It’s been a while since I last stayed at the Pink Fancy Hotel on Prince Street in Christiansted. Even so, I have to tell you that there’s not a small hotel anywhere that I would rather recommend. The unique charms of this one-of-a-kind, legendary Caribbean inn, just took me by the heart. Charming, with an utterly relaxed atmosphere, this historic guesthouse, built in 1780, was once used by gentlemen who rode into town from sugar plantations to discuss the price of rum.
Today the Pink Fancy’s courtyard pool is the congenial gathering place for a select group of travelers who are looking for an experience not found elsewhere on St. Croix-and one rarely to be found in the West Indies. I love this place. I also love the liesurely walk down the hill to town. On a sunny morning, the cool breeze is a tonic like no other.
In today’s world of the “grand resort,” and impersonal chain hotels, the innkeepers at Pink Fancy are the antithesis of what you’d expect to find almost anywhere in the Caribbean these days. They welcome each guest individually to their small, upscale bed & breakfast inn; an inn distinguished by its listing on the National Register of Historic Places and by the exceptional service offered by its owners.
Each of the 11 rooms is named for a different sugar plantation, like "Mon Bijou" (my exquisite trinket) or Lower Love, and all are comfortable, luxurious, airy with an old-world atmosphere the likes of which cannot be simply manufactured; it comes only with time and a deep abiding love and a sense of place that dates back to Danish times.
Beyond the inn lies the colonial town of Christiansted, another source of fond memories for me. Known for its National Historic Site - a seven acre park centered on the town wharf with five historic structures to explore - Christiansted’s shady, 18th century arcades offer a portal to a more genteel time, a time when the lore of sea ruled over these three tiny islands.
Today, rollicking days are part of history and the arcades, once filled with ale houses and other not-so-alluring establishments, are studded with tiny shops filled with artwork, hand-crafted jewelry, and tropical treasures. Small cafes and restaurants offer eating choices from the St. Croix version of fast food to world-class cuisines.
Outside the city limits of Christiansted, St. Croix, the largest of the United States Virgin Islands – some 28 miles long and seven miles wide – the wild world of the great outdoor adventure awaits: world-class water sports, golf courses, white powder beaches, and remarkable plantation ruins to explore. Those little sugar mills are so photogenic; they even managed to get of them working again.
With steady trade winds and year-round temperatures in the balmy 80s, the island's pleasures are consistently available. Rates: Very reasonable from $120 per night to $185, depending upon the season. Note: Those were the rates at time of writing. Please be sure to check for current rates.
Where Else to Stay in St. Croix:
There are, of course, quite a few other fine resorts in St. Croix. Here are a few of my favorites:
- King Christian Hotel
- Carambola Beach Resort
- The Buccaneer
- Caravelle Hotel
- Chenay Bay Beach Resort
Pink Fancy Hotel, 27 Prince Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 00820
Toll Free: 800-524-2045, Tel 340-773-8460, Fax 340-773-6448,
How to Get There:
No passport is required for US citizens and the dollar in the local currency. The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport is the only airport in St. Croix, but it handles both international traffic and flights coming in from elsewhere in the Caribbean. The best service to this St. Croix airport is offered by American Airlines, which has connections through San Juan, Puerto Rico, from both New York City and Newark, New Jersey. The airport is just 13 miles from Christiansted, the island’s capital, which is easily reached by taxi or rental car
And don’t forget: there are many other opportunities for great golf all over the world.