RATED THE #1 VACATION VILLA ON ST. JOHN -- GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Kristin and Chuck

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Sleeps20
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms8
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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RATED THE #1 VACATION VILLA ON ST. JOHN -- GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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6 a/c bedroom suites with private bathrooms, spectacular views, walk to beaches

Great Expectations can accommodate as many as 15 adults plus children in 4 equal Master bedrooms, 2 spacious bedroom Suites, and 2 additional rooms which can also be used as bedrooms for larger groups (we charge only for the bedrooms used). Great Expectations has spectacular views over the Caribbean (both the sunrise and sunset) and is within walking distance to 2 beaches. Wedding specials and discounts for grandparents and multiple couples. Rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John by travelers on Trip Advisor.

Note that the rates we are able to show on this Website are for 2 people using 1 bedroom and the 'instant quote' feature offered by Home Away only shows the cost for up to 12 adults (we do not charge for children age 2 or under staying in the same room with their parents). PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT OUR RATES FOR MORE PEOPLE/BEDROOMS (let us know the ages of any children and, to inquire about our discounts, if there are any grandparents, brides, grooms, active military or other good and deserving people in your party!).

With 3 swimming/wading pools, 2 hot tubs, and even a private basketball/tennis court, Great Expectations is ideal for special celebrations and family gatherings. The Villa is also perfect for multiple couples vacationing together offering 4 equal Master bedrooms with private patios overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Each Master bedroom has a large bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower, walk-in closet with wall safe, soaring cathedral ceiling with skylight and transoms, and custom-made teak furniture from Bali with extra long King-size beds or 2 Twins. All 4 Master bedrooms are on the same level along with -- to provide privacy for those staying up late or rising early -- a separate Great Room with a large living room, gourmet kitchen, and indoor and outdoor dining areas around the pool and hot tub patios and outdoor barbecue.

A nearby two-story Guest House offers 2 spacious bedroom Suites each about twice the size of one of the 4 Master bedrooms. Each Suite has a Queen-size bed and futons for additional sleeping accommodations if needed as well as a private bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower. Upstairs in the Guest House is the Owners Suite with its own kitchen, dining and living areas and spectacular views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Guest Suite on the first floor of the Guest House has an adjacent sitting area, The Sun Room, with yet another private bathroom, this one with a coral shower. The Sun Room can also be used as a separate, 7th bedroom with Twin beds or a King for larger groups or parents who would like their children in a connecting bedroom.

The Club Room has a trundle bed (2 Twins) with its own private bathroom and can be used as a separate bedroom for one adult or a couple of teenagers bringing the total number of bedrooms at Great Expectations to 8 (all air-conditioned with private bathrooms) providing comfortable sleeping accommodations for as many as 15 adults plus kids. We charge only for the number of bedrooms used assuming double occupancy; we have had as few as one couple rent the entire villa and as many as 21 people (there were a lot of kids!).

Each air-conditioned bedroom has its own private bathroom. All the openings (sliding doors, windows and transoms) are fully-screened. Italian tile adorns the floors. The Great Room has a gourmet kitchen with granite 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.

Great Expectations offers extraordinary 'double' east/west views with both the sunrise and the sunset. The villa is located on the south 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. There are also 2 beaches within walking distance of the Villa.

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 with 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). The 2nd beach accessible from a path directly from the Villa on the east side is Hart Bay with great beach combing thanks to the coral reef just offshore

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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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Kristin and Chuck

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Kristin and Chuck live in Boston when we are not on St. John!

Kristin and Chuck purchased this villa in 1998

The dual sunrise and sunset views plus the constant easterly Tradewinds on a flat site (there are few tennis courts on St. John!) about 100 above the Caribbean Sea! Rated the #1 St. John vacation rental villa by travelers on Trip Advisor.

3 swimming pools, 2 hot tubs and 1 basketball/tennis court!

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms8
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John -- Great Expectations
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
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rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John -- Great Expectations
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Chocolate Hole St John
5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
We enjoyed St. John island, but what made the trip was our lovely villa. It was very clean, roomy, and inviting. It has a very we'll stocked kitchen. You have your own private bath and bedroom. There is an infinity pool, hot tub, wading pool. You even have free internet. This place is awesome. I stayed here about 18 months ago and couldn't wait to return.
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rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John -- Great Expectations
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Chocolate Hole St John
5

our favorite spot in the Caribbean!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
We have been to St. John many, many times, and we never want to stay anywhere except Great Expectations. The property is set up on a hill, so it gets lovely cross breezes and gorgeous water views from all sides (sunrises and sunsets!). We are usually here with groups of friends and family, which is exactly what Great Expectations is made for. The separate bedrooms are all equally comfortable and private, but there's plenty of shared living space, both indoor and outdoor, to enjoy being together, as well as to spread out, if you prefer. The kitchen is clean and well-equipped, making it easy to make meals for large groups. The new infinity pool and patio are a delightful place to swim and take in the views--especially nice with a cocktail! Chuck and Kristin do everything they can to make Great Expectations feel like our home in St John. We will be back again and again!
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rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John -- Great Expectations
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Chocolate Hole St John
5

Great stay at Great Expectations

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
Wow what a great place to stay - the views from both sides of the villa were just way above our expectations. The rooms were very clean and elegant, the pools (3) were so inviting and our property manager there was always close by and a great guy to boot. This was the perfect place on a perfect island. We simply loved every minute of it there. We ate every breakfast and dinner meal at the villa just because it was so inviting. We always had lunch out on the island while snorkeling the many beautiful spots but the villa was special and our party of 8 was very comfortable. We only watched TV one night. No one wanted to leave. We would highly recommend this property to anyone going to St. John.

Thank you Great Expectations for exceeding ours!
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rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John -- Great Expectations
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Surpassed Expectations!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
No regrets, quibbles or disappointments; just sheer delight during a weeklong stay for a family reunion of fourteen people. Everything was as advertised and more. The owners were superbly organized, communicative & accommodating, the home both immaculate and user-friendly. The property is obviously cherished, and justifiably so. The views are spectacular. Everything (really!) you need is right there. "Great Expectations" is both wonderfully romantic and very family-friendly; it's rambling, view-capitalizing architecture makes it easy to be both private and public with others. It's a steep schlep downhill to the local beaches, but the three swimming pools make the beach a lesser option. (Amazing, but true.) So much to do for all ages on site that going around the island seemed almost superfluous. We have rented vacation homes all over the globe, and I have to say that as a multi-family relaxing vacation property, "Great Expectations" has topped all others.
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rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John -- Great Expectations
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Totally comfortable

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
This is the third time our large group of extended old friends has convened at Kristin and Chuck's, and it just keeps getting better. The patio with the extended views is a spectacular addition, as is the new pool. No one has yet found a needed kitchen tool lacking, or for that matter anything lacking, from the comfort of the furniture to the wifi and entertainment systems. The beauty of Great Expectations is the totally comfortable common spaces with the privacy of the individual quarters. I stayed in the new sunroom which is now my favorite because of the light and privacy.
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Availability & Rates

Chocolate Hole Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
2014 Summer 2 people/1 bedroom
Apr 13 2014 - Dec 20 2014
$3,250
7 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest
 
New Years week
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 3 2015
$19,500
Flat fee
8 nights
 
 
2015 Winter 2 people/1 bedroom
Jan 3 2015 - Apr 11 2015
$6,750
7 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $71 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Please inquire about our rates for more people based on the number of bedrooms used (let us know the ages of kids and if there are any grandparents, brides, grooms, active military). The Villa is rented to one group at a time (you will be the only guests no matter the size of your party). Deposit of 50% of room rate due at time of booking by check (credit card payment available through Paypal).

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Chocolate Hole Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Beach
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Laundry Soap
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Paper Towels
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Internet
  • Alarm Clock
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Activities Guide
  • Safe
  • Filtered Water
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 15 people
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main Villa bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main Villa bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Main Villa bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Main Villa bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet , Owners Suite
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , Guest House
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , The Club Room
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , The Sun Room
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , The Great Room
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Main Villa Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king , air-conditioned, ensuite bathroom, ocean views
    Main Villa Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king , air-conditioned, ensuite bathroom, ocean views.
    Main Villa Bedroom 3 - 1 king , air-conditioned, ensuite bathroom, ocean views
    Main Villa Bedroom 4 - 1 king , air-conditioned, ensuite bathroom, ocean views
    Guest Suite - 1 king , 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , air-conditioned, 2 ensuite bathrooms
    Owners Suite - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , air-conditioned, ensuite bathroom, ocean views
  • 4 Main Villa Master bedrooms each have a California (extra long) King-size bed which can be converted into 2 California (extra long) Twin-size beds and are spacious enough to accommodate a foldaway bed and portacribs for children. The 4 guest bedrooms offer 2 bedrooms with Queen-size beds and futons plus 2 bedrooms each with a Twin-size Trundle bed (when not needed, one bed stores under the other to provider more space in the room). All 8 bedrooms are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans, wall safes, and, of course, private bathrooms with spacious showers.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Radio
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Books
  • CD Player
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Walkway to Water
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • duty free shops
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • bay/sound
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • bird watching
  • shelling
  • walking
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • parasailing
  • tennis
  • snowmobiling
  • fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • jet skiing
  • basketball court
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sailing
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Weddings, birthdays and anniversary celebrations welcome!
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