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Cielo Vista, Breathtaking panoramic views from every room/deck

Chris and Harriett Bast

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Chris and Harriett Bast

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
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Calendar last updated:
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Cielo Vista, Breathtaking panoramic views from every room/deck

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Gift Hill Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Private Baths, Plus loft (Sleeps 1 to 8)

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 Front Gate Continuous Flow bed 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!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris and Harriett Bast (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015

About Chris and Harriett Bast

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. I dedicate this to Nancy with love.

Chris and Harriett Bast purchased this villa in 2005

Why Chris and Harriett Bast chose Gift Hill

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!

What makes this villa unique

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.

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Cielo Vista, Breathtaking panoramic views from every room/deck
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Exceeded Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy during our visit. In fact, my mind goes numb thinking about the awesomeness of the place and the island. There was so much room to spread out we got a little lost from each other occasionally. I really don't have any cons to relay about this property. Two days before we left, the whole island lost power and it was on and off for about 24 hours. Only at Cielo Vista, that meant the generator was on and off. We felt a little guilty having all the amenities on a night when the rest of the island was dark. Thanks for building this house and sharing it with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

As expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

Cielo Vista is everything you read in reviews and see in photos, and more. We stayed a little over a week and enjoyed every minute. It is obvious that the owners take great pride in this property. The property is very well maintained and the home is fully furnished and supplied - linens, towels, dishes kitchen equipment, etc. etc. Everything you need is at your fingertips. We traveled with a large group of friends and family and had the opportunity to see two other villa's on Gift Hill. Cielo Vista was our favorite, it's charm and view are unmatched! I highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Hendersonville, NC


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property in ship-shape condition. House is has beautiful construction detail. It is comfortable and very well decorated. The view of Cruz Bay is breath taking. The kitchen is well furnished and appliances were all in good condition.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Gainesville, Florida

Absolutely Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many times on St. John and this was THE BEST, a perfect home unless you are in the $8,000+ a week budget crowd. You can trust the photos of Cielo Vista, if I had any criticism; the photos don’t do the home justice as it is even nicer.

The location on Gift Hill is perfect, out of town but close enough to scoot to Cruz Bay for dinner or supplies. The Star Fish Market and St. John Market are as close as a short hop to the store back home

Lots of outdoor living space, who wants to be indoors in the Caribbean? We ate and lounged on the enclosed terrace. It is all screened for mosquito control but the screens are a roll down or roll sideways type that keep an outdoor feeling, no bars blocking you view. . The breezes flow through the home; we used ceiling fans and never considered AC.

The pool is generous for 8 people including 3 children, it never seemed small. There are surrounding side decks and outdoor furniture. The view is nothing short of spectacular at sunset. We sipped gin & tonics each evening while watching the lights of St. Thomas. One evening we all saw the elusive “Green Flash” as the sun settled into the western sea.

The house is well furnished including the kitchen. Our experienced has been house cleaning folks will pick up the products vacationers cannot take with them. With Cielo Vista we discovered many things were left for our use such as spices, olive oil, a variety of bottles of alcohol etc. No opened food packages but many things we could use and forgot to bring. It really helped make Cielo Vista feel like home rather than an extended hotel suite. We tried to follow suit when leaving.

The home has 2 full, equal masters. A loft above the main living area but it is more than just a “loft” as there is a lot of living space plus a runway to a large private deck. This could work out for sharing couples who want some privacy from time to time.

Below is an efficiency apt. that is nicely done with a comfortable bed, fans and AC, TV, WiFi and a screened sitting area plus a generous sized bath. We, the parents, decided to go to the apartment and we just loved the space and the privacy we needed from time to time.

I found the various web sites overwhelming but the homework paid off as we all loved Cielo Vista. If this home fits your need and budget forget all the others, just book it, you will not be sorry, this may be as close to heaven as we’ll ever get on earth.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your stay at beautiful Cielo Vista. Cielo Vista opens her arms wide to embrace her guest! Hope you will come gain again. Harriett and Chris

Amazing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved Cielo Vista! First time on the island and we could not have been treated better. Denise met us at the ferry and escorted us to the car rental and then took us to the fabulous retreat on Gift Hill. The house was incredible, lovely views and everything you could need to have a great vacation. Cielo Vista is located perfectly - a short ride from town yet convenient to all the amazing beaches. Kids loved the pool and the upper deck with the views. We will come again and definitely stay Cielo Vista. Thank you Harriet and Chris - and thank you Denise!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Cielo Vista - Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to St. John and Cielo Vista. We found Cielo Vista to be absolutely perfect. The location is ideal, perched on the hillside overlooking the town of Cruz Bay, with panoramic views of the harbor and St Thomas in the distance. The villa is just a few minutes from Cruz Bay and is in an ideal location from which to explore St. John.

The villa is beautifully decorated and we found it to be very well equipped throughout. The design is spectacular with views from literally everywhere in the house. We really enjoyed breakfast and dinner in the outdoor dining area overlooking the pool and deck. We loved returning to the villa after a day of snorkeling or touring the island, relaxing on the deck and enjoying the pool. The grand finale everyday was watching the fabulous sunsets from the deck, and then seeing the lights come on after dusk across the bay on St Thomas.

Cielo vista exceeded our expectations, and we can't wait to return. Chris and Harriet - thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

From $443 Per night

Gift Hill Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Annual Pricing
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

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes *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
2015 RATES
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 Pets
No Children under 6

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Gift Hill Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Extra Large with view of Pillsbury Sound
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Extra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Extra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
  • Each bathroom is very spacious with an open window and spectacular view of Pillsbury Sound. Please review photos.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Exceptionally comfortable bed by Front Gate
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , BR 3 & bath in garden apt
  • Three bedroom suites each with a large private bath and a private entrance. Additional sleeping space in loft on a Front Gate portable bed. Loft is perfect for children or teenagers. The loft does not have a private bathroom but there is private access to a bathroom. Third bedroom is located in the garden apartment which is just a few steps from villa.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
In the event of a power outage, you are protected by Cielo Vista's generator that comes on immediately without intervention from the tenant and without interruption in your power service. We love children but due to the open access to the pool we have implemented an age limit of 5. No pets. Maid service can be arranged if ordered prior to visit. Maid service is at the expense of the guest.

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