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Casa de Sonadores 07/25/2008
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
Casa de Sonadores - House of Dreamers

Sonadores is located just inside the Virgin Grand Estates. It's gated entry and surrounding wall is the first house you encounter on the left. The house faces Great Cruz Bay overlooking the Westin far below. The house is situated to give you a perfect sunset view of St. Thomas in the evenings.

You enter the villa compound through a massive wooden gate and have plenty of parking and turnaround space. The owner keeps a car at the bottom of the driveway under a car port and you never know it's there. Plenty of extra space. Was worried about privacy from knowing location and seeing pictures, but the wall around the house and the gate give you a feeling of being away from it all. There are no other houses near it or under construction as of July '08.

The house is built in the more traditional mainland style with all bedrooms inside one building. This was great as we had teenagers and family with us and weren't worried about them being in an out-building pod that you often see in island villas.

The main level has a really sharp kitchen with professional grade appliances (Viking) and granite counters. Kitchen was very spacious with a granite island. Anything you would need as far as small appliances are accounted for as well. Refrigerator was left bare, spices in short supply as well.

Great room opens to deck where pool and bar are located. Bar outside is not a wet bar though. Plenty of quality deck furniture on hand.

Master bedroom (if you can call it that...all bedrooms are very equal) is downstairs with large bathroom and separate outdoor shower.

Up a beautiful wood staircase, finds the three other bedrooms which were all equal and wonderful. All have full bath and outdoor showers, as well as a porch with chairs and tables.
Another door upstairs leads to a private deck with a large hot tub with some pretty potent jets! Chemicals used in the tub are a bit harsh on the nose though. Great place to watch the stars!
A really neat area of the house is the basement level. It's a teenagers dream. In there, is a full home theater setup with three rows of leather theater chairs..the big leather ones that semi recline. A high quality projector provides video from the dvd player (no cable or satellite in theatre).

On the other side of the room is the billiards table, commercial grade air hockey and an arcade video game that has over a hundred popular games loaded. No matter how much noise the kids made or how loud they played music or video, we could not hear a peep of it! The room is solid concrete! There is also a very small bedroom down there that could be used in a pinch...remember, the basement is de-humidified but not air conditioned.

To sum up, I would say the build quality of this house...doors...windows...flooring...counters etc rival or beat any house I have stayed in before. The whole house A/C easily kept up with the West facing view. The pictures on the websites are a good representation of the villa but don't give you the feel of the quality. A top notch villa when compared to any!

Two thumbs up!

Pros:
Awesome zoned air conditioning
Four equal bedroom suites
Build quality
Sunset View
Beds and Bedding were top notch

Cons (Being picky here)
Curtains or blinds in bedrooms unless you like getting up early
Fridge is barren upon arrival (Have to buy ketchup, mustard, etc)

Owner's Site:
http://villavacations.net/detail_sonodores.html

Caribbean Villa Site:
http://www.caribbeanvilla.com/casa_de_sonadores/index.html

St. John Ultimate Villa Site :
http://www.stjohnultimatevillas.com/casa_de_sonadores.html

Ben and Lynn Chill





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