I'm hoping to gain some valuable insight here. Sorry for the long post, but I'm hoping I can paint an accurate picture to help with the advice.
My wife and I are planning a "last hurrah!" of sorts - we're expecting our first child in November, so we're taking this opportunity to have one last romantic couple vacation.
This means that my wife is 4 months pregnant for this trip, but she's in great shape and so far (fingers crossed) not having a difficult time of it.
We're looking to travel in late June (about 2 weeks from now - yes, I know, very last minute). Recently we've really enjoyed renting villas when we travel, as we like the privacy and self-sufficiency. Our typical trip involves a leisurely morning waking up and lounging in the sun reading, followed by some sort of day-trip to do something fun, but returning to the villa in the evening and having a drink on the patio. In other words, we aren't late-night partiers. In terms of day-trips, we like to do a bit of shopping, take in the local architecture, some light hiking/walking on beaches, jet skiing, and hopefully this trip I can convince her to try snorkeling. I would classify us as low-to-mid level adventurers who travel to relax and have fun.
So after this long intro, I have a few questions:
1) Has anyone recently stayed at the villa Altamar at Shark's Hole? What was your experience there? Do you think the 'sea breeze' will be enough to cool things off for sleeping? (no a/c in the villa)
2) We have an alternate villa available on St. Croix (USVI) that we're considering - it seems to be a little bit nicer in terms of the furnishings, but comes at a higher price tag as well, and St. Croix is a little tougher to get to, flights-wise. Given the description I've given, can someone comment as to whether Barbados or St. Croix would be better suited for the type of vacation we want?
3) We'll likely divide our time between eating in (breakfasts, some dinners) and eating out. Any must-see/eat restaurants? My wife's not a big fish/seafood person but I'll eat just about anything.
4) Any recommendations for quality, reputable companies to do some snorkeling? What about renting jet skis?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide,