“Grande Bay for years to come . . .”
Having vacationed at quite a few places on St. John (both Coral Bay and Cruz Bay), we have determined that Grande Bay Resort and Residences is the place to which we will return for years to come. Located just a few minutes’ walk from Cruz Bay, you don’t need to take a taxi to town, to the ferry dock, or the grocery store. Restaurants and shopping are very close and walking the short distance is both convenient and safe (well lighted and less traffic).
Hiking to the beach is just 30-40 minutes away and Grande Bay provides beach chairs and towels so your day at the beach is as relaxing as can be. Or you can take a short taxi ride to the north shore beaches but you can walk to the taxi stand from Grande Bay in 10 minutes or so.
And if the surf happens to be high and the beaches are closed (yes, it happens) or if the beach is not your cup of tea, Grande Bay offers a nice sized pool, hot tub, and deck area for sunbathing or hanging out.
We especially like the fact that Grande Bay has a sizable gym with treadmills, a stationary bike, and elliptical machine. You can work out looking through large windows out over Cruz Bay and watching everyone prepare for the upcoming day, be it the dive boats, charters, or ferries. It is also convenient to go for a walk or run through town if you want to exercise outdoors. And the ocean with a sandy beach is right across the street if you want to stay close by.
Another feature we really like is the quality of the residences. We feel really safe and secure due to the sturdy doors and locksets and the materials of construction are top notch. Air conditioning really helps us sleep well and the walls are thick and dense, which helps keep noise out. Flat screen TVs with cable service allow us to keep up on current events and weather forecasts. The sizable kitchen allows us to prepare our own meals if we so wish.
Grande Bay is by far the nicest and most convenient place we have ever vacationed, including stays in Mexico and the BVIs.
Because we love St. John and plan to vacation there regularly, we felt it was worth the investment (initial outlay plus maintenance fees) to purchase two weeks under a fractional agreement. We are now guaranteed two weeks every year for only the annual maintenance fee, which is pretty reasonable. And if for some reason we cannot make it, we can rent the week out or trade it with a fellow resident for a different time. There are also other options but we are hoping we are always able to return. The sales process was not a high pressure pitch and because we plan to always come back to St. John, the simple payback on our investment is around 7 years, which we found acceptable. Grande Bay also has a financing program at reasonable rates if anyone happened to need it. The sales team was very helpful and answered all of our questions while not being pushy.
Lastly, once someone purchases a time share or fractional interest in a property, one might think that the sales people and property management would move on and forget about you. At Grande Bay, this could not be further from the truth. We are treated just as well, if not better, as before we purchased the fractional. The sales staff remembers us by name and invites us to all the social events they sponsor while we are on island. We get the chance to meet other residents who have already invested and also some who are prospective buyers. We feel we are treated like family by the sales team, managers, and staff. By the way, the staff keeps the facility in great shape and maintenance is top notch. Like the old Cheers TV show theme song, it is fun to go “where everybody knows your name, and they’re glad you came”. We can’t wait to get back.
Gena and Paul VanderMeulen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
January 17, 2013
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Many thanks for the excellent review and insightful comments! We are pleased that you have purchased here at Grande Bay and look forward to welcoming you back for many years to come. As the "Cheers" song also says "Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot" and that is our job to help you relax and take away all your worries!!
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