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Former Islanders Come “Home” to Flamboyan

a group of 7 friends are gathered around a table during dinner holding up their glasses and smiling at the camera

Written by Coconut Post

Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

June, 2021

It’s always a special pleasure to see former Virgin Islands residents return to St. Thomas — even if it’s just for a visit.

Case in point: the familiar faces of Michael Schiff and Gene Robinson were recently seen socializing around the island. They resided in paradise for nine years from 2006 to 2015.  

Happily they selected Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas as their three-week-long vacation “home.”

Michael is a retired nurse credited with giving many years selflessly to others; Gene worked at Cyril E. King airport for Cape Air and Jet Blue, respectively, before the duo relocated to Fort Lauderdale. Although he still works in the travel industry, Gene made the transition to working from home and depends on Wifi to connect with customers. 

two men stand one with his arm around the other in front of some palm leaves on the flamboyan on the bay property both smiling at the camera

Above: Flamboyan Resort guests Michael Schiff and Gene Robinson resided on St. Thomas for nearly a decade — and plan to return again, soon.

Top of page: Reuniting with friends at French Quarter Bistro is always a special experience. Seated around the table left to right:  Liz Buckalew, Tracy Wayman, Jerry Buckalew, Lori Baskin, Michael Schiff, Evelyn Larocque and Gene Robinson.

“Staying at Flamboyan was ideal for many reasons — including having that all-important Internet connection,” he said.

 Technology aside, both Michael and Gene gave endless kudos to the resort staff for their warmth and hospitality. “The housekeepers are so pleasant,” said Gene. “Everyone is incredibly friendly.”

In addition to enjoying food and beverages at RooT 42 Bar & Grill and Northside Grind Coffee Shop, Michael and Gene spent time reconnecting with friends and checking out some of their favorite eateries including Pangea, Whiskey Business, Brix, and French Quarter Bistro.  

Before departing, Michael shared that experiences from the visit solidified a decision they had been contemplating for some time, “We are definitely going to be moving back to St. Thomas,” he said.

What great news! Cheers to Michael and Gene. When you return, we hope you will become “regulars” and join the Flamboyan Resort Pool & Tennis Club.


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