Perfect privacy and the sweeping drama of magnificent ocean views from every room of this villa harmonize with The Retreat's natural setting. Perched hillside just 110 feet above the live coral reefs, white sands and soothing surf sounds of pristine Dreekets Bay on St. John's unspoiled east end, The Retreat is sequestered behind an electronic gate.
The landscaped entry courtyard, set with a pergola, lap pool, hot tub and a terrace for sunning and relaxation, welcomes its privileged guests into an aura of tranquil serenity and beauty swept by cooling tradewinds. Its three pavilions, washed with cool green hues, are all on one level and sited to overlook one of the most stunning ocean views in the Caribbean - a sparkling, long-distance panorama of Sir Francis Drake Channel with the verdant island of Tortola beyond.
Two equal, air-conditioned Euro-king bedroom/bath suites flank either side of the main pavilion, and both offer a loft with extra-long double beds (accessed by wooden pull-down ladders). The baths feature romantic outdoor showers, from which the spectacular views can be enjoyed in complete privacy. This lovely hideaway is finished with rich slate tiles, handcrafted mahogany cabinetry, and accent pieces from Guatemala, Indonesia, Burma and Thailand. The sofa in the living area can be converted into a comfortable queen bed or two single beds, with your advance request. The well-equipped kitchen in the main pavilion offers ocean vistas. Each pavilion features a unique and convenient choice of roll-down electronic screening or glass-paneled doors which cover the entire front of each pavilion - they roll down at the touch of a button - or leave them in their up positions and enjoy the view from the balconies outside and the drama and complete openness of The Retreat. There are seasonal papaya, passion fruit, banana, lemon and lime trees in the garden for you to pick and enjoy. Outside one bedroom pavilion is a slate-lined outdoor beach shower and a wooden staircase which leads to a trail zigzagging down to Haulover Bay.
Frommer's Guide deems Haulover Bay one of the best snorkeling destinations on St. John (locals say it's THE best), and on a lucky day you might spot dolphins frolicking, or a sea turtle. A few feet down this shoreline from the trail, a lovely crescent of a white sand and rock beach curves around crystal-clear waters - stunning beauty and solitude await you. The Retreat offers the ideal combination of elegant luxury and relaxing seclusion, and will refresh your spirit with its aura of natural harmony and peace...a very special place.
Beach access: There's a white sand & rock beach with snorkeling a 5 minute hike below the villa. Access to the beach is via a staircase and steep trail with rock stepping stones down to the shoreline.
Rates vary based on the number of bedrooms being used, please contact us for a quote. Exclusive use of the villa is yours regardless of the number of bedrooms rented. Unrented bedrooms will remain locked for the duration of your stay. Note that rates are based on double occupancy.
NOTE: As of winter 2014, there is a home that is very slowly being completed on the lot to the right of The Retreat. Recently there has been some activity on the site and some muffled noise. To date, there have been no complaints from guests. In any case, this building site is not visible from The Retreat's pool area, main or west pavilions, and privacy screens have been placed on the east side of The Retreat.
* Maid service is once per week, only if staying 14 nights or more.
St. John is the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It features beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise waters, colorful coral and tropical fish, and green velvet hills. Two thirds of the island is the Virgin Islands National Park so the gorgeous beaches and forests will remain untouched and be accessible to everyone. Tour the national park by jeep or safari bus or hike the trails led by a park ranger. St. John is a peaceful, uncommercialized paradise yet still offers every facility and amenity that a resort has to offer. There is lots to do whether it be on land or in the water.
Additional amenities include: beach chairs, video game console, board games, beach towels, movie/video library, sofabed, hammock, snorkeling nearby, holiday such as thanksgiving/christmas/new years/easter & island events have special booking rules, dining room/area/table, pool chairs, welcome basket, 2 king beds, outdoor furniture, 2 double/twin beds, hairdryer(s), multiple safes, 10 night minimum stay festive season, cooler, cd player, walk to beach(es), snorkel gear, outdoor shower, note distances to amenities are approximate, children 7 yrs + only, 2 ensuite bathrooms, patio deck or balcony, professionally managed, water feature....Read more
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