beds, TVs and small balconies overlooking the marina. The
new wing, across the alley, has 12 premium rooms, fur-
nished with mahogany four-poster beds, Mexican tile floors
and Indonesian fabrics. French windows open over the
courtyard. All rooms are air-conditioned and also have fans.
The circular swimming pool has chaise longues and the
small bar at poolside opens early and stays open late.
HOTEL ON THE CAY
Christiansted, St. Croix 00822
(340) 773-2035, www.hotelonthecay.com
Reservations: (800) 524-2035
This self-contained resort, complete with small beach, is
perched on Protestant Cay, a tiny island in the harbor, a
three-minute private ferry run from King's Wharf. Using ev-
ery bit of land on the cay, the hotel is set amid tropical
plants, fish-stocked ponds and waterfalls. The 55 rooms are
found in several two-story buildings. Upper-floor rooms
have terraces, while lowers have patios. Furnishings are
quite modern, with beds set on wooden platforms and color-
The Harbormaster Beach Club serves all three meals
and often has beachside barbecues with entertainment.
There are two tennis courts at water's edge (watch those
lobs!) and a boot-shaped pool perched above the beach. The
Water Sports Shop on the Cay Dock arranges scuba trips as
well as excursions to Buck Island. Equipment rentals too.
Guests ride the hotel's ferry free of charge, as do those with
dinner or brunch reservations. All others pay a small fee.
Last ferry leaves the cay at 12:30
am weekdays and 1:30 am weekends.