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Matt Eldridge

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german, dutch

Secluded Getaway with Breathtaking Views

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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2 bedrooms, 2 half bathrooms, sleeps 4

Thalassa is an intimate, rustic vacation villa on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. From its vantage point atop the lush Hawk Hill on the south shore, Thalassa offers panoramic views and a constant, refreshing Caribbean breeze even on the warmest days. The unforgettable, unobstructed vistas from every room and each of Thalassa's four decks in the villa capture the essence of vacationing in the Virgin Islands, with sunrises to the east beyond Ram Head and sunsets to the west toward the island of St. Thomas. Thalassa's comfortable simplicity, sustainable design and minimal carbon footprint includes a large main room, fully featured kitchen, two bedrooms, bathrooms and discrete outdoor showers. It accommodates up to four adults and/or children. The villa's tastefully manicured garden provides a virtual snapshot of the island's indigenous biodiversity, with perennial bougainvilleas and a host of other native plants.

Experience vacation in your own style: Located just 1.5 miles (10 minutes) from the island's main town of Cruz Bay, Thalassa offers easy access to a range of restaurants, shops and night life, and frequent ferry connections to St. Thomas and the airport. Or if you prefer peace and quiet, relax to your heart's desire in more than 7,000 acres of national park lands, numerous public beaches or Thalassa's own picturesque serenity. For more details, call or e-mail us, or visit our website.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Matt Eldridge (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german, dutch

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello and welcome to our guestbook for Thalassa on St. John!

We appreciate your interest in our secluded vacation rental bungalow with breathtaking views on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We are in the process of adding paper-based comments from previous guests, and hope to make those available shortly.

We also encourage all guests to leave feedback. Thanks for stopping by!
Feb 2008
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based on 10 traveler reviews

Secluded Getaway with Breathtaking Views
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Great Trip

  • 5 of 5

Just as advertised. Great views. Not fancy but perfectly comfortable and adequate for our needs. Will go back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Views and Privacy

  • 4 of 5

Thalassa has amazing views and great privacy. Very close to Cruz Bay, so convenient to get to grocery stores and restaurants.

This place is not fancy, so if you are looking for granite countertops and marble baths, this isn't the place for you. But if you want a nice quiet place to yourself, with amazing views, then you should consider it. The website represents the property well, and the on-island caretaker was great about meeting us when we arrived and took care of a minor issue we had as soon as we called. Other than when we called, he gave us our privacy.

Our favorite parts:

- Amazing views on all sides. Sunrise in the morning, sunset at night. Gorgeous.

- Decks on three sides - Always a good deck to go to, whether you want sun, shade, breeze, no breeze, etc.

- An unexpected plus - we were able to hear the waves in the bay below on the east side. Not sure if this is a time of year thing (we were there in Dec during a full moon), or if this is always, but it was a nice plus.

- Privacy - Although you can see the roofs/etc of other villas below you, you are on top of the hill, so someone would have to work pretty hard to see your villa.

- Clean - I was worried because no one talked about the cleanliness of the place. I can tell you that we didn't have any complaints about the cleanliness.

- Convenient - Easy to get to grocery store and get around the island.

- Bedrooms separate from living area - My husband really liked having the bedrooms set off from the main building.

- Guidebooks in the villa - We were able to find an "off the beaten path" beach on our last day to go snorkeling that was COMPLETELY EMPTY on New Years Day!! Great end to our trip that was only possible because of the book in the villa.

Things we didn't enjoy:

- Outdoor showers - There are two showers - both outdoor. Unfortunately, they are both on sides that get a breeze. We shower at the end of our days when we're on vacation, and it was very difficult to have a warm shower - maybe this would be different if you shower in the peak of the day.

- No outdoor grill or dining table - These weren't advertised, so it's nothing that was "wrong", but we generally like grilling when on vacation and like to eat outdoors. Would have made it much nicer if they had either.

- Cookware could use an upgrade - Not a dealbreaker, but we had to be creative on a lot of our cooking.

All in all - Not fancy, but clean, great views, and private.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Denise, thanks so much for your thoughtful and helpful review! We truly appreciate you taking time to share your comments and observations. We're grateful for your constructive feedback on the showers and cookware, and benefits of adding a grill and outdoor table. We are always eager to improve and hope to address these items soon. Thanks, again, very much for choosing Thalassa. We would love to have you return on your next trip to St. John!
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Thalassa is magnificent!

  • 5 of 5

What a majestic place! Our only regret about our stay at Thalassa is the amount of time it took us to write this review. The house sits amongst the tallest hills on the island of St. John (Hawk Hill), and from the moment we arrived we could not get enough of the views. Beautiful blue waters, island breezes and serenity at its finest.

My wife and I wanted to get away and relax, and quite frankly we could not have picked a better place to go. We intend on making Thalassa a recurrent trip for us. The beaches are absolutely gorgeous, and are all just a short drive from the house. The outdoor showers are a very nice touch, you can watch the sunrise while taking a shower each and every morning. We found ourselves going to bed earler than expected each night, waking up refereshed and surrounded by paradise.

Tim, the gentleman that helps with the hosue is extremely warm and helpful. He was a great tour guide and helper. We can't wait to come back to Thalassa!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Seth, thanks so much for your thoughtful and poignant review. It was a true delight having you both stay at Thalassa. We can't wait to have you return again soon!
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Our personal tree house

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Thalassa was a dream! Tim met us at the ferry terminal and quickly guided us through the rental process and then led us on the short, 5 minute drive to our personal tree house. That is what it was affectionately called by us after we explored the 360 decks and views afforded by being on top of this hill with NO obstructions. The lack of central air is quickly overshadowed by the southerly breezes that whisk off the ocean all day. It literally felt like a big luxurious tree house with amazing views that was built just for us.

Normally a late sleeper, I found myself going to bed at 9 or 10pm and waking with the sun in the east bedroom. Of our 7 mornings, I only missed one sunrise (which I regret missing!). We caught at least 4 beautiful sunsets from the house as well. I'll say it again: you CANNOT beat the views from this house! We were often rushing to get back to the house to get a glimpse of the sunset because it was way better from the house than anywhere else we could think of!

You'll need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get up to the house, but those are easy to obtain through the rental companies. There is a great grocery store within 2 minutes of the house that is a bit cheaper than the nicer market closer to Cruz Bay.

If we go back to St. John (I'm working on my wife now!), we will DEFINITELY stay at Thalassa!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely having you stay at Thalassa. Thanks so much for the thoughtful and evocative review - exceptionally kind and helpful of you. We will be delighted to have you come back again soon!
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Nashville TN

Great location

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed at Thalassa for a long weekend and were very happy with our stay. The welcome we received from Tim was wonderful. It was a nice touch to be met at the ferry, much less be taken to our rental car agency and to the grocery store before taking us to the house. He took the time to make sure we had everything we needed and was always accessible during the duration of our visit. The house was well maintained and we greatly appreciate the little things like beach chairs, towels and the cooler. As with all the other reviews, the views from this house are amazing. The showers are outside so we found we only had a small window during the late afternoon when it wasn't too windy or chilly to shower but this is probably only an issue in the winter/spring. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a nice relaxing vacation. It was very close to Cruz Bay and easy to get to the beaches.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an absolute pleasure having the two of you stay at Thalassa! Thanks for your informative and thoughtful review. We would welcome the chance to have you return - anytime!
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Boston, MA, US

What a great place

  • 5 of 5

Stayed around Christmas time, and loved the house. it is unique, with truly unrivaled views for both sunrises and sunsets. The setup is also great with bedrooms separate from the main house, and lots of covered terrace space for lazy afternoons. Outside showers are something to get used to, but in fact a fantastic idea. Nothing fancy, but everything one needs is there. Will definitely be back!

One note: I would suggest that one gets a 4x4 as the last few yards on unpaved road are pretty bumpy, and the road up to the house is a pretty steep incline.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments and for staying at Thalassa over the holidays! We're delighted that you had a nice time and enjoyed everything from the simple comforts of the villa to its panoramic views. Fair point about the bumpy street - like many roads on St. John, it certainly does have "character!" Whenever we stay at Thalassa, we've found that basic 2WD gets us up the driveway without a problem - but we can definitely understand your point that 4WD wouldn't hurt either. And since so many roads on the island are rugged, we'd recommend 4WD for everyone to make getting around as reliable as possible. Thanks, again, for choosing Thalassa. We'd love to have you stay with us on your next visit!
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Car: recommended

Chocolate Hole, USVI - St. John, Caribbean (Overlooking Chocolate Hole and Hart Bay, 5 Min. To Cruz Bay) -- From the vantage point of our villa Thalassa atop the lush Hawk Hill on the south shore, it offers panoramic views and a constant, refreshing Caribbean breeze even on the warmest days. Just 10 minutes from downtown Cruz Bay, the villa offers easy access to a range of restaurants, shops and night life, and frequent ferry connections to St. Thomas and the airport. Or if you prefer peace and quiet, relax to your heart's desire in more than 7,000 acres of national park lands, more than a dozen stunning, public beaches or Thalassa's own picturesque serenity.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, parasailing, boating, wildlife viewing


Rates & Availability

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Apr 16 2016 - Dec 15 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
December Holidays
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Online payments are required via the HomeAway/VRBO secure, online system. 2 methods are available: 1) eCheck (ACH), w/ no fees and 2) Visa, MasterCard or Discover, for an add'l fee of 2.5%.

50% deposit required at booking. Remaining balance of 50% + a $200 security deposit are due 2 months before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1820 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • East Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    West Bedroom - 1 queen , crib available
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Air conditioning is available in the west bedroom. Both bedrooms are equipped with ceiling fans. The east bedroom typically enjoys a steady, refreshing easterly breeze from Hart Bay that tends to keep it comfortable at night even on the warmest days. The main house of the hilltop villa has screened sliding doors on 3 sides that welcome breezes from the east, south and west - its cool floor tiles and high ceiling ensure comfort in a natural, sustainable way with zero carbon footprint. There is also a grocery store a short drive away if you choose to cook. Our kitchen is fully-equipped with plenty of cooking gear, appliances, refrigerator, espresso machine, microwave and dishwasher. We also offer complementary wireless broadband Internet access and use of a printer/copier/scanner.

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