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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Escape Island Glitz in St. Croix

Instead of megawatt developments and celeb-chef outposts, find historic hotels and a homegrown food scene in the largest, but most laid-back, of the U.S. Virgin Islands.


1. Where to Stay

Club Comanche offers modern amenities in one of St. Croix's oldest buildings.  

Ignore its lackluster website: Christiansted’s Club Comanche (from $135) is one of the island’s most elegant inns, with polished hardwood floors, mahogany and rattan furnishings, and plantation-era antiques throughout. The hotel’s 23 rooms are split between an eighteenth-century home and a newer extension, but accommodations in the main house have more charm. Either way, you’re steps from the waterfront as well as shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Settle into an idyllic, country-club-like atmosphere at The Buccaneer (from $310), a 240-acre resort with an arsenal of amenities, including a new spa, a private dock, and an eighteen-hole golf course overlooking the ocean. Dominated by a pink seventeenth-century Great House, the property has received a glossy makeover thanks to a $5 million renovation completed in January.

Find the intimacy of a B&B paired with the convenience of a modern hotel at the five-room Villa Greenleaf (from $200), where owner Jeff Teel oversees everything from airport transfers and car rentals to restaurant reservations—not to mention breakfasts of papaya-stuffed French toast and tomato and basil frittatas. Some of the spacious rooms overlook mango and mahogany trees in the garden, but book the Belvedere Suite for its screened-in terrace with ocean views.

Published on Feb 25, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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