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Donald 'Sandy' Day

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian

Luxury Cruz Bay Condo Offers Awesome Views and Convenient Walk-to-Town Location

47 Reviews
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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday condo in Cruz Bay - Tropical Breeze @ Battery Hill

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (sleeps 4, possibly 5), walk-to-town location

Tropical Breeze Villa is the largest unit at Battery Hill--an elegantly cozy 9-unit condominium complex on the crest of a hill overlooking quaint Cruz Bay village. This comfortable unit boasts a spacious living area, a fully equipped kitchen, modern island decor, a queen sized master bedroom and a pair of twin beds in the large loft bedroom. Visually, the exposed beams and rustic cedar plank cathedral ceiling invoke images of a Vermont barn. Five Hunter ceiling fans spaced throughout the unit supplement the nearly constant natural breezes. For added comfort, there are three air conditioners spaced throughout the unit.

With the completion of a second bathroom in early 2010, Tropical Breeze stands out as one of only two 2 bedroom/2 bath rental units at Battery Hill. In addition, the Tropical Breeze kitchen was extensively remodeled in 2010. Improvements include new mahogany cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Even the toaster oven and coffee maker are brand new!

Tropical Breeze is on the top (3rd) floor of the outermost building; as a result, it offers incredible unobstructed views of the Caribbean, St. Thomas and inland St. John. On clear days, St. Croix--nearly 40 miles distant--may be seen on the southern horizon.

Battery Hill’s pool deck is a great spot to enjoy cocktails while grilling a burger or some fresh local fish on the nearby Weber grill. After a refreshing dip in the pool, you’ll find the Tropical Breeze balcony deck an irresistible spot for alfresco dining, capturing a sunset, watching the moon rise, or gazing at the stars. The views are magical.

As a guest at Battery Hill, you will enjoy luxurious 'home away from home' accommodations and conveniences such as cable TV and WiFi service. Our on-island manager will greet you at the ferry terminal and transport you to our unit, and is always available for your special needs.

Locating a parking spot in downtown Cruz Bay can present the ultimate challenge. Our near-town location means that when you feel it’s time to grab a beer or tropical drink at one of the popular pubs, or enjoy a sumptuous meal at one of Cruz Bay’s many world-class restaurants, or, perhaps, just do a bit of shopping, it will all be within easy walking distance. At Battery Hill, renting a vehicle is an option, not a necessity. If you do choose to rent a vehicle, rest assured that Battery Hill, unlike some other properties, offers ample off-street parking.

The nearest beach, at Frank Bay, can be reached in five minutes by foot. Taxi service to the National Park’s spectacular north shore beaches is both readily available and inexpensive.

All you need to do is kick back and enjoy!!

A word of caution: if you see Tropical Breeze being offered for rent on Craig's List at rates way below those published here, it's a scam. Don't fall for it; we do not advertise there.

Keywords: Condominium

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donald 'Sandy' Day (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian

About Donald 'Sandy' Day

There we are, dripping wet after a late afternoon swim at Trunk Bay. That’s me, the Connecticut Yankee with my Norwegian-born spouse.

In 1998, with our vacation needs more focused on winter than summer, we traded our Martha’s Vineyard vacation home for St. John and Battery Hill. Three years later, my brother and I sold our manufacturing business, and I transitioned into real estate sales. Inger took early retirement from her office management position, so we were free to escape the harsh New England winters. And we did just that. In fact, for 3 of the past 15 years, we lived in Tropical Breeze for the entire winter. Heaven!

A rather famous English poet once wrote about how man’s best laid plans have a habit of going awry. How right he was! In 2010, we became foster parents to our then 12 year-old Grandson, so, until he graduates from high school, wintering on island will be out of the question, and we’ll be focusing on renting our home-away-from-home to nice folks like you.

Donald 'Sandy' Day purchased this condo in 1998

Why Donald 'Sandy' Day chose Cruz Bay

Convenience to everything...and, oh, those views, those intoxicating views!!

What makes this condo unique

The location allows for life without a car. Yes, we have lived on island for 3.5 months without a vehicle. (Incredibly good way to tone those calf muscles.)

Guestbook comments from the owner

This comment extracted from a voice mail left on New Year’s eve 2013 by guests from Atlanta: “Just called to let you know how much we are enjoying your St. John home. The views are actually better than the photos. Couldn’t be happier.”
Dec 2013
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Reviews

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based on 47 holidaymaker reviews

Luxury Cruz Bay Condo Offers Awesome Views and Convenient Walk-to-Town Location
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 54 reviews
Essex, MA, USA
5

paradise

  • 5 of 5

Loved our short week at St John

The condo has a great view of Cruz Bay and theres always a breeze

Construction next door started at 7 am but I'm an early riser

inside the condo everything was set up perfect for the four of us

can't wait to return

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

We had an amazing time!

  • 4 of 5

The view was fabulous! The condo was very comfortable and cozy. We loved that we were close to town and we got a lot of exercise hiking up hill to the condo. My favorite hike was to Honeymoon beach which was a little over a mile.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hanover, NH
5

Beautiful getaway, excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

This rental was even better than the photos — spacious rooms, well-equipped kitchen, lots of hangout space both inside and out -- but the best part was the location! Stunning views from the top of the hill, but only an easy 5-minute jaunt down into the myriad bars and restaurants and shops of Cruz Bay. We were two parents with two college children -- and they enjoyed the bright nightlife while we appreciated quiet mornings and breathtaking sunsets from the top-floor deck, the lovely pool, and how easy it was to get to everything on the island. Property manager Doug was on hand to get us set up and he offered great recommendations and island tips. Cannot recommend this place enough —we all found it hard to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harwinton, CT U.S.A
5

The perfect place in St John

  • 5 of 5

My husband, Connor and our two best friends Kathy and Ron stayed at Tropical Breeze October 10-17, 2015. We rented a car for the week which we highly recommend. Without the rental we would have been limited and dependent on the local taxi service. We called Doug when we arrived, he came over and gave us helpful tips of the island. His recommendations were very useful from the beautiful beaches to visit, where to grocery shop, purchase liquor, favorite restaurants and local fresh fruit stands the list goes on. We visited three of the many beaches, Maho beach known for sea turtles, Hawksnest beach known for stingrays, and Trunkbay beach known for the underwater snorkel trail. We were able to take the car barge over to St. Thomas for a day of shopping and visiting the most popular Magen's Bay Beach.

The condo was everything you said and more. It had all the amenities we would expect in our own home including everything one would need for a day at the beach. The views from the balcony overlooking Cruz bay and the island of St. Thomas was spectacular and more beautiful then one could of imagine. It was so relaxing enjoying a nightly swim in the pool. As you stated parking was very difficult in town. Some nights we didn't take the car and walked down the hill into town.

We highly recommend Cruz Bay Water Sports for excursions. Very reasonable for a 6 hour sail/snorkel catamaran adventure including lunch and open bar going to two different snorkels spots. We had a wonderful week and would highly recommend staying at tropical breeze. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Views !

  • 4 of 5

My husband, daughter (11) and I stayed here in June 2015. The property Manager did not meet us - told us to take a taxi. Paid too much for that since we were desperate ! Did not see him until the last day that we were checking out. I think to see the construction I told Sandy about. That's the only cons I have !

The place & views were beautiful .. my daughter had the whole upstairs to herself - as a pre-teen that's important ! :)

The "hill" everyone speaks of is more than a hill !!!! There's a HUGE hill that gets you to town faster, but we never tried it back home - did taxi's for the ride home! There's also a longer way down & back up that's not such a huge hill, but still a "shlep" if you've spent the day in town !

Lovvvvvvve St John .. will definitely return ! Love the fact that there are NO stop lights (hubby got used to driving on other side of road!) and NO fast food ! When we left, and arrived in St Thomas, it was total reality shock .. back to the LOUD real world !

Nice to rent a car for a day or 2 to explore the island but didn't need it for the whole time - parking in town is a B*tch as well as parking at the beaches. The taxi's are much easier !

Thank you for sharing your piece of heaven !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Reputable owner

  • 5 of 5

We were planning to stay in November but had to cancel due to a change in dates. Don was courteous and prompt in refunding which was a big relief.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Location

Trunk Bay
"The gem of the V.I. National Park, and arguably the best beach on the planet"
Cinnamon Bay Beach
"An amazing National Park beach. When surf's up, this is where the surfers go."
Rhumb Lines
"Great in-town restaurant. Try the salmon."
Zozo's Ristorante
"Excellent food, great setting, expensive, slow service."
La Tapa
"This is really our favorite restaurant. Shhhh, let's keep it a secret."
The Lime Inn
"Great food, but a bit too crowded and noisy for our taste."
U.S. Virgin Islands National Park
"Covering about two-thirds of the island, the National Park is what St. John is all about!"
Hawksnest Beach
"This is the first National Park beach along the North Shore Road reached by car, thus one of..."
Salomon Beach
"This beach can only be reached by boat or by the Lind Point Trail, which is one reason it is..."
Asolare
"Asolare attracts diners as much for the views as for the food. A bit overrated in our opini..."
Maho Bay
"Great family beach...shallow, calm water."
Morgan's Mango
"Another great St. John restaurant--we love Morgan's Mango. A very popular place."
Fish Trap
"We love fish, so we've always loved The Fish Trap."
Woody's Seafood Saloon
"We're really too old for the happy hour scene, but if you want to take part, this is the pla..."
Lindquist Beach
"Nice beach, but don't go there; it's on St. Thomas."
Mongoose Junction
"St. John's premier destination for shopping, drinks & food."
Nearest Point of Interest
Battery Hill Condos
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry quay
Nearest Point of Interest
Barge (Car Ferry) Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Frank Bay Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Marketplace
Nearest Point of Interest
Nat'l Park Visitors Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Lind Point Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Salomon Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Honeymoon Beach
Car: recommended

A Bit About Our Island...

Area: 19 square miles (roughly 9 miles long and 2 miles wide)

Population: approximately 5,000 (compared to 55,000 on St. Thomas)

Geography: The island is situated 1,075 miles East-SouthEast of Miami, and 30 miles east of Puerto Rico. It is covered with lush tropical vegetation and fringed by iridescent shores.

Language: English is the official language. Spanish and Creole are also widely spoken.

Religion: Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Methodist and Jehovah's Witness.

Electricity: 110 volts AC, 60Hz (same as on the US mainland)

Newspapers: The Tradewinds is St. John's weekly newspaper. The Daily News, published daily, covers the entire US Virgin Islands. USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and several other US Metropolitan and Puerto Rican newspapers are usually also available.

Postal Service: Yes, St. John has it's very own Post Office. Zip Code is 00831.

Provisions: Yes, we have our very own SuperMarket (not very 'super' by Stateside standards) where you should be able to find just about everything you need food-wise. Expect to pay at least 25% more than Stateside. Wine and spirits are also readily available, and island rums can be cheaper than Coke.

Communications: While your rental accommodations will usually offer unlimited free local calls, long distance service is usually blocked. You should come prepared with your own calling card or cell phone. If everything else fails, try 1-800-CALL-ATT. There are a couple of internet cafes where you can check your email, and some rental properties are beginning to offer DSL service.

History: St. John's modern day history began in 1718, when the first plantation was established using slave labor. During their heyday, there were 109 different plantations producing sugar, cotton and, of course, rum. Having passed up an earlier opportunity to purchase St. John and the rest of the Danish West Indies for $7.5 million, the US purchased the islands in 1917, at a cost of $25 million, and they are now an unincorporated Territory of the United States.

Government: The US Virgin Islands are governed by and elected Governor, and 15 member Senate. Although residents are U.S. citizens, they may not vote in presidential elections. One elected delegate represents the Territory in the U.S. House of Representatives.

National Park: In the 1950's, Lawrence Rockefeller acquired ownership of more than half the land area of St. John. Soon after, he reopened Caneel Bay Resort and donated the remaining acreage to the United States Government as public parkland. Currently, the National Park Service staff on St. John maintains over 7,200 acres of parkland and 5,650 acres of offshore waters and reefs.

Medical Facilities: The Myrah Keating Smith Clinic is St. John's primary medical care facility. Patients requiring hospitalization are transported by ambulance boat to the Roy L. Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas.

Temperature: Sunny days with year round temperatures from 76 to 92 degrees. Daily average temperatures range from 77 degrees in winter to 82 degrees in summer. Warmer days are cooled by pleasant trade winds. Average annual rainfall is 43 inches, with much of that occurring during September and October.

Currency: United States currency is used. As on the U.S. mainland, tipping of 15% to 20% is customary for service well done.

Time Zone: St. John is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (except during Daylight Savings Time).

Passports: U.S. citizens need not carry passports to visit the Territory, but must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship upon leaving. Some form of identification (driver's license, passport or birth certificate with a picture ID) must be carried. Travel to the British Virgin Islands requires a passport.

Dress: St. John has adopted a casual approach to dressing, although abbreviated attire or swimsuits are not acceptable in Cruz Bay. Nude bathing is unlawful.

Travel Light: Bring at least two swimsuits, several pairs of shorts, sandals and athletic shoes. There are no restaurants in Cruz Bay where a jacket and tie are required or expected. Think casual. Bring a camera, but leave the designer luggage and expensive jewelry at home.

Driving: Cars on the island are just like on the US mainland, but driving is on the LEFT side of the road.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Cruz Bay, St John

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
10 Jul 2016 - 25 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£821
for 3 nights
From
£223
£1,655
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
26 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,165
for 4 nights
From
£254
£1,827
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,729
for 7 nights
£2,729
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter - 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,762
for 5 nights
From
£322
£2,299
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring - 2017
16 Apr 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,165
for 4 nights
From
£254
£1,827
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
9 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£847
for 3 nights
From
£232
£1,698
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
1 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,182
for 4 nights
From
£258
£1,870
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£1,762
for 5 nights
From
£322
£2,299
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £76 + Tax
Booking Fee (see notes) £57 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

$75 booking fee applies to bookings made through VRBO. Does not apply to bookings placed directly with owner.
A 3% surcharge applies to all payments made by credit card.
Cancellations must be received at least 60 days prior to check-in to be eligible for full refund (less booking fee).
For purposes of rate calculation, children are treated as extra guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Cruz Bay in St John

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • A queen-sized bed is located in the air-conditioned master bedroom. A pair of twin beds is located in the air-conditioned loft bedroom. An air mattress is available for a possible fifth person.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Tropical Breeze is fully air-conditioned. It is the largest unit at Battery Hill and is located on the top (third) floor affording awesome views in every direction. The loft was recently refurbished and a second bath added.

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