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Recent USVI/St. John reviews

  • Couldn't have Been Any Better

    "I could not believe all the reviews since they were ALL great - but now I know. Areca is a beautiful place that is accurately portrayed in the description. House was immaculate and decorations and overall feel were very nice and comfortable. The kitchen was extremely well stocked with spices, sharp knives and many different types of pots and pans and utensils. And I cook a lot so this was very important to me! The pantry had extra paper products and towels and various other items. The house was also very baby friendly. We had 4 couples and a 2 1/2 year old, 1 year old, and 4 month old. We blocked off the stairs to the upper bedrooms - and all was fine! All the doors locked for safety and even the screen doors could be bolted into the floor and ceiling. The outside railing was child friendly as well! We ran into a couple very small issues (which switch works what and broken fan/light chains) and Diana arrived first thing the next morning and handled them all quickly. Also, we had questions off and on during the weeks leading up to our vacation and Diana answered them all very quickly. The outdoor areas were wonderful with plenty of seating and fans and lighting as well. The pool was very nice and clean! Everyone said the beds were very comfortable and the rooms nice and cool. The only thing we ran into was the baby monitors being used upstairs would be blocked by all the stone and not transmit to the downstairs. Not overly important fur us since the upstairs baby was still unable to climb out of the pack and play. We have been to St. John many times over the years and stayed in many different villas. The view from Areca is by far the most majestic. You can see the sunrise and sunset without ever having the sun blazing directly onto any of the outdoor sitting areas. Johnson's Reef sits right out front and it is amazing to watch as the day goes by. Much better than a TV! You will not be disappointed if you decide to stay at Areca!"
    Guest: Kerry V. Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: August 17, 2016
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  • Great place to stay in the mountains

    "The hosts were excellent, couldn't have done a better job at communicating with us, answering text messages while en-route and during arrival, replacing little things to keep us happy that we ran out of, and just generally being great hosts. We stayed here for a week with our two older children (8 and 5), and used the home as a place to sleep and eat breakfast in, during the day we were snorkeling for 3-5 hours and enjoying the beaches and adventure of St. John. We were expecting the temperature to be lower in the mountains as per the explanation and description of the property, unfortunately we found the opposite to be true. It was very warm, but more importantly the humidity was oppressive, sleep was a bit of a challenge, and the wetsuits never dried during the late afternoons, evenings and over night, which was a bummer. All things considered this is a wonderful place to stay and you can't beat the price for a 2 bedroom place on the island. It's probably better to stay there in the spring time for a temperature decrease, staying there in July really is quite hot (mid 80's and very high humidity). Of course, there is a good chance I'm just a big softy, I am a European after all :) Last but not least our son Jack couldn't have been more thankful for the abundant supply of little geckos in and around the property. Challenging to catch, they provided hours of entertainment for him on a daily basis! Thank you for opening your home to us!"
    Guest: Andrew T. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 8, 2016
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  • Bougainvillea was Wonderful

    "The Bougainvillea was everything the website said. Spacious, clean with all the amenities of home. Loved having coffee on the balcony every morning and watching the boats. Best part was being able to walk to the restaurants and bars each night so we didn't have to worry about parking or a designated driver. We will be back!"
    Guest: Penny Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 6, 2016
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  • ESTATE CONTANT BEATS WESTIN CANEEL BAY HANDS DOWN

    "ESTATE CONTANT BEATS THE WESTIN, & CANEEL BAY HANDS DOWN MAKES MY TOP TEN LIST FOR A GENUINE CARRIBEAN EXPERIENCE The Tenant Estate lodgings by Escape Together--—may not be a big luxury hotel with fancy furniture, and its view may not be as glorious as some (though it comes close). But if you are looking for great hosts, a great place and a genuine Caribbean experience this it! With our hosts guidance, we found ourselves engaging with local people as if we were natives, taking back roads to far towns in quest of adventure, lunching in the most idyllic tropical havens.. I learned from experience that the big name hotels are like a comfort zone with their designer pools, water sports, and welcome bars, but once you enter its hard to escape them except for the obligatory Taxi Ride to Cruz Bay to do officially sanctioned tourist things, or the for an obligatory for dinner or that one trip to the beach. Robert and his Wife’s open, friendly, Caribbean starts to rub off on you from the moment you arrive and show you around the flat. It’s clear from the get go that they have thought of everything, from strong internet connectivity, the sine qua non of any great hotel today, to fans and AC to combat warm air, and from beach chairs, to sun screen, and Off. As you sit on the beautiful porch at Content Estates and stare off a three masted schooner at anchor in the bay below, you find your brain, disconnecting, and your body relaxing from a world where it may be your misfortune to think too hard about just about everything. It dawns on you, "Wow! I am really on vacation." Robert and family, my hosts at Estate Contant helped me realize the best part of a Saint John vacation is not just Pina Coladas, balmy temperatures, turquoise blue waters, but the wonderful people on remarkable island. Robert gave me a great tip for interacting with locals. "Just say, Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good evening to locals and it will make a world of difference. " I did and people consistently responded with great smiles, a helping hand, even hugs! Robert is full of local tips and lore . . . Back roads to far towns, the Fish Ruben in Coral Bay, Hit Maho beach for snorkeling and sea turtles, dinner at Candies Barbecue, a local hangout down the road, One thing is certain I will be back again next year. Couldn’t fit it all in. I wish I had booked in at Escape Together for a week longer. Take my advice, stay here when you come to Saint John"
    Guest: robert h. Date of Stay: December 2015 Review Submitted: December 23, 2015
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