We stayed at Aqua Bay Villas from July 14 to July 22, 2012 and had a wonderful experience. We stayed in L'Isle Amour, which is a one bedroom villa (read: condo) that has a first floor sitting area, kitchen, and balcony and a second floor bedroom, bathroom, and balcony. The views from our bedroom were fantastic -- and -- the bedroom was air conditioned. This is not common in many of the other accommodations on the island. Meanwhile, Aqua Bay is about a 5-10 minute walk to Cruz Bay, so you are close enough to restaurants, bars, taxis, etc., but far enough away from the crowd. The grounds at Aqua Bay are nice and the atmosphere is very peaceful. The dipping pool was a plus, especially after a day of snorkeling and being in the sun and sand. Because we were so close to Cruz Bay, we didn't need to rent a car or jeep. We took the taxis to the various parts of the island, especially the beaches.
One of the best parts of staying here is that Robin, who manages the property, picks you up at the ferry and takes you grocery shopping the minute you get there. You get to stock your fridge and get your vacation going immediately. We saved a lot of money eating meals at "home" although we enjoyed many of the yummy restaurants in Cruz Bay as well. The only downside was that there is no housekeeping, so you need to tidy up after yourself. Overall, Aqua Bay was a great value not to mention a lovely place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aqua Bay Villas is in a wonderful St. John location; ideal for any vacation, honeymoon or family island destination. A tropical, private paradise of Caribbean styled, fully equipped, rental villa suites located in a lovely neighborhood within walking distance to Cruz Bay where most of the activities, restaurants and shopping are located and approximately 100 steps to a nice snorkeling beach so renting a car is optional. The villa does provide complementary, private parking for our guests who do decide to rent a car for all or part of their stay. Select among four villa suites; each with a seperate entrance, a fully equipped kitchen, a living/dining area, an air-conditioned master bedroom with the bathroom en suite and their own veranda overlooking the gazebo, pool and Caribbean Sea beyond. All the villa suites are fully furnished along with flat screened TVs and WiFi, in addition to kitchens that come complete with: refridgerator, gas stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, blender and all kitchenware and utensils. The villa also provides beach chairs, beach towels, all linens, coolers, hair dryers, as well as many other amenities and a triple filter water system. From the moment our guests arrive at the St. John ferry dock, they are transported to a tropical vacation paradise with incredible natural beauty, beaches, views, watersports and delicious restaurants. A wonderful management team, combined with immaculate, comfortable and affordable accommodations that often become one's "island home away from home" make for an experience to be cherished forever! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Aqua Bay Villas St. John/Cruz Bay