Clifftop property with stunning views of White Bay
Villa-style units with full kitchens and separate living rooms and bedrooms
Quiet, laid-back atmosphere
No communal amenities like a pool, spa, fitness center, or restaurant
Hilly property with steep, rocky pathway leading to the beach
Wi-Fi is spotty
This property has partially reopened following significant damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. We will update our review as soon as we have more information. White Bay Beach Villas is the only hotel on Jost Van Dyke not attached to a bar. For this reason, it earns our marks for being the most family-friendly as well as the most romantic hotel on the island. This being said, don’t expect a full-fledged resort — the mid-range White Bay Beach Villas doesn’t have any communal amenities, like a pool, spa, fitness center, or restaurant. But for guests seeking apartment-style rentals on Jost Van Dyke, White Bay is a solid option. The 10 rooms are scattered across the hilly property, and have large front porches and full kitchens. The beach, Jost’s famed White Bay, is a real stunner, with sugar white sand and crystal clear waters. The only problem is that guests have to walk down a steep, hilly path in order to reach it. Travelers looking for beachfront accommodations should check out The Sandcastle Hotel, though it’s not family-friendly. Those who don’t have their heart set on visiting Jost might prefer Concordia Eco-Studios, a similar property with a lot more amenities, on nearby St. John.
A quiet property with beautiful views of White Bay
From its entrance, White Bay Beach Villas doesn’t look like much. A worn sign announces the hotel’s presence on the side of the road, and points in the direction of a makeshift lobby. Here guests go through an informal check-in process and receive the keys to their unit. Hotel staff members will likely drive guests to their units, as most are not within walking distance of the lobby.
The atmosphere at White Bay is quiet and relaxed. Since there aren’t any communal amenities, most people choose to spend their days off property, either exploring the island or lounging by the beach. Children are welcome at White Bay, but there’s not much for them (or anyone, really) to do here.
Perched on a cliff above White Bay, about a five-minute drive from the ferry terminal in Great Harbour
White Bay Beach Villas is located on Jost Van Dyke, the smallest of the four main islands that comprise the British Virgin Islands. With a population that wavers between 200 and 400, the island is a quiet oasis with nothing much to do. The hotel is about a five-minute cab ride from the ferry dock in Great Harbour, and taxis are always plentiful near the dock.
Travelers can reach Jost Van Dyke via ferry from either Tortola or St. Thomas. Jost is a popular day trip for many people visiting the Virgin Islands, but few visitors spend the night. Those traveling from St. Thomas, or any of the U.S. Virgin Islands, will need to clear customs upon arrival in Jost, so passports are a must.
White Bay Beach Villas is located above White Bay, one of Jost’s largest and most beautiful beaches. White Bay gets its name from its soft, sugar white sand, which is noticeably whiter and brighter than that on neighboring islands, and keeps the ocean water crystal clear.
While they’re not luxurious, rooms at White Bay Beach Villas are certainly the nicest on Jost. The hotel’s apartment-style accommodations are ideal for families, or groups of friends traveling together. They are equipped with full kitchens, separate living spaces, and multiple bedrooms. Decor throughout is dated, but can pass for homey and nostalgic. Something about the cushioned wicker furniture and patterned futons remind us summers spent at old family beach houses. Living rooms have a small bar with two stools, and a bookshelf with a small flat-screen TV and Bose speakers. Kitchens are small and equally dated, but fully equipped with everything one might need to prepare meals. For an extra fee, guests can request provisioning services so kitchens are stocked with food and drinks upon arrival.
Bedrooms have a queen-size bed, dressed in a simple floral quilt and a small mosquito net. There’s a small dresser and a closet, but not much else. Every unit has one bathroom per bedroom, but most do not have tubs. All units have large outdoor decks with hammocks and stunning views of White Bay.
Currently, there aren’t any communal amenities at White Bay Beach Villas, though the property’s managers have big plans to add a restaurant and a pool in the coming years. As its name suggests, White Bay Beach Villas does have access to White Bay beach — often considered Jost Van Dyke’s most beautiful. But since the property is located on top of a rocky cliff, it’s a long, steep walk from the villas to the beach. Once there, though, guests are rewarded with sugar white sand, crystal clear waters, and a quiet atmosphere. There are a few restaurants and bars on the beach that are within walking distance of the hotel, including Jost Van Dyke’s famed Soggy Dollar Bar. At the hotel’s beach entrance there is a small shed with lounge chairs and rafts, which are free for guests to use. White Bay Beach Villas has free Wi-Fi, but it can be spotty on different parts of the property.
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