  • Mints – Stomach ache, dispels gas and mild laxative (tea).
  • Nutmeg – Athletes foot (ointment), poultices for sore body parts.
  • Onions – Colds, stomach cleanser, rub on burns, stimulates appetite (ingestion).
  • Papaya – Seeds steeped for diabetes. Leaves tenderize meat, green fruit crushed for bruises.
  • Passion Fruit or Pap Vine – Flower-eye tonic, tension, tension headache, high blood pressure. (tea).
  • Parsley – Heart strengthener, digestion inducer, urinary tract fortifier. (tea or ingestion).
  • Periwinkle – Diabetes, menstrual trauma, soothes nerves. (tea)
  • Pomegranate – Leaves and blossoms and seed – tea for dysentery. Rind and bark for tapeworms.
  • Prickly Pear – Washing hair, inflamed eyes, high blood pressure. Cataplasm with cornmeal eases back ache or abdominal inflammation.
  • Rosemary – Tea for nervous tension and headache. Dried and burned, fumigates sick rooms.
  • Sarsaparilla (Candle bush) – blood purifier from dried roots.
  • Sorrel – Leaves combined with carrot tops for cooling and kidney or bladder ailments.
  • Soursop – Tea as sedative – sleep inducer. Plug (center of fruit) for bedwetting.
  • Wurra Wine (Vervain) – Cools blood, relieves constipation, fever and worms. Crushed leaves in bush bath soothes prickly heat.  

For reservations and additional information,


The American Red Cross

American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands Nisky Center Suite 222 St Thomas, VI 00802


Pistarkle Cottage


 on the Island of

St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Pistarkle Cottage  
(a West Indian home rental) is meant for those seeking quiet and seclusion.

 Situated on the eastern tip of St. John its view is sprinkled with the British Virgin Islands of Norman, Peter, Cooper, Salt, Fallen Jerusalem, Virgin Gorda and Tortola. The day begins watching a sunrise directly in front of your balcony over Privateer Bay and Flanagan Island; it ends watching a sunset over Bordeaux Mountain from the cottage’s front terrace.

 Tradewinds keep you cool 12 months a year.

Enjoy total privacy on its1.4 acres fenced to protect landscaping against goats & donkeys. Atop the hill the site has a 300 degree view of St. Croix, Coral Harbor & the British Virgins. Blossoming Privateer Bay Estates offers paved roads and underground utilities. As part of the East End community it is 40 minutes from Cruz Bay, the hub of St. John life where the ferries from St. Thomas (20 minutes) and Tortola (30 minutes) arrive daily, and 15 minutes from historic Coral Bay, the second of the island’s towns.

Upstairs the gray shingled cottage, completed in 1994, offers 1 bedroom (king-sized bed), 1 bath, kitchen, 15’x20′ living/diningroom with 12′ sliding louvred mahogany doors opening onto a 12’x30′ easterly deck for sunbathing. Deck furniture allows for dining out of doors.

Downstairs houses 1 bedroom (queen-sized bed), lavatory, outdoor shower, & laundry room with washer/dryer. Pistarkle Cottage has both a white (drinking water caught on the roof) and gray (gardening water caught on the driveway) water cistern. A 12-volt solar power system supplies hot water, & when power outages occur, a light in each room & a water pump.



The island of St. John comprises 10,600 acres of land and bays 2/3 of which was donated to the U.S. as a National Park in 1956 by Laurance Rockefeller. The U.S. National Park Service has a strong presence on the island offering 22 self-guided trails and a conducted hike to Reef Bay. The result is a get-away island of sparkling beaches, quiet lagoons, underwater coral gardens, scenic roads, walking trails, tropical foliage, 18th & 19th century plantation ruins. Fahrenheit temperatures from Christmas to Easter are in the 80s (26.5-32 Celsius) daytime, 70s (21-26) at night; April through November are about 10% higher. U.S. duty-free shopping in Cruz Bay offers both charming merchandise and venues. You will find some of the finest Caribbean & international cuisine.



Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival Here Come Da Bands!

Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival
Here Come Da Bands!

March 7, 1999 – Studio City, California — This evening, Sinbad has confirmed the first three bands to be appearing at this year’s Kmart Presents… Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival Part 5 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Chaka Khan, Roy Ayers, and the Stylistics will be among the many legendary 70’s Funk Groups to appear at the Main Stage Concerts, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, May 28, 29 and 30, 1999.

Stay tuned to the ShoutOut Board for constant updates, and watch for new pages built by Sinbad himself so he can give direct replies to your questions and concerns. He’s also asked us to dust off the ole’ RoomMate Board so those of you traveling single… don’t have to unless you want to!

Be sure to Catch Sinbad Live! on the Tom Joyner Morning Show… Monday morning!


Water Island: Features

Water Island is the fourth largest in size of the U. S. Virgin Islands, being about 2 ½ miles long and from ½ to 1 mile wide with an area of 500 acres.  It is situated at the entrance to the harbor of St. Thomas and at the nearest point is about 3/8 miles off shore. The Island is very irregular in shape with many bays and peninsulas.

The highest point is 300 feet above sea level and there are fresh water ponds at the low point. There are several beaches, coves  and rocky headlands.  The large beach is one of the finest in the region. The soil is rocky and dry with acres of scrub brush, that live on the modest rainfall.  There are approximately 100 private homes and families on the island. There are several bays.  One has a town dock in a calm harbor, another has a magnificent beach and others have been left in their wild condition.

The island was a military site between the World Wars and there are buildings that date from that era.  These have all been converted into homes or villas for the hotel. The island has power and telephone service from St. Thomas and the road base is fully developed. There is a 100 room hotel structure with tennis courts, recreation complex and marina that is currently out of use.  The majority of the homes have been built during the period of the lease and are relatively new.


Water Island is separated from St. Thomas by a ½ mile wide stretch of water.  It is close enough to draw on all of St. Thomas’ life support. 

Easy Access

There is a regular water taxi to a mainland marina and mall. The route continues into the city downtown waterfront.  The marina/mall ride takes ten minutes. There is a major food store and gourmet shop in the mall as well as other typical mall shops.  This proximity to St. Thomas also means easy access to all resources.  The trip from the airport to the island takes less than 30 minutes.

Accessible from all major air hubs

Every major air hub in north America provides service to St. Thomas, which is a short trip from all major American locations. The trip from the airport to the island is also a breeze.

Stable Climate – All Year Round

The St. Thomas climate is legendary. Never cooler than 70 degrees  Never hotter than 95 degrees. There is sunshine and blowing trade winds. It typically rains for a few minutes each day, but seldom for more then a few minutes.

The island has pristine clear water.  The fish life is legendary and draws divers to explore the waters.  There are no noxious bugs, no scorpions or poisonous snakes nor any unpleasant wildlife.

Honeymoon Beach

One of the principal attractions of Water Island is Honeymoon Beach. When Walter Phillips came to Water island, this beach extended for about 50 feet along the shore and about 10 feet back from the shoreline. The trees and brush were removed, 200 truck loads of rocks and gravel were hauled off. The sand was sifted to remove debris, a dredge removed the seaweed and deposited sand on the shore. Today, Honeymoon Beach, is a most beautiful beach. It is frequented by international boat traffic.

Power and phone

The island is served by a series of underwater cables from the St. Thomas telephone and power companies. These systems are maintained by the public authorities.


There is no commerce on the island.  In the past the hotel maintained a store with basics, but now there is no business at all. St. Thomas has it all from McDonalds at the mall, to Ralph Lauren.

Botanical garden

Another important feature of the Island is the Water Island Botanical Garden. This is a brainchild and hobby of Walter Phillips. Plants from all over the world have been brought in and established. It is a member of the International Association of Botanical Gardens and of the Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.


The island is part of the US Territory of the Virgin Islands. It has its own US post office and zip code (00802).  US law governs and the public administration is in the US chain of command.


The home owners range from retired couples to wind surfers and boat denizens to normal All-American families. They tend to be well educated and quiet.  There is no poverty pocket or depressed area. There is no congestion.

Layout of a typical home

There are a dozen buildings that are based on the Army structures.  These are long houses with 18″ thick cement walls.  They are spacious and cool.  A typical floor plan looks like several apartments have been made from one building.  Other Army buildings are single family dwellings