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Sago Palms 08/29/2005
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent
Stayed at the villa for 3 weeks, July 20th – August 9th. We’d have to say that the two best features of this villa are the view and the pool, and the fact that you can enjoy both at the same time. We spent many hours just hanging on the side of the pool admiring the views of Jost Van Dyke during the day and the night.

The road to the villa is a combination of paved and unpaved. It’s concrete up and down the steeper portion of the road, which we gave thanks for on the days/nights that it rained on our way from or to the villa. The rest of it is either dirt or rock. Some parts can get quite bumpy and will slow you down a few time. Had we not been staying here for 3 weeks and had to drive it every day, it wouldn’t have been an issue for us at all, but it did get old after a while.

The main house is wide open and spacious, looks just like it does on the web site. 5 big patio doors make sure that you won’t miss most of the view while inside, and assures a breeze through to keep things cooler. Granite counter tops in the kitchen and more than enough cookware to make anything you’d want. It has a large dining table with chairs for 8 and a kitchen bar with stools for 4. We didn’t spend much time eating inside as the views were to good to miss. A stereo with remote is in the cabinets that we could never get to recognize our CD’s. The heads on the tape decks are corroded, so we settled for the radio. The TV works great and helped us get our fix of the weather channel. A half bath rounds out the main house.

Outside is a patio table with an umbrella to put up to enjoy being outdoors without the sun beating down on you constantly. There’s more than enough patio furniture spread out on all the decks, so you’ll never have a shortage of places to sit. It’s nice heavy furniture that won’t blow around during some of the stronger wind gusts that the island can get.

There’s a large hot tub that we used one night, but opted for the pool after that. The pool gets nice and warm with all the all day sun exposure, so who needs a hot tub? 

Downstairs from the main house is a master bedroom with a queen size bed and a private sitting room with a TV. It also has it’s own private deck that’s nice for sitting on when it rains as the deck above provides cover.

The other building to this villa contains 2 more bedrooms. One upstairs with a king size 4 post bed, double vanity sink in the bathroom, and a huge garden style shower with it’s own door to an outside patio.

The downstairs has 2 full size beds, double vanity sink and a large garden style shower with a glass block wall looking out into the pool area.

There was construction going on next door the entire time that we were there. Every day at 8:00 AM it would start up, and end at 5:00 PM. They were putting up forms for the big concrete pours that they were getting ready for so there was quite a bit of pounding and sawing going on every day. One day they came down and asked us to move our vehicle up the road beyond the villas because they were going to be pouring all day. If we wanted to get out, we had to have the car further back up the road because there would be no getting past the mixer and the pump trucks. They pumped all day, but we hung out by the pool.

The only other drawback that we would even loosely label as a drawback was the absence of air conditioning in the bedrooms. While not vital, it definitely would have put this villa completely over the top as far as villa’s go. We stayed in the upstairs bedroom and there are slat windows on both sides of the bed. When you’re used to sleeping in absolute silence, the tree frogs are very loud. It took us about 2 ˝ weeks to get used to the sounds enough to sleep most of the night through.

We did encounter some minor wildlife in the villa. A spare gecko here and there, sometimes hiding in the bed sheets, and about 3 spiders over the extent of our stay. The largest spider was tarantula sized, and looked a lot like one. He was definitely more scared of me. Nothing of great concern though. We encountered him early in the visit, so he probably got in with the previous guests. Keep the screen doors shut and their shouldn’t be a problem.

Other than that, the view. Like I’ve said before, the view was absolutely amazing. We never tired of looking out over the water and watching the clouds, the boats, and the amazing sunsets.

Were there not so many beautiful villas to choose from, we’d be going back to Sago Palms in a heartbeat next year. It’s easily the best villa that we’ve stayed at so far on St John.

We'd be happy to answer any questions about this wonderful villa.


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