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“Caribbean Breeze Condo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gentle Winds Condominiums

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Gentle Winds Condominiums
9003 Gentle Winds, Christiansted 00822-5605, St. Croix   |  
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Caribbean Breeze Condo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We have stayed at Gentle winds every time we have come to St. Croix. We love Kent and Dawn, they are absolutely wonderful and pay great attention to detail. We thought this was our little secret a few years ago but now the word has gotten out and its getting harder to book. We have stayed there in 2006, 2007,2008, 2011 and going again in 2013. We love this condo! We will go back! Thank you Vreelands!

Room Tip: I 4 is the condo , its in the West Indies building
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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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Shreveport, Louisiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I don't think we could find another property on the island that has everything we are looking for. For us as divers, the location is excellent. We dive with Cane Bay and for several of our days of diving, we boarded the Ibis (dive boat) next door at the marina. Within a short drive from the condo, there are several great restaurants and lots to do. If you do want to go in to Christiansted, it's only a short drive away and also not too far from the K-Mart or the Plaza Extra - easily situated almost between the two.


After a morning of diving, we came back to the Beach Shack here at Gentle Winds for a bite of lunch - made to order. It's great to have such an option sitting right on the beach. Take your meal at the shack or just a few steps away in a lounge chair under a cabana. You've got to get there early to score the hammock though!!!

The pool facilities were recently renovated and the difference was great. I'm sure it was pricy for the owners, but well worth it. The water is now salt and the pool decking was gorgeous. Lighting around the pool in the evening enhanced that late evening swim.

This year we were in Unit I2 because our favorite was already booked. We all agreed that we probably won't be staying in this unit again in the future. When we booked, the unit was billed as recently renovated, but we frankly didn't see it. We could tell where curtain rods had been attached to the walls but the "renovations" didn't include filling in the holes nor painting where the rods attached to the walls. Instead of reinstalling new curtains, the unit was desperately lacking in window coverings. In some instances, we at supper with sunglasses on inside the unit. It did make for some nice sunsets though. In the evenings, when outside, we could see straight into and through the unit. Many of the furnishings within the unit were "tired". The bedding and towels within the unit haven't been updated in years and the kitchen was lacking on many basic cooking utensils, dishes and necessities. The unit had central air, which we used to some degree, but the upper bedroom didn't have a vent and the vent for the upstairs loft was rusted shut.

The management office was great to us again. They maintain two gas grills that you can ask to have placed in an accessible area for your use to cook supper. The property is well maintained with an overall resort appearance. If you want to keep your golf game in check, there are 4 3-par holes on the property for you to try out, and yes the greens are properly cut and trimmed. Up at the entrance of the property, there are 2 tennis courts and at the back you will find a basketball court.

Overall we find Gentle Winds to be an excellent value. The overall amenities of the property and it's location keep us coming back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

My large extended family gathered for 10 days from 6/29-7/9, all staying in different units at Gentle Winds. I've been to Gentle Winds twice before, and always love seeing our unit for the first time. Calypso Condo does not disappoint in any way. My parents, my husband and our 3 children all stayed in the unit. With 3 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms and a sofabed, we were all comfortable with sleeping arrangements (and personal space).

Calypso Condo (C-2) is bright, colorful and has all modern amenities, but embraces its locale. We loved the local art work, updated kitchen and views of palm trees, the resort, and the sea.

The recreational toys in storage came in handy, as we used the tennis rackets, snorkeling masks, coolers, rafts, etc. We brought nothing but our bathing suits and some casual clothes to wear to occasional dinners out. A favorite local haunt is eat at cane bay. We went three times in that one week!

Gentle Winds is like a jewel that you want everyone to behold, but at the same time, want to keep its' brilliance all to yourself. We rose almost every morning and hit the tennis courts by 7:30, all ages in tow. We lounged, poolside or seaside, cooling off frequently. Our children and their cousins spent hours playing ping-pong and in hermit crab alley. The shack kept us hydrated and satisfied with daily drink and food specials. Our favorite was the Gentle Windy (and the virgin fruit smoothie for the kids!)

Thank you, Barbara, for the special touches like the champagne, soft bed linens and plastic cocktail glasses. Our stay on St. Croix is never long enough, but even now, weeks later, I still feel the trade winds on my face and hear the palm branches swaying in the breeze. I hope to return to Calypso again.

Tricia M.
Summit, NJ

Room Tip: Definitely stay in the Calypso Condo (C-2) if it is available!
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We enjoyed a wonderful week at Gentle Winds Condo (unit I 6). The condo was clean and fairly well equipped. The location was perfect. This condo was on the ground floor, so we could just walk out the bedroom onto the lawn to the beach or pool. The beach is beautiful and the thatched huts offer much needed shade.
The huge pool with mini waterfalls was always clean. The kids loved it.
We ate at the "beach shack" a couple of times and really enjoyed the convenience if it.
I would definately recommend this condo complex and unit I 6. Our whole party rental three condos and we couldn't have been happier.
Great vacation spot.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Farmingdale, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

A bit hard to find, but definitely worth the trouble. Make sure you have good directions, especially if you arrive at night..you don't want to get lost there at night! Otherwise, location is perfect with private beaches and most of the units come with snorkeling gear. Some of the units a bit outdated but your not inside much anyway! Everything is clean and well kept, beautiful property to go exploring on...different paths, you can walk for miles exploring the beaches, shores and rocks. It truly is beautiful. All the staff is friendly, as are the other guests we encountered. Within walking distance, is a lovely little restaurant and canoe place! We did night kayaking and it was awesome!! You actually see the plankton glowing on the water's surface...its amazing! I would definitely recommend renting a condo at Gentle Winds for your stay in St. Croix!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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. Clair Shores
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 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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Also Known As:
Gentle Winds Condominiums Hotel
Gentle Winds Condominiums Hotel Christiansted
Gentle Winds Condominiums St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands
Address: 9003 Gentle Winds, Christiansted 00822-5605, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$

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