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Affordable, Elegant, Comfortable - Great Views, Walk to Town!

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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights

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Calendar last updated:
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Affordable, Elegant, Comfortable - Great Views, Walk to Town!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights

Overview

Cruz Bay Condo Rental Photos and Description

Luxury Condominium, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Be prepared to feel like you have arrived at your home away from home when you walk through the doors of Tropical Blessings. The owners actually discovered St John 25 years ago, promptly fell entirely in love with the island, moved there for over a decade, and pretty much knew from day one that owning a beautiful place on St. John was very high on their bucket list.

One might say that it's good policy to believe in miracles. The owners were finally able to chase that dream and when they finally walked through the doors of Tropical Blessings, they knew that they had finally discovered their own special St. John place at last.

The result of a dream come true has translated into accommodations that have been appointed with pride in particularly thoughtful, detailed, artistic, and personal ways. No predictable interiors here. Decorating Tropical Blessings has been a joy for the owners who trust that guests will appreciate deliberate uses of color, judicious choices of furnishings and accoutrements, touches of whimsy, and their clearly predominant preference for exceptionally fine quality. The ambiance of Tropical Blessings reflects a delight in its interior and it is the owner's intention that guests discover that delight to be entirely contagious.

The open design of the great room includes a very generously equipped gourmet kitchen. One has the option of getting into some serious cooking here. You will find a generous abundance of cookware, dish ware, flat ware, mixing bowls, utensils, china, linens, and a collection of useful kitchen gadgets. You'll even find a copy of the Joy of Cooking in case you need to make hollandaise sauce and can't for the life of you remember how. Of course there's the prerequisite coffee maker, a very nice toaster, and a built in microwave. The appliances and mahogany cabinetry are appropriately high end, and the owner has provided a generous selection of spices for your in-house culinary endeavors. These spices will undoubtedly prove useful too if you decide to make use of one of two gas grilles on the pool terrace.

A long granite breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the rest of the great room, the open space of which makes both the living area and the dining area seem distinctly defined but harmoniously included as the other major sections of this spacious island living design.

The living area carries forward the overall comfortable tropical theme. Sofa and love seat, accompanied by a custom chair and other beautiful accent furniture make this a great place relax to and visit and maybe watch a movie on the 50' flat screen TV. From this living area, as is also true of the adjoining dining area, one need only open the sliders out onto the balcony. From here one is mesmerized by views of Turner Bay with images of French Cap and Great St. James in the distance. One can also turn and catch views of St. Thomas, too, portions of it visible across the way beyond the wildlife bird sanctuary and Frank Bay. The views are pretty spectacular, and on top of that you need walk only about two blocks to set foot on the small beach at Frank Bay, rarely occupied by more than a few, and a pretty good snorkeling spot.

The indoor dining area is simple and lovely and that beautiful table comfortably seats six for a nicely prepared dinner. If you prefer to be more casual, step outside again onto that main balcony and you can set the teak table to enjoy any meal as the gentle Caribbean breezes drift by. The main balcony also includes a sitting area, also furnished with teak, just a nice place to sit with or without a beverage and feel, without doubt, entirely content.

The three bedrooms at Tropical Blessings are each so appealing, all decorated so individually, imaginatively, personally, and colorfully, whether it be the stunning master suite with king bed and private balcony for two, the Coral Room with two queen beds, or the charming Aqua Room with two twin beds that can easily be converted to a king. Each bedroom has its own private bath with a large walk in shower.

Outside the Aqua Room a custom office nook and lending library area has been built in with a wide and varied selection of books to choose from and a beautiful custom desk surface where you can work comfortably, or at least spread the work out, look at it, then put it away without guilt since at least you did look at it. Don't forget: didn't you come to forget?

At Tropical Blessings you will find yourself in a private enclave of only six luxury condominium villas tucked away on a quaint island lane in a very safe and quiet neighborhood. Just far enough away from the maddening crowd. Convenient off street parking, but only a 10 minute stroll into Cruz Bay. Pristine accommodations in an ideal location. We think it's pretty close to perfect and we invite you to come discover that for yourselves.

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Special Note: Please be aware that we do not accept wire transfer payments unless we make an exception for a very last minute reservation. For your own protection, If ever asked to wire funds, always call the owner to confirm that the request is legitimate.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner/Hostess (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2015

About Owner/Hostess

My life has been such an amazing adventure to date and despite the bumps in the road that we all experience, I feel grateful and blessed in innumerable ways. The word 'boredom' does not exist in my vocabulary. Each and every day is a new gift. That's why they call it the present!

Owner/Hostess purchased this condo in 2011

Why Owner/Hostess chose Cruz Bay

I visited St. John in 1986, was entirely smitten with thus very special island at once. I felt so drawn to St. John so strongly that I moved there, and ended up happily living there for over a decade. St. John will always have a sense of home for me, and of course that's true of so many visitors who feel compelled to return to St. John year after year.

What makes this condo unique

Not only is Tropical Blessings a gorgeous and beautifully appointed place, everyone loves the 10 minute walk to town. Privacy and convenience - the best of both worlds!

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 22 traveler reviews

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Affordable, Elegant, Comfortable - Great Views, Walk to Town!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
5

In three words . . . Absolutely Breath Taking!

  • 5 of 5

Tropical Blessings was a wonderful experience. The home is amazingly beautiful and well kept. Attention to detail makes this the perfect home setting in St. John. From the decor, to the arrangement of furniture, to the quality of the linen, Karla has put a lot of work into keeping this home in mint condition. This is only a 10 min. walk to "downtown" St. John (even better - 9 min. walk to the Beach Bar!) so the location is great. Had a wonderful time with the family. Can't wait to go back. Thank you!

Rael, Trujillo, & Maestas Families from Espanola, New Mexico.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yvette, forgive my delay in commenting on your prompt review. Your words absolutely made my day. It was so satisfying to have my efforts validated. I very much appreciate the fact that you can tell how much I care about making Tropical Blessings wonderful for my guests. Thanks for the "engineering" suggestions, too - they were a great help. I couldn't ask for better guests - it will be an absolute joy to welcome you back, hopefully next year!
5

Spectactular views, great location, and beautiful, tropical decor - our favorite place to stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I have been vacationing in St. John for several years and we were very happy to find Tropical Blessings last year. The villa is beautifully decorated with high-end, comfortable, tropical furnishings; and the view is spectacular! We couldn’t wait to return this year and are already making plans for next year! The location can’t be beat. It is an easy walk to all the downtown restaurants and shops, yet in a quiet area for a peaceful night’s sleep! The property managers are top notch as is the welcome basket of goodies from the deli -- such a special treat after a long flight! The spacious balcony is the perfect place for morning coffee and evening cocktails (one of my friends has mastered the Lime n’ the Coconut – one of our favorite island drinks). We also enjoyed the Wednesday night sunset cocktail party at the Coconut Coast Studio (a two minute walk from the villa). Thanks so much for that recommendation Karla! We had seen people walking around, sipping cocktails at the studio and always thought it was a private party. You were right about no pressure to buy anything, but I did buy a couple of small prints and some coasters so that I could bring a little bit of the island home with me! My friends and I haven’t stopped talking about our wonderful week on St. John; and Tropical Blessings is our perfect “home base” for exploring the island! We’ll be reserving our week for next year as soon as we are able to book a flight!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Texas, United States
5

Absolutely the best place to stay in Cruz Bay!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do this condo justice. It is extremely clean, well maintained, and is homey and comfortable in an elegant way. The location is ideal. It's walkable to town, but also accessible for taxi service almost at the front door. The view from the balconies, master and main living areas is stunning. We arrived very late and the care taker met us after midnight at the ferry to take us to the property. We had a lovely basket of cheese, cold cuts, bread and salads waiting for us, which helped to carry us until we could get to the store the next day. The kids really enjoyed the swimming pool and one evening we grilled burgers on the grills provided by the pool. We also enjoyed a taxi tour of the island, visited Caneel Bay, and visited several beaches. We enjoyed shopping at Mongoose Junction and had fabulous meals at Banana Deck, Cruz Bay Landing, Uncle Joe's Barbecue and Zozo's at Caneel Bay. Castaways was a great bar where we watched football on Sunday. Mr. Wonderful taxi service was outstanding. Overall we had a wonderful stay and highly recommend Tropical Blessings.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Fantastic place- would book it again!

  • 5 of 5

Tropical blessing was incredible... the place was very clean, great location, beautiful view, well stocked with spices, condiments, ice chests, etc. But, what stands out the most was the excellent rental management service! We've rented several VRBOs in which we had keys mailed to us, left under a mat, left at a real estate office etc., but never have we had the kind of service that we had with the Tropical Blessing property managers. They came into town to pick us up, showed us around the place and left a delicious gift basket complete with meats, cheeses, and cookies... They spent time with us going through recommendations for restaurants and attractions. What a great experience! We'd definitely rent Tropical Blessings again! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Walpole, MA
5

Best appointed condo in which we have stayed

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Tropical Blessings. We have been coming to St. John for over 25 years and this is the best appointed condo in which we have stayed. The kitchen has everything you need and more for cooking and dining. The whole place has a nice tropical and comfortable feel to it. You can dine either inside or on the deck with a beautiful view of Turner Bay. There is a nice private deck off the master bedroom with the same view. WiFi is a must and it worked without any problems. There is a large screen TV for the kids. The beach chairs, coolers, and beach towels were all new. The pool is small, which is typical for St. John, but it was very clean and the kids had a ball in it.

We really like the location in a quiet neighborhood. There is a hill between Tropical Blessings and the sometimes noisy center of town, but it is an easy walk to the restaurants and stores of Cruz Bay. Parking in Cruz Bay is a nightmare (worse than Boston). It is very convenient not to have to drive to the restaurants for dinner.

We will be back.

Andy Arrison

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Wonderful Trip, Beautiful Condo

  • 5 of 5

I have never written a review before but had to do so for Tropical Blessings. My family and I visited in late July for a week and I could not be more pleased with my decision to stay at Tropical Blessings. The condo is fabulous - beautifully decorated throughout, plenty of space, good wireless internet, and a perfect location. We were able to walk to Cruz Bay each day and what a beautiful view on the walk to and from the condo. The owner, Karla, could not have been more helpful with car rental and all other information related to St. John and the condo. Then, after a wonderful week - we were supposed to leave on Saturday - Tropical Storm Bertha came through and the ferries were shut down so we were literally "stuck" for another day. Karla allowed us to stay in her beautiful condo an extra night (which was above and beyond any expectations that I had given the situation) and I will definitely return to St. John and Tropical Blessings.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Judy - I must say that I'm very flattered that your stay at Tropical Blessings prompted you to write your first review ever. I'm so glad you appreciated the the views and the comfortably elegant interior. Thank you for a whole bunch of compliments. I get pretty excited when I anticipate a guest's arrival since, excuse me terribly, I'm sure they are going to be so happy with loveliness and creature comforts as they settle in. I'm so glad you mentioned how pretty the walk down the lane and into Cruz Bay is. The walk is easy, as you like most found out. You didn't bring this up, but since a couple of people have mentioned hills, I'll just clarify specifically: there are two hills - the fairly gentle slop of the lane, then another steeper hill, not killer, but very short that you cannot avoid when walking into Cruz Bay. Anyhow, my goodness, Judy, to think that you experienced Tropical Storm Bertha - a bit of an Oh My Gosh! After your return, I shared with you the aftermath I experienced with category 5 Hurricane Marilyn in 1995. So, I get concerned when I hear about storms. Bertha would be plenty big enough for me, but fortunately for you, the hurricanes have historically hit in September, usually mid-month. Nonetheless, I could never cast you out into a storm with no ferries running. It felt like divine providence that Tropical Blessings was available just for that one night when you needed a safe haven, so it all worked out. And if a guest had tried to arrive during Bertha, would they ever have been in for a big surprise so I think we would have had you covered anyhow. So glad you finally arrived home safe and with one heckuva big adventure story to tell. Glad Bertha didn't scare you away. I can almost promise (but not quite...lol) that it won't happen next time. Bets are on for smooth sailing for your entire stay, honest. There really is so much more to see on beautiful St. John...you tasted my favorite slice of paradise. Judy, I look forward to welcoming you back as return guests to Tropical Blessings. Your second slice of paradise will be served when you come back! Best, Karla

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Car: recommended

Tropical Blessings is in a charming neighborhood with lots of permanent residents, not just vacation rentals. The lane is so narrow that two vehicles can barely pass. The location is so close to town, but just far enough away.As a former island resident I have a wealth of recommendations and suggestions to offer. Feel free to ask. I lived on island full time for 11 years so I have a pretty good take on things. I'll be glad to help you.

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Rates & Availability

From $430 Per night

Cruz Bay Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Off Season
Apr 15 2015 - Dec 19 2015
5 night minimum stay
$430
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 4 2016
10 night minimum stay
$635
 
 
In Season
Jan 5 2016 - Apr 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
$565
 
 
Off Season
Apr 15 2016 - Dec 19 2016
5 night minimum stay
$430
 

Additional information about rental rates

No Refund Sec. Deposit $75
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes From $375/night
In season dates: 12/15 - 4/14 $535/night
Off season dates: 4/15 - 12/14 $415/night
Holiday dates: 12/20/14-1/5/15 $625/night

Plus 10% Hotel Tax.
In season:one week minimum stay
Off season: five night minimum stay
Holiday dates: 10 night minimum stay
No refund of first deposit if reservation cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Cruz Bay Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • The large walk-in showers are a nice bathroom feature. Who would ever describe a bathroom as pretty? In truth, all of them are!
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds can be converted into king. Please request.
  • Each bedroom is lovely and entirely comfortable. Each bedroom has been individually decorated in a most pleasing and personal way. There are ceiling fans in each bedroom, but Central AC makes sleeping in each bedroom an especially relaxing experience.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Payments by check or money order only. Owner is small sole proprietor who has investigated credit card operations for guest convenience. To date we have not found one that does not present major inconveniences or possibilities of security breaches. We care about our own security, and yours too!

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