Great Expectations Villa

This villa is fun for families, friends vacationing together
& the perfect getaway for couples

While there are numerous St John villas, only Great Expectations has 8 spacious air conditioned bedrooms,
8-1/2 private bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, 3 wading and swimming pools,
2 hot tubs, and 1 private basketball and tennis court plus free WiFi,
dual sunrise & sunset views and all the amenities of a first-class villa.
Sleeps 2 to 16



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The best villa with the best value!

Great Expectations is one of the most popular vacation rental homes on St John for friends and families
as attested to by the comments from our previous guests including one of our favorite Guest Book entries "...the best damn villa on St. John!" 

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2017
WINTER SEASON RATES
January 7, 2017 - April 22, 2017

1-2 persons....$7,500 per week

3-4 persons....$8,500 per week

5-6 persons....$9,500 per week

7-8 persons....$10,500 per week

 9-10 persons....$11,500 per week

11-12 persons...$12,500 per week

13-14 persons....$13,500 per week

15 - 16 persons....$14,500 per week



2017 
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL  RATES
April 22, 2017 - December 16, 2017

check out our specials and discounts

1- 2 persons....$4,250per week

3 - 4 persons.....$5,250 per week

5 - 6 persons.....$6,250 per week

7 - 8 persons.....$7,250 per week

9 - 10 persons....$8,250 per week

11 - 12 persons...$9,250 per week

13 - 14 persons...$10,250 per week

15 - 16 persons..$11,250 per week

 

Christmas and New Years weeks are a flat rate for up to 16 people; contact us for pricing and details.
The 8 bedrooms available are: 4 Master bedrooms in the Main Villa, 2 bedroom Suites in the Guest House, The Sun Room and the Club Room.

2016/2017: Christmas week is from Friday, December 23 - Friday, December 30 and New Year's week is from Friday, December 30 - Friday, January 6 or Saturday, January 7.

Prices are based on the number of bedrooms used assuming double occupancy. There are a total of 8 bedrooms available: 4 Master bedrooms in the Main Villa, 2 bedroom Suites in the Guest House. The Sun Room and the Club Room (see 'Villa Floor Plans' page for full descriptions). More than 16 people may be accommodated for $500 per person per week. No charge for children age 2 or younger who are staying in the same room as their parent.

Rates do not include 12.5% Government Tax on the Room Rent and $500 Refundable Security Deposit.Rates include Room Rent and the following travel services: meet and greet upon arrival, concierge services, 24 hour emergency property management, cleaning prior to arrival and upon departure, and pre-trip planning for airport transfers, vehicle rental, boat trips, taxi tours, chef, catering and provisioning (groceries and beverages), baby equipment rental, additional maid service, photographers, massages, and anything else (within reason) to help our guests have a wonderful vacation.

Guest House: For smaller groups, just the Guest House which can sleep 1 to 6 people may be available for rent at 50% of the above rates
if the guests who have rented the Villa are not using the 2 bedrooms in the Guest House. Please inquire.

Reservations and Payment

Deposit of 50% of the room Weekly Rate required to guarantee reservation,
full payment including government tax and refundable security deposit due 1 month prior to arrival

form of payment: personal or bank checks gladly accepted, credit card payment available through Paypal for non-discounted rates

Cancellation and Refund Policy

all payments are FULLY refundable upon re-renting at ANY time and for ANY reason without penalty or fee

Taxes and Fees

12.5% Government Tax assessed on Room Rent
$500 refundable security deposit

Minimum Stay

one week (7 nights)
additional nights are calculated at pro-rated weekly rate
(divide by 7 and multiply by the number of nights)

Maximum Occupancy

no more than 16 people may occupy the Villa without the express consent of the owners
(we will be glad to recommend nearby villas to rent if you need more bedrooms
for more people than we can accommodate comfortably). 

the Villa facilities are for the exclusive use of only guests residing at the Villa
without the express permission of the owners.  

the Villa is rented to only one group (we do not rent the unoccupied rooms in the Villa;
you will be the only guests no matter the size of your party)!

Check-in/out Times

arrival: not before 3:00 PM, please to give our cleaning staff time to do their job well for you
departure: by 10:00 AM, please

Maid Service

the Villa is professionally cleaned weekly
additional cleaning service available during your stay for $35 per hour per maid

Child Safety

Main Villa wading and swimming pools are not fenced-in (adult supervision mandatory)
fully enclosed basketball/tennis court play area (adults can play there too)

Smoke Free: 

Smoking is not permitted inside any of the rooms, however it is allowed (if one must) on the outside deck areas.
Since we are a smoke free villa we do not supply ashtrays.
If you must smoke, please use an appropriate 'ashtray' (e.g. bottle or can) and dispose of your ashes and cigarette/cigar in a responsible way.
DO NOT USE Villa items (e.g. candle holders, dishware) as your ashtray!
If we find that someone has been smoking inside the villa we will deduct the cleaning costs from your security deposit.

 

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Our St John villa rental is different than most private villas which usually have just one Master bedroom for the owners with the best amenities and views, and smaller, less desirable bedrooms designed for the kids often located on a lower floor with low ceilings and little or no view.  In contrast, Great Expectations was architecturally-designed to have, not one, but four equal Master bedrooms, each with private patios and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.

 

The Villa

Guesthouse

Bedrooms layout

Bedroom (one of) main house

Great Room

Great Room layout

The Club Room

 

 


Our new infinity swimming pool has fabulous views
of the Caribbean Sea

 

Each of the 4 spacious, air-conditioned Master bedrooms has a private bathroom with double sink vanities and indoor/outdoor showers. Each has soaring cathedral ceilings with skylights and transoms, ceiling fans and sofit lighting adding to the sense of spaciousness. Each is furnished with custom-made teak furniture from Bali including a California (extra long) King-size bed or 2 Twin-size beds and each bedroom can comfortably accommodate a foldaway bed or portacrib for children (no charge when staying in the same room as parents).

At Great Expectations no one is in a less desirable bedroom on a lower level as all 4 Master bedrooms in the Main Villa are on the same level in 2 buildings separated by the Great Room in a third building to ensure privacy with a large living room, gourmet kitchen, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

An exercise room, The Club Room has a trundle bed (two twin beds) and can be used as a 5th bedroom for one adult or a couple of teenagers (perfect to get away from the others and vice versa).

A nearby 2 story Guest House ('Beau Geste') offers 2 spacious bedroom Suites (each about twice the size of one of the 4 Main Villa Master bedrooms) with its own living and dining room, kitchen, pool and hot tub. One of the Suites can be used as 2 separate bedrooms (perfect for parents who want their children in a connecting bedroom) for rent for larger groups bringing the total number of bedrooms at Great Expectations to 8 providing comfortable sleeping accommodations for as many as 15 adults (plus kids). Not to worry; we charge only for the number of bedrooms used -- we have had as few as one couple rent the entire villa and as many as 21 people (there were a lot of kids!).

Great Expectations is framed by extraordinary views to the east and to the west affording both the sunrise and the sunset. The villa is located about 100 feet above the Caribbean Sea on the south shore of St. John, less than a 5 minute drive on paved roads to town (Cruz Bay) where the ferry arrives from St Thomas and 10 minutes to the famous, white sand beaches of the U.S. National Park

There are 2 beaches within walking distance of the Villa.  The closest beach for swimming and fabulous snorkeling is just a short walk (or drive) to Chocolate Hole - a sandy beach with calm, protected water on the west side of the villa. To the east is Hart Bay beach which is accessible by a path from the villa. It is a very secluded beach; you cannot get to Hart Bay by car or even boat as the coral reef comes right up to the shore so it is worth the visit. Guests not wishing to venture down to Hart Bay beach can still enjoy from the Villa the magnificent views and listen to the waves breaking on the beach below.

The villa is equipped with all the amenities of  a first-class villa including complimentary WiFi, cable TV, and Netflix video streaming, custom-made teak furniture and carvings from Bali and, we think, very tastefully decorated with original paintings, sconces and even a native mural (written-up in the local papers). Our 50 solar energy panels and our graywater irrigation system, make Great Expectations one of the only Green St John villas.. 

 

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Great Expectations.. The Views..

Great Expectations is framed by the extraordinary "double" east/west views with both the sunrise and the sunset afforded this remarkable site. The villa is located on the south shore of St. John, less than a 5 minute drive on paved roads to town (Cruz Bay) where the ferry arrives from St Thomas and 10 minutes to the famous, white sand beaches of the U.S. National Park.

There are 2 beaches within walking distance of the Villa.  The closest beach for swimming and fabulous snorkeling is just a short walk (or drive) to Chocolate Hole - a sandy beach with calm, protected water on the west side of the villa. Great Expectations sits about 100 feet above Hart Bay beach which is accessible by a path from the villa. It is a very secluded beach; you cannot get to Hart Bay by car or even boat as the coral reef comes right up to the shore so it is worth the visit. Guests not wishing to venture down to Hart Bay beach can still enjoy from the Villa the magnificent views and listen to the waves breaking on the beach below.

The villa is equipped with all the amenities of  a first-class villa including free WiFi and cable TV, custom-made teak furniture and carvings from Bali and, we think, very tastefully decorated with original paintings, sconces and even a native mural (written-up in the local papers). Our solar energy panels and our graywater irrigation system, make Great Expectations one of the only Green St John villas.

 

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Beau Geste, the 2 bedroom guest house of Great Expectations

Great sunrise and sunset views, breezes, pool and hot tub, hammocks galore!

Located next door to the main St John Villa of Great Expectations, the Guest House ("Beau Geste") offers 2 additional bedrooms which may be rented along with the 5 bedrooms in the Main Villa. Or, if the guests whom have rented the Villa do not need to use the Guest House, it may be available to rent by itself.

The Guest House is just a short walk (25 yards) along a lighted path from the Villa; however, Beau Geste has its own separate parking area, entrance, and lots of beautiful landscaping so your privacy is assured.

Same great views & amenities as Great Expectations

Beau Geste also has its own swimming pool and hot tub, and, of course, outdoor furniture, hammocks, and the same great sunrise and sunset views as the Villa!

The sleeping configurations in Beau Geste consist of:
-the top floor Studio Apartment (up to 3 people)
-the Guest Bedroom (up to 4 persons)

The Owner's Studio Apartment (accommodates up to 3 persons)


The top floor of the Guest House consists of the 'Owner's Studio Apartment'. This is a very large (20' by 24'), air-conditioned efficiency studio the size of the Great Room in the Villa. It has a Queen-size four poster bed with a spectacular Caribbean view. The living area has a futon which opens into a full size bed.

The Owner's Studio Apartment is equipped with WiFi, flat-screen cable TV and DVD player, an AM/FM stereo with CD player, MP3/IPod cable, and built-in wall speakers, and telephone with answering machine. It has its own bathroom (with bidet), double sink vanity and indoor/outdoor shower. It has a full gourmet kitchen (refrigerator with automatic icemaker, super quiet dishwasher, self-cleaning oven with halogen stovetop), washer and dryer, ceiling fan, cathedral ceiling with skylights and sofit lighting.  It has outdoor decks on both the east and west sides and a stainless steel gas BBQ grill. It has a recumbent exercise bicycle.

THE FIRST FLOOR GUEST BEDROOM  (accommodates up to 4 persons)

      

The first floor bedroom in the Guest House  is the same size (20' by 12') as the 4 bedrooms in the Villa. Like the other Villa bedrooms, this bedroom has a ceiling fan and is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom with a double sink vanity and an indoor/outdoor shower (it also has a small Caribbean stone bath tub). The Guest Bedroom is furnished with a Queen-size bed and two futons (one futon opens into a full size bed and the other into a twin size bed). This room has a flat screen television with DVD player, coffee maker, and small refrigerator.

Please note that the 2 floors in the Guest House are on separate floors and accessed by an outside staircase so that we do not recommend children 12 or younger sleep in the downstairs bedroom by themselves.

 

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The Beaches & Sports


Tennis courts on-site

Maho beach

Solomon Bay beach

Hawksnest beach

Hawksnest beach

Cinnamon Bay beach

Cinnamon Bay beach

Hart Bay


Chocolate Hole beach

 

Amenities
Business
Living
Entertainment
Kitchen
Convenience
-Free high speed Internet WiFi access
-Cordless phone/answering machine











-A/C in all bedrooms
-Private bath in ea bdrm w/ indoor/outdoor shower
-Wall safe ea bdrm
-Luxurious Grand Patrician towels & sheets
-Wading & swimming pools w/ chemical-free filtering system
-Beach towels, 'Osley Crow' beach chairs and coolers
-8-Person villa hot tub main villa
-4-person Guest House hot tub
-hammock
-Stainless steel outdoor gas barbecue grill




-Telephones, CD player/clock radios in ea bdrm
-Private regulation doubles tennis court w/ the same surface as used at the US Open;Tennis racquets & tennis balls
-Professional basketball backboard & hoop w/basketballs
-Indoor exercise room equipped with a NordicTrack CX 938 Elliptical machine
-Flat-screen digital cable TV with BluRay DVD player
-AM/FM stereo receiver and CD player
-iPod/MP3 docking/charging station
-Library of books, games, puzzles, CDs and DVD's





-dishwasher
-Microwave oven
-Halogen electric cooktop range with self-cleaning convection oven
-Stainless steel side-by-side refrigerators
-Stainless steel automatic commercial icemaker
-Cuisinart, coffeemaker, coffee grinder, toaster
-Plenty of dishes and glassware and serving platters and bowls
-Electric blender, waffle maker





-Bathrobes and hairdryers
-Hot Water Solar & Photo Electric panels (Great Expectations is GREEN)
-Walking distance to Chocolate Hole Bay& Hart Bay
-Washing machine and dryer
-Iron and ironing board
-EPA-recommended ultraviolet water filtering system
-Road to town and the beaches is paved so no need for 4WD
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St John Villa Vacation checklist

       
More, much more!

 

Upon arrival on St. John you will be greeted at the ferry dock by our wonderful Property Manager, who will load your luggage in their vehicle,
escort you to your rental car agency, lead you to Great Expectations (located just 2 miles from Cruz Bay all on paved roads),
show you around the Villa and then disappear (unless you need them; they are available "24/7").
Our Property Manager is the best professional property manager on St John and ensures that the Villa is properly prepared for your arrival,
including a welcome basket of snacks in the Great Room and flowers in your bedroom.
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ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

»Babysitting
»Chefs
»Wedding planning assistance
»Massages and beauty salon services at a discount for our guests
»Pre-cooked meals and food delivery
»Tennis pro available for lessons or play
»Boat (sail or power) charters to explore the waters and cays of the Virgin Islands
»Snorkeling and diving trips
»Sightseeing tours
»Private taxi service between the St. Thomas airport and ferry to St John
»Vehicle rental discounts
»Additional maid service
»»Lots of sun, fun, and rum!

Protecting our environment is important to us - Great Expectations is solar

Great Expectations is a GREEN villa - starting with the siting and design of Great Expectations to take advantage of the constant tradewinds, to the use of solar electrical and hot water,(take a peek at the very cool - real time energy savings),  sensitive plantings and use of greywater systems throughout the property, and, management's use of environmentally sensitive cleaning supplies and energy efficient electrical supplies, including an environmentally sensitive swimming pool filtering system all with a goal of  preserving our environment, saving money, and keeping St John beautiful for generations to come.
 
No smoking St John villaAnd, of course, our St John villa, is a no smoking villa!

 

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