Reviewers Rating: Excellent
For one who works with words for a living, even I find it difficult to come up with the right adjective to describe the view from One Particular Harbour.
The overlook of Coral Bay with Tortola and the other B.V.I.s on the not too distant horizon is simply awe-inspiring. It makes morning coffee on the uppermost deck, just outside the great/common room, less of a ritual and more of an event of nature.
This was a return trip for me to O.P.H. (late May into middle June) and I must say that it keeps getting better.
The house itself is perfectly appointed. It is spacious, comfortable and obviously well cared for. The kitchen is brilliantly equipped, with nothing left to chance. In fact, it puts my own kitchen at home to shame. It makes meals at the villa not only a treat, but also an absolute must.
All of the three bedrooms are bright, cozy and equipped with air conditioning (a huge plus for those of us from the North Country). Full baths off of each of the sleeping quarters are also great.
Outside there is deck space galore, with that heavenly view witnessed from all locations. Then there is the pool, ah the pool, there are days when one need travel no farther than the lower deck to be poolside, beverage of choice in hand.
And while weíre outside, it is important to talk about location, for it is the spot that lends so much to the property. The landscaping is not only beautiful to see, bougainvillea, palms and the like, but itís absolutely essential. The surroundings leave one in a state of blissful privacy with no intrusions from the outside world. In addition, being high up on the hill lends itself to a regular breeze that makes for a mosquito/bug-free experience.
There has been much made of the trip up Estate Carolina to O.P.H. I have read many an account of harrowing drives up a steep and rutted hill. As noted before, I am from the North Country and as such, driving conditions are almost never ideal and so Iíve never taken issue with the road. I am also aware, however, that there are those from more civilized parts of the world who might have found the drive a daunting task. For those I bring good news. On this most recent trip, we found the road to be completely paved. No more bouncing rides partway down, or up, the mountain. As such, four-wheel drive is no longer a must, although on St. John one would be wise to consider it and I still recommend it.
Overall, the home is beautifully decorated. The end result is an instant homey feeling the moment you cross the threshold. O.P.H. welcomes its visitors with open arms and immediately leaves one a bit more relaxed (It also leaves one with a true sadness upon departure day).
I was fortunate enough to find it on my initial trip to the best of the Virgin Islands and I have never found it wanting. Therefore, I have never needed to look any further. Of all the places that I have ever been, I truly envy the owners of O.P.H. This is as close to heaven on earth as one can get and I am grateful that they have been gracious enough to share it. While O.P.H. stands for One Particular Harbour, a well-known Jimmy Buffet song and a must play upon arrival as a sort of rite of passage, it could just as easily stand for Our Piece of Heaven. I will be back. The sooner, the better.
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