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
1-2 persons....$8,000 per week
3-4 persons....$9,000 per week
5-6 persons....$10,000 per week
7-8 persons....$11,000 per week
9-10 persons....$12,000 per week
11-12 persons...$13,000 per week
13-14 persons....$14,000 per week
15 - 16 persons....$15,000 per week
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL RATES
1- 2 persons....$4,750per week
3 - 4 persons.....$5,750 per week
5 - 6 persons.....$6,750 per week
7 - 8 persons.....$7,750 per week
9 - 10 persons....$8,750 per week
11 - 12 persons...$9,750 per week
13 - 14 persons...$10,750 per week
15 - 16 persons..$11,750 per week
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 . 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
Deposit of 50% of the room Weekly Rate required to guarantee reservation,
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
one week (7 nights)
no more than 16 people may occupy the Villa without the express consent of the owners
arrival: not before 3:00 PM, please to give our cleaning staff time to do their job well for you
the Villa is professionally cleaned weekly
Main Villa wading and swimming pools are not fenced-in (adult supervision mandatory)
Smoking is not permitted inside any of the rooms, however it is allowed (if one must) on the outside deck areas.
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.
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..
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.
Beau Geste, the 2 bedroom guest house of Great ExpectationsGreat 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.
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 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 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.
The Beaches & Sports
St John Villa Vacation checklist
- St John Villa comfortably accommodates between 2 to 14 adults (plus kids)
- 4 air-conditioned equal Master bedrooms
- 3 additional air-conditioned guest bedrooms
- all bedrooms have their own private bathrooms and patios
- 5 minute walk to nearby beaches
- 10 minute drive to the US National Park
- spectacular views overlooking the Caribbean
- both sunrise and sunset views
- swimming pool and hot tub
- basketball and tennis court
- safe, secure and kid-friendly (fenced-in tennis court and no steep cliffs)
- free WiFi and cable TV
- no cancellation penalties or administrative fees
- professional on-island 24/7 property manager
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.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
»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
»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.