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Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 June 2014

this resort is small and low key, but to me it seemed overpriced due to location even in low season! the rooms were basic for tropical location with a great view and constant ocean breeze. it was a good choice for travel with kids. the 'gated security' was a bit of a joke. decent reef with a resident turtle at 3rd buouy but tricky and limited access to snorkeling. cool iguanas and hammocks if they are up were awesome at night especially. the best part i thought was access to kayaks and snorkeling gear. Mimi at the beach shack was lovely and a great source of suggestions for activity etc. kayaking across to the little island is easy enough and snorkeling to the left of the tiny beach is easy. enjoyed access to shade in ticki huts. be sure to kayak towards Buck Island in to the wind in search of turtles and then drift back with the waves!! be aware that the hours are 9-5 but kayak loans end around 4. Deep End restaurant is separate though you can have a tab. Loretta is awesome and genuinely friendly. unfortunately some of the service staff are not so pleasant. my kids loved the smoothies ;}} there are nightly activities that locals come for, such as hermit crab races. the pool is nice and clean. did not get to try tennis but the courts look good. this was my first time to St Croix and would return to dive and prob stay elsewhere. Cathy at the office was great, friendly and helpful. we had a good time overall but too pricy for me!! our beds were great but the kitchenette was spotty---no bowls?? loved the patio and lack of bugs!! be sure to bring water shoes and depending on the scope of your visit rent a car with Judy of St croix-they meet you at airport with a basic island car. I would not recommend Seaborne Airlines-chaos. the highlight for us was Virgin Kayak bioluminescent pedal kayaking with Jil and Brian and the hike down to Isaac Bay at point Udal. however do NOT go to point udall at dark. Cheeseburgers restaurant around the corner was great too, as was Brenda there!! I thought W Indian Buffet night on Island Cay is not worth the money and hassle of having to pay to get there. I was not impressed with the food at all...and our experience with Big Beard sail and snorkel half day with Gabe and John was not sailing and only about an hour of snorkel with very little guidance or enthusiasm. they took our small group to the gorgeous beach for an hour plus first after picking others up on the way at Buccaneer.

Room Tip: we had room 18 with small kitchenette and lovely view with terrace. close to pool for kids. noisy ac...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This was a great resort spot for our second trip to St Croix (our first time in 2001 was at the very awesome Hibiscus, but that resort was closed at this time). We booked through Expedia; when we arrived they gave us an upgraded room (#114 [aka #14]) due to a reservation mix-up, so we got a lovely ground-floor room with nice decoration detailing, a hammock on the private patio, newly refinished bathroom with natural stone tile, and a kitchenette area that was nicely stocked with appliances and cookware. We were delighted.

The view from the room was breathtaking, out across to Green Cay (island) and beyond to Buck Island. The water is just 25 feet away; it is a reef so there is no easy access to water, just palm trees rustling and the great ocean sound as you sleep. The first beach you'll see is not the best one - it has a single access point to deep water at the far end, and that is not an easy entrance point. You'll need booties and preferably a friend for stabilization as you enter. However, once in, the reef snorkeling is quite good, with many things to see. The pool, close to the rooms and next to the restaurant, is fantastic, big, clean, and has a great view. If you walk a little further (we found this on the last day), there is indeed more sandy beach, volley ball nets, etc.

Definitely check out the beach hut just a little further along, where there are sea kayaks and paddle boards free for use by guests, and iguanas by the dozens. The sea kayaks are AWESOME and a trip out to Green Cay is definitely fun (bring those booties), plus you can land at a more secluded sandy beach on the other side of the marina and have your full be achy experience.

The Deep End bar/restaurant is DELICIOUS, definitely eat there several times. The locals come for bingo night but there are specials and/or music every night and a Sunday buffet. Drinks are great, as are the bartenders and wait staff. Many of the staff are down-to-earth expats connected through spouse, etc. to the oil refinery which closed a few years ago (hoping to open again soon), so they have great stories to tell and good advice about what to do on the island.

Take a walk around the hotel site, especially up the little hill to the sugar mill to get a touch of history and a wonderful 360-degree view of the area.

Room Tip: Room 114 was where we stayed, though I think any of the ground level rooms would be great!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

As others have noted, this resort is nice but not 5-star. It is part of a complex owned by a couple of investors who lease space for the hotel, bar and restaurant, marina, and an upscale nearby restaurant. Although the bed was not the best for my back, the room had nice accommodations, including kitchenette with small refrigerator and stove. The window air conditioning unit was noisy. The patio looks over the water and is very pleasant (see pictures). Be aware that the only swimming access is near the little shack that supplies beach stuff. BTW, lots of beach stuff comes without charge for hotel guests. The people who staffed the shack were very helpful. They provided guidance about where to get into the water to avoid rocks and sea urchins. On the two days that we snorkeled there, the water was very murky, so the promised turtles and sea life were not to be viewed. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant swim.
The bar had friendly staff, and the food was surprisingly good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's a taxi ride to Christiansted unless you rent a car. Overall, we found this to be a relaxing and friendly place.

Room Tip: There are three buildings, and the two farthest from the bar are quieter.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

My family and I stayed at Tamarind Reef Resort last week and had a wonderful time! The view from our rooms were beautiful. The rooms need some updating but the views made up for that. Sharon at the front office was very helpful and always with a smile on her face. We also enjoyed all of the activities that were included for guests of the resort. Thanks to Mason and Brooks at the shack for all of their help and for being so friendly. We also enjoyed every meal that we had, which was daily, at The Deep End Restaurant. The staff were all so nice and the service was great. The entertainment was great each night. We would definitely stay here again. If you choose to stay here and need a cab service we highly recommend Wilson's Taxi Service. Wilson does airport runs as well as tours of the island or just to dinner or to town. His phone number is 340-277-1807. I would also suggest Duggans for dinner and Armstrongs Ice Cream for homemade ice cream.

Room Tip: We loved being on the ground floor steps from the water.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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OGG-mktg, Public Relations Manager at Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2014

Thank you for spending your first visit to St Croix at Tamarind Reef Resort! We are so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful time and that you would stay with us again. We really appreciate all the nice things you shared about our amenities and friendly staff. And Armstrong's ice cream....what can we say but...yummmm! Thank you for becoming part of the Tamarind family and for taking the time to post a review. We look forward to seeing you and your family again soon. Bye for now.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

My partner and I stayed at Tamarind Reef for a week to celebrate my 50th birthday in April 2014. We loved our stay from beginning to end. Yes, the views are beautiful and the rooms are spacious and comfortable, but the friendliness of the staff made it extra special. My birthday fell on "Disco Bingo Night" at the Deep End bar and grill, and we were treated to complimentary drinks, a birthday cake, and a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" sung by everyone in the bar! Brenda at the beach shack helped us find the perfect fit snorkel and fins, and entertained us with stories about the island and her Olympic snowboarding son.

The first three days of our trip were windy and the water was too rough to snorkel, so we rented a car and drove to the west side of the island which is protected from the trade winds; there the water was as smooth as glass, we snorkeled Frederiksted pier (amazing! check out "N2 The Blue" for guided snorkel trips) and we hung out on Rainbow beach. On the 4th day the winds finally died down enabling us to snorkel the Tamarind reef and it was gorgeous, we saw turtles, a large school of blue tang, puffer fish (some as big as a football), large purple and yellow sea fans, and plenty of other colorful reef fish.

We also enjoyed playing tennis on the well-maintained courts, kayaking to the Green Cay island, I swam a few laps in the large pool (with swim lanes, thank you!) every day, and my partner took advantage of the health club with a good variety of exercise equipment. In the evenings we watched movies on the Dish network, and we rented a DVD player from the front-desk so we could watch our own movie collection.

As a gay couple we felt very welcome here, which is not always the case in the Caribbean. Please note, this is not a high-end resort, it is low-key and chill out. The decor is simple and somewhat dated (70s era beach chic?), but I loved the simplicity and friendliness of this place. We hope to come back soon!

Room Tip: If you go to bed early, ask for a room further away from the Deep End bar and grill, since the music...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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OGG-mktg, Public Relations Manager at Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Thank you Thank you for spending your birthday at Tamarind Reef Resort! We loved having you. It is always so nice to have guests who enjoy our friendly atmosphere and who participate in a variety of activities. Sounds like you had a great celebration during Bingo night at Deep End Bar and Restaurant. Great too that you were able to play some tennis on our ocean view courts and snorkel Tamarind's fertile coral reef. Love seeing the puffer fish! Thank you too for sharing how welcome you felt at Tamarind and how much you enjoyed renting a car and seeing other areas of our amazing island. We love St Croix and look forward to seeing you and your partner soon.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

My family and I flew into St. Croix and arrived at our booked hotel, only to find out that it was closed down. We were left with nowhere to stay. St. Croix's health inspector, Stevie Webster (my knight in shining armor), helped us connect with the Tamarind Reef Resort, where they made room for my family last minute. The staff was great, the rooms were comfortable and the views were absolutely beautiful. The resort was just what my family needed....comfortable beds, gorgious views, friendly staff and water sports thrown in at no additional charge. I enjoyed my coffee each morning on the patio while gazing out at the sea. The rooms were roomy and the grounds were well maintained. We enjoyed dinner and drinks at the restaraunt/bar overlooking the swimming pool and beachside. It was a great week. I would recommend it to anyone looking for simplicity, peace and tranquility. This was a vacation that my family will always remember.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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OGG-mktg, Public Relations Manager at Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Thank you Charlene for spending your family vacation at Tamarind Reef Resort. We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again for more peace and Tranquility 'island style'. Till later . . .

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We stayed at Tamarind Reef Resort for 4 days and 3 nights. The location was beautiful and the staff was great. The water sports at the hotel were great, we did Kayaking, Paddle Boarding and Snorkeling. The reef off the hotel has beautiful fish and apparently turtles (which we didn’t get to see this trip). There is also an island kayaking distance from the hotel that can only be reached by boat/kayak that is interesting to explore. The hotel is about a $12 taxi ride from the main city Christiansted. Many of the shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday so plan accordingly. Unfortunately we weren’t able to make it to the Bombay Club, but heard good things about it.

Every room has a beautiful ocean view with a balcony or patio. They provided Aveda bath products which were nice. The room was very spacious, but it was quite outdated with a couple of fixes needed to the fridge (rusty and bottom was loose) and screen door (unopenable). Although the rest of the resort was well maintained, the rooms could have been cleaner. The bathroom door got stuck every time it was closed and the bathroom window didn’t open either. The issues with the room were minor since we didn’t spend much time in there, but would have been nice to have working.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 5001 Tamarind Reef, Christiansted 00820-4582, St. Croix
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
#3 Romantic Hotel in Christiansted
#4 Family Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range: £122 - £277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina on St Croix USVI is ideal for relaxed family vacations, destination weddings, honeymoons, beach and watersport retreats, business travel and small group events. This intimate resort features 40 oceanfront rooms on 40+ acres with private marina; casual and fine-dining restaurants; seaside pool; water sports; spa with massage, hair and nail care; tennis courts; fitness center; wedding/event coordinator, and of course a palm tree lined beach with shade huts and 154-slip marina for day/sunset sailing and fishing excursions. The resort is nestled into a private neighborhood 10 minutes from historic Christiansted yet feels light years from everyday worries and stress. No passport required for US Citizens. ... more   less 
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