I've read several reviews of Cottages by the Sea and agree with most everything said by others. My wife and I have stayed there for 8-10 days six years in a row. This year, we missed out because of scheduling but plan to be back next year.
Cottages is right on the water in a relatively quiet area of St. Croix. The staff is absolutely the best in the world in terms of making accomodations for changes in travel, providing tips of what to see and do on the Island, and generally making the guests feel like family. Once you stay here, you will understand why they have so many return visitors - some for 20+ years.
Each of the cottages has a small kitchen so that you can fix many of your own meals. There are also gas grills available and a large pavillion for parties. This makes great sense because the wait time at most restaurants on the island exceeds my patience levels when I'm hungry.
The place is very clean with maid service from long-term staff. If you need anything not in the cottage, ask and they will bring it to you.
Cottages is also more "low-key" than many resort hotels. This might be disappointing to those who like to stay at all-inclusive retreats, want to be waited on, or are otherwise high-maintenence folks (yes, we have all seen these folks on our vacations!).
Bocci is played in the year at 4 each afternoon and most visitors assemble on the beach to watch the sun set while eating snacks. They have a selection of books if you are a reader and there is an interesting mix of visitors mostly from the US and Denmark.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1949, Cottages by the Sea is a family owned and operated, beachfront, boutique hotel, located just south of the town of Frederiksted on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Our goal is to provide our guests with a quiet, friendly, relaxed, truly authentic Caribbean beach vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cottages By The Sea Hotel Frederiksted
- Cottages By The Sea St. Croix/Frederiksted