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Amora 05/16/2005
Reviewers Rating: Good
We stayed at Amora 04-12May, 6 adults and a 2 year old.
It is a 4 bedroom/4 bath w/pool house at the very top of the hill around the corner from Gallows Point. We chose this house because we wanted to be able to walk into town, and it was reasonably priced. (And that walk back let me actually lose weight on vacation--heavy cardio!)
When they say it's basic, that's exactly what it means. The 2 master bedrooms upstairs each have king beds, with sliding glass doors onto the deck. Each bedroom has a water view, and a large bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fan, lots of windows if you don't want to use the air, giant pillows and good linens...they were fine. We were very comfortable. We rented a crib for the 2 year old, and there was plenty of room. The living room/dining/kitchen in between the masters was functional. It had french doors opening onto the deck, with a view. The kitchen was, well just basic. No dishwasher--eek! Not much in the cupboards, everything you would need for a simple meal, but then who wants to cook much if you have to wash the dishes! The deck spans the front of the house, and has a plastic round table and chairs, and a 3 seater swing (cool for rocking the baby), with a view to St.Thomas. A few endtables would have been nice for drinks, books, etc. It was shady in the am, with some sun in the afternoons--pleasant. Except that a new house is being built to the left, and they do start the circular saws and drills early. You can definitely see the workers, but they do take Sunday (and not Saturday) off!
The pool deck is small...with plastic table and chairs, and 3 lounge chairs, and a few floats.
The downstairs bedrooms/apartment are, thought the whole time was it's like your first college basement apartment. No view. It would be appealing only for teen-\agers who want to express their independence, or people who just want to get to St. John and don't care about "swankness". I would definitely not put children down there alone, as the entrance is completely separate from the upstairs, and it would require you essentially locking them in with a stove and utensils!
There is a mango tree out by the pool. Amora is definitely not for the discerning traveler, however, a budget conscious group (and by all means charge those people who get the downstairs rooms less!) is acceptable. We would probably rent it again if we had the right group, although I prefer a little more upscale. (I would stay anywhere to be on St. John--but no camping!) We had an awesome vacation, Amora included. I guess it would be the "Hampton Inn" of villa rentals. Fine, but not the Marriott or Hyatt.
p.s. The whole upstairs and outdoor deck were pretty toddler-friendly.


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