Two miles north of Frederiksted town lies a historic 17th century estate whose beautiful restoration created one of the most unique places to stay on St. Croix. Feather Leaf Inn is the island’s newest eco-retreat that has been fully transformed into a seaside botanical food-forest. Each of the inn’s charming sea view rooms is 100% solar powered featuring Danish architectural details and modern conveniences with its own private entrance and bathroom. Regardless of your location on the property, the shimmering shores of the secluded bay – perfect for snorkeling and swimming – is footsteps away.

Husband-and-wife owners Ryal Flegal and Corina Marks were up for the challenge to transform the 262- year-old sugar plantation at Butler Bay into an incredible immersive experience for travelers interested in a different kind of stay. The couple is known for saying, “If you’re looking for a hotel, book a hotel. If you’re looking for a Caribbean experience where you can explore and learn, come stay with us at the Feather Leaf Inn.” For example, there are no TVs in the rooms. Instead, guests can explore the sprawling estate grounds, unwind by the pool with a new book, stretch out in a hammock for a mid-day nap, or snorkel and dive in nearby Butler Bay. The possibilities here are endless!

The former private residence was previously listed on the National Register of Historic Places but fell into disrepair over the years. With this in mind, Ryan and Corina were committed to maintaining the building restoration at Feather Leaf Inn as an upcycle project. They made sure to salvage much of what was already there, like fallen mahogany trees and authentic Danish brick.

The nine guest rooms on the property are divided between three buildings. The Main House is a sprawling Caribbean paradise that houses 5 bedrooms, a dining room, private bathrooms, 52-ft gallery sunset porch, library, pool and a gorgeous backyard. The 1- bedroom Ocean House is a historic stone-arch carriage home that sleeps up to five people and has a full kitchen and large patio for lounging. The three-bedroom Dragonfly House features ocean-view balconies and double queen beds in each private room, making it an ideal location for groups traveling together.

Feather Leaf Inn’s impressive location makes the property the perfect venue for weddings and private parties, reunions, events and even retreats. The property can host up to 30 guests simultaneously, features several shared open spaces and has a large room that can be used for yoga and other classes. They also offer 100% plant-based catering, an ideal choice for yoga or wellness retreats. To book your stay at St. Croix’s newest eco-retreat, visit www.featherleafinn.com or give them a call at (340) 474-1358.

Written by Anquanette Gaspard (agaspard@cruzanfoodie.com)