Petit Tre’sor, a charming, one-bedroom condo with high ceilings and amazing views, is a ten-minute walk from Cruz Bay yet 200' above sea level overlooking Pillsbury Sound. Enjoy the adjacent pool and large screened porch to relax in absolute quiet.
“Petit Tre’sor" (a small treasure) at Cruz Bay Villas is a charming one-bedroom condo (sleeps four with a queen-size bed in master bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room) located only a 10-minute walk from Cruz Bay and yet high on the side of a hill overlooking Pillsbury Sound to St. Thomas. This beautiful condo is situated just perfectly to enjoy the adjacent 20' x 10' x 9' deep pool, wrap-around deck, many palm trees, views, and breezes. The condo unit with new air conditioning and ceiling fans features high ceilings throughout. The private screened-in porch (with a teak dining table and new conversation set) is the perfect quiet spot to enjoy your morning coffee while feeding the bananaquit birds, or to linger over a candle-lit evening meal. Petit Tre'sor is one of only two rentals in the pool complex and is situated on about an acre of land with lush tropical forest affording lots of privacy
Sleeps four with queen-sized bed in master bedroom and sleep sofa in living room; large driveway with no steps to unit; cable; Wi-Fi; microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, new frig, new stove, beach towels, beach cooler, 2 beach chairs.
Petit Tre'sor sits 200 feet above sea level looking over the coral-colored roofs of downtown Cruz Bay and onto Pillsbury Sound. Downtown Cruz Bay is a ten-minute walk down the hill (or a $4 taxi ride for each person). Cruz Bay is a quaint West Indian village with many restaurants, bars, and shops (including Wharfside Village and Mongoose Junction. One of three supermarkets is a five-minute walk down the hill. Petit Tre'sor has private parking for two cars/jeeps on a driveway just adjacent to the condo and on the same level. Passenger ferries depart from the Cruz Bay dock to St. Thomas and many of the British Virgin Islands; car ferries can take your rental car or Jeep to St. Thomas and back. Most importantly, the Virgin Islands National Park begins next to the town, and all of its world-class beaches are a short drive away. Guests may choose to take a safari taxi to anywhere on the island or a public bus from downtown to Coral Bay and Salt Pond beach.
Petit Tre'sor wraps around the shared pool which is only 6 feet from the side of the condo. Guests in the living room are so close to the pool that there are often conversation between those in the living room and porch and those in the pool and pool deck.
Although the pool is shared, two of the three other condos are owned privately and rarely occupied. So, the pool is almost always used only by the guests in Petit Tre'sor.
Interaction with guests
As we live on the North Shore in Massachusetts, we can't drop in for a drink. However, guests can call our caretaker (who lives just down the hill in Cruz Bay) from 8 am - 9 pm
every day. His number is on the refrigerator.
Other things to note
Restaurants: ZoZo’s at Caneel Bay best formal venue; Asolare with beautiful view and excellent food; Miss Lucy’s best local food in Coral Bay; Joe’s BBQ good cheap food in town; Beach Bar on beach in Cruz Bay has great bar food and excellent drinks; fun lunch at Westin Hotel and Caneel Bay; good deli breakfast at deli at
Westin; Skinny Legs in Coral Bay famous for burgers and salty clientele; favorite casual restaurant Shipwreck past Coral Bay on road to Salt Pond
Hike Reef Bay trail in National Park and beach/cliff trail to Ram Head at Salt Pond Bay on East End of island
Shop at Wharfside and Mongoose Junction stores in Cruz Bay; also shops at Skinny Leg’s in Coral Bay
Shop Charlotte Amalie by taking inexpensive ferry from Cruz Bay and back; good restaurant Italian in alley next to AH Riise; fun to visit Camille Pizzarro’s home, Fort Christian, and second oldest synagogue in Western Hemisphere
Best snorkeling: Waterlemon Key, Honeymoon Beach, and Hawksnest Beach
Best beaches: Trunk Bay (maybe the best in the Caribbean but crowded); Hawksnest, Cinammon, and Maho (most quiet and best if rough waters on North Shore)
Day trips to surrounding islands (passport needed for BVIs): ferry from CB to Tortola and rent a Jeep on West End; ferry CB to Virgin Gorda and tour island, including the Baths; sailboat from Westin to Jost Van Dyke and Foxy’s; from Westin half-day sail and snorkel at Lovango Key (no passport needed); half-day and full-day sails with the Spree moored in CB
Harbor (phone number on advertising boards around town)
Diving excursions from the Westin docks
Conserve electricity and water. Play music so as not to disturb neighboring villas. Take rubbish to dumpster at bottom of hill. No diving in the pool.
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We have owned our condo in St. John (Virgin Islands) for 16 years, and our Schagen (Netherlands) bungalow for 10 years.
After completing a PhD in the mid 1970's, I taught English at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas and my wife taught 4th grade at the Pine Peace School there. We loved St. John then, and later traveled there often with our two
sons as they were growing up. We continue to enjoy our quiet, beautiful St. John condo in retirement with our large family (sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and happily, our many "senior" siblings).
My parents emigrated from Holland to America after WW II so that my father could continue selling flower bulbs as he had around Alkmaar. They taught us Dutch as our first language so that we could easily visit friends and relatives in Holland -- and we have been visiting Holland often for 50 years.