|Space||1,100 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Two bedroom, two bathroom condo on the second floor of a gated condo complex right on the beach! Listen to the waves while you sit on the balcony sipping your morning coffee. Watch the colors change in the evening sky with a cool drink. You are in paradise with the blue Caribbean at your feet, the distant islands in view, and the warm breezes caressing your skin. The condo complex has a great pool, several sitting areas, and open fire grills should you decide to stay home and cook out. The complex is centrally located, so it is easy to go anywhere on island within 30 minutes.
I am a local business owner and an Enrolled Agent, and my husband is a Retired Army Veteran and now a Network Administrator. We reside in the Killeen/Fort Hood area. My office provides services to business owners and individuals alike, and have been a proud member of our community for over 26 years. My office is A+ rated with the BBB, and we treat everyone with the care and respect they deserve.
My husband supports our troops by providing training to units locally here on Fort Hood, and on bases throughout the world.
Donna Ford - Property Manager purchased this condo in 2014
When we decided to buy a second home for us and our children to be able to visit, I had ocean and beach in mind. We had been to the Caribbean many times, and after years of renting, we decided to take a leap, and commit to our own property. We were spending so much on travel and our kids are mostly grown up and starting families of their own. I say mostly grown because they seem to need you more once they move out. We decided to get a place that can be shared with our kids to help them be able to do things with their friends and eventual families. The Caribbean, to me, is a place of relaxation; a way to slow down the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If I did not have commitments to my business and my clients, I probably would move to the islands.
I fell in love with the view; a complete and unobstructed view of the water. It is close enough that you can open the doors and windows and just listen to the waves rolling in. There is nothing more relaxing than the smell of the salt in the air and the sound of the waves.
Our condo unit is managed by a wonderful woman named Donna Ford, and for a small fee, will provide anything you may need to stock the fridge or cupboards. Donna will also meet you at the airport, and help you get local transportation or rental car and guide you to our condo.
Once there, she will show you around and help you get situated, and leave contact numbers for myself and her, should any problems arise.
We have just purchased the condo, and have remodeled it to make it more modern and welcoming for our family and guests.
We have added a complimentary Rum Bar and washer and dryer for the use of our guests.
The property itself is a gated community with an onsite manager who is available daily form 9am to 5pm to help with anything you need. There is a pool and open fire grills located on the property if you wish to stay in and cook out.
We rented this same unit last year and loved it(5 Star review). Another year of wear and this year's weather exposed some serious problems. We arrived at night and just wanted to take a hot shower and climb into bed for some good rest. As we try to even turn on the shower I notice that the shower water valve handle is broken off. So I have to rotate the whole trim piece to turn on the water and guess what? NO hot water. Last year the waves would crash right outside the place and we slept great. However this year the winds were blowing harder. The wind was blowing through the window in the master very loudly. I tried to close the shutters on the window and that is when I found out that none of the cranks worked. To make it worse, the shutter has a big hole in it and the owners shoved a towel in the hole to plug it up. Since the shutters don't close completely, there is no way to stop the wind from whipping through the condo because the windows don't have a solid pane of glass on them. It doesn't make any sense to me since there are solid sliding glass doors next to the windows in both the master bedroom and the main room. To get through night #1 we put a box fan on high and pointed it away from us...we just wanted to create more of a white noise to help drown out the whistling noise that was unbearably loud. After tossing and turning most of the night, we woke up exhausted. We went out for breakfast and upon returning to the unit we decided to go sleep by the pool. We both napped at the pool and that would be the best sleep we would have that day.
Still no hot water to shower. We planned to go out for a romantic dinner. Trying to shower in cold water doesn't get one's night off to a great start. After dinner we returned to the unit and hoped we had endured the worst of it. Not even close. The second night was absolutely brutal. The wind was whistling through the room at decibel levels 65-80, which is the equivalent of running a garbage disposal. We were both awake at 3 am and just started laughing about how bad the place was. Night 3 same. We moved out the next day and asked for a partial refund from the owner since the unit was unlivable and we only used 4 of our 10 nights. Owner offered 1 night off because of hot water situation even though we went 2 nights w/o. Owner relied on the As-Is clause of this website to hide from the fact that the windows do not close. We offer to accept a 40% refund and owner refused!! Stay somewhere else.
The condominium is very nice, and the location with the balcony overlooking the ocean with Christiansted to the east and a bluff to the west is beautiful. The beach for the condo development is not particularly suitable for swimming. There are very nice beaches a short drive away, and perhaps a walk down the beach away. The condo development itself is not in a very "resorty" area, which wasn't a problem for us, but might be for some. The only downside to the condominium itself is that they need to get the hot water and water pressure to the master bath shower improved.
In short, it is not perfect, be we liked it very much.
What more can my wife and I say. So amazing we're buying a condo here. Friendly people and just a short walk down the beach to the Palms for swimming, snorkeling, and food. Felt like home. Loved the ocean sound and the breeze that blows through the condo. We had a really great vacation.
Our overall stay was pleasant. It was clean, and easily accessible from most parts of the island once you learn your way around. Manager was very pleasant to deal with. They had a great complimentary rum bar and many of the staples needed in the kitchen were there. It has a beautiful view right on the water. The pool was nice.
For a few cons:
The second bedroom is not very well suited for a couple. We pushed the 2 twin beds together to make a queen, but it left very little room to move in the room. There is no closet at all, it was turned into the washer and dryer. And the bathroom and shower were miserably small! There is NO AIR CONDITIONER at all! Being right on the water the humidity and heat is miserable. The floors and furniture are always damp feeling. The moisture is on everything all the time 24 hours a day. They have "optional" ac for additional cost but is only a small floor unit you vent out a window which would never help in this environment. If you run the dryer the heat goes directly into the second bedroom. If you don't mind the heat and humidity this condo is ok.
The beach by the condo is pretty to look at but rocky and lots of sea weed so we preferred to go to Buckaneer beach.
Overall we had a good trip, The island has many thing s to offer. We went scuba diving, snorkeling, chartered a catamaran, and visited the rum factories.
Good place to visit but would definitely find something with sea view not sea side, And with air conditioning.
Staying at Serenity Breeze was absolutely the best part of our vacation to St. Croix. The location was convenient to shopping and Christiansted. The views were amazing. Being right on the ocean we kept the windows and doors open and had a great sound of ocean waves and the ocean breeze. Serenity Breeze definitely describes this place perfectly. My wife and I also had our two year old with us on this trip and it was great as she had her own room, but was still nearby in case she needed us. Also we found that one of the best beaches for a two year old in all of St. Croix is a short walk from the condo. If standing on the balcony right at the point to the east there is a great calm area where a rock shelf makes what one of the locals called "the bathtub". It's a calm area where the waves break further out on the rock shelf and the water is only a couple feet deep. This is where we spent most of our beach time. The condo definitely felt like home for the week. It has a comfortable feeling that felt like staying at a friend's or family's place rather than a sterile hotel or resort room. As other reviewers mentioned there are some great extras included that make staying here a plus. Beach towels, snorkel gear, a nice rum bar, laundry, etc. really add the extra little luxuries to this place that made it an extremely enjoyable stay.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.