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Amoroasa 07/30/2008
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
Amorosa - Upper Peter Bay

Amorosa is located in Upper Peter Bay. It is accessed directly from the North Shore Road. It's steep gated entry ensures privacy. There is ample room for parking two cars with easy turnaround, something that is important to us since we usually have a good sized crew. The house has a beautiful view of Peter Bay with Jost van Dyke across the channel.

The villa is made up of two buildings. The main building has the kitchen, great room, full bath with outdoor shower on the main floor. The kitchen is top notch. Spacious with all the amenities of a luxo villa...professional fridge, 6 burner stove and plenty of granite counter space. All small appliances and utensils were present and in great shape, even the knives were sharp. Don't know how long that will last! Fridge was bare and spices were non-existent. We had a gathering there and had all ten folks hanging out in the kitchen, it's that big!

The Great Room has an incredible view of the ocean with very comfortable extra wide leather couches, satellite TV with surround sound and iPod dock and a dining area with large table and a wet bar.

The master bedroom upstairs is large with a great view and its own deck with seating. As in all the bedrooms, the mattresses and bedding ranked with the Heavenly Beds of the Westin chain. Master bath is huge with indoor and outdoor shower. The guest bedroom upstairs is slightly smaller, has its own porch with seating and has full bath with indoor and outdoor shower.

There is, what the owner calls, a wine tasting room off the kitchen that is dominated by a large round table that essentially fills the room. I think a smaller table would make this space useful, but we never really used it. Maybe we are not wine drinkers.

The building opposite the pool contains the two other guest bedrooms, identical in size and amenities. Full baths with indoor and outdoor showers, porches overlooking Peter Bay below, and a small fridge for beverages. Great bedroom suites that our guests enjoyed. Said they felt like they had their own hotel rooms with privacy away from the group.

The outdoor areas are where this place really stands out. A good sized pool overlooking Peter Bay with large walk-in stairs was where the boys were usually found. The pool deck is huge with lots of teak furniture. You have the choice of sitting under the ceiling fans in the shade or out on the sundeck. A mosquito magnet, off to the side of the deck, seemed like it helped with the pesky critters as well. A little cabana complete with barstools, sink, fridge, blender and a flat screen tv is by the pool, just underneath a waterfall. Very cool spot. So if the guys weren't in the pool, they were at the bar. Up the stairs by the waterfall takes you to the hot tub which is huge and powerful. Being huge, the cover is quite a bear to take off and put back on.

Summation:
Highest quality home with spectacular North Shore location within minutes of the famous beaches. Top notch build quality. Whole house A/C was appreciated by us in July weather. There is a good video of the villa on the owner' site.

Pros:
"Wow factor" that is hard to put in words
Whole house zoned air conditioning
Luxuriant Bathrooms
North Shore Location
Outdoor areas (Pool, Hot Tub, Decks, Porches, TV Bar)

Cons
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_amorosa.html

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

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

Ben and Lynn Chill





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