Saint John vacation-Million dollar viewfrom our house!
Beautiful setting, great house, a bit removed from town-Everything as described. Helpful management company but hot tub was broken for a few days, which was a bit of a bummer for the kids. The road up to the house is steep and a little off-putting at first, but we got used to it, and the views as a result were worth it. In all, good house, great views, helpful management company.
Lovely view but needs TLC-I have stayed at Phoenix by the Sea in both March 2018 and March 2019. The home did not suffer major damage after Irma/Maria so we were very excited to stay there in 2018 and took everything with a grain of salt since it was so soon after the storms. Now, though, a year later the cons outweigh the pros and we will likely search for other accommodations next time we are on island.
Location is just outside of Cruz Bay, short drive to grocery stores and restaurants.
View is stunning. Perched above the bay, on a clear day you can see St Croix.
Pool and hot tub. Large decks.
Floor plan and amenities... air conditioning, dishwasher, washer/dryer, two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs (great for mom and dad who want kids close) and another bed and bath downstairs (great for two sets of couples who want to be far apart for â€˜bedtime'). Open kitchen / dining / living room, all with great views.
Some sliding glass doors have been replaced with better screens and locking mechanisms.
Maintenance is lacking. Pool was cloudy, cleared up by about day 4, but definitely not vacuumed at all. (We stayed 10 days.) If we slid our feet down the side walls of pool we would make marks with our toes. Ew.
Not very clean inside. Visible dust on back of toilet and floor moldings. Cobwebs on lampshades. Only cleaning supply to be found at the house was glass cleaner. Dish and hand soap if you can count that. Buy your own bleach / Clorox wipes.
Rooms (especially the white walls/trim) could use a fresh coat of paint, maybe some could just use a basic wipe down of the walls.
Washing detergent dispenser broken for liquid soap. Not notified of this in advance so word to the wise, buy/use Tide Pods only.
If you are two couples staying at the house, you have to ask to have the bedroom downstairs. Do not take the second one upstairs (the first one closest to living room)... it is not a king bed they are two twins pushed together and just rolling over makes very loud noises. Avoid!!!!
Some sliding doors do not close or lock properly, leading to security concerns.
In general, the management company (Cimmaron) is not very responsive when you email or call them during your stay. Perhaps there would be major improvements if they were more proactive or responsive in the management of this property.
Stunning views!-Phoenix By The Sea offers stunning views! Clean, furnished nice.
â€œBeautiful view and wonderful amenitiesâ€-We rented this fabulous home through Cimmaron St. John and were very happy with our decision. They were responsive to all our questions and booked an excursion for us after listening carefully to what we wanted. The house had two decks...on one deck was a hot tub, two spacious tables and a state of the art grill, and the other had a small dip pool that was just right for hot days. Bring mosquito repellent as we had a fair number of them while we were there. It had rained a lot the previous week. You will need a car to get around and be careful with the very tight switchbacks and hills.
Perfection in Paradise!-We thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd stay in St. John's Phoenix By the Sea! The accommodations at Phoenix By the Sea worked perfectly for us. The house was immaculate and the views spectacular. We played tennis in town nearby every morning and spent the rest of our days at the beaches. Beach chairs and beach towels are provided. We also made use of the kitchen and grill and pool for when we just wanted to relax and stay at the house. There were several grocery stores a short drive from the house (we had a rental car) and we could get anything we wanted. We were also lucky enough to really enjoy the night sky from the amazing decks and see a meteor shower. We would recommend Phoenix By the Sea and hope we are lucky enough to return!
Perfect vacation and location-the totally updated villa has everything we wanted: hot tub, pool and spectacular view. We had stayed there prior to the renovation. What a difference! All new appliances and furniture. Quiet area and beautiful view. Close to Cruz Bay but not too close. Responsive management company. Would definitely recommend for someone looking for a complete villa at a reasonable price.
Beautiful House, Amazing Views-We were lucky to be able to spend a week at Phoenix By the Sea--a beautiful house with spectacular views. The renovated, fully air conditioned (not that we needed it) house overlooks Rendezvous Bay, with its unspoiled turquoise waters. The house has a fully renovated kitchen (including all new appliances), hot tub on the upper deck, small pool on the lower deck, and those million dollar views from every room. The house is situated a short drive from Cruz Bay, so shops and restaurants are minutes away. We particularly liked Morgans Mango for dinner and Sun Dog Cafe for lunch. Of course, being on St. John, we did not get to spend nearly enough time relaxing at the house, as we drove around the island to its many amazing beaches.
The house was spotless when we arrived. The property managers (Cimmaron in Cruz Bay) were available to answer any questions and help with booking activities. St. John was everything that we expected and even though it was spring break week, the beaches were pleasantly uncrowded. Driving on the island (we had a car) was not too bad if you just take your time. If you didn't have a car there were many taxis taking people around the island, stopping at all of the best beaches. If you have binoculars don't forget them; the night sky was also quite impressive.
Delightful!-This place is gorgeous. I recommend the downstairs bedroom. It has an amazing view and great stone floor shower. Also the kitchen has everything you need to cook wonderful meals. Be sure to bring bug spray!
Great tropical vacation-Phoenix by the Sea is a wonderful place for a vacation. The home is newly renovated, well taken care of, and has a spectacular view. A full kitchen, laundry, and living room made the stay comfortable. The deck was great for lounging, and even included a grill--we really enjoyed our BBQ. St. John is a fun place to visit--I'd definitely recommend this home to anyone planning a trip.
OUTSTANDING-We were so thankful to find this amazing gem in St. John. Although the pictures tell a great story, it still does not do this place justice. Very clean and well appointed. Views are spectacular. 10 minutes to Cruz Bay. Great for three couples. We all had our private areas. Pool was always refreshing. Very private. Robin and David, the property managers could not have been better. From the moment I called with my VERY last minute request for this rental, they were on top of things. IT did not end once the rental was in place. The very few times I had to call for issues, they had someone there within 1/2 hour. Could not have been more pleased. GREAT VACATION - GREAT PLACE