We spent one week (1/17/15 to 1/24/15) at the Villa to celebrate my father's 60th birthday. We rented the Main house as well as one bedroom from the Guest House to accommodate 8 adults. The moment we walked into the Villa to meet Adele, I knew the week would be perfect. Adele was so sweet to hang a "Happy Birthday" banner across the huge glass doors. All of our guests were delighted with the small details. Adele offered several suggestions for local food, activities and sights to see. She made herself available via phone or email, which was comforting during our first stay on St. Croix.
We visited several beaches, took a full day sail/snorkel with Big Beards in Christensted, visited Cruzan Rum Distillery, Jeep tours, and multiple visits to Christensted and Fredreksted for shopping. I would definitely recommend the Chicken Shack. Cold drinks, delicious food, great patrons and friendly staff. It was on the way in and out, so convenient for lunch and dinner. We also dined a couple of times at The Mermaid at the Buccaneer. Pretty setting on a covered patio overlooking the beach. One regret: not having Julianna come to the Villa to cook up one of her famous meals. I heard from several folks that her meals are unforgettable.
The Villa itself is in a perfect location. It was easy driving around any point of the island (everything within 25 minutes or so). We ended up spending more time at the Villa during late afternoon/evening than originally thought because of the amazing pool, outdoor dining area, and proximity to the beach.
The beach was within steps from the main house. There was a lot of seaweed washed ashore, which I know is unusual for the area (but we are on the shore of the open sea, it will happen!). The grounds keeper, Austin, was more than helpful clearing out the area to make sure we had a comfortable spot to park our beach chairs.
Overall, the house was clean, modern, comfortable, safe, and spacious. There was ample room for 8 adults to cook and eat, as well as relax, or enjoy alone time. The beach was great for snorkeling or just lounging. We did spend most of our time outside next to the pool. We played cards, gazed at the stars, and took late-night swims.
This was the perfect getaway to celebrate my father's birthday. The memories will be cherished as we pass on our experiences. I plan to visit in the future with my three children and in-laws. I want to share this treasure we found on St. Croix!