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Sunset Ridge Villas
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

I just got back from a wonderful week in st john. We stayed at Sunset Ridge for the second time and plan to go back every year. We think it is perfect, but it might not be for everyone.

This is not a resort. Sunset Ridge is a complex with 6 units that sits on the highest point overlooking Cruz Bay. Each unit has 2 buildings. One that has the master bedroom/bath that sleeps 2 and a main building that has the kitchen/living/dining/powder room/laundry area downstairs and upstairs with a double bed and 2 twin beds with full bath. There is no air conditioning but a lot of windows that we kept open all the time. The trade winds are wonderful, but it can get hot. There are plenty of box fans, but all week I never slept under any covers, not even a sheet. After a day or so, you get used to the temperature. The bugs weren’t too bad but definitely need to take bug spray. There is a courtyard with a dipping pool in each unit, but there is a very nice size pool that all units share. Sunsets are beautiful and different each day.

St john is a small island in the US virgin islands and is mostly natural parks. I’ve been going there since 2003 and nothing has really changed in all that time. It is not over developed and definitely gives you the laid back island feel. Getting to sunset ridge is a process. You arrive in st Thomas and then take the ferry to st john cruz bay. The Cimmaron Property mgr will meet you at the ferry dock and escort you to the ridge. You have to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get up to the ridge. The roads are very steep and narrow. We rented a jeep commander. In order to get everyone plus luggage up to the ridge, you can only take one medium size suitcase which need to include your snorkel gear in it. You really don’t need a lot of clothes. We spent most of our time in bathing suits and eat in about half the nights. However, because of only having one vehicle, we all had to agree to do the same thing everyday. Nobody wears make up or does their hair. I only tried to do anything for the last’s nights dinner and then it was just mascara, lipstick and let my hair down instead of pulled back in a pony tail.

We stocked the kitchen to be able to have breakfast at the ridge and pack lunch/snacks/drinks for the day trips. Coolers/ beach chairs/ beach towels are provided. If you need more , the property mgt will provide it. Most groceries are more expensive since everything has to be shipped in and liquor/wine is double what we pay in the states. Although, we did find a local’s grocery that had better prices. We all shared the duties for the week. Cooking breakfast, packing coolers, packing the car, washing towels, getting groceries, bagging trash to take down the hill, etc.

Every day is about going to a different beach to snorkel and relax. We took two day trips off island which is a must do. Here is an sample itinerary:
• Day 1 – arrive in st Thomas, take the ferry to st john, pick up the rental car, settle in, go to woody’s for dinner. Woody’s is a famous local bar that is frequented by Kenny Chesney when he is on island.
• Day 2 – go to trunk bay for the day. It has an underwater snorkel trail you can follow which is fun. Have dinner at the ridge
• Day 3 – go to leinster bay for snorkeling for the morning and then to either francis or maho bay for the afternoon to relax. Since we were halfway there, dinner is at skinny legs which is in coral bay on the east side of the island…..opposite from where we are on the west side of the island
• Day 4 – off island. Sail to jost van dyke, bvi. Have to have your passport. Go to foxy’s in great harbor for a drink, then sail to soggy dollar bar in white bay for most of the day. We cooked at the ridge for dinner
• Day 5 – kind of a rest day. Go shopping in mongoose junction and at the wharfside village. We ate at the waterfront bistro for dinner…very good, fresh fish
• Day 6 – go to cinnamon bay for the day. Sun and snorkeling. We cooked at the ridge for dinner, tried to use all the food we could so as not to waste it.
• Day 7 – off island. Sailing day to some great snorkeling spots….lavongo cay and Christmas cove. We used Sail Safaris and would highly recommend them. Capt Han and 1st mate Samantha were knowledgeable, experienced and fun. Lunch is provided by the captain. We get back around 4. Dinner at Lime Inn is a must and a great way to end the trip
• Day 8 – have to return the rental car and catch the ferry back to st Thomas. The airport doesn’t open til 1:00 and the flight we get is 3:00. So when we get to st Thomas around lunch we hire a taxi(van) to hold our luggage while we go and eat at Gladys’ restaurant and meet the driver around 1:15 and then to the airport.

I put together what I think the individual expenses, at a minimum, would look like for the week.
airfare 500 (from atlanta, ga)
car/gas 150
parking 30
taxis 40 (to/from airport)
ferry 50 (to/from st john)
day trips/tips 300 (2)
groceries/drink 300
eat out 300
miscellaneous 130
total 1800

I absolutely LOVE this as a vacation. It makes me happy the minute I step on the island.
We loved the new cabinetry. I have seen on the SR website some talk of filling in the unit's dipping pool. I really hope they don't do that. It is great to come back from the beach and get in the courtyard pool and wash off the snorkel equipment and relax. Cimmaron was quick to handle any issues we had...need a new toaster and an additional beach chair and a couple of other things. The next thing we think needs to be replaced are the mattresses, a little lumpy. But , truthfully , we were so tired after the days activities it only really bothered one person who said the couch was more comfortable. Then i think everything else can be replaced as needed, ie the appliances.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank alee_travels
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

After few years of decline the homeowner's association has taken over the management of the villas, hired a new property manager and the evidence of these changes is evident to anyone who has been there before. New cabinetry, improved landscaping and views that where always spectacular have been opened up to all the units.

With each unit boasting two buildings, a master suite separate from the main building that contains the kitchen, dining, living areas with an additional bedroom upstairs: SRV has plenty of room spread out. Most units have a private dipping pool in addition to the large communal pool with commanding views of Pillsbury Sound and St. Thomas to the west.

We have enjoyed watching the revitalization year by year of a great property.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank BillVt
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

Great location! Staff couldn't be friendlier and even met us at the ferry to escort us to our condo. Located on top of the mountain, driving up requires a four wheel drive and is an adventure in and of itself. Pleasantly surprised with the private courtyard, amazing view and all the amenities. Even provided a cooler and beach chairs for us to use. We did have a battle with some sugar ants in the kitchen that were determined and pretty much succeeded in getting into everything! We were concerned that there was not any air conditioning but found we never needed it. There is a constant breeze and fans that keep things very comfortable!

  • Stayed: June 2011
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1  Thank Cschaper
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Reviewed 19 November 2010

The accommodations were nice and allowed us space to let the little one nap without everyone having to tip toe around. Unfortunately, not all of the rooms have good air flow and since there is no air conditioning, some nights were a hot sticky mess. The other problem we ran into is the lack of parking. Since all of the cars are parked along the side of the property, it was VERY challenging to turn the car around whenever we wanted to leave. I am not sure how often the pool is cleaned, but I would suggest it be cleaned a little more often.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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Thank braugi
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