The most appealing features of The Retreat Villa are 1) the location...perched above Haulover Bay. Haulover Bay is the best snorkeling location we have experienced on St. John. If, on any particular day, the wind was making the water rough on North Haulover bay, we simply walked 10 minutes from the villa to South Haulover Bay where the water would be smooth and vice versa 2) the private trail from the villa to the beach. 3) the unique architecture of the villa. Most of the walls are garage doors which, when open, give a unique open air experience 4) the presence of unique island flora and fauna to keep nature lovers entertained.
Negatives: not many. The villa is showing a fair amount of wear and tear. The driveway is not for the driver who is faint of heart. The pool and hot tub are being over chlorinated. The outdoor shower by the trail to the beach had no hot water. The trail to the beach is not being well maintained and may be dangerous for older and very young visitors.