Raffle Spotlight: Island Abodes & Hotel Cruz Bay

Great vacations at Island Abodes & Hotel Cruz Bay are up for grabs!
Great vacations at Island Abodes & Hotel Cruz Bay are up for grabs!

Raffle week continues here at News of St. John! Today we’d like to tell you about our final two stays which are up or grabs for the News of St. John raffle! Please remember, the raffle ends this Saturday, March 30th at 9 a.m. EST, so please get your tickets today!

Island Abodes 

The view from The Honeymoon Suite at Island Abodes
The view from The Honeymoon Suite at Island Abodes

Our seventh place prize is a three-night stay for two people in Island Abodes‘ Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole, or at the Papaya Suite, One-Bedroom Suite or Honeymoon Suite at Sunset Serenade. This prize can also be used as a credit for a longer stay at any of Island Abodes’ vacation properties including the Pool Villa and Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole.

Island Abodes has two vacation rental properties – Sunset Serenade and Chocolate Hole. Sunset Serenade is a beautiful vacation rental located just five minutes from Cruz Bay. Set high atop a hill, it has fabulous views of Cruz Bay, Pillsbury Sound and the Caribbean Sea. As it’s name states, it also has great sunsets.

Sunset Serenade is made up of four vacation rentals – The Penthouse, Papaya Suite, Honeymoon Suite and Hibiscus Suite.

Island Abodes’ Chocolate Hole property is less than 10 minutes from town and is located in the quiet neighborhood of Chocolate Hole. This property includes a two bedroom pool villa which has great views of the Caribbean Sea and the Garden Suite, and a very private, one bedroom suite tucked among the property’s beautiful plantings.

The Pool Villa at Chocolate Hole
The Pool Villa at Chocolate Hole

Rates at Island Abodes start at $159 a night. Click here to visit their website.

Hotel Cruz Bay

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Our eight place prize is a two night stay at Hotel Cruz Bay. Hotel Cruz Bay is an intimate accommodation made up of fourteen guest rooms and one penthouse apartment suite which is located in the heart of Cruz Bay. The hotel opened in 2010 and extensively renovated and expanded in 2018 blending chic Miami boutique hotel decor with the more casual style of an island villa. The result is a clean, simple, yet elegant venue.

One of the greatest things about the hotel is that it’s green! The hotel has 88 solar panels and four solar drum hot water heaters mounted on its roof, providing power for over 85% of its energy usage. Such a great thing!

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The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Cruz Bay and is within walking distance of the town’s best restaurants, bars and shopping. This lively location is the perfect spot for accessing all of St. John’s beaches and attractions. Just around the corner from the ferry dock (only 250 feet away), Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel is the closest accommodation upon arrival to St. John. No taxi is required and there are no hills or winding roads to traverse – just stroll on over.

Rates at Hotel Cruz Bay start at $205 a night. Click here to learn more.

The raffle period has ended. 

How the drawing works: Once the entry period is over, the raffle committee will personally write/type the names of each entrant on a raffle ticket. If you bought one ticket, we will write/type your name on one ticket. If you bought two tickets, we will write/type your name on two tickets. And so forth… All of the names will be placed into a secure bucket/basket. Once all of the names are written on tickets, we will draw the winner live on video. That video will be posted on newsofstjohn.com The raffle period will end on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST. The winners will be announced on newsofstjohn.com on or about April 3, 2019. Now go ahead and enter! Good luck!! 

The 2019 News of St. John raffle will support the following:

  • Island Health and Wellness: Currently the center is only able to treat patients ages 15 and up, and it sees all regardless of their ability to pay. A donation of $75,000 would allow island Health and Wellness to launch a pediatric program. Currently there is not a pediatrician on St. John. This is a much needed service for our children.
  • Love City Community Network: If you have been to St. John, you are likely aware that a good deal of the North Shore is a dead zone including many of your favorite beaches. A donation of $27,000 would complete LCCN’s funding request to install 911 call boxes, complete with AEDs, on six North Shore beaches including Hawknest, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay (one at each end of the beach) and in the Annaberg area. This would greatly reduce EMS response times in the event of an emergency on the North Shore. This system can truly save lives.
  • Julius E. Sprauve School: The school sustained significant damage during the 2017 hurricanes. It is currently in need of gym equipment, musical instruments and teacher supplies.
  • St. John Christian Academy: The school is in need of gym equipment, room dividers and a security system.
  • Carolina Corral: The corral is a safe haven for injured and rescued donkeys, horses and other animals. The cost to feed these animals is upwards of $100 a day. The corral is also in need of new fencing.
  • Love City Pan Dragons: St. John’s only steel pan orchestra is looking for funding for pan tuning, new uniforms and travel expenses.
  • St. John Historical Society: The group is looking for funding so it can complete its “Our History Keepers” project by hiring a videographer to film St. John’s elders.
  • C.O.R.E.: This program inspires communities to be better stewards of the environment through marine awareness education and hands on coastal programs. They are looking for funding that will allow them to clean up bays of storm debris and to allow them to educate the public on sunscreens that are toxic to reefs. C.O.R.E has been instrumental in helping to alleviate the lionfish problem in the waters around St. John.

Click here to view all of our raffle prizes. 

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