St. Thomas, USVI villa expert

Know Before You Go...

Kyalami is a historic property that has been completely restored. Its prime location on a hilltop overlooking Charlotte Amalie affords guests privacy and seclusion right in the center of the action. If you want to slip into town for some shopping or for a taste of the local cuisine, it is just minutes from your front door. If you prefer to enjoy your solitude, the villa has plenty of "get away from it all" spots for sleeping, relaxing, drawing, reading, or just meditating. There is an array of fitness equipment in the villa so if you want to get your endorphins working first thing in the morning, you can do so. The best place to end the day is in the hot tub with a bottle of bubbly. There is no better place to watch the sun set over the Caribbean Sea.

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Pool with cabana and huge verandah

This Caribbean mansion could tell you stories about the gala parties held within its walls in years past, and of the celebrated and famous people who have visited Kyalami Villa and enjoyed the ambience here. The entire property has been renovated and equipped with all of the latest amenities, and guests may now enjoy this renowned property. Located hillside above Charlotte Amalie with its red roofs, the harbor, and Water and Hassel Islands, you can enjoy a daily parade of cruise ships and seaplanes coming and going below in the harbor, sunsets, and at night, the lights of town, all at your feet.

Kyalami Villa's main level, 4600 square feet, provides an abundance of space and privacy for up to four guests. Cool terrazzo floors throughout set the stage for classic Caribbean elegance: a large formal Great Room, done in silk upholstery and handcrafted fretwork occupies center stage, with a more casual media room adjacent, furnished with a leather sofa for lazing and TV watching. Off the Great Room are a dining area and an air-conditioned TV room with two sofas. The owners' collection of original art is displayed in all rooms.

Along the south, or harbor side of Kyalami, is a 60-foot veranda set with umbrellas, tables, and chairs for alfresco dining under the stars.

On the east side of Kyalami Villa's main level is the enormous kitchen with skylights, completely air-conditioned and equipped with a refrigerator-freezer and a large collection of chef's equipment.

On the other side of Kyalami Villa's main level are two air-conditioned king bedroom/bath suites. The large, fully air-conditioned master suite is graced with original hand-carved woodwork; a marble bath adjoins and offers a large tub on a dais, shower, and built-in cabinetry. Just off this suite is a small patio with a hot tub overlooking the harbor view; a gate conveniently connects this patio with the main veranda. The second king suite is smaller and has just been refurbished and equipped with cable TV and DVD player.

A staircase from the kitchen leads down to the garden and pool level, where Kyalami Villa's large pool and canvas-fringed cabana await. The pool area is a tropical Eden enclosed by tall, mature mango trees, bananas, and palms. The pool deck is furnished with cushioned chaise lounges and round tables shaded by market umbrellas; there are also pool floats, a small refrigerator for cold drinks, and a gas grill.

This property is centrally located for convenient access to Magens Bay Beach, town, shopping, and many excellent restaurants (including Sib's and Mafolie, right in the neighborhood). Kyalami is a Zulu word meaning "our loving home" and makes this gracious mansion your home away from home. Enjoy golden days in this island landmark.

Additional Amenities:

Pool cabana with dry bar and small fridge, printer/copier, hair dryers; beach chairs

Villa Notes:

Kyalami Villa has an on-site manager, Edward Smith, aka "Smitty," who lives in the lower (garden) level of the property with Kyalami Villa's house dog, a well-mannered chocolate Labrador named Max. Should you have any maintenance problems or questions, Kyalami's resident manager will be happy to assist you at any time. Also at Kyalami are a pen of local tortoises outside the kitchen door which Smitty cares for, and two outside cats on the property which are never permitted inside.