Great Expectations is different than most private villas which usually have one Master bedroom for the owners with the best amenities and view, plus 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 high cathedral ceilings with skylights, 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 which can be converted into 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 four Master bedrooms in the Main Villa are on the same level in two pavilions separated by the Great Room in a third building with a large living room, gourmet kitchen, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.
The Club Room, down the stairs from the Main Villa to the tennis court, 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 three bedroom Guest House with its own living room and kitchen is available for rent for larger groups bringing the total number of bedrooms at Great Expectations to 8 providing comfortable sleeping accommodations for as many as 16 people. 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 has 3 swimming pools (plus a wading pool for children or for adults to sit and sunbath in), 2 hot tubs, and 2 outdoor stainless-steel barbecue grills. Great Expectations has a basketball and tennis court (a great area for young children to play as it is totally fenced in). Great Expectations is one of St. John's most popular villas for both couples vacationing together as well as families with children of all ages! Best of all, when we do not have to pay a rental agent fee, we pass the savings directly onto our guests with DISCOUNTS!
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 in the southern shore of St. John, less than a 5 minute drive on paved roads to town (Cruz Bay) and 10 minutes to the famous, white sand beaches of the U.S. National Park.
The closest beach for swimming and fabulous snorkeling is just a short walk to Chocolate Hole - a sandy beach with calm, protected water on the west side of the villa. Chocolate Hole harbor has some of the best snorkeling on the island thanks to a 'salt pond' (formed during hurricanes when the storm drives the ocean inland and the water then gets trapped) which the government allows to be kept open to the harbor attracting an amazing variety of fish and sea turtles to feed on the crustaceans from the salt pond.
On the east side of the villa is Hart Bay which is the closest beach for great beachcombing and breaking waves (especially when the wind is up). There is a coral reef which comes right up to the shore leaving fabulous pieces of coral to wash up on the beach during storms. 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!
All the openings (sliding doors, windows and transoms) are fully-screened. Italian tile adorns the floors and kitchen and bathroom counters. Native stone work laced with local coral and shells frames the villa entrance and is used around the site to highlight the lush landscaping of beautiful, colored bougainvillea, hibiscus, croton, wild orchids and, and our favorite, frangipani. A number of significant palm trees as well as banana trees complement the beauty of the site.
A variety of birds frequent the immediate area which, depending upon the season, may include magnificent pelicans, frigate birds, soaring osprey, nesting hawks, heron, the largest hummingbirds, you have ever seen, even parrots, and our popular native bird, the little, but gorgeous, banaquit.
The villa is furnished with custom-made teak furniture and carvings from Bali and, we think, very tastefully decorated with original paintings, sconces and even a native mural which was written-up in the local papers. Great Expectations does not pretend to be fancy, just very, very special!
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