The house was perfect for our family. Well planned out so that some people could sleep while others could play cards on the decks and not disturb anyone. Great living space. Great outdoor space. Very well equipped kitchen. Great outdoor showers. Great location. Close enough to walk to Cruz Bay. Short cab ride. All in all a wonderful experience. Plumbing a little outdated. Kitchen faucet had no pressure but we managed. Overall a wonderful experience.
I would highly recommend staying at aurora! There were 9 of us (two families) and we had a tremendous week on St. John, and aurora was the cornerstone of our great experience. The location was ideal - only a 5 minute drive to the Starfish Market complex (groceries, beer, rum, etc.), and then another couple of minutes to the town of Cruz Bay (restaurants, shopping). The view from aurora was spectacular, looking out over the bay and facing St. Thomas. All of the bedrooms were great, and the main room was a wonderful place to gather in the evenings. And of course the pool was really fun. The folks at 'Travel Keys' (the folks who handle booking, plus any other issues) were tremendous. Someone met us at the ferry when we arrived, gave us a tour of the house, and gave us an overall lay of the land. And as questions came up during our stay, they were always available and very responsive. You can't go wrong with aurora!
We were happy to have arranged for a meal to be delivered our first night there, and from then on, it was simple to shop in town for whatever we needed. Aurora's perch on the hill meant we had a gorgeous view, and we were not daunted by the climb from town ... in fact, we sometimes opted to walk rather than drive. The layout of the house worked very well for our family (husband and wife, three young adult "kids", and one fit grandma.) The pool was pleasant and refreshing, although the fantastic beaches beckoned, and we spent most of our days walking and running on the many rocky trails that we accessed behind the Visitors Center in town, hanging out at beaches, and shopping and eating in town. We all had a fantastic time. Highlights included jet skiing, which we arranged at the Weston Resort, and a sailing/snorkeling trip on the Calypso. Baked in the Sun was a great bakery stop. The market in town is super. We had many great dinners; our favorite restaurant was the Waterfront Bistro. Morgan's Mango was another wonderful place, and we had a terrific dinner at ZoZo's,too. We spent a total of nine days in Cruz Bay, heading home to frigid New Hampshire on the day after Christmas. Thanks to Catered To for this great stay!
We had a very high level of expectation of what to find at aurora but it managed to exceed our expectations. The location was ideal - scenic, remote and yet close enough to town to make things convenient. The facility was great, very comfortable, spacious enough for the 6 of us to be together yet not in each other's way. We are already looking forward to our return trip!
This is the 5th time we have been to St. John and it only gets better each time! Great place to stay, great views and very relaxing! We couldn't ask for more!
Stayed here with two adult sons and thoroughly enjoyed the place. Views were great and we liked having space to ourselves when we wanted it. Nice interior furnishings and the management company was very good.
We arrived in St. John after a long day of travel. We were truly delighted when we finally arrived at aurora. Everything was beautiful! It was the perfect place for an extended family with teenagers. It was quiet and secluded but close enough to town for easy access. The views are breathtaking from every deck. It was our first visit to St. John and we will definitely be back! If you like a "laid back" vacation...this is the place to be! No one in our group wanted to leave! We are counting the days until we can return. Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation!!
The views were even better than we expected. Plenty of space indoor and out for all times of day. Minutes from Cruz Bay. 3 of the 4 bedrooms have outdoor showers, which everyone loved. Management was extremely responsive when power went out and the pump for the water cistern needed to be primed. We were surprised that the kitchen/dining/living room area was unairconditioned, but it was not an issue at all. That space was recently renovated and nicely appointed. While it is not the highest end villa on the island, it has everything you could possibly want and the location and views are unbeatable.
Aurora is beautiful. The house was perfect for my husband & I to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was quiet, peaceful, clean and the views are magnificent.