Bedrooms 1, Bathrooms 1, Sleeps 4
Brittany and Robert Gonzales
About Brittany and Robert Gonzales
Want to hear a love story? Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who lived around the corner from each other in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a good life, but they worked all the time and, sadly, never met. But they shared this crazy dream of someday living on a tropical island. Somehow, some way, the girl moved to St. John in 2010, and the boy found her there when he moved in 2011. They fell in love, got married, bought some real estate and fixed it up real nice, and started Island Abodes! Brittany MacNealy was born and raised in the Mississippi delta. After college at Mississippi State (Hail State!) she moved to Nashville to run fundraising for a great nonprofit. Her parents will tell you that she dreamed of living at the beach since she was a little girl. So in 2010, after 5 “cold” Nashville winters, she moved to St. John to be the Director of Fun at the Westin St. John. For 4 years she oversaw Resort activities and managed the pool and Kid�����s Club. It was a great experience and awesome training for Island Abodes’ future GM! Robert Gonzales was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to Nashville in 1991 for law school at Vanderbilt. As a business lawyer, he specialized in restructuring companies. He worked hard and built a great practice. But ask his long time law partner or mentor and they’ll tell you something like “Robert always said he wouldn�����t sit at a desk forever.” Twenty years in Nashville seemed like long enough. So, in 2011 he relocated to the islands he’d been visiting for over 10 years, met Brittany, and the rest is history! When we’re not helping guests, we love to explore the North Shore on paddle boards and hike the National Park trails with our ���coconut retriever��� Morgan. Brittany also volunteers at Gifft Hill School and the Animal Care Center. And Robert is an ordained minister who officiates beach weddings. He������s also big into tropical fruit farming, so be sure to ask him what���s ripe! We look forward to welcoming you!
Why Brittany and Robert Gonzales chose Estate Enighed
The location is close to all of Cruz Bay's bars, restaurants and shopping, but far enough away for peace and tranquility. And the views are spectacular!
What makes this Apartment unique
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Loved the view!
Absolutely loved our stay from the views to the inside of our apartment everything was wonderful! Beach chairs and cooler were provided and super helpful. I would definitely stay there again
Beautiful views and Comfortable Accomodations
We really enjoyed our stay in the penthouse suite. The view from the expansive deck is beautiful and we enjoyed watching the sunsets. The whole place was very clean, and had plenty of towels, wash clothes, dishes, etc... We really appreciated, and were happy to take advantage of, the beach chairs and coolers as well. The air conditioned bedroom was a big plus and we were happy that we could shut it off from the rest of the indoor space to keep it cool in there. The living and kitchen spaces were kept comfortable by opening the screened sliding doors on both walls of the living room area and turning on the three ceiling fans to move air through the living space. Overall a very nice space and would recommend it to anyone honeymooning or even just vacationing on St. John.
The only two critiques we had were that the large cabana seat shown in the old pictures (pre-hurricanes) was not available. They did accomodate us by providing a similar seat from another unit for the week, but when we came back from dinner our last night there we had planned on sitting in the cabana and looking at the St. Thomas lights, but they had removed the seat and replaced it with a couple of lounge chairs. Would have appreciated it being left until we checked out the next morning.
The second was that there was still some construction happening on the property. Not to our unit, but there was still some construction happening on the building and it was a little distracting when resting during the day after a morning of hiking or snorkeling. Not a huge deal, but would have been nice to have a heads up beforehand.
Overall though, we really enjoyed our stay and the owners were more than helpful with any questions we had. They even helped link us up with some taxi services so we could both enjoy a night on the town without having to worry about the drive back up the hills. Would recommend the penthouse to anyone wanting to stay on St. John.
That is the one word description of vacationing with Brittany and Robert at Island Abodes in St John USVI.
This is our 12th trip to St John, our second staying with Island Abodes. It’s actually the trip we had planned for last November but we all know what Irma and Maria did, so we had to postpone our trip.
Our first trip we stayed at the Penthouse! This time we stayed at the Down Yonder Pool Villa! Either of them are 5+ stars and I’m sure their other vacation spots are as well...
Brittany and Robert made every accommodation that we needed, even putting us in a nicer rental due to post hurricane construction still going on.
We will definitely go back, stay with our friends at Island Abodes and leave our worries behind!
If your looking for a vacation spot and people that will not only take care of your accommodations but go out of their way to make it your best vacation ever, you have to call Brittany, Robert and little RJ @ Island Abodes. You can’t go wrong when you stay with them!
We will be back in November and of course we will be staying with Island Abodes!
Thanks for another BEST vacation ever!
Jeff & Tammy Bowman
The property was more than what the pictures posted showed it to be! Will most certainly stay again!
The owners were amazing to work with and extremely helpful with overall island information for our honeymoon. The view almost didn't seem real it was so beautiful!! Great property and location. Island Abodes will be seeing us again and we are spreading the word of their great property to our family and friends. Thank you all so much!!!
Thank you so much for your awesome review. We work hard to make sure our guests have great stays and it makes us so happy to know that you did! Our Penthouse Suite definitely has one of the best views overlooking Cruz Bay to St. Thomas. The sunset views are amazing! We so appreciate your willingness to spread the word about us to your friends and family. We would absolutely love to have you back as a repeat guest. Thank you again!
The Island Abodes Penthouse is an amazing property with amazing views of both St John and St Thomas. Both the live in area and the outdoor living space are well appointed, spacious and extremely comfortable. The owners, Robert and Brittany, made our visit even more comfortable by providing everything we needed for a relaxing stay. Beach chairs, cooler, towels, snacks, etc., made things even better. The unit was very clean and decorated with upscale furniture and amenities. Without a doubt, we will look no further for a place to stay when we return. Can't wait!
Thank you so much for the incredible review of your stay in the Penthouse Suite at Sunset Serenade, Anne! Robert and I are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the accommodations, and it sounds as though you were able to make this suite your island home away from home. We know how important beach items are to a Caribbean vacation, so we make sure to provide all of the essentials! It's great knowing they were put to good use. As small business owners, our goal is to earn repeat guests, so we are completely thrilled to hear we'll be welcoming you back to Island Abodes in the future! Hurry back to beautiful St. John for another stay in paradise!
We absolutely loved the Penthouse! My husband and just spent 9 nights here and can't wait to return. Brittany and Robert were awesome and their attention to detail was very much appreciated. The property is gorgeous and the the view is breathtaking! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!!
Kathy, thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay in the Penthouse Suite at Sunset Serenade! Robert and I were so happy to host you and your husband during your Caribbean getaway. I’m thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed the accommodations and the property – that gorgeous island view from the private deck sure can’t be beat! We hope to welcome you back to Island Abodes during your next St. John vacation.