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Where to Stay Spotlight: The Fred- A Beachfront Boutique Resort on St. Croix

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You know that feeling of not really feeling like you’re actually ON vacation until you’re half way finished with it?  How about the feeling of missing out on the island hopping that the British Virgin Islands once provided us with?  Well, I may have a solution for those of you who can sympathize with those sentiments.  St. Croix is just a boat or sea plane ride away from St. John OR a great weekend stop on your way here.  And, there’s a funky little beachfront hotel near the pier in downtown Frederiksted that will be sure to get you into vacation mode straightaway.

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Where to Stay Spotlight: Luxurious Accommodations Where the City Meets the Sea

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You just got off the ferry after traveling for twelve plus hours.  All you want to do is drop your bags, dig your feet into the sand and kick back with a rum drink and a burger in front of you.  But, first, you have to get your rental car, drive 20 minutes to your villa, unload the car and THEN drive back to town and hassle with finding parking.  If you got off the 4’o’clock boat, it will be way past “5’o’clock somewhere” before you have completed your mission.

Sound familiar?  Well, today I have to share with you a bit about Wharfside Village and the new luxury accommodations located just steps from the ferry dock and “stumbling distance” to ALL of your favorite Cruz Bay watering holes…Oh, and definitely keep reading.  There are some sneak peaks of what’s next at Wharfside Village included here as well!

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Where to Stay Spotlight: Everyday Convenience Meets Modern Comfort at The Marketplace Suites

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Alright, let’s face it…We all LOVE St. John.  But “convenience” isn’t necessarily a synonym of Love City.  Well, what if I told you, there is now a deluxe accommodation that is just steps away from groceries, organic lunch and juices, the best coffee on island (in my opinion!) and necessity shopping that is a few moments walk from the ferry dock but away from the noise of the evening crowds?  Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the Marketplace Suites….

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Villa Spotlight: Newly Listed Boutique Vacation Rental in Cruz Bay

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Good Morning! I have seen A LOT of messages and posts about last minute rentals. With the predictably busy summer season upon us, accommodations have been tough to find. Well, for those of you on the hunt, I have to share with you today a newly renovated, boutique style rental that is just a moment’s stroll from downtown Cruz Bay. The Peacock is a fresh listing on the vacation rental market, has all the comforts of home, beautiful views, funky decor AND availability in June, July and August!

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Villa Spotlight: Spend the Holidays at The Hills St. John

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Well folks, Thanksgiving is creeping up on us which means the Holiday Season is right around the corner.  Many of you may look forward to this time of year for large family gatherings and re-connecting with your loved ones.  Unfortunately, for many, the current pandemic may keep us away from these larger gatherings due to concern over the spread of the virus and the health of our more “at-risk” family members.

Due to all of this, 2020 might be the year that you finally take that holiday trip that you’ve been thinking about for a long while.  With family traditions potentially on pause until a vaccination is widely accessible, a simple getaway to St. John in a private villa with your immediate family might be the holiday rest and relaxation you need.

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Villa Spotlight: The Other World is a Unique Escape in Great Cruz Bay

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Today, I’d like to share with you a stunning short-term rental tucked away amidst a tropical oasis in Great Cruz Bay.  The Other World Guest Villa offers a beautiful retreat for a couples getaway OR a great family vacation!

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Business Spotlight: The Hills Saint John, Luxury Vacation Condominiums

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The Hills Saint John, luxury vacation condominiums.

It’s starting to get pretty chilly up north, so I know that vacation planning has gone into overdrive for many of you. You have so many options when choosing a place to stay here on St. John; the island had accommodations for all budgets. Well today, we’d like to tell you about a luxury condominium vacation destination. It’s an upscale spot with many top-notch amenities, and we think you’re going to like it.

The Hills Saint John is described as being a modern-day vacationer’s oasis. It’s comprised of 22 two-, three-, and four-bedroom condominium-style villas that sleep up to eight guests comfortably. Each of the resort’s villas come equipped with chef’s kitchens, private verandas and all the comforts of home. Some of the units have private patio areas complete with pools.

The Hills Saint John opened in 2008 and was then called Sirenusa. It rebranded itself following the 2017 hurricanes.

“In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the owners spared no expense in not only repairing storm damage but elevating the property to new levels of sophisticated Caribbean charm,” David Adams, condominium association president,  said recently. “The visitor experience was enhanced with upgraded guest services and amenities, like the new Clubhouse restaurant. This reinvention called for a repositioning of the brand and to appeal to new travel segments. With The Hills Saint John, we moved away from Italian villas names, instead naming them in celebration of Virgin Islands flora and fauna to further evoke the tropical feeling of St. John.”

Speaking of guests services and amenities, The Hills Saint John’s management team includes a full time concierge and guest services team which vacationers have access to from the time they book the property to the time that they return home. It offers a welcome amenity specifically catered to each guest’s stay, from a gift card to the Clubhouse, to a bottle of champagne, a birthday cake or other fun surprises. The Clubhouse restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from mid-November through July. All guests receive a complimentary hot continental breakfast with in their stay.

(Off season days and hours for the Clubhouse have not yet been determined.)

The Hills Saint John is located just five minutes from Cruz Bay. Its hillside location makes it the perfect spot to watch the boats cruise in and out of the harbor or pass in nearby Pillsbury Sound. It’s also a prime location to watch the sun dip down into the water at the end of a perfect island day. The complex has everything you need for the ultimate vacation including the Clubhouse restaurant mentioned above, a pool and fully equipped gym. Check out a few pics plus the Clubhouse menus:

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Rates vary between $425 and $1,050 a night depending on unit size and season. Interested in becoming an owner? Several units are available for sale. For more information on vacation rentals or sales, please visit www.thehillsstjohn.com. You can also call 1 (800) 727-6610.

St. John Vacation Rental Spotlight: The Other World

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Looking Out Toward the Westin from The Other World

You have several options when looking for a place to stay when vacationing on St. John. But every then and again, something truly special and unique pops up. Today we’d like to tell you about one of those places. Please check out today’s St. John vacation rental spotlight…

The Other World is so relaxing, you’ll never want to leave. You’ll first enter the private lush grounds through a security gate. Next you’ll discover an open-air living space that features native stone columns and archways, as well as eclectic/global furnishings and artwork. A true couples retreat, the villa has two air-conditioned, enclosed master suites, each with its own bathroom, television and french doors that open up to the stunning views outside. For those of you traveling with children, there is also a room on the lower level equipped with bunk beds.

The entrance to The Other World
The Entrance to The Other World
The Open Air Living Space
The Open Air Living Space
Dining with a View
Dining with a View
One of the Three Bedrooms
One of the Three Bedrooms
Beautiful Stonework Detail Throughout
Beautiful Stonework Detail Throughout

A fully-equipped kitchen/bar area combined with a large patio with immaculate views as far as the eye can see make for a perfect happy hour spot. The villa also features a dipping pool, a great feature after a long day hiking or at the beach. Need to cool off? No problem. With a convenient location just 10 minutes from downtown Cruz Bay, this villa has everything you need for the ultimate St. John experience.

Please check out a few more pics…

View Toward the Open Kitchen
View Toward the Open Kitchen
Video Games Too!
Video Games Too!
Lush Landscaping
Lush Landscaping
Large Outdoor Lounging Area
Large Outdoor Lounging Area
The Other World Looking Southwest - Perfect Sunset Views
The Other World Looking Southwest – Perfect Sunset Views

Rates for The Other World start at $500 per night and vary based on season. To learn more, please visit TheOtherWorldVilla.com