Reviewers Rating: Excellent
My wife and I planned our first trip to St John with all intentions to kick back and enjoy the islands. We were immediately impressed with the online photos of south shore villa (www.stjohnrental.com) and reserved a one week stay there. We rented a four wheel drive and realized our kick back vacation had evolved into an adventure.
The hilly terrain to get to the villa was probably the most fun I've had driving since I first got my license many years ago...even a brief, rocky dirt road. I really didn't realize the photos online had to be coming from a trek up, up, and then up some more.
The experience of driving through the entrance into the parking spaces for the villa was breathtaking, but when we walked onto the porch area of the main house, my mouth dropped and I fell in love with St John. That first vision is an indescribeable view...270 degrees of serenity...and then we saw the villa.
The main house has a kitchen that my wife immediately wanted to duplicate in our own house, and an extremely comfortable great room with 2 sets of french doors that open to a huge covered porch ...did I mention the incredible views? Everything at the villa was designed to give guests the ultimate vacation experience...and it does.
When we opened the door to the master bedroom, which is separate from the main house,we first noticed the expansive wood ceiling with ceiling fan, tasteful furniture with island personality, and an outdoor shower to use at sunrise...let me tell you the sunrises here are worth watching every morning...I would awake every half hour starting at 5 am to make sure the event would not be missed.
I love my pool at home, but the infinity pool on this slope of land is so relaxing, and private. Nighttime swimming under the stars was the ultimate ending to busy days spent hiking and snorkeling, while also listening to the sounds of the wildlife after dark. With all the outdoor entertaining spaces and a total of four bedrooms with their own baths at this villa, we should have brought friends and family along to enjoy the villa with us, but we decided to treat it as our second honeymoon.
There might be other villas out there that are comparable, but this is the one we're returning to next year... for another perfect vacation.
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