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Chris and Harriett Bast

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german

Cielo Vista, Breathtaking panoramic views from every room/deck

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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St John Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Private Baths, Plus loft (Sleeps 1 to 8)

Cielo Vista (Heavenly View) is a modern hilltop villa built in 2005, with an off-white stucco exterior and Caribbean blue roof and shutters. The interior is pristine, clean white plaster with rich mahogany wood trim and custom Mexican tile flooring. When people come to Cielo Vista their first reaction is awe – the views are truly stunning – and then they fall in love with the architecture and layout of the house.

The central Great Room is the hub, where the vaulted two story space takes advantage of the gentle Caribbean breeze. It includes a loft with a Front Gate Continuous Flow bed and a catwalk which leads directly outside to a private second story deck. The fully equipped kitchen was intentionally designed to face out into the Great Room, so the chef can enjoy the view while they cook, and they can still be a part of social gatherings as well.

The large outdoor veranda, with its proximity to the pool, is a place of easy comfort and is a great spot for relaxing, reading, visiting, and dining. With the use of the newly added screens, the space easily turns into an outdoor living room!

There are two private bed suites flanking the Great Room, each with their own private bath that boast dual-sink vanities and amazing, spa-inspired showers. The sleeper sofa located in the loft space provides additional sleeping arrangements for groups of 6, and for larger groups of 8 the private Pequeno Cielo is also available to rent with the property. The Pequeno Cielo apartment is a studio that offers an updated kitchen, a sleeping area with ample closet and built-in storage space, an indoor living space, an outdoor screened-in porch (lanai), and a covered patio. Pequeno Cielo will only be rented with the main house to accommodate a large group, or it will be rented on its own when the Owner is in residence – it will never be rented to two separate parties.

The pool is private and inviting, surrounded by tropical landscaping and beautiful flowers, encouraging sunbathing, sunrise viewing, a morning coffee or an evening cocktail.

And always, you are surrounded by the view!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris and Harriett Bast (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german

About Chris and Harriett Bast

Chris is a West Pointer with a tour of duty in VN. He started his company with his childhood sweetheart, his deceased wife, Nancy. It was Nancy who chose the site, selected the name and did much of the physical work of the building. I dedicate this to Nancy with love.

Chris and Harriett Bast purchased this villa in 2005

Why Chris and Harriett Bast chose St John

We had been stymied in our 3 year search for just the right property on St John during the real estate boom in the early 2000's.

We had made many offers but were always second bidder or too late. Returning stateside after one especially frustrating trip during which we had tendered two unsuccessful proposals, we received an urgent phone call from our realtor which needed an immediate response. A property was about to be listed and already offers were queuing up. We would have to bid 'sight unseen' if we wished to be in the hunt. We bid based on trust and the agent's detailed description - an unbelievably great view, nice neighborhood, buildable lot, well treed, convenient location, good access roads, quiet surrounds, great topography, ample space, and immediate availability. Obviously we were the successful bidder. We hurriedly returned to St John with 3 days of grace if we wanted to withdraw our bid. There was no need, it was love at first sight!

What makes this villa unique

Many St. John locations can boast of great views but Cielo Vista has one of the best. In the dark of night the vista continues - no featureless black seascape here. The lights of St. Thomas twinkle in the distance. We can watch the big cruise ships as they steam in from or out to sea from Charlotte Amalie. On clear days we can see the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebras. But the best is the spectacular sunsets from the deck or balcony as we review the day.

All rooms have the great view, proximity to the pool, and easy access to the outdoors. The Great Room, a two story, vaulted space with catwalk and loft, houses the functions for a group – visiting, cooking, TV watching, game playing, etc. The bed suites each have their own verandas and are get-away spots for reading or napping with privacy. The bathrooms are spacious with special showers which feel like you're outdoors. Originally the villa was built with a large open veranda tying all the areas together around the pool. To reduce the sun’s rays in late afternoon, a special rollup screen was installed in front of the Great Room. This proved so successful that they entire veranda was screened in with overhead fans and comfy cushioned chairs. This room has become a focal point in the villa and mimics the outdoor living spaces of Charleston, SC.

The pool is central to the villa. The surrounding deck is great for private sunbathing, it is often cool at night for cocktails as the twinkling lights of St. Thomas emerge after the sunset. Morning coffee or crossword puzzle are done there also.

The second floor balcony provides an elevated cafe and hammock.


based on 20 traveler reviews

Cielo Vista, Breathtaking panoramic views from every room/deck
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

terrific stay!

  • 5 of 5

the accommodations were perfect for our family of 4. Perfect for families with teens. Gorgeous views and well appointed home. thank you for sharing with us for the week.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Westerville, Ohio

"Cielo Vista" A most deserving title.

  • 5 of 5

Arriving after darkness, our first view from this beautiful villa was the moonlit sea and twinkling lights of St. Thomas Island. Stunning!

Then, the next morning while looking out over various islands and the Caribbean Sea, we asked ourselves, "Is this real, or just our imagination?".

This comfortable, solidly constructed, 3-level villa is nestled in beautiful foliage. It offers spacious interior living areas and outdoor gathering and viewing areas on each level, including a refreshing pool. It has all amenities available for a relaxing, carefree stay. My wife especially liked the large lower level open-air shower (very private), the peacefulness, and the "bo-peep" outdoor sounds of the night.

I enjoyed the proximity of Cruz Bay and the beautiful beaches (how many shades of blue can there be?), plus the great restaurants. It was truly a wonderful place to stay and visit!

"Cielo Vista" (Heavenly View), a most appropriate name and highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at beautiful Cielo Vista. Looking forward to your return visit. Harriett and Chris
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Buffalo, Ohio

A vacation in heaven

  • 5 of 5

WOW! A step closer to heaven. I departed the plane, sampled some rum and someone poked me on the shoulder. It was Chris, he was there to take me to Ceilo Vista. St. John is a beautiful island, but the view from the deck of the Cielo Vista was heavenly. I felt right at home, relaxed, happy, and most of all WARM. This was, by far, the best vacation I have ever had. Chris and Harriet thank you.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed our little slice of paradise!
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Awesome Place !!!

  • 5 of 5

The place was fabulous. The property manager and the owners were AWESOME !!! They'd guided us w/ the vehicle rentals and places to see. It definitely made for a fantastic trip. And kids absolutely LOVED IT !!!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to St. John and our first use of HomeAway. First, we received a timely response from the owners and generally found HomeAway easy to use. Our liaison, Denise, was helpful in suggesting car rentals and arranging our arrival on the island. Then, the house was exactly as described on the site… in fact… it exceeded our expectations. The sunsets were great, the pool was refreshing, the BBQ grill didn’t disappoint, and the screen-covered terrace got a lot of use. The kitchen was well equipped, the washer-dryer came in handy, the AC worked well, and the ample supply of towels was much appreciated. The views out the shower windows were great and a steady breeze kept the bathrooms ‘fresh.’ And when the power went out, the back-up generator immediately turned on. The drive to Cruz Bay was 10 minutes, and the many beaches on the island proved easy to get to. For the best selection of food , go to 'Starfish’ market.

For those interested in snorkeling, here was our experience… in the order we did them.

Trunk Bay gets a lot of press but the underwater trail is well-worn (if not dead). The best spots are around the cay, a short swim from the beach. While not the best snorkeling, it is good for practice and beach access is easy (but for a fee). The beach is nice too.

Hawksnest has easy parking and beach access and has good snorkeling right off the center of the beach and to the right along the rocks. Big coral formations dotted the underwater landscape, with a diverse fish population.

Waterlemon Cay (not watermelon… as I called it for three weeks before the trip) was probably the best experience. The corals were healthy and the fish plentiful. However, be prepared for a hike to get to the closest approach to the cay… about a 0.1 mile swim.

Cinnamon Bay (with its cay) has a nice beach, and facilities, but the snorkeling was average.

Honeymoon Bay was a great beach and very good snorkeling. While it looks to be a small snorkel location, the underwater reef was extensive and provided many encounters with lots of different fish. Sting rays also hang out in the location… and we also saw a large (somewhat intimidating) barracuda.

Salt Pond was a bit of a drive, required a short hike, and a significant swim to get to the best snorkeling spots (two 'boulder's in the middle of the bay). If there is any wind, the swells will make snorkeling more tricky. All in all, we would recommend the others reviewed here.

Maho Bay was a nice beach,

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houston, TX

Cielo Vista - Heavenly View/Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at Cielo Vista, which in itself should tell you something! Our first trip was two years ago with our oldest daughter and son-in-law. We enjoyed everything that St. John had to offer - the beautiful beaches, the fantastic food, the wonderful people and the views, and especially the views from Cielo Vista. Our youngest daughter wasn't able to make the first trip, so she was instrumental in us planning our return visit to the island (almost a year ago!), and to Cielo Vista. We didn't look at any other properties. Chris and Harriet Bast have a beautiful island home and we can't thank them enough for sharing it with us. The photographs accurately represent the property. The split floor plan is great for families, and the inclusion of the studio flat allowed plenty of space for all six adults. Denise, the house manager, provided information for taxi service at the airport met our ferry - everything perfectly orchestrated. Denise drove the girls and luggage to the house while the guys handled the jeep rentals - and the girls were in the pool relaxing when we arrived.

Cielo Vista is the perfect HOME AWAY from home.

Judi and Lee Jackson

Houston, Texas

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cruz Bay
Car: recommended

St John does not have the run-away commercialism of so many beautiful subtropical Caribbean islands. Over 2/3 of the island has been set aside as a National Park. As such the beaches remain close to pristine with easy access for snorkeling and other water sports. All the beaches have 'swim or wade to' reefs supporting schools of colorful fish.

Day trips to the British Virgin islands are easy to arrange in downtown Cruz Bay with ferry service to these differing islands.

Sometimes on rainy days the south side of the island is still clear. Try Salt Pond near Rams Head should you have some rain, (Think of the cisterns)

Waterlemon Bay almost always has turtles and rays for the viewing. It is worth the hike (20 minutes).

Wednesday nights at Mongoose Junction the local musicians jam. Great fun.

Sunday afternoon there is music at the Beach Bar in Cruz Bay. Bring a beach chair.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Feb 1 2017 - May 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
May 16 2017 - Nov 18 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Rates Reflect 2-4 guests for 2 bedroom/2 bathroom and loft in main villa. For additional garden apartment: Low Season $975.00 weekly. High Season $1050 weekly.
*Contact owner for Thanksgiving and Christmas - 7 Day minimum
No Pets
No Children under 5

Manager'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
  • Catering available
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Extra Large with view of Pillsbury Sound
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Extra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Extra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
  • Each bathroom is very spacious with an open window and spectacular view of Pillsbury Sound. Please review photos.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private Bath
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Exceptionally comfortable bed by Front Gate
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , BR 3 & bath in garden apt
  • Three bedroom suites each with a large private bath and a private entrance. Additional sleeping space in loft on a Front Gate portable bed. Loft is perfect for children or teenagers. The loft does not have a private bathroom but there is private access to a bathroom. Third bedroom is located in the garden apartment which is just a few steps from villa.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
In the event of a power outage, you are protected by Cielo Vista's generator that comes on immediately without intervention from the tenant and without interruption in your power service. We love children but due to the open access to the pool we have implemented an age limit of 5. No pets. Maid service can be arranged if ordered prior to visit. Maid service is at the expense of the guest.

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