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Gallows Point Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   3 AAA Gallows Point Rd | P.O. Box 58, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John   |  
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“High expectations, no disappointment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We wanted a quiet escape, but close to great places to eat and shop, with a specatacular ocean view and close water access, and romantic/high-quality accomodations. We got all that and more. The snorkeling (this was our first time) right outside our back porch was our second best experience among the 7 beaches where we snorkled. Excellent resort with wonderfully kind staff. The only negative was that there was loud sidewalk construction going on during the day, but we are not taking points off our review because we were given a 30% discount along with advance warning for that reason.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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karlamrktng, Manager at Gallows Point Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we want to thank you for writing such a wonderful review. We want you to know that the front entry and patio tile renovation is over for the year and is scheduled to be completed next summer. The unit interiors have all been renovated. We are constantly trying to improve our resort to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We hope you will come stay with us again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

My wife & i stayed here for 4 nights to celebrate our 20th anniversary and had the best time. It was the perfect place with a great location - a short 5 miinute walk to all of the shops, restaurants, and bars of downtown Cruz Bay. The property was beautifully maintained a top a hill overlooking either the ocean or Cruz Bay. The grounds were immaculate and the setting very peaceful. We did not see any children during our visit. It was clear from some of the signage that this was a "peaceful" resort and that although children were not dis-allowed, if they were staying there, there were behavior expectations. I don't have a problem with the signs or with kids - just sharing my observations,

We had a recently renovated unit and it was beautfiul - very tastefully decorated with a brand new kitchen, gleaming mahogany woodwork, a huge, tiled shower, and a very comfy bed. You couldn't ask for more. I liked the fact that they had a gallon of water in the refigerator upon our arrival, a couple bottles of juice, and plenty of coffee/sugar/creamer everyday. We even got a bottle of compliementary rum in the on-site store.

The on-site store had just what we needed to hold us over until we could go to one of the local markets. Kristen in the on-site store was a doll - very helpful, always smiling, and very willing to help. She arranged for a Jeep rental for us and made a reservation for a dinghy rental for us as well.

We liked having access to a cooler during our stay. It was a decent sized one too - not some small, soft-sided useless cooler.

We had a great time at Gallow's Point and would definitely stay there again if we return to St. John.

I would have given the resort a "5 star excellent" review if not for one minor thing - the swimming platform pictured prominently on the web site was not there. it certainly would have made for yet another way to relax at Gallow's Point. Not a huge deal, but it sure would have been nice to sit on that swim platform and relax. (No one at the front desk had any idea where it was either.) By the way, the snorkeling in front of the resort wasn't bad at all. There were definitely some fish to see and some live coral (unlike Trunk Bay).

One suggestion I would make is to do one of the following: install ice makers in the freezers in each unit OR purchase a large ice machine for guests to use to fill their coolers OR have bagged ice for sale for $1-2 per bag on site. Anything is better than filing ice cube trays trying to make enough ice cubes to fill a cooler!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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karlamrktng, Manager at Gallows Point Resort, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for posting such a flattering review. In regards to the swim platform missing, we have found that it is necessary to take it out of the water during hurricane season. It is usually taken out in August and put back in the end of October. It was actullay scheduled to go back in the water a week ago, but then tropical storm Rafael was headed this way so we had to postpone it. It will be back in the water for all to enjoy soon. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I have never stayed somewhere with such pleasant employees, who were so helpful, understanding and gracious! Our room was so nice, SO CLEAN! The front desk was impeccaple service!! The grounds and the pool were kept so clean...it was nice and quiet...GORGEOUS views!!!...I had the best stay there for our honeymoon!! couldnt have asked for anything more!! I cannot wait to go back!!!

Room Tip: There was no fitness area... Garden Ocean view was our room :)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

No Spring Break crowd here! Quiet and peaceful, few if any children. Suites are actually more like apartments. Huge showers in bathrooms, comfy king beds, full kitchens (we made all our own breakfasts and some lunches), dining area, sunken living rm in lower, loft bedroom with 1/2 bath in upper. We've stayed in both upper and lower: upper is larger but we preferred the single-level lower.
Grounds are slightly hilly but well-landscaped and easy to navigate. No sandy beach but easy ocean access to good snorkeling. Plenty of lounges and patio tables, even a couple of hammocks!! You don't have to get up early to reserve seating like at some resorts.
ZoZo's restaurant on the property is excellent, as are many of the Cruz Bay restaurants and bars, all within easy walking distance. You'd need about two weeks to visit all of them.
Staff is very friendly and helpful.
We've seen some of the other resorts/inns, and we stayed at a villa once (never again), and Gallows Point is now the only place for us.

Room Tip: Lower suites are on ground level. Uppers are on second level with 3rd level bedroom. Uppers have 1.5...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

My boyfriend and I traveled to St. Thomas/St. John from August 17, 2012 to August 26, 2012. We are school teachers so we do most of our traveling during our time off in the summer- but since this was the off-season the islands were not crowded and prices also reflected the off-season. After we arrived in St. Thomas we were stuffed into a crowded taxi at the airport and taken to the Red Hook Ferry landing (warning: roads are narrow and windy and remember to drive on the left). Our taxi driver also charged us per person NOT by trip only! Our brief initial time on St. Thomas was disappointing. The island is run-down, polluted, and unappealing. We definitely hoped for better surroundings on St. John. After a brief wait at the ferry landing the trip to St. John was uneventful. When we got to Cruz Bay, St. John where the Gallows Point Resort representative was waiting there to greet us and give us a courtesy ride to the resort. We checked into the resort with no problem and had our bags carried to 5D only to find that someone else was given our room a few hours earlier. The front desk was quick to remedy the situation with a comparable room (or so we were told). To further rectify the situation the front desk also sent us a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy.
Our “room” (more like a condo) had a master bedroom loft with half bath and a spacious living room, kitchen, and full bath down stairs. The room had a balcony with an ocean view partially obscured by palm trees (but who doesn’t love palm trees?) and felt private from the unit on the other side due to lattice and lush vegetation between the units. The balcony furniture was satisfactory and could use updating, yet was functional. Doors swelled due to the humidity, but we understood that this was just the nature of the beast. There were no surprises regarding the room, the Gallows Point website is an accurate representation of the quality. There was plenty of storage in the unit, anything you could need was provided in the kitchen, and the maid service was consistent and thorough. I brought my laptop on vacation to research different locations to visit, and even though there was wi-fi it was weak and inconsistent.
The resort grounds were well maintained every morning. We enjoyed walking the grounds and admiring the many different plants and animals. Large iguanas roam freely (we found one next to our balcony for a few days) and peacocks also make the morning rounds. The pool and hot tub were wonderful although we didn’t spend much time there and opted for the beautiful beaches of St. John instead. The resort itself does not have a sandy beach. It has a small rocky area with some lounge chairs and a larger elevated and covered deck with lounge chairs. If you’re looking for a white sandy beach there are many options on the island, but you won’t find it at Gallows Point. However, there was amazing snorkeling right in front of the resort with a safe walkway to enter/exit the water. There was also a swimming platform that was scrubbed down regularly. Some of the bay-view units were being remodeled while we were there but we weren’t even aware of it until we walked the grounds. The workers kept the noise to a minimum and only during daylight hours.
We were tired upon arrival at Gallows Point, so it was nice to have a restaurant on site that first night. Zozo’s is a little pricey (as are many places on the island), but the food/service/atmosphere was very good. There is an independently owned “general store” on the grounds called “Gallows Gourmet”. David and his wife own the store and were very accommodating and informative about what there is to see and do on the island. I even received e-mails from them prior to our visit with lists of what they carried in the store and even offered to stock our fridge upon our arrival. They can book trips for you and he was honest about where to go and where not to go. While we were on St. John we booked a sunset cruise (on Calypso) and a day trip to the British Virgin Islands (on Bad Kitty) through the store at no inflated rate. “Gallows Gourmet” sold goods from locals, rented videos, snacks, and alcohol. We stopped in for breakfast and coffee every morning, and also rented snorkel gear for our stay.
There were other “extras” that the Gallows Point resort offered that made our vacation there very comfortable. The front desk called us a taxi to take us where ever we wanted to go. We left St. John to spend the second half of our trip on St. Thomas (unfortunately) and spent the last day back on St. John. While we were there Gallows Point was nice enough to let us use their computer to print out our boarding passes and even took the time to search our old room for a cell phone charger that I thought I left behind. In hind sight, we should have spent the whole trip on St. John at Gallows Point resort.
Five minutes walking distance from the resort is Cruz bay. Cruz Bay is the “downtown” of St. John, and while there were some nice restaurants (High Tide, Spy Glass, Lime Tree Inn, Rhumb lines) and shopping areas (Mongoose Junction and Warfside Village) there were also many people loitering around at all times of day and night. Walking around at night alone might not be advised but just be aware of your surroundings. Once out of Cruz Bay, the island is gorgeous. Some of the places we went to and recommend are: Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, Maho Bay, Oppenhiemer’s House, Jumbie Beach, Hawksnest Bay, and Waterlemon Bay/Key. Cinnamon Bay is amazing with great snorkeling and also offers camping and food. The beach was not crowded when we went and the water was clear. Since Trunk Bay is part of the US National Parks system it had a fee to enter and while it too was beautiful it is more of a tourist attraction and will get crowded. Many of the cruise ships/group tours bring passengers here so check with your hotel/resort to see if one is in port. They do have an underwater snokel trail that was neat. Maho Bay was great, even though the water was not completely clear, we saw nurse shakes, sting rays, and swam with many sea turtles. Waterlemon Bay was alright and it was a bit of a walk to get there, but there were sugar plantation ruins on the way. Watch out for all the sea urchins at this beach. We were also told there were wild donkeys here, we didn’t see any until we drove home and pulled over to say hi (which then led to being chased by them, but they were cute from inside the car). If you’re interested in a more private beach that the locals use, try Jumbie beach (on the way to Cinnamon Bay). We heard great things about Caneel Bay but when we made time to go they had closed for the off-season.
Overall, St. John is beautiful and our stay at Gallows Point resort was comfortable and relaxing. We have already added it to our list of “places to go again”.

Room Tip: We stayed in 6D oceanview and it was beautiful. The views of Cruz Bay were also nice, but may be a...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Gallows Point was a picture perfect vacation. We stayed in room 8B, a lower level suite.
The room was fantastic with a full kitchen, mattress was super comfortable, huge shower, plenty of room etc etc. The room was perfect. The view was perfect, loved all of the iguanas on the property. You start to name them after a while.

Property is close to Cruz Bay and shopping. We walked there several times and even up to Mongoose Junction. The gift shop and small grocery has plenty to pick up so you don't have to walk to town or take a cab. We went grocery shopping once in town and cooked the rest of the week. It was easier for us and our style.

We stayed the 1st week in October and saw maybe 5 or 6 people in 4 days. We had to venture out to see more people. Which was super nice to feel like you were the only ones at the resort. Later in the week we saw more people as off season came to a close.
The gift shop staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. They gave us advice and tips on where to go and what to see and arranged reservations.

My wife said I couldn't have picked a better place. It had everything we wanted and needed and I will have a hard time out doing Gallows Point. We will definitely return and even considering making it a yearly destination.

Room Tip: 8B had a great view of the other islands. When it rains you see a rainbow. We saw one every morning...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We are annual visitors to the Virgin Islands, and we just returned from a spectacular weeklong stay at Gallows Point. I have found a new favorite place to stay while on STJ. Gallows was perfect for us in so many ways.

Room/Unit

We stayed in Unit 9C – an upper oceanfront room. This is one of the units rented through Suite St. John, rather than being rented from Gallows Point directly. The unit exceeded our expectations. I must first rave about the view. It truly is incredible. The balcony faces St. Thomas and has a wonderful sunset orientation. The inside was well appointed with a high-end kitchen and appliances and comfortable furniture. The mattress is new and of high quality, which made for great sleep. The maid service was friendly and reliable, and the unit was exceptionally clean.

Resort

The location of Gallows is absolutely perfect for us for two main reasons – the on-site snorkeling and the quick walk to town. Cruz Bay is a short walk down the hill from the resort, so it is an easy walk to bars, restaurants and shopping. We do not like being confined to a resort, so this setup was perfect.

Now, let me rave about the snorkeling. I am a jaded snorkeler and diver, having snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, The Maldives, Tahiti, etc. We know that the Caribbean reefs are no match for the aforementioned places, but Gallows’ reef was an excellent snorkeling spot. Among the creatures I spotted on the Gallows reef were moon jellyfish (many, about 10-14 inches long), tarpon, sea turtles, moray eels, pufferfish, lionfish (they were marked and caught later), trunkfish, barracuda, reef squid, trumpetfish, flutemouths and the most gorgeous blue tangs I have ever seen. The eagle rays were spotted by other snorkelers during our stay, but I wasn’t lucky enough to see them on this trip. The ability to walk from the room directly to my snorkel spot was convenient and a key reason we chose Gallows. We have also stayed at Caneel Bay, and I found the snorkeling at Gallows to be comparable.

The pool and Jacuzzi is a wonderful place to chill (lime) during the day and at sunset. We enjoyed using the Jacuzzi after a long snorkel. And while Gallows has no sandy beach, there are ample chaise lounges with shade on several sundecks and at the shore entry.

Gallows Point Gourmet

This is the on-site gift shop that offers drinks, food, toiletry items, coffee, gifts and excursion bookings. Shannon (the owner) and Kristen are very friendly and helpful. Kristen helped us book a jeep rental, and she couldn’t be nicer or more cheerful (ask her about Ziggy). I found the prices to be reasonable. Oh, and Shannon bakes amazing banana bread (pick up a slice).

Service

The service at Gallows was friendly and attentive. Surprisingly, they didn’t work on island time, like so many of the other resorts in the VIs. They were quick to address issues and offer assistance. The front desk staff and bellman really made us feel welcome at the resort.

I reserve my five-star Tripadvisor reviews for the best of the best. My theory is that the resort or restaurant must really have something special in order to receive a five-star reviews. Gallows Point is one such resort. I am plotting my return, which can’t come too soon.

You can see more of my snorkeling photos at www.reeftraveler.com

Room Tip: 9C has an amazing view of St. Thomas, great sunsets
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 AAA Gallows Point Rd | P.O. Box 58, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gallows Point Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a 5 acre peninsula in Cruz Bay. Our spacious 1 & 2 story units have fully equipped kitchens with dining area, King size bed, Satellite TV, Central A/C. in room wireless internet, full living room and private balconies all with ocean views. The resort offers full maid service, pool with hot tub, concierge service and a small gourmet grocery. Eat at our fine dining restaurant or take a 5 minute stroll to town. ... more   less 
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