The last time I was in St. Thomas, we got a time-share unit at the Elysian which is near Red Hook. The unit was terrific but I love spending every day at Little Magen's Bay, so it was a long drive each way from the condo to the beach.
So, this time around I opted to book a timeshare at Tropical Leisure Club at Magen's Point Resort. I read other reviews and knew from them to not expect "fancy", which I don't really care about anyway. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by how beautiful and well kept the property is as well as the warm and friendly welcoming we got.
But, that was our last really positive experiece. The studio units are very small and VERY dated. They look like there were furnished from a Goodwill or a yard sale. The double bed was cheap and incredibly uncomfortable. It squeaked whenever you made the slightest move. A big negative is that the unit only had a mini-fridge. We had to turn it to high and put our milk in the very back in order to keep it cold which meant having to take everything out whenever we wanted to get to it. There were no ice trays in the tiny freezer portion and the ice maker in our building looks like it's been broken for years (there's a build up of sand in it). So, anytime we wanted ice we had to walk all the way across the property...up and down hills and stairs to the ice machine in a different building.
The coin laundry room is in the same building so that a long haul, too. One of the two washers was broken the entire time we were there and some of the permanent residents of the property aren't shy about hogging the lone washer. You have to buy a token at the office to use the washer...FOUR DOLLARS...and you need $2.00 in quarters to use the dryer. SIX DOLLARS to wash a load of clothes??? Seriously?
But probably the most annoying thing was the shower - no water pressure at all. It was never more than a trickle and took forever to get warm enough to even get in it. After a long day in the sun and water you just want to come back to your room and take a good shower or bath to get all the sweat, lotion and saltwater off....but it was almost impossible to do that in these showers.
So, it's a great location...just a couple minutes drive from Magen's Bay, which is terrific - the property is neat and clean for the most part (although we did have cockroaches in our bathroom) and the maids get in and out of your room to make up beds, change out towels, etc very early..but those are the only positives. Next time, I will pay a little more to stay somewhere else, and drive a little farther if I have to...to have something nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Flamboyan on the Bay Resort & Villas is a two and a half star, unpretentious and very relaxed resort facing Magens Bay. Our facilities include two restaurants, one Italian finer dining featuring a wine-mojito bar, and the pool sports bar with burgers, bbq, pizza and sandwiches. We offer two Jacuzzis, tennis courts, a coffee-deli-wine on site shop with breakfast, a gaming room, a small fitness center offering also yoga, zumba and massage services. All our studios and villas have been tastefully redone, and are fully equipped with kitchenettes, microwaves and small fridges, plus energy efficient air conditioning units. Most units also face Magens Bay, and you can wake up to spectacular views of the bay, or watch the sun set from your balcony while sipping the cocktail of your choice. Last year RCI awarded us recognition for excellence in hospitality services, and since 2010 we have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading our facilities. We may not be for everyone, true. But if you are looking for that "limin" effect that locals brag about.. come stay with us. We promise you an unforgettable experience. Flamboyan on the Bay Resort & Villas is what the islands should be all about. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magens Point Hotel Magens Bay
- Magens Point Bay