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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chenay Bay Beach Hotel Christiansted
- Chenay Bay Beach Resort St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands