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Water Cliff, Oceanfront Villa, Minutes From Town

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

**Rates quoted on VRBO are for 4 people. For groups of 6 or more, please contact us for additional pricing.**


Water Cliff is a charming 4 bedroom villa which offers the best of both worlds: a fabulous location and a spectacular view. The villa is situated on the west end of St. John, just around the corner from the main town of Cruz Bay. With about a 2 minute drive to town and 8 minutes to the world class beaches of the Virgin Islands National Park, you can spend more time having fun and less time getting there! And yet, Water Cliff’s tranquil neighborhood will ensure you feel far away from the hustle and bustle of Cruz Bay for the times you’d rather kick back and relax in the comfort of your own private villa.


Water Cliff is a quiet retreat perched atop a dramatic cliff just above the crystal clear turquoise sea. Listen to the sound of the waves crashing below. Gaze out over the unreal Caribbean blue water – there is nothing between you and the sparkling sea. The islands to count are many: Besides St. Thomas, you can see Great St. James, Little St. James, Dog Island and French Cap. On a clear day you can see St. Croix and sometimes even Vieques! From your waterfront vantage point you might see sailboats cruising by on a beam reach, locals diving for lobsters and an occasional kayak or SUP boarder. Guests have even reported spotting amazing sea life from the deck – a mother dolphin and her baby swimming by, a tarpon jumping out of the water, turtles coming up for air…and once someone even saw a manta ray! Spectacular sunsets are a common occurrence, and the sparkling lights of St. Thomas each evening will never fail to delight you.


The house was designed in a breezy Caribbean architectural style, to make the most of the dramatic view, but also the steady trade winds. Outdoor living spaces abound. From the shady covered decks on every room, to the alfresco dining options, to lazy lounging on the pool deck – you will find a place to make the most of St. John’s wonderful warm and sunny weather. The comfortable open floor plan gives the whole house a relaxed and casual vibe. The bright and cheerful décor can’t help but make you feel at home in the tropics. Water Cliff truly reflects the nature of St. John – a laid back island bursting with color and life.


Water Cliff is ideal for groups and families, as it offers a fabulous great room and pool deck for socializing, but also separate private bedrooms perfect for a little down time. The house is organized in two wings on either side of the pool. On the west side, the great room sits above a studio apartment, and on the east side there are three en suite bedrooms. The layout intentionally provides for lots of space between the living areas, making it easy for everyone to do their own thing when they wish. Each bedroom also has its own bathroom and outdoor shower and every bedroom has an incredible sea view!


Water Cliff is equipped with everything you need for a great vacation – from linens to kitchen equipment, and everything you need for the beach. All you need to do is come ready to have a good time! Our friendly property management team will ensure your smooth arrival to the villa and give you a quick orientation on island living. They are located on St. John and are close by should you need assistance during your stay.

Keywords: Water Cliff, St. John, St. John villa rental, St. John vacation rental

More Details

Greg and Heather Rydell
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About Greg and Heather Rydell

Heather and Gregory Rydell are a married couple from Woody Creek, Colorado. Gregory lived and worked on St. John as a contractor for 16 years and designed and built Water Cliff. They have three children, all in their twenties. When they are not connecting with family, Heather and Greg enjoy camping, hiking and skiing in the mountains of Colorado. They visit Watercliff about twice a year to host friends at their house and enjoy the island. Heather and Greg love to snorkel and hike, and know all the best spots on the island. The property is maintained by Gregory and locally managed by his niece, Jena and her husband Anthony - long time residents of St. John who can give you the inside scoop of where to go and what to do during your holiday.

Why Greg and Heather Rydell chose Cruz Bay

The property has spectacular views of outlying islands and sparkling nighttime views of St. Thomas. It is also located less than 1 mile from the Cruz Bay ferry dock, restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping. The property has a paved subdivision road and driveway and easy parking. Water Cliff is close to the National Park and many spectacular beaches with excellent snorkeling. St. John has the safety and stability of a US Territory and uses the US Dollar, yet it is still exotic.

What makes this villa unique

Our friendly property management team will pick guests up at the ferry, help you get your rental car, escort you to the villa, show you the villa and offer any additional assistance needed 24 hrs. a day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Water Cliff has been a fabulous stay for us . Came for a wedding and had by far the Best Villa of any other person we knew. Loved the island and all it had to offer. Coral Bay is worth the trip just for the burgers at Skinny Legs! We will do St. John again and will choose Water Cliff. Kay at the management company was very helpful.The house was clean & well maintained. Loved the location & will be recommended by us. Nothing but great on this vacation!......C. family & O. family (Denver, Colorado)
Dec 2008
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Contant & Contant Farms Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Second Small Kitchen in One of the Bedrooms


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Water Cliff, Oceanfront Villa, Minutes From Town
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 19 reviews

What a view!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week and would have liked to stay forever! Well appointed and well supplied multi-level house with a sweet little pool and verandas with views over the waters towards St. Thomas. With spacious rooms, clean and airy, a great big kitchen and eating areas, this villa really was bigger than we (two couples) needed, but it sure was nice.

The villa is close to town (not really walking distance), close to supermarkets and in a very private neighborhood. Rent a jeep, the roads are steep and sometimes challenging in St. John. Beautiful island - much nicer, safer and restful than St. Thomas.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Williamsburg, VA

Water Cliff was fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Water Cliff! The house location was perfect! We were close to Cruz Bay, the Starfish Market, the Westin etc. The house itself was well laid out- all 4 bedrooms had en suite bathrooms. The outdoor showers were well designed! The house had a large kitchen and living room and dining area. So the common area was plenty big to accommodate everyone. The pool was a delight! This house has a washer and dryer as well! Jena met us at the ferry and took us to the house and gave us all the information we needed. the weather was perfect and we did not need to use the air conditioners in the bedrooms - we just opened the windows and let the breeze and the sound of the waves put us to sleep. We really appreciated the great driveway that this house has as well! We would definitely rent this house again!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great place!!

  • 5 of 5

If your coming to St. John and want the best view, home and accessories....WaterCliff is definitely your destination.

Best home layout we've rented in St. John. Private and perfect for family or group.

It's so close to Cruz Bay and the property is very secure.

The pool was wonderful and the home is situated high on the edge of the cliff for perfect views and great trade winds everyday.

If you have the chance to stay here, do it!!!


  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just an update as a review had not been written for a while

  • 4 of 5

First, we have stayed on St John and rented villas a number of times, so you should read some of the reviews below that might be helpful for trash and etc. This is a nice and roomy villa, particularly if you have older teenagers. I would not recommend it if you have small kids that will stay alone in the other bedrooms for reasons explained later. It is a little dated in comparison to other places that we have stayed but still nice and good value for the money. It is close to town but not so close that you need to drive or take a cab. Many villas are a good distance and the island is very hilly so this is a nicety about this property. It is a split property with 3 bedrooms on one side of the pool and the living quarters and an apartment style bedroom with kitchen on the other side. All bedrooms are air conditioned. Showers are directly outside adjacent to the bedrooms. I was worried about that but in all honestly none of us minded and we are definately private people. If I had one wish, it would have been for the property to be gated at the entrance as anyone could just walk up to the property at any time day or night. I always had this uneasy feeling at night, particularly with teenage girls. That proved unfounded but I felt it absolutely worth sharing. The general living area is not air conditioned but since we were rarely there during the day (June gets hot), that was not a problem. If you are going between October and April and like to spend a lot of time on the property, definately not a problem. Really nice balconies and really spectactular views. We had some minor maintenance issues and I only mention it to let you know that the property folks are extremely responsive which is important. We mostly ate out but the kitchen is nicely appointed if you are inclined to dine it. Do be prepared for really expensive groceries but really cheap alcohol. Like most properties you have to drive to other side of the island for all the great beaches. In closing, I hope you enjoy your stay on this wonderful island.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, TX

Six days spent in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Having been to St. Thomas before, we decided after a day trip to stay on St. John as it was just much more low key and laid back. It was a difficult decision as to where we'd stay as there are so many wonderful properties, but after speaking with Heather, I just knew that Water Cliff would be our vacation home. It was comfortable enough for 8 adults and has great A/C in the bedrooms. The location, although gorgeous, was a little difficult for some of the taxi's to get to (as are most villas on St. John), but the proximity to town was very good. One thing that would have been good to know in advance is the trash situation (which we were not told about until we arrived). All the trash must be removed and taken to the dumpster in town before departure. Seeing as we did not have a car the last few days, this was a challenge, but most of the taxi's were accomodating (assumed they understood this was common practice). Also, my husband suggests that they invest in a stop valve for the cistern pump (he's in the pool business and this is a common piece of equipment) so that in the event you lose power, you can still use the water with the pump staying primed. The management company was very attentive and checked on us several times during our visit and everyone LOVED the outdoor showers! All in all, our stay at Water Cliff was a delightful experience and we hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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west, USA

Extraordinary views, private, ideal location, truly a special villa with pool

  • 5 of 5

A week at Water Cliff was the ideal vacation. It offered a very private escape with spectacular views in an ideal location just 5 minutes from Cruz Bay restaurants, shopping and night life. Daily adventures for exploration, water activities and adventure are there waiting for you. We ventured out every day to yet another tucked away little paradise for snorkeling, swimming, hiking, checking out historical ruins and finding great little restaurants with local color and charm.

The villa itself has an ideal floor plan and is well appointed and well maintained offering all of the extras--outdoor showers with lovely views, snorkel equipment, games, etc. It is conducive to swims in the pool, al fresco dining and enjoyable times with friends and family in a beautiful setting.

What is there not to like!!!!! I can see from its popularity and bookings that I need to put Water Cliff at the top of the list for rebooking as soon as possible. This is one property that does not at all disappoint.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Contant & Contant Farms Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Dec 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

security deposit waiver $50
Tax Rate 12.5%

RATES shown above are for 4 people. Full weekly rate schedule shown below:

2 guests - Summer $ 3800 Winter $ 5900

4 guests - Summer $ 4100 Winter $ 6400

6 guests - Summer $ 4400 Winter $ 6600

8 guests - Summer $ 4700 Winter $ 6800

Christmas / New Years weeks $ 8900 per week
Thanksgiving week $ 5000 per week

50% deposit to secure reservation. Balance due 60 days prior to arrival. Credit cards accepted.

Repeat customer 5% discount 10% discount for stay of 2 weeks

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Water Cliff Villa
Nearest Point of Interest
Cruz Bay ferry dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Grocery store
Nearest Point of Interest
Cruz Bay - downtown


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