Our family of 6, including a 12 month old, plus grandmother stayed comfortably in a 2 br/3 ba hillside Vacation Villa from July 2-8. The property was beautiful and our location (bldg. 33) had fantastic views of the bay and even the fireworks from over the hill in Cruz bay on July 4.
I would definately try to get a Villa (especially bldg. 33 or 34 - either by using someones timeshare - check on eBay- or renting directly from Westin). The units are large, clean, tastefully decorated, have great views and the washer/dryer & kitchen make a family vacation so much easier. There are two king beds and a queen sleeper sofa in a two story apartment. The beds were heavenly, but the showers were small. There was a small, but nice, pool next to the building so you could swim and grill your own food without having to go down the hill to the main pool & restaurants. Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes or can be called to come get you.
We rented a car 4 days and toured the whole island. I was thankful for the independence, but glad we could come home to the Westin amenities. My children loved the pool and the water toys (climbing mountain & water trampolines) after long days of sight seeing/snorkeling/hiking. They even have a playground and a score of resident iguanas. I loved the concierge who found a 7 passenger vehicle when all the companies I contacted were sold out and arranged park tours for us, all before we even arrived.
The water at the Westin beach was not clear, but I never saw any seaweed. The water was still a beautiful aquamarine blue and the beach was pretty enough that there were weddings every evening we were there.
We took the Island Time boat docked at the Westin to the Baths & Norman Island after our small, independent charter cancelled due to weather fears. We had a great time and were glad we switched. The ride was smooth. There was plenty of room. The kids made friends on board and there was constant food & drink available.
We never got any bug bites at the Westin. We never even used the bug spray we brought from home. The only bites I got at all were from sand fleas at Little Maho Bay. Maybe other posters were out at night in different places than we were.
We used the Westin ferry/shuttle. The trip over was very pleasant, but the trip back was overbooked, in my opinion. We had to stand in the hot sun in a long line to check in to the return ferry and then were squished into every available seat. In fact, our family had to split up for the return ride. Also, the luggage didn't arrive at the airport for 30 minutes after our 4 or 5 safari busses of departing Westinites were dropped there from the St. Thomas marina.
With the exception of the front desk staff, everyone went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. Our only contact with the front desk staff was at check out when we discovered 3 erroneous charges totalling almost $200. After 45 minutes of hunting phantom tickets, they removed the charges.
Management is so close to perfection with its fabulous property & service oriented staff, if it could just come up with a better plan to leave a great feeling with departing guests.
Westin could be a one-stop experience (like camp for the whole family) or do as we did and use it as a home base for exploring all that St. John has to offer.
- Also Known As:
- Westin St. John Resort & Villas Hotel Cruz Bay
- Westin St. John Resort & Villas Hotel
- Westin St. John Resort And Villas
- Westin St John Resort
- Westin St John
- Westin Cruz Bay
- Cruz Bay Westin
- St John Westin
- Westin St. John Resort & Villas Cruz Bay
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on 1,200 feet of private beach The Westin Resort St. John, USVI is a tropical retreat that's easy to reach. ... more less
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