This home blends luxury and outdoor island living while creating a perfect and relaxing vibe for your Caribbean vacation. As you stroll about the property, you can't help but feel at one with nature. Since this villa was built on a hillside, the tropical foliage, flowers and lush greenery are everywhere you look! The coolest thing about this house is that you feel like you are living outside whilst enjoying every possible indoor modern amenity. All the rooms have huge glass doors and electronic roll-down screens so you can walk around the kitchen, bedroom or living room and feel like you are on a terrace or deck. Adding to this nature theme is an outdoor shower, spacious lap pool and hot tub, all with inviting tropical plants surrounding them. Retreat Villa truly is a unique, one-of-a-kind property for that extraordinary island vacation you have been craving.
Sequestered behind an electronic gate, Retreat Villa sits 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. This spectacular island home offers perfect privacy and the sweeping drama of magnificent ocean views from every single room.
The tropical views harmonize with Retreat's natural setting. 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 beauty and serenity. The villa's three pavilions, washed in cool green hues, are all on one level and 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 well-equipped kitchen, located 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 These doors roll down at the touch of a button - or leave them in their up positions and to enjoy the cooling trade winds, the views from the balconies outside, and the feel of true island living!
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, and on a lucky day you might even spot dolphins frolicking, or a sea turtle or two. A few feet down this shoreline from the trail, a lovely crescent of a white sand and rock beach curves around crystal-clear waters where stunning beauty and solitude await.
Retreat Villa offers the ideal combination of elegant luxury and relaxing seclusion, and will refresh your spirit with its aura of natural harmony and peace.
25-inch satellite TV (120 channels including national network stations, Cinemax and HBO), VCR/DVD/CD player and Sirius Satellite Radio with surround sound for movies, radio, Sony PlayStation II (please bring your own games); available movie collection, books, games, A/C in both bedrooms, Wi-Fi for your laptop; voice mail, safes in bedrooms, spa robes, hair dryers; hammock, gas grill on patio, 2 coolers, some snorkel gear, beach chairs; electronic gate into fully-fenced property, automatic generator, dishwasher, laundry. Complimentary welcome basket on arrival.
The sofa in the living area can be converted into a comfortable queen bed or two single beds, with your advance request.
As of Winter 2011, there is a home that is very slowly being completed on the lot to the right of and below Retreat Villa. Recently there has been some activity on the site and some muffled noise. To date, there have been no complaints from guests, and this building site is not visible from Retreat's pool area, main or west pavilions. For added privacy, screens have been placed on the east side of Retreat Villa.