If a hotel operator desires to win my heart, certainly give me a home that comes with its individual cat.
Tommy the cat does not in fact belong to the Sand Castle on the Seashore vacation resort in St. Croix: he’s truly a resident of the Cottages by the Sea lodge, future doorway. But considering that he’s a cat he actually does not respect boundaries, so when we checked into our Sea Look at Suite, Tommy was there to greet us, curled up on a chair on the semi-enclosed patio. Later on, he would come across his way within and be sleeping on the bed when we returned to the place. Awww, kitty!
I know cats are not everyone’s meow, but to me, Tommy was the best ambassador for Sand Castle: warm, acquainted, and just a contact sassy, much too. Owned and operated by Chris Richardson and Ted Bedwell, Sand Castle has constructed a reputation as a single of the most LBGTQ-welcoming resorts in the Caribbean.
The optimistic vibe starts off with the omnipresent house owners. Despite the fact that Sand Castle is big ample to slip into impersonal support, with 25 rooms located both beachfront and across the avenue, that hardly ever would seem to materialize. In actuality, just about every time I have frequented this Fredriksted hotel, I have been personally greeted by Chris and Ted, who not only get a keen fascination in their attendees but seem to be to have a next sense about when anyone new has dropped by.
The few, a former hairdresser and flight attendant, bought the lodge together with partner Dan Metzger on New Year’s Eve 4 yrs ago, but their baptism in hospitality has been something but a social gathering as St. Croix has been battered in new many years by Hurricane Maria and of class the pandemic. “We’ve never ever experienced a regular yr,” says Chris, “but we’re nonetheless living our dream.”
Sand Castle is the furthest issue from a cookie-cutter resort, with its two-dozen guest rooms sorted into five room categories. Whitewashed buildings and LED lighting that glow to lifetime immediately after dim give the resort a thoroughly clean, fashionable really feel that carries above into the brightly adorned gust area interiors, the place beds with waffled comforters and batik-impressed shams sit on awesome tiled floors and are surrounded by colourful, framed island artwork.
Most rooms are around laid out all around a courtyard swimming pool and adjacent to the hotel’s common (and aptly named) restaurant, The Beach Aspect Cafe, which serves a few meals day-to-day and is especially recognised for brunch. In addition to regular rooms and suites on the floor and next flooring of the key creating, the lodge has several beachfront villas, including the top rated-finish two bedroom, two-bath Dolphin Villa, which has twin sets of French doorways opening onto a non-public patio.
Sand Castle is a pretty compact resort, so the villas are significantly less personal than effortless, with direct access to a good strip of sandy seashore as very well as getting contiguous to the other resort amenities. But that does not suggest the position lacks for surprises.
Throughout the avenue from the primary complicated is a second, more substantial swimming pool surrounded by added visitor quarters, which includes king and queen rooms and some outfitted with kitchens. If the sea side is for social butterflies, the courtyard rooms all-around the pool are for neat cats and kittens who want to continue to keep much more to themselves (it’s also a wonderful alternative for groups who want a tiny separation from the group). The pool right here also is clothing-optional, with high fences screening out inquisitive eyes.
The hotel’s oceanfront tiki bar is where visitors acquire for sunset cocktails, and there is also a fire pit for night gatherings. Other lodge facilities include a tiny fitness centre, a Buddha fountain that greets arriving guests, and ample lounge chairs and umbrellas on the seashore.
A wander of a mile or so alongside the shoreline in front of the lodge can take guests to Frederiksted’s famed pier, identified to divers for its populace of scarce seahorses, and the bars, restaurants, retailers, and historic fort downtown. Ted and Chris are relative newcomers to St. Croix but are key boosters of the largest of the three most important U.S. Virgin Islands, touting the island’s all-natural magnificence, great dining, and a growing list of sights, which include a new zip-line.
“We see St. Croix as our home and our community,” states Chris, and if visitors at Sand Castle really don’t rather experience transplanted to St. Croix, you might perfectly conclusion your journey emotion briefly adopted — just like Tommy.
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