|Location||St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Location Region||Dreekets Bay, Haulover Bay, East End|
|Bedroom Specs||1 European king in each BR, + loft above each bedroom (each with an extra-long double bed - climb a wooden ladder to access each loft). Sofa in living area can be made into either a queen-sized bed OR into 2 single beds (your choice, with advance notice).|
|Bathroom Specs||+ outdoor showers|
|Pool Specs||40' x 6' x 4-1/2' deep (lap pool) with water feature, + hot tub|
|Nearest Beach||White sand + rock beach + snorkeling below villa, via staircase and steep trail with rock stepping stones down to the shoreline (a 5-minute hike)|
|Children Welcome||Yes - over 7 years old ONLY|
|Maid Service Frequency||once per week, if staying 14 nights or more|
|Smoking||Not permitted in the house. Outside only.|
|Square Footage||Interior: 1600 + exterior: 1200 = TOTAL: 2800 sq. ft.|
Description of Retreat
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 outdoor showers from which the spectacular views can be enjoyed in complete privacy. This rustic 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 elegance and relaxing seclusion, and will refresh your spirit with its aura of natural harmony and peace...a very special place.
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), 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. Hot tub. Complimentary welcome basket on arrival.
NOTE: As of September 2016, a new home has been built on the lot to the right of The Retreat and is nearly complete. Currently there is minimal 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.CHILD RESTRICTIONS: Yes - Children over 7 years old ONLY are welcome. MAID SERVICE FREQUENCY: Once per week, IF staying 14 nights or more.