Reviewers Rating: Excellent
The Basics: Week of 12/10/06 through 12/17/06, family of 6 (parents, two grown children w/ spouses), 2nd visit to St. John for 4 of us, 3rd for 2 of us. Previously also stayed in a villa.
Quick Review: VERY comfortable, well appointed, convenient, incredible views, very clean, no noise, fun.
In depth: Located on Chocolate Hole, we knew this villa was convenient to Cruz Bay, yet far enough away to avoid any potential noise or traffic (HA! Traffic on St. John, yeah right). The home had 4 well appointed bedrooms, although we only needed 3. Included a pool, grill, and good kitchen/living/dining area. We really enjoyed making 2 of our meals here on the grill, and loved the large dining room table so we could spread out and play games at night. We rarely used the TV’s, but one bedroom had a working television. The other bedroom with a TV did not function, but big deal!! The pool was somewhat dirty when we got there, so we asked to have it cleaned by. Still not sure if they ever cleaned it, but what we thought was dirt was probably just sand, so we just swam a little anyway. However temperatures at night with the wind made swimming in the pool a little chilly, so we only used it once. FYI: The pool and rear of the home faces East, so it receives little to no late afternoon sun during the winter months, so it doesn’t warm up much back there. One bedroom had a VERY leaky air conditioner, so we moved into the 4th bedroom for one night, simply due to the incessant drip, drip, drip. But the next night, we just turned it off, and were very happy without the A/C. No worries there. The kitchen was VERY well stocked, including about 12 bottles of liquor left over from other vacationers, which we put to good use. All in all, the villa could not have suited our family ANY better. We made good use of the beach chairs and beach towels, nice of them to provide those!! We also loved having all the doors open most of the time. Only closed them when the bugs started coming out around dusk. Loved hearing the rain in our sleep some nights too! Our only issue had to do with some road construction at the top of our steep driveway, which prevented us from parking in the driveway a couple nights. We would certainly recommend this villa to anyone with 4 to 8 people. It will probably sleep 12 like the website says, but with limited privacy for the additional 4 people. Although…kids would love the loft (no a/c there though)!!
Email me with any questions at all. Again...great villa by any account!
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