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Westin 08/08/02
Reviewers Rating: Great
My friend and I stayed at the Westin in the first week of August (just got back last night) for 8 days/7 nights. While the grounds were immaculately kept, the rooms were lovely and the transportation to and from the airport via boat ferry and golf cart were relaxing and extremely convenient, the reason why I will not give it a 4 star rating is personal. The Westin is family oriented (my friend and I are 25 and 26, both single), meaning there are kids and families everywhere. The pool was always crowded, and we traveled on the "off" season. The resort is so sheltered from the actual St. John community that one would get the feeling that you are in a resort at Disney World, and not the Caribbean. There is little "culture" in St. John and St. Thomas. The society has been commercialized and so heavily reliant on the tourism industry, that you can't even get a decent Caribbean meal. I live in New York City, and frankly, I've had much better Caribbean food on 125th street (that's sad). With that said, there are some fantastic restaurants, which serve more international cuisine, such as Chateau Bordeaux (set atop Bordeaux Mountain, with a breathtaking view) and Asolare (French-Asian, and my favorite restaurant).

This is a paradise for those who are not so much into culture, but into great beaches, beautiful scenery and lots of tourists. And that's really not my bag...

Liz





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