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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Water Island Villas Review
My husband and I stayed at the beginning of January 2017. I had read a few on line reviews of Water Island in general where this property was mentioned. I chose it blindly, hoping for the best, and can report that we were 100% satisfied!
Jane contacted us in advance to make arrangements to meet us at the Water Island Ferry dock. Note to self (and other overpackers): You need very little for a vacation on Water Island! The tiny island is super-casual, and has very limited services/restaurants. Flip flops, bathing suits and cover-ups are the all you need in your carry on. However, the island has no grocery store, so you should also get some staples before you leave St. Thomas.
After we met Jane, she drove us in a golf cart up the hill to the property. We were assigned to the “WOW Villa,” i.e. Casablance. I’ve stayed at many vacation rentals. I choose them over hotels for several reasons: price, location, extra space, kitchen facilities. An added bonus in some cases is that rental units sometimes have charming details and express the unique character of the location. Casablanca was the perfect example of this.
Most spectacularly, the unit features a sweeping view of Crown Bay through a wall of windows, across a screened porch and vast patio. We sat on the patio daily for coffee and cocktails. The ceilings are vaulted with effective ceiling fans throughout. We never turned on the a/c. The doorways are all arched with brick detailing, and several walls are exposed natural rock, including the shower!
As it turned out, my husband came down with a pretty rotten cold right after we arrived. He spent an entire day sleeping on the porch couch while I read on the patio with the hummingbirds. Being sick at home in Michigan in January would have been nothing short of horrible. As it was, he was able to breathe in the warm breezes and get some rest, and I was able to thoroughly enjoy my surroundings while he had some down time. What a beautiful place to convalesce!
It was a small project to ferry over to the mainland for cold meds, but St. Thomas had everything we needed and more just steps from the Water Island ferry dock. Dave was in oj and tissues in no time!
The property has a coffee maker and every basic kitchen tool needed. Full size fridge and stove. It provided beach towels and board games. This unit had one bedroom, but was giant and roomy. The king sized bed was a bit firm for our tastes, but I've seen worse. There was large walk in closet (no hangers) with a changing table for those with babies. Bring your own reading material.

Jane was always available by cell phone (cell service and internet were terrific here with our Sprint and AT&T programs) or in her office, right next door to our unit, but we didn’t have a single need.
It should be said, I’m a picky traveler. Cleanliness and functionality are important to me. Not only would I return to this property again, I would certainly recommend it to friends. This is an ideal location for a week away from it all or a long weekend breather in the sun and sand.

Room tip: Casablanca has north facing views over Crown Bay
Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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6  Thank teressa552017
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