Bedrooms 1, Bathrooms 1, Sleeps 4
Brittany and Robert Gonzales
About Brittany and Robert Gonzales
Want to hear a love story? Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who lived around the corner from each other in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a good life, but they worked all the time and, sadly, never met. But they shared this crazy dream of someday living on a tropical island. Somehow, some way, the girl moved to St. John in 2010, and the boy found her there when he moved in 2011. They fell in love, got married, bought some real estate and fixed it up real nice, and started Island Abodes! Brittany MacNealy was born and raised in the Mississippi delta. After college at Mississippi State (Hail State!) she moved to Nashville to run fundraising for a great nonprofit. Her parents will tell you that she dreamed of living at the beach since she was a little girl. So in 2010, after 5 “cold” Nashville winters, she moved to St. John to be the Director of Fun at the Westin St. John. For 4 years she oversaw Resort activities and managed the pool and Kid����s Club. It was a great experience and awesome training for Island Abodes’ future GM! Robert Gonzales was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to Nashville in 1991 for law school at Vanderbilt. As a business lawyer, he specialized in restructuring companies. He worked hard and built a great practice. But ask his long time law partner or mentor and they’ll tell you something like “Robert always said he wouldn’t sit at a desk forever.” Twenty years in Nashville seemed like long enough. So, in 2011 he relocated to the islands he’d been visiting for over 10 years, met Brittany, and the rest is history! When we���re not helping guests, we love to explore the North Shore on paddle boards and hike the National Park trails with our “coconut retriever” Morgan. Brittany also volunteers at Gifft Hill School and the Animal Care Center. And Robert is an ordained minister who officiates beach weddings. He’s also big into tropical fruit farming, so be sure to ask him what��������s ripe! We look forward to welcoming you!
Why Brittany and Robert Gonzales chose Estate Enighed
The location is close to all of Cruz Bay's bars, restaurants and shopping, but far enough away for peace and tranquility. And the views are spectacular!
Island Abodes - Great Escape!
This was our second trip to St. John, USVI in seven months... I didn't think it could get better than our last trip in July/Aug 2018, but this trip in March/April 2019 was incredible. A large part of that was due to our stay in the Island Abodes Penthouse Suit. I'll never forget walking through the suit doors and setting my eyes on the amazing view of Cruz Bay. The suit was perfect!
Island Abodes was very thorough and professional from start to finish. The whole trip was made easy through the detailed instructions provided by Brittany and Robert. They left no leaf unturned prior to and even after our trip had ended. We were very impressed and would definitely stay here again.
Thank you Brittany & Robert for providing such a great place to stay while on island. We can't wait to return!
The Mahan family
Wonderful place to stay!
My husband and I spent 5 nights in the One Bedroom Suite at Serenade Suites. It was our first trip to St. John. We would definitely stay here again. The location was great. It's close to Cruz Bay, but not so close that you hear the noise from the restaurants and bars. We rented a car, so we never walked into town. It is close enough to do so, but it's a steep hike back up. The Suite was very clean and had everything we needed. The bed is very comfortable. There wasn't a great breeze when we were there (July) but the fans kept the rooms cool. And the AC in the bedroom cooled it down very quickly. The beach chairs, cooler, and beach towels were great to have as we explored the North Shore beaches. Brittany provided lots of information before our trip and was very helpful with our questions. Can't say enough about how much we loved staying here!
Thank you for such a great review of your stay at the One Bedroom Apartment in our Sunset Serenade! We are so glad that you enjoyed the beach chairs, cooler and beach towels that were provided for you to make the best of your vacation on St. John. All of our units include AC in the bedrooms and are able to cool down rooms quickly. We are glad that it was able to help keep you cool during your stay. The One Bedroom Apartment along with our other units at Sunset Serenade are in a great location for visitors to enjoy being close to Cruz Bay with an amazing view. We were so happy to share it with you! We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to St. John!
Amazing place and value
Three of us stayed in the one bedroom at Sunset Serenade through Island Abodes.
Thank you to Brittany, Robert and Paige for helping make our stay in paradise so much better. Adorable accommodations! There were 3 of us in the one bedroom suite. One guest slept on the sleeper sofa which was quite comfortable. The king size bed had a great mattress! We have slept on some where you “roll” to the middle so felt like this is worth mentioning! The bedroom is the only room with AC, but the two ceiling fans and the tower fan in the living room were quite sufficient. Outside is a lovely day bed with another ceiling fan and a beautiful view. Best place to see the sunset! From the snack basket to the coffee and water and beer in the fridge, you are made to feel very welcome. The beach chairs, coolers and beach towels were used and greatly appreciated. They additionally had an automatic dispenser in the shower for shower gel and shampoo! We would highly recommend staying here and look forward to our return trip. A car is necessary to explore beautiful St. John. Island Abodes has reserved parking for each cottage, which is great! Another big feature which you don’t think about, is there are outside trash cans to dispose of your trash daily as opposed to having to trek it down to the dumpster. Keep up the good work and see you next trip!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review of your stay in the One Bedroom Suite at Sunset Serenade! We are so happy to hear that you found the accommodations to be comfortable, spacious, and well appointed. The private outdoor deck is certainly one of our favorite features, with those beautiful island views! I'm glad the variety of welcome amenities were enjoyed, and that you found the suite to be fully stocked with beach essentials. We cannot wait to welcome you back to Island Abodes and our little piece of Caribbean paradise during your next St. John vacation! Come back soon!
Serene & Comfortable
My husband and I scored when we chose this property on a recent trip (our first) to St. John. It's everything we hoped for, based on the reviews, and more. It's the perfect size and layout for a couple. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare breakfast, pack a lunch for the beach, and enjoy happy hour snacks while watching the sunset.
The bed was very comfortable and we found that turning on the a/c just before bed provided a perfect temp. I absolutely loved the shower! The decor is very fresh and beachy.
Everything we needed for the beach (chairs, noodles, cooler, towels) was provided, and very much appreciated.
We had a Jeep for our visit, but decided to walk into town (20 minute walk) before dark and took a taxi home ($5/pp, plus tip). Once we were more comfortable with driving and finding parking, we'd drive into town for dinner.
The Starfish Market is conveniently located just down the hill from the property. I recommend buying a bag of ice to keep in the freezer for drinks and the cooler.
Bring a good book and settle into the day bed on porch--heaven!
I can't wait to return for another visit!
Thank you so much for the awesome review of your stay in the One Bedroom Suite at Sunset Serenade, Jennifer! I’m beyond happy to hear how much you and your husband enjoyed the accommodations. It sounds as though you truly found your island home away from home in this suite! Robert and I try to think of everything we would want in a vacation rental and then we do our best to provide those items to our guests; the beach items are essential in the Caribbean! We are always so glad when our guests are truly able to embrace rest and relaxation, island style. Please come visit Island Abodes and sunny St. John again soon!
Beautiful Views, Close to town
Just had a great 5 night stay in the One Bedroom Suite, Island Adobe takes great care of their property and their guest. Very clean and quite place to stay. We had all the amenities needed for a quick breakfast daily, packed a lunch for beach hopping, close to town, easy access to retreat back for a few hours before going into town for dinner. Enjoyed drinking coffee and watching Cruz Bay from the patio. Thank you for the use of the beach blanket and towels. There is also chairs, pool noodles, and an ice cooler for use. Great place to stay. We look forward to our next trip and will definitely use Island Adobe again. If you get a chance make sure to book a boat charter with Sunshine Day Charters, Captain Rob will take good care of you and take you to the magic wonders of the BVIs.
Amy, thank you so much for the lovely review of your stay in the One Bedroom Suite at Sunset Serenade! It sounds as though you found the accommodations to be clean, conveniently located, and well stocked with amenities. Robert and I certainly understand how helpful it is to have beach supplies readily available while on vacation, so we’re happy to hear you put them to good use! I can tell you truly embraced your St. John vacation, island style. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Island Abodes for your next Caribbean getaway!
St. John Getaway
The Sunset Serenade Suites above Cruz Bay are immaculately maintained and have fabulous views over the sound towards St. Thomas both day (a fabulous rainbow) and night (almost magical lights across the dark water). A bonus extra in my unit, the 1-bedroom, was a net-covered sofa bed for sleeping out on the covered deck. I was by myself but it would be worthy of going back with my wife in the future. I got by without a car by getting a taxi up the steep bill and hiking down -- but even the hike down to town is challenging, it's so steep in places.
Robin, it sounds as though you had a magical stay in the One Bedroom Suite at Sunset Serenade! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm happy to hear how much you enjoyed the gorgeous Caribbean views from the private deck. It sounds as though you truly embraced island living! We hope to welcome you and your wife back to Island Abodes in the future.
Sunset Serenade offers incredible views of Cruz Bay Town, the Sir Francis Drake Channel and all of St Thomas and the outer cays. This 1-bedroom has a queen size bed, nice bathrooms with large shower, fully quipped kitchen and private deck. Its a gem!