Our family stayed at Cocotier over New Year's Week. Since we visited during this prime time, we payed a substantial sum to stay here. (Disclaimer: My review is somewhat colored by the cost of our stay. When you pay as much as we did--you expect perfection.)
Cocotier's best asset is its commanding southwest view with amazing sunsets when the weather cooperates. We passed on other villas for this reason and were rewarded. It is located in a nice neighborhood of other similar villas, close to town but high enough to be a little cooler. The villa is well equipped with towels, dishes, and appliances including a washer and dryer. The decor is simple, clean, and appealing. The pool and hot tub were very nice and we made good use of them. Each of the 4 bedrooms had air-conditioning which we hardly used due to the cool breezes at night. The grounds are simple and well kept. The internet was slow but worked for our needs, the Sat TV did not work for most of the time which was fine after the Bowl games were over.
The biggest flaw of Cocotier is its proximity to other villas. There is a villa sitting just above on the hill which is barely visible from Cocotier. Unfortunately a very loud group of people were staying here and at times this was annoying. Adjacent to the South is another villa which is way to close. This was unoccupied during most of our stay. However on the last few days it was occupied and every conversation that our neighbors had outside could be heard plainly. This is not the place to stay if you need privacy. Our other issue was one of the larger bedrooms absolutely reeked of smoke, an issue beyond the owner's control who were the victims of some rude and inconsiderate clients. This was unfortunate for our guests who stayed in this room.
The other issues that we had during this stay were directly the result of the management company. The introduction that we were given to the villa was cursory. The specifics about using the hot tub and checking out were not explained. Unfortunately multiple phone calls and emails were required. A simple instruction sheet for both would have saved us both time and stress. Destination St. John allows credit card booking so I was able to get miles for my stay which is a great plus.
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