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Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in St. Croix
New York City, New York
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“Paradise Found”
Reviewed 28 January 2014

What a hidden treasure! If you want to really get away and relax on the most beautiful beach at the bottom of a rainforest then Renaissance Carambola Beach is the place for you. Originally built as a Rockefeller Resort, the hotel consists of 2 story bungalows, all with Jr Suites with a screened in Porch. Great linens and Aveda Bath Products, beautiful landscaping, friendly Staff and great food at the restaurant. The only negative was the older Gym Equipment, although in a beautiful space. Great cell phone service and fast internet too. We loved our stay, can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

My wife and I just returned from a week at this resort and we didn't want to leave. I have read some of the negative reviews and just don't understand some of them. We only had one issue and it was at dinner, however, we were not going to let this one issue define our vacation! Yes the water for showering was not as hot as I would have liked, however it wasn't like it was cold either. We ate breakfast daily with one of the best views of the beach I have seen. The rooms are located very close to the beach so we didn't have far to go to enjoy it. The staff was great and very helpful in pointing us to adventures that we had not considered. They truly seemed to want to make our stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible. This was a great, relaxing vacation. We will definitely be back in the future. Thanks for your hopsitality!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

The final scene in the movie Trading Places was shot on the beach at this wonderful resort and it really is that beautiful.
Stayed for a week in Feb 2013.
wonderful resort. the go carts could be quieter otherwise great place.
You will need to rent a car to get to nearby restaurants hear the golf course is great but didnt make it to that.
great dive shop.

Room Tip: east side is a bit more quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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St. Croix
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

This resort is reasonable priced (remember this is an island so reasonable is not cheap) and the restaurants have fantastic food. You can come to this island and never leave Carambola Resort and be well satisfied as there are so many activities and events going on every day. Or you can just relax but the pool or on the beach with a drink which they will bring to you.

Room Tip: Ocean views are great here but a long walk back to the parking lot. Top of the hill rooms are nice...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Maryland
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Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

My husband and I just returned from a long weekend at the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola. We went to relax & that's exactly what we did. Though our stay was brief, we found both pros & cons of the resort.
Pros:
*HUGE rooms (kitchenette, sofa, 2 flat screen tvs, double sinks, walk-in closet, enormous shower)
*screened in porch with cushioned banquettes
*it seemed the rooms were recently updated (except refrigerator & stove top, which was stained/burned)
*vacant beach/pool chairs (could be due to time of year?)
*friendly hotel staff
*friendly spa staff
*beautifully manicured landscape
*free parking
Cons:
*there was no hot water for showers. At best the water was luke warm (completely undid what the massage therapist achieved when I took a shower after massage)
*the resort was extremely remote. I suggest renting a car as a taxi rides to & from airport/cities could be pretty expensive
*only 2 restaurants (except Fridays). Only one restaurant open at a time. The menus are very basic, the prices a little on the high side, & the food good, not exceptional (entrees over priced & not worth it, the sandwiches were better tasting & better value). Hence another reason to rent a car.

Having said all that, I would definitely return, if my goal was to decompress & relax.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

First off, I will say that we have not stayed in the guest rooms, as we are locals half the year and live just up the hill. But we do by a "resort pass" so we get to experience all the other amenities of the Carambola like any visiting guest.

The beach, on Davis Bay, is one of the nicest on St. Croix - beautiful sand, some waves, and rarely crowded. The resort invested recently in new beach chaise loungers and new beach towels - all first rate and very comfortable.

Food is pretty good here as well. While not a big fan of buffets, they have a nice Pirate Buffet with music on Friday nights and we have enjoyed their special Thanksgiving Buffet. The bar at poolside has a nice casual restaurant.

We do frequent the Spa at Carambola with some frequency. Recent improvements in professional staff and attention to detail have been much appreciated.

St. Croix is a wonderful island, fairly easy to get to from the mainland US with connections via Miami and San Juan. It's not at all touristy here...but it is, indeed, America's paradise. You could do no better than to book a stay at the Renaissance Carambola on St. Croix's gorgeous north shore. If you're looking for casinos and nightlife...look elsewhere. If you're looking for sun, surf, relaxation and restoration...stay here.

Room Tip: The rooms are decorated in an Indonesian style with nice screened porches for some down time. Room...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hatfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

So like other travelers - we found this resort to be quiet and comfortable. The rooms are very large and comfortable. The bathroom are beautiful and we had a walk in closet! The screen porch is really the best feature of the rooms. It's such a relaxing place to spend the evening hours.

We traveled to this resort with our 4 year old daughter and while this isn't really marketed as a 'family resort' they staff were very engaging with our daughter. The restaurants both had children's menus (although you have to ask) and the kitchenette area in the room makes it easier traveling with a child. The beach, while amazingly beautiful, was a little rough for swimming. We ended up driving to other beaches (Rainbow Beach and Cane Bay) to swim with our daughter.

As for the downsides of this hotel . . . there is never a pool attendant to give you towels. We were told at check in to just go to the front desk if you need one - pretty inconvenient. Then at one point when I went to the front desk, they were frustrated with me for asking for a towel. Overall the service at the hotel was pretty good, but the front desk staff could be more engaging and accommodating. When I called them one time they put me on hold and never returned. When I called back and explained that I'd been left on hold for 10 minutes with no response, their response was 'oh yeah, my bad'.

Overall, we liked this hotel - we might consider returning because we really loved the island.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

Property: Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
Address: | Estate Davis Bay, 00851-3031, St. Croix
Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. Croix
#3 Top resorts Hotel in St. Croix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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