February 2014 – Casa de Sonadores
Who needs a little villa eye candy today? Warm yourself up with this quick video from our friends over at Villa Vacations. The villa’s called Casa de Sonadores and it’s located over in Virgin Grand Estates. Check it out:
January 2014 – Beach Walk
We’re taking a bit of a break from the news today. Instead let’s spend a few moments together and visit one of St. John’s only beachfront villas.
Beach Walk is a two bedroom home with a loft located directly on the water in Chocolate Hole. Our friends at Villa Vacations put together a little video for us, which we posted below. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery and sounds of the waves crashing against the rocky shore.
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December 2013 – Amorosa
Today’s Sights and Sounds video brings us to the posh Upper Peter Bay section of the island known for its famed North Shore views. See for yourself. Here is Amorosa:
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November 2013 – Islands Stones
This week’s Sights and Sounds brings us over to a spectacular villa in Catherineberg. Island Stones is a 6,000 square-foot villa with six-bedrooms and eight baths. It’s a great home for large families or small groups. The best part, however, is its beautifully-designed outdoor spaces and stunning North Shore views. See for yourself:
October 2013 - Case de Sonadores: House of Dreamers
Dubbed the House of Dreamers, Casa de Sonadores is one of the finest and most luxurious rentals on St. John. Its location in Virgin Grand Estates affords it spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea with an incredible nightly sky show. Watch the lights of St. Thomas twinkle as the sun dips below the horizon – That’s when the colors really start to pop.
Casa de Sonadores was built by the developer who created Virgin Grand Estates so it naturally has the best location in the area. It was built to make use of its panoramic views which can be seen from nearly every room in the home.
Casa de Sonadores has 4.5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, which are located in multiple buildings to ensure guests’ utmost privacy. Each bedroom also has its own private deck. These decks cannot be seen from any other room in the villa, offering guests a spacious and private space to relax, read or nap.
It has a beautiful gourmet kitchen for those of you would enjoy preparing delicious meals while on holiday, as well as a comfortable living room which can serve as a gathering spot.
There is plenty to do at Casa de Sonadores, which has a pool, hot tub and game room. The game room features a pool table, air hockey table and an arcade game in addition to a theater.
Need to stay connected? The villa has wifi throughout. It is also fully air conditioned.
Off season rates start at $4,900. If you would like to learn more about Casa de Sonadores, please click here to visit its website.
September 2013 - Affordability in Chocolate Hole: Beach Walk and Aussie Suite
Looking for a villa where the sounds of slowly lapping waves lull you to sleep at night? Want understated luxury without paying astronomical prices? If these are two must haves on your villa wish list, look no further than Beach Walk and Aussie Suite.
Beach Walk is a a private home located minutes away from Cruz Bay in the sought-after Chocolate Hole neighborhood. It is one of the island’s most affordable, relaxing and fun properties. It is also one of the few that is perfectly situated on the edge of the crystal clear waters of the South Shore.
Beach Walk’s main house consists of two bedrooms and two baths. The Aussie Suite is a private, lower level suite that can be rented along with the main house of by itself. One of the best features of this property is definitely its proximity to the ocean. The home is a mere 20 feet away from the beautiful waters of Chocolate Hole. We welcome all guests to explore these waters by providing complimentary snorkel gear and kayaks.
Not looking to drive into town? The Westin Resort is a short drive away and boasts delicious restaurants in addition to opportunities to scuba, sail and more.
As we mentioned, Beach Walk and the Aussie Suite are two of the most affordable beachfront properties on the island. Prices range depending on season. Please check out our website at www.villavacations.net to learn more.
August 2013 - Island Stones is an Island Gem
Island Stones proudly boasts some of the best views on St. John. Situated in Catherineberg – considered by many to be the best residential location on St. John – Island Stones is one of few homes located within the VI National Park and within minutes of the island’s famed North Shore beaches.
This 6,000 square foot villa has six king-sized bedrooms, eight bathrooms and central air throughout. It’s infinity edge pool provides stunning views of the neighboring islands, as well as a six-inch deep sunbathing platform.
It’s the perfect house for a group as entertaining will never be a problem. Its game room features a pool table, video game systems, foosball, darts, television and bar. It even has an exercise room that features a multi-gym, treadmill, elliptical and dumbbells.
There’s no need to worry about scurrying inside if it starts to sprinkle, as there is a large covered bar on one of the pool decks. Speaking of decks, each of the six bedrooms has its own private one. With so many interesting indoor and outdoor spaces to congregate, groups of two up to twelve will never feel cramped or even bored.
Island Stones is located just 10 minutes from Cruz Bay. The closest beach is Cinnamon Bay.
For more information on Island Stones, please visit its website.
July 2013 - Amorosa: Luxury Villa Located in the Heart of the National Park
There are few very properties in St. John that allow you to stay within the National Park. Amorosa happens to be one of them and is by far one of the most luxurious.
Styled after Italian Mediterranean villas, Amorosa has a classic, old world feel yet includes all of the modern amenities one would need for the perfect Virgin Islands vacation. It has four king-sized bedrooms, five baths and is fully air conditioned. Its location on the North Shore in Peter Bay puts it less than a half mile away from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches – Trunk Bay.
Another stunning beach close by is Peter Bay. This beach is within walking distance, although the hike back can be a bit steep. Hawksnest, Cinnamon and Francis beaches are all close by as well.
Not only does Amorosa offer stunning views of the North Shore, but it is also conveniently located near Cruz Bay. The island’s main town is only 10 minutes away, although you may never want to leave Amorosa due to its incredible views, outdoor bar, spectacular pool and relaxing hammock that overlooks the famed North Shore.
If you would like to learn more about Amorosa or Villa Vacation‘s other amazing properties, please click here.
Jan. 15, 2013 — Choosing a villa for a group of 12 is more than just finding 6 bedrooms. You will want to make certain there are plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy.
One such villa on St John’s north shore in beautiful uncrowded Catherineberg is Island Stones. It has a large infinity pool with in water seating and sun shelf, indoor and outdoor bars, a large game room, exercise room, and lots of outdoor spaces to explore and enjoy. Here is the latest review by guests currently staying at Island Stones put up on the homeaway.com web site:
Review #5798344 “Island Stones is the best.”
We have stayed at 4 large villas on St John and Island Stones is the best. It accommodates 13 of us with ease, The decor and furnishings are excellent. The view of the BVIs to the north is spectacular. The infinity pool is beautiful and the spacious deck provides a wonderful vista overlooking the bays and islands. We would recommend it without hesitation.
For more details on Island Stones such as floor plan, rates, availability, and photos go to http://www.stjohnvillavacations.com/island-stones/
Father Knew Best
I recently arrived at my family’s rental villa, Island Stones (www.villavacations.net), after being off island for about six months. I was astonished at the amount of new tropical growth since I was last here.
I traveled from my home in Virginia to run a routine maintenance crew, get a little direct face time with the properties and make sure everything is in the best shape for our guests, but I can’t help enjoying Island Stones at the same time.
There are countless varieties of tropical vegetation thriving at our villa and nearly taking the place over, if it wasn’t for our excellent grounds crew. That’s the beauty of the north shore and especially our location in Catherineberg.
After the pleasant surprise from the beautiful new growth, some of which can be seen on our website www.villavacations.net, I walked up to the pool terrace and for the thousandth time was blown away by the view.
My father bought the property for the view and extensively renovated the house with new bedrooms, a game room, an exercise room, and above all else a gorgeous sun terrace with an infinity edge pool that seems to bring the distant ocean right to your fingertips.
For me, the down island view from this house is the best in the world, and it always excites our guests. The photos on our website are spectacular but you truly have to be here to experience the magic.
Nov. 26, 2012 — Among the many factors helping to determine which villa to rent is how far are those great St John beaches.
Many vacationers jump into their Jeep and take a ride to a National Park beach. But what if you want to walk to the beach whether for the exercise or just to avoid the drive. St John is a small island but with curvy roads and steep hills, what seems like a short distance can be quite a hike. Here is a sampling of villas that are in close enough proximity to beaches to walk but all have some degree of hiking.
Amorosa Peter Bay This villa is in the National Park and the closest beaches are Peter Bay Beach, Cinnamon Bay Beach, and Trunk Bay Beach. There is a ten minute stroll down the driveway, across north shore road, and onward to the beach path. The walk back home is more difficult due to climbing uphill. You can also walk to Cinnamon from Amorosa in about 15 minutes. Be careful of traffic along north shore road.
Island Stones Catherineberg My wife and daughter tell me they walked to Cinnamon in about 20 minutes. The downhill was the easy part but there are 7 switchbacks going back up John’s Head Rd so be ready for a real workout if you decide to walk to Cinnamon Bay from Island Stones.
Beach Walk & Aussie Suite waterfront Chocolate Hole This is the easy one because you can walk along the rocky shoreline of Chocolate Hole Bay to the beach. This takes about 5-10 minutes or you can just jump in the water right at the villa and swim, snorkel, or kayak to the beach using our free snorkel gear for guests. Jump in because the water is crystal clear and the reef is beautiful! You can also walk to the Westin beach in about 20 minutes.
Casa De Sonadores Virgin Grand Estates This is a pleasant walk through beautiful Virgin Grand Estates passing along landscaped roads and beautiful villas to the Westin resort. Perhaps after a nice lunch or cocktail you would enjoy Great Cruz Bay beach. The walk back is uphill but the roads are a fairly easy hike. This would be about a 20 minute walk.
Whether you drive or decide to take a short hike or a tough hike, there is always a nearby beach to enjoy. Check out our villas and St John webcams at www.stjohnvillavacations.com.
Oct. 26, 2012 — Occasionally I travel to St John to help with a few family properties which are available on www.villavacations.net.
The islands never fail for stories back home and anyone you meet down there could talk for hours about the life.
I was on island for a few days recently to make sure a re-roofing of Beach Walk villa went as planned, in addition to inspecting the other villas, and I attempted to hand feed a group of iguanas that roam around the house. Don’t try this by the way!
Beach Walk is my favorite house for simple relaxation because I can hear the ocean literally 20 feet away and jump into one of the kayaks or go snorkeling any time I want.
Anyhow this made it all the more interesting when a friend of mine wanted to stop by an artist’s house that night to pick up a signed print. Much to my surprise the artist’s father was a famous east coast protégé and a blast to say the least! It reminded me of a time I was at the old Stone Terrace restaurant downtown, with less than a dozen people there, and unexpectedly met Cassius Clay doing magic tricks. The guy was still cocky as ever!
I could go on about the interesting people who frequent St. John but the point is you just never know what will happen or who you’ll run into on such a small paradise, so I hope anyone planning a trip gets out there and has some fun! And check out our houses with live web cam views at www.villavacations.net.
Oct. 3, 2012 — One of my favorite things to do as soon as I park at my desktop every day is to look at the weather on St John. No, I don’t go to a weather page.
My homepage has Webcams showing those fabulous St John views we all love so much.
Clicking on the first, It look out to Cinnamon Bay from high above in Catherineberg http://villavacations.net/index_iscam.html. This camera is located at ourIsland Stones villa and the view is always wonderful. I love watching the clouds roll in and the ever changing sky over Cinnamon out to Jost Van Dyke.
Then I click on http://villavacations.net/index_cam2.html, looking from the beautiful Amorosa villa in Upper Peter Bay. It also looks out over Cinnamon past Mary Point and to Jost Van Dyke but has a much closer view of the water. Often I see a sail boat go by the Tortola ferry. Watching that camera at home, I can easily ‘hear’ the sounds of the surf just like I hear while staying at Amorosa villa.
- More info at www.stjohnvillavacations.com
Sept. 3, 2012 — Beach Walk Villa and Aussie Suite announce new kayaks and snorkel gear.
Literally six steps from the warm clear water’s edge of beautiful Chocolate Hole, you can now step over about three or four rocks (to avoid those pesky sea urchins near shore) and launch those kayaks or go snorkeling.
Sometimes you just don’t want to get into that rental car and drive to the beaches or favorite snorkel spot. Discover the underwater beauty right at your villa. Kayak all around Chocolate Hole or paddle to the beach for some sunbathing. Back atBeach Walk and Aussie, lunch and cocktails and a nap in the hammocks will really do the trick for some memorable care free days of relaxation.
No need for that long list of what to bring when you go on your St John snorkel and kayak adventure. You have it all right at the villa.
Spend more time on the water and less time learning to drive on the left when you come to Beach Walk and/or Aussie Suite.
Rented together or separate, this economical property is a very private waterfront acre in which the main upper villa, Beach Walk, has a private entrance and apart from Aussie except for a common parking area.
The lower level suite with private entrance is great for couples that do not need a lot of room but want simple comfort, a/c, kitchenette, 2 bedrooms with 2 full baths, and lots of waterfront fun.
- More info at www.stjohnvillavacations.com