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Chenay Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
Waukegan, Illinois
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“A Treasure”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

After several previous wonderful visits to Chenay Bay Resort, recent reviews caused some concerns. Now, after spending over two weeks at Chenay Bay, all fears were COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED. Well, except maybe for the sand fleas which are all over the amazing Island. They do seem discerning on whom they attack the most, as my bf remained unscathed while I brought home a number of unwanted souvenirs, even tho’ I used every type of repellant, including the sesame oil & lotion. The bites, however, were a small price to pay. And the remaining itching triggered smiles for the memories of those 17 days.
There has been upgrading; our cottage was absolutely terrific, & the pool was as clean & beautiful as ever. The previously seldom-used hot tub has been replaced with a setting for ‘ceremonies’ & the west end now has seating additions which are lovely. The grounds are immaculate, & the varied & beautiful flora is as well attended as our spoiled home gardens. The beach was well-kept on a daily basis & the chairs, some older ones as well as new additions, were all in good condition & plentiful.
My bf snorkels from sunrise until the magnificent sunsets. He saw a variety of sea-life every day from turtles to rays to rare white urchins. I became friends with a tiny baby gecko on our deck who would come down a post when I called him, & every morning (we seemed to always be the first up) a dove awaited us for her(?) morning cracker, chasing away other doves & once even a mongoose. There are presently 3 kittens at the restaurant. They are sweet, shy & polite…grateful to those who give them scraps & easily dissuaded by those who do not. They are in good health & well-fed.
Mahia Restaurant has a terrific chef. Her creations are varied, well-presented & very, very good. They are, however, also very, very over-priced, even appetizers & breakfasts. On previous visits we ate every meal at the restaurant. We did not do so on this visit. Fortunately, heeding the reviews we had mailed staples in advance. Those care-packages, combined with 3 visits to grocery stores, made the in-cottage meals a good alternative to always dining at Mahia’s, which also on occasion, with the capable but busy bartenders also acting as servers, had unbearably slow service. There may be changes in the Restaurant in the making. Hopefully, such changes will not include the very accommodating & personable current Restaurant/Bar staff.
The staff at Chenay Bay Resort continually has received rave reviews. The reviews are true & deserved. The collective word ‘Staff’ includes each & every single employee. Having such a long (but not even long enough) visit, we were lucky enough to become acquainted with those in the Office, the ladies who kept our cottage ‘a home’, the truly great guys in charge of security & maintenance, the knowledgeable & affable grounds/beach keepers, & as previously stated, those at the Restaurant. They ALL were a big part of making for a wonderful, relaxing 2+ weeks.
Finally, we made some wonderful friends…too many to list here, which we hope to see again next year. However, our e-mail/contact list did not make it home with us. There was a sunset picture promised to all. It is included here although taken on a previous trip. Nothing in it has changed to present. Chenay Bay Resort remains a treasure.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

We did a time share exchange for our week at CB. April 17-24, 2012. I saw some of the negative reviews and they were helpful as far as the bugs were. I did bring my own bug spray however I seemed to still get bitten. This being our first trip to CB I was a bit worried about some of the reviews. We stayed in #18 a one bedroom it was up a steep hill, not good for anyone with walking or breathing issues.The food was good at Mahi's. We only had a few dinner meals. Bartenders were great! The beach was fantastic! My husband brought his snorkel gear with him and went snorkeling twice and saw NO fish. Maybe if he had gone with a partner, he could have gone out further around the point. We never used the pool. If your looking for a quiet place to relax, this is the place for you. We bought some things at the local grocery stores for breakf. and had leftovers most time for lunches. Having a kitchenette is nice. We also bought our own cruzan rum and enjoyed drinks in our room or on the porch. Walking around with alcholic beverages anywhere in St. Croix is no problem! We rented a car from "Judi of St Croix". they were excellent to deal with and I would use them again. Having a car we could travel all over the island and we did! We only used maybe half tank of gas. Parking is an issue in Christiansted, be patient and don't leave anything of value in your car! We enjoyed meals at The Rum Runners, The Pickled Greek & Twin City Coffee House. We bought braclets at Sonja LTd. Yes, I did my research prior to our stay! A good resource is " StCroixthisweek.com". Cheneay Beach does need some renovations (paint, varnish, new beach towels, chaise lounges, etc.) but all in all I would go again. It is the carribean and everyone and everything is pretty much layed back. If you've traveled around in the carribean, like us you, would know this and just being on an island can be expensive. Locals were friendly to us.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

I was also concerned about the reviews about this place, but they were just fine. Again, if you're looking for the four seasons, book elsewhere. if you're a normal traveler who doesn't spend too much time in the room, this will be fine.
We booked a garden view room, but got in, checked in and found we had a REALLY great ocean view cottage that was also steps from the pool.

the rooms can use some love, but ours was huge, had everything we needed and we were fine. there were scuffs on the walls and the bathroom needed to be remmodeled, and the toilet ran the entire time we were there, but it didn't bother us much.
The pool area is nce, but stake your chair out early or you're screwed for the day.
Mahi's was where we spent most of our time. The food was good, the drinks were great and the staff is EXCELLENT.

I can't stress this enough, if you don't bring bug repellants, DO IT. Also, if you're allergic to anything BRING YOUR MEDS. we failed to bring ours and we both busted out in hives and rashes from the sand fleas, which sucked, because we had to wait nine hours for medication to be transferred to STX. This is island wide, not specifically at Chenay Bay, so bring your spray EVERYWHERE. I'd actually recommend lemongrass oil. Skin so soft doesn't work, off doesn't work, sesame seed oil kinda works, but no matter what, you'll get bitten.

Getting back to the property, I'd return to Chenay Bay for sure.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Pooler, Georgia
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We have just returned from a visit to St. Croix. We had reservations at Chenay Bay and after reading some of the reviews, I was a little concerned-----however, we found it a wonderful place! The view of the Bay is just awesome. The cottage was perfect - I was ready to buy it and stay on there!! The beach is beautiful. The pool still needs some work but it was always clean and was enjoyed by all the people staying there. We could tell that some of the units needed some work but there were people working on things every day so hopefully someone will buy it and get it back to it's best. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Beach is among the best of all of the resorts. The entire staff is great! Very laid back atmosphere. The beach bar, Mahi really needs some updating, but is lots of fun! GREAT bartenders, especially Will. Most important for people with allergies I would recommend another destination entirely. The bugs, (hopefully sand fleas and not bedbugs) are really serious for those who are allergic to them. I wore insect repellant the whole time and came home with bites everywhere. My husband has none! Tomorrow I head to the doc to see what it is. As good as the food is - "Cheeseburger in Paradise" restaurant is infested! - not a resort restaurant, but a nearby one.

Room Tip: King rooms are not really Kings, possibly queen size beds and very small overall space. I would upg...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Usvi
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

This was our second visit to the resort. It won't be our last. The setting is perfect. The resort has some rough spots in the units but nothing that really bothered us. Very clean. Grounds staff and housekeepers very friendly. Typical Crucians. Complex is for sale and hopefully the new management will continue to improve it. We've been coming to St Croix for many years and will probably always stay here. Recommended unless you need everything just perfect.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

This is a nice location, not too far from Christiansted but not in the heart of it, nice to get away. The cottage arrangement is nice, with two rooms to a cottage.
I did end up changing rooms though, having booked an Ocean View room only to find that the ocean was barely visible through some trees - instead the roof of the cottage in front of mine was. The second cottage I was in had a better and more open view. Also, the furnishings were much more modern, so realise that not all the rooms are equal even within the same classification.
Shermine at the reception was very helpful and friendly.
Diane at the water sports was also very nice and provided good information.
The beach is extremely long so you can find a spot for yourself. On the one weekend day I was there, there were a number of local families with children too, as it is publicly accessible.
There is good snorkelling on the right side of the hotel's beach, by the point where the surf is.
I recommend borrowing a kayak and snorkel gear and paddling over to Green Cay - ask Diane where to go, there is only one beach on the West end of it and some decent snorkelling there.
The restaurant has a similar selection to the average restaurants on the island and as expensive as elsewhere; nothing special.
I would definitely recommend staying outside of town, especially if you are looking for quiet in a nice setting. The Carambola Beach Resort is also very nice.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Chenay Bay Beach Resort
Address: East End Rd, Route 82, Christiansted 00824, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Chenay Bay Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea Chenay Bay Beach Resort is only 3 miles from Christiansted. Guests revel in the privacy of their West Indian style cottages with kitchenettes and front porch. Amenities include an outdoor infinity edged pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and direct beach access. Savor the flavors of the Caribbean, enjoy tropical drinks at Mahi’s beachfront restaurant, and bar at Chenay Bay Beach Resort. ... more   less 
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