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

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

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Overview

Great Cruz Bay Estates 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 30 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
Speaks: english

About Owner/Hostess

Yes, that's me above, the owner of Tropical Blessings, as Lady Legs. You probably wouldn't guess, so I'll tell you: I'm 10 feet tall, and if you didn't know, you're seeing a Mocko Jumbie. Years ago I enjoyed starting a troupe of Mocko Jumbies for St. John Carnival Parade. Now you'd probably agree that's an unconventional thing to do, but has given me a spirit of curiosity and adventure which seems to be a common among many who become smitten with St. John. So where did I come from and what has happened? I enjoyed growing up in a small New England town, one of those towns that Paul Revere galloped through during the Revolutionary War, shouting those famous words that most of us remember learning in grade school, "The British are coming, the British are coming!" Then came high school, and after that an inspiring college education which I'll modestly say included prestigious institutions, led to a Master's Degree, after which I pursued an extended career teaching at high school and university levels...which I thought would last forever. Life is full of surprises and by definition one never expects them. Never did I imagine I would end up as Executive Secretary for a major international jeweler, and later, even more surprising if you had asked me to place bets that I would become owner of one of the finest handcrafted light. Today, I enjoy my charming post and beam house in the woods of beautiful Maine. I have so much to be grateful for and I intend to never forget that. My life is blessed with some very dear friends and a generous heart myself, or so I've been told. I do make an effort to encourage others since there are times that's just what all of us need. My favorite quote of all time was written by German poet, Ranier Maria Rilke, roughly translated: "Whatever you dream, or dream you can, begin it. A dream has beauty, power, and magic in it." My dreams are many but writing a novel, and finding the confidence to do it, fills me with joy! May you find joy too!

Owner/Hostess purchased this condo in 2011

Why Owner/Hostess chose Cruz Bay

I visited St. John in 1986, was entirely smitten with this very special island at once, a place so many call their "favorite slice of paradise." I felt so drawn to St. John, somehow sensing it was a place where dreams would really happen. Maybe it wasn't as odd as I had sometimes thought, that when I had set foot for the very first time on another tropical island such a long time I had an intuition of foretelling and being there felt so particularly right that I began to hope and believe I would end up on one. An instinct about St. John pulled my heart there so strongly, that a fierce desire I could never quite explain, drove me there. It might not surprise all that I moved there. I ended up happily living there for over a decade. I'll absolutely love St. John forever. It 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. Those visitors IMHO are brilliant.

What makes this condo unique

Tropical Blessings is, for me and many others, a perfect place in a perfect location. After four years of searching I was absolutely determined to find that treasure of a place and I finally did! A lot of love and inspired passion has gone into creating a dream place that would be beyond expectations and imaginings, a place just so delightfully enjoyable and lovely in a multiplicity of ways that all will feel like they've just arrived home. You'll find the ambiance to be especially warm and inviting, and that's exactly how I want it to feel to you. You'll always find new surprises that will tell you clearly without words that you really matter as a guest. You'll just know, and so many people are loving Tropical Blessings for just that very reasons. Guests can tell that dream in action continues to unfold, and some have told me that I should be proud of what I've done. Done?!?. I keep telling myself that the next irrestible inspiration is the last, then I dream up another and can't say no! I believe there's no risk in telling you that you'll most likely feel enchanted with a gorgeous and beautifully appointed place. When you walk in you'll know without doubt that Tropical Blessings is my dream come true, a dream that I can't help but want to sweep others right into, a dream of the heart. Each room is decorated a very personal way. Each is distinct, all inviting, and each uniquely decorated in a special ways. The interior of Tropical Blessings is touched with a hand of imagination, detail, color, playfulness, peace, and tropical themes everywhere. Everyone loves the location - just a 10 minute walk to town and only 3 minutes to the beach at Frank Bay. A private world on a charming neighborhood lane that few know about. But step out the door...fine dining, shops, all you could want just steps away! I've heard it more than once: " It just doesn't get better than this!" The fact that guests enjoy returning is a joyful affirmation my vision!

Reviews

5
based on 34 traveler reviews

Affordable, Elegant, Comfortable - Great Views, Walk to Town!
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 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!
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Butler. NJ. USA
5

New Jersey St. John lovers

  • 5 of 5

Tropical Blessing is the best name Karla could have given this beautiful condo. We just left yesterday, and I am already on line dreaming about returning as I write this review. The kitchen is the best appointed of any rental I have ever had. The decor is gorgeous, the view amazing, the great proximity to Cruz Bay night life, and the best part, my family has memories for a lifetime. We had 10 wonderful days there, and my children were asking why not 14? We enjoyed your condo so much Karla, we will never forget this stay in St. John! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yardley, Pa
5

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

You can see Karla goes out of her way to make sure her guests have a great time! Kitchen stocked with everything you might need. Place is very clean and decorated nicely. Very easy to work with!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfectly Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to St John was perfect thanks to the property managers and owner of Tropical Blessings. They went over and above to make our stay everything we dreamed of - from the managers working with us to secure our rental car due to an over due flight to having beach chairs and coolers available for our many trips to the gorgeous beaches. This condo is gorgeous. It's large, beautifully decorated and very, very clean. The floor plan allows for plenty of privacy. The two balconies are amazing and the furniture on them is VERY comfortable. As others have mentioned the kitchen has everything you'll ever need!

Thank you, K for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alpharetta, GA
5

Lovely condo with a fabulous view.

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't lie. The condo is lovely and comfortable and equipped with just about anything you would want. The location is within walking distance of all of Cruz Bay's attractions including the National Park Service Dock and ferry dock (note that St. John is very hilly and all walks require a certain level of fitness). This is important because parking is a pain in Cruz Bay. The view off the expansive balcony is something you never get tired of. There are even binoculars for watching the boats go by. There is a welcome basket to greet you stocked with goodies from Sam and Jack's Deli which made for great happy hour snacks and lunch the next day. In addition to towels, chairs, and coolers, there were even beach toys like pool noodles and bocce ball. A great time was had by all.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfection in every way!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at Tropical Blessings! The location to town was exactly what was advertised and what we were looking for. Every consideration of our needs was met by the owner and the amenities in the unit were awesome. The kitchen is stocked better than my own! Would definitely recommend Tropical Blessings to anyone...just not for the same time we will be there! Yes, we would definitely stay at Tropical Blessings again! Thank you for an amazing experience in your home away from home!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a joy for us to welcome you "home" after 25 years. It warms our hearts that you loved Tropical Blessings as much as you did. Thank you so much for expressing your appreciation of our effortsto make our place very special for you. We can't wait to stay "Welcome Back!" We hope that happens soon! Please don't wait 25 years to return!
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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. When you make a reservation I'll share many suggestions and personal recommendations with you. It will be my pleasure to help you with plans for a really fantastic vacation...and if it hasn't happened yet, you'll fall in love with St. John, too. After all, St. John is affectionately known as Love City!

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Rates & Availability

Great Cruz Bay Estates Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring into Fall...Enjoy!!!
Apr 15 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$435
 
 
Fall into savings
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
5 night minimum stay
$435
 
 
A Very Cheerful Time!
Dec 18 2016 - Dec 28 2016
10 night minimum stay
$650
 
 
Holidays of Happiness!
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 7 2017
10 night minimum stay
$650
 
 
Prime Time for Paradise!
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$565
 
 
Spring Joyfully into Summer!
Apr 24 2017 - Jul 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
$435
 
 
Splash into Paradise!!!
Jul 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$435
 
 
Fall into savings!!!!
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
$435
 
 
Give Thanks and Celebrate!!!
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
$500
 
 
Quiet Bliss in Paradise!!!!
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
$435
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 5 2018
10 night minimum stay
$675
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
No Refund Security Fee $75
Tax Rate 12.5%

Plus 12.5% 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Great Cruz Bay Estates Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • 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. Imagine that. We do everything right, or close to it, since we're human and not perfect. Some might disagree about perfect and protest that in fact we are. "Very close" is fine with us since you can't improve perfection and we always try to improve.
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 ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 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:
  • Concierge
  • 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:
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