Welcome island lovers, St. John is the most unspoiled island in the Caribbean! Once on St. John, location is everything, and our upper building, 2-bedroom condo offers abundant space & privacy for 2-couples, or a family of 5-6. If you don't need 2 bedrooms/2 baths then please inquire about our 1Br Suite with full-kitchen or our Studio with kitchenette. (Our calendar shows available when either side is open.)
If this will be your first-time visit to St. John - what took you so long? Seriously, if you are considering other islands, happy to highlight why St. John is the right choice for most, and why Grande Bay's location in Cruz Bay is unbeatable. But, we are not the right choice for all. For example, if you want a big casino, then St. John is not right for you. If you want the Ritz, stay on St. Thomas. And, if you want daily maid service or room service, then our condo is not the right place either. (Although we can provide daily maid service for an extra fee.) But if you want a resort experience for condo prices, with everything that St. John has to offer a walk, hike, brief drive away, then keep reading.
And all you scuba divers should know that Low Key Watersports, the dive shop on St. John, is now directly next door to Grande Bay, so you can roll out of bed for your morning dives!
Location is THE key - from our condo you have easy access to the pool and hot-tub, as our upper building location within the resort is the closest proximity to the elevated pool and sun-deck. Our upper building condo is offered as a One-Bedroom with 4-poster King bed, separate family room & a full kitchen, or as a Studio with 2-poster Queen bed & kitchenette, or combine the two and you have spacious 2 Bedroom/2 Bath condo great for two couples, or an extended family. There is additional sofa-bedding in both units to accommodate families of 6-8 dependent on age of kids & sleeping arrangements.
Our Studio + 1Br = TWO bedroom condo is unique -- there is an electric grill on the private deck of the 1Br, and the owner's kayak is available for your use! Guests have complimentary snorkel gear when staying in either the Studio & 1Br side, and island artwork throughout the condo keeps you in the island spirit when indoors. (Check out our pictures.)
The grill, parking space, and kayak use conveys with the larger 1Br side (or when renting both sides as a Two-Bedroom.) There is a separate stack washer/dryer in both the Studio and 1BR, so you can pack light regardless of which unit you select!
The owners have traveled extensively in the Caribbean and collected art from the USVI to the Grenadines, and our condo is decorated with one-of-a-kind underwater oil paintings by a famous French artist who resides in the Grenadines. Everything about this condo is focused on increasing your enjoyment of the Caribbean and the unspoiled island of St. John.
While away, you can remain connected to home, as all condos at GRANDE BAY have FREE LONG-DISTANCE calling to the USA, so if you need to check-in with the mainland, you can! (There is a cordless land-line in each of the two units, with distinct phone numbers, and wireless service.)
This condo is a rare lock-out, not many at Grande Bay, and really the most flexible layout for owners and guests. You can rent the larger ONE BEDROOM side only, the STUDIO side only, or both, as they are separated by a lock-out door in between. My calendar on this site will show an opening if either side is open, so please email or call for particulars on which side is available.
With both sides rented, we can sleep two families up to six, 7-8 depending on the age/size of the kids & coziness! From the water toys, to the luxurious bedding, our condo has it all, including the closest proximity of any to the resort pool, sun deck, the gym and the hot-tub. The gym includes a top of the line PILATES machine, treadmills, a recumbent bike trainer, an elliptical, & live weights. And the pool is truly unique, with ceramic inserts of turtles and other sea-life, designed by the owner of this condo.
The smaller Studio with kitchenette, on its own, is really perfect for a couple, and is the most economical choice. Regardless of your choice, you will have spectacular Caribbean views from the private front terraces of either, and enjoy all that Grande Bay Resort has to offer.
Here's more detail - the private master bedroom of the larger 1Br side has a KING size solid teak, four poster bed in the West Indian style, with a pillow-top mattress and Ralph Lauren fine cotton bedding. The bedroom also has an en-suite full bath, its own 42' LCD TV with DVD player (no cable in MBR), a safe in the large closet, and an oversized stack washer/dryer in a dedicated closet. The main living area of the one-bedroom side includes a love seat, and easy chair with ottoman, a queen sleeper sofa, a wall mounted 42' LCD TV connected to cable with DVD and library of DVD's, an iPod player, board games, and a desk. There is alos a bar wiht three stools ideal for breakfast indoors. The front terrace can accommodate four for breakfast, with a rattan coffee table, four chairs, and two side tables. It is really another room, and with a view that makes it hard to leave! It is also in constant shade, and remains cool with a great breeze.
The studio has a 2-poster, queen bed, with NEW (installed early Dec.'14) double pillow-top mattress, a solid mahogany day bed perfect for naps or a petite child for overnight, and another full-bath, with kitchenette. The sitting area has has an easy chair in addition to the day-bed/sofa, a desk, and another 42' flat panel TV with its own library of DVD's. The private terrace of the studio has two solid teak african meditation chairs, and a bar-height table for two for breakfast and sunset drinks. The view is extraordinary, and provides the setting for morning or evening relaxation at its best! Please email the owner for a complete floor plan.
Like all condos at Grande Bay, you have all the luxuries expected in a high-end resort. The full-kitchen on the one-bedroom side is well equipped, everything you need is there for any meals you want to prepare. The efficiency kitchen on the Studio side has a fridge, microwave, and other kitchenware as well, including a kitchen sink!
The Grande Bay Resort is truly unique. It is the ONLY resort in St. John with a heated pool situated on an elevated sun deck with a commanding view about 30' above the water, with its own waterfall to add to the unique sights and sound of the resort. At Grande Bay, and St. John in general, the island life is all about enjoying the color of the island, the world class beaches, the crystal clear water, and the location!
Keywords: Caribbean Condo, Villa, Beachview, Waterfront, Grande Bay Resort, Close to Scuba Shop, Gym, Pilates, Hiking
My wife and I, with our two girls, have spent as many weeks in our island condo as work and school schedules will allow. Our highlight was spending the whole month of July 2008. If you can spare the time, more than a week is a must, because just one week never allows you to get in sync with island time. I have been to nearly every island from Turks & Caicos to the ABC's (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao), and St. John is by far the most idyllic and unspoiled of any developed island in the Caribbean. Thanks to Laurance S. Rockefeller 'discovering' Cannel Bay in 1952 while sailing in the Caribbean, and due to his efforts and others, 3/4 of the whole island of St. John will be preserved forever as National Park Land. This alone is what makes St. John unique not only in the USVI but in all of the Caribbean. Add to that the best beaches in the Caribbean, and you have the perfect recipe for an island experience that is best defined as 'unspoiled'.
John Jordan (aka Aquamon) purchased this condo in 2008
We decided to purchase a condo on St. John after visiting many other islands throughout the Caribbean. We decided on St. John and ultimately the Grande Bay Resort due to its location and the fact that it was new. Our goal was a destination that would provide family and friends walking access to all that St. John and Cruz bay has to offer. But, we also wanted our own, reserved, interior parking space, as it is enjoyable to explore the far reaches of St. John by car or jeep. (The only challenge in Cruz bay is parking, so if you rent a car or jeep, you really must have a parking space you can rely on - and Grande Bay is unique in that regard.) Venturing to the 'other side' of the island on your own is a real treat. You will navigate the goats and donkeys on the road and be part of the truly laid back elements of Coral Bay. Exploring St. John makes anyone feel like a kid again - and my family knows the island extremely well and can provide a beach itinerary with interests that appeal to those ages 7-75. There is a world-class beach and snorkel area for every day of the week, with more to spare. We also wanted to be within easy public ferry or private charter boat of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). New Year's Eve 2009 (or as the say in the BVI, 'Old Years Day') was spent by the family on Jost Van Dyke, at the world famous Foxy's. Jost, Tortola, & Virgin Gorda with 'the Baths' is also a day trip excursion away. Just bring your passport, and pick the day to island hop via ferry or private charter. We can help you with both!
Grande Bay with its unique elevated & heated pool, hot-tub, sun deck, and water view gym, also provides you with the option to go nowhere, and simply enjoy your superior location for as many days as you desire. You can walk back to the Pink Marlin from the pool area in less than a minute to enjoy lunch or a movie, or just take a nap in the cool, quiet privacy of your condo. The location of our condo is ideal and safe for families of four with two children, even toddlers.
Our vacation was for only 3 days, however, it was packed with adventure. Everyone at Grande Bay were extremely helpful with everything from meeting us at the ferry, giving us a quick tour of the area, restaurant recommendations, and rental car reservations. The unit at Grande Bay was perfect and had everything we could of asked for to make our vacation complete. Thank you!
Grande Bay was amazing and I would highly recommend this property to everyone. We stayed in the Studio suite. It had everything we needed and more. Grande Bay is located close to town but still very secluded and quiet. The views from the terraces are beautiful and breathe taking. We enjoyed evening cocktails on the terrace watching the boats hustle back and forth in Cruz Bay. We drove around the island and enjoyed a different beach everyday. The snorkeling is amazing. The goats, donkey, chickens and iguanas around the island always made us feel welcomed. Each side of the island has its own charm. You can stay in the area for lunch or dinner or venture out and enjoy a variety of restaurants with great food. The local bars on the beach had great lunches and over look the water. Prior to departing, John and the property manager were very accommodating. We didn't have much interaction with the staff but they were extremely friendly in passing. I can't say enough positive things about the Island, Grande Bay and how comfortable it was confirming our trip with John. I would return tomorrow. St. John's is a hidden paradise. I think I have a new favorite island.
John gave us awesome restaurants recommandation and the property manager welcomed us into a place that was both super clean as well as well equipped, including some cool beach items. It's only 5 minutes by walk from downtown.
We stayed in both the adjoining one bedroom and studio suites and had a wonderful vacation. The owner and property manager both were fantastic to deal with, and the Grande Bay staff was also excellent during our stay.
If you are looking for a convenient place on the island to head out to the beaches, explore the town or get on the water, you cannot beat Grande Bay. You can walk to some of the beaches on the North Shore if you enjoy a small hike, and you are right in the heart of Cruz Bay to get on a boat or find a taxi within minutes to go explore the island or the water. For the evening, you are within walking distance of the best restaurants on the island, and the dining in Cruz Bay is excellent with several choices.
Our family contemplated renting a Villa in several areas of the island, but we are very glad we chose this condo for our family vacation. The condo had all you needed to go explore the island with several convenient items provided, including beach chairs, coolers, island guide books and a kayak to use, and also had all the comforts of home with flat screen TV's, washer and dryer, and a full kitchen with everything needed to prepare meals.
From initial contact to arrival and stay, everything about staying in this condo was done well and helped our family have a phenomenal vacation! We would highly recommend this condo and Grande Bay for a vacation stay in St John!
I've stayed at this property four times from spring of 2012 to this past August of 2014. Each and every time that I have arrived, the place has been clean and fully prepared for my arrival. The owners are extremely helpful and I was able to reach them at all times with questions about beaches, restaurants and rentals. This condo is in absolute prime location in Cruz Bay. You can walk to all the best bars and restaurants and stumble right back after. My favorite beach, Honeymoon, is walking distance or kayaking distance with the use of the "sea-through" kayak that comes with this condo rental. I've rented this same condo consistently since 2012 and always leave feeling as if I've had the best vacation every time. It has literally everything you could ever need or want...the amenities, the location, the service of the onsite meet and greet at the ferry dock and is even comfortable enough to fit two families. I'm not sure how anyone could have anything bad to say about this wonderful tropical get away. I will definitely be back.
St John US VI is an amazing place to vacation! The snorkeling, the restaurants, the people and Grand Bay accommodations combine to make the visit restful and pleasant. Grand Bay is quiet, comfortable, clean and secure. WiFi and cable was reliable and the balcony with an electric grill provides a great view of the Bay and became our favorite "hangout". We naturally adopted "Island Time" that we translate into a relaxed approach at life yet Cruz Bay offers variety and depth of activities. We chose not to rent a car and walked or used taxis when we needed them. The kitchen facilities led us to prepare breakfasts and several dinners we ate on the balcony. Local grocers, Dolphin and Starfish Market both had ample supplies and the hardware store and pharmacy at Starfish Market have anything you forgot! The included kayak facilitate paddling to Honeymoon beach. When we needed health care we were referred by Crandall Property Management to Myra Keating Clinic, open on Sunday! Where else can you combine unspoiled tropical beauty, great snorkeling, security and comforts of home? We've traveled widely and we'll be back.
From the resort, via a brief walk on the beach and sidewalks thru Wharfside Village and Cruz Bay, you can access the Lind Point trail and walk to numerous beaches that are the best the Caribbean has to offer, including Honeymoon beach at Caneel Bay. By car or taxi, you will enjoy the world famous Trunk Bay beach, routinely rated top-10 beaches in the world, with an underwater snorkel trail. Add to that list, Hawksnest, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, amongst other major beaches to get acquainted with before venturing to the many lesser known.