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“You simply will not find a more beautiful location on the island...” 5 of 5 stars
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Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 3031- Kings Hill, 00851, St. Croix   |  
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“You simply will not find a more beautiful location on the island...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Third time visiting St Croix and the third time visiting this resort. Over fifteen years ago my wife and I vacationed on St. Croix. Originally, we stayed here when it was a Westin property, I believe. In March of 2012, we took our twentieth anniversary and spent ten days visiting St Martin, Anguilla, and St. Croix. We quickly found out how much we missed this island.

We originally booked at Pelican Cove and spent our first night there. Our first day on the island, after checking in, we headed over to Carambola to have a cocktail there and revisit old memories from 15 years ago. We were stupefied that we didn't make our reservations at this location instead of Pelican Cove. Nothing against that resort but in our opinion, it simply does not compare to Carambola. We checked out the next day and returned to Carambola.

We just got back from St Croix this past November and stayed here again (yes, two times in the last six months- we love this island). The resort is simply one of the prettiest sites one will see on the island- this one or any other I have visited. It really does look like the photos- no photo shop is needed. If you want a full service resort with amazing views, good, friendly service, a beautiful beach that isn't crowded, awesome snorkeling and diving right off the resort, an awesome dive shop and personnel, and 25 minutes from Christiansted and Fredericksted, then stay here.

Rent a jeep and run up along Scenic Road, snorkel off of Davis Bay and Cane Bay (five minutes down the road), hike to Annaly Bay and the tidal pools, grab some awesome pizza at Off the Wall, get a great meal off the resort at Rowdy Joe's and get surprisingly good food at decent prices on the resort. Oh, and the beer is cold and reasonably priced as well (bucket of five Coronas for $15 or a bucket of five Caribs for $12- those are great prices for a resort in my opinion).

This resort doesn't get the hype if deserves in Frommer's and other travel mags as I think it's one of the prettiest resorts I have ever stayed at. Big fan of Carambola.

Room Tip: We were lucky enough to get a room right off the beach the last two times. I loved it but my wife f...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Woking, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We were in a suite in building 4. It was large with a lounge area complete with sofa, coffee table and separate flat screen tv. Off the lounge was a balcony. This was completely contained by mesh screens. Whilst a little strange at first, this was undoubtedly for the best given that the resort was lush and green kept the insects to a minimum. The mozzies barely bothered us at all. There was also a kitchen area well equipped with a large fridge and microwave and a small dishwasher. This turned out to be incredibly useful. The remote location meant that there was a limited choice of restaurants within a short (say 20 minute) drive so it was great to be able to ‘dine in’ some nights. Bathroom and shower were also spacious and included a walk in wardrobe big enough for two. The design of the rooms, using lots of dark wood in the furniture and ceiling gave it a plantation feel but also made the rooms a little dark. What I really liked was that the buildings and rooms were arranged for maximum privacy. In fact, in spite of the resort being at near full occupancy for part of our stay it was rare to bump into other guests other than at dinner or the pool.

The pool was large with plenty of loungers and fresh towels. For some reason, though there were only two umbrellas for the whole pool. Still, there were plenty of naturally shaded areas albeit around the edges.

Dining and drinking were good. However, breakfast (buffet) was a little limited in choice (although well prepared) for $16 and the lunch and dinner menu wasn’t as extensive as it needed to be for an ‘out of the way’ resort with a somewhat captive audience. I don’t think the specials changed at all. All that being said, a special mention for both the jerk chicken and red snapper both of which were delicious. Also, the coconut and raisin bread served warm with mango butter was perhaps the best bread we have ever been served in a restaurant. Yum.

The beach was also quiet and peaceful but by no means calm. Whilst you certainly couldn't surf the small 'rollers' made snorkelling less relaxing than it could have been. Swimming was fun though.

All in all a secluded resort with friendly staff that made it great for relaxing . We would absolutely go back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stayed here foir only two days over a weeekend. Live music on Friday night, great food, good service. You can learn to SCUBA dive here too. Everything was neat and clean. The beach is nice and surrounded by high rocks keeping out the people that usually come by to hawke their wares.
We stayed the end of October before the season got started, there was some renovating going on, should be done by now. Warm welcome and everyone was helpful. This is an older resort taken over by Marriott. It is not new but from what I saw the place is great. about 20 minutes by taxi to downtown.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lawnside, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I can't begin to tell you how much my husband and I enjoyed this resort. We came from November 15-20th for our anniversary. First, if you love peace and quiet this is the place for you. We were right next to the beach (absolutely gorgeous). When we first arrived yesterday evening we were greeted with wonderful hospitality. They gave us everything we needed. If you love beaches that are not crowded you'll love this place (It's almost like a private beach-no more than 4 people on the beach with you at a time). It was like we were on a private beach. The pool was fabulous. I think this place is for couples. Everyone is nice, (hello, good morning, etc). The food was scrumptious and the mountains meet the ocean. Literally, we are going hiking in the morning. I don't know what else to say, love it!

Don't rent a car. Pay for a taxi if you want to get around. They drive pretty fast on the left side of the road. Kind of freaked me out!!!! Our cab driver was very nice. It gets dark around 6pm in November!!!! Make sure when you go hiking you go a little earlier. Its about a one hour hike each way. When you get to the hiking destination you'll love what you find!!!!!!!! Oh my Gosh!!!!!!!!!!! I love this place!!!!

Tarik and Andaiye

I have a very stressful job and this is the paradise I needed. Thank God for St. Croix!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in Rm 172. We are on the ocean!!!! We are also near the mountains and the food!!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We honeymooned at the remote and beautiful Carambola October 30-November 5 and were delighted with our stay. We slept in a well-apportioned 2nd floor ocean view room but spent most of our time out hiking, walking the beach, watching the waves, and staring at the stars. The highlight of our stay was the trip to the tide pools at Annaly Bay, a 45-minute hike perfect for the outdoorsy adventurous type. The front desk gave us a map, and we had so much fun the first time that we went back again a few days later. Bring aqua socks and a waterproof camera if you go, as there are sea urchins in the farther back tide pools!

I hear the snorkeling is incredible just off the beach at the resort, but we were there when waves from Hurricane Sandy were rolling in, which churned up the sand and surf so much that I can't speak to it personally. :( We didn't want to mess around with renting a car and trying to drive on the left side of the road, so we took a taxi to and from the airport. There's also a round-trip shuttle from the resort to Christiansted for sightseeing and shopping that's $16/person, which I recommend taking advantage of if you go the rental-less route.

The staff was friendly and accommodating, and we were pretty impressed with the food. The pirate buffet was good albeit expensive and offered quite the spread. The entertainment (fire dancers) that night was pretty cool too. My husband's only complaint was the service in the restaurant was on island time one night. I echo previous reviewers' sentiments that if you're all about the nightlife, you might want something closer to town or make sure to rent a vehicle. Otherwise if you're even considering the U.S. Virgin Islands, this is the place to go for the low-key-luxury-seeking traveler to unplug... if desired. There's Wifi for guests if you get the shakes and have to log on.

Room Tip: We were in bungalow 18, which is closer to the construction going on. If you're a light sleeper...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Palm Beach, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Oh my, could not have picked a more perfect spot to have fun in the sun. The beach and reef were in perfect condition. We snorkeled or scuba all 7 days of our stay. The staff at the resort were our type of people. Cordial and helpful. The rooms were spotless and luxurious. Housekeeping kept our stuff tidy and clean. We sampled breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort and we enjoyed everything. The rum drinks were excellent and plentiful. I am really fighting the urge to write a 20 treatise on how great our trip was and how having the Carambola resort as home base for our adventure was the secret to success. We are definitely going back!!
Love St Croix, Love the Carambola Resort.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms were amazing
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greenville, South Carolina
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We returned to the Carambola again this year. As always, we were not disappointed. We were warmly greeted and promptly checked in. The manager offered us delicious rum punch and we were taken to our room. We asked for a 2nd floor room as we love the vaulted ceilings. Within 10 minutes of arriving in our room, someone brought us a snack of nuts, fruit, and cheese, along with six bottles of water - what a nice surprise! The screened porch is an excellent spot to relax and read a book. At breakfast the first day, we were greeted warmly by Phillipsea, who remembered us from prior visits. She took good care of us! We love sitting on the terrace overlooking the ocean while eating our breakfast. Service is not fast, but that's ok with us. I do wish there were more choices on the lunch menu, but everything we had was good. We always rent a car so that we can explore the island. We snorkled at Cane Bay and at the resort. The water was especially calm, which provided great snorkeling. They are working hard to complete the room renovations. We also noticed newly resurfaced tennis courts and a basketball court. Again, the Renaissance did not disappoint us - we had a wonderful time.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms appear larger due to the vaulted ceilings.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 3031- Kings Hill, 00851, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Top resorts Hotel in St. Croix
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. Croix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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