We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

“Our favorite Kiteboarding base” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina

Best prices for -
Enter dates for best prices
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
Certificate of Excellence
Dover, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Our favorite Kiteboarding base”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

I first went to the Tamarind Reef hotel last year (2011) with my son. We were looking for a laid back hotel as a base for a kiteboarding trip to the island and struck gold on our first try!. We liked it so much we came back for another week this year (March 2012). The trip was very economical (about $2600 round trip from Boston and 6 nights at the hotel). Excellent value!

We will come back again. The hotel rooms are good sized with beautiful views, and are very clean. The staff are exceptional, very helpful and polite. This is a smaller island style hotel, so if you are looking for a Ritz carlton or Marriott style experience, go to Aruba or one of the more commercial islands.

I definitely suggest renting a car (we have rented a Jeep from Centerline Car Rentals - www.centerlinecarrentals.com - both trips and have been very pleased with the cost and condition of the vehicles - they seem to have low mileage cars and are a locally owned company. I prefer to support them rather than a big brand international car rental company - plus their rates are much better anyway.

If you are a kiteboarder or stand up paddleboarder (or want to learn) check out www.kitestcroix.com. Bill Kraft and his wife run this school and they are the best in the area. If you do not want to learn how to kiteboard, which takes time, try paddleboarding with them - you can have a great time with no previous experience. If, however, you have kiteboarding basics down Bill can really take you to the next level - try a jumping lession with him on a windy day! If you are a beginner and want to learn kiteboarding e-mail Bill before you plan the trip as he knows the weather patterns best and will give good advice on when to come.

To put things in perspective here is where I am coming from - when I go to the islands I am not interested in laying around the pool drinking rum punch at a 5 star resort. I sailed from England in the late 80's and lived on my boat for 3 years mainly in the Virgin Islands so I know the area well and enjoy an active vacation experiencing the natural beauty of the region. I am now 55 years old but active (race sea kayaks and sailboats). We had two days on this trip where the wind was too light to kite. One of these days my son (18 yrs) and I kayaked from Coakley Bay out to Buck Island which is about 2 miles offshore and spent the day checking out the turtles, rays, squid and coral in the reef enclosed East end of the island. Definitely worth a visit and if you do not want to paddle over ( I only suggest this if you are an experienced ocean kayaker) then take one of the boat trips offered - make sure they will go to the east end of the island if you want to snorkel the reef. The other light wind day we hiked down ti Isaac Bay (no direct road access but an easy trail down) and snorkeled the whole lagoon and had a very enjoyable time chatting with the six other people who turned up at this beautiful spot that day.

Also check out www.virginkayaktours.com and www.canebayscuba.com - we had a great time with both operations.

At the end of the day the Tamarind Reef Hotel was a great place to come home to. Make sure you visit the sports shack run by Jerry and Mimi. kayaks and snorkelling gear are included in the hotel cost but more importantly Jerry and Mimi are great people. Jerry was a boat captain like me - ask him about his trip with Victor Borge!

Best dinners we had were at the Pickled Greek, Duggan's, and Rum Runners (tourist joint on the boardwalk in Christiansted but still good food and a fun spot with a live web cam so you can wave to the folks back home).

Will we go back - for sure, and definitely to the Tamerind Reef again!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank bevbarnard
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

191 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    80
    85
    19
    5
    2
See reviews for
42
84
7
22
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (63)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Colorado
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Great veiw not alot for kids to do nice beach canoing snorkling Great people and place for quite and relaxation

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ColoradoBeachBums81
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Islip, New York
Level Contributor
45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

The rooms are large and nicely appointed. All rooms seem to have a patio or balcony looking out onto the ocean. The beach has all the right ingredients; water, sand, sun, free lounge chairs, shaded canopies and even a couple of hammocks. The beach shack offers hotel guests free use of kayaks and snorkle gear. Swimming in the ocean is a challange due to the rocks and coral but there is a small cleared area. Wear water shoes, swim in the pool, stick to snorkeling or kayak out to the island or neighboring beach. The Deep End has some nice offerings and a good "happy hour".

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank emptynester5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Greenville, South Carolina
Level Contributor
38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

Travelled all over the world, and most relaxing vacation ever experienced. This is not your uptight, dress to impress commercial resort. This is a true casual 'beach' place thats all about the easy going ST Croix surroundings ,beautiful blue water, gorgeous sunsets..you can almost jump into the water from your deck!
They thought of all you need- a basic cabana room with a stunning view of the carribean, comfy beds, coffee maker and mini frig, pool towels , wifi and cable tv. Walk a few feet and the poolside bar serves from gourmet burgers, steaks, fajitas to fresh mahi and spring rolls, plus homemade desserts by the chef. I am a caterer and very impressed,everything I had was delicious and fresh and prices were half of the restaurants in town. Walk next door to your private beach, free snorkel equipment and kayaks, or lay in the hammocks with a good book. Catch a ride on a catamaran to Buck Island at the marina. Get a massage at the Spa. But leave the resort wear and heels at home-everyone else will be in tshirts and trunks. This was an anniverasry trip, but will bring the kids next , they would love the Iguanas!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Wallacecooks
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Opelika, Alabama
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

What a refreshing place to visit!! Our trip was business and pleasure. We enjoyed this hotel, the Deep End and the beach! The Deep End serves all meals and is an awesome place to meet locals and return visitors. This was awesome in that I was on my own at times without a vehicle. Mimi at the Beach Shack was more than helpful and made our trip! We had never snorkeled or kayaked and she made sure that we were successful! Although the hotel is quaint, I have never slept in a cleaner bed! It seemed almost new! We will be back!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Stacie R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Christiansted
3.6 km away
Hotel on the Cay
Hotel on the Cay
#3 of 14 in Christiansted
4.0 of 5 bubbles 463 reviews
5.3 km away
Sugar Beach Condo Resort
Sugar Beach Condo Resort
#6 of 14 in Christiansted
4.5 of 5 bubbles 202 reviews
4.0 km away
Hotel Caravelle on St. Croix
Hotel Caravelle on St. Croix
#5 of 14 in Christiansted
4.0 of 5 bubbles 41 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.4 km away
The Buccaneer St Croix
The Buccaneer St Croix
#1 of 14 in Christiansted
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,248 reviews
6.2 km away
The Palms at Pelican Cove
The Palms at Pelican Cove
#2 of 14 in Christiansted
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,062 reviews
17.1 km away
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina

Property: Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
Address: 5001 Tamarind Reef | Off Route 82 (East End Road) at Green Cay Marina, Christiansted 00820-4582, St. Croix
Phone Number:
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 Romantic Hotel in Christiansted
#4 Family Hotel in Christiansted
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
Price range (per night): ₹ 11,783 - ₹ 25,610
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. Voted 'Best Beach on St. Croix - 2013', 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; business lounge; event center; wedding/event coordinator, and of course a palm tree lined beach with shade huts and 154-slip marina for day/sunset sailing and motor boat 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia and Agoda so you can book your Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina St. Croix/Christiansted

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing