We stayed at three different hotels during our USVI visit (two on St. Thomas) and our stay on St. Croix, at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola, was my favorite. It's a trek to get there - up a mountain, along winding roads, but so worth the trip. Renaissance Carambola is secluded and quiet. The beach amenities aren't as luxurious as what you'll find at Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, naturally, but it's a pretty and clean beach with plenty of space and chairs.
The drinks are fairly priced, the food is really good (the dinner menu was actually downright impressive, I thought!) and the resort is beautifully designed with dark wood finishing, billowing white curtains and spacious rooms. It's a very lush, tropical setting. The staff was friendly, helpful and chatty. I loved it!
If you have some time to kill on St. Croix, definitely visit the Cruzan Rum Distillery. Tours aren't particularly earth-shattering, but the distillery is a local point of pride and it's a cool 45-minute-or-so geek-out session. For $8, you get the tour plus four tastings and two full drinks in the bar afterward! In one visit, we snagged up cheap souvenirs (duty free booze!), tasted really good rum, got introduced to the wonder that is Velvet Cinn and learned where bananas really come from. (Random, I know.)
PHOTOS BY: Me and Stjepan Alaupovic
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