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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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  • Fantastic Stay

    "We had a group of 8 (7 adults and a 12 year old). The house was just as described and was very clean. There was plenty of room for the 8 of us. The deck is large and the view is amazing. The kitchen was equipped with the all the necessities. The water comes from a cistern so you cannot use it for drinking or making coffee. Stock up on gallons of bottled water. Teeth brushing with it is fine. The water wasn't a big deal at all. Dawn was very responsive from when we first booked until when we left. She was friendly, informative and quick to respond. Like most houses on the island, there is only air conditioning in the 2 bedrooms. There are plenty of screen sliding doors for a good cross breeze. The loft rooms have windows, ceiling fans and extra floor fans to keep cool. The loft would not be ideal for smaller children. The stairs are steep and you have to use caution. Once up in the lofts, they are very roomy. We ended up moving our son into the master bedroom with us. We just took a twin mattress from the loft and put it on the bedroom floor. If you have younger ones, you can probably fit 2 twins on the floor of each master. There are two full baths but they are in each of the master bedrooms, so anyone not in a master must come through to use them. None of this was a big deal but just wanted to make note of it. If you go to the beach there are tons of items available at the house for you: beach chairs, coolers, some snorkeling gear, sand buckets, toys and beach towels. The house really had everything we needed. The internet worked pretty well. If it was cloudy or the wind was blowing a little hard, you could have a hard time getting service for a little bit. Nothing to do with the service at the house...just how it goes on the island in general. Everything was very nice and we made a lot of great memories. We were with someone who used to live on the island so we did a lot of traveling around the island, but Dawn will give you tons of ideas if you have never been there before. There are many amazing beaches. The only caution are the roads. They drive on the left and the roads are very narrow, go up, down and around. Many driveways and some roads are pretty steep at times so get a vehicle with 4 wheel drive if possible. The driveway at this house is also steep, but we ended up parking towards the top since we had a mini van. No way it would make it up and down. We just improvised, but you do a lot of that with island living."
    Guest: Aimee S. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 14, 2016
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  • Comfortable, and Clean! Cute, Cozy, Cottage!

    "We absolutely loved our stay at Cute, Cozy, Cottage. We had never used VRBO before so to say I was skeptical is an understatement. After working with Craig and Jenifer we will definately be back!! Before the trip Jenifer was so helpful with all my questions and concerns. She was quick to respond and incredibly helpful. When we got there Craig met us at the dock and showed us any important stops along the way to the cottage. The cottage itself was amazing. It was much roomier than I had expected and the deck is quite large too with a wonderful view and comfortable zero gravity chairs to lay back in, or a bistro table and chairs. Every amenity you may need was there...I could have left half my luggage at home. The towels, sheets, pillows, and bed were all wonderful. There are wonderful light trade winds at night so we normally kept our windows open in the bedroom with the exception of a couple humid nights. It is all screened in, but even sitting outside we didn't get one mosquito bite the whole trip. The open air shower was great, and I would watch the hummingbirds hovering over the flowers from the shower...so neat! Craig and Jenifer we available for any questions if we needed them, but really left us alone and it is a very private cottage. We LOVED our stay and will absolutely be back!!"
    Guest: Jodi W. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 11, 2016
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  • Moonswept Extravaganza!

    "We celebrated our 30th anniversary along with our 2 adult children and 1 girlfriend. It was everything described on this site and in the reviews and more! While on this trip, we talked a lot about people and places that have enriched our lives. Moonswept will enrich your life! I am in a wheelchair with very little mobility. The house was perfect for my wheelchair and there were no problem getting around in the house and in and out of the pool. Book it now and you will not be disappointed!"
    Guest: Mike F. Date of Stay: May 2016 Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
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