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5 reviews
Only a portion if the huge, wide view from Serenity
Serenity King Master Suite with a/c and full bath
Serenity Master King Suite with a/c and full bath
Serenity Outdoor dining deck
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Serenity GreatRoom with living and dining
Serenity Great Room with Dining and Living area
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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greatlake...
Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Almost perfect”
Reviewed March 18, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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We've rented quite a few villas on St John and this one was very nice and in a great location. The views were awesome and the home was well maintained (although they could use some new pillows, these were pretty lumpy). The rental company was great to work with and we had no problems. The only thing that would prevent me from renting this one again was the lack of shade on the pool deck. Every other place we've stayed had at least an umbrella table. That should be an easy fix. We loved the cables on the deck railings which allowed for unimpeded views. It is fairly close to the water so you could hear the waves which was awesome. The AC worked well and quietly. We did need to run the unit in the main house as well as the bedroom because it didn't seem as breezy as some of the other places we've rented in the past (but it was also unusually hot for February--close to 90F most days).

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Liked best: Views
Liked least: Lack of shade on pool deck
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Apr 6, 2016
Thank you for staying with us. We are updating items you made note of. Hope you can return to St. John and Serenity Villa soon!
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Tily_10
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Wonderful, however ...”
Reviewed June 1, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Let me say that the location was perfect. Never heard or saw neighbors, but close enough to supermarket and restaurants. View was extraordinary. We all agreed it was by far the best family vacation including the full rainbow on our last morning. Only complaint was renting this as 3 bedroom. The small bedroom in basement and yes, it's in the basement, was a huge disappointment. It's advertised as good for children, but I foolishly thought that was because of the twin beds. It's damp, musty and not at all pleasant. The worst part was the sound of the water pump each time someone bathed and/or flushed in other parts of the house. It was loud! So if you need a two bedroom house, you will have a fantastic rental. If you need a 3 bedroom, do not book this villa.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Third bedroom
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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thegreatl...
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“'Serenity' says it all - wonderful & serene!”
Reviewed February 25, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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person found this review helpful

This was our first time staying on St. John and we were so happy with how our rental of Serenity turned out. (I think I researched every single villa on the island in planning our trip!) I stayed there with my boyfriend and the house was a perfect size for us. It is located between Great Cruz Bay (where the Westin is) and Chocolate Hole in the Maria Bluff neighborhood - it's less than a 10-minute drive to town, but feels a world away. It sticks out on a leafy bluff so that you have unobstructed views of the water and of St. Thomas, dramatic views at sunrise *and* sunset, and don't see your neighbors. I liked facing out on the open water rather than into one specific bay - it felt very private that way (no staring onto the decks of moored boats :) and vice versa :)) and the view was always changing as various sailboats, power boats, and cruise ships went by. The view was so serene, in fact, that we spent a lot more time at 'home' than we had planned - we would find ourselves sitting on the deck or lounging in the pool just gazing out at the water and then finding that a lot of time had gone by. Thus, we found some of our ambitions dissolving along with our daily-life stress. :) We kept thinking we saw whales in the distance, but it may have been relaxation-induced hallucinations. :)

We loved hanging out on the covered part of the patio above the pool deck, as well as in the pool, which was great - bigger and deeper than it looked in the photos. It was possible to actually do some real swimming in this pool. There were also pool floats that we enjoyed using. Many iguanas came to the pool area to sun themselves during our stay, which for me was a big highlight of the trip since I love reptiles. We also had a few tiny lizards in the house - which I was also very happy about since I figured they would eat any unfriendly biting bugs that might be around. Happily, we did not have ANY issue with mosquitoes or other bugs while we were there (which is definitely worth mentioning since I can be a mosquito magnet :)). The window screens were in good condition and we enjoyed the constant breezes (and never had to turn on the a/c in the main house - just in our bedroom pod).

The bed we used was very comfortable (in the furthest pod from the main house). The wifi was strong and I got a strong 4G signal on AT&T (throughout the island, actually). Having never stayed in a place using cistern water, I was a bit hesitant about how that would work, but we never ran out of water and the water pressure in the shower was decent. Overall, it was a very comfortable house that made a great home-away-from home while on STJ - Serenity lives up to its name!

Taking care of booking and all the logistics was a breeze. Lisa (of Vacation Vistas) was great to work with and made everything easy. She had many excellent recommendations of things to see and do and was just all-around nice! We would definitely work with her again in the future.

All in all, we were very, very happy with Serenity. Writing this review is bringing back good memories but also making me sad that we had to leave! ;)

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Management Response
Feb 24, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words! We will look forward to your return! Lisa (VacationVistas.com)
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ingrid j
Stratham, New Hampshire
2 reviews
“Super place with great views,private, and close to all.”
Reviewed May 2, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

I surprised my husband for his 50th. Our family (2 kids aged 9&13) and another family of same size and age stayed here. We needed to rent a cot and that was easy. You dont speed a ton of time in the rooms any way. Most time was spent on pool deck or under cover of the deck. It was so beautiful the views of St Thomas and beyond. The kids loved the pool and the place was so easy to come and go. We would rent this place again in a heart beat. It was very clean and comfortable. Cant wait for our next trip.

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Liked best: views
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
May 1, 2013
Thank you we would love to have you back again soon! Lisa
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