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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Kathleen...
Rockford, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Could be wonderful”
Reviewed April 24, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Blue Papaya is a beautifully furnished 4 bedroom house. It has gorgeous mahogany trim throughout. However, there is no bathroom in the common area other than going into the master bedroom. While there is a lovely 60 foot pool, there is not one single float or noodle and the pool is unheated and cold!! When asked about the floats, which we have never seen not included in a house of this caliber we were told that "they just blow away and are not provided." We are currently in Blue Papaya until may 6. When we arrived we were told that the refrigerator had just been repaired. The first night the temperature in the repaired refrigerator went down to 64 degrees and we were forced to throw out everything we had just purchased such as milk, creamer, and yogurt. We now have 2 other refrigerators sitting in the great room on either side of the front door. Not a great start to an anniversary vacation!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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mgmoreau
Lincoln, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice secluded villa perfect for 4 couples with awesome views of St. Thomas”
Reviewed January 17, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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This house is very nice and offers four separate master bedrooms and one room with king bed and two day beds. This is a good layout if a large group (sleeps 10 people max) wanted to have privacy of their own bedrooms.

Positive features:
- Stunning views of St. Thomas
- Four very nice master bedrooms with upscale large stone walled showers
- Well appointed kitchen
- Beach chairs and towels provided which was a nice convenience
- House was clean and well maintained

Things to consider:
- Located on higher elevation 15 minutes from Cruz Bay area. Not convenient if you want to be close to everything in Cruz Bay.
- Location requires a rental car to get around and the road is very winding to get to this house. Also this house is part of a gated community which requires access code to get in at night.
- There is no common bathroom on main level of the house. There is a half bathroom on the lower level by the pool.
- Pool is not heated and does not get direct sunlight until late afternoon.

I would recommend this house if the location is not an issue to you. Check Google maps to get a better understanding of the location of this property on St. Johns.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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mmjr1
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Wedding Party Villa ”
Reviewed April 13, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

My wife and I were married on St John and we stayed at Blue Papaya for 7 nights with 6 of our friends. Views were incredible! House was built very nicely and we mostly hung out on porch just off kitchen, but also by the pool as well. Views were amazing on upper and lower patios and we had perfect sunsets. All bedrooms are equally as nice, so I guess you could consider them all master bedrooms.

Only negative was that St. John lost power for about 7 hours on our last night there and the generator for the house was not working. We could not pack or clean so were scrambling around on our departure day. They did say they were scheduled to fix it and they allowed us late checkout, which helped.

Overall great stay and would do it again.

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rselhors
Westerville, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect Paradise Getaway”
Reviewed December 11, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

My husband and I stayed at Blue Papaya for 2 perfect weeks along with our adult Children and their mates. We couldn't have picked a more perfect place! First of all the location is outstanding, close enough to town but high up enough for beautiful views. We would hit the beaches during the day but made a point to be home in time for the magnificent sunsets every evening poolside! We loved hanging out either on the upstairs balcony, which was really nice for outdoor dining and relaxing, or around the pool. Every one had their own private room and bath, and all were equally impressive. The beds, linens, and bathrooms were well appointed. The pictures, while lovely, really don't do this home justice, as it is more lovely in person. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner and the kitchen has all the amenities necessary for a gourmet. This home faces SE so the views are absolutely stunning, the boats, sunsets and Island lights of St. Thomas. Destination St. John set up our Jeep rentals, was always very friendly if we had any questions and check out was a breeze. I HIGHLY recommend Blue Papaya and Destination ST. John.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Stereo System
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Lisamaho5...
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Spectacular”
Reviewed June 20, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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We stayed for a week in June with 4 couples. Each room is separate which makes for great privacy. The house was so clean upon our arrival. We had a few minor issues-AC wasn't working in one of the rooms and the icemaker wasn't dispensing ice. The AC issue was resolved that day but no one ever returned to fix the icemaker. The views from the balcony and the pool are amazing. We loved the pool and spent happy hour there daily. There are plenty of amenities for beach chairs, towels, and 3 beach bags, 1 cooler. Plenty of spices in the kitchen. Would have liked if there were floats to bring to the beach. Overall there is nothing to complain about!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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michaelza...
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Blue Pap-awesome ”
Reviewed June 20, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
1
person found this review helpful

This place has it all. Awesome pool to lounge in. 4 bedrooms w/ king beds and cool showers. Tons of privacy. Went w/ 4 couples and never felt crowded. The view is lovely.

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Gail P
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Villa”
Reviewed July 4, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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What can I say...this villa is beautiful! Clean, well-maintained, very comfortable with amazing views are all words I would use to describe Blue Papaya. We spent our 10th anniversary in this lovely villa. Although there were only 5 of us, the villa can comfortably accommodate more guests. The lay-out is such that everyone can be together or they can retreat to their own private, luxurious retreat within the villa. The property has beautiful gardens and the sounds and sites of nature were amazing! The villa is equipped with modern appliances (including 2 set of washer/dryer) and everything was in great working order. It is located in a quiet neighborhood and has fantastic views (including one morning’s rainbow over the Bay view-priceless!). Some of the highlights for us included...Beach-entry style pool was perfect for our young children, the master on the pool deck’s sitting room was great to double as our children’s bedroom, the beds were very comfortable, the kitchen was very well-stocked and the stone showers, wood-work, brick floors and color scheme were simply beautiful. We spent our days enjoying some of the world's most beautiful beaches and our evenings grilling, playing in the pool and enjoying awe-inspiring views. Perfect family vacation! And the management company, Destination St John's booking process, quick replies to all my questions and help with all our needs were excellent. As an owner of vacation rental properties, I highly recommend Blue Papaya! We will be back!

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Liked best: The beach-entry pool
Liked least: Internet service was sometimes slow (not sure if villa or island issue)
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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