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Idyllic 05/01/2007
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent

Stayed in April, 2 couples with one young girl in each family.

Two level 3 Bedroom, 3 Ĺ bath older villa situated on Maria Bluff with views onto Great Cruz Bay and beyond to St Thomas. Managed by Vacation Vistas. Lisa met us at the property, gave us the tour and left a wonderful welcome assortment of goodies for us. Bottle of wine, 6 pak of Corona, assorted cheeses and cold cuts and fruit. Nice Greeting.

Pros of this villa are strong. Excellent location. Five minute drive from Cruz Bay and
Five minute walk from the Westins beach and all amenities there. Nice large yard. Working A/C throughout the house.

Kitchen had recently been updated in the past few years. Beautiful granite countertops, nice cabinets. Small breakfast bar could seat two. Appliances were mid-range and worked great. Dishes were an assortment, but adequate and plentiful. Didnít lack anything. Donít recall a blender, but couldíve been there. One thing we missed was a dining room. There was a table and chairs outside on the covered deck, but in the evening bugs kept us from that. Used it for breakfast and lunch though .

The cons were small but disappointing. No dressers or clothing storage in either of the two bedrooms upstairs. A closet was provided, however just a handful of hangers were there in each room. Luckily, I brought some along so it was manageable. We like to unpack and move in for vacation so it was an irritant to have to live out of suitcases on the floor for 8 days. The constant mess was like camping out. Two upstairs baths with only showers were outdated which isnĎt a problem if they both work. The main shower was not working, so the only one used was in one bedroom. Downstairs bedroom bath with shower only had just been redone and was beautiful. There was a dresser as well as a small area with a TV and fridge.

Roof was metal (we think) so when it poured nobody upstairs slept. Thankfully only rained one entire night while we were there. We were exhausted and kids were a bit cranky too. Downstairs couple slept like babies.

Nice sized Pool with great wood deck surround kept the two girls happy for hours. Two high quality floats were appreciated. Pool light worked also. Small cabana with bar and fridge on one side, bathroom on the other. Deck furniture was older and soon to be replaced Iím sure. Worked for us though. Lots of beach chairs were provided.

Plenty of beach towels and linens were supplied. We never ran out. Washer and dryer were available downstairs also. Donít believe there was a safe.

Nice flat driveway. This property did not require 4 wheel drive. We rented two cars in St Thomas, one economy and one full size. Never a problem anywhere on the island.

Huge plus about this location is itís older, itís established and there is NO, I repeat NO construction around it. It is located near the Westin and I believe that will be under construction there for a few years to come.
Due to Idyllistís location and the direction of wind you didnít hear much of that. At night you could hear the parties and events going on but only if you were outside.

Hope I covered it all. Any questions let me knowÖ



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