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The Palms at Pelican Cove
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   4126 La Grande Princesse, Christiansted 00820, St. Croix   |  
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Ranked #1 of 16 hotels in Christiansted
Farmington, NH
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“Our kind of place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The Palms was just our style. Not ostentatious yet very enjoyable. The food was delicious and the portions were perfect. We visited during the first week in April at the end of the popular season which was perfect.
One tip: Don't sit under the palm trees at poolside unless you don't mind having a "friend" literally drop in on you! (See pictures). Mr Iguana landed 6 inches behind my lounge chair and I'm sure the shrieks were heard in Christiansted! One more tip: take your GPS with you if you are renting a car at the airport. It's a tricky place to find without one.
Rooms were clean, large and the bed was very comfortable. (Same pillow top as home).
Soooooo, good food, clean room, comfortable bed, quiet surroundings and friendly staff. What more could you ask for?
Try them out. We'll go back for sure.

Room Tip: top floor offers more privacy
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We learned that the #1 rated hotel does not mean the nicest. The service was great, the food was very good and inexpensive, the rooms all have beautiful views, and Mitch is super nice and very helpful. But, be warned, the beach is tiny and rocky, and swimming is dangerous among the shallow coral. Snorkeling should only be done with Mitch, as the route in/out of the beach to avoid scraping on coral can be downright dangerous if there is any current (which there usually is). The rooms are fairly clean but sparse. It may not mean much to others, but we were also disappointed that the view is narrowly north, so you will not see any sunset or sunrise. We moved to the Buccaneer which is big and more expensive but very comfortable with 3 usable beaches (but still no sunset/sunrise views).

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IslandGroove, Manager at The Palms at Pelican Cove, responded to this review, May 17, 2014
We appreciate you staying with us at The Palms and for taking the time to comment on your recent visit.

Every Guest of course has different expectations as to what they want to experience on their vacation and their stay here with us. And almost everyone coming to the island has looked at the Guest reviews on Trip Advisor regarding The Palms and the many other resorts. TA is an excellent source of information for most anything you want to know about a resort, and it certainly helps to reduce surprises when you reach your vacation spot.

Our beach has been commented on many times, and while it is not huge, there is still lots of sand, sun, and coconut palms stretched over eight acres and a quarter mile of beachfront. Most of our Guests find that to be plenty, particularly considering that we are a smaller, more intimate, resort and the beach is almost never very busy. And our beach has been recognized internationally as the only Blue Flag beach on St. Croix. It has a lot going for it, including some of the best snorkeling on the island. While there are currents offshore, you’ll find that all reefs have currents. They are what make the reef so wonderful by bringing in food for all the marine critters. We know the water movement well and we share the knowledge with our guests – we even have it depicted on our beach sign. We offer complimentary snorkel tours, with all the gear, for our guests to introduce them to the reef and its critters, and to help them enjoy snorkeling even more when on their own. And many, including ourselves, comfortably snorkel the reef every day. Some less experienced snorkelers may choose to not go out by themselves. No problem, we are happy to accompany them at their request. That is what we do.

With regard to the room views, most of our Guests find them to be among the best on island - right on the water, with an occasional coconut palm and brown pelican accentuating the view. And since our beach faces northeast, our guests are most mornings treated to a stunning sunrise to greet the day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We recently returned from a wonderful week in St. Croix, USVI. We traveled with The Hurricane Hunters, who were working to get set for hurricane season, which starts next month. We are retired military, which qualifies us for that. We booked our rooms at The Palms based on the high rating of TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed. Everybody from the GM, Juli, on down did everything they could have done to make our stay special. Every question or request received an instant response. Mitch made sure we had an enjoyable experience with the amazing shows and snorkeling experience. Our rooms was on the beach, and I mean ON the beach. When we stepped off of our patio we were in the sand and only a few feet from the water and beautiful palm trees. We plan to go back in December and will try to stay there. Thanks TripAdvisor for the reference!

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room, but there are no bad rooms. The second floor would just perhaps give a b...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Wickford, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The Palms is wonderful. An active family, we appreciated the many options. Snorkeled after being taught in the pool. Our evening snorkel by flashlight was unreal. Chuck, the owner, geared us up with reef suits, wet suits and even gloves. Mitch, a wonder, led the snorkeling expeditions and Thursday walk. Saw octopus, rays, sea cucumber and a green turtle! We used our masks and fins throughout our week at other snorkeling sites. Loved the the history and flora walk through the neighborhood (learned many local flowers and trees) and sugar plantation. Visited Miss Rita, who shared sugar cane, a sweet ripe banana and a mango. Delightful Crucian woman. The Nature Conservancy, who owns the sugar plantation, is working to reinvigorate the coral reef. The snorkeling and hike were documented by photos provided on CD soon after the events! Pool is pristine. We swam nearly every day and lounged in the shade often. Nice ping pong table next to the pool. Loved the poolside visits of three iguanas- there are always lots of geckos. We enjoyed Caribbean Night- the moko jumbies were fascinating. Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies felt like something out of ancient Rome!

Buffet at Caribbean Night was good. Crucian rice and beans, yummy mahi-mahi, good ribs and desserts were excellent. Best Johnny cakes on the island. $25 for guests/ $30 for others a bargain. Food was good at the Palms. Reasonably priced. Pizza good. Burgers and fries- we often could not finish a portion. The bar serves good drinks. Beer felt inexpensive. We chose to eat often at the Palms.

We liked our room a lot. After our long trip my wife and I enjoyed our drink "on the house" and appreciated the small bottle of Cruzan rum which accompanied the Coke in the fridge. We chilled in the room often. Two comfortable queen beds. Refrigerator enabled us to enjoy juice, beer, snacks at our leisure. Waking up to sunrise- Northeast facing- and lounging in our chaises on the shady porch in the evening was a treat. Bathroom was nice. Stone tiled shower.

We loved the Palms. Everyone was friendly and helpful. It is evident that the staff like working at the Palms. If this sounds like your kind of place- go! You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room #17. Lovely stone tiled shower. Comfortable queen beds. Sunrise facing porch- two...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Spent 6 days at The Palms, not nearly long enough. The most beautiful venue for a perfect wedding. All of the staff were excellent & made our trip wonderful . A special thanks to all of them for their helpfulness & friendliness. Food was great . We also had our 89 yr. old mother in a wheel chair & everything was very accessible to her & made our trip much easier.Thank you everyone . See you again soon. Denny & Sue

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trenton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Resort was beautiful. Very laid back & relaxing atmosphere. Staff was courteous and very willing to help with anything. Bartenders very informative... Food was phenomenal... Excellent! Perfect for a destination wedding, romantic vacation for two, or family vacation.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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St. Thomas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We were wanting a weekend getaway and figured why not "The Palms at Pelican Cove" in St. Croix....so that's exactly what we did! We had a King bedded room on the ground floor facing the ocean.....Love these rooms. You can just step outside your doors and your feet are in the sand in mere moments. The deck area has 2 nice lounge chairs and are perfect for listening to the ocean waves and watching the stars and if you are inclined the morning sunrise !!! The bathrooms are quite large and have been redone. My favorite part is the shower. They have exposed rock/shells and you just step in and there's a bench in them incase you need it (built in)...just so fitting for the rooms!! The room has a fridge and complimentary rum and mixers...there is a convenient ice machine on the lower level and there's a washer and dryer if you need it and there was a microwave. Our room had a kind bed and it was quite comfy :) Rooms have a GREAT air conditioner that works quickly....they are also appointed as to what I expect in a beach property. Nicely decorated and none of that old "golden girls" wicker that is so common in beach hotels. These rooms are quite tasteful. Now.....i've talked enough about the rooms but the big thing is the staff. They are so friendly and helpful. They make you feel like you are a long lost friend and welcome you and will take care of anything you should ask for. Since we were there for only 2 nights we decided to just stay on property (except for lunch) and dined in the hotel restaurant. Friday night was one of their "Surf and Turf" special nights. ORDER IT. We were blown away that you actually got a lobster. Not 1/2 a shell or 1/4 of a shell like in many expensive restaurants you get the whole happy tail.....AND it came with a perfectly cooked NY Steak cooked to perfection.....Dinner the next night was Prime Rib night...although we didn't get it because we just had beef the previous night...we ordered one of the specials and it was fantastic. A beautiful Lobster Pasta dish that was one of the best I had. Was wish I had some right now !!! We also utilized the restaurant for Breakfast each morning and everything was cooked as requested and the staff still just as friendly as everyone else around the property.....by the way the coffee is really good :) I was sad to leave......it's just a place you are RELAXED and just want to hang around. We didn't go in to the ocean for we just sat out on the beach...but we enjoyed watching the Kite Surfers !!!!!! Anyway....I can go on and on about this lovely resort...but you should try it for yourself.....I absolutely can not wait to go back....This resort has done it exactly the way a true "beach resort" should be....this is NOT a big corporate hotel like a Marriott or Hilton...it's a family run lovely Caribbean Beach Resort and in my opinion St. Croix's best attraction!!!!

Room Tip: Try to get the rooms located on the ground level so you can just step right on to the beach....
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 4126 La Grande Princesse, Christiansted 00820, St. Croix
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
#1 Family Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Palms at Pelican Cove 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palms at Pelican Cove sits on 7 acres of coconut palms and white sand beach, and is just 3 miles west of Christiansted. There is swimming in front of the property, and with Long Reef just a few yards off shore, excellent snorkeling (day and night) is also available. We provide complimentary snorkel gear and tours of the reef. Our freshwater pool is one of the largest on the island and is regularly used by SCUBA for introductory dive lessons. We have a tennis court and complimentary gear. There are many hiking trails on the island and we regularly make excursions with guests. There are 40 spacious rooms at the hotel, and all offer panoramic oceanfront views from expansive terraces. All rooms are air conditioned, and are equipped with a small refrigerator and coffee maker. The Palms Restaurant is located on property and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Mahogany Bar is located beachside, serves up wonderful beverages, and has a late night bar menu. The front desk is open 24/7 and security is provided around the clock. Wireless internet access is complimentary. The Palms won the 2010 Best Beach Resort and Best Hotel on St. Croix as voted by readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News. ... more   less 
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