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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 tiki 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 free 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. Since 2011 we've added a 42' flat screen TV with satellite connection, new refrigerator with ice-maker, new stove, dishwasher, 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 DVDs), 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.
Gentle Winds is adjacent to the Salt River Bay National Park (you can easily walk to the Visitor Center next door) for informative overviews of Columbus Landing, site of his fleet's 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.'
King size beds (2) Located in master suite and seaside BR, Twin or Single Beds (4) Two twins are side by side for additional king size in landside BR.
Two twins are sectioned in the master suite sitting room, Baby Cribs (1) One folding porta-crib is available...moreless
You are welcomed into the condo with our traditional bar cart and welcome to enjoy it (please replenish as needed). All part of a decor celebrating the art and lifestyle of the islands. These are combined with original pieces collected from our travels near and far to create a colorful, engaging ambiance we know you'll enjoy as much as we do....moreless
CD's for stereo changer in living room--jazz, standards, classic and calypso...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Dish satelite TV with 220 channels, HBO package. Independent feed to living room and seaside BR...moreless
42' and 27' flat screen HDTV's and one regular TV for video...moreless
Large number of kid's videos and selection of old movie...moreless
Duty Free Shops
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Central air plus separate unit in Master suite. Eight living spaces also have ceiling fans....moreless
Excellent coverage at condo and throughout Gentle Winds...moreless
4 day minimum stay with $100 cleaning fee. No cleaning fee for one week or more.
25% deposit to hold reservation; balance plus $250 security deposit 30 days prior to arrival.
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About the owner: We have traveled from Southern California to St. Croix for over 30 years. We are second generation owners of our Gentle Winds condo and our grandchildren are now the fourth generation of a family that loves to be on-island whenever possible. Our son and daughter learned to play golf at Carambola, and they also learned to drive there (which was pretty scary). The five grand kids have picked up their folks delight in setting up an aquarium for little fish from the tide-pools, not to mention a fondness for hermit crab races. We look forward to the time they can join us on our SCUBA trips!
We take great pride in the Gentle Winds community. Larry is immediate past president of the GW Condo Association Board. In addition to the Board's administration of GW's $1.2 million operating and maintenance budget, he was instrumental in implementing a major rehabilitation of the Great Room, bar and recreation areas for all to enjoy. Pat is an avid traveler and collector of art and whimsy.
Why the Owner Chose North Shore: St.Croix's North Shore is ideally located almost midway between Chistiansted and Fredericksted and only 15 minutes from the airport. Gentle Winds is the North Shore's only private community that is right on the water with its own beach. It's within easy walking distance to the Salt River Marina and close to dive sites both there and at Cane Bay.
Gentle Winds has nine condo buildings (none taller than a palm tree); our condo is situated just above those facing the pool area.
We have great views up the coast and are less than a minute's walk further to the beach. However, as our second home, its location is more peaceful and less hotel-like. And that's what we like--you will too.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo: Our unique benefits can be summed up from some the reviews posted this year
'The best part when we arrived was the setup of their condo. You can tell they really have a unique style and passion for the island lifestyle. Their unit was creatively decorated and came with all amenities one would need'. 03/03/2012
'Staylng at Pat and Larry's is like staying at your own home away from home but with lots more beautiful art. They even had extra pillows in case you liked extra soft or extra firm. There was even a vase of fresh flowers to welcome us.' 01/25/2012
'I've never written a review before, but after this wonderful week's vacation, I felt compelled. We stayed in Gentle Winds Condo D6 and could not have been happier with our choice. Firstly, the condo was priced less than those which were slightly nearer the beach, but also had a full 3rd bedroom and 3rd bathroom, which was more than offered for a higher price in other condos.The view was very nice and the condo was only a 45 second walk further away from the beach than the nearest ones.' 05/06/2011
'We highly recommend staying in this unit for a great central location that worked well for a mix of age groups. Thank you Larry & Pat, we will be back.' 10/23/2011