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This Saint John Estate Lindholm inn is located in the Virgin Islands National Park and features an outdoor pool. All rooms are Indonesian-themed and have a private patio. Property was beautiful and the staff was so nice. They let you borrow beach chairs, towels, coolers and snorkeling equipment. They also had a complimentary breakfast and honor bar. Overall great experience.
Set on St. John's Great Cruz Bay with a private 400-yard white-sand beach, The Westin St. John Resort features free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour concierge service. Loved it! We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa that we shared with friends. We were right off of the pool and hot tub area, but also had a view of the beach from our patio door. Despite the proximity to the pool, our room was very quiet. The villa was very comfortable, and we loved the Westin Heavenly mattresses. The Westin staff were all very friendly and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. The beach area was wonderful, and we took advantage of the complimentary kayaks several times to paddle around Great Cruz Bay. Having the dock right there on the Westin property made it so easy to reserve and take off for a day out on a catamaran for sailing and snorkeling, or to catch the large catamaran water taxi back to Red Hook on St. Thomas.
Located in Coral Bay, Concordia Eco Resort has an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and free WiFi. Some rooms at the property feature a patio with a sea view. You can not beat the location of Concordia. Situated with an unobstructed view of Drunk Bay and Salt Pond Bay, you don't see another building between the Concordia and the ocean, and you're a world away from the more built area in Cruz Bay. The owners and staff are working hard to rebuild this amazing facility after hurricane Irma. We rented a tent, which is a glamping type set up, so we had power and water, in a private wood/vinyl tent, it kind of felt like a tree house because you're right in the hillside. We had a private porch where we could sit and watch the sailboats in the bay, and pelicans soar in the air above. You'll feel like you are a part of nature, the design seems to have minimal impact on the environment. It's a 20 minute walk to the stunning beach, and the beach feels private compared to some of the more visited beaches. There are hardly any lights around so the stars are incredible. The shower water is heated by the sun during the day, so cool. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The fact that's St John is relaxing and laid back more nature and historical . The national park owns a good piece of the Island so it's well preserved. Make sure you make dinner reservations for the Cruz bag area as space is very limited.
St. John is a US territory, safe, beautiful beaches, nice selection of restaurants, no pressure shopping, etc. If you stay around Cruz Bay, you can get by without a rental car. There are plenty of open air taxis to take you to most of the North shore beaches (Hawksnest, Jumby, Honeymoon, Trunk Bay, Maho Bay). For 6-7 dollars each way pp. A rental Jeep runs 80-90 dollars/day and you have to have somewhere to park it at night. If you like a warm, relaxing vacation of beach, snorkeling, and eating out, St John is a great option !
We were happy to see more visitors this year. Last year - post-hurricane - it was sad that more people did not come because the recovery and cleanup crews and volunteers did a really remarkable job making the beautiful beaches at Trunk Bay, Cinnamon, etc., visitor ready. Yes, there was a tremendous amount of rubble, but that was all moved back and paths were cleared so people could get to the beaches. This year, the cleanup up had made even more progress, and the people are as welcoming and easy going as ever despite what they've been through. We ate at some of our favoirite haunts: Margarita Phil's, Morgan's Mango, Aqua Bistro, etc., and still miss others like Shipwreck Landing that didn't make it. We were combing our mostly leisure time with a tiny bit of business and, were rewarded by being able to see students from the Gift Hill School doing their ballroom dancing, and greeting a visiting Young Adult author to speak. In town, that hurricane makes one think about how grateful we all should be for volunteers who are continuing to work on the cleanup, for all who step up.
All the National Park areas are fascinating, and it's great to get close to nature without disturbing it much, thanks to the hiking trails and protected waters. We just saw a small portion of the island and surrounding sea, but appreciate the easygoing calm atmosphere and culture. So nice to drop in on several beaches or other points of interest without paying separate admissions or keeping certain hours, no need to plan ahead. Really good food everywhere too, even late at night.
The first time I stayed in St Thomas but spent most of my time in St John so this time I decided to stay in St. John. I would stay near Cruz Bay and not on the east side. During the busy time you need to plan ahead if you want to rent a Jeep. Also a lot of the restaurants fill up quickly so you should also make reservations ahead of time.
Most beautiful beaches, take a boat trip with Cruz Bay sports! They were very professional and offered a great snorkeling experience! We recommend cinnamon bay, trunk bay and maho bay (turtles here) Westin Resort was top notch!
How easy it was to get from the St. Thomas airport to The Westin. The check in at the airport (for the hotel) was amazing. Planning day trips was very easy. The pool was great and the activities they offer were very fun. It was also very easy to get a taxi to go into town.
It was nice to be able to have breakfast before our adventures began. The location had beautiful views of Cruz Bay and the beds were very comfortable! The trail to Honeymoon beach was right by which was perfect for us.
The location is perfection! And the views from our patio were picture perfect. The pool and beach area were great, comfortable and clean. Kitchen was well stocked and functional.