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Recent USVI/St. John reviews

  • Great experience and amazing views

    "This was our first trip to St. John and friends that had been before insisted we spend the week there rather than St. Thomas, they were right! With around 4,000 people on St. John (vs 55,000 on St. Thomas) we made the right call to enjoy our vacation there! It is extremely laid back and relaxing with great people! Cruz bay at night is a must! The arrival and greeting was great! We were meet at the ferry and taken to St. John Rentals. After this we were guided to the house and after one trip it was easy to find on our own and took only about 15 minutes to arrive there from Cruz Bay. Michael went above in making us feel welcome, he even helped me in handling a flat tire issue so it was quickly resolved! We only had a few questions as Michael provided great detail with documents and answered many questions via email before our arrival. The property is very well kept and the amenities are great. Our view was simply fantastic, the pictures of the property cannot do it justice! We overlooked Fish bay and had a huge range of view such that we could see much of that side of the island. At night you could leave the doors open and use the screens provided to hear the waves and enjoy the night air without seeing all the city lights as those are all hidden. We always had a great amount of privacy at the house and had everything we could think of included in the rental. Air conditioning was included, many places do not have this. The pool was well kept with a great view of the bay. A very comfortable huge king size bed was also provided. The refrigerator (with freezer for ice) was a perfect size to hold cold drinks and food for breakfast/lunch. The bathroom was huge and the shower has a great view of the bay. Towels, beach chairs and two coolers are provided also which were a great help in our daily travels. You will not need an umbrella as the beaches almost all have natural shade from trees. Overall the unit is amazing and once you stay there I believe you will also agree. After being on the island for 7 days and and seeing many of the other units we looked at up close I can see we made a great decision to stay with Michael. If we would have chosen one of the other locations I feel we would have been let down and not enjoyed our stay as much. After staying here it is easy to see why he has so many return guests. If you visit St. John you owe it to yourself to have a great place and an amazing view, this is it!"
    Guest: A guest from Helena, AL Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 22, 2016
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  • 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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  • Excellent Vacation Villa!

    "What a wonderful place to stay! Riley's Retreat has beautiful sweeping vistas with comfortable living space for all 10 adults! The pool is a welcome oasis in the summer! With a well equipped kitchen, we had a great family vacation! Highly recommend!"
    Guest: Anna M. Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: August 22, 2016
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  • Exactly as advertised!

    "We recently returned home from a two week stay in the upper floor 2 BR villa. This accommodation was perfect for our family, two adults and two young children (5 and 18 months). The pool and deck, with a fabulous sunset view, were great for us and the kids after mornings spent at the beach. The baby could nap, while we still enjoyed the outside. The house was very clean and nicely decorated. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed. There were beach chairs, coolers and toys available for beach trips. The location was convenient to town and north shore beaches, as well as exploring Coral Bay. The bedrooms are split on either side of the living room, so it would also be a great place for two couples to share. When you take the time to compare prices, this property is a fantastic value. We highly recommend it! Can't wait to go back. Special thanks to James for being so accommodating and easy to work with."
    Guest: Stephanie A. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 6, 2016
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