Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6) --Cot for additional child.
Marie-France and Ed Smith
- english, french, german
About Marie-France and Ed Smith
Your hosts are Marie-France and Ed Smith. Ed's a retired Navy Captain and Marie-France, a native of France, is a retired university lecturer -- in French of course. You'll see some of Ed's original paintings throughout the villa and several island inspired murals on the pool deck. They fell in love with St. John during a vacation with their two young children in 1992 and carried that awesome attraction into finding one of the most beautiful spots on the island and then constructing Island Horizons Villa in 2005-7. They hope that you too will be captivated by St. John and Island Horizons and join the ranks of their pampered repeat guests...
Marie-France and Ed Smith purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Marie-France and Ed Smith chose Estate Carolina
St. John is a unique blend of a small town (population only 4,300), laid back Caribbean ambiance, and a National Park with spectacular scenery both above and below the waves. The Smiths managed to find a particularly spectacular site for Island Horizons some 700 feet/ 200+ meters above the Caribbean with a view stretching all the way down the Drake Channel to Virgin Gorda more than 30 miles away. A view that they and you will never forget.
What makes this Villa unique
Island Horizons combines all of the amenities of a well equipped villa with a view so magnificent that it was featured in an article about St. John in 'Caribbean Travel + Life' magazine in December 2008. Two 62 foot covered verandas take full advantage of the view which is also to be seen from each room -- and the secluded salt-water pool.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect view and nice breeze all day and night!
We loved this Vrbo! Every detail was considered as well as a view that was amazing!
I would rent here again!
Warm breeze and a beautiful view
The house was perfect for our group. Clean and comfortable. Everything as advertised. We have rented all over the island and this one joins our favorites and is Number 1 when it comes to porches and view. Thanks for a great stay.
Views beyond compare
It is hard to imagine, but the billing of " a million dollar view " may actually be under selling the spectacle that welcomes you the minute you arrive at this lovely villa. Morning, noon, or night, as the light changes, so do the colors that play on land , sea and sky, as far as the eye can see. In our two weeks at Island Horizons, I only missed one sunrise, and that was because we stayed up so late enjoying the light of the full moon, play on the Carribean sea.
The price of admission, for some however, may be the nerve-racking drive up and down the road and driveway. This is St John, so this kind of comes with the territory, You don't get to heaven without climbing a few steps.
Speaking of stairs, this villa has its share. Parking is actually just above the villa , and then the villa itself consists of three levels. This affords plenty of privacy for all, while the ample deck area on the top and middle floors offer great spaces to gather and compare notes about our adventures of the day. The pool is on the bottom floor, and though a lovely space, two in our group have knee problems, and we just didn't use it as much as we had hoped.
The Villa is very clean and well maintained. I always say you can tell alot about how much the owner cares about their guests, by the type of towels you find in the bathrooms..... and these were REALLY NICE towels.
Thank you Ed and Marie for allowing us to share your lovely home. Also, a great big thank you to Rosanne, Wayne and Kelsey, Antares Property Management for your warm welcome and island hospitatlity.
Paradise Found At Island Horizons in Coral Bay!
Island Horizons offers the most breathtaking views of St. John from every room in the villa. The sunrises are absolutely spectacular! The villa is tastefully decorated and the owners have thought of everything you could ever need while staying in St. John. They even offer snorkel gear, beach chairs, beach towels and coolers to take to the beach! The gourmet kitchen is fully stocked all the way down to the garlic press. We thoroughly enjoyed the salt water pool and the lovely garden surrounding it. Island Horizons has given us the most memorable vacation ever and we've been coming to St. John for 26 years! We highly recommend a stay at Island Horizons. You won't be disappointed.
A week in a tropical paradise
We had the most wonderful stay at the beautiful Island Horizons villa in Coral Bay. This well-appointed villa overlooked Coral Bay and the BVI’s beyond. There was a constant light breeze that kept us cool and the mosquitoes at bay. In fact, we never encountered even one mosquito at Island Horizons.
The location was perfect for us. Away from the bustle of Cruz Bay and easy access to several great snorkeling beaches. We snorkeled every day and saw so many beautiful corals and fish and turtles that I know my grandsons will always remember the experience.
Our plane was late in arriving and so we couldn’t stock up on provisions ahead of time just barely catching the last ferry to St. Johns. No worries though, the Coral Bay Dolphin Market by Aqua Bistro restaurant was open late and we could get coffee and other supplies at that surprising market. The Island Horizon’s on-island contact patiently accepted a few frantic calls from us as we maneuvered the roads in the dark. She provided great directions and support and we were so happy to have someone to guide us to our destination. She was the first of so many lovely people we encountered on St. Johns.
My grandsons and I enjoyed the pool. Everyone enjoyed the hammock, and we all were happy to come back to beautiful Island Horizons at the end of the day. The beds were so comfortable, the indoor and outdoor living areas were perfect for our family of 5, and the kitchen was our morning and evening gathering place as we made coffee/tea (am) and cocktails (pm).
On our last two nights, our grandsons ages 13 and 15, our daughter, my husband and I watched Harry Potter DVD's. It was relaxing and fun since we hadn't seen those movies for several years. Just another example of your well-stocked home. We also used the coolers and chairs. Thank you for having them be available to us!
Lastly, I so enjoyed Ed's art work. He is so talented and has captured the colors and vibes of this beautiful place on his canvases and tiles. I spent many moments admiring his paintings/tiles.
Our week is over and we are safely home and recounting the wonderful memories of Island Horizons and St. Johns. We hope to come back some day. In the meantime, we'll think of Island Horizons with fondness.
Away From It All at Island Horizons
There were five of us who stayed at Island Horizons for 10 glorious days. We were met at the villa by its owners, Ed and Marie-France, who graciously showed us around the house and explained certain workings. Ed's artwork is extensive throughout the villa, and he has captured the essence of St. John with his talent.
The house is perched on a steep hillside, and is approached from above. The uppermost level has 2 bedrooms, ensuite, at either end, with the kitchen, inside dining area and living room situated in between. There is also a nice dining area located just outside on the covered upper terrace, along with a gas grill. All appliances, including washer, dryer and dishwasher, were in perfect working condition.
On the next level, below via outside staircase, is another ensuite bedroom, this one having its own little sitting area and coffeemaker, with a full length terrace providing lounge chairs and a hammock.
Continuing down the outside stairwell brings one to the pool terrace, with lounge chairs for basking in the sun or sitting in the shade.
All three levels provide outstanding, breathtaking views of Coral Bay and the BVI chain to Virgin Gorda. It is a special day to awaken to the beautiful sunrise and end the day gazing at the "reverse sunset". The full Snow Moon occurred during our visit, and the sight of the moonlight across the water was stunning.
The main road to the villa is up a fairly steep well maintained road, Rte 108. The road leading from 108 to IH is very steep, and 4WD is a MUST!!!! Your initial undertaking of this drive is a bit intimidating, but once it is accomplished, it becomes moot. There is plenty of designated parking for the villa.
There is a substantial variety of restaurants nearby, as well as small markets which are quite well stocked, especially Dolphin at the bottom of the hill at Aqua Bistro. North Shore beaches are within 12 minutes drive. The villa provides beach chairs and towels, as well as coolers.
We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Marie-France and Ed, and thank them for opening their beautiful home to us who need an escape from winter.
Thank you for the great review. We are delighted that you fully enjoyed your stay at Island Horizons.
Island Horizons is centrally located 12 minutes drive to St. John's North Shore Beaches, and the same to the less visited South Shore Beaches and the more secluded East End Beaches. So you have some of the most beautiful beaches in the Virgin Islands National Park -- and the world -- just minutes away.