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“Great Villa in a Great Location! However...”

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

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“Great Villa in a Great Location! However...”
Reviewed 1 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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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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