Reviewers Rating: Excellent
When you think of a vacation beach villa on an Island like St. John, you think of a basic house that has bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens and a bath every now and again. But when you look at Beach Garden Villa, the only word that comes to mind is…decadent. What a marvelous villa to spend a vacation in! The entire villa is air conditioned and feels marvelous in the hot summer months!
We were three couples in this large 4 bedroom 4 ˝ bath villa. We couldn’t have been more comfortable. And there was plenty of space for us all. There were times when we didn’t see the other couples for an hour or so. It is isolated enough so you don’t have any noise from neighboring villas, or the Pond Bay Condos that are being built on the North end of Chocolate Hole.
Each of the bedrooms are fairly equal in size and decor. There are two on the second floor and two on the first floor. The two facing East have an ocean (Chocolate Hole) view, and the two facing the other direction have a garden view. All four bedrooms are spacious and well appointed with attached bathrooms/ showers. The two upstairs bedrooms have outside showers. The one facing the water has a shutter enclosed outside shower, and the garden view bedroom has a real “outside” shower. It is literally outside the villa.
The kitchen is very well appointed, with a Viking Range with six burners. We created some spectacular meals on that stove. There is a large refrigerator, oven and microwave. The bar is very well stocked (be sure you do your part to keep it that way). The laundry room is behind the kitchen, well out of sight and in good working order.
Up on the second floor is the pool deck, covered gazebo with a couch and coffee table, and a trellis covered dining table. We spent a lot of time out there on that deck, in the pool, and lounging on the couch in the gazebo. At the end of the deck is stairs that lead down to the first floor and a path that leads to the small man made sandy beach with easy entry into the water for snorkeling. In the hallway that openes to the deck is a wet bar and fridge for keeping ice and beer (or wine) cold.
Lisa and Vacation Vistas are wonderful to work with. There was never an issue or concern that wasn’t immediately addressed by her or Steve. A great big shout out to both of these folks! I could go on for another two or three pages, but this is a villa that has to be experienced to be appreciated fully. It is a value well worth the money to rent. We would rent it again in a heart beat.
If there was anything I’d like to change, it would be just a couple of things. The windows are bare, and I would like to see some sheers or mini blinds on them. I would also think that a hot water booster would be nice to help with the upstairs showers and sinks. Other than that, this is a perfect vacation villa on St. John. So much so, that we had trouble sometimes leaving to visit the great beaches of the island!
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