I must begin by expressing my regret in the delay in posting this review. As a medical student and an army reservist my time after our vacation has been “busy” to say the least. Nevertheless, I have found the time required to truly articulate the marvelous experience my girlfriend Blair and I had while vacationing on St. Croix. After spending any amount of time reading reviews, one quickly realizes that the destination seems to have minimal bearing on the quality of the experience. In fact for any given travel destination there are vacationers who walk away happy and those who walk away unhappy. So what determines one’s level of satisfaction? Although there’s a lot that’s factored into a successful vacation, I submit to you now that there is none more important than the accommodations.
With that I will review our experience at Villa Margarita and its impact on our vacation. Our arrival rolling down the short but picturesque incline was heralded by the soft crunching of gravel that tipped of Blade (the gentle but ever vigilant head of security) and Adele. The lack of development, noise, commercialism, and population made our arrival at the “hotel” seem more like a first visit to a friend’s new house. The impromptu introductions and tour of the house and property seemed relaxed and unrehearsed. In fact, John (Adele’s husband and co-owner of Villa Margarita) temporarily suspended some cosmetic yard work to have a Heineken and shoot the breeze. This reinforced the theme of familiarity as it reminded me more of my house on a Sunday then a place of business. That being said the folksy feel did not preclude a commitment to professionalism.
Within seconds of entering The East Suite, I felt I was walking into brand new accommodations. The degree of cleanliness was especially impressive when considering the amenities included kitchen appliances such as stove, microwave, refrigerator, and blender. If I had been told that we were the first guests to stay in the suite it would not have surprised me, it was that new looking. We were advised that due to our late arrival that “Happy Hour” would be extended accordingly. After settling in, our arrival at the “tiki-style” pool-side bar marked the beginning of many experimental Crucian Rum based drinks that were typically chosen by flipping through one of Adele’s handy island-drink guides. Nevertheless, anonymity can be maintained if one were so inclined (as evidenced by the neighboring suite’s guests who slipped quietly into their room after a simple “goodnight” was issued from the balcony overlooking the pool deck).
The flexibility and friendliness of our hosts was no more obvious than the first night when they invited us to join them for dinner on the other side of the island. They even drove allowing us to “ENJOY” the night even more as we danced and drank the night away listening to some local six-string talent on an open beach bar that was close enough to the water to hear the small tide roll in and out.
Although Blair and I had a long week of activities planned including diving, hiking, and some strenuous on-beaching napping, each day we benefited from John and Adele’s recommendations on everything from safe places to park, cheap dive shops, beach food, and the best place on the island to watch a pig drink a beer.
Our final night on the island probably sums our experience the best. Due to a late (barely late) arrival at the airport, we were not allowed to board our plane. This resulted in a boat-load of contingency headaches not the least of which was that we were stuck on the island with no place to stay! We called Villa Margarita to see if they had any availability for one night. I should preface the following lines with a caution that this is probably not Villa Margarita policy and one should not go there demanding this degree of generosity and attention and this should more likely be viewed as a commentary on the types of people one would be doing business with. Adele picked up the phone, apologized for our misfortune, assured us we had a place to stay, and then (after learning that we had already returned our rental car) sent John out to pick us up reassuring us that John would have us at the airport (on-time) the following day! Shortly there after John arrived at the airport packing a “first-aid” kit consisting of chilled domestics ready to restart our vacation and lessen the blow of missing our flight. That evening John and Adele insisted on taking us with them as they dined at a local favorite Italian pizza joint. Needless to say, there were many things that added to or detracted from our fun, but Blair and I can honestly say that our vacation was a great success thanks to our choosing to stay with Villa Margarita. And finally, it is no exaggeration when I say that our vacation left us with not only many memories but two new friends (Oh, sorry Blade…three new friends.) Robb and Blair
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Margarita is your own private piece of paradise! Our award-winning luxury beachfront villa located in the exclusive and pristine Estate Salt River nature zone on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, a unspoiled and lush tropical environment emanating tranquility and overwhelming your senses. Surrounded by large palm trees gently swaying in the soothing trade winds, you'll quickly enter the peaceful, relaxed Caribbean world you've always dreamed about. Take a few steps to your own private beach and immerse yourself in warm, crystal-clear turquoise and emerald water. Snorkeling and kayaking are ideal at the coral beach in front of our villa, and swimming at the white sandy beaches on either side. Splash around in our fresh-water swimming pool, sunbathe on the spacious deck, or curl up with a good book in a hammock under a palm. Our villa is literally minutes from the island's best dive sites, including the famous "The Wall", and the nearby marina offers a wealth of activities from boat tours, fishing charters, diving, sailing, and mangrove kayaking. Secluded for intimacy and privacy, yet minutes away from local restaurants, entertainment, and the charming old Danish town of Christiansted, Villa Margarita is the perfect recipe for your perfect holiday! Whether you're looking for a single suite or to rent a whole villa, choose the star of the St Croix vacation rentals in US Virgin Islands! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Margarita Hotel Christiansted
- Villa Margarita St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands