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Cari-beana Villa 01/26/03
Reviewers Rating: Fair
Burglarized at Cari-beana

We rented Cari-beana Villa (Enighed, St. John) in March of 2002 and the villa was burglarized the second night of our vacation. The villa does not have any doors or windows that can be secured. It was like being in a large, nicely decorated tree house. The main house, where the other two bedrooms are, is mostly screened with a couple of louvered doors that have a flimsy slide lock. The separate building only had a lock on the doorknob, the type that can be easily jimmied with a credit card. This would be a great vacation villa if the owners added secure doors and windows.

We came home that evening to find that the small "security" box had been crowbarred from the floor to which it was bolted. Our passports, traveler's checks, and airline tickets were history. We had to cancel an excursion for the next day -- planned weeks in advance -- to deal with all the issues and moving to another location. The police weren't hospitable at all and made us walk a number of blocks to the registry to make copies of our police reports for which they charged us -- talk about adding insult to injury!

There is a positive side to this story, however. Kathy McLaughlin of Island Getaways is a "class act." Kathy, staff members and friends who volunteered, jumped into action and bent over backwards to salvage what they could of our vacation. She moved us to a a beautifully furnished luxury villa that was "spectacular." Perched on a mountain ridge, private, and surrounded by the National Park. It had a full pool and hot tub, fully equipped kitchen, large living area; brick deck with outside dining, and "magnificent" views. Since it was only available 3 of the remaining 4 nights, we decided to cut our St. John vacation short by 1 day, and Kathy graciously put us up at the Renaissance on St. Thomas. We hope that the tourism climate improves so that we can someday return. If this review hasn't deterred you from visiting this absolutely beautiful, lush island, we highly recommend Kathy and Island Getaways.

Marianne





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