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“Best Property/Location in St. John”
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Sea Shore Allure
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Cruz Bay
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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“Best Property/Location in St. John”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

My wife and I visited St. John over Christmas and stayed at Sea Shore Allure with our 4 children. We usually stay in St. Thomas but wanted to try St. John. We have stayed at some very nice resorts and I can assure you, this property/location is as good as it gets! The location is right on the water, beautiful views and an easy 5 minute walk to Cruz Bay. The location is great because it is nice and quiet and off the beaten path, but at the same time you can walk to town and the market for anything you want to do. The property is extremely well done and they have truly thought of everything! The rooms are great. They have a great pool with TV, grill and stereo hook up. The kitchen is equiped with everything you can think of, and they even have chairs and coolers if you want to head to the beach for the day.

Delbert and Shei do an awesone job of getting you settled in and helping with any questions you have throughout your stay. They are really helpful. We did not rent a car, so Delbert drove us to the local grocery store right after we checked in and waited while we loaded up for the week!

I know a lot of the guests rented cars, but I am not sure you really need one. We did not rent one, and walked to town every night for dinner. We took a couple of day trips to the awesome beaches but just called a taxi. The room has a list of local taxi numbers to call and everytime we called, someone was there to pick us up in 10-15 minutes. The taxi's will take you anywhere you want to go on the island. Rates are $5-$8 per person. Given, parking is a premium, we also found the taxi's to be another advantage.

The whole family agreed this was one of the best vacation we ever went on. Can't wait to get back!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Sea Shore A, Manager at Sea Shore Allure, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review and for commenting on our amenities, we really do try to make sure nothing is overlooked and very much appreciate your kind words. And WOW!! We are so glad that we were able to be a part of one of the best vacations your family has had! It was a pleasure having you stay with us, and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future! ~ Sea Shore Allure
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Belleville, Michigan
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

My wife and I wanted to go away for our 30th Anniversary. I began to search for the perfect spot. I knew we wanted some place that was a beach with white sandy beaches. Neither of us had a passport so I knew that would limit our options. I began to research the US Virgin Islands. We decided on St John since we wanted a place that was not invaded by cruise traffic. I began to read review after review of places to stay. Only one place stood out with all perfect reviews. I finally booked the Sea Shore Allure. After booking I had some personal touches I wanted to have for our anniversary. I touched basis with a very sweet lady, Shei (Shay) that would soon show me why the Sea Shore Allure was different than any other place. She had every special touch I had requested in the room waiting for us. When we entered our condo we were blown away. Everything from the way the dishes are placed to the way the paper towels are put together are a presentation to their guests. From the wood floors to the furniture to the gorgeous fixtures in the bathroom everything is done first class. When we arrived in Cruz Bay we were greeted by a very nice gentleman, Delbert, who picked us up so we did not have to get a cab. He gave us a tour of our place and showed us how everything worked. It was only after a couple of days had past that we found out Delbert was one of the owners of the place. We arrived in the dark so we did not have a chance to see the place in the light until the following morning. We were not prepared for what we would wake to. We got up the next morning only to see the most spectacular view right out of our front window. I walked onto our balcony and enjoyed my morning coffee looking out over the ocean. We were literally a few yards from the ocean. Everything from the couples massage to the rental car to the best beach to go to in the area that most tourists might not know about were arranged by Shei. The Sea Shore Allure is the kind of place that feels like paradise without ever leaving the room. I strongly encourage everyone to look at the video on their website or on YouTube. The video will give you a view of just how immaculate this place really is. What it won't tell you is how you will be treated as friend and guest of Delbert and Shei. Did I mention we had this entire place all to ourselves the entire week!! Thank you Shei and Delbert for the best Anniversary ever!!

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Room Tip: 2nd and 3rd floor have the best view of the ocean. We stayed on the first floor and had a good view...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Shore A, Manager at Sea Shore Allure, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Ron & Laurie - Thank you so much for such a beautiful review. It was so great to have you stay with us, and I (shei) already miss your daily visits to my office. We hope that the pictures you took and the memories you made, will bring you back year after year. You will always have your St. John home at Sea Shore Allure. Looking forward to your next visit! Happy Holidays and warm wishes from across the sea ~ Sea Shore Allure
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

The property is perfectly close to the towns restaurants and shops. The grounds are immaculate and the pool and grill area are perfect. They over look the ocean and are right at your front door. Shei and Delbert are two of the kindest and most helpful hosts you will find. You've got questions, they've got answers. Every suggestion Shei gave us was spot on. She also helped us with a Jeep rental and groceries. We there for barely 48 hours before we started working on plans to come back.

Truly incredible, absolute perfection.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Shore A, Manager at Sea Shore Allure, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
Thank you for your kind words! It was a pleasure having you two with us and we can't wait for you to come back! Sending you warm thoughts across the sea ~ Sea Shore Allure
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Rye, New York, Usa
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

The property is 4 years old but it looked and felt like we were the 1st person to stay there. Kitchen is better eqquipped than you can imagine. High ceiling, quiet AC, good hot/cold water supply, huge bathroom and deep buth tub. I suspect that the owner is not trying to make money - the owner just enjoy decorating this propertyt and sharing with us! It is about 10 min walk from the ferry terminal and 6 min from a supermarket. You need a rental car to move around. The staff can meet you at the ferry terminal and drive you to the property. You can rent a car in St. John.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Sea Shore A, Manager at Sea Shore Allure, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our property and commenting on our amenities. We work very hard to keep our property at the highest standard for our guests, so we are very pleased that you noticed and enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to having you with us next time you're in St. John!
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

My husband and I came here for our first anniversary during off season. The place was gorgeous, clean and modern. They catered to our requests of flowers and fruit with wine on arrival, in addition to getting a car rental and even making reservations. The staff was so helpful. We were even met at the ferry and escorted to the car rental facility. Great hospitality. The condos have everything you think of, outdoor chairs and coolers to bring to the beach, umbrellas, dishes and cleaning supplies. The location is actually a lot closer to Cruz Bay then I thought and getting around is pretty simple. The condo is actually fairly close to the store too. What a gorgeous place, again I would recommend staying here and to come back.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Shore A, Manager at Sea Shore Allure, responded to this review, 13 December 2013
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure having you and we can't wait to see you again in the future!
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Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

My husband and I recently spent our honeymoon at Sea Shore Allure. The propery was IMMUCULATE, our condo was perfect, and everything was amazing. The staff was so wonderful and quick to help us with whatever we needed. I would recommend Sea Shore Allure in a heartbeat. We can't wait to come back !

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sea Shore A, Manager at Sea Shore Allure, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us at Sea Shore Allure. We look forward to your return in the near future!
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Fredericksburg, VA
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Decided on St. Johns for a 4 day / 3 night destination wedding...did my research...choose Sea Shore Allure after reading all reviews. Great Decision!!! This villa is THE hidden gem in Cruz Bay - close to everything. Charmaine will coordinate everything (suggest you let her take care of securing car rentals). Arrived on a Sunday Afternoon at St. Thomas Airport - taxi's across the island to the other side (40 mins) then boarded the ferry for a short 20 min ride to Cruz Bay.

Had dinner at the villa our first night with "Chef Theodore" cooking on the premises...I would HIGHLY suggest Chef Ted - incredible meal! And a great guy as well :-) Had Charmaine coordinate a solo/local steel-drum musician to play during the meal - his name is Lemuel - what a great local talent - he played for 2.5 hours straight without a break! He definitely loves music, is very humble, and gracious - everyone said he was one of the highlights of the trip :-)

Charmaine had breakfast catered poolside each morning which was perfect for our group of 21 as we had some rise early, and others sleep in. Each room at the Villa is perfectly decorated and each has a very unique marble-designed style. I'm picky about the cleanliness factor wherever I stay, and this place is immaculate. The owners of the villa also show up from time to time just to touch base and to ensure your stay is perfect :-)

Our second evening we had our wedding at the Villa and it was also a great decision (and there was no extra charge! Caneel Bay could learn something about service from these folks!). After the wedding, we ate our post-wedding dinner at Ocean Grill - perfect!!! Would highly recommend the Ocean Grill - incredible food, and you feel like you're eating in a rain forest :-)

Earlier the day of our wedding, we booked (several months in advance) a private snorkeling 1/2 day trip on the Kekoa Catamaran. Don't be fooled by the competition! The Kekoa was hand-built by its owners, and is head and tails above any other sailing/snorkeling vessel we saw on our trip - great gear, great crew, great food an drink!

Our last day on the Island was spent at Cinnamon Bay Beach - big and not overly crowded. That evening we had arranged a private dinner at the Turtle Bay Estate Veranda at Caneel Bay - WOW! I realize Caneel Bay has come under a lot of negative publicity over the last several years (let their standards lapse), BUT in this case they were spot on! An incredible meal at a perfect setting!!! Probably wouldn't stay there at the resort, but the meal at dusk on the veranda is easily one of the most memorable event in the 50 years of my life - and that's not an overstatement.

Hated to leave the island on our last day...Overall a wonderful trip to St. John, anchored by a memorable stay with the staff at Sea Shore Allure - wonderful, flexible, loving people with great attitudes :-)

PS - We decided in advance NOT to use a wedding coordinator...SMART MOVE! We saved a bundle, and Charmaine at the Villa handled the set up for the wedding right there....she was also able to connect us to a florist nearby, and to a musician. The only "hitch" was the wedding license/official. Easily overcome... we were actually married "legally" at the court house the week prior to the trip (a 10 minute, unattended service that cost us $50) - but the REAL wedding (the union in our hearts, before our close friends and family) occurred at St. Johns. This took a lot of stress out of the trip :-))

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Sea Shore A, Manager at Sea Shore Allure, responded to this review, 23 July 2013
Pat,

Thank you for such a detailed review of Sea Shore Allure and other St. John locations. We enjoyed having you and your family as our guests and it was a pleasure hosting your wedding. We hope you consider visiting us again in the future.
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Property: Sea Shore Allure
Address: Fish Fry Drive | 271 & 272 Estate Enighed, Cruz Bay 00830, St. John
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sea Shore Allure 4.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the modern amenities at Sea Shore Allure. Our exclusive St John Island resort features eight boutique condominiums that overlook the stunning waters of St. John, US Virgin Islands. Nestled in a quiet spot near downtown Cruz Bay, our resort's location, amenities and accommodations are second to none. Whether you spend your days lounging at our Blue Havana pool, toasting the sunset from the hot tub on our rooftop terrace or touring the island, Sea Shore Allure is an exclusive resort that lets you enjoy a quiet vacation that is still close to all of the best shopping and dining on St. John Island. Take your island vacation to the next level by reserving a vacation villa at Sea Shore Allure. Sea Shore Allure features Brazilian hardwood detailing, Travertine tiles, native stonework and stainless steel appliances. Whether you start your morning with coffee on the private balcony overlooking the bay or unwind from a day of sightseeing by watching a movie on the state-of-the-art home theater system with a Blueray player and iPod docking station, you'll live the good life at Sea Shore Allure. While most of our vacation villas feature a private spa, all of our specialty suites have a full gourmet kitchen complete with microwave, stove/oven, refrigerator and a full set of cookware and dinnerware, and other comforts and conveniences that will make you feel at home. ... more   less 
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