Villa Spotlight: Sunset Cruz

The View from Villa Sunset Cruz
The View from Villa Sunset Cruz

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I know it’s pretty chilly up there, which means your vacation browsing is likely in overdrive! Well today, we’d like to tell you about a great villa that’s available here on St. John. It’s newly renovated, has amazing views and it’s close to town but far enough to be nice and quiet. Intrigued? Want to know more? Then please read on…

Villa Sunset Cruz is located in the exclusive gated community of Virgin Grand Estates, an upscale neighborhood on St. John’s southwest shore. Sunset Cruz sits at an elevation of about 700 feet, so it has breathtaking views of Great Cruz Bay, the Caribbean Sea, St Thomas and the outlying cays off in the distance. Villa Sunset Cruz is the only home on its drive, so you will enjoy privacy and seclusion there. And even better, the west-facing views offer dazzling sunsets year round!

Villa Sunset Cruz Sunset 1

Villa Sunset Cruz Sunset 2

This three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home spans three levels and offers opportunities for outdoor living on each floor. On the first level you will find a poolside bar and tiled pool deck featuring a large saltwater pool, a 1/2 bath and an outdoor shower. On the second level, the large, air conditioned great room with adjacent 1/2 bath opens onto a spacious deck and is the perfect place to gather and entertain. The chef’s kitchen comes equipped with everything you will need to cook all your meals in style with natural stone countertops, custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The laundry room is conveniently located on the main level and all appliances in the villa are brand new. The third level features another bedroom with a private balcony overlooking Great Cruz Bay.

Sunset Cruz

Villa Sunset Cruz Great Room

Villa Sunset Cruz Kitchen

Villa Sunset Cruz Dining Area

All bedrooms have access to outdoor balconies with private sitting areas overlooking Great Cruz Bay and breathtaking sunsets. Two of the bedrooms are located on the second level with a third offered on the private third level.

Villa Sunset Cruz Bedroom 1

Villa Sunset Cruz Bedroom 2

When staying at Villa Sunset Cruz, you get to decide which level offers the best sunbathing, optimal viewing of the brilliant turquoise waters of the Caribbean by day and fiery sunsets by evening.

Villa Sunset Cruz Pool View

Villa Sunset Cruz Pool Bar

Villa Sunset Cruz is just a 10 minute drive from Cruz Bay where you can check out a plethora of shops and great restaurants. Prefer to stay in? Well then you can opt to grill out on the patio and relax in the reclining outdoor chairs.

Rates start at $460 per night and vary depending on season. But here’s the best part… Villa Sunset Cruz is offering a 10 percent discount on all stays in 2019. How amazing is that??!!

Want to know more? Ready to book that trip? Check out www.villasunsetcruz.com for more details.

Villa Spotlight: Eco Serendib Villa and Spa

eco serendib villa overview

Happy Sunday everyone! Today we’d like to introduce you to one of the most exclusive villas on St. John: Eco Serendib Villa and Spa. Not only does it set the standard for eco-luxury in the territory, but Eco Serendib also upholds a commitment to environmental causes in the USVI. More than $85,000 has been donated to the island community and a contribution is made every day the villa is rented. Intrigued? Want to know more? Well then please check out Eco Serendib…

Dramatically set atop Point Rendezvous with sweeping views from Fish Bay to Ram Head, Eco Serendib incorporates a variety of eco-friendly, energy-saving products and systems to lessen its carbon footprint without sacrificing the guest experience. These include Suniva solar panels; Sub-Zero/Wolf’s kitchen appliances that are made from as much as 75% recycled materials and use less energy than a 100-watt bulb; water-conservation products from Kohler; teak furniture from Gloster, produced using sustainable plantation management systems; saltwater pool; a grey water system for irrigation; multiple cisterns to collect rain water; an organic garden for seed-to-plate experiences and more.

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Eco Serendib’s conservation efforts extend beyond the borders of retreat as well.

The funds that has been contributed by owner Harith Wickrema have gone to Island Green Living Association, Friends of the National Park, Gifft Hill School and other green initiatives across the island. The latest project is Island Green’s new Sustainable Living Center, a groundbreaking facility unlike any other in the Caribbean where green innovation will be developed and shared with the community.

gardens eco serendib

Harith has also worked closely with the legislature on banning plastic bags and on efforts to eliminate single-use disposable plastics including straws, source separation and bottle deposit legislation and ban of sunscreen containing harmful oxybenzone throughout the Virgin Islands. Additionally, he was integrally involved in the ban on burning green and brown hurricane debris to ensure the health and well being of the islands and her residents.

Now let’s get back to the villa itself…

Eco Serendib Villa and Spa, which has earned Five Stars on HomeAway and TripAdvisor, offers eight individually designed guest suites that give the look and feel of a private estate. Guests delight in the villa’s finely appointed features including a full service spa and Life Fitness gym; Epicurean Theater kitchen with professional grade appliances (private chef service is available); elegant dining area overlooking Fish Bay; spacious pool terrace, hot tub and barbecue; serene Great Room with baby grand piano, life-size chess set, table tennis, as well as Zen and organic gardens. Guests can choose from among three tiers of service from complete privacy to signature butler service, and the villa accepts just one reservation at a time so guests have exclusive access whether booking one, two or all eight guest suites. The villa also boasts luxury offerings such as individualized turndown service, designer bath products, Frette robes, daily maid service, dedicated villa concierge and more.

eco serendib great room

eco serendib dining table

eco serendib suite

bathtub view eco serendib

Villa Spotlight: Eco Serendib Villa and Spa 1

eco serendib pool view

hammock eco serendib

Eco Serendib is popluar for family reunions, girls’ getaways, romantic escapes and more.  In addition to being a stellar vacation destination, Eco Serendib also offers an enchanting setting for incredible destination weddings. Ceremonies take place against the backdrop of breathtaking views from the villa’s expansive terrace and receptions can be hosted for up to 35 guests. Weddings are individually designed to ensure the wishes and vision of the bride and groom become reality. The villa can provide access to one of the top local wedding consultants or bring in the services of managing agent Harith Productions. A well-appointed bridal suite with a grand staircase and full length mirror is perfect for photography and getting ready. The spa features a full range of services including a sauna, steam room and soaking tub.

eco serendib wedding

spa eco serendib

Eco Serendib is also ideal for corporate retreats, team building, change management, leadership and executive coaching workshops. Drawing on the strength of Harith Productions, which offers 25 years of expertise in this arena, Eco Serendib Villa and Spa is a natural for professional events that allow attendees to bask in the beauty and inspiring spirit of the locale. A state-of-the-art “paperless” boardroom and business center ensure attendees can get down to business in a private, secure setting far from distractions.

meeting room eco serendib

I’m not sure about you, but this villa certainly checks all of the boxes for the perfect vacation rental in my book!

Interested? Want to learn more?

Eco Serendib is currently running a special rate of $17,500 a week for a full house booking on Service Tier 1. This rate is based on availability, and blackout dates may apply.

And for those of you looking to ring in the New Year in style, Eco Serendib is still available for the 2018/2019 holiday.

For more information on Eco Serendib, please visit its website at www.ecoserendib.com

eco serendib hot tub

Villa Spotlight: Ardisia

ardisia from water

We receive a lot of emails here at News of St. John asking us where guests should stay while visiting St. John. This is never a simple question to answer as there are so many variables that come into play. Which area of the island do you prefer? Near town or out in the country? Number of people? Budget? The list goes on and on.

Last fall, I was introduced to a villa that is truly spectacular. It is one of the most beautiful villas on the island, and today I’d like to introduce it to all of you.

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

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Pretty amazing, right?

So you may be wondering how I stumbled across this villa last fall. About a month or so after Hurricane Irma, I wrote a story about communications here on island and explained how we had limited cell service and internet. At that time. Garrick, the owner of Ardisia, reached out to me. I had never met Garrick, yet he offered me the use of this amazing villa. Ardisia has satellite internet, he told me, and wasn’t being rented at the time due to the storms. Garrick said I had an open invitation to stop by and use the internet, all so I could continue to get the “news” out to all of you. For that, I will be forever grateful.

Ardisia has five bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests. Rates start at $10,000 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. For example, three couples visiting next winter can pay just $3,000 per couple. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

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. And for those of you who’d like more information, please check out Ardisia’s website at www.ardisiastjohn.com