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“A Good Choice”

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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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FloridaLe...
Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A Good Choice”
Reviewed November 24, 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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Caribbean Jewels exceeded our expectations in size and decor. We had based our choice on the proximity to the North Shore Beaches, the gorgeous Coral Bay view, and having the master on the main floor with an open layout.

The villa is lovely and furnished with very good towels and linens, a very comfortable king bed downstairs, plenty of dishes, big, thick beach towels and new, light beach chairs. The Destination St John website photos are very accurate, and the folks there are great to work with. The grill is different from the pictures but works well. The living area and deck furniture is new and very comfortable. The pool area stayed sunny until around three and the the water was refreshingly cool, but approachable. We don't watch much TV but did enjoy the Sirius Radio. Although we found we didn't need it at night or most other times, the air conditioning in the master suite worked well. Six ceiling fans and many open windows kept the great room comfortable. The view is exceptionally beautiful!

The narrow road was not a joy, but it was not a surprise, and the rough unpaved section is short. I must say that turning onto Callaloo Rd for the first time is something like diving off the edge of the earth and not knowing if the net is there!

There had been rumors about complaining neighbors, but we did not see nor hear from them. Our daily pool time was usually between two and four; we did not play music there, and our voices were kept at a normal conversational level.
There is also one house just below Caribbean Jewels but we only heard an occasional car passing by and the faint sound of children in the pool. The landscape provides well for visual privacy.

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Liked best: the view
Liked least: the road
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Bart0814
Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great Villa in a Great Location! However...”
Reviewed April 1, 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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people found this review helpful

Caribbean Jewels is a relatively new villa, looking like it was built around 2008. The design is perfect for two couples with a downstairs suite, and basically an identical one above reached by a spiral staircase. The living room, dining room & kitchen are essentially in one lovely large room. The kitchen is well equipped and we cooked some great meals there during our stay. The view is absolutely fantastic, and reached by driving up Ajax Peak Road. Pool is a nice size with lounge chairs. Easy access to Coral Bay & it's restaurants & shops (10 minutes). Easy access to the North Shore beaches (10-15 minutes). We drove into Cruz Bay only once to stock up on groceries, but otherwise stayed on the more relaxing east end of St John.

Two negatives however that you should be aware of...

The first is that the property is aging as sea exposed properties do. The villa sits on a steep hillside and has railings all around. The railings are rotting in places, posts starting to loosen, and missing balusters. Would be a problem for a family with small children. One of the lounge chairs by the pool was broken & stashed behind the house so one of our party could not be seated next to the pool. Fabrics on the sofa inside the house were torn. We'd definitely want to see some basic maintenance from the owner before we would rent again.

The most unfortunate issue were over-sensitive neighbors just up the hill. There is a post in the TripAdvisor forum on this issue and you'd do well to read. Looks like there have been ongoing issues between the up-hill neighbor, the villa owner & guests. We were having a normal voiced conversation among 4 adults in the swimming pool, no shouting, no loud splashing. The lady neighbor up the hill yelled down at us in a very unfriendly tone & voice that she could hear our conversation & to keep it down. It appears from the forum posting that there have been issues for years and in our opinion she is now oversensitive to ANY noise. We would have appreciated a warning from the rental agency or a note from the owner to avoid creating further tension & putting a damper on our afternoon and creating our own sensitivity during our week's stay.

All that said, the villa's design & location are great, and you can decide for yourself how to address the above points.

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Liked best: Villa design & location
Liked least: Needs basic maintenance & unfriendly neighbors
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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