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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gentle Winds Condominiums consists of 66 individually owned two and three bedroom units located on 40 acres of beautifully landscaped property. All bedrooms have ensuite baths. Many of the units are rented directly by the homeowner on FlipKey or a similar vacation rental site and/or a real estate agent. Some units accept pets and have wheel chair access. There is a seasonal snack shack/bar. There is an excellent swimming beach as well as two tennis courts, half court basketball, jungle gym, shuffle board, salt water pool and a four hole golf course at no extra charge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gentle Winds Condominiums Hotel Christiansted
- Gentle Winds Condominiums St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands