The Westin St. John Resort and Villas is one of the best family destinations in the Caribbean and with recent renovations, it will undoubtedly keep that status. The property is situated on St. John's 1,200-foot-long, fine, near-white sand beach of Great Cruz Bay.
The property has a long list of features to make an appealing location for families to stay, one being that children eat free while dining with an adult. There's also a SPG Kids Pass program which gives children 12 and younger all-inclusive access to a variety of dining options, including kids meals, buffets and beverages. This gives children the freedom to enjoy their stay just as much as their parents.
The hotel also provides services and amenities to keep the family's itinerary full of activities. Among these are a Marina, complimentary beach cabanas, kayaks, water tricycles, bicycles, pedal boats, and small sailboats. The water-sports center is available for renting snorkeling gear, outboard-powered inflatable dinghies, and parasailing equipment. They also offer personal tours by watercraft around the Great Cruz Bay. A nearby dive center also provides additional support with scuba lessons and certification, reef, wreck and ledge dives, sail and snorkel excursions to the nearby islands, sailing trips by sunset, and fishing and yacht trips around the local islands.
Besides a poolside bar, the resort features three separate dining experiences. The Beach Café and Bar is a casual and vibrant open-aired restaurant with views of the bay. It offers buffets throughout the day with a special Caribbean-themed one with live entertainment on Saturdays, and an à la carte breakfast for early risers. The Snorkels Bar and Grill is an open-air beachside diner which serves up grilled items and keeps the bar service open until the last patron has had enough. The eatery option is Mango Deli, which features lighter meals and desserts with coffee, all to go.
For those traveling with children, there is a swimming pool specifically for them, an arcade, supervised childcare and activities to keep the youngest of the bunch happy and give parents the chance to slip away and experience the more adult-friendly aspects of the resort. The hotel offers wedding and honeymoon services to help couples make the most of the romantic island excursion.
The property received the 2013 SPG Member-Favorite Resorts Award for Best Island Paradise and Best Family Experience. Both were earned well before the completion of the renovations which have completely reworked the fitness centers, brought the meeting facilities up to date, improved upon their existing dining venues and fully redesigned the guest rooms. Accommodations come with either an ocean or garden view, flat screen TV, refrigerator, high speed internet, and marbled bathtub.
With superb accommodations and super-friendly staff, The Westin St. John Resort and Villas will help you make the best of your Caribbean experience, offering activities for guests of all ages and lifestyles.
Westin St. John Resort and Villas
300A Chocolate Hole
P.O. Box 8310
St. John 00831
U.S. Virgin Islands
(877) 650-6174 WestinResortStJohn.com