It was just the vacation we needed. The check in went smoothly from the ferry to the condo.Kerry (probably not spelled correctly), was not the usual property manager but she was fantastic! We were even shuttled to the grocery store that evening. BIG help! The condo was just right. Not too big and not too little as Goldilocks would say.
The bedroom was air conditioned and that worked just right. We didn't need the air in the morning or in the evening when we were "at home". We enjoyed the deck with the swing hammock until the mosquitoes would take over. (Bring bug spray or buy it like we did.) The kitchen was adequate. We did not do any cooking there. We ate a light breakfast of fruit and protein bars and packed lunches or bought sandwiches everyday. Then we ate out at night.
The sitting area was again, just right for us. The TV was small but we are not TV people on vacation and didn't need it. The wifi did not work all week but we decided we needed to disconnect anyway and were glad that was the case. We had taken our laptops/ipads and if we had been aware that we would not have access, we would not have lugged them down there. But no biggie.
Kerry responded to our text messages promptly and was a great help with suggestions for a day trip excursion. We took Bad Kitty to the British VI one day. We ran into Kerry a couple of times that week and each time she was available to chat and give suggestions. Could not have had better service at a high end resort!
We were looking for a private, low key, relaxed kind of place and that is what we got. The location was a nice walk into town. Not too far away and not right in the middle of things. Uphill and down hill both ways so we got our exercise in. We could carry out beach chairs and backpacks without melting down to the taxi area. We took the beach taxis around the north shore.
Goldilocks couldn't have said it better--"It was just right!"
- 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