We stayed here with our daughter and her friend for a week. We rented directly from the Vreelands (owners) in VRBO. This place is as good as all the other reviews. This is a two-bedroom unit with en-suite baths. There is also an entryway with a washer/dryer and a fold-out couch. There is a large kitchen and, 4-seat dining table, and a living room. While we have stayed in prettier places, this unit and condo complex are a great place to stay. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, spices, condiments, and dishwasher/washing machine cleaners, so you don't have to run to the grocery story and buy a bunch of things to use once. The unit was extremely clean when we arrived (housekeepers were finishing up from the earlier guests when we arrived around 4:30 (check-out is 11:00). The unit is also extremely supplied with beach towels (>12), and bath towels (>20).
Gentle Winds has about a 300' beach that is effectively private, clean, and with lots of beach chairs. The coral reef comes very close to shore, which is good for snorkeling (the unit comes with snorkeling equipment), but can be a bit rocky (beach shoes recommended if you want to wander more than 50' from shore), and a large beach-front swimming pool (also lots of deck chairs). The pool/beach area, like the rest of the resort, has lots of palm trees. The pool/beach area is cleaned every morning. The exercise area is also beach side. Other amenities include 2 tennis courts, and basketball area, and at least three holes of pitch and putt.
Because this is a resort of privately owned condos, only about 20 of them were occupied when we were there. I was told about 50 are occupied in peak season (Christmas - February). This made it all the more like we had our own resort. Another nice feature is the snack shack. This was open from about 11:30 - 5:00 (longer hours in peak season). It had a nice choice of burgers, fries (best I've had in years), wraps, hot dogs, etc. It also has a full-service bar (we enjoyed a full range of island beverages). This makes it nice to have a full day at the beach, and the prices are reasonable. There is lots of shade, so those who like full sun and those who like partial sun can enjoy the day there.
Gentle Winds is in an excellent location. It is about 10min from Christiansted, 15min from the Carambola, 15min from the airport, 20 min from the Cruzan distillery, and 20min from Fredricksted. Allow twice this time the first few days, as the roads are a bit tricky in terms of signage and turns to keep on the same road.
To sum it up, we found Gentle Winds I4 to be the perfect place for a quiet vacation for us (we are in our mid-40s). There were quite a few families with smaller children and grandchildren there as well.
- 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