This recently renovated and updated, beautifully appointed 3-bedroom condo in Cruz Bay is located on the upper level of Grande Bay Resort in St. John, USVI.
Located just across the street from Cruz Bay Beach, you are only a 3-5 minute walk from the ferry docks as well as all of the Cruz Bay restaurants, bars, casino, shopping and entertainment spots. You are also located near several beautiful hiking trails to a few of St. John's 32 gorgeous beaches. All of these beaches can also be accessed by island taxis, which can be obtained on the street in front of the ferry docks. Along with the friendly folks on St. John, you will meet some four-legged characters that will put a smile on your face such as the burros, the ever-elusive mongoose, the iguanas, the goats and other interesting wildlife.
Once you are in this condo, you will want to kick off your shoes go out onto the balcony to newly added granite bar w/teak barstools and just take in the gorgeous views and start planning your activities. This condo is a 1-2 minute walk to the heated pool, hot tub and workout facility. Once you've splashed around, take a few minutes to gather some groceries at the Starfish Market or Dolphin Market, including the ingredients to make the delicious rum punch everyone enjoys so much. Then take a stroll around town to check out the shopping, day trips/island excursions, rental of snorkel gear or maybe just a visit to Woody's for a snack or one of the many wonderful restaurants for dinner plans. Once back up on your balcony, enjoy one of St. John's stunning sunsets and watch the lights come on one by one on St. Thomas while seated on the comfy barstools at the gorgeous black granite bar. As you sip on one of your liquid inventions, you will be enveloped by a soft warm tropical breeze as it wafts across your body, causing you to feel the weight of your 'real world' problems just slip off your shoulders and slowly drift away. The music from the 'Village' welcomes and entices you to move with the island beat as you end a beautiful day in you little paradise on St. John.
You will find this condo to be truly a home away from home. The three beautifully decorated bedrooms will welcome you for a comfortable night's rest while the equally beautifully appointed living and dining areas will encourage you to kick back and relax. Check out the video and book selections and find your comfortable chair. Then sit back, watch and listen to your favorite movie, CD, DVD or favorite program on our expanded cable channels with the surround sound speakers. While cooking may not be on your itinerary, once you have meandered into the fully equipped, stainless steel kitchen you'll think what a nice option you have in being able to prepare and serve meals in such a beautiful setting.
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Your hosts, Chuck and Carmen, have been coming to St. John since 1986. We have owned other resort property, but none compares to the beauty, serenity and peacefulness of our island home in St. John.
The Owner purchased this condo in 2008
While on our honeymoon in St. Thomas in 1986, we came to St. John on a day-trip. After a tour of the island and being awestruck by its stunning beauty along with a visit to Trunk Bay, we looked at each other and said 'Why aren't we staying HERE on St. John?' Since then, we have visited many other islands and still agree that St. John consistently offers the most beautiful beaches, superb snorkeling, great hiking trails and boat tours, and a tranquility we have not found elsewhere. Once you've found the best, why go anywhere else? So we decided to buy, looked at this location and decided this is where we wanted to be... overlooking Cruz Bay, a few minutes walk to anywhere we want to go, accessible to taxis, the ferry docks--everything our hearts desired was within walking distance. Along with the convenience to all of 'Love City' we would also have a very important benefit; PARKING! For all that Cruz Bay has to offer, it lacks one important amenity...PARKING. So when you select 'Memory Maker' at Grande Bay Resort you will have parking for a rental car, which will enable you to explore the far reaches of this beautiful island. Our family and many friends who have visited here agree that we made a good choice when we chose to buy here this beautiful and convenient location. That good choice was reinforced when we learned how the original inhabitants of the Virgin Islands, the Arawak and the Carib Indians, lived on surrounding islands but not on St. John because they found the island to be too intensely spiritual to be their everyday home. Instead, they only visited St. John for special religious ceremonies. Even today that intense spirituality and peaceful tranquility that the Indians discovered so long ago is still there, waiting for yet another generation of island visitors. So come to St. John, so that you too can see, experience and believe... and Make Memories!
After your short walk from the ferry docks to your unit, you will come to realize how very convenient this location is to everything. We are situated across the street from a sweet little beach on Cruz Bay that we can stroll on to downtown Wharfside Village which offers a variety of eateries, entertainment with live music and a Casino, and shopping to please everyone and further up you will find Mongoose Junction for additional eateries and shopping. Grocery shopping, the post office, internet cafe and hot spots for getting an island drink are all just a short walk away. Some beaches are just a hike away, like Solomon or Honeymoon, and others a hop on the taxi will take you to any beach you wish to visit. Be adventurous and check out the Coral Bay area with Skinny Legs, Island Blues and other wonderful shops and eateries, be sure you go over to Salt Pond for a little hike to the beach where you will find wonderful snorkeling. Be sure to take plenty of water, as you can become dehydrated very easily. Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay have food you can purchase along with restroom/shower facilities. Other beaches will not have those conveniences--if you're not sure, just check your guide books before heading out, so you won't have any surprises. Remember not to stand on the coral, don't kick up the sand, and most of all don't handle or remove anything from the water. There are sea urchins, fire coral and other creatures that may cause you pain and discomfort, so be careful and mindful of your environment.
We just got back yesterday from an incredible vacation in Saint John- all of us could not say enough positive things about the island and specifically this condo and its location. We honestly could not have imagined how great this place was. It was so clean, fully stocked with almost anything you may need (from a DVD rack that rivals a Blockbuster to coolers/chairs to take to the beach, a kitchen filled with any dish you could imagine and a spice rack, a washer and dryer in the condo plus some leftover liquor that they leave open for anyone to drink!). The list could go on and on. The location was absolutely perfect, easy walking distance to the ferry and all bars/restaurants in Cruz Bay. Plus, you have your own parking spot, the pool area and hot tub are beautiful with gorgeous views. The gym is nice and was empty the entire time we were there. They have complimentary coffee and pastries in the morning (delish!) and every employee was so incredibly helpful. They were great to recommend jeep rentals, dining and excursions. It was also an easy hike to several incredible beaches.
We wish there were more stars to give this condo. We hope to come back sooner rather than later- thank you so much for opening this place up to us!
Wow! What a fantastic place! It's everything as advertised and more!! The pictures don't do it justice!
The condo is beautifully decorated, really well furnished and equipped with top of the line amenities. The location is just a block from all the restaurants and shops in Cruz Bay, yet private and quiet. The views of the water, boats, and islands during the day is calming, and the lights at night from nearby Islands with the stars above are beautiful.
There is limited parking downtown, so the parking spot in the condo garage was very helpful. After driving the twisty roads during the day, we were very happy we didn't get a place out of town which would require driving at night after dinner in town. We were just two blocks from the ferries and another two blocks from the excursion boats. We took both a sunset cruise with snorkeling (Kekoa), and a full day catamaran trip (Bad Kitty) to Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, Cooper Island, snorkeling, and ended at the Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay at Jost Van Dyke. White Bay should be on everyone's bucket list! Great Fun!
The owners have upgraded the condo to make it totally first class, and keep it that way. Everything is here and of quality, from the towels, dishes, pots and pans, to the wine openers. The 40" TV/stereo in the living room and surround sound is very complete and sounds great in every room, and there is a flat screen TV in every bedroom.
When not boating we went to one of the beautiful beaches and snorkeled. The pool/hot tub is really nice to lay around after a day at the beach. The workout facility is just below the pool deck with a great view of the harbor.
The owners were very helpful in setting up our trip, and helped make it the best vacation we have ever had. Memory Maker did just that for us, and WE WILL BE BACK! Thanks so much Chuck and Carmen!!!!
This is one of our favorite places we have ever rented on VRBO. We enjoyed every minute of this spacious and clean condo in Cruz Bay. It is decorated so beautifully, very well organized and had everything we could have possibly needed. Upon arrival in Cruz Bay, we were greeeted at the ferry dock and our luggage was transported to our condo while we walked along the beach to the condo (a 5 minute walk). We enjoyed the work out room looking over the bay and the refreshing swimming pool after a day at the beach. There were very few people using these facilities when we were there. We rented a jeep on the island to travel to all of Chuck's recommended snorkeling places and favorite beaches. We carried the list of recos everywhere! It was also great to be able to park inside the Grande Bay garage, just a few steps from our condo. After a great day of exploring the beaches and the beautiful island we enjoyed walking to dinner every night in town...so many great restaurants and not enough days to try all of them. And after experiencing the island's steep and winding roads during the day, I was really glad we were in town for the night. It was also fun to walk across the street from the condo the the Beach Bar for happy hour while our teenage girls enjoyed the pool. The end of our days were perfectly completed with sitting on the balcony looking at all of the stars and St. John's hillside lights while listening to some distant music playing in town. Just writing this makes me want to hurry back. We can't wait to visit your condo and St. Johns again soon. It is definitely a memory maker!!!!!
We stayed here for one week in mid summer of 2010. We were assured that the unit was close to everything we wanted to walk to and it certainly was. You can walk from the dock right to the condo. Cruz Bay is literally right at your doorstep with all the stores, restaurants and bars just a stroll away. Please note-we never heard any noise at all from town or the other units. Very peaceful setting. We also walked to Honeymoon beach without any problems and enjoyed the small hike and views. We did not wish to rent a car so this was perfect.
The unit was spacious and had lots of closet and drawer space in the bedrooms. Everything is decorated in a very tasteful colonial Caribbean decor. Good flat screen televisions in all rooms and nice sound system to listen to music on. I thought the bathrooms were very elegant, like a fine hotel. The linens were all very good quality. No cheap towels here and lots of beach towels provided. The washer and dryer were full size and worked very well. The one thing I did notice was there was no hair dryer. I just assumed they would have one so I left mine at home.
The kitchen literally had everything you could need. Nice selection of bar glasses. It was stocked with William-Sonoma quality cookware. We ate out a lot with Woody's being our favorite just to hang out at, but we did cook a few dinners, but always made breakfast and a few lunches. The covered patio was very nice to eat out on or have an afternoon cocktail on.
We did use the pool and hot tub a few times. Never crowded and had a very nice view from there. Sorry, but I never made it to the exercise room.
We would definitely go back and would not hesitate to recommend it to family or friends. The location is great, especially if you want to be able to walk everywhere. Cruz Bay is just like an adult Disneyland sitting outside your doorstep.
We just returned from a fantastic five nights in St. John at Memory Maker. Our family has stayed in many hotels/resorts as well as condos and this 3BR condo was the best equiped unit we have ever stayed in. The owners thought of EVERYTHING with every conceivable amenity included in the unit...from every appliance imaginable to little things like games. The location is second to none...although we rented a jeep (indoor parking was great) we were able to walk to dinner every night with downtown Cruz Bay a short walk away. The unit was clean, cool and spectacularly decorated..flat screens all over the place! The pool and hot tub were very nice as was the fitness center. St. John is a truly beautiful place with many beaches that I would call spectucular and staying in Grande Bay made it even better. I would recommend this condo to anyone looking to vacation in St. John.
We stayed here last summer for a week - and what a week it was. Everything is so beautiful - the island, the location and the condo. Beautifully furnished - wonderful views, It is centrally located, so everything is pretty much within walking distance in Cruz Bay. All the ammenities are first class so if you don't want to go to the beach - there is a wonderful pool. We would thoroughly recommend this condo .
Walking distance to departure points for daytrips by boat to nearby U.S. & British Virgin Islands, including St. Thomas, Jost Van Dyke, Tortolla, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island (aka Treasure Island & The Caves), Peter Island, Cooper Island, Dead Chest Island and many other sites, such as the wreck of The Rhone and the wreck of the Major General Rogers (great dive sites). For golfers, a 15 minute ferry boat ride to St. Thomas and a short taxi ride will get you to Mahagony Run, a beautiful and picturesque golf course located along the North coast of St. Thomas.