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Gentle Winds Beach Vacation Shangri-La - 3BR condo - St. Croix

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Pool and Snack Shack at the beach
An overwiew--the living room
The living room--at eye level
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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
4 nights minimum
Condo/Apartment
Hi--we're Pat and Larry Knudsen, part-time residents of St. Croix and second generation owners at Gentle Winds. For over 30 years this has been our 'Caribbean Shangri'La' We love it and are pleased to introduce it to you. With its exclusive beach and resort amenities, Gentle Winds is considered the Island's premiere vacation rental condominiums. We are on 40 beautifully landscaped acres of an estate nestled between an expansive sand beach and the verdant North Shore hills overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Gentle Winds features include two tennis courts, children's play and basket ball area, four hole pitch and put course, recreation/ping pong room, and a common Great Room, bar and library. Then, of course, the fabulous beach and sea, extending from exciting tide pools to exp...Hi--we're Pat and Larry Knudsen, part-time residents of St. Croix and second generation owners at Gentle Winds. For over 30 years this has been our 'Caribbean Shangri'La' We love it and are pleased to introduce it to you. With its exclusive beach and resort amenities, Gentle Winds is considered the Island's premiere vacation rental condominiums. We are on 40 beautifully landscaped acres of an estate nestled between an expansive sand beach and the verdant North Shore hills overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Gentle Winds features include two tennis courts, children's play and basket ball area, four hole pitch and put course, recreation/ping pong room, and a common Great Room, bar and library. Then, of course, the fabulous beach and sea, extending from exciting tide pools to explore and along the sandy shore lined with chaises, and beach chairs situated to capture the best of the sun, mixed with the protective shade of palms and tikki huts. The water is inviting and protected by a coral reef that is a favorite for active snorkeling. After the ocean, step across the sand to enjoy a swim in the large free form pool, or join those relaxing at the ever-convivial Beach Shack for snacks and drinks. The food is great! Gentle Winds has ample fee parking and uniformed patrols on duty nightly to ensure your security. As our second home, our spacious 1850 sq.ft. condo 'Caribbean Shanrgri-La,' is fully equipped to meet all your vacation needs and cheerfully decorated throughout with lots of original art and decor from the island and our travels abroad. We are also fortunate to have restored and the continued use of many of the original furnishings created by designer Carleton Varney for Gentle Winds. A fun example is the bar cart in the entry way--feel free to help yourself and just replace what you use. We also try to keep everything as up to date as possible while in residence. This year we've added a 42' flat screen TV with satellite connection, new refrigerator with ice-maker, new microwave and a new air conditioning compressor. The unit throughout is designed for fun and relaxation. The main floor features a fully equipped kitchen plus washer/dryer, two dining areas (and there's another upstairs), living room with high loft ceilings, and screened sea-view lanai. The entry hall closet has sports gear for tennis, golf and basketball and the beach. For the occasional rainy spell there are games galore, lots of videos (3 DVD's), 2 TV's and a CD/tuner set. We provide free wireless internet and long distance phone within reasonable limits. There are two downstairs bedrooms, one a king and the other two twins side-by-side. Each bedroom has a full bath. The upstairs suite features a king size bedroom and bath. It opens to a panoramic sea-view deck with a gas barbeque and dining set. Plus there's a sitting room with two convertible twin beds, and its own hillside deck and seating. In all, we've had 11 of our family members together for various vacations and accommodated rental parties of up to eight as a 3 bedroom. However, we also have a rate schedule that conforms to the budget of couples or smaller parties only needing use of the condo as a 2 bedroom unit. You'll have central air-conditioning and ceiling fans throughout--or you can open the screened sliding doors to enjoy Gentle Winds signature cooling trade winds. Enjoy! Location, Location, Location! St. Croix's North Shore between Salt River and the Carambola Hotel is the most picturesque, part of the island and known for its casual open-air dining. Once here you'll be just minutes away from the North Shore's famed SCUBA sites. There's always lots to do on St. Croix including championship golfing, duty free shopping and the islands colorful forts and historic venues. We maintain a guest directory with recommendations for dining, shopping and sight seeing. Highlights include snorkeling at Buck Island, the forts at Christiansted and Fredericksted, Whim Plantation, and St. George Botanical Garden. You can easily walk along the beach from Gentle Winds to Columbus Landing, site of his fleets' stopover on his second voyage in 1493-- and the first skirmish between Europeans and the indigenous indians. But most of all, let us share with you the carefree joys of Gentle Winds, its wonderful beach and our 'Caribbean Shangri-La.' Pat and Larry More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
3 Full baths
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About the Owner
Larry K
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:April 2011
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Booking for more than four persons please contact owner for additional guest fee
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Reviews (22)
Kgray
Kgray
1 contribution
Overall the place was great! The manager they have to help is very nice and helpful. The owner was very responsive and helpful. It does say on the site that their is no check in or check out time yet that was not true for us. To due to other bookings we were told we had to be out way earlier than our flights. All tho that is not a deal breaker. The condo its self is beautifully decorated. The stairs can be a danger for anyone older or even small kids so be careful. The toilets do not work very well and water pressure was horrible. However maybe that is a st.croix thing. It stayed relatively cool most of the time, beautiful views and it was cool to use and replace items. We bought alot of food and all and were just able to leave it all for the next guests which was nice as others had done that in the past. As far as the grounds go the pool area is beautiful as well as the beaches. The food at the snack shack was pretty good. I will warn you food everywhere on the island is crazy expensive. The area was secluded and had alot of things to do. All tho let it be known golfing is not really a amenity as the greens are not green and not usable. Plenty of room to sleep and just be away from everyone in the house. Overall i would highly recommend gentle winds. I would stay again myself.
Visited July 2021
Written 1 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

stephanie c
stephanie c
2 contributions
Gentle Winds was wonderful. Beautiful property! Had a great stay. Larry was great to work with. Stay here. You won't be disappointed!
Visited May 2021
Written 23 May 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

RobT70
RobT70
Knoxville, TN105 contributions
Our group of 6 (who needed 5 beds) had a wonderful stay at Larry's 3 bedroom condo at Gentle Winds! The location is great, and we split our time between diving and snorkeling on the north shore and going over to Frederiksted to snorkel and dive at the pier. Larry was great to deal with! Highly recommended!
Visited March 2021
Written 22 March 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mike19691
Mike19691
1 contribution
The 10 days we spent at Gentle winds was wonderful! Larry's condo had everything we needed and gave us the Carribean feel with its decor. The beach and pool area was everything you could want. The beach shack by the pool had great food and drinks. You never needed to leave the complex if you didn't want to. Would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a relaxing vacation. We will definitely be back!!
Visited June 2016 Travelled with family
Written 16 July 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jostrowski9000
Jostrowski9000
Suttons Bay, MI10 contributions
With 6 of us, wonderful to have 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, hard to find that combo in a rental. Beach towels and so much more were available at the condo, loved the breezes coming through, never used any AC. Pool and beach were great, just a short walk away. Usually we stay in many places, was great to stay in one spot, make day trips around the island, and return to make dinner and enjoy hanging out. Lots of games at condo, we had fun playing "Scattegories", our all-time favorite. Only drawback on St. Croix is lack of recycling facilities (there is a spot at Peter's Rest that takes aluminum and metal cans). Otherwise, had great fun snorkeling, playing in waves, hiking to Analay Bay tide pool, visiting Buck Island. It was a GREAT TRIP!
Visited February 2016 Travelled with family
Written 24 February 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Pat A
Pat A
Waretown, NJ4 contributions
This Christmas vacation was everything I hoped for and more! The owners were excellent to deal with and Unit D6 had everything available to make us feel at home. The unit is beautifully decorated and well maintained. We were 3 couples and a teenager and had plenty of space and privacy. The complex itself is amazing... The beach, the pool, the Tiki bar... all contributed to a fun and relaxing vacation. Thank you Larry and Pat, your vacation home is great!
Visited December 2015 Travelled with family
Written 20 January 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Don -:- Mundelein, Illinois
Dealing with Larry and Pat was a pleasure. This was our first visit to St. Croix so we had plenty of questions and they were all answered completely and promptly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in D6 - the condo, location, beach, pool, amenities and of course the weather. Before we booked our stay at Gentle Winds D6 we read the reviews by previous guests and were duly impressed. To avoid repetition, I suggest you read more extensive reviews by guests that preceded us.
Visited February 2014
Written 14 March 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Traci -:- Kimberly, WI
Just returned from an awesome vacation in unit D6. The owners, Pat and Larry, did an excellent job decorating the unit with local artwork. The condo was very clean and had everything we needed. The owners had basic staples stocked as well as the mini bar so we didn't have to run out to the store immediately. The Gentle Winds complex was very well kept and the staff was friendly. The updated pool was wonderful. There is also a beach snack shack that served great sandwiches and snacks as well as tasty libations! This was very handy when you didn't feel like cooking or going out! The beach at GW was nice and sandy and had plenty of lounge chairs and tiki huts. The owners were very easy to work with and suggested some of their favorite restaurants, excursions and stores which was very helpful. So, if you are looking for a great place to relax, we strongly recommend GW unit D6.
Visited April 2013
Written 17 April 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

SKIP -:- Clinton, Iowa
D-6 Condo at Gentle Winds is unbelieveable. Everything you could possibly need was right there Larry and his manager were always available to make sure all was perfect for our stay. There were 8 in our group and we all agree to return next year for a reunion. The pool and the Sea were just outside the condo the views were breathtaking. We couldn't be more pleased unless we had been staying for 2 weeks rather than just one.
Visited January 2013
Written 10 February 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

debbiemac_12
debbiemac_12
12 contributions
The owners of the condo really do make you feel welcome and the place was decorated so islandy. We enjoyed our stay at this resort as opposed to something closed to town because it was quiet and always had a nice breeze. The pool area, etc. was very nice. Couldn't complain about a thing. My trip to the island was perfect. Loved it. Larry was a great person to work with.
Visited July 2012 Travelled with family
Written 3 September 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
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Grill
Ceiling Fans
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Freezer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
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Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
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About the neighbourhood
Gentle Winds is on North Shore Road (HWY 80) about 7 miles west of the town of Christiansted. The entrance is the first right beyond the Salt River/Columbus Landing Road. The Gentle Wind's sign is well marked and lighted, leading to a long driveway lined by Royal Palms.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gentle Winds Beach Vacation Shangri-La - 3BR condo - St. Croix

Gentle Winds Beach Vacation Shangri-La - 3BR condo - St. Croix is able to accommodate up to 8 guests. See all property details.

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