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Recent USVI/St. John reviews

  • Fabulous Stay with 4 adults 5 kids (ages 5 to 9)

    "This house is wonderful! Perfect location. Perfect view of St. Thomas. We really loved every part of it. The pool is great. The kitchen had everything we needed. The linens and towels were nice. My bed was very comfortable. Was only buggy when the kids left the balcony doors open in their room. The 5 kids loved the playroom - the 4 adults liked that the playroom was separate from the main portion of the house! Each bedroom has a King sized bed and its own bathroom - which makes it the perfect house for 4 couples. The bedroom and bathroom doors are not solid doors they are made of slats. It wasn't a problem but I prefer more privacy from both sides of the door than that. 3 bedrooms are on the second floor and one is on the main floor. (There is another bedroom with a murphy bed off the playroom which does not have a door to the main house. It is not equivalent to the other 4 bedrooms at all.) Two of the bedrooms have an indoor shower and an outdoor shower. The other two have just an outdoor shower. I LOVED the outdoor shower. The house is environmentally friendly with timers on the lights and the a/c. So, if you want the lights or a/c on you have to set a dial. We thought that aspect was great until we went to bed the first night and the a\c in our rooms clicked off after 6 hours (max setting). I generally like to sleep much longer than 6 hours and the room got uncomfortable. It wasn't a big deal just found myself jumping out of bed whenever I woke up in the middle of the night to walk around to the kids rooms to turn the knob so they didn't get hot and wake up early. The music system was nice. I didn't watch one second of tv the entire time I was there so I can't comment on that. But there were tvs in every bedroom, living room and the playroom. The playroom has a bathroom, a bedroom, an air hockey table, pool table and an old school video game thing. There were also lots of comfy looking recliners down there. Beach chairs, snorkel gear for adults, a cooler, pool floats, beach towels for 8 people, extra sheets, a roll of paper towels, more toilet paper than you will be able to use, some laundry detergent, dish soap, garbage bags, a few seasonings, sugar and olive oil were there as well. Coffee pot filters too. The management company, Sol Villas, sent Henry (or Enry as we've been calling him) to greet us and take care of a faulty smoke detector at one point. He was fabulous. I'm very happy and will definitely be back!"
    Guest: Lauren D. Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
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  • A nice family getaway

    "My husband, my daughter, and I stayed in Tree Frog for a week. Pros: The owner and property manager were helpful and easy to communicate with, and the property was as described in the listing. Furnishings are nice and in good shape, attractive decor and good layout. We specifically wanted a place with an indoor vs outdoor staircase since we were traveling with a child- didn't want her traipsing around outside without us if we slept on different floors, and it was perfect. Downstairs bedroom is spacious, and the bed is comfortable. There are lots of beach supplies available for renters to use: several Tommy Bahama beach chairs (the best kind!), coolers, sand toys, etc. The kitchen is well-equipped for preparing meals and cocktails. There were also plenty of extra towels and linens if we needed them, also well-stocked toilet paper and paper towels as well as some bathroom items. We appreciated that some of the pantry and toiletry items are left behind from other guests, like condiments, extra sunblock, bug spray, etc. (We've stayed at places where there was NOTHING!) Lots of privacy- no visible neighbors, no noise other than the sounds of nature. Nice view from upstairs balcony- it was cool to watch the birds during the day and especially cool to watch the bats at dusk. Cons: the drive really is rough. It is not for the inexperienced USVI driver. We didn't mind too much because we planned on eating dinner at the cottage every night anyway, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who plans to eat/drink out then return after dark. We did use the AC downstairs in the bedroom every night... we did not find that the breezes cooled the place enough for the July heat. The patio door opening upstairs lacks a screen, so with it open, the breezes come in, but so do the mosquitoes. Our daughter ended up sleeping downstairs too. There is an AC unit upstairs too, but it didn't seem to do the trick just to cool the place at night. The bathroom was damp and hot 24/7, which came with a gross smell. The towels all smelled a little mildewy. We visit St. John a lot and so we've come to expect these things (you will find the same if not worse at other villas in this price range- TRUST ME!); I only mention it for those who are unfamiliar with St. John rentals. I've heard it's cooler and the AC is not needed at other times of the year, but we've found we need it when we come in late June or July. We enjoyed our trip, and staying at Tree Frog was a good experience."
    Guest: Rachel S. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 22, 2016
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  • Absolutely Awesome!

    "This was our first time visiting St. John. This villa is everything you might hope for and more. It is close enough to town that you can walk and yet the area of the villa is so very peaceful and safe. The villa itself has more than enough space for two comfortably speaking. We stayed in Dolphina, the best! I did look in the other windows and doors and the three other villas look beautiful as well. The bed was very comfortable, Wi fi works well. Can also walk to Frank Bay and even snorkle or swim there, I did early morning when we first arrived. We walked and took the safari taxi the first few days and then rented a car, so there really is easy access. And the safari taxi goes most places. There is a little gift shop at Gallows Pt which is very near the villa that has a few convenient items if you prefer not to walk to town, very, very close. Can rent stuff here as well. Leslie, the owner is most gracious and so accessable and easy to work with. I have used VRBO for over five years, cannot say enough about her professionalism. I cooked at least two meals a day and I can say the kitchen is supplied amply to support cooking. One of the nicest ammenities is the veranda. It is most relaxing after a long day at the beach with beautiful views of Frank Bay. I highly recommend this villa."
    Guest: Kathy Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: June 30, 2016
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  • Wonderful, peaceful, relaxing stay

    "We loved our stay at Surf Sound Cottage! Every detail was well thought out in terms of what was available to use and even how they decorated. Never did we say "I wish this place had...." It was simply perfect. The cottage was very clean, the breeze kept it cool (no need to use the AC), and the view was beyond gorgeous. We so appreciated access to the beach towels, beach chairs, and the coolers. Our favorite place in the cottage was the sundeck. We started each day here and enjoyed breakfast. Can you beat a view of the sunrise, sound of the surf and the gentle breeze to start your day?! A Jeep in a necessity. Learn how to put it into 4WD low. It is a must for the driveway which was quite an adventure! We used St. John Car Rental and had good service with them. A day trip to the BVI is highly recommended! We used Stormy Petrel and Pirates Penny. It was a trip to the Baths, lunch on Cooper Island, and off-shore snorkeling. We highly recommend treating yourselves to this trip! They were great! Instead of bringing many clothes (really, pack LIGHT), we recommend packing some of your favorite foods. Groceries are pricy. We were happy we brought coffee, oats, trail mix and Lara bars. These simple items for breakfast and lunch gave us more freedom to enjoy a nice dinner out! Surf Sound Cottage offers privacy, great views, constant breeze (keeps you cool and keeps bugs away!), and the comfort of home! We highly recommend this for your St. John vacation!"
    Guest: linda o. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: June 26, 2016
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