Just returned from a wonderful St. John vacation. The location of Aqua Bay Villas is perfect. Just around the corner from downtown Cruz Bay but very quiet. It is a short, but hilly walk into town. I was a little worried about walking back after dark but we felt very safe. We had planned to rent a car for a couple of days but decided to hike or take taxis instead.
Most days we hiked to Solomon or Honeymoon beach to snorkel. Then we walked the rest of the way to Caneel Bay, had a couple of drinks in their bar, and took a taxi ($5 each) back to town. What could be better than this?
The property manager, Robin, met our ferry and took us to the grocery store. This was very helpful since we didn't have a car. We ate breakfast in our villa, took snacks to the beach for lunch and walked to town for dinner every evening. After dinner, we just came back and enjoyed the huge veranda in Dolphina.
Dolphina is the largest of the four villas. I especially liked the high ceilings which made it seem even roomier. We took some pictures but they look just like the pictures on the website! (That hasn't always been the case at other places...)
The owner, Leslie, will answer any questions that you have and she has great suggestions for places to eat and things to do. You really get the feeling that she wants you to have a great vacation!
We hope to get back to St. John in a couple of years and will definitely look into staying at Aqua Bay Villas again.
- 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