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At WSJ this week

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I checked into my B41 3BR Pool Villa on Saturday night. :cheer: The weather is beautiful, and things are still drying out from Omar. My unit has been "updated" for the most part. The old dining room table/chairs, coffee tables, and entertainment cabinet remain, but the carpet, curtains, electronics/appliances, outdoor furniture, and remaining furniture are updated.

Pat (GrayFal) just gave a thorough update as to what is going on here regarding renovations so I probably won't have much to add. There are a lot of big portable containers around, but I didn't see much work going on yesterday (Sunday). I'll poke around a bit and see what I find out. I'm going to an owner's update tomorrow, so if anyone has any specific questions, I'll try to get answers.

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My neighbor's business partner is there this week too. He is in one of the Hillside 3 bedrooms, not the new section (unless he was moved).

Have a great time! My whole gang will be going next June, so we are in planning mode already.
 

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Hi TLPNet - Which unit are you in, I own unit 4111 week 16. Did they update the bedroom funiture as well? Thanks! Pam
Hi Pam,

I own in 4113. Yes, the bedroom furniture was upgraded too. There is no headboard on any of the beds, though.

-tim
 

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WSJ Advice

I have a 3 bedroom(bay vista) booked for June 2009. I actually have a party of 14 but 6 of them are small children. Do you think we can get into a three bedroom? I know svo says the unit sleeps 10 max. I tried to get an additional unit, but those trades are hard to pull even through svn. I'm on the waiting list, but I feel like its also a long shot. Anyone got any advice? My fall back is to use starpoints at the hotel, but that would be a bummer.
 

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Stay on the wait list at time gets nearer people may drop out.Its good to have the SO's as a back up plan I would book it to be sure and before another devaluation.You canalways cancel the hotel if the room doesn't pan out.
 

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I have a 3 bedroom(bay vista) booked for June 2009. I actually have a party of 14 but 6 of them are small children. Do you think we can get into a three bedroom? I know svo says the unit sleeps 10 max. I tried to get an additional unit, but those trades are hard to pull even through svn. I'm on the waiting list, but I feel like its also a long shot. Anyone got any advice? My fall back is to use starpoints at the hotel, but that would be a bummer.
What week are you going in June? We'll be there June 12th-19th.
 

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IMHO the Bay Vista units are the most spectacular of all of the SVO properties that I have seen. I toured them today and was blown away. The 3BR unit I toured in BV was a little small, so you'll be a little squeezed, but if it's 6 small children willing to sleep on the floor, you can probably do it. The space in the 2BR loft almost seemed larger but it was kind of a funky cool layout, and then the adults would have a problem because you wouldn't have the bed space.

Once of the most interesting things I learned in my owner's update today was that the "BV' transformation was completed for 4 buildings, but SVO is only selling in two and the other two are being used by the hotel side. Once a certain sales level is reached on the two buildings, the other two will become SVO property, and will be sold as TS's also.

In an earlier post, I noted that not all furniture in my villa had been replaced. I was told that not all of the furniture had arrived, and is just now arriving so ALL of the furniture will eventually be replaced. I had also noted that these villas don't have headboards - these ARE slated for being added, and were supposedly in the delayed shipment.

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What week are you going in June? We'll be there June 12th-19th.

It turns out that out WSJ plans may change for 2009 (with the addition of week 23) - so you never know - we may end up being there weeks 23 and 24.
 

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The reservation I have is for June 26-July 3, which is a Friday to Friday. I'm on the waitlist for the Sunday to Sunday, but I'm also wondering if I'd have a better shot at the Saturday to Saturday units since there are many more of them. Anyone else want to weigh in on the possibility of getting 8 adults and 6 kids into one three bedroom? Will the resort say anything? Also on previous threads I've read discussion about renting a car on St. Thomas and then taking the ferry to St. John from Red Hook. I was thinking of doing this so that we could access some of the beaches in the park side of the island. Anyone want to weigh in on that?
 

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Car on SJT

...renting a car on St. Thomas and then taking the ferry to St. John from Red Hook. I was thinking of doing this so that we could access some of the beaches in the park side of the island. Anyone want to weigh in on that?
I go every year to WSJ and I always rent a car at the airport in St. Thomas. It is cheaper and easier than doing the Westin Ferry. I think having a car in WSJ is a must if you want to go to the various beaches etc.

Some would say you don't need a car for a week and rent by the day on STJ but the jeeps/cars are more expensive on STJ and the Westin Ferry costs more for one person than a car RT from STT to STJ, therefore renting for 3 days on STJ is more than for a week at STT.
 

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I go every year to WSJ and I always rent a car at the airport in St. Thomas. It is cheaper and easier than doing the Westin Ferry. I think having a car in WSJ is a must if you want to go to the various beaches etc.

Some would say you don't need a car for a week and rent by the day on STJ but the jeeps/cars are more expensive on STJ and the Westin Ferry costs more for one person than a car RT from STT to STJ, therefore renting for 3 days on STJ is more than for a week at STT.
Huh, that is good to know. I am guessing the ferry charge is cheaper because they are charging per car and not per person?
 

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I liked using the Westin ferry it was pretty simple.I wouldn't rent a car at all next time It wasn't worth it for only 3 people. Cab usage would have cost me much less.
 

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I liked using the Westin ferry it was pretty simple.I wouldn't rent a car at all next time It wasn't worth it for only 3 people. Cab usage would have cost me much less.
In the past, we did not rent a car/suv. But when we go in June next year, there will be at least 13 of us. The youngest will be 16, so we definately need the room.
 

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They're pretty laid back here - I don't think they will pay any attention to how many people are in the villa. The 3BR pool villas are much bigger if you could get in one instead of Bay Vista.

Regarding the Westin ferry, it is currently out of commission, so regardless, you get shuttled via public taxi to Red Hook and water taxied to Westin. They are still happy to collect your $85 - an issue I'm going to take up with the front desk before I leave.

I will also rent a car next year, but hadn't given thought to renting in St. Thomas.

Another thing of note - there are little tiny "deadly" mosquitos here (maybe this just happens to be the season), but some type of mosquito prevention is advised - I have big red welts all over my legs and arms.

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Huh, that is good to know. I am guessing the ferry charge is cheaper because they are charging per car and not per person?
Last year I paid $55 RT on the car ferry for my car. I only had 2 people in the car -- so if I took the Westin Ferry it would have been $85 x2 = $170 plus I would have needed a car on STJ.

Taxis are okay if you are doing the close in beaches but I alway get away from the crowds and need a car.
 

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Last year I paid $55 RT on the car ferry for my car. I only had 2 people in the car -- so if I took the Westin Ferry it would have been $85 x2 = $170 plus I would have needed a car on STJ.

Taxis are okay if you are doing the close in beaches but I alway get away from the crowds and need a car.
This is why I love TUG. I wasn't even considering renting on STT and taking the other ferry over. When we go in June, I was going to rent two suv's. Plus with 13 people, time $90 pp for the Westin Ferry. This info just saved me/us a bunch of money!
 

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Another thing of note - there are little tiny "deadly" mosquitos here (maybe this just happens to be the season), but some type of mosquito prevention is advised - I have big red welts all over my legs and arms.

-tim
Same here. They went for my ankles and back of my knee. They seemed to like the internet area (dark) in the main lobby.
I had the bite reminders for a month later.
FYI everyone: use your repellent.
 
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Another thing of note - there are little tiny "deadly" mosquitos here (maybe this just happens to be the season), but some type of mosquito prevention is advised - I have big red welts all over my legs and arms.
Fantastic! I knew there was a reason I haven't been to WSJ yet... :)
 

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This is why I love TUG. I wasn't even considering renting on STT and taking the other ferry over. When we go in June, I was going to rent two suv's. Plus with 13 people, time $90 pp for the Westin Ferry. This info just saved me/us a bunch of money!
Be sure to check with the rental agency.....not all allow u to take the car over - and yes, with 13 peeps, this is the way to go.
 

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Fantastic! I knew there was a reason I haven't been to WSJ yet... :)
after a big rain - mosquitos... but also could be noseeums - a type of gnat -but aka as sand fleas (because that is where they will bite) - these buggers are worse IMO
 

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Regarding the Westin ferry, it is currently out of commission, so regardless, you get shuttled via public taxi to Red Hook and water taxied to Westin. They are still happy to collect your $85 - an issue I'm going to take up with the front desk before I leave.
-tim
Why is the Westin Ferry out of commission? We leave Saturday and I was so looking forward not to hassle with Red Hook. Should I cancel my reservation?

Carolyn
 

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Why is the Westin Ferry out of commission? We leave Saturday and I was so looking forward not to hassle with Red Hook. Should I cancel my reservation?

Carolyn
I've got good news for you Carolyn. They put it back in commission on Saturday - the day I left. They couldn't tell me why it was out of commission, but I got the feeling it was a mechanical issue.

-tim
 

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Also if you bring a car over from STT and it breaks down on STJ, the rental car agency will not come over to STJ...you're on your own. Be aware that traffic on STT, just to get to the ferry, is crazy PLUS you are driving on the left. Just some things to think about.

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