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Westin St.John just returned compare Maui

Scott & Laura

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Hello;

We just returned from St.Johns stayed in 2731 of the new Villas., there were many positives to being there.

(We went on a Explorer package - it was a nightmare and a scam but thats for another day, Westin is working on amends we will let you know if they follow through)

The beaches St.Johns are easy access, sand and warmer by about 5 - 7 degrees, than Mauis. All the beaches are perfect for snorkeling. Mauis have a greater abundance of corals. St.Johns a greater diversity of marine life. We saw Cuttlefish and a Spotted Eagle Ray at lameshur, An Octupus at Trunk, Huge Yellow starfish at watermelon Bay, and the Turtles arrive around 2:15 in the afternoon.

The Flight to St.Johns is shorter by several hours than Hawaii. Hawaii has better nightlife and shopping. You can use your Westin transfer at St.Johns to go to St.Thomas for free ~ 80% of stores are jewelry.

Maui has more hustle and bustle and is much faster paced. St.Johns your forced to vacation.


St.Johns rooms are smaller. The decor is nice.
The 2 Bedroom, you can't open the guest bedroom door all the way, as it hits the sttee bench.

The TVs at St.Johns have a snow storm, maintenance said they needed an attenuator, but management has refused to install them. This is inexcusable and petty, if it rains all day, or as in my case the Bears game was on.

Maui you have a stove and microwave that are greatand better equipped kitchens.,St.Johns you get a cheap microwave that acts as an oven, you have to rotate your food, one end is too hot. The kitchens are poorly equipped and the cooking utensils cheap at St.Johns. For a mere $50.00 extra they could have gotten much better kitchenware.

St.Johns has a lot more to do on the grounds than Maui does they are spacious.

The new Villas at St.Johns, do not have barbecue grills, no pool, no whirlpools.

St.Johns Villas said we could travel the 2 - 3 blocks and use the ones at the old Villas.


Other than these observations, St.johns is a great slow paced island and I would like a Villas there.

Scott
 

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Thanks for the review, but...
repeat....
St John
St John
St John...
{not St Johns}

btw - we do not have snow issues with TV reception in the Hillside villas - although we watch very little TV while there (or perhaps I am too much of a rum haze state to notice...)

Greater abundance of coral in Maui? I would disagree with this (and have been to both places many times). Perhaps less accessable since the St John beaches are generally sandy entrances, but there are far more types of coral (and older) in St John and surrounds.
 

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Thanks for the review. 6 weeks til we are off to check out WSJ. I can't imagine loving a place more than Maui. I kind of hope that I don't love it as much because we paid so much for our OF view in Maui that I hate to continue giving it up as an exchange.

Bummer about the grills. I don't mind supporting the local restaurants, but I do like to eat in a few meals.
 

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DavenRobin - Clear it up for me

Thanks for the review, but...
repeat....
St John
St John
St John...
{not St Johns}



looking for some help... is it St Jon, St John, St Jaun, Sts John, Sts Jons, St John's, Sts Jon, or St Jon's ....

:)
 

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Definitely "St. John."
 

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Thanks for the review. 6 weeks til we are off to check out WSJ. I can't imagine loving a place more than Maui. I kind of hope that I don't love it as much because we paid so much for our OF view in Maui that I hate to continue giving it up as an exchange.

Bummer about the grills. I don't mind supporting the local restaurants, but I do like to eat in a few meals.

Don't worry, its a different kind of love. Like comparing the difference between loving your mom/dad and your kids.
 

Cathyb

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Just be sure your St. John rental car has decent tires and the spare not be bald! We were short-changed and got a flat out in the middle of nowhere.
 

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Just be sure your St. John rental car has decent tires and the spare not be bald! We were short-changed and got a flat out in the middle of nowhere.

Very good advice - I also bring a camera with me and take photos during the vehicle inspection. (and do not leave sand in the vehicle when returning) There are no vehicles on STJ that are not dinged-up (unless they are brand new - then they soon will be dinged)

Luckily the island is not that big - but there are places that you can get stuck that would be very dramatic to get our of (and costly I would imagine).

Stay Left! (and no screaming by the passengers)
 
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