"My wife and I usually take our three children to Destin, FL for a family summer vacation. We've done this for a while and wanted to try something a bit more exotic and found Mill Ridge in St. John. Now I was a bit hesitant to go to VI off-season and during the middle of the summer but we took a chance and landed in St. Thomas on July 5th.
The owners Jason and Hilarie were fantastic, they helped us with all the logistics (ground/sea transportation, extra gear for kids, planning..etc). Everything went off without a hitch, took the ferry from Red Hook, rented a small SUV in town and headed off across the island.
The property, Mill Ridge, is on the eastern side of the island overlooking Coral Bay and far removed from Cruz Bay. At first I admit it I looked upon this as an inconvenience being on other side of the island away from all the “action” but my family and I quickly realized this was a blessing in disguise. By day two we had COMPLETELY unplugged and really enjoying our slow and wonderfully relaxing pace.
The island was surprisingly easy to get around on with our rental car. Each day we’d wake up, pick one of the island’s world famous beaches, load of the car and head out for the day. It was so easy to find our own private little section of paradise and we had a great time, lounging, snorkeling and other activities.
The owners also gave us some great recommendations of day trips we could try and they were fantastic. We went out on a boat one day, took a day trip to the British VI’s and spent a day swimming with wild sea turtles.
It was really great to see my children have the time of their lives exploring the island and waters and seeing wildlife and landscapes they’ve never experienced before. I've never seen my kids so uninterested in TV or their Ipads before. We spent the whole week together and really connected in this special place. There is a great little private pool on the property and deck overlooking Coral Bay where we spent most of our time when not out beaching or exploring. With small children I felt very safe having a pool right there as the patio is enclosed and has solid locking mechanisms on the two gates.
If you are looking for a great, relaxing, unplugged vacation with your family, Mill Ridge is the place. It was by far the best family vacation we have ever had. If you get the chance to stay at Mill Ridge, I highly recommend it and hope to bring my family back sometime in the near future."
Date of Stay: July 2014
Review Submitted: March 3, 2015