SEACLUSION - OCEANFRONT CONDO WITH SANDY BEACH, NEAR C-STED

Gary Mailman and Emily Mann

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SEACLUSION - OCEANFRONT CONDO WITH SANDY BEACH, NEAR C-STED

St. Croix Condo Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-3)

This newly decorated,800 sq.ft., one-bedroom condominium sits right at the water's edge, in a small, gated complex. Sliding glass doors in both the bedroom and living room open out onto the patio and the Caribbean, just yards away. Sandy beaches (called Pelican Cove, as Pelicans dive for their food there),ideal for swimming, sun bathing, snorkeling (equipment at the condo) and long walks, sit both within and adjacent to the complex (the beach area within the Association, with chaise lounges, is just about as close as one can hope for to a 'private' beach), which has a pool (barely visible from the back of the unit). While in the condo or on the patio, which sit slightly above the water, you'll enjoy hard-to-match privacy, thanks to a short( but perfectly located) rocky stretch of beach and a low, stone wall that runs in front of the condo, discouraging public beach strollers from passing in front. Refreshing year-round trade winds cool the beach and the unit, which nevertheless has large ceiling fans, and bed room air conditioning available upon request (but almost never needed, as the breeze is constant and divine). Laundry rooms and a reserved parking space are on site seconds away from the condo.

Take a few minutes walk along the sandy beach to find a 4 1/2 star hotel (The Palms) with a seaside restaurant serving throughout the day,on-the-beach yoga classes (just $10 for a 90 minute session). and snorkeling at Long Reef that matches any in the Caribbean. Or take a short drive to any of the island's many other restaurants (we'll send you a list of many of them), including those in the nearby (less than 10 minutes by car) historic waterfront town of Christiansted, which also features cobbled streets, old churches, a 1700s fort, several museums (art, pottery, etc.), a book store (with occasional readings by authors who live or vacation on the island), and a 27-acre historical area maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. And, of course, all sorts of shopping.

Other available activities, all within a 25-minute drive, include the island's only gambling casino; three golf courses (one, Carambola, designed by Robert Trent Jones, another at a luxury hotel [The Bucanneer] that nevertheless charges only a $50 greens fee, and a third [The Reef: 9-holes] with a $30 greens fee); great scuba diving at Cane Bay and Buck Island; tennis (courts seemingly everywhere, including one at The Palms Hotel); a rain forest; sport fishing;seaside horseback riding; and a gym. And, of course, just gazing at the sea from the patio, including a gorgeous sun rise for the early riser.

For quiet nights (or days) at 'home,' the cable TV menu, in addition to the major network and cable channels, includes a multitude of sports (NBA, MLB, Golf, Tennis), movie (Bravo, TBS, TNT,TCM), music (almost 40 genres) and other channels.

Food shopping is nearby:one small store is half-a-mile away, and two supermarkets are within a 5-minute drive.

Judi-of-Croix, a local car rental company, can pick you up and drop you off at the airport, where, in any event, several chain car rental offices are located. And for those interested in buying a home or condo on the island -- many guests inquire about this -- a brochure available at the condo will direct you to a great broker.

Keywords: condominium, villa, vacation rental, beachfront unit.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Gary Mailman and Emily Mann (Owner)
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About Gary Mailman and Emily Mann

We read and write (plays, articles, etc.) professionally. We treasure quiet time, 'alone' together.

Gary Mailman and Emily Mann purchased this condo in 2010

Why Gary Mailman and Emily Mann chose St. Croix

A long-held dream for both of us has been to have a romantic retreat on a Caribbean beach, quiet and private (a writing place), but with culture, restaurants and sports nearby. We always thought that meant a too-expensive private home, and so could not believe our luck when we found Seaclusion. The rocky beach and stone wall running just a bit longer than the length of the patio assure the privacy and quiet we wanted. With a long sandy beach just yards away, and Christiansted but a short drive, our dreams have been realized. Perhaps not unique, but close to it, except for private homes beyond our means.

What makes this condo unique

Every place is sort of unique, and no place is truly unique in important features. Suffice to say that seaside locations -- to say nothing of seaside locations where the gentle surf can be heard and a comforting breeze blows 24/7 -- are very hard to find except at enormous prices.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent most of our time touring the island. When we were there, morning and late evening, we found it very comfortable. We especially enjoyed sitting outside in the morning, drinking our coffee and watching the waves. The condo was just as you described.
Feb 2011
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4.6
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Seaclusion - Oceanfront Condo with Sandy Beach, Near C-Sted
average rating of 4.631579 based on 21 reviews
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Seaclusion - Oceanfront Condo with Sandy Beach, Near C-Sted
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p394342
+1 -609 683-4423
St. Croix US Virgin Islands
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5

A lovely beachfront condo...

  • 5 of 5
We came to this island ahead of hurricane Sandy after conferring with and getting ok'd by the owner; stayed for 8 nights. We had previously intended to come for my husband's birthday in August but he ended up having surgery! The owner was quite accomodating.

The condo was as described and pictured and ocean front (sea wall separates condo from ocean). It was clean and well maintained. Well stocked with whatever you need for a beach/island vacation (they even had a bottle of vodka and a bottle of white wine!), including pots/pans/cups/glasses, lots of towels, clean linen, snorkel, fins, books for down time, and anything else to make your stay comfortable. A bit of a problem with internet access (no wifi in condo) but go to sitting area by the office and wifi to no end. But you are not on the island to go on the internet, so this is not a big deal. Sleep with the sliding doors open and low ceiling fan setting--you won't need AC. The sound of the ocean waves will lull you to a restful sleep but if you a light sleeper, then bring ear plugs.

Places to eat: Mocha Jumbies Cafe, La Reine Chicken Shack (go before 4pm or call ahead to pick food up at the bar after 4:30pm), Blues bbq grill (11-7pm Wed to Sun), Pier 69 in Frederiksted (newly reopened, new owners), Angry Nates, Rum Runners. You will get too much food and always end up with leftovers to eat the following day. I really wanted to eat at Ace Roti but could never find it! Foodtown and Pueblo for groceries. Best drinking water: Niagara brand or Dasani, can't drink tap water.

Finally, Mr. Roy (condo manager, super) is ever present and willing to answer every question and meet every need you might have. Thank you for the yellow plantains (coat lightly with sugar, fry in butter until golden brown and caramelized and sprinkle with coconut flakes for dessert--his recipe!). Thank you, thank you, thank you.

It really was lovely stay on a lovely island.
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Seaclusion - Oceanfront Condo with Sandy Beach, Near C-Sted
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p394342
+1 -609 683-4423
St. Croix US Virgin Islands
Conyers / GA
5

Paradise for a Week

  • 5 of 5
We had a great stay. The condo is as advertised. The views are spectacular. Roy the property manager is very accommodating if you need anything. We were looking for something out of the resorts to get a feel for living on the island / cooking our own food and this was a perfect fit. It has a good location so you can get anywhere on the island easily. I do recommend renting a car though, but I would regardless of where you stayed on the island there is just too much to see not to be able to get around. The bottom line is the condo was well worth the money and I'd stay there again. Hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Seaclusion - Oceanfront Condo with Sandy Beach, Near C-Sted
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p394342
+1 -609 683-4423
St. Croix US Virgin Islands
5

Romantic getaway made perfect

  • 5 of 5
We truly loved our stay here. St. Croix is as beautiful as you can imagine, with crystal clear waters, beautiful, sandy beaches, and a lush tropical environment. With warm water and warmer people, the island is a delight. This condo is perfectly situated, in a quiet residential area, yet close to town, a simple 10-minute drive. Only minutes away is an engaging restaurant/bar; but don’t drive, it’s faster and more fun to walk along the shore, about a three minute walk. We spent a week there in July, probably the hottest time of year, and there was no need for the air conditioner—just open the sliding doors in the living room and bedroom, and cool, refreshing ocean breezes wash over you. It has all the basics, including Internet, TV, patio, kitchen, plus the constant music of the surf right outside the door. We found this place totally relaxing, and far more comfortable and homey than a hotel. If you need anything, or have questions, the manager is extremely helpful and always accessible. And, the owner provided loads of information on restaurants and activities. Exploring the island is fun too. For us, swimming, snorkeling and browsing the quaint shops and historic points of interest in Christiansted created a memorable and romantic getaway. Seaclusion made that possible.
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Seaclusion - Oceanfront Condo with Sandy Beach, Near C-Sted
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St. Croix US Virgin Islands
5

Beach FRONT for the week

  • 5 of 5
1. VRBO was easy to book our stay @ Seaclusion on St Croix. Roy was wonderful - there to greet us & there when we locked ourselves out. Our stay was 5-12 April, 2014.
2. The only thing between the unit & the beach is a small wall - very helpful in breaking the stronger breezes. 2 beach lounge chairs on the large patio + table & 4 chairs. Morning coffee every day watching the sun rise, hearing the ocean...PERFECT.
3. Yes, the unit was as advertised. No complaints. We've stayed in a variety of places & know what you see is not always what you get - but this was as advertised - and therefore no surprises. Bedroom w/ king size bed faces the ocean as does the living room. Wake up, look out the window & see nothing but ocean.
4. You must accept non-perfection with this unit as the salt water has impacted the overall condition of all things metal. Sliding glass door is a bit sticky (push slightly up on the back end & it opens easily), yes the windows take a bit of effort to crank open - added coziness to our stay in this adorable unit. Clean, had all kitchen essentials, plenty of towels, washer/dryer outside the unit, refrigerator & freezer that kept things frozen/cold.
5. Pool was crystal clear - never seen more than 2 people there at the same time. We didn't spend much time @ the pool.
6. Beach is rocky - as are many of the beaches at St Croix; a mix of rock/coral/sand. Definitely take beach shoes.
7. The Palms at Pelican Bay has food to die for! Huge servings, ocean front dining. We ate there more often than planned - breakfast, lunch & dinner - because it was so good. It's a couple minute walk down the beach from the unit, nice but casual environment, great food. Ladies, leave the heels behind!
8. This was our 3rd Caribbean island visited; understand what YOU want out of your beach vacation & book accordingly. This unit was perfect for us; we wanted an unobstructed ocean front unit, w/ in walking distance to food/beverages, ability to cook some meals in & relaxation; we rented a car for the week. Rental car recommended for checking out the island/grocery store runs which is further than walking distance w/ groceries. No kayaks/beach toys @ Cruzan Princesse complex- not recommended for kids.
9. Yes we would stay at this unit again. Recommend for folks w/out kids & w/ rental car. Tile floors/patio, clean cushions on living rm furniture, toaster, coffee mkr, blender, ice trays, dishes, stove.
No regrets -- great time!
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This is a very considerate, fair and full review. I would only add -- for those who want to swim in the sea (with year long near perfect water temperature!!)-- that there are rockless areas of beach just a minute's walk from the condo, and the entire beach in front of The Palms -- a 3 minute walk along beach, is virtually rock free. The rocky beach right in front of condo is great: prevents strollers from walking by.

Sliding doors do get a bit sticky from time to time, but usually ok because of regular maintenance. A small price for being at water's edge.
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Seaclusion - Oceanfront Condo with Sandy Beach, Near C-Sted
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St. Croix US Virgin Islands
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St Croix Oceanfront

  • 4 of 5
I'll begin by stating that the negative review posted regarding this condo was exaggerated in our opinion (my husbands and mine). While there are a couple of minor issues primarily due to the effects of ocean front (salt) living, we found the unit to be clean, bright & functional for a reasonable price. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon. The condo complex manager Roy met us on our arrival and gave the unit keys and a quick tour of the property. We saw Roy each day working within the complex and found him to be very pleasant and helpful. He provided tips on restaurants and suggested a safe running route for me. The main living area in large with bright comfortable furniture. I understand that the cushions have been recently replaced so there was no smell of mold or mildew as reported in the one negative review. The door wall sticks a bit due to the sea air but we had no issue opening it or the screen. The door wall opens up to the patio with a beautiful view of the ocean. The bedroom is quite large with plenty of storage in the closet and drawers. There were lots of clean towels. The bathroom while a bit dated was clean with plenty of hot water. The kitchen is small but worked fine for us. We didn't cook in the unit but did utilize the coffee maker, microwave and the refrigerator which all worked well. The common areas in the complex are well maintained. There are people cleaning and raking to keep the grounds nice. It was quite windy during our stay and at times the wind blew right at us on the patio. (bonus no bugs) We took to having our evening glass on wine by the pool which blocked the wind while still providing a wonderful view. The Palms resort is just down the block/beach. There is a restaurant with great views and fun evening activities. I attended water aerobics & yoga at the resort. During our stay we had a nice visit to the Botanical gardens, and the Whim estate museum. We enjoyed snorkeling at Buck island taking a sail boat out of green cay marina. I won a couple of free tickets to the Roseway evening sail during Crab races at one of the restaurants. The crab races were fun & the evening sail on the Roseway was a beautiful end to our vacation.
  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Seaclusion - Oceanfront Condo with Sandy Beach, Near C-Sted
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p394342
+1 -609 683-4423
St. Croix US Virgin Islands
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Misleading reviews and pictures

  • 1 of 5
After careful consideration we've decided to write a review about this apartment since we feel that the pictures and the reviews posted on this page are quite misleading.

My husband and I stayed at this rental on July, 2013. Upon arrival we found that the apartment was in poor condition. The sofas in the living room smelled of mold so we had to cover them with bed sheets, all metal appliances were rusty (including silver wear, pots and pans). The sliding doors were corroded and the locks were covered in salt. The floors were not recently cleaned so we mopped ourselves.The curtains in the bedroom were filthy at the bottom and the only AC unit did not work throughout the length of our stay even though the owner of this rental told us that he was going to get the unit replaced.

Another thing that we found upsetting was that the cleaning lady, Techla, confronted us while we were laying by the pool, she demanded an explanation as to why we had complained to the owner about the apartment not being clean. My husband spoke to her in a very polite way so that she could calm down.

We travel a lot and know that we cannot set our standards too high when it comes to rentals but this place was a real disappointment and it had a considerably negative effect on our vacation.

We took pictures of all the things that we've mentioned in this review.
  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: For context, note that at this writing 14 of 17 reviews are 5 stars: of the other three, two are four stars even though those back-to-back tenants endured an unprecedented power outage!

The tenants who posted this dismal one-star review complained soon after their arrival, and Techla (the cleaning person mentioned in the review) quickly ascertained that the air conditioner (which most tenants rarely use, even in summer, as they prefer the sea breezes) was not cooling properly. I immediately ordered a new one, which unfortunately could not be delivered until the following week.

As for mildew, even though Techla said she did not discern any, I erred on the side of caution and bought new living room furniture -- now in place -- right after these tenants departed. I also gave the tenants a one-third refund, which they found satisfactory at the time. Now, 3 1/2 months after their departure, they post this review.

Techla thoroughly cleans the condo before each arrival. Indeed, numerous reviews praise its great condition, and several expressly praise Techla.
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Car: recommended

10 minutes west of Christiansted.

Other Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Kayaking, Shelling, Miniature Golf

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St. Croix Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Off Peak
Apr 15 2014 - Dec 12 2014
6 night minimum stay
$115
$805
$2,500
 
 
Peak
Dec 13 2014 - Apr 10 2015
6 night minimum stay
$150
$1,050
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $69
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes 2 weeks, off-peak: $1,370. 2 weeks, peak: $1,940.
Holiday Weeks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year) .. 1250/Week; 2,250/2 weeks.

1 wk=7 nts;Rates Are for 2 Guests; Add 150/Week for 3 Guests.
Mandatory government hotel tax of 10 percent, and $69 property damage protection policy (so you don't have to pay a security deposit!). NOTE: SUMMER WEATHER NOT MUCH HOTTER THAN WINTER: Temp. in 80s usual.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

St. Croix Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King Bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Though there is not a second bed or bedroom, there are two couches, and an inflatable bed in storage. Oceanfront.
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