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THE SETTING: VillAllure commands magnificent water views of Hurricane Hole, a national park treasure, with its pristine unspoiled shorelines and Coral Bay from 200' above sea level. The house is nestled into a secluded 1/2 acre sloping parcel, facing east, surrounded by a variety of mature native tropical plants and fruit trees.
Ample off road parking for six or more vehicles provides convenient access, off a concrete paved road, while beautiful sunrises and gentle Caribbean trade winds enhance the relaxed and romantic atmosphere of Villallure.
THE HOUSE: Capturing the natural beauty and romance of the island, villAllure takes full advantage of the views and breezes while providing maximum privacy in the superbly intimate setting of a fine country home.
VillAllure's main entry is gained thru a massive mahogany double door entranceway that overlooks a sunken great room with wet bar complimented by large glass sliding doors opening onto an expansive covered verandah framing a stunning view of the turquoise waters of Hurricane Hole and the Caribbean Sea beyond. An adjoining library/fitness room is separated by a native stone wall and includes a Precor elliptical fitness machine in addition to built-in mahogany book shelves and desk.
An open and airy kitchen is centrally located and perfect for casual dining or for preparing a gourmet meal to enjoy in the formal dining room that overlooks Hurricanes Hole to the east and Coral Bay to the south.
The stately master bedroom on villAllure's main level is accented by a custom built-in mahogany king size bed with shelving, walk in garden shower, three arched windows facing east with a dramatic view of Hurricane Hole, rustic plaster walls and screened mahogany french doors opening onto the pool deck area. Handsomely decorated and roomy upper south and north master bedrooms are equally sized and appointed with individual entrances, spacious bathrooms with tile showers, king size beds, mini fridges and private balconies with spectacular views of Hurricane Hole overlooking the pool and sundeck area.
A comfortable lower south bedroom features a private outside entry with secluded deck area with water views overlooking a small fishpond with waterfall and a queen size bed with private bathroom and shower area.
A spacious lower north bedroom features a queen size sleigh bed with private outside entry and bathroom with shower including a secluded balcony.
VillAllure's private poolside entertainment area boasts a full kitchen accented by a dramatic mahogany archway as well as hand-crafted mahogany kitchen cabinets and entertainment center, 1/2 bath and full laundry. A large mahogany picture window overlooks the pool and surrounding sundeck as well as Hurricane Hole and the east end of St. John in the distance. A single mahogany door privides outside entry into the poolside living space while screened mahogany french doors exit the kitchen area onto the adjoining poolside verandah, secluded pool and sundeck adjoining the pool.
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Keywords: PRIVATE, SPACIOUS, CORAL BAY, SUN & SHADE, 5 BEDROOMS, POOL, INTERNET, FAMILY RETREATS, WEDDING LOCATION, WATER VIEWS, NEARBY BEACHES, RESTAURANTS, GROCERIES.
Karen & Michael reside in Michigan and have been married since 1976. We first discovered St. John and Coral Bay in 1990 while on a short visit to St.Thomas. We first stayed on St. John in 1992 in a small cottage in Coral Bay near Hurricane Hole. This became our refuge/retreat for several years while we contined to discover the island and the island culture over the next several year's visits.
Karen & Michael Lucht purchased this villa in 2002
We continue to be attracted to St. John by the overwhelming natural beauty of the National Park beaches, the fact that it is a U.S. island and the West Indian people and culture. Coral Bay in particular is a very friendly and relaxed close knit community.
Intimately secluded, villAllure is nestled into the hillside for ultimate privacy and quiet enjoyment.
Our whole family stayed, children, grandchildren. we needed a place that would sleep 12. With the optional air mattress we had plenty of room. This property is spacious and comfortable. Space for privacy when needed. Plenty of exercise on the steps, if you have trouble with steps this is not for you. The kids enjoyed the pool. We were impressed by the number of TVs, not that you come to St John to watch TV. Close to Skinny's. Excellent views.
Large villa but dated. Did not have hot water in the kitchen the first half of our stay. Had a surprise rate increase 6 weeks before last payment was due. Damage deposit was kept and I was not informed of any problems. Two weeks and 4 phone calls later I was informed our party had use too much water. Apparently the villa holds 10-12 people but not everyone can shower or use the toilette. I have stayed at several other villas on the island and have never had any trouble. My deposits were always returned. This one was definitely not worth the money.
We had all 5 rooms full, 10 guests total and there was more space than any of us ever needed. I read in other reviews people could have gone days without seeing other guests and it's totally true. The house is spread out in such a way that it feels more like 2-3 houses in one. Every room had complete privacy. I had lots of random questions at random times before our trip and the home owners were very helpful and prompt in answer my questions. The only reason I didn't give the house 5 stars was because 1. even though there are 2 kitchens, they are both small and it's hard to cook with a big group. 2.The pool is really small. That being said neither of those "complaints" were a surprise to me. Like I said the photos clearly show the size of the kitchen and pool, so if you don't need a giant kitchen and giant pool (that lets be honest you won't use anyway because your there for the beaches) then the house is perfect for large parties.
Loved our stay at VillAllure and can't wait to go back. My breath was taken away every time I walked through the door and saw the floor to ceiling views of the bay. I loved spending time on the huge balcony. The spacious, beautiful, clean house has everything you need if you don't want to leave! And if you want to venture out, soft sandy beaches, hiking, restaurants, bars, shops etc. are just a short drive away.
I recommend this house to anyone I know heading to St. John - great place to stay!
Our family of 12, grandparents, children, spouses, and grandchildren settled into the house very quickly. We were taken back by the beautiful view from the balcony off the back of the house. The view was spectacular. We spent many evenings sitting outside enjoying the island breeze and view. The house was well laid out and allowed us room to spread out. The drive up to house was steep and the switchbacks took us a couple trips to master, but were not difficult. We traveled to a number of beaches, St Thomas to sightsee and shop, and dined at local restaurants. We also found the kitchen more than adequate for a large family and the dining room wonderful for family meals. The beach chairs and towels were very welcome for beach going. We had a few minor problems with the house, but the property manager had maintenance people there quickly so the problems were of little bother. The property manager was very helpful in showing us details of the house operation and provided a detailed book of activities, instructions, and helpful hints. Very well thought out and a welcome indeed. The owners were very nice and corresponded with us by email prior to our arrival answering questions and making suggestions to guide our stay. We would not have known what to bring or what was available locally had they not been so gracious.
This was a trip that will be remembered for many years by young and old. We will be back.
This is just a beautiful house - I think my favorite features were the mahogany doors and windows that opened, and had the screens - especially the one in the master bath shower. The house is very well equipped and maintained, and the grounds are lovely. It sleeps 10, but is so spacious and has so many little niches where you can "get away" that you would never feel crowded. I had numerous pleasant conversations and emails with the owner, and she was very helpful. I would definitely recommend this house, and hope to bring a group here sometime.
VillAllure is located on the National Park Island of St. John, a short ferry ride from St. Thomas. The area is serviced by numerous airlines including US Air, American, Delta, Jet Blue, United, Spirit and Continental to name a few. Many flights originating from the east coast are nonstop to St. Thomas arriving in approximately 3 1/2 hours. Flights originating in other areas generally require one connection. Upon arrival in St. Thomas, a taxi ride to the downtown ferry dock takes approximately 10 minutes while the Red Hook ferry dock is approximately a 45 minute ride. However, the ferry ride to St. John from each location is equivalent to the cab ride to the alternative ferry dock. Also, the downtown ferry's latest afternoon departures are at 4pm and 5:30pm while the Red Hook ferry runs every hour with the last departure at midnight.
Once on St. John, a rental car will be preferred for the 20 minute drive thru the National Park to Coral Bay and up the quality concrete paved road, for your laid back private VillAllure Caribbean vacation to begin.
Other Activities: Fine Dining
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