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Northside Valley
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
“enjoy the natural world comfortably”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

I spent a week a northside valley in January, 2014 -- a variety of comfortable villas set among beautiful natural surroundings with many flower and fruit trees and exotic plants -- wonderful stargazing -- located in a quiet area of st Croix -- near many gorgeous beaches for swimming and snorkeling and a variety of nearby restaurants -- perfect for a low-key, secluded vacation .... ginger, the owner, is extremely friendly and welcoming and knows all about the island, having grown up there ..

Room Tip: all the villas are comfortable and each has its own charm ...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Crystal Springs, Mississippi
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

The location has great potential. When you arrive after three flights and a full day of flying both Tina and Ginger greet you like old friends. They are genuinely nice people. The first thing you notice is the West End road from F'Std ... it is horrible ... 3 to 5 mph in most spots ... large areas washed away ... small vehicles will bottom out to the frame. Get a Jeep with high clearance and purchase extra insurance besides your own and use the roadside assistance option. The driveway into Northside is fine and not difficult to spot. I suspect we were the first visitors of this season. The grounds that appear to be groomed each year were being cleared during our first few days. Northside Valley info will call it a tropical rain forest ... NOPE ... it's a jungle. There is a canopy. Ginger cut a hole in a portion of the canopy to view the sunset from Shepherds Hut screened great room ... it's a religious experience.

The most important thing all potential clients need to know is that this is like living outdoors ... in a jungle. No glass windows ... just screens and they do have canopy netting over the beds ... use it ... trust me. If you have any history of allergic reactions to stings or pulmonary issues .... DON'T GO. Everything stays damp.

Water is supposedly heated by solar. We never got any hot water ... finally we asked Ginger ... it turns out there is a hot water heater to plug in ... to catch an occasional above ambient shower. But you have to ask ... FYI ... at Shepperds Hut it's in a outside closet ... easy to find.

Now for the beach. There isn't one. You walk down the driveway, cross the West End rd and then carefully climb down some stone stairs with a roped and poly tube hand rail ... it's really pretty cool. The shoreline is a mix of sand, shells and volcanic breakwater. It is difficult to enter and leave the sea. You really need to be an advanced sea/ocean swimmer ... Ginger is honest ... when she first takes you down to this location she will advise you ... if the sea swells swim East to Butler Bay ... it takes about 45 minutes.

On our first night Ginger gave us some honey in a small recycled baby jar ... absolutely delicious ... unfortunately TSA snagged it on the way out and someone else got to enjoy it !!! The second night Ginger delivered some Jungle Pumpkin soup with lentils ... get this ... in recycled plastic containers. To cool for sure.

Our third night, I became rather ill with respiratory prob's and had to get down out of the "The Jungle" .... We stayed 3 nights and paid for 7 .... no refund was offered or requested.

This place is best suited for young adventurous people.

Room Tip: The condition of West End rd is very bad ... big truck hauling rock all day long ... be careful.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Far Hills, New Jersey
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We just spent a lovely week at Northside Valley (April 2013). What a delight! The accommodations are comfortable, spacious, very private and peaceful! The lovely breeze on the hillside caresses you all the time in the very open and airy villa. The grounds have lots of interesting tropical plants and you feel like you are in the rainforest. Picked mangoes from the tree for a fresh fruit treat every morning, enjoyed a fresh coconut opened by our hostess and watched the papaya flower and ripen from our deck. The sunsets and night sky were spectacular. Nice beach with great tide pools and great snorkeling just a short walk across the road from our villa. We found an octopus in the tidal pools on our first night and were able to observe him every day! We also got to see something truly amazing - up close and personal - leatherback turtles nesting! What an awesome sight! The hostess was wonderfully helpful, knowledgeable and eco friendly. We really appreciated that! Great trip all around!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Acushnet, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We recently returned from Northside Valley and cannot wait to go back next year during turtle nesting season! It was my husband (29), myself (28) and my mother (58, but acts like she's our age!). This was our second trip to St. Croix and our favorite place to stay by far. Ginger was an amazing host even prior to arriving between sending a map with places to see of interest to us marked, the many crazy emails from myself about little things, to making sure we had a blender for me to make smoothies so my vegan butt didn't starve. Ginger offered us tours of the grounds to identify flora and fauna, a tour of Monk's Bath her private beach across the way, and on the leaving she gave us a gift of her freshly processed honey, which my sister in law (a honey snob, I say that with love) says is the best honey she ever tasted! One of the guests even said she was going snorkeling with her the next day. Let's not forget her giving me some plants to help my strange arm rash. The other reviewers hit so well on the surroundings, I don't need to repeat it. Rent a Jeep, ask Ginger for help planning she's lived there her whole life, talk to the locals and enjoy paradise at Northside Valley.

Room Tip: Leah's Leap is beautiful!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fremont, New Hampshire
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We loved the Northvalley eco villas! My family consists of two teenage sons, my husband and myself. It was a perfect way to connect with eachother and enjoy beautiful St. Croix. The property was lush with fruit trees, geckos, birds, flowers, and tree frogs. No t.v., no cell phone service, it was paradise! Our villa was nestled in the palm trees, a beautiful breeze and a short walk to Monk's bath for seashells, fishing and sea glass. Our favorite beach was 3 miles away called Rhythms. It was perfect for snorkeling, entertainment, food, and kayaking. I hope to go back soon! The property owner Ginger, made us feel like family! Thank you for a wonderful time.

Room Tip: No pool, beach is close by, when at the beaches, don't leave valuables unattended.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Ga
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

I stayed here with my family of 5 the first week of June. Our children are 8, 7, and 6, and they absolutely loved it! Part of their days were spent in the rainforest looking for hermit crabs so they could have their own hermit crab race. Even though it is in the jungle and is eco-lodging, we were still a little surprised when we found a crab (not hermit crab) crawling across the bedroom floor. It was pretty neat! The night sounds lulled us to sleep every night, and we spent part of our day combing the grounds for coconuts and mangos to pick and eat. There weren't very many ripe yet, but we did find a couple. The owner was out of town, but the lady there watching over the grounds actually went and picked some for us and left us these along with a fruits book so we would know all the fruits we could look for. There are ants, but from talking with other people while we were out and about, nearly all the condos, houses, etc. have ants. We were given cornmeal to create barriers for the ants, and it actually worked :) We loved the fact that Northside is totally green. We loved St Croix so much, we actually began thinking about how we could move there. We will be back to visit St Croix in the future and we would stay here again. Communication with the owner was great. Ginger actually upgraded us to a larger villa because it was available during our stay :) Ginger was very apologetic that she wouldn't be in town during our visit, and I hate that we didn't get to meet because she is so nice and helpful. She sent us lots of information before our trip on places to visit. All we had to do was tell her the ages of our children and the types of things we enjoyed doing. She labeled it all on a map and provided brochures and phone numbers of the places. She was spot on with her suggestions. Thanks for making this vacation our family's most memorable ever. Our children still talk about our trip, Northside, and all the memories we made will last us a lifetime. The only thing that worries me is that any trip we take from here on out will never be able to compete :)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

I went to Northside Valley with my two boys for spring break. Being from the city, it took us a day to adjust to the jungle, the dark nights, and the open air villas, but we soon found the jungle sounds and breezes to be so relaxing. We discovered a more relaxed pace. We were free from modern distractions of TV, phones, etc. We found we were able to bond and enjoy each other and go to the beach, drive around the island, find an interesting restaurant, go snorkeling -- whatever we were inspired to do at the time. The culture of the island was so different and interesting that we felt like we were exploring another part of the world rather than just a generic resort get-away. Driving on the left side of the road was exciting too. Check it out if you want something relaxing and different from the typical vacation resort.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Northside Valley
Address: 2 Estate Northside, Frederiksted 00841, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Frederiksted
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Frederiksted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northside Valley's eight villas enthrall the senses with lush landscaping, birdsong, and ocean views. Stargaze or relax on your villa's deck and enjoy the tropical breezes. High ceilings, wide windows, and native trees cool our guests as well as draw attention to the villa's island setting. The crystal-clear, blue water at Northside Valley's beach entices the avid snorkeler with sightings of turtles, colorful seafans, and the big-eyed squirrel fish. ... more   less 
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Northside Valley Hotel Frederiksted
Northside Valley St. Croix/Frederiksted

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