My husband and I (late 30's) just got back from a week at Villa Madeleine (Caribe Villa). Villa exceeded our expectations- it was furnished beautifully in classic West Indian style and had everything you could possibly need to be very comfortable for a week: Dishware, pots/pans, a blender, a coffee pot, spices, beach towels, games, DVD players with DVD's, three TV's with satellite TV (Ok, we had to watch a New England Patriots game one night, even on vacation...), a washer/dryer, ironing board, you name it, this villa had it. Master bedroom and living room opened out to our private patio and full sized swimming pool; view was gorgeous! We overlooked Buck Island and Teague Bay and high on our perch, we had wonderful breezes all week long and were never sweltering. Our villa had two bedrooms and this would be a great place to vacation with another couple or with older kids. Bedrooms both overlook the pool, but are completely private/separate and both have full sized private bathrooms. Second bedroom was nice sized and had twin beds and french doors leading to the patio. Note: Washer and Dryer are in this unit in the closet (it took us a while to find these!).
I would recommend this location for independent minded travellers who enjoy privacy and beautiful views with spacious and lovely accomodations. You will not get room service here or have daily maid service, however, you have basically an entire house with pool to yourself (for the cost of a hotel room) in the loveliest location on this very lovely island. You will need a car if you stay here (I would recommend a car at any accomodation on this island- you must get out and explore!). Driving is on the left, but roads and signs are very good (most), especially compared to other islands we have visited.
There is a great gourmet store/deli/bakery at the bottom on the hill (Lori's) from Villa Madeleine and there is a very good restaurant, Duggan's, right across the street. We enjoyed the variety of dining on St. Croix - there is literally something for everyone in any price range: Brew Pub in Christiansted, Rumrunners, Cheeseburgers in American Paradise, Savant (our favorite), Duggan's, and Sunset Grill (West End- great spot for lunch, right on a pretty beach!). We enjoyed the beach and the beach bar at Divi Resort (down the hill from V.M.) and also liked the atmosphere at the Deep End bar at Tamarind Reef. We checked out Buccaneer one afternoon and the grounds were lovely and the beach seemed very nice, but the beach was filled with lots of kids, so not super quiet and relaxing if that is what you are looking for (maybe it was just the time we were there).
A few hints (after talking to a local bartender): Cheapest rum and spirits can be found at Kmart (yes....Kmart- there's one on the island). We're talking $3 something for Cruzan rum per bottle! We also used the extremely clean and well appointed Kmart to stock up on water, snacks, sun tan lotion, coffee, cereal, etc. It was really enjoyable having our own kitchen for morning coffee, breakfast, and afternoon cocktails and snacks.
Enjoy St. Croix! It's laid-back, easy going, and very lovely. It was hard to leave. We will definitely be back!
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