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Hale Lani 12/11/2007
Reviewers Rating: Great
Hale Lani is a great house. Not luxury but very comfortable and nice. Like home. Managed by Destination St. John.

Hale Lani is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house with amazing views. It is located on Maria's Bluff off of Great Cruz Bay Road (the first right after the Westin, and 6 speed bumps later). Approximately 10 minutes from downtown Cruz Bay, but a world away!

The drive is steep but compeltely managable. Parking is easy for 2 jeeps, possible for 3 but would be tight. The house far exceeded my expectations and the photos on the website just don't do it justice.

This house is all about the views! II was amazed that so close to Cruz Bay we had a completely unspoiled view. Not another house to be seen!

Upstairs you can enter the house through one of two doors.

One leads into a entry foyer with a 1/2 bath, laundry closet and sitting area.

The other entry is directly into the open air lanai and pool deck and amazing views. The pool is down 3 steps and is deep but more than adequate.

To the right of this entrance is the master bedroom, this is the more private and quiet master.

This room has a king (two twins connected which in the interest of full disclosure were a little uneven but still quite comfy), a private bathroom, outdoor shower, huge walkthrough closet and this other little cubby of a room that was PERFECT for our baby's crib.

If you go to the left upon entering the lanai you enter the living/kitchen/dining area. This area was way larger than I had imagined from pictures, with sliding glass doors and screens on three sides.

The Living Area is comfortable with nice furnishings. Not great but very comfy. There is a tiny tv, no dvd player.

The Kitchen is well equipped. It is not huge or gourmet but it does nicely for those who only cook an occasional meal in.

The bedrooms are all air conditioned the main living areas are not but enjoyed amazing breezes. There are ceiling fans throughout, 3 in the living area and at least 1 in each bedroom. The kitchen was well equipped, and opened to the living room.

Walking through the main living area you exit onto the wraparound deck to the other real master bedroom.

This is the 2nd/main master, with an almost the identical layout of the other master. It is by the driveway and thus a bit less private, but not horribly so. The views were AMAZING and it gets full morning sun. The extra nook in this room has a built in desk and the bathroom has both an indoor and an outdoor shower.

From the driveway, there is a curved stairway to the lower two bedrooms.

This area of the house seems to be relatively recently completed. Very clean, very nice details, tons of storage. Nothing fancy, but perfect for another couple with kids or older kids or anyone not too picky about "equal accomodations". I would not put little kids down there by themselves or two couples. Though one couple would have great privacy if the other room wasn't occupied.

One room has a very comfy queen bed & is connected to the other bedroom by a bathroom on one side and a pocket door on the other twin bedded room.

If no tan lines homes are on your list, I would definitely say Hale Lani is a safe bet. We also were relieved to have no construction noise at all.

The drawbacks of the house or things I would like to see changed....

1. BETTER pool deck furniture. There was only 1 decent lounge chair on the pool deck, along with 3 or 4 cheap plastic table chairs.

2. Better decor and soft furnishings in the main house and master bedrooms.

3. New towels that are more cushy and absorbent.

That's it. I can't think of another thing I would change.

Great things about the house...
1. Absolutely private.

2. Amazing unobstructed views all the way to St. Thomas and beautiful sunsets.

3. Well equipped kitchen.

4. Very open and comfortable living. Even though the main living space wasn't air conditioned the fans and breezes made it very comfy.


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