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Villa Belvedere 02/04/2009
Reviewers Rating: Great
Villa Belevedere was our second experience renting a villa on St. John, and it was fantastic. First of all, the view is unbeatable. This villa is surrounded by many other more expensive villas, and I can't imagine that any have a more beautiful view of the sunset or St. Thomas twinkling at night.

We spent every evening by the pool, looking over the edge of the bluff to Pillsbury Sound, St. Thomas and the sunset beyond. One evening we even looked down to see dolphins playing in the water below.

Note: there are a couple territorial iguanas that hang at the pool area, but after a couple days, they didn't show up any more.

There are two buildings that make up the villa, connected by a covered walkway with the stairs to the pool area in the center. While there are three bedrooms, it was just my husband and me, so we opted for the king bedroom attached to the main building. No view, but much more convenient for us. The only negative to this villa (and it's not a deal breaker at all) was the shower access. The shower in the upstairs bedroom had windows that faced the roadway. While one panel was frosted, the upper panel, was not, and ladies would want to shower in one of the other bedroom showers (as I did). Both of the others were outdoor showers, which were fine, but could have used some updating. Again, not a big deal.

The furnishings at the villa had been upgraded from the online photos that I saw, which was a nice plus. The kitchen isn't extremely well stocked with cookware (not a large selection of pots and pans), but we only cooked breakfast, so we had more than enough to work with.

Destination St. John has new photos that show the new furnishings. There are nice new flat screen TVs in the living area and the attached bedroom, but we didn't watch them much. Again, the view will captivate you, and the veranda has comfy rockers for star gazing and reading. There is even an iPod dock with nice speakers in the main part of the house.

We really loved this villa. It's a little older, but there have been updates, and it's well kept and clean. Another bonus, I didn't see any of the critters (including scorpions) that I saw at the other villa we rented.

We'll definitely be back to Villa Belvedere!

Shandra





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