A lovely week in St. John!
Submitted: January 4, 2012
Stayed: December 2011
We had a wonderful week at Poi Pu! The house was accurately described in the listing and the photos did reflect the house's appearance. There was plenty of room for our group. The location was great...off the beaten path a bit but a very short drive to downtown Cruz Bay and some lovely beaches. But you will likely have a rental Jeep like we did and then the entire island is yours to explore. The owners were happy to answer my questions prior to and after booking. Once on-island, the property management company was also very accommodating and attentive. On the whole, the house was clean and well maintained. We did have one housekeeping issue that we immediately called about and it was resolved to the best of their ability that same day. Sadly, it rendered the oven unsanitary and unusable for the remainder of our stay. (We could use the oven top, however.) It was something that required further attention after we left. Provided that happened, I would feel comfortable recommending this property to a friend or relative. Not the owner's fault, but rather the people who are in charge of cleaning the house.
All of the beaches are fabulous and do get out and explore as many as you can, because they have such unique characteristics. Snorkeling sights and conditions vary as well. If you have kids, Big Maho is a great place for your first snorkle because it has a gradual progression to deep water unlike many others that drop off but a few feet from shore. It is also protected from the wind and provides calm waters. You will see rays and turtles at Maho. Bathrooms too!
Trunk Bay has a great snorkeling opportunity, but it is the busiest beach and very crowded. Amenities abound, though.
There are only 3 parking spaces, but do try and get to Gibney beach if you're looking for privacy. You'll be hard-pressed to find it on a map but it is located just east of Hawksnest and is marked by an iron gate.
Make the hike to Waterlemon and take a drive out to Saltpond! Chocolate Hole is great for hunting for seaglass and small shells, but that's it. People bring their dogs there too.
Eat at Rhumb Lines in Cruz Bay. (You should make a reservation.)
So many great sights, food, shopping and places to explore. The locals are very friendly. We will return :)
Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Hi Shanlee and I'm so glad Poi Pu was part of your fabulous vacation! So sorry about the oven issue - I bet the Weber grill came in even more handy! I hope you'll come back to Poi Pu again. Best of luck in 2012!
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