We recently returned from an 11 day stay at the Hibiscus on our honeymoon. It was perfect for what we wanted (quiet, good views with no crowds, friendly staff, laid back atmosphere).
- Views. Our room was closest to the beach. We had coffee every morning on our adirondacks watching the waves come in. This was why we chose this hotel and it was perfect. The "December Winds" came early this year they said and it was very breezy the entire time we were there.
- The Staff. Everyone at the hotel (and island in general) was very friendly. Unlike other Caribbean islands where tourists are treated as outsiders, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Since it was our honeymoon, we received a sample of the Cruzan rum and a gift certificate to the restaurant.
- Location. The hotel is about 20 minutes from Christiansted. 20 minutes from the airport. 30 minutes from Fredericksted. 15 minutes to Cane Bay.
- Safety. I never felt unsafe on the property or leaving our things in the room. Obviously you have to have common sense street smarts when you travel. The neighborhood outside of the hotel isn't the best and we used our iphones / google maps to get around the island. Our rule was to always lock the room and never lock the car. The hotel was very safe and I walked around early morning taking photos on the beach.
- Family friendly. Even though we were here on our honeymoon and there were other couples too, there were kids and kids stuff to do. There are many hammocks hanging from the palm trees, a beach volleyball court, and a small clean swimming pool.
- The Beach. We live in Miami and are used to sandy beaches with no rocks. We tried to go in, but the rocks and the crazy waves were too much for us. We did see a lot of people go snorkeling farther out but they were all from the northeast or marine biology students.
- The Restaurant. The restaurant is not owned by Hibiscus and is an independent company. The staff and owner are great - very friendly and personable. The food unfortunately was hit and miss. We had a few great meals (Thanksgiving dinner was fantastic) and a few not so great ones. We knew if we complained they would have made it right, but we are always leery about sending food back to a kitchen. They are good people though and we kept going back.
- In-room amenities. We got a small refrigerator and microwave in our room. We went to the Pueblo supermarket on the main road and stocked up on sandwich, fruit, drinks, and breakfast stuff. This helped with the expense and quality of eating on the island. The AC worked great. The wifi was a bit slow (fine for email but no streaming) and the TV had 4 channels (USA, TNT, HBO, and local Channel 2). For a little hotel in the Caribbean, it was all we could ask for.
- The noise. The Friday night party was not a big deal for us. The owner of the restaurant warned us ahead of time, gave us a free breakfast the next day for our troubles, and roped off half of the beach near our rooms so people wouldn't come over near us. We turned on the TV and didn't hear much. We would have joined the party, but fell asleep.
- Shower. The only bad thing about the hotel was no water pressure. The water just sort of dribbled out. We did complain about that but it never really got resolved while we were there.
Other Things About St. Croix:
- We took a seaplane to St. Thomas for the day. Very cool thing to do but a bit pricey. $350 for 2 round trip tickets. St. Thomas is way more touristy and crowded. Our tour guide (we took a pick-up truck tour) said that St. Thomas is half as big as St. Croix but has twice as many people.
- Never lock your car or leave valuables in it. We didn't look in the glovebox but apparently it was locked and it got busted open when we went to a Fredericksted beach. They stole 75 cents from the center console but left the pennies and the extra set of keys that was in the glove box.
- You don't need a passport to go to the US Virgin Islands if you are a US citizen and you fly direct from Miami. If you fly through San Juan, you need a passport.
- Food in general was expensive and terrible on the island. We have a lot of great chefs in our family so we are a bit spoiled. We averaged about $40 per lunch and $100 per dinner. Even going to grocery stores yourself, the quality of food was not that great. It's no wonder the restaurants are only mediocre. When we go back to St. Croix (we will -- it is beautiful and laid back), we will definitely get a place with a kitchen. We found 2 good restaurants that we went to a couple of times: EAT on Cane Bay and Polly's by the Fredericksted Pier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hibiscus Beach Resort is a casual and comfortable oceanfront boutique hotel comprised of 38 beachfront rooms in 6 freestanding buildings, set among lush native foliage and sweeping palms. Located on secluded and picturesque Pelican Cove Beach, just 3 miles from quaint historic downtown Christiansted and tourist shopping and just 15 minutes from the island’s main airport.Property amenities at Hibiscus Beach Resort include Freshwater Swimming Pool, Complimentary Pool and Beach Chaise Lounges, Complimentary Pool and Beach Towels, Complimentary Snorkel Equipment, Complimentary Wireless Internet, Beach Hammocks, Beach Volleyball, Daily Maid Service, Lending Library, Free Parking, On-site SecurityGuest Rooms at Hibiscus Beach Resort include Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fan, Terrace or Balcony with lounge furniture, Bathroom amenities (shampoos, lotions), Iron/Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, Coffee Maker with complimentary coffee, creamer and sugar, Alarm Clock, Telephone (most rooms), Cable TV, and also include a Mini-Fridge.Hibiscus Beach Resort is located in Christiansted, St Croix, approximately 8 miles or 15 minutes from the island’s main airport, and approximately 3 miles from the old historic and tourist district of Christiansted. The North shore proximity of Hibiscus Beach Resort just minutes from both the airport and downtown Christiansted provide easy access to island destinations. The Eastern-facing direction of our property also affords stunning island and coastal views, as well as the near-constant Caribbean trade winds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hibiscus Beach Hotel Christiansted
- Hotel Hibiscus Beach
- Hibiscus Beach Christiansted
- Hibiscus Beach Resort St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands