This one room efficiency has a private bath and a new kitchen. It is a pleasant one mile walk to the Salt River National Park with other trails in the area. Cook for yourself or visit the Palms Resort which is close. The grounds are well maintained.
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Villa Boyd House Rules
1. IN GENERAL: Make life easy for all of us.
2. SMOKE OUTSIDE: I really don't care what you smoke so long as you smoke outside. My family and all of my guests to date have been non smokers so please respect others and smoke outside.
3. EXTRA PEOPLE: I have no firm rule on extra guests above two. The unit has a Queen sized bed and with furniture moved around a single inflatable mattress will fit and there are ample pillows in the unit. I have single sheets for an inflatable. However the way my granddaughters destroy inflatable mattresses, I would never guarantee I have one available. So if you want me to get a new inflatable mattress, I would charge you $50 to get one and set it up with no extra room charge for the person. If you want to pick one up one and mail it to me, there is no set up charge or extra charge. If you carry one with you, I will have the sheets laid out but you do the huffing and puffing and there is still no extra charge. I may have to change my position on extra people if water use is excessive. So please conserve water.
4. NO OFF LIMIT AREA EXCEPT MY RESIDENCE AREA: My house is situated on about one acre of planted gardens. It was previously owned by one of the founders of the botanical gardens and I have maintained and enhanced the grounds. You are more than welcome to walk and photograph the surrounding flowers and plants. I am always willing to give a tour and tell you all about the species which I estimate to be about 300 different plants. After I describe the flowers to you, I encourage you to pick them to decorate your room. Unfortunately, some will cause an allergic rash if not properly handled so I am happy to advise you about the safe ones. It is almost impossible to kill tropical plants, so pick as many flowers as you like.
5. EATING AREA: Enjoy your food where you like. The floors are tiled. The furniture is durable and the bedding was changed before you arrived. There is additional bedding in the closet in case you spill your nachos in bed. Warning, if you drink too much rum and throw up on the furniture, you will be charged $100 for replacement cushions so drink all the rum you want, just make it to the bathroom in time.
6. HOUSEKEEPING: Clean your own dishes, pots and pans and do everything to make yourself happy. On your last night and day you can skip this task as my housekeeper will clean everything for the next set of guests as we did for you. Some people are fanatics about sweeping and moping floors, some are not. You are on vacation, the choice is yours. If you want to change sheets during your stay feel free to do so and place the used one in the basket in the closet. The same is true for towels. There is no additional charge for using a reasonable number of sheets and towels.
7. TRASH: When in doubt, throw it out. If trash bothers you wrap it in a small plastic bag that you get from the grocery store or from the closet, place it outside your front door and I will take it away. If you fill up your trash can, tie off the black bag and place it outside. I will remove it. If you have any questions or issues, just ask.
8. GATHERINGS AND PARTIES: Lets keep it simple, if you did not know the person before you came to St. Croix, you should not ask them back to your room. This same rule applies for NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and other large cities. If you knew the people before you came here, of course they are welcome. Just let me know before your event.
9. QUIET HOURS: ??? And unless you really work at being excessively loud, I won't notice.
10. KIDS & PETS: I love kids. So, yes to kids, if there is enough room for you. No to animals. (see EXTRA PEOPLE ABOVE)
11. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THOSE CONCERNED WITH THE ENVIRONMENT: Water and Electricity are expensive commodities on St. Croix as all of our fuel is imported diesel which is burned to make most of our power. Water is collected from rain or made by the expensive process of distillation using the heat from burning the diesel fuel. Still, most visitors will find that air conditioning is essential.
For your comfort, there are two air conditioners in the unit. One is set up to run 24 hours a day. The other should be turned off by remote control when you leave the unit and turned on when necessary. On the coldest days of winter, you can turn off both by the switches in the closet. On the hottest days of summer it may be necessary to run both units 24 hours a day. Please keep the doors closed when running any air conditioning.
Water is more than just a cost, it is also a necessity. There is a starter bottle of water for drinking and you should probably use bottled water. I use tap water for brushing my teeth and cooking but drink bottled water. Be sure to minimize the use of water when you shower. Consider a Navy shower where you get completely wet, turn off the water and lather up, then turn the water back on to rinse off. In all honesty, I do take a normal shower but they are generally fairly quick. It is inconvenient when water runs out as it sometimes takes a day to get a delivery by truck. In the past 15 years I only ran out of water once and that was because of a broken pipe when I was on vacation for two weeks.
By the Way, the concern for conserving water and power is the same no matter where you stay in the Caribbean regardless if your host mentions it or not.
12. HAVE FUN and learn to love St. Croix!!!