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“Best views on the island!”
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Grande Bay Resort
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El Cajon, California
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13 reviews
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“Best views on the island!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

I have stayed other places on St. John but I liked Grande Bay Resort the best because the room was exceptionally clean and quiet. Everything was perfectly maintained and the staff was cheerful and helpful. The front desk staff had excellent knowledge of the island from restaurants, hiking trails to secluded beaches and snorkeling areas. I enjoyed walking to the town of Cruz Bay. I could see the cruise ships, yachts and ferries from my veranda. It was very relaxing and safe.
I walked to the post office and the National Park Museum.

Room Tip: All the rooms are perfectly situated to enjoy the tremendous views. The whole resort is modern and c...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Just finished a weeks stay at the Grande Bay in a three bedroom condo and it was great from start to finish. This is not a full service resort, but is very new, close to everything and well kept condo community. The staff was very helpful before we arrived and while we were there to make sure we had what we needed. The condo was brand new and fully equipped. The biggest bonus was being able to walk to the Cruz bay shops and restaurants (cabs are $6-$10 per person). Would stay there again over everywhere else in Cruz bay.

  • Stayed March 2012
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GMatGBR, General Manager at Grande Bay Resort, responded to this review, 13 March 2012
Dear Pittraveler08,
On behalf of everyone here at Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club thank you for the complimentary review! We are delighted you had a good time here in "Love City" and we look forward to welcoming you back.
Kind regards,
Paul
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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

We just returned from our 5th visit to St. John. It is our favorite spot. We rented villas in prior years so this was our first stay at the Grande Bay Resort. We have already booked for next year. The location is great. We walked to dinner every night and could walk across the street to the beach bars to partake of happy hour in the afternoon. We had our adult children and grandchild with us, so the location worked out really well for everyone.We rented a 2 bedroom until which is actually a one bedroom unit connected to a studio. It was beautiful. There were sofabeds in both units, although not all units have them. The condo was quite well equipped and the staff were all very nice and helpful. The balcony was a bit narrow. They are not all the same size, so it is important to ask when booking. Despite being next to Wharfside Village, Grande Bay Resort is very quiet. I highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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GMatGBR, General Manager at Grande Bay Resort, responded to this review, 8 March 2012
It is allways good to read constructive feedback from a seasoned "St. John" traveler and trust me we will take it to heart. I already have plans to retrofit the balcony seating during our off season so that next season the "balcony" experience is more enjoyable. Thank you for the positive review and I look forward to welcoming you back for your 6th, and hopefully many more, visits to Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club.
Paul
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

Great location right on the edge of town, fantastic view of the action in Cruz bay! We stayed here in February with our two girls (ages 4 & 7) for a week and loved it. The condo was nice and new and clean and very well equipped. We enjoyed breakfast and cocktail hour on the expansive balcony every day and enjoyed watching the boats , pelicans and people. The owner provided beach chairs, coolers and beach towels for guests to use. Joe and Paul were very helpful - Joe even gave us ice for our cooler on the way to the beach. Our girls enjoyed the pool a couple of evenings. I would recommend Grande Bay for anyone coming to St. John. The proximity to the towns nightlife and conveniences cannot be overstated. A very short walk to bars, restaurants and the mini mart made staying at the grande bay stress free. Although we did take the taxi bus to the beaches I would recommend renting a jeep and to book early for peak season as we were unable to rent one due to availability. There is even parking spaces below the buildings for your rental car. The ferry runs every hour and is a 5 minute walk to the grande bay which was nice too. I'd stay at the grande bay again for sure because of its location, cleanliness and amenities .

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

We booked a 2 bedroom condo through the owner via VRBO. Our dealings with the owner and the property manager were excellent. We paid $3300 for a week during peak season, which was the most reasonable rate I could find for any of the 2-bedroom Grande Bay condos.

I want to limit my review here to the property itself. The kitchens are outfitted with stainless steel appliances and granite; however, you can tell that some of the work was done cheaply. The bathrooms were small and included faux-tile, which I did not expect for a property that is supposed to be luxurious. Also, neither of our bathrooms had tubs (which I imagine would be quite an incovenience if traveling with small childres; other units may differ) or lighting in the small shower, which I thought was odd. We also thought the pool was small, and it gets very little directly sun, so it's not as useful as we'd hoped. We spent most of our time at the beach, but wanted to enjoy the pool at the end of the day. That didn't really work out for us.

With all of that said, though, based on extensive research when choosing where we'd stay, I still think Grande Bay was our best bet. It is far less expensive than other high end options like Gallows Point or Caneel. Yet, it is extemely convenient to the night-life of Cruz Bay, which was important to us. We did rent a car to explore the island and travel out to the beaches. We probably could have gotten along with just using a taxi, although I never priced the cost of a trip out to the beaches. I give this property a 4/5 based primarily on location and based on comparison of it to other accomodations in Cruz Bay.

However, it is not as nice as the accomodations we've had in Mexico or Maui for similar costs, which is probably why I was a bit disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Grande Bay Resort

Property: Grande Bay Resort
Address: Bay Street | Cruz Bay Quarter, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Cruz Bay
Price range (per night): ₹ 27,145 - ₹ 44,770
Hotel Class:4 star — Grande Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club is situated hillside overlooking Cruz Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Set near Wharfside Village, this St. John condominium resort overlooks the emerald and blue waters of Cruz Bay and St. Thomas to the east and the British Virgin Islands to the west. Offering nightly rentals (min. 2 nights) and fractional ownership opportunities in the heart of "Love City". ... more   less 
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