|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
"If we were any closer to heaven, we'd be talking to St. Peter" said one guest about Great Turtle Villa.
Tucked into the lush mountainside above Coral Bay, behind an electronic gate, Great Turtle Villa is a casually elegant vacation villa with four bedrooms in two two-story pavilions bisected by a pool.
Rent 1, 2, 3 or all 4 bedrooms while enjoying access to the full house, decks and pool. Honeymoon couple? Rent 1 bedroom. Girls' getaway? Rent all 4 bedrooms. Rates vary depending on the number of bedrooms booked.
Great Turtle Villa is accessed via all paved roads, a rare amenity on St. John and very welcome in a tropical downpour. It is located in the comfortable, upscale neighborhood of Upper Carolina. Surrounding homes are on large lots hidden by lush foliage which provides lots of privacy. Enter Great Turtle Villa's drive through an electronic gate which not only adds extra privacy and security but it also keeps the wild donkeys out!
The front door opens onto the larger pavilion's main level which contains the attractive living and dining areas and the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with a marble-topped work table and breakfast bar. In the living area, a flat-screen TV, stereo, DVD, plus music and video libraries, provide indoor entertainment. The fully-equipped kitchen boasts stainless appliances, granite counters and enough dishes, bakeware and pans to satisfy the most particular chef. Hand-polished mahogany screened french doors open onto spacious shaded decks with cushy rockers and inviting chaises perfect for enjoying the cool tradewinds. An outdoor walkway above the pool and courtyard garden leads to the other pavilion with its Yellow Bedroom suite. An open staircase heads down beside the garden, passing exquisite orchids and a stately coconut palm, as it leads to the pool level with three more bedrooms and a home office.
All four equal size bedrooms open onto large decks with dazzling views, have AC, adjoining baths and walk-in closets making Great Turtle Villa a perfect vacation rental for friends or families to share. No one gets stuck in the "back bedroom with no view". The pool, just steps from your bedroom, is perfect, from a morning dip to a midnight swim. The lush courtyard garden ensures total privacy for swimming or sunning on the deck. When children are present, to keep them safe, self-locking gates around the pool can be utilized. The home office is equipped with high-speed internet, WiFi, a printer, fax and copier. There is also a small refrigerator and coffee maker to keep poolside snacks and beverages or enjoy that morning cup of coffee on the deck.
Just minutes from fabulous National Park beaches and the funky bars and restaurants of Coral Bay, this villa's central location allows easy access to both sides of St. John. Cruz Bay is only a 20 minute drive away and all the best hiking trails are within easy reach.
Everything about Great Turtle invites you to relax. Spend the day in the cushy rockers on the deck or let your cares slip away as you lounge by the pool. The Caribbean-style decor offers a comfortable mix of inviting antiques and pleasant elegance. The villa's lush tropical gardens are filled with birds-of-paradise, scarlet bougainvillea and rainbow-colored hibiscus. Slice a papaya for breakfast or pick your own lime for cocktails. But it's the awe-inspiring view - sparkling white sails bobbing on turquoise water in Coral Bay, shimmering islands on the horizon, the ever-changing greens on the verdant hills of Bordeaux Mountain, the speckled browns of sugar mill ruins peeking through the foliage of Carolina Valley - that you will carry forever in the memory of your visit to St. John and Great Turtle Villa!
As one guest from Connecticut said, "I travel the world for my work and have seen many beautiful places, but, I must say, your home and the view of Coral Bay tops them all!"
Keywords: Villa, charming, elegant, totally private, awesome views, pool, 1-4 bedrooms, enjoy outdoor living on spacious decks, convenient location, paved roads, loads of amenities, free high speed internet, air conditioning
We had sailed in the Virgin Islands for 15 years with our 4 children and came to love St. John. When our children started having children of their own, we decided it was time to get land based and built a home that would be comfortable for all of us. Now we have 10 grandchildren who all come to visit us in St. John and have learned to love it here as much as we do.
This was our 7th trip to St. John -- and the BEST villa we've found. Here's why:
1. Beautifully decorated
2. Great location
3. Terrific views
4. Privacy for each of the 4 bedrooms
5. Well-equipped kitchen
6. Everything you need for day outings: cooler, beach chairs, beach towels
7. Nice pool that gets sun all day
8. Comfortable furniture, in particularly for enjoying the views from the deck/veranda
and 9. Beautifully landscaped!
We can stop looking; we've found the perfect villa!
We had spent the day in St. Johns when staying in St. Thomas 5 years ago. It had always been a dream to go back and spend more time on the island. After extensive research I came upon this exquisite property. Kathy was prompt in responding to our questions. The property was beyond our expectations. Tastefully decorated and anything needed for a day at the beach were right at our fingertips. Every room was clean and comfortable with spectacular views of Coral Bay. The bedroom retreats for my husband and I and each of our young adult children was ideal and gave all of us our own space. I was able to rise early and sip my coffee on the deck while enjoying the sunrise while my children were able to sleep in without being disturbed. After enjoying St. Johns pristine beaches, we would enjoy our cocktails on the deck while taking the views of Coral Bay. Cannot wait to go back!! Your restaurant recommendations were excellent. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property. The Family from Mass.
If you are looking for a secluded hillside villa with views of the Caribbean Sea and the BVI, then this is the place for you.
Lovely well secured home with all the amenities, surrounded by beautiful flowering gardens and a refreshing pool.
A short drive to great snorkeling beaches and restaurants.
We absolutely loved Great Turtle Villa and are looking forward to returning.
The 5 Brown Boobies
No matter how much planning you do, or how many reviews you read, there is always a little trepidation pulling up to your rental home choice - will it be as beautiful as the pictures? as clean as they say? will everything work?
FEAR NOT. This house was everything we had hoped for and more. First, it feels very secure there, even with only the screen doors closed, because of the driveway gate. Second, the living area is airy, clean and comfortable - all with that gorgeous view. The kitchen had all that we needed and more, including a blender, knives etc.
Each of the bedrooms is so private that I never knew anyone else was awake until they either jumped in the pool or announced that the coffee was ready!
We had hummingbirds at arms length from the porch and loved the comfy furniture out there. And the stars! Shut off the house lights and suddenly the stars looked like we could have touched them, too.
The ride up to the house is not for the faint of heart - there will be no evening stroll around the neighborhood, but Nancy the property manager escorted us up from the dock and made sure we knew how to work/find everything. She also very kindly participated in a plot with my husband to have flowers there when we arrived - thanks!
Sheets, towels, beach towels, porch and living room furniture, kitchen appliances - all of it is very good quality and in great shape. I loved that each of us had the choice of air conditioning or open windows and ceiling fans at night, so everyone could sleep in comfort. Personally, I so enjoyed the sound of tree frogs and wind that I have never slept better.
We brought in a cooler with frozen foods (as checked luggage) and then supplemented that with shopping at Dolphin market in Cruz Bay and the minimart in Coral Bay - which does indeed come close to having everything! By fixing breakfast and packing lunches for our trips to the beautiful beaches, we kept the whole trip affordable without sacrificing anything.
Not only would I stay here again, but if I won the lottery I would try my best to buy it out from under them!
What an amazing week we spent at Great Turtle. The house was ideal and the view was amazing. The pictures do not capture the spectacular view that Great Turtle has. We found ourselves wanting to spend the majority of our time back at the villa enjoying the deck space or lounging by the pool. There were two couples in our party and we loved the privacy of the bedrooms. We would have felt just as comfortable with more people and we felt bad that others weren't enjoying the villa with us. We went to view a few villas as we are looking to purchase on island. We kept comparing them to Great Turtle and none came close to the comfort, amenities and location of Great Turtle. You have a wonderful and private paradise on St. John. Thank you for letting us enjoy your home. We will be returning.
My wife and kids and I truly enjoyed this house, and its location on St. John. The view of Coral Bay from the house is wonderful, and never gets old. The pool was a big plus, especially for the kids. Lots of outdoor space and seating, to make that gorgeous view part of the house. Also, parking at the house was not difficult, like some other houses in the area. The bedrooms were very comfortable, and the screen doors to the living area of the house were great because they let in light and breeze while keeping out bugs. The kitchen was well-stocked and spacious.
The location of this house is well-situated, closer to Coral Bay, but a short and easy (though hilly, like the entire island) drive to Cruz Bay. We loved the Donkey Diner (for breakfast) in Coral Bay, as well as Skinny Legs, Island Blues and Shipwreck Landing (for dinner). Nearby beaches that we loved were Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay and Maho Bay.
We would whole-heartedly recommend this property to family and friends, and we are looking forward to going back soon.
Great Turtle Villa is centrally located in the Upper Carolina area of Coral Bay on the 'backside' of St. John. This peaceful mountainside retreat basks in tropical breezes all day long and the paved roads make the climb easy. Coral Bay is considered the quiet, more funky side of St. John. It is close to the spectacular National Park Beaches - an easy 5 minutes from the house - as are some of the best hiking trails in the Park. Coral Bay is home to the famous Skinny Legs Bar, a must-see in the Caribbean. There are several other wonderful restaurants nearby. Cruz Bay, the main town, is just 20 minutes away.
Other Activities: kayaking, hiking, shopping, beachcombing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Summer/Fall 1-2 bdrms-See Note
Apr 11 2015 - Dec 16 2015
5 night minimum stay
Christmas, all 4 bedrooms only
Dec 17 2015 - Jan 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Notes||Contact owner for specific pricing and discounts. Pricing is based on number of bedrooms used. WEEKLY IN-SEASON: 1-2 bdrms-$4056, 3 bdrms-$4413, 4 bdrms-$4770. WEEKLY LOW-SEASON: 1-2 bdrms-$2956, 3 bdrms-$3313, 4 bdrms-$3670.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.