My fiance' and I stayed in the Coral Suite in the Hideaway Villas in Pinapple Village (what a mouthful!) for 5 nights. We booked it through Mark on his website (they're also listed on VRBO). Mark was very helpful in making my reservation. I did a lot of research, and for $150/night this condo was a bargain compared to other places in the area.
The Coral Suite looks EXACTLY like the pictures. It is cute, clean, cozy, and nicely decorated. With a small kitchen (small fridge, micro, sink), bath, Queen bed, A/C, safe, and a small TV; it was all we needed for a place to stash our stuff and get a good night's sleep. It even has a little walled-in patio with palm trees overhead that was nice to sit outside and read in the mornings. Maid service is provided.
Pineapple Beach is a 1 minute walk from the condo. While not the nicest beach (more on that in a sec), it was nice to be able to put our feet in the ocean immediately the day we got there. Also just down the beach is Fungi's, a very cool beach bar with decent food ON the water. We ended many nights there. Also, up some stairs in the Point Pleasant Hotel is Agave Terrace, a very good restaurant with great views.
The condo is not beachfront only due to the fact that the entire Village is surrounded (on the beach-facing side) by a the former Grand Bay Palace Resort that closed in 2005 due to financial problems. It was easy to see that the resort was, at one time, quite the place. It was kind of sad and eerie to see it just abandoned. There's even a small 9/11 memorial, which I found fascinating.
The good news about the closed property: They DO keep the grounds up pretty well surrounding the old resort, including Pineapple Village. The beach is cleaned off probably once/week... so while it's a little dirty, and probably not as nice as it used to be, it's still an okay beach. The groundskeepers were around the Village every day we were there. Also good: It was super quiet. We could hear the people in the other rooms every once in a while, but it was so quiet and easy to sleep there.
Also, the Wyndham has bought the resort, and after a court hearing on Feb 14, 2008 plans to start a complete remodel of the place. Not sure what this will mean for Pineapple Village, but my guess is that it will be good news for them!
Coming into Pineapple Village, off of Smith Bay Road (38), it's a little hard to find, due to the fact that you are coming in the entrance of this old, closed resort, and the sign outside simply says "CLOSED." But, once down the driveway, there's a 24-hour guard in the resort's guard shack, and it's business as usual in the village.
So, if you're looking for a full service 5-star hotel and a price tag to match, this place isn't for you. If you're looking for a clean, cute, safe, reasonably-priced place in walking distance to a beach and bar, to sleep at night - you've found it.
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- Also Known As:
- Pineapple Village Villas At Pineapple Village Hotel St. Thomas
- Pineapple Village Villas At Pineapple Village St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands