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La Papaya 06/09/2005
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent
La Papaya is a beautiful, 5-bdrm villa with a pool and hot tub on the mountainside overlooking Choc Hole with killer views. Itís close to town, easy to get to, and has panoramic views from STT to Ditliff Pt. Every night we couldnít believe our luck in getting a home with such wonderful views.

This is a 2-story fully air conditioned home. There are 2 King suites on the top level on either side of the living area. One is just outside the kitchen, but it worked for us b/c the early riser in our group had that room (canít speak for his wife, thou!). It has sliders to the upstairs deck and a large window overlooking the pool area below and STT further out. It has a nice size bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub shower and tiled sink area. The bdrm on the other side of the living area is larger & has 2 sliders to the upper deck. It has a central ac unit, unlike the other rooms in the house with room units. The large bathrm has a big walk-in tiled shower with a small glass window. It has a larger tiled sink area. Both these bdrms had cable TVís. The living area and kitchen were furnished nicely, and there was a large dining table on the deck under cover. The W/D are in the kitchen closet. Thereís a new stainless steel gas grill under an arbor and a fountain outside the front door.

There were no inside steps to the lower level. The lower levelís large King bdrm suite had sliders to the deck, a bathrm with a pedestal sink, and a large shower with a screened window across the top. With the pedestal sink there wasnít much room for putting your things, and the AC didnít cool the bathrm too well. Also on this lower level is another area accessed separately from the deck, with a kitchen and living area, another bathrm w/tub shower and 2 double bdrms. These bedrms were very small with a small window in each. This apt looked like it was a little dated, but it would be a great place for teenagers or a young couple. The extra refrig and bathrm came in handy. The King bdrm didnít have a TV, but there was one in the apt living area. There was a shaded deck along this level and the view wasnít as good as from upstairs, but the foliage was nice.

The infinity edge pool is off to one side of the house, and itís a large, tiled pool, not the drop in plastic ones at some villas. It has a hot tub at one end with a waterfall into the pool, if you choose. It makes a nice soothing sound and warms the pool a little (not that you need it). It doesnít have jets, or at least the way it was explained to us, they donít work. Thereís plenty of space around the pool area and they have lots of loungers, chairs and tables. This area gets sun until about 5pm when the sun starts to set over STT. The pool area was pretty private, I think there was one home that could maybe see some areas of the pool if they were on the corner of their deck, but Iím sure you could find space for nude sunbathing if you desire. I know we could hear each other. The landscaping was beautiful, too.

With the great views and pool, we had a hard time leaving La Papaya to go to the beach. We had 3 couples and I think we all felt our rooms were pretty equal. They were spread out enough to ensure privacy. I almost hate to post this review, b/c if we return in a few years we donít want it to be booked!

We rented this home from Destination St John and we had nothing but great service from them. When our flight was late getting into STT and we called them to let them know weíd be delayed, we asked if they could get us some wine & beer in the villa for our arrival, as the stores would be closed. Sure enough, it was there waiting for us (we needed to celebrate!). They also helped get us taxis since we couldnít get our rental cars either. When we had questions about the hot tub, and a problem with a shower, they promptly came out and assisted us. Even on departure day, a staff member offered to take group photos for us with about 5 of our cameras! I would definitely rent La Papaya or another villa from them again.

Lo in VA

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