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“Beach Shack at Gentle Winds” 5 of 5 stars
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9003 Gentle Winds, Christiansted 00822-5605, St. Croix   |  
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St. Clair Shores
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“Beach Shack at Gentle Winds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

We just spent ten weeks at Gentle Winds, and the reviews I'm reading here all sound just about right. Many of the units are a little tired, but as long as there aren't structural or health problems (mold, etc), we think it's a great location to stay while on the island. What we want to review is the Beach Shack, where Don and Tes serve up drinks and food every day of the week from about 11:30 to 6 (will close earlier if the beach area is empty) during busy season. I think they open weekends only during the summer months. This feature adds SO much to the GW experience! Being able to grab an icy cold beer, or chat about just about anything (they're verrrry friendly!), or enjoy any one of a great number of lunch offerings, we think the Beach Shack is a gem. We heard some residents say they thought the prices were high. We wonder about that, because we had lunch at many different spots in the area (north shore) and elsewhere on the island, finding the Shack's prices to be right in line. Don will even act as concierge if you like, he knows about lots of the tours on the island, golf, and is ever willing to help you make or even make your plans for you......now THAT'S full service! Our advice is to stop by Gentle Winds for an afternoon at the lovely beach and a visit with Don......you'll have a great day!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Friends of ours recommended unit I-10 and connected us directly with the owner. She was very helpful describing the unit and the ammenities at Gentle Winds. We have never traveled to the islands and were absolutley thrilled with our entire experience. The unit is 3 bedroom 3 bath right on the beach! The price for winter rates was extremely reasonable, and the unit was fully equipt - right down to an adorable bar with martini shaker and a supply of liquor left available for renters! I've never had that in any other condo rented stateside!!
We enjoyed the beautiful views from the two open balconies facing the ocean and the lovely touches in the condo. It felt like a home rather than a sterile vacation unit. The owner is an artist who has beautiful paintings displayed throughout. Additionally she has her studio set up in the loft making you feel a bit artistic even if you have no talent!!!
We have already booked our vacation for next year - the kids decided this one for us! In addition to the beach, the pool, and beach shack for lunches, the kids loved the condo with the doll house left for little guests to enjoy!!!

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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new york
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

This is one of the nicer places in St Croix. Its nice because its NOT towards the town but is out a little ways--more secluded. You don't have the town noise and the beach is an isolated small beach. Kids can enjoy the pool and beach and be within view. Water there is very safe as no surf...so you can snorkle out and see things. [Hint: Not much in the immediate vicinity of the hotel because the beach is so safe--no corral hence no fish. Look carefully and you can see octopus.] WHY WOULD YOU WANT AN ISOLATED HOTEL? Answer: One of the things NO ONE tells you about the Virgin Islands is the crime rate. It can be very deceptive looking at a barren beach picture and thinking, "Crime? Huh?" It is VERY important to get a vacation spot that has its own private security force on duty 24 hours a day. Its also nice IF the beach isn't easily walked by un-desireables. [Hint: In town we were told 'stay off the beach late at night']

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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St. Croix
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

I stayed here on my first trip to STX, in unit D6, owned by Larry and Pat Knudsen. They were so helpful when it came to deciding where to stay! Talked to them directly on the phone and they sounded lovely. They even worked with us on pricing.

The best part when we arrrived was the setup of their condo. You can tell they really have a unique style and a passion for the island lifestyle. Their unit was creatively decorated and came with all amentities one would need. Bathrooms were fully stocked with linens and supplies, the kitchen was complete with cookware, a blender, a few pantry items and they have a mini bar also. We tried to replace most items we used. The 3 bedroom (two down and one up) unit was perfect for our stay even though there were only two of us. This unit could definitely accommodate a family and some friends. There is a deck off the bedroom upstairs that was perfect for watching the sunrise. Screened porch for hanging out and dining at night while listening to the waves. There were also plenty of books, magazines and board games if it was rainy!

There is a pool, beach chairs and hammocks on the beach. Also, great stretch of beach to explore, watch out for sea urchins! With a short drive to Christiansted or to Cane Bay, Gentle Winds has a great location and amenities to match!

  • Stayed July 2011, 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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Milford, IA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

My husband and I and our 2 daughters (9 & 11) stayed at Gentle Winds in St Croix from Jan 19-26th. We found St Croix to be an amazing island both in beauty and also in the friendly people we encountered on our trip. We were fortunate to have found Calypso Condo at Gentle Winds. The owners could not have been more accomodating and the condo had everything we could have wanted for our week long stay. It is a few steps from the beach where our daughters spent literally hours snorkeling and enjoying the beach. The condo itself was very clean and we had more than enough space for the 4 of us (3bedroom/3 bath). I truly miss the sound of the waves to put me to sleep at night. The condo is very tastefully decorated and it is close enough to restaraunts and other beaches but removed enough from any busy activity so that you can truly relax and call your time vacation! We rarely vacation to the same area twice but this is on our list of places to return to. A big thank you to Barbara and Bob (the owners) for being so accomodating and making us feel "at home"!

  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sunshine-1702, Owner at Gentle Winds Condominiums, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Falling asleep to the sounds of the surf is really great isn't it? And walking just a few steps across the lawn to the beach for snorkeling isn't bad either. So glad to hear you had a great time.
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Watertown, Connecticut
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

I spent the past 10 days at Gentle Winds in Unit I-10. It was meant to be a relaxing getaway from the stresses of my job -- and it certainly delivered! The condo was everything I could have hoped for: an end unit closest to the beach, the condo was artistically decorated with island themes and bold, beautiful colors, a perfect view of the private beach, the gentle sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, and a heavenly breeze billowing through the space. The condo was freshly painted, clean, stocked and well-kept. I spent most of my time at the beach reading and relaxing. It was beyond wonderful. I would highly recommend Gentle Winds and Unit I-10 to anyone looking for a getaway and a slice of paradise in their otherwise hectic lives.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Shreveport, Louisiana
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

My husband and I and our two kids (11 and 16) spent 10 days at Gentle Winds in Unit C6. It was a wonderful unit with all you could ask for. It is a 3BR/3BA that also has a loft with a queen size bed. The bedroom upstairs is a king, there is one bedroom on first floor that is a queen and the other has two twins. Kitchen was nicely equipped and it was great to have a washer/dryer in the unit too. The beach is wonderful! There is an area roped off for swimming in the ocean along the edge of the reef. It is sandy bottomed for swimming and snorkeling. You can also snorkel at the edge of the marked area near the coral and see some very pretty fish, sea anemone and even a sea cucumber! The pool is very nice (and I here from some owners that they are looking at doing some cosmetic work later this year). The Beach Shack is a must for catching a quick meal or tropical drink as you lounge on the beach under your palm roofed cabana! Mike will fix you a drink of just about any kind and he makes up a new one almost daily! Nick can cook a mean cheeseburger and chicken strips with fries. We ate there several time (FYI... he only takes cash). There is also a 3 hole golf course for practicing your puts and swings. My son had a great time playing golf for the first time. ( there were even a few golf clubs in the condo to use). Inside the club house are restrooms, a pingpong table and a library to find that perfect beach read. There is also a shuffle board area outside. So do I recommend Gentle Winds Unit C6? ABSOLUTLEY!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gentle Winds Condominiums

Address: 9003 Gentle Winds, Christiansted 00822-5605, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gentle Winds Condominiums consists of 66 individually owned two and three bedroom units located on 40 acres of beautifully landscaped property. All bedrooms have ensuite baths. Many of the units are rented directly by the homeowner on FlipKey or a similar vacation rental site and/or a real estate agent. Some units accept pets and have wheel chair access. There is a seasonal snack shack/bar. There is an excellent swimming beach as well as two tennis courts, half court basketball, jungle gym, shuffle board, salt water pool and a four hole golf course at no extra charge. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gentle Winds Condominiums Hotel Christiansted
Gentle Winds Condominiums St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

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