|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Cielo Vista (Heavenly View) is a modern hilltop villa built in 2005, with an off-white stucco exterior and Caribbean blue roof and shutters. The interior is pristine, clean white plaster with rich mahogany wood trim and custom Mexican tile flooring. When people come to Cielo Vista their first reaction is awe – the views are truly stunning – and then they fall in love with the architecture and layout of the house.
The central Great Room is the hub, where the vaulted two story space takes advantage of the gentle Caribbean breeze. It includes a loft with a sleeper sofa and a catwalk which leads directly outside to a private second story deck. The fully equipped kitchen was intentionally designed to face out into the Great Room, so the chef can enjoy the view while they cook, and they can still be a part of social gatherings as well.
The large outdoor veranda, with its proximity to the pool, is a place of easy comfort and is a great spot for relaxing, reading, visiting, and dining. With the use of the newly added screens, the space easily turns into an outdoor living room!
There are two private bed suites flanking the Great Room, each with their own private bath that boast dual-sink vanities and amazing, spa-inspired showers. The sleeper sofa located in the loft space provides additional sleeping arrangements for groups of 6, and for larger groups of 8 the private Pequeno Cielo is also available to rent with the property. The Pequeno Cielo apartment is a studio that offers an updated kitchen, a sleeping area with ample closet and built-in storage space, an indoor living space, an outdoor screened-in porch (lanai), and a covered patio. Pequeno Cielo will only be rented with the main house to accommodate a large group, or it will be rented on its own when the Owner is in residence – it will never be rented to two separate parties.
The pool is private and inviting, surrounded by tropical landscaping and beautiful flowers, encouraging sunbathing, sunrise viewing, a morning coffee or an evening cocktail.
And always, you are surrounded by the view!
Chris and Harriett Bast were married in the autumn of their lives on tiny Henley Cay just off Caneel Bay in 2010. This was the joyful, improbable union of two recent retirees, a Southern belle from Charleston, SC and an Upstate NY contractor. Chris is a West Pointer with a tour of duty in VN. He started his company with his childhood sweetheart, his deceased wife, Nancy. It was Nancy who chose the site, selected the name and did much of the physical work of the building. We dedicate this to Nancy with love.
Chris and Harriett Bast purchased this villa in 2005
We had been stymied in our 3 year search for just the right property on St John during the real estate boom in the early 2000's.
We had made many offers but were always second bidder or too late. Returning stateside after one especially frustrating trip during which we had tendered two unsuccessful proposals, we received an urgent phone call from our realtor which needed an immediate response. A property was about to be listed and already offers were queuing up. We would have to bid 'sight unseen' if we wished to be in the hunt. We bid based on trust and the agent's detailed description - an unbelievably great view, nice neighborhood, buildable lot, well treed, convenient location, good access roads, quiet surrounds, great topography, ample space, and immediate availability. Obviously we were the successful bidder. We hurriedly returned to St John with 3 days of grace if we wanted to withdraw our bid. There was no need, it was love at first sight!
Many St. John locations can boast of great views but Cielo Vista has one of the best. In the dark of night the vista continues - no featureless black seascape here. The lights of St. Thomas twinkle in the distance. We can watch the big cruise ships as they steam in from or out to sea from Charlotte Amalie. On clear days we can see the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebras. But the best is the spectacular sunsets from the deck or balcony as we review the day.
All rooms have the great view, proximity to the pool, and easy access to the outdoors. The Great Room, a two story, vaulted space with catwalk and loft, houses the functions for a group – visiting, cooking, TV watching, game playing, etc. The bed suites each have their own verandas and are get-away spots for reading or napping with privacy. The bathrooms are spacious with special showers which feel like you're outdoors. Originally the villa was built with a large open veranda tying all the areas together around the pool. To reduce the sun’s rays in late afternoon, a special rollup screen was installed in front of the Great Room. This proved so successful that they entire veranda was screened in with overhead fans and comfy cushioned chairs. This room has become a focal point in the villa and mimics the outdoor living spaces of Charleston, SC.
The pool is central to the villa. The surrounding deck is great for private sunbathing, it is often cool at night for cocktails as the twinkling lights of St. Thomas emerge after the sunset. Morning coffee or crossword puzzle are done there also.
The second floor balcony provides an elevated cafe and hammock.
St John does not have the run-away commercialism of so many beautiful subtropical Caribbean islands. Over 2/3 of the island has been set aside as a National Park. As such the beaches remain close to pristine with easy access for snorkeling and other water sports. All the beaches have 'swim or wade to' reefs supporting schools of colorful fish.
Day trips to the British Virgin islands are easy to arrange in downtown Cruz Bay with ferry service to these differing islands.
Sometimes on rainy days the south side of the island is still clear. Try Salt Pond near Rams Head should you have some rain, (Think of the cisterns)
Waterlemon Bay almost always has turtles and rays for the viewing. It is worth the hike (20 minutes).
Wednesday nights at Mongoose Junction the local musicians jam. Great fun.
Sunday afternoon there is music at the Beach Bar in Cruz Bay. Bring a beach chair.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 1 2015 - Nov 14 2015
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$49|
*2014 LOW SEASON: April 27 - Dec 13, 2014
1-2 people $2,700;
2-4 people $3,150;
4-6 people $3,500;
*Contact owner for Thanksgiv
Low $3000.00 High $3500.00 Price quoted is for 1 bedroom 2 people. Price increases for 2 BR (4 people), 3 BR (6 people)
Please call owner for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. These weeks will require a 7 night minimum.
No Children under 6
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.