Years of cruising have exposed us to many wonderful areas of the world. One area that begged for a longer stay than the eight hours or so afforded by a cruise ship was St. John in the US Virgin Islands.
I remember our first excursion to this lovely island. We were heading for a promising day of snorkeling at Trunk Bay and our driver pulled over for a photo op and pointed out the Caneel Bay Resort. As he described the resort to us, we began dreaming of staying there. It seemed idyllic! Upon our return to reality, a friend of ours bragged that he had just returned from a work retreat to Caneel Bay Resort! Work!!?? As he went on and on about how much he loved it, all I could think was, “Are you freakin’ kidding me? You got to go to a dream destination like that for work???” However, time passed, other trips got booked and St. John waited.
A couple of years ago we made another stop on St. Thomas and took another excursion to St. John. This time we came away determined to come back to this island for real! I began to research Caneel Bay, because that is of course where we would be staying! Then I started reading reviews. In between glowing reviews were negative undercurrents that I just didn’t care for. My Caneel Bay balloon slowly deflated. So I did what I should have done in the first place. I began a general search of hotels and soon came across the Gallows Point Resort. The consistently glowing reviews, fantastic location (walking distance from all of the shops and restaurants in Cruz Bay), and reports of good snorkeling had me sold.
Initially I made a reservation for October, but plans changed and we opted to go during the high season for once (not very budget conscious of us!) to enjoy the better weather. So April it shall be!
Originally I thought we would book our flights through Jet Blue as they flight direct from Boston to STT (you have to fly to St. Thomas then take a ferry to St. John). BUT for reasons I can’t fathom, Jet Blue does not fly direct from STT to BOS! Not a deal breaker, but as I began pricing options, I found that we could fly direct (both ways!!) on Delta. Although I do prefer Jet Blue as an airline in general, Delta’s prices were competitive and the direct flights made the decision a no-brainer!
The clock is now ticking with a month to go. A jeep has been booked for part of the trip and we are beginning to think about what we want to do while we are there. Although plunking myself down in the sun with an umbrella drink in my hand will be enough for me!
Watch this space for future reports!!