We stayed here for a week as a get away for my husband and I. We are mid 30s and well-traveled looking for relaxing get away at a resort property. We found this location so.. relaxing and overall it is a nice hotel I would say the best on St. Croix. We visited several others and they do not have the location and view that this one does. I have stayed at Marriott properties all over the world and sadly I do not think this lived up to the Marriott or Renaissance name. The rooms are nice we had a beach front building 16 with a view from our screened in porch of the ocean - nice, and the grounds have a beautiful setting but the main buildings and pool need another renovation (I understand the recently did this?) The pool is small for the size of the resort and could be upgraded, the pool facilites were awful, pool was small - no swim-up bar and hot tub even smaller and barely bubbled - sad because we love a soak when on vaca - the pool bathroom was rundown with a industrial toilet, dirty & not a floor I wanted to be barefoot on. The tiles all over the stairs and pool deck were cracked or popping up. We mainly used the beach after that. The "Spa" was not a spa in my opinion. I live in Scottsdale where I am surrounded by top notch spas so I may be a bit picky but regardless - I would not consider this a "spa" it was a reception area and treatment rooms - plus it was not even open but Wed-Sat when were were there. I choose not to get a treatment and wait till I go home to a real spa for the price $. The beach chairs were run down - some had mildew and missing bands - there was only one place to eat - a breakfast restaurant (had excellent Banana Rum Pancakes) and one place for dinner that had excellent drinks but little variety and compared to other north shore eateries did not light a flame. We really liked Rowdy Joes, Eat at Cane Bay and enjoyed the Buccaneer too. Overall if you have been to other VSVI or carribean isles - be aware that St. Croix is very rundown and it seems the economy hit had here - sad. We rented a jeep for the entire week at it is needed to get around as the hotel is secluded - which we liked. Pros: On the bright side the beach, the view, hammocks and service here were great - we found the staff excellent, on island time, but excellent. We enjoyed our stay, loved the private location & loved the tide pools, snorkeling and just relaxing on the beach - serene. The rooms are very nice - we were upgrade due to my rewards status - the rooms have a great bed - 2nd floor vaulted ceiling and a villa feel with mini fridge and sink - nice to make drinks in your room and enjoy! Unfortunately I was expecting more of a resort feel to the hotel its self vs feeling like we just rented a villa- there was really no where to congregate except the 1 bar/restaurant, I would have liked a true spa to enjoy and a pool that was tranquil and not rundown- We have stayed at Marriott's, Renaissance, JW, W's, Westin, Ritz all over the world - I typically love Marriott properties. While we really enjoyed our stay here but we felt it needs some work to truly be a "Resort & Spa" and level 6 Marriott property.
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- Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Hotel St. Croix
- Carambola Beach Hotel
- Carambola Beach Resort
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