We were very pleased with the
Enchantment Resort, if not the price. The decor could be described
as elegant rustic. My wife, Marta, said that we have been at the Mandalay
Bay in Las Vegas and the Hilton in Istanbul, but she liked the Enchantment
better than those two. The bedroom, bathroom, and balcony were all
spacious and comfortable. The seating "area" was two chairs
and a round table crammed in next to one of the beds, but the room
was still very nice. The balcony had a nice view of red rocks, although
the view was through a tree growing in front of the balcony. All the
casitas are one floor, and I think most of them have trees in front
of the balcony; I guess that is to provide shade. The view of red rocks
is not a distant postcard view; the resort is nestled into Boynton
Canyon, and the red rocks are very close. That was a surprise.
FYI, the Hilton Sedona is located in the Village of Oak Creek, which is about
five miles from Sedona. The location is outside of the red rock area. There
is a limited view of distant red rocks from only one end of the resort. I would
not have been happy there.
James D. Flint
The North American Coal Corp.
St. Johns, US Virgin Islands - Caneel Bay Resort
by David, Julie and Gareth Buchanan
On arrival at St. Thomas airport, within baggage claim, there is a desk and arrival room for Caneel Bay. After collecting your baggage and giving it to the Caneel bay representatives, they take care of it from there until arrival at your room.
A cab is waiting to take you across St Thomas to the Caneel Bay dock for the short 15 minute boat ride to the resort. A cold towel as you get off the boat is a nice and well received touch. A representative is again there to meet you and on one of the numerous golf carts take you too your room.
Ours was a ground floor room (#114) on Hawkesnest Bay. Right on the beach with the sound of the ocean noticeable outside. See pictures taken from the patio attached
A nice room without being luxurious with large bathroom. No phone or TV which for us was not a problem but large king side very comfortable bed. Bottle of rum on arrival with a mini bar.
To get to the restaurants/bar/shop/other beaches at the resort you need to take the bus which circles the resort, you don't have to wait more than a couple of minutes.
The restaurants are good and on the expensive side. Everything is on the island.
Unless you intend to visit other beaches on the island (why would you when there a five on the property) then there is no need for a rental car. Cabs (open air vans) are cheap and plentiful. St John's has good restaurants, especially the Fish Trap and Morgan's Mango. Paradiso at Mongoose Junction was good but if you need food variety for kids then this may be an issue. In fact, check the restaurant for a kids menu before you book a table. This could be a problem with fussy eating kids.
The return at the end of the vacation was just a efficient but we did appear to leave very early. You do have to go through Customs and Immigration and this does need a lot of time. Don't under estimate this.
From Dallas, flying via Miami is a preferred route. Two shorter flights we found to be better.