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“Great spot in Cruz Bay”
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Grande Bay Resort
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

My wife and I booked our 1-BR suite (4-304) through a VRBO owner (managed by St John Villa Co); you can also rent directly through Grande Bay. Great view, end unit, covered patio facing Cruz Bay. The STJ Villa Co rep met us at the Customs dock (we'd ferried in from Jost) and walked us right over to GB. The location can't be beat...almost all the restaurants, bars and shops are a very short walk (3-10 mins) away.

There is a convenience store about 100 yds up the road, but it's limited - suggest you go to just past the police station to the Dolphin Market (maybe 10 min walk) - great selection of whatever you need.

We didn't want or need a car (I think driving on-island must be an 'experience' for sure), but if you know STJ, the beaches are a drive, no matter where you are. Taxis are plentiful - we took a maxi-taxi to Trunk Bay for a morning beach & snorkel trip ($6pp each way). We dove one morning with Low Key Watersports - their shop is right next door to GB.

There are way too many great spots for food and drink, but a few we really like are MOTU (also right next door), Banana Deck, The Terrace, The Beach Bar, Joe's Rum Hut, Quiet Mon, Woody's, La Tapa, Da Livio, Morgan's Mango, and Margarita Phil's.

Hope you enjoy Grande Bay as much as we did - we'll definitely return.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We rented directly from an owner on our return visit to St John to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. 10 years ago, we stayed at The Westin for our honeymoon. We LOVED St John but did not love The Westin. Grande Bay is was perfect for us. We loved St John even more this time than we did on the first visit and it's because of the awesome location of Grande Bay. We rented a jeep and explored a new beach everyday. It was so nice when we returned in the late afternoon to park the jeep and not worry about transportation for the rest of the day or night We would just walk Cruz Bay every night and stop in the bars for happy hour and then have dinner.

We stayed in a studio and it was very clean and stocked with everything we needed. We used the pool once briefly and it was great. The workout area is small but will do. I liked that they had coffee and pastries in the morning. We did notice that Grande Bay had cocktail receptions at MOTU next door (don't miss this for great cocktails ) for their guests. Though we never went, I thought it was a really nice touch.

We cannot wait to return to St John and will definitely be staying at Grande Bay on our next visit.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Just got back, rented a Grande Bay villa through St. John Villa Company. They offered several to chose from and we went with 5202. I highly recommend St John Villa Company. They not only provided a fantastic villa, but provided outstanding support and help. They had the answers for questions on what to do, where to go, when to go to avoid cruise ship crowds. Anyone can rent you a room, but few can make your vacation so memorable.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

This resort is very clean, safe and comfortable with a great downtown cruz bay location. Not the best for young kids, but doable if need be. Pool is nice but not really a kids pool, no restaurant or bar but you can easily walk to to one.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Love Grande Bay. We have stayed there many, many times now. Always great. The location, the accommodations, the service are always fantastic. We love staying there and cannot think of staying somewhere else. Dawn always takes such great care of us.

Room Tip: Buildings 1, 2, and 3 are closer to Bay Street where buildings 4, 5, and 6 are up on the hill.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Paul H, General Manager at Grande Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Dear DoubleD29662,
So happy you had another great time" and we can't think of any other place for you to stay either!! Dawn is certainly a terrific asset to our team and the best part is she also owns Motu Bar right next door...how convenient.
See you soon,
Paul

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed in a 1-bedroom condo for a week over spring break. The location is absolutely perfect and I cannot imagine staying anywhere else on the island. You are right in Cruz Bay which is the ideal size beach town. Many choices for restaurants as well as souvenir shops. The condo itself at Grande Bay was just the right size for our family of 4. Perfectly stocked and having a garage downstairs for our Jeep was extremely convenient. I would recommend Grande Bay Resort to anyone coming to the beautiful island of St John! It doesn't get any better than this!

Room Tip: Choose a higher level room for an incredible view!
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Just got back from a week at Grand Bay through Crandall Property Management in Cruz Bay, they were great, very helpful. Our 8th trip to St John. Had our kids & grand kids, 15 in all. We rented a studio, one bedroom & 3 bedroom. It was wonderful. We've stayed lots of places on St John and this is our favorite, especially if you want an easy walk to town, most of those so-called walks to town are not easy.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Grande Bay Resort

Address: Bay Street | Cruz Bay Quarter, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Cruz Bay
Price Range: £277 - £417 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grande Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club is situated hillside overlooking Cruz Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Set near Wharfside Village, this St. John condominium resort overlooks the emerald and blue waters of Cruz Bay and St. Thomas to the east and the British Virgin Islands to the west. Offering nightly rentals (min. 2 nights) and fractional ownership opportunities in the heart of "Love City". ... more   less 
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