From the moment we talked to the first employee, we knew that we had picked the right hotel. Everyone went out of their way to tell us where to go and what to do on the island, and we were never disappointed. We loved the staff and we would stay here again because of them. A special thank you goes to Mitch for going the extra mile and making our trip awesome.
Beach: The beach is long, but they advised us to only swim in the area in front of the main building due to the rip tides. The beach chairs are a little dated, but there were plenty of them to use. Although the initial 10 feet or so into the water is filled with small rocks, the water is crystal clear, warm, and beautiful. There is a reef to snorkel right in front of the main building and the hotel even offers daily snorkel tours for free. Our group had 7 people in it, which is considered a large group by their standards. For those daring enough, they even offer a night snorkel.
Food: The food was mostly great, although a little pricey. We loved the filet and the sauteed mahi mahi for dinner, but we didn't care for the fried mahi at lunch. Monday was Caribbean night there, and we wouldn't miss it. They had a buffet, which was terrific and well worth the modest price. With this, you also get entertainment for the night which made for a fun night. With all the different restaurants on the island, we only ate here when we were having beach days.
Entertainment: Monday night was awesome with the Caribbean night. They brought in fire dancers and stilt walkers. They also had a band and Mitch had us all dancing. If you are here in the season when sea turtles lay their eggs, you can give your room number to Mitch and he will call you in the middle of the night if and when a turtle comes onto the beach.
Rooms: The rooms are vary spacious. The beds are definitely comfy and they supply you with enough pillows. There is also a coffee pot and they will restock the coffee every day. When you first arrive, there is a pint of rum along with a can of coke and diet coke. The bathroom is gorgeous and the stone floored shower was fitting. There were his and her's sinks along with ample storage space. The room itself had updated furniture, but the paint and tile were showing their age. The view from our room was a million dollar view. We could see the beach and ocean from the bed. Our balcony had beach shells lined up on the railing. There was a refrigerator with enough room for beer, pop, or water.
Location: It's about a $10 taxi ride to Christiansted each way, and about $25 from the airport. There is another hotel right next to this, but that's it. We felt the best way to enjoy this island is by car (we used Olympic Rental Car because they were by far the cheapest. They are locally owned, and they picked us up at the hotel to bring us to their business).
Tips: Rent a car. Taxis are expensive and it's easier to get around on your own. We felt we wouldn't have loved the island as much as we did if we didn't have a car. Get a map and pay attention to the roads you are on. The roads are poorly marked, and you will get lost at least once. We spent an entire day beach hopping. Visit the grocery store and stock up on water, pop, beer, and liquor. You can't drink the water out of the tap, so it's best to get a case or 2 of water.
Must do: a crab race. They happen 3 times a week all at different locations. Caribbean night at The Palms on Monday night. Buck Island snorkel. If you like beer, visit the brew pub restaurant in Christiansted. Cane Bay beach is awesome beach, with great food right across the street at Eat At Cane Bay. Pt. Udall is a great site, although it's a long drive. Massage on the beach. Pricey but worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Palms at Pelican Cove sits on 7 acres of coconut palms and white sand beach, and is just 3 miles west of Christiansted. There is swimming in front of the property, and with Long Reef just a few yards off shore, excellent snorkeling (day and night) is also available. We provide complimentary snorkel gear and tours of the reef. Our freshwater pool is one of the largest on the island and is regularly used by SCUBA for introductory dive lessons. We have a tennis court and complimentary gear. There are many hiking trails on the island and we regularly make excursions with guests. There are 40 spacious rooms at the hotel, and all offer panoramic oceanfront views from expansive terraces. All rooms are air conditioned, and are equipped with a small refrigerator and coffee maker. The Palms Restaurant is located on property and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Mahogany Bar is located beachside, serves up wonderful beverages, and has a late night bar menu. The front desk is open 24/7 and security is provided around the clock. Wireless internet access is complimentary. The Palms won the 2010 Best Beach Resort and Best Hotel on St. Croix as voted by readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Palms At Pelican Cove Hotel Christiansted
- Palms At Pelican Cove Christiansted
- Palms Pelican Cove
- Palms At Pelican Cove Hotel
- The Palms At Pelican Cove St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands