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“Beautiful day of snorkeling followed by cocktails overlooking the marina”

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Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We stayed elsewhere on the island but came to the resort several times to visit a friend and enjoy the atmosphere. Driving in, you pass by manicured grounds (populated with iguanas!) and definitely have a sense of 'arriving' somewhere special. On our first visit, we stopped to have a drink at the Deep End, a casual outdoor bar surrounded by canopied seating areas and a pool, which open out to a fantastic backdrop view of the ocean. We rented snorkels and puttered around the area immediately beyond the rocks of the resort, and saw so much beautiful coral and different types of fish! On our second visit we took a boat ride out to Buck island and spent over two hours snorkeling around the eastern side of the island and relaxing in the soft sand of the other side. Paid a visit to the Galleon and enjoyed a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the marina, where we sat and watched several boats come in and out with style and masterful grace. Met some nice folks, had lovely conversations, and was overall very pleased by the setting which emanates luxury but maintains a non-snobby Caribbean attitude! Beautiful place, hope to go back someday.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Tamarind Reef for 7 days/8 nights. This is an affordable way to stay on St. Croix and get decent amenities (beach, pool, spa, restaurant). The hotel staff was friendly and accommodating. We came to St. Croix originally hoping to get the USVI $300 credit for the transfer centennial. However, we did not get it since I didn't book through the USVI website (didn't know this was required). As a kind gesture, they gave us a coupon book upon check in. We found that it had expired 2 years ago which made it awkward at businesses (we ended up not using it). Please note, that they are currently doing construction on a part of the hotel. We stayed in the C building which was good because it's the closest to the pool, beach, and one of the restaurants. However, it also made for noisy early evenings and mornings. Things got pretty quiet by 9 or 10 pm, but in the morning deliveries would happened by 7 or 8 am. The pool area is pretty nice and over looks the ocean, which was beautiful. The beach area is pretty good for lounging, but you cannot swim in the ocean due to Reef, rocks, and turtle grass. It was nice having free water sports available to hotel guests. Snorkeling around the hotel is ok (go to Buck Island for better opportunity). The Deep End Bar and Grill is pretty over priced for ok food. It is nice having the option to grab something quick if needed. We did not try the other restaurant during our stay. The hotel is 12 miles (30 minutes) from the airport. Renting a car here is a must as a good portion of sightseeing can be done in Fredricksted (opposite side of the island). The beaches are much better on that side as well (but you often have to pay for beach chairs and umbrellas, if you don't have your own -- beach access is free). Lastly, be advised that cell service is spotty around the island and the wifi at Tamarind is really only useable in your room. Service at the pool or restaurant is so slow, it's pretty much unusable.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jen F
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

On arrival the hotel room was great. Our stay was for 10 days. The first night was good, spent all day flying/traveling, so probably would not have known if we got robbed in the night;) The second night, there was a couple in the adjacent room, and they were having a conversation on the balcony. This would normally not be unusual, but in this hotel, there is merely a cloth type divider, so they might as well have been having a conversation in our room. This is a problem if you are trying to sleep. We could have shut the sliding door, but then there would be no ocean sound, and no ocean breeze...this was a huge part of our trip. So the next day, I asked for a different room. As they were not busy, this wasn't a big deal, so they moved us downstairs...sorry we moved ourselves. The surroundings are beautiful, but you really cannot go anywhere without a car. This brings me to the restaurant at the hotel "The New Deep End Grill." Geez, I think we paid $70 for lunch on our second day, so I was determined to not eat there again for mediocre food (fish tacos, veggie burger). We didn't have our room cleaned until the 3rd day because we arrived late the first night, and my daughter slept in the second, so they didn't have a chance until then. All of a sudden, we got bitten to pieces the 3rd night by mosquitos!!! We were up half the night:( . The same for the 4th night, by the 5th day, I figured it out, the "fricken" maids leave the doors open while the clean!!???!! Sometimes they leave the guest room doors open while they are off somewhere else. This explains the mosquitos. I asked if they could bring their carts into the rooms while they cleaned, or at least close the doors if they have to go in and out. The front desk said this was impossible. So I had no choice and asked to not have our room cleaned, so we could sleep without getting ravaged by mosquitos. This was ok for about 3 nights, then the sand started building up in the rooms and once again I had to deal with the maids and the front desk. We had our room cleaned, and got bitten all night once more;( Another day, around 10 am, we were planning our day when a huge cockroach ran right past us on the wall...not a good thing around a teenage girl... So once again, I went to the front desk and asked for help. I was given a can of mosquito repellent:( . Oh yes, this is a good one: The last night, our tenth night, we were sleeping and around midnight, a man knocks on the screen door with a flashlight waking us up. I shot up out of bed and said what do you want. He never showed his face and said we had to lock our sliding glass door for our safety. What??! We are there for the ocean...not for any other reason...certainly not for the customer service. I thought we were getting mugged, how ridiculous. Could he not go to the front door and knock, for that matter, where to they get off waking up guests at midnight to let them know they were not safe...I think we were not safe from this staff!!

Room Tip: Free wi-fi but doesn't work, cell hotspot didn't work there either
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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6  Thank Devorah L
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

I have now stayed here multiple times and this is my favorite low key resort on St Croix. Staff are friendly, rooms are good sized and clean. Location is good, a bit out of town with good views. WIFI is free.

The restaurant is also really good, inexpensive decent food with cheap drinks.

I will warn you the beach itself is not great. Due to the reef right there, it is limited access into the water. From a pure beach perspective it's limiting if you're just swiming. Snorkleing though is really good since the reef is right there.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled on business
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Thank ronin308
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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Just checked out today. Really nice standard King room. Bathroom is a little small, but room and patio very spacious. Beach is very nice. Swimming are limited entry. Would be a great place to learn to snorkel. Only complaint was no bug spray in the room and the porch was infested with ants. I certainly go back again

Stayed: June 2017
Thank AnnieMichelle
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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
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 Romantic Hotel in Christiansted
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
#4 Family Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range: RM689 - RM1,677 (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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