Let me start by telling you that if you are a Ritz-Carlton or Four Season type of traveler, read no further. You will not be happy at the Divi. If you are flexible and want a reasonably priced all-inclusive, book your travel now to the Divi Carina, and don't worry about the bad reviews! We were at the Divi for 10 nights in February, for a family vacation with 11 people-ages 1 to 50, and I can say that except for a few niggling problems (remember, be flexible) we had a terrific time and would all go back tomorrow! The rooms are all beachfront, spacious, and clean, except for a little dust under the sleep sofa. I was origninally in a first floor room, that I asked to be moved from because of a huge stain on the bathroom floor. It looked like mildew, but was apparently, a chemical stain from a cleaner they had tried to use. I complained and our entire party was moved into the newer section of the property. I would ask to be in this section if possible, (if not, the older section is fine, if you have the right room) though it is the a bit of a walk to all of the action, if you have any disability.
Another problem was that we checked before going to the property if they had wi-fi, and were told that yes, they have it, and it would not be a problem. Well, a lot of the rooms don't have it, though they have a few modems you can use, but only a few. You can always go to the lobby to go online, but I do feel they should tell everyone that Wi-fi is spotty, especially if asked. We were very specific about needing Wi-fi for the college student traveling with us. Okay, one more complaint, then I will get to ALL the GOOD! They need more bartenders!!! Everyday, all day, and all night those poor bartenders are worked so hard! I do hope they are well compensated! I don't think they have a break from the minute they start until they close. It made me uncomfortable ordering for our party of 11 when 10 people were waiting behind me. Though generally friendly, and knowing what we all liked to drink after a few days, there were a few times that they were rude to us when placing a big order. Let me tell you though, I would be pretty grouchy too without help. It was word around the pool that they kept the bars short staffed to save on the cost of liquor.
Okay, now the good: As I said the bartenders did a great job working by themselves, Camaira (not sure of the spelling)at the front desk was always smiling and helpful and seemed to be there 24 hours a day, Robert at the beach activity desk was outstanding, all the wait-staff, especially by the pool at lunch (we loved Marlon), the housekeeping staff, the towel service people, pretty much every one was smiling, helpful, and tried to make our vacation great. We thought the food was good, and there was plenty of variety. If you didn't like the buffet, you could order off of the menu. We found the kitchen to be very accommodating. We had a 1 and a 2 year old, and they would make grilled cheese and chocolate milk for the kids everyday! My 12 year old is now a milk drinker, thanks to Kurt's shaken chocolate milk! After 10 days we did get a little tired of the "rok" dinner, but still, even then, there was fish, chicken, lamb, veggies, or steak, or the Pizza place. We loved the beach activities, and Robert at the shack. He was always very helpful, and patiently helped us with the equipment. I became a paddleboarder, and he helped carry the board to and from the water everyday. The beach does have a lot of seaweed that they try to keep clean. It really didn't bother us, and the seaweed seemed to be the same at most of the beaches on the island. The pool was always clean and never too many people in it. The mini golf course was great too. We didn't spend any time at the casino, except for looking around, but it is nice to know it is there for anyone who likes to gamble. The crowd at the property all seemed to be having a fun. There were always plenty of lounge chairs, which is a huge problem at some of the all-inclusives. Also, a huge bonus for us, was the big awning they have by the pool so you can stay out of the sun for some of the day. We are all fair-skinned and it really saved us from burning. We rented a car for 1 day, took the shuttle to Christiansted one day, a few of us went diving, a couple went to the Botanical gardens, but mostly, we had a great time staying at the Divi. Again, if you are a Michelin "star" diner, and your favorite hotel is the Ritz look elsewhere. Seriously, I can't believe the complainers didn't know they were booking a moderate property when they took out their credit cards to pay. We have traveled throughout the Caribbean, and this was one of our favorite vacations yet! Go to the DIvi, have a Bushwhacker, grab a paddleboard, and have a blast!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience St Croix's only All Inclusive! The Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort and Casino is a lively retreat nestled on a secluded shore in the beautiful island of St. Croix. Modern beachfront guestrooms, poolside dining, hammocks by the shore, live entertainment; your home for Family, Food and Fun …- it’s All Included! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Hotel Christiansted
- Divi Carina Bay Hotel
- Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands