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“Wonderful 10 days in Dolphina!”
Review of Aqua Bay Villas

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Aqua Bay Villas
Navarre, Florida
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34 reviews
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“Wonderful 10 days in Dolphina!”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

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.

Room Tip: All of the four villas have their own charm, but we are glad we choose Dolphina for it's larger...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canton, Michigan
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

We enjoyed a week in L'Isle Amour. One of my biggest concerns was that the walk into town would be a nuisance, but it's really not bad at all. Steep-ish hill but completely do-able (so long as you are wearing flats - I wouldn't recommend doing it in heels or wedges... but it is STJ after all, and casual attire is practically dress code anyways). The walk literally took about 4-6 minutes, and made us feel less guilty about all of the fantastic food and drinks we partook in. The Gallows has a little convenience shop about halfway to the villa, so if you need anything it's a good time to stop. The room was everything that we would need, full kitchen, bathroom, quaint master suite. The living area was nice, but we actually never sat down to use it as we spent most of our time on the veranda. Loved having the lay-out chairs on the deck area! The tv's small but we really don't watch tv on vacation. The wireless internet worked fine all week. Would have been nice to have a dishwasher, especially since the water pressure is very low, making doing dishes a more tedious chore, but not a huge deal. The only complaint I'd have is that the bed pillows were especially flimsy and flat, but I can be a fussy sleeper. I'd probably throw my own pillow in my suitcase next time. Overall it was a great week, great views, nice master suite, comfy couch, and wonderful all-around experience. We plan to come back and bring family members, possibly renting out multiple villas at Aqua Bay at once :) Also, Leslie, the owner is fantastic to deal with - super nice and sweet, answers emails promptly, and is more than willing to help with anything you might need! Highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

What a perfect location to the town and beach. With taxis going all over I didn't feel the need to rent a car. The villa is comfortable and provides you with everything you need. They are clean which is extremely important to me and the owners want you to have nothing less than an excellent time. Want to dine out? You can walk to some fantastic restaurants. 362, The Terrace and Waterfront Bistro were my favorites in walking distance. ZoZo's is a cab ride and worth it. There are coolers to pack a lunch to take to the beach and a swimming pool. A great veranda to sit outside to enjoy your morning coffee or late afternoon blender drink. And for those who feel the need to watch TV you have that too. Don't hesitate to take one of the books to the beach and if you've already read one you brought share it by leaving it on the book shelf.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Northborough, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We have only stayed in Dolphina, one of the 4 units at Aqua Bay and love it. It is beautifully decorated and has everything we need, including beach chairs, towels & coolers. Returning from the beach, with a cool dip in the small pool is awesome. We love the veranda views and cool breezes for our nightly dining and its location is perfect for us. Frank Bay is just down the road where we have had some great snorkeling and the walk into town only takes us about 10 minutes! Robin, the manager could not be nicer or more helpful. We will return!

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Boylston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

My wife and I cannot say enough good things about Aqua Bay Villas. We stay in the L'Isle Amour which is perfect in size for us and the cleanliness, amenities, view and closeness to Cruz Bay are perfect. This is our third visit to stay on the island and our second year renting at Aqua Bay. Leslie has made sure that the unit is decorated perfectly and the property manager Robin is there to help in any way. We are here now and hope to return next year. Thank you for sharing a bit of paradise with us Leslie and Toby.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rocky Mount, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2014

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!"

Room Tip: There are bugs on St John. It's a battle to keep things clean in the tropics.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, Michigan
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Aqua Bay Villa exceeded all of our expectations!!! The villa is spacious and beautifully decorated. Conviently located to downtown Cruz Bay (a short walk) and a few steps from Frank Bay which has some of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see. The owners are very accesible and will make sure your stay will be a memorable experience. Their management and cleaning team are exceptional. We have been to this beautiful island over 20 times and Aqua Bay Villa is by far the nicest property we have had the pleasure to rent.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Aqua Bay Villas
Address: 238 Seagrape Lane, Cruz Bay, St. John
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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