Mango Hill Greathouse is an exhausted, under-relaxed person's dream come true. We have been enjoying the delights of this beautifully decorated, charming get-away, for seven years. Upon entering the front hall which frames a broad view of the Caribbean Ocean, we immediately begin the transformation into luxe vacation mode. The plantation style house and guesthouse, with large French doors opening to porches and verandas, makes one feel like inside-out living should be permanent. The owners have a fine (and available) Cuban art collection. Contemplation of the whimsical pieces is part of daily enjoyment. The furnishings are plush with a casual elegance. It is obvious the owner has an eye for very interesting objects which enhance each room. The staff makes sure we stay tidy, and they are charming.
It is hard to leave the grand oasis but we often take a pre-cocktail walk on the golf course, or indulge in a rum punch at the resort beach below. We mostly have dinner (gourmet grocery around corner) on the big veranda poolside. Though dining in Christiansted has now become five star, and it's always fun to mix with the enthusiastic locals.
St.Croix is an island that still has a bit of the Caribbean exoticism left. We have visited many isles in the area which have become over- developed. This island, our yearly retreat, welcomes us with artful surroundings and the most deluxe comfort we could ever desire. Perhaps we should keep a secret!