St. Croix offers visitors the quintessential Caribbean vacation experience; but, as the saying goes, ‘There’s no place like home.’ Well, I have good news! You can enjoy your tropical vacation WITH all the comforts of home by renting a vacation villa. St. Croix has a wide variety of vacation villa rentals all across the island, so you can find one that’s just right for you.
You’ve decided to come to St. Croix (good call), the next step in planning your getaway is to decide where to stay. While hotels, resorts and small inns have their own set of benefits, here are just a few compelling reasons to consider renting a vacation villa:
They offer the comforts of home.
Villas allow you to settle in and feel at home, which helps you to relax. You also get the spaciousness of your own private common areas and will not be confined to a hotel room, which is especially great if you are traveling with children. Many villas offer air conditioning, WiFi, TVs, DVD players and/or internet TV, so if you need to stay inside and cool off you can watch a movie or check your email. You will also have linens and towels included, and will often have a fully furnished kitchen. So, you can also enjoy some creature comforts like cooking your own breakfast and enjoying it out on the deck, in your pajamas!
They can be very cost effective.
You may think that renting a villa is expensive, but when you compare it to the price of a booking a resort or hotel, you will often find that it saves money. It can be particularly cost effective when you compare a villa to the cost of multiple hotel rooms for groups. Not only can a villa accommodate a large group easily, but it allows you to stock up on food and libations so that you can keep your dining budget lower than eating out several times a day.
They are perfect for small groups.
Vacation villas are an ideal meeting place for a family get together, a vacation with friends, or a group retreat. Villas allow each guest to have their own private sleeping quarters while also providing common areas, both inside and outside, to gather and socialize.
They provide flexibility.
When staying at a villa you are not tied to specific restaurant hours, or menus for that matter. Villas generally offer fully equipped kitchens for you to use at your convenience. You may also have a washer and dryer if you need to do a load of laundry. Many villas even provide beach chairs, coolers, beach towels, and snorkel gear so that you and your guests can hit the beach whenever you want.
They offer privacy and exclusiveness.
Quite often you will find that vacation villas have their own private swimming pools, which means you can swim anytime you want without worrying about how you look in your bathing suit. You also have the ability to sun bathe or lounge around the pool and outdoor spaces in the lounge chairs because all of them are for your group only. You and your guests can enjoy your vacation with the seclusion and intimacy that only a private home offers. Some even offer private access to local beaches!
They can provide specialized services.
Many villas offer special services that can be as inclusive as you would like. For example, you can have maid service, you can schedule a personal chef to prepare one or all of your meals, and you can have a concierge at your beck and call to help you schedule your excursions. You can choose the amount and type of service you receive, and it will be much more personalized than it would be at a hotel or resort.
They offer local island appeal.
Villas are generally full of local charm that often represent the history, culture and vibe of St. Croix and the Caribbean Sea. This local flavor gives the villa an added charm, and offers a great opportunity to learn about the personality and culture of St. Croix.
With all the different villas St. Croix has to offer, you may need help choosing the one that is right for you. Don’t worry, there are vacation rental agents to help you with that. The owners and staff of Vacation St. Croix maintain and manage all of their rental villas, so they know them well and will find the best fit for you. By booking through Vacation St. Croix, you will also get an escort from the airport (your point of arrival) to your villa and an orientation on your villa’s features and amenities. They also offer special guest services including assistance with rental cars, groceries, and information about island activities.
Consider renting a vacation villa for your next stay on St. Croix. Villas provide the perfect intimate setting for wedding parties, family vacations, wellness retreats, and much more. Whether you want a hilltop hideaway with sweeping panoramic views of North Shore, or a secluded seaside cottage on the scenic West End, St. Croix has the perfect vacation rental for you…the tough part is deciding which villa to choose!
– Jennie Ogden, Editor