More Flights to the Island Happening Soon!

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Well folks, we have great news for you! The Department of Tourism just announced that additional flights will soon fly to and from the Territory!

Delta plans to add a second daily flight out of Atlanta this summer, and will continue its daily service between New York (JFK) and St. Thomas through the end of August. In our pre-hurricane world, it was common for Delta to cut back the New York flights during September and October. I’m assuming they will resume this route on a daily basis sometime in November, but that is simply an assumption.

The Department of Tourism also stated that American Airlines is contemplating adding a third flight between Miami and St. Thomas, as well as a new Dallas flight. Hopefully this happens sooner than later. We will definitely keep you posted on this.

United Airlines is adding a flight between Houston and St. Thomas on Saturdays only beginning in May. This route will be offered daily between June 6th through August 19th. United will also offer daily nonstop flights between Washington DC and St. Thomas during a similar time period. There will also be intermittent flights between Newark and St. Thomas over the summer.

Progress, progress, progress! Such great news!


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Raffle Villa Spotlight: Great Expectations

Great Expectations from Air

Last week we launched our latest raffle, and it’s easily our best one yet! For just $25, you can enter to win a stay at one of eight properties here on island. And even better, by entering the raffle, you’re supporting eight fantastic St. John groups and organizations.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Great Expectations, a beautiful eight bedroom villa located in Chocolate Hole. The villa’s four buildings are set on top of a one-acre saddle of land on St. John’s south shore. The property overlooks Chocolate Hole to the west, and Hart and Rendezvous Bays to the east.

With eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms, this beautiful compound was built with vacationers in mind. It was designed to capture both sunrise and sunset views, as well as the area’s prevalent easterly breezes. It’s a great villa for multigenerational family vacations, wedding groups, island getaways, corporate retreats or more. Whether there are two people in your group or 16, Great Expectations can be all yours.

The home features three pools, two hot tubs and even a tennis court! Check out a few pics…

Chocolate Hole Bay and the Caribbean Sea can be seen to the west.

Chocolate Hole Bay and the Caribbean Sea can be seen to the west.

Hart and Rendezvous Bays can be see to the east.

Hart and Rendezvous Bays can be see to the east.

Great Expectations is one of only a handful of villas on island that has a tennis court.

Great Expectations is one of only a handful of villas on island that has a tennis court.

It has three pools. This one overlooks Chocolate Hole Bay.

Great Expectations has three pools. This one overlooks Chocolate Hole Bay.

Relax in a hammock while enjoying the breezes.

Relax in a hammock while enjoying the breezes.

Dining with a view

Dining with a view

One of the home's eight bedrooms

One of the home’s eight bedrooms

The great room

The great room

How amazing does this look??!! And how amazing would it be to stay here for just $25??!! Well you can!

Great Expectations is the second prize in our 2019 raffle. The winner will receive a seven night stay for up to four people. Pretty fantastic if you ask me!

If you’d like to purchase a ticket to enter our raffle, you can do so below. Click choose your number of tickets and click the Buy Now button. That will bring you to a secure PayPal checkout page. And if you’d like to see a full list of the prizes, organizations we’re supporting and the fine print, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/raffle

When you’re planning your next vacation, please keep Great Expectations in mind. For those of you who’d like more information, please check out its website at www.greatexpectationsusvi.com

Good luck!


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On the Market: Two Bedroom Home with Views

Coral Bay View

Looking to purchase a home on St. John that’s been recently renovated and has great views??!! Well then you’re going to love this!

This newly renovated, all masonry home has panoramic views of Coral Bay and beyond. It has two bedrooms and two baths for a total living space of just over 1,000 square feet. It has a bright living and kitchen area with an interior staircase that leads to the two bedrooms which are located on the lower level. There are large decks on both floors which will allow you to enjoy the great hillside breezes plus views of Coral Bay harbor below. The bedrooms share a common deck space.

The home has new PGT windows and doors, which were recently installed. There are also shutters in storage on the property. Check out a few pics…

Coral Bay House

Coral Bay House View

Coral Bay House Living Area

Coral Bay Bedroom

Coral Bay House Deck View

Interested? Want to learn more? This home is being offered for $695,000 by Jennifer Doran of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Jennifer at jdoran.340realestate@gmail.com

 

Elin Hilderbrand Holding Book Signings on Island

winter in paradise book jacketGood morning everyone and happy Monday! We have some pretty neat news to share with you all today! Elin Hilderbrand, a New York Times bestselling author, is holding a book signing today at Papaya Cafe at the Marketplace.

Elin’s most recent book, Winter in Paradise, is set in St. John and from what we hear, a good deal of the book was written while she was vacationing on the island. The book is a first in a series based on our little tropical paradise. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but I’ve been told that many of our favorite spots are mentioned in the book … very cool stuff! Here is the book’s description:

Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a plane crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John.

After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.

Rich with the lush beauty of the tropics and the drama, romance, and intrigue only Elin Hilderbrand can deliver, Winter in Paradise is a truly transporting novel, and the exciting start to a new series.

The book signing will take place today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Papaya Cafe& Bookstore which is on the first floor of the Marketplace right by the front entrance. Elin will sign copies of her book again next Monday, the 18th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ferry Service Resumes Between St. John & BVI

Ferry Feb 2019

Well folks, we have great news to share with you today … Ferry service is set to resume to the British Virgin Islands!

Inter Island Boat Service has announced that it will begin service between Cruz Bay and Jost Van Dyke next Friday, March 15th. The ferry will leave St. John near the bulkhead by the National Park Visitor Center at 8 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. It will leave Jost Van Dyke at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. This ferry will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only at this time.

The cost of the ferry os $100 roundtrip for adults and $75 roundtrip for children. One way tickets cost $80 for adults and $55 for children. The costs do not include the BVI Entry fee of $10 and BVI Departure tax of $20 per person. The price for children is for ages 2-11. Children under the age of two are $20 plus taxes.

Reservations are recommended. Please call (340) 776-6597 or (340) 201-6311 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions.

It’s so nice to end the week with such great news … progress happening every day here!



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Raffle Villa Spotlight: Ardisia

ardisia from water

Ardisia is located directly on the water in Great Cruz Bay.

Earlier this week we announced our 2019 raffle, and I believe it is our best one yet. For just $25, you can win a stay at one of eight great places here on St. John. Our grand prize is a five-night stay for up to six people at Ardisia, a luxury villa located directly on the water in Great Cruz Bay. That’s right, for just $25, you have the chance of staying at a luxury villa on St. John. Pretty exciting if you ask me!

The best part of the raffle – and yes, we understand that winning a free stay on St. John is pretty great – is that we plan to support several great organizations here on St. John. We chose to support the following because they are less funded than some of the other big name organizations here on island. We also chose to support them because we really believe in what they do. We plan to support the following: Island Health and Wellness, Love City Community Network. Julius E. Sprauve School, St. John Christian Academy, Carolina Corral, Love City Pan Dragons, St. John Historical Society and C.O.R.E.

But now let’s talk about Ardisia. I promise you’re going to love it!

Ardisia is a brand new, five bedroom, luxury waterfront villa in Great Cruz Bay. The villa is complete with whole house air-conditioning, dual-band WIFI coverage, top-of-the-line furnishings, an infinity-edge pool, spectacular views and a private beach. In some cases, pictures speak louder than words. That’s certainly the case here. Check out these images:

ardisia overview

ardisia pool

ardisia bay

ardisia living space

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ardisia dining

ardisia stairwells ardisia bedroom

ardisia sunset

Pretty amazing, right?

If this villa looks familiar to you, it’s because we also raffled it off last year. And that winner – Will Guza of Virginia – bought only two tickets, spending just $50. Pretty incredible! Oh and even more incredible is that we were bale to raise more than $100,000 last year! Not bad for a little blog in the Caribbean! 😉

Ardisia has five bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests. Rates start at $10,500 a week and vary depending on number of people and season. It’s a great space for large families or couples looking to vacation together.

In addition to its beautiful features and great waterfront location, Ardisia is one of the few villas on St. John where guests can take a boat trip right from the villa. You may have to wade in the water a bit, but it sure beats an early morning drive into town to catch the boat at the dock!

So when you’re planning your next vacation, please keep Ardisia in mind. For those of you who’d like more information, please check out Ardisia’s website at www.ardisiastjohn.com

And for those of you who’d like to purchase a ticket to enter our raffle and support the amazing organizations listed above, you can do so below. Click choose your number of tickets and click the Buy Now button. That will bring you to a secure PayPal checkout page. And if you’d like to see a full list of the prizes, organizations we’re support and the fine print, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/raffle

Good luck!


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