We stayed at Aqua Bay Villas in Dolphina from 7/1-7/10/2012 for our honeymoon and had an amazing experience. From the moment we walked in till we closed the door the last time, we were in heaven. Robin, the property manager, picked us up for the ferry and took us right to grocery store so we could stock up for the week. This was an awesome touch! It was so nice to have food when we checked in after 18 hours of traveling! The villa was immaculate, beautifully decorated, and contained everything we needed. As you first open the gates to Aqua Bay Villas, the sounds of the bubbling fountain and the sight of the palm trees and other tropical trees and vines invite you into your own island paradise.The kitchen had everything we needed to cook while we were there, including a full stove and oven. And we did cook often! The living room and kitchen were one large open space. The couch is gorgeous and comfortable! A great touch was the iHome- we used it constantly to set the tone while we cooked and relaxed. The bedroom has a beautiful mahogany king sized (super comfy) bed, 2 dressers, an extra large closet, a bookcase with books, and a chair with an ottoman. However, the best feature of the bedroom is the air conditioning! We were there in July and it was hot and humid. The A/C cooled the bedroom right down and allowed for a nice comfortable sleep! There is also a large bathroom and a loft with a queen bed (it was just my husband and myself so we never slept in it). Our favorite feature of the house was the veranda. Not only was there a table large enough to seat 8 but also a grill, a couch and a chaise lounge. Almost everyday after returning from our adventures we would sit out on the deck while reading, napping or just enjoying the great views of the ocean. Another great thing about this place since they provide beach towels and beach chairs! None of that trying to lay on the beach in an itty-bity white bath towel or having to take up all that space in your luggage! We also enjoyed jumping into the pool after a hot day walking through town. There is also a little cabana by the pool that is stocked up with books. On the front side of the property is the little fountain, which you can relax by in the several chairs surrounding it. Thankfully, Aqua Bay provides bug spray (a life saver because after a rain shower the bugs do come out all over the island!) and a book filled up with recommended restaurants, beaches, car rentals, boat charters, and anything else you might want to do on your trip. Since we arrived during Carnival and figured it would be hard to drive around with all the festivities going on, so we only rented a car for the second half of the trip. Luckily, ABV is a short walk (probably 2 minutes) from the beach at Frank Bay (which has beautiful sunsets) and a 5-10 minute walk to the down town area of Cruz Bay. Despite being so close to town, the villas were surprising quiet. We knew there were other guests but rarely saw them. It felt like we were in our own honeymoon hide-away. We definitely felt at home while here and can not wait to come back again. We We had an amazing stay at Aqua Bay Villas and highly recommend it! We will definitely be back!
- 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