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Elysian Beach Resort
My husband and I stayed at Elysian Beach Resort the last week of March 2004 and had a great time! The Rolex Regatta started in our bay (Cowpet Bay) and it was a beautiful sight to see all the sailboats each day.
Our room was always clean and neat, we had a very nice maid. The pool area was very nice and the beach was beautiful and nicely shaded with palm trees, our balcony looked out over the harbor. Dining out was expensive there, as were the taxi's. The full day sail and snorkel was the best time you could have. (wear SUNSCREEN) The atlantis submarine was pretty cool too. We did rent a car, roads are very narrow and treacherous turns, locals just stop in the road so beware, but we had our freedom rather than wait on a taxi.
Cowpet Bay East - 3 BD / 3 BA Condo
Beachtops Condo (www.beachtops.com) - 3BD/3BA condo with oceanview and steps down to the Elysian Beach / Pool / Jacuzzi. My group loved the condo and would stay here again.
On other trips to St Thomas: I have stayed at Secret Harbour - Room 734 - Loved it ! (Sept 2005) I liked Secret Harbour's beach better than the Elysian Beach.
Holiday Inn Winward Passage (Oct 2005) - nice downtown location except for the seaplane landing / departures early in the morning.
Villa Blanca - Great View (Feb 2003).
Cabrita Condo (June 1997) - nice view, but no A/C. We were a group of 3 women and we each enjoyed having our own bedroom and bathroom to ourselves. The condo also had 2 expansive balconies with a great view. The condo had everything we needed.
Excellent restaurant, good accomodations at Resort
My brother, his wife, my wife & I just spent 5 days at the Elysian Beach Resort on St. Thomas. The condo was better than average, and the grounds were well kept. Ammenities were pay as you use--$10/day for health club (above average facility), $20/day for H20 sports. My opinion is that they should be included. We used h20 sports one afternoon....need a full 1/2 day at least to get value of purchase. Bonnie's is the day restaurant...not bad but reserve it just for breakfast. The best feature of this resort, hands down is Robert's restaurant! Page is the bartender, trained from the old school. Daily happy hour where Page fixes what you like. Robert's is owned by a very nice young couple(Kevin & Laura). They are from the states and their son is "Robert". We ate at some the finest restaurants St. Thomas has to offer and Roberts beats them all, without question! Fresh seafood and superb service. You must sample the she-crab soup and the grilled Mahi-Mahi. Kevin will feature a daily special. If you ask Laura to come to your table, she will help you select a special dish. We were there in the off-season and they even had a piano player on Thursday evening. We almost had the place to ourselves. A most memorable dining experience. Overall, the resort was o.k. When we return to St. Thomas, we will try another resort but will definitely eat at Roberts at least once. Contact Laura & Kevin at -------------------- or call --------------. Tell them Don & Angie passed along our review as promised. They would love to hear from you if you are planning a visit in the near future.
Eat at the Elysian Resort...
Eat at the Elysian Resort buffet - Ceiling fans, one-man steel band and a definite 'Bogart Key Largo' ambience - you really feel fancy and can walk right out the side of the restaurant onto the sand, replete with palms trees! Hawknest Bay on St. John - bluest water you've ever seen-bluer than 'tidy-bowl'!
The view above Cruz bay on St. John - you can pull off the side of the road for photos as you look back on the bay.
loved it ,but
loved the elysian , purchased a time share, that's when the trouble began! traded in my studio for a 1 bdrm.loft. They took my downpayment and it has been 4 mos. and as of yet have not received any paperwork on it. I have called many times to no avail. Not 1 phone call has been returned! I am being charged for something I have no paperwork on and am being threatened for lack of payment, yet noone seems to know where my paperwork is. If you are thinking about buying a timeshare at the Elysian.....DON"T
Loved the Elysian
We loved our 6 night stay there. Our room was clean and bright with a beautiful view. Everything in the kitchen seemed fairly new and worked well. One morning the entire hotel didn't have hot water but by evening it was fixed. Water problems are not unusual anywhere on St. Thomas.
The pool is beautiful with a waterfall, hot tub, and bar with drink specials and food from Bonnies a beach bar restaurant right there. The beach is small uncrowed and beautiful with chairs and hammocks and non-motorized water toys, but you will need water shoes as it's rocky in places as you go into the water. The restaurant (Roberts) went out of their way for a Super Bowl party bringing in huge TV and several 40" TVs so you could watch the game from anywhere in the restaurant even in the serving line at the buffet, although the mexican buffet was below average. Everything on the island is built on hills so be prepared to walk up steep steps. We found the staff friendly but certainly never rude. Other tips. Reserve a sub-compact car before you go as they may be out and will have to get a more expensive car. Smaller the better.
Roads and parking are very narrow. If you like beaches go to Coki, Megans, and Cinnamon on St. John. Best local restaurant is Lattitude 18 and you won't find any advertising but it's off Rt. 322 on a dirt road.
Trust me on this, it's awesome, on the water and very laid back, don't dress up. Sopchoppys in Red Hook has great pizza and is only about 5 mins from the Elysian. Red Hook is so small and close that we drove through it the first time thinking it was farther away. I don't understand the negative reviews on the Elysian, but I saw negative reviews on every accomodation. We would recommend it and stay there again without hesitation.
No complaints... catch the free shuttles when possible. Very close to Red Hook... "Off the Hook," "Duffy's," and "Molly Malones" are all fun and close. The resort staff was friendly and service was on island time, but that's expected. Two nice bars and restaurants on the grounds. Don't take bottles anywhere near the hot tub after hours wearing very little at risk of embarrassment. Water pressure is lacking, but we didn't go to take showers ;-) Go! Enjoy!
A great place to relax
We just completed a week at Elysians. The staff was very friendly and helpful at check-in. The room was clean and well furnished, kitchen, iron, ironing board, hairdryers--all one could ask for in an island getaway. The grounds were well kept as were the pool area and beach facilities. Bonnies By the Sea provided basic fare with a great view as an outside beach cafe. Service was great, with any errors in food orders corrected immediately. Roberts Restaurant provided a tasty Sunday Brunch our first morning. It is our view that anyone who has a major complaint with Elysians is not accustomed to island life and the pace of things there. Relax, enjoy the culture and the fun. Duffys in Red Hook for an island meal of fresh crab and I recommend The Blue Moon Cafe for a classy, gormet style meal and a wonderful wine list. Enjoy!
We just came back from St. Thomas and had a great time. The Elsian was a lovely property. The rooms were comfortable and the view beautiful. I read an earlier review where someone said they only had housekeeping services once a week. They came in every day for us and did a great job. We also didn't need water shoes for the beach as it was not rocky. We found both restaurants to be wonderful. Bonnies by the Sea was great - we ate most breakfasts and a couple dinners there and found it wonderful. We also enjoyed the nightly music (Mighty Whitey). The dinner at Roberts was also wonderful and we hung out at the bar afterwards. Page is a GREAT bartender - order the Mango Tango drink if you get a chance. The only shock was the cost of the taxis! To get to Red Hook (only about 3 miles away) was $4 per person each way. For the four of us it was a $32 round trip. We didn't even go into town since round trip for the four would have been $80! We spent more time on St. John which seemed easier to get around. If you go, make sure you take a 2 hour tour of the island with Claudius. He gives a wonderful tour and is warm and very friendly. Make sure you see his card, since everyone will be Caludius if you call out his name. The tour was $16 per person and well worth it with him. The Elysian also has a trip to Bluebeards Beach Resort for a buffet dinner and show. It was a great time and the food was wonderful. The only problem is that the show is not over in time to take the 9:00 shuttle and there was nothing more happending after the show ended to hang around for the 11:00 shuttle. We had to pay a taxi to get back at 9:30 - what a rip. Elysian change your shuttle time to 9:15 or 9:30 when the show actually ends!!! Also, if you are going to take a taxi, try to get Caludia. She is usually found in the Elysian parking lot. She is so sweet and accommodating it made the outrageous cost of the taxi a bit more bearable (she also told us about Claudius on St. John). We would recommend the Elysian and enjoyed our stay on the island.
Good Resort, but could use better cleaning...
My wife and I just came back from our week at the Elysian, as we were looking forward to our studio unit we had purchased last year. We also reserved a parlor room for our parents. Everything for the most part was great, the pool and beach (should try to remove some of the rocks) was clean, the food at both restaurants were good and was very close to nice beaches ( recommend coki and Megans Bay in St. Thomas and Hawksnest Bay in St. John!)
One day we did come home and find our studio door left open, even though we remembered to lock it? No one had any idea about this?
There was a lot of hair left on the floor in the dinning parlor room as well as both terraces (did not see any maid service using vaccuums, only dust brooms, as it would be a good idea to have!). The sheets in the parlor Murphy bed did not cover the whole mattress & kept coming up each night (should use deep pocket sheets!) Found a kids barret in one of the beds & cigarettes in one of the drawers (would recommend better cleaning service). Would be nice if each room had a blender as well as dish washing liquid, as we had to ask. Also found a few light bulbs burned out as well as the remote missing for one TV. Quickly called & the staff were prompt and very accomodating.
Everything else was great and look forward to going back again soon.