Secret Harbour Beach Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSecret Harbour Beach Resort Benner
This was such a great surprise. The accommodations were great. The room we stayed had such a great view. The kitchen had everything we needed. We sat on the patio and watched the sun rise.
The beach was beautiful. The restaurants were great, the food was delicious.
We had a wonderful relaxing time.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Secret Harbour Beach Resort Benner
Great place to stay if you want seclusion
We were looking for a nice quiet, clean resort to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, and we found it at Secret Harbour. The Rooms were large, well taken care of, and very clean. We were upgraded to a Beachfront (from an oceanview) room, and it made a big difference. The beach was great, and in the off-season it was wonderfully empty of crowds. Just another couple or two. We found the staff pleasant and helpful. If you want a lot of organized activities and nightlife, this isn't the resort for you. If however you'r looking for a quiet place to kick back, enjoy the calm surf, and unwind, this is a great place.Note to first-time visitors to St. Thomas: unless you find the little places the locals frequent, the restaurants are tremendously expensive for what you get. You can't walk anywhere because the island is too mountainous, so you have to take cabs or rent a car. And forget about spending time in the capital city of Charlottte Amalie shopping, unless you really want to buy expensive jewelry. Seemingly hundreds of jewelry stores line the streets, and if the ships aren't in that day, they will have "barkers" outside trying to draw you into them promissing "great prices" and sales. Tho to be honest I didn't think the prices were all that great. Anyway, spend your time at the beaches and enjoying the views.
The Best Vacation Ever!
After considerable research on the internet, my husband and I selected Secret Harbour as our vacation destination for 2003. We booked our package through Expedia (included a tour of St. Thomas and a snorkeling expedition to Trunk Bay on St. John) and our entire itinerary was exected with military precision! The staff was very professional and polite (especially Roberta and Charles) and went to extra special effort to assign us a beautiful beachfront studio with an exquisite view of Nazareth Bay. Thanks to our housekeeper Hilda, our room was consistently clean and well stocked with fresh towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner. The bar and restaurant was one of the best on the Island for both value and service. They have a great band which plays every Tuesday night as part of a manager's party to welcome new guests to the resort. If you love snorkeling, this is this resort provides the best spot to view all types of marine life (sea turtles weighing up to 300 lbs, porcupine puffers, blue and achilles tangs and needle, parrot, lion and file fish). For the truly adventurous, we definitely recommend night snorkeling and booking a couple of tours through Tropic Tours.
The guides are very knowledgeable about the history of the islands and made our vacation that much more enjoyable. If you want the most "bang for your buck" while visiting the Caribbean, this resort is for you!!!!
Thought it would be better based on reviews here
We went to St. Thomas to get married at Magen's Bay and stayed there on honeymoon for six nights. After reading all of the reviews about Secret Harbour it seemed the perfect place to stay on St. Thomas. However, we encountered some problems. Although the beach at Secret Harbour is great, and the rooms are OK for the price,with a great view if you get beachfront, the rest of the resort was disappointing. The first impression of the resort is poor; the buildings are older and in need of updating, as is the tiny lobby. There are no motorized watersports (the dive shop told us they are in the midst of a legal battle with Secret Harbour over the use of motorized vehicles; they had a petition going around for the hearing, set for mid September). The front desk staff were extremely rude and initially refused to give our party of four the two adjoining rooms we had reserved; then we were put into the one bedrooms instead of the suites. The A/C was not working in our room and when we called to ask them to fix it, no one showed up. The waitresses at the restaurant were rude as well. The only pleasant people at the whole resort were Howard, the bellhop, Keith, the bartender, and our housekeeper. We would not stay at SH again. Some tips: definitely rent a jeep while you are there- not only will it save you money in the long run but you'll see far more than if you rely on taxis; go to Old Stone Farmhouse for dinner one night; and definitely take the ferry to St. John and tour that island too.
We stayed at Secret Harbour the last week of August for six nights. The resort is the best on the island for several obvious reasons. My wife and I found the staff very professional and pleasent from check in to departure. They were able to answer all our questions and handled the booking of several excursions we enjoyed while on the island. The bar and restaurant on the resort was one of the best we found all week. The accomadations were also very nice. Large fully equipped suite with stove/oven, microwave and most important the blender for frozen drinks. Rooms were modern and very clean. Secret Harbour has by far the most beautiful beach on the island(this is where the locals take their families). Only beach on the island which is cleaned twice every day. Natural reef located 30 yards off the beach is a must see for snorkelers and divers. We would recomend this resort to families and couples, it has something for everyone.
Summer @secret harbor
We visited Secret Harbor is summer 2003 with our children We definately would recommend this resort. The beach and pool were very nice and clean. The coral reef and tropical fish make this marine sanctuary outstanding and it is within easy swimming distance from the beach.The staff were friendly and very helpful and the lodging was clean and well maintained.We rented a car as the trip from the airport and to Charlotte Amalie is quite a distance. You can also take your car on the car ferry to St Johns and see many of the beaches on St Johns as well.
I loved it
My aunt and i had the most beautiful time at the secret harbour, the staffing was delightful and very attentive. i visit usvi 4 times a yr, secret harbour is my home away from home.
Our Little Secret
After our second stay at Secret Harbor, I had to write to let everyone know how special this little place is. Both times we went were February school vacations. The resort never seemed crowded or noisy. The rooms are servicable and clean. with comfortable beds. The staff at the front desk, especially Ernest (the manager), were always friendly and accomodating. Kindness is something that is universal. When one approaches a service oriented person in a foreign country patiently and politely, one generally gets the sentiment returned. Our maids were lovely and helpful. We always took the time to acknowledge and thank them and were rewarded with great service. The beach is the real specialty here. The water is clear, calm and warm. The view from the balcony is breathtaking! Being a photograper both above and below the water and an avid snorkeler makes the accomodation a real treat. Just step out any time of day and jump in with your mask and fins and be treated to a colorful plethora of tropical fish. I have snorkeled all over the world from Tahiti and Hawaii to Thailand and the Caribbean.
The marine refuge in front of the hotel host a spectacle for the person who loves this activity. We rented a brand new Camry at the airport and drove everywhere on the island and over on the ferry to St. John. Once you get used to the style of driving, it becomes second nature. The grocery store is very Americanized and user friendly. We always fly down with one duffle bag full of snack type and easily packable favorite foods. Do yourselves a favor and try out a week in a fun spot which is easy to travel to. Another little secret. While in St. Thomas, try to find Lindquist Beach. A gem of a beach on which you will likely be alone on an otherwise busy island.
Perfect for a wedding party!
Secret Harbour is an excellent hotel for the money. They have some great discount rates for airline employees and also have great internet rates. We were extremely happy witht he room size (1 bedroom suite).
The views were excellent and the full kitchen came in very handy. The beach was secluded and tranquille and had the best snorkeling I have ever seem right off the beach. we saw sea turtles, spotted rays, manta rays, and multitudes of fish. The staff was very friendly. The Blue Moon cafe was OK for the price, however, I would recommend the Room with a View reataurant- excellent!! Another thing to remember: RENT A CAR!! The costs of cabs are per person and run about $10 each way into town. That equates to $80 round trip for a family of 4. We rented a car for a week for $169.
A Great First Trip to St. Thomas
We just returned from our first trip to St. Thomas. After reading many reviews on this site and others, we finally decided to stay at Secret Harbour. We found it to be exactly as they advertise: a laid-back, tranquil resort in a beautiful setting on one of the nicer beaches on St. Thomas. We rented a one-bedroom suite right on the beach. The suite was huge, very well-maintained with white tile floors and nice tropical furnishings. It had more than enough room for 2 people and a large balcony overlooking the beach and gorgeous turquoise water. For people who do not want to fry in the sun all day, there's plenty of shade on this beach, from the big palm trees, and beach umbrellas. Since summer is off-season, the resort was not crowded at all. We visited several other beaches on the island and this was the best one we saw at a resort (you can't stay right on Magens Bay, which is an awesome beach). Some of the other beaches were very windy, and the water was rough. The water at Secret Harbour was always calm and crystal clear. The snorkeling is excellent here - we saw a good variety of colorful tropical fish. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, with flowers everywhere. The pool is up on a hill, with a terrific view, but hardly anyone seems to use it since the beach is so nice. Most of the resort staff are friendly - we didn't have that much contact with the front desk staff. The on-site dive shop has info on snorkeling tours, etc. We made good use of the kitchen in our suite, and never ate out for breakfast or lunch. The Food Center grocery store is much larger than the Marina Market in Red Hook, and has more selection. The prices for dinner are fairly high at the Blue Moon Cafe at Secret Harbour, so we never ate there. There are fun places to eat that are relatively inexpensive, such as Duffy's Love Shack in Red Hook, and Iggie's at Bolongo Bay. We were adventurous and rented a car (for $30/day). This has it's pros and cons. It gives you more freedom and is probably less expensive than taking taxis everywhere. However, the driving is nerve-wracking, since they drive on the left, and the roads are narrow with hairpin turns going up and down the mountains. Overall, we're glad we rented the car. We even took it on the car ferry over to St. John for a day. Trunk Bay is a must-see, and the snorkeling trail was great. Be aware if you want to rent snorkeling gear there, you must return it by 3:30 pm, so don't go too late. Trunk Bay and Magen's Bay beaches both were almost deserted by 4 pm after cruise ship passengers return to the ships. If you plan to do a lot of snorkeling at different locations, consider bringing your own snorkel gear, since the rental charges add up. We would stay at Secret Harbour again in a heartbeat. If you want lots of constant action, and planned children's activities, etc. you might be better off staying somewhere else. But if you want a nice suite on a beautiful beach in a tranquil setting, this is your place.
Just LOVED it!
I was in the Virgin Islands for work and decided to extend my trip with my sister and visit some of the neighboring islands including St.
Thomas. We picked Secret Harbour because of a great Internet rate and were surprising pleased when we arrived at the hotel. Our room included a full kitchen with a balcony overlooking the hotel's beautiful beach.
Waking up to coffee and breakfast and fresh fruit was great and helped to cut down costs.
We also enjoyed the hotel's restaurant and bar. The meal was perfect, again with a view overlooking the water, and the cost typical to most restaurants on these islands.
The staff -- from the hotel's front desk to the restaurant/bar to housekeeping -- were friendly and helpful. Everyday we received an abundance of fresh towels.
Another plus if you like to dive or snorkel is the on-site dive shop and beach at your fingertips. We did a boat dive 1 day with the hotel's dive shop and did a shore dive another day. Both were fantastic! We also snorkeled several times from the beach, which provided a fish tank of sea life including a sea turtle.
We had a wonderfully memorable trip I will not soon forget. I hope to return to St. Thomas again and when I do I will be staying at the Secret Harbour.
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... camera I had bought especially for this cruise has failed to work for me. So no photos of said tropical fish. Trivial fact number four - mangrove trees choose 'sacrificial leaves' to absorb all the salt from the water they ingest to survive. Like any tree, they need fresh water to grow. So one leaf from each branch is sacrificed. They turn yellow, drop off and return to the ground to decompose and provide compost for the trees. Also, their roots grow ...
... 300 to $400 maybe for the diver." Meanwhile we had attached to the mooring buoy in an attempt to stop the anchor getting lodged even tighter. That would cost us another $30.00 a night as well.
That afternoon I raced around each boat in the small harbor asking if anyone had dive tanks that might be able to help. No one it seemed, were divers. Mid afternoon a large French catamaran tied up to the buoy behind us, so I took the dingy across to ask them ...
... now. We get all moved in and I discover that my US phone number is working again and that I have a message from our friend Chuck. He is still on St. Thomas and wants to meet up so we ask him to come and get us. Chuck takes us to a place called "Iggies" for drinks and dinner and we end up hanging out there for the rest of the night. We listen to Pony and Peter play and talk with Diane and Chris (mother and son) who are here on holidays together. ...
We ended up in one of the restaurants for a dinner of hummus, Caeser salad, and flatbread pizza. Of course, just after a visit to Diamond International in the lobby. I knew I'd never make it without at least a visit to the jewelry store!
A quick stop in the Marketplace for a French Roast and my coffee and I retired to the loft to blog. Once again I fell asleep with my hands on the keys!
... continued snorkeling and enjoying the fish. As more tourist showed up, they bought milk bones which the fish just love to eat so there were swarms of fish! It was some really great snorkeling. We returned to the boat in early afternoon and so I swam in the nearly empty pool - too bad I didn't discover how great the pool was earlier in the cruise - it was wonderful.