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“Funky But Nice” 4 of 5 stars
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Chenay Bay Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   East End Rd, Route 82, Christiansted 00824, St. Croix   |  
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Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Christiansted
Philadelphia, PA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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“Funky But Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

I've been visiting St Croix since the mid-'90s, but had never been to Chenay Bay before. I stayed as a time-share guest, so there are some things I can't tell you, but I give it a lot of points for being halfway decent in the off season. There were a number of frustrations, including no Jazzy Blue or the $5-hamburger-night they have in-season on Wednesdays. However the bungalows were neat and clean, the pool area well-kept and working, and the bay placid and full of interesting things to see. If you're looking for a tranquil spot a ways out of town, I'd give the place a qualified recommendation.

Chenay Bay is down the East End Road, past Cheeseburgers in Paradise, and not too far from Cramers Point Park, which is arguably the nicest public beach on the island. The Chenay beach is ok, but there's not much wave action, as Green Cay protects the harbor. The bay is very shallow and mostly eel grass, so there's lots of sea life, though not the colorful reef fish you see elsewhere.

The resort itself is a little village of some 40-odd bungalows on a hillslope above the beach; the pool isn't huge (and is a little beat) but has nice hardscaping and great views of the ocean and the cay. There's a bar, together with the resort's restaurant, Mahi, basically right on the beach. The latter has good food and is not wildly pricey by Caribbean resort-restaurant standards, but dinner entrees run in the $25+ area, with lunch platters around $16. Cheeseburgers in Paradise, a bit of a walk away, runs around $12 for the same kind of thing.

The rooms have refrigerators and stoves (but no dishwashers,) so we stocked up at the Plaza Extra and Kmart, and dined relatively pleasantly by the pool most days (OH yes, bug spray WAS called for...) We didn't find the cats annoying and they weren't overly aggressive.

Our main complaint was that the cold water tap for the shower was tricky to shut off and had a tendency to rotate off the wall. The watersports booth was closed for the season, so no snorkel gear or kayaks. Another source of irritation was that there are security lights on the sides of the buildings all night, so our room was never completely dark. Also, there were no hammocks, which Carambola DOES have.

Contrary to some descriptions, wifi IS available at the resort. The no-smoking rule is applied to the rooms only, and we did encounter some smokers at the beach, which is not entirely private - don't leave valuables under the cabanas!

So yes, things were slightly funky, but you'd better expect that in the Caribbean! I'd definitely go back.

Room Tip: We got bungalows by the pool, which was nice.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Southampton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Just got back from a great week at Chenay Bay Beach Resort on St Croix. The setting, views, relaxation, Cottages, staff...all could not be beat! You can pay a lot more: you just won't get a lot more! This really has to be the best buy in the Caribbean. It is so easy to get to. Fun golf at The Reefs.Views over the calm waters of Chenay Bay that you just walk out into: Then you sit at the beach bar and look out over it! For me it was just what I needed and I will be back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

I admit, there are signs of delayed maintenance here, particularly in comparison to the Buccaneer where we stayed last time. But this isn't a 4.5-star resort. It is a quaint collection of cottages, with a top-notch, East-side location, gorgeous private beach, nice pool, great bar and restaurant for a reasonable price. Being more of a laid-back type, I loved the concept of the cottages. Your own private porch, a kitchenette to save on meals out, it even included a jetted tub! The food at Mahi's was very good and very reasonable. The bar specials are a great value as well. The pool was lovely, with three shallow areas you could lounge in overlooking the beach.

The downsides, yes, there are cats around, but I didn't find them annoying. If you don't feed them, they just move on to the next table of suckers. Noseeyums (tiny bugs) can be rough, especially if you're allergic to the bites, so partake of the communal bug spray well before dusk. Yes, the hottub is gone (but really, it's the Caribbean, did you want to sit in a hot tub?) and the pool chairs look a little past their prime.

If they find a buyer for this place and invest just a little bit in maintenance and a few upgrades, they will have one of the nicest resorts around. But even if they don't, they still have a reasonably-priced, family-friendly resort that is a joy to visit.

Room Tip: We got a garden view cottage, but because of the hill, we still had a very nice view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Concord
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

We picked Chenay Bay Resort and St. Croix as an RCI exchange week and we were not disappointed. St. Croix is a beautiful island with friendly residents and excellent food and service. The photos of the beaches speak for themselves. Chenay Bay Beach Resort was just perfect for us. Our little cottage had a gorgeous view of the ocean, only steps away. The cottage had been recently redone, the bed was comfortable, the sheets quality, granite counter tops, tile floors, flat screen tv, wifi - all great. The staff was wonderful and accommodating. The grounds were beautiful, the pool overlooks the ocean and is very clean with comfortable beach chairs and lots of shade. The beach was three steps from the pool, with an outdoor shower, lounge chairs, and a bar and restaurant open for three meals a day and in between. We spent a lot of time just sitting at the pool or beach, sipping iced tea, reading and swimming.

As far as St. Croix, Christainsted is quaint in a hurricane-run down type of way. The restaurants were fantastic - I'd recommended Cafe Christine for lunch and Galangal for dinner. We arrived on a Sunday and the town didn't seem to really open up until Wednesday. Lovely boutiques and art galleries as well as a gorgeous harbor. We did a snorkeling half-day trip to Buck Island with Captain Mike on the Jolly Roger - it was well worth it to snorkel the outside of the reef through a National Park marine trail. We also hiked to the eastern end of the island - Point Uddal - for a completely private and remote beach.

Another recommended dinner spot is the Blue Water Cafe, about 5 miles east of the resort. Just fantastic food and atmosphere on the huge porch up on hill overlooking the ocean.

St. Croix is a bit rough and tumble, and we like it that way. It couldn't have been better. Make sure you plan to rent a car as the resort is about 5 miles out of town,

Room Tip: Ask for an unobstructed view - some cottages don't have one but most do.
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  • Stayed April 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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Waukegan, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

After several previous wonderful visits to Chenay Bay Resort, recent reviews caused some concerns. Now, after spending over two weeks at Chenay Bay, all fears were COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED. Well, except maybe for the sand fleas which are all over the amazing Island. They do seem discerning on whom they attack the most, as my bf remained unscathed while I brought home a number of unwanted souvenirs, even tho’ I used every type of repellant, including the sesame oil & lotion. The bites, however, were a small price to pay. And the remaining itching triggered smiles for the memories of those 17 days.
There has been upgrading; our cottage was absolutely terrific, & the pool was as clean & beautiful as ever. The previously seldom-used hot tub has been replaced with a setting for ‘ceremonies’ & the west end now has seating additions which are lovely. The grounds are immaculate, & the varied & beautiful flora is as well attended as our spoiled home gardens. The beach was well-kept on a daily basis & the chairs, some older ones as well as new additions, were all in good condition & plentiful.
My bf snorkels from sunrise until the magnificent sunsets. He saw a variety of sea-life every day from turtles to rays to rare white urchins. I became friends with a tiny baby gecko on our deck who would come down a post when I called him, & every morning (we seemed to always be the first up) a dove awaited us for her(?) morning cracker, chasing away other doves & once even a mongoose. There are presently 3 kittens at the restaurant. They are sweet, shy & polite…grateful to those who give them scraps & easily dissuaded by those who do not. They are in good health & well-fed.
Mahia Restaurant has a terrific chef. Her creations are varied, well-presented & very, very good. They are, however, also very, very over-priced, even appetizers & breakfasts. On previous visits we ate every meal at the restaurant. We did not do so on this visit. Fortunately, heeding the reviews we had mailed staples in advance. Those care-packages, combined with 3 visits to grocery stores, made the in-cottage meals a good alternative to always dining at Mahia’s, which also on occasion, with the capable but busy bartenders also acting as servers, had unbearably slow service. There may be changes in the Restaurant in the making. Hopefully, such changes will not include the very accommodating & personable current Restaurant/Bar staff.
The staff at Chenay Bay Resort continually has received rave reviews. The reviews are true & deserved. The collective word ‘Staff’ includes each & every single employee. Having such a long (but not even long enough) visit, we were lucky enough to become acquainted with those in the Office, the ladies who kept our cottage ‘a home’, the truly great guys in charge of security & maintenance, the knowledgeable & affable grounds/beach keepers, & as previously stated, those at the Restaurant. They ALL were a big part of making for a wonderful, relaxing 2+ weeks.
Finally, we made some wonderful friends…too many to list here, which we hope to see again next year. However, our e-mail/contact list did not make it home with us. There was a sunset picture promised to all. It is included here although taken on a previous trip. Nothing in it has changed to present. Chenay Bay Resort remains a treasure.

  • Stayed February 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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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We did a time share exchange for our week at CB. April 17-24, 2012. I saw some of the negative reviews and they were helpful as far as the bugs were. I did bring my own bug spray however I seemed to still get bitten. This being our first trip to CB I was a bit worried about some of the reviews. We stayed in #18 a one bedroom it was up a steep hill, not good for anyone with walking or breathing issues.The food was good at Mahi's. We only had a few dinner meals. Bartenders were great! The beach was fantastic! My husband brought his snorkel gear with him and went snorkeling twice and saw NO fish. Maybe if he had gone with a partner, he could have gone out further around the point. We never used the pool. If your looking for a quiet place to relax, this is the place for you. We bought some things at the local grocery stores for breakf. and had leftovers most time for lunches. Having a kitchenette is nice. We also bought our own cruzan rum and enjoyed drinks in our room or on the porch. Walking around with alcholic beverages anywhere in St. Croix is no problem! We rented a car from "Judi of St Croix". they were excellent to deal with and I would use them again. Having a car we could travel all over the island and we did! We only used maybe half tank of gas. Parking is an issue in Christiansted, be patient and don't leave anything of value in your car! We enjoyed meals at The Rum Runners, The Pickled Greek & Twin City Coffee House. We bought braclets at Sonja LTd. Yes, I did my research prior to our stay! A good resource is " StCroixthisweek.com". Cheneay Beach does need some renovations (paint, varnish, new beach towels, chaise lounges, etc.) but all in all I would go again. It is the carribean and everyone and everything is pretty much layed back. If you've traveled around in the carribean, like us you, would know this and just being on an island can be expensive. Locals were friendly to us.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

I was also concerned about the reviews about this place, but they were just fine. Again, if you're looking for the four seasons, book elsewhere. if you're a normal traveler who doesn't spend too much time in the room, this will be fine.
We booked a garden view room, but got in, checked in and found we had a REALLY great ocean view cottage that was also steps from the pool.

the rooms can use some love, but ours was huge, had everything we needed and we were fine. there were scuffs on the walls and the bathroom needed to be remmodeled, and the toilet ran the entire time we were there, but it didn't bother us much.
The pool area is nce, but stake your chair out early or you're screwed for the day.
Mahi's was where we spent most of our time. The food was good, the drinks were great and the staff is EXCELLENT.

I can't stress this enough, if you don't bring bug repellants, DO IT. Also, if you're allergic to anything BRING YOUR MEDS. we failed to bring ours and we both busted out in hives and rashes from the sand fleas, which sucked, because we had to wait nine hours for medication to be transferred to STX. This is island wide, not specifically at Chenay Bay, so bring your spray EVERYWHERE. I'd actually recommend lemongrass oil. Skin so soft doesn't work, off doesn't work, sesame seed oil kinda works, but no matter what, you'll get bitten.

Getting back to the property, I'd return to Chenay Bay for sure.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: East End Rd, Route 82, Christiansted 00824, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chenay Bay Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea Chenay Bay Beach Resort is only 3 miles from Christiansted. Guests revel in the privacy of their West Indian style cottages with kitchenettes and front porch. Amenities include an outdoor infinity edged pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and direct beach access. Savor the flavors of the Caribbean, enjoy tropical drinks at Mahi’s beachfront restaurant, and bar at Chenay Bay Beach Resort. ... more   less 
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