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Eaglesnest 11/13/2007
Reviewers Rating: Great
Eaglesnest Villa October 27 – November 3, 2007

We are just back from a week at Eaglesnest through Viva! Villas. This was our thirteenth stay on the island and the third time we rented through Viva. We were again happy with Viva and Eaglesnest worked out nicely for us, with a great location and views. We selected Eaglesnest because we had met the very nice owners on the ferry in 2004 and our group size finally fit. We would stay there again.

Eaglesnest is a three bedroom/three bath villa on Contant Point overlooking Great Cruz Bay. It has a southern exposure and sees both sunrises over Ditleff Point and sunsets over St. Thomas (big plus). The morning light hits the pool by 7AM and stays partially on the pool deck until sunset. The pool is a nice medium size with a non-slip surface. There are convenient steps and multiple seating ledges in the pool. Due to the rain the previous week, the pool was chilly at the beginning of the week, but warmed up nicely by week’s end. As nice as the pool was, it was on the lower level away from the main living area. In order to access the pool, and the lower bedroom, you had to exit the front door and walk through the car port to outside stairs. This led to us using the pool less than we normally would. Except for this walk, the house was very private.

The layout of the building was a bit different for us. There was a drive-through driveway off of Contant Point Road. This worked well as long as we remembered to park both vehicles facing the same direction. The upstairs area has two private very nice master bedrooms on the east and west ends of the house. The east bedroom gets sun very early. The great room is quite large and the kitchen worked well for us. We spent a lot of time on the deck on this level. The upper level of the house was very nice and comfortable.

The lower bedroom on the east side adjacent to the pool (my room) got that first crack of sun in the morning, like a laser beam. The room was a bit musty, but aired out reasonably well with the a/c on (which I would rather not run). The bathroom was cramped, but acceptable. If you are looking for a villa with three equal bedrooms, this room breaks that goal. But, as a bedroom in a reasonably priced villa, it is fine.

The landscaping at this villa is excellent. There is a great variety of flowers, shrubbery and cactus. The hill below the house is cover in very green, very prickly acacia. I especially liked the pink and ivory Ixora near the pool deck.

The kitchen was functional and reasonably well equipped. One of my pet peeves, decent knives, was avoided by having a relatively new knife block of serrated knives. These were good enough to cut a lime and better than average. But I could not sharpen them with the stone I always bring. The counter top appliances all worked well and the cooking gear was fine. The refrigerator was small and did not hold temperature well (typical). The freezer was smaller than we needed. But, all was functional and up to par for a mid-range rental villa. If I lived here the only thing in the kitchen I would change would be the knives.

Eaglesnest is a three bedroom villa firmly in the mid-range of cost. It delivers as promised, without the frills that add a thousand dollars a week. Their were a few nits, but the best parts about the house were: location, views, landscaping and a relaxing ambiance. We would stay there again.

A photo album with some villa pictures is at
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/561206659GYeECk?vhost=good-times

Cheers, RickG

RickG





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