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Argonauta 01/24/02
Reviewers Rating: Great
As I mentioned in the Amora review, our trip was last Easter 2001 - so it's been awhile since our trip, but I thought I would post a review on these villas anyway. . .

We booked Argonauta with Lisa Durgin at Vacation Vistas. She was great to work with and we have absolutely no complaints about Vacation Vistas - or the villa for that matter.

Argonauta, like the name implies, sets high on a perch between the Chocolate Hole area and Great Cruz Bay with an unbelievable view of St. Thomas, Little St. James and on a clear day, St. Croix in the distance. We've stayed at many villas throughout the years and Argonauta really does have the best view.

It has a separate building that holds two equal master bedrooms (kings) with garden-ish stone showers. There's a really nice screened-top garden shower in the main house, next to another king bedroom. There's also an upstairs bedroom with two twins and it's own private bath with a tiny shower.

Argonauta has a beautiful deck area with plunge pool edged with stone. It's very pretty, but the stone can be a bit sharp. But who wants a boring, non-sharp pool? We're on vacation, afterall. . . The only complaint is that this pool area is so intensely hot in the afternoon that it is almost unbearable. . . we usually used this area in the morning as the west sun was just too much to handle. But still, not really a complaint because the view is so beautiful it's hard to tear yourself off of the pool deck.

The pool deck is also home to an outdoor bar area (shaded), complete with a mini-fridge. There were plenty of pool and beach toys which were a big hit with our four-year-old daughter. We bought the "treasure chest" - filled with coins and jewels -beach toy when we got home because she loved it so much while we were there. (Of course it's not as much fun at home in the pool as it is on the beach.)

The house has a full deck around the back that offers shaded areas to watch the ferries crossing or as in our case, the St. Thomas Regatta that occurs around Easter-time every year. A nice new barbecue grill was waiting for us on this deck, too.

We had no real problems with appliances, although the fridge took a while to cool down initially and the upper master bedroom a/c was temperamental. There were a few ants - not a colony or anything - but we just checked our rooms over before going to bed. And there was that one gigantic spider on the wall one night - but again, no big deal. No problem with no-see-ums as a nice breeze was always blowing.

The master bedrooms had nice double patio doors that opened up so one could sleep without a/c if desired. The really nice touch was the two hammocks, one upstairs and one down on the porches of these rooms. . . Great views over to the Westin and Great Cruz Bay area from up top.

Argonauta's location was good, too. Although the drive after a night out on the town (as the drive is anywhere on St. John) was a little steep. But it is basically located above Starfish Market - very handy - and very close to town and to beaches.

We enjoyed our stay at Argonauta, and would stay there again. Although we are always in search of the villa that will outdo the last, so it could be awhile before we return to Argonauta. Out of many St. John villas, I will say that Argonauta ranks 3rd out of my favorites. The top two I must keep secret or they'll never be available. And since Argonauta is great for a group, I'll let this secret out - we usually only need a 2BR. lol

GenipGirl





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