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Gallows Point Resort, Cruz Bay, St. John

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Cruz Bay , St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tel: 800 323 7229 (toll-free)
Tel: 340 776 6434's insider take:

If you want the feel of a private villa with the conveniences of a hotel, consider the adults-only Gallows Point. The 50 one-bedroom suites of this St. John resort have full kitchens, living rooms, and private patios or balconies, but you also have access to one of the island's best restaurants, Zozo's, and a staff that can plan excursions, romantic dinners, and more. Still, the rooms are designed to be relatively self-contained. Instead of a welcome drink at the bar, you get a bottle of rum and mixers to make cocktails in your suite, and in lieu of room service, there's a general store with provisions for cooking. The hodgepodge decor feels a bit '70s beach house—pastel tropical prints and old sailboat models—but the focus is on your surroundings. Eight-foot-tall louvered doors in all living spaces open onto ocean and harbor views, and the grounds are a lush mix of Christmas palms, bougainvillea, and banyan trees. It feels isolated, but you're actually a quick five-minute walk from the shops, restaurants, and bars of Cruz Bay. One caveat: In lieu of a beach, the resort has direct reef access. In the absence of sandy relaxation spots, guests usually laze about on beach chairs around the pool or on their private balconies or patios.

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