|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This is it! Located on the exclusive East End, 'The Hideaway' transports you back to the Caribbean experience of your dreams. Without a neighbor in sight, you will enjoy the serenity and tranquility of song birds and sea breezes as you float in the private pool suspended above the lush and fragrant vegetation. A private path leads you past ancient Tamarind trees to your own beach in paradise. Gear is provided to allow you to snorkel the Hansen Bay reef and Pelican Rock right off your beach. There are kayaks on the shore to allow you to explore even further. The drive is a short distance to the famous National Park beaches that abound on island. Hike trails of the Park or walk the country lanes outside your door past abundant flowering trees and palms. This brand new villa is the fantasy of the Architect /Interior Designer owners and comes complete with everything you need to enjoy the island.
All three bedrooms have their own bathrooms and state of the art whisper quiet air conditioning as well as ceiling fans.The great room has four ceiling fans as does the shaded outdoor loggia/living area. Indoor and outdoor dining on multiple levels, outdoor wet bar and outdoor shower adds to the well planned layout. The villa includes internet access with a TV/VCR with an extensive collection of movies, CD/IPOD player and gourmet kitchen that is fully equipted for the most discerning chef. There is also an armoire bursting with games of all sorts and a well curated library to borrow from.
Snorkling and Scuba: The Hideaway's private path leads to a private beach maintained by the Privateer Bay Homeowners Association. Snorkeling consists of a reef along the shore to the SE and the area surrounding Pelican Rock. A short walk or kayak away is Haulover Bay with additional awesome snorkeling on the Francis Drake Channel side. Privateer Bay Beach Association also maintains a beach, over the hill behind the Hideaway on Francis Drake Channel side. Crystal clear waters abound! Snorkeling gear is available at the villa and additional equipment can be rented at Crabby's in Coral Bay. Diving is available in Coral Bay or at Low Key in Cruz Bay. The wreck of the Rhone, the Indians and the caves of Norman Island are a short distance away by boat.
Beaches: Along with the private beach maintained by PBHA at the end of the path from the Hideaway, the kayaks provide access to a myriad of beaches within Coral Bay. Beyond your beach, the closest beaches are Vie’s , Salt Pond, Francis Bay and Maho beach. The North Shore beaches are a short drive away as well…
Dining: On the East End, you have Vie’s Snack Shop and beach 3 minutes away and the renowned Skinny Legs is 8 minutes away. In Coral Bay you will find several choices for dining along with groceries in a well stocked Dolphin Market at Cocolobo complex. Love City Market is also close for bottled water and smaller grocery needs. For additional shopping, you can go into Cruz Bay (20 minute drive 8 miles away) for shopping at Starfish, Dolphin or St. John market for food and beverage provisions, and Mongoose for interesting items. There is a list in the villa with restaurants noted. You might find, after visiting Cruz Bay and stocking up, there is no reason to leave the tranquility of the East End and the Hideaway.
The Hideaway was absolutely perfect for our family.
Christine and Gary have done a great job with this vacation home and were exceptional hosts.
We loved the location. It is on the quiet side of the island. It has it's own secluded beach and the snorkeling was great. There were beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, and kayaks available. Although we did do dome hiking and exploring and enjoyed that, we all agreed that the best experience was right at the Hideaway.
There is a great view from the large and well equipped deck. We spent most of the time outside in perfect weather. In the evenings we took advantage of the comfortable living room, wifi, and large catalog of movies.
There are decent restaurants nearby but we found that by buying groceries the first day in Cruz Bay and supplementing as needed from the store in Coral Bay we were mostly able to eat in using the well equipped kitchen.
The home was clean and everything was in good repair.
This was one of the most relaxing and easy vacations that my family can remember. When we return to St. John we will definitely return to the Hideaway.
This was our fourth stay at this wonderful villa! We love it, our adult children love it, and our friends who have joined us love it!!!
The owners are constantly improving the villa, and we look forward to seeing the changes each year. First, the driveway was paved, then steps were added to the beach path, and now there is a beautiful, wave-like stainless steel trellis.
The location is perfect for us. We enjoy the quiet and the privacy. The snorkeling is great at the beach below the house...either around Pelican Rock or along the reef near the shore directly to the left of the beach path. We usually snorkel somewhere else in the morning and then return to the house for relaxation before a late afternoon snorkel below the house. This year, we had an added treat because some of our friends were sailing in the area and were able to anchor near the house for a few days...adding sailing to our activities.
This villa is very comfortable in addition to being beautiful! There is ample room for people to sit or stretch out and read in either sun or shade. Many houses do not actually have comfortable furniture for the maximum number of guests...but this one does!
The villa is spotlessly clean and very well-equipped. We enjoy cooking, and we have always found whatever we needed to cook a delicious dinner. The location is relatively remote, and we prefer cooking at home to driving at night.
I saw the negative review...and that inspired me to write again to counter that review with our experience which has been totally great.
St John is a beautiful island with a lot of rental villas that are similar with air-conditioning, better locations and much better service without being mistreated at the end!
When I saw that my security deposit check was cashed after we came back, I was surprised but not concerned. I was sure there was some explanation. When I contacted the owner, I was told that the check was cashed because we left garbage in the house and had a dishwasher service call!
While we did leave some garbage, all bottles were gathered in carton box in the kitchen for easy removal (I forgot to ask about recycling) and on the day of the departure, it was raining quite hard. We just did not think about the garbage. What was left behind was a carton of wine bottles and a half-day worth of garbage in the garbage bin in the kitchen.
When the dishwasher did not start, we called house help who never came to check on it. After washing dishes by hand several times, we called again and a service call was made.
At no point were we told that we could be liable for this service. The dishwasher had worked intermittently since we arrived. Ultimately, I was charged for garbage removal and for the service call (in addition to cleaning fee).
While we did have a good time and the villa was well equipped, the treatment at the end negated anything positive I had to say about the villa. There was no one to greet us and to show us around when we arrived; no one came when we asked for with the dishwasher; one kayak was leaking. It was very hot and the fans not powerful enough to really help.
After I had paid in full for the villa, I got a letter from Christine about cleaning bird droppings so as not to attract the bats that had invaded the property. Had I received this letter (and we exchanged quit a few, I always make thorough investigation and ask lots of questions) at time of inquiry, I would have thought twice about staying in a villa that collects a cleaning fee, but requires quests to clean bird droppings from the pool and property.
We have been renting villas for over 10 years, on average about 3 times a year. We love St John and it was our 3rd time on the island (different villa every time, all in quiet areas). Our group consisted of 3 couples, old college friends, now residing in different countries.
The Hideaway is exactly that - a chance to hide away from the world and relax and recharge. We spend a wonderful week with family, enjoying time with each other in a way that just isn't possible at home. The villa had everything we needed - a great kitchen, fabulous (covered) outdoor spaces for relaxing, reading, talking, and dining. The pool was a great way to get refreshed after a day of snorkeling. After a day outdoors enjoying the island I slept like a teenager.
At home we're always plugged in. Here we felt no need to. The only time we turned on the TV was to watch part of the Super Bowl.
The snorkeling at the local beach was great. A day trip to Waterlemon Cay to snorkel out around a little island was the best day ever - great coral, rays, turtles, and more fish than you can imagine. Other day trips were equally fun.
When we weren't cooking we dined at Skinny Legs, Pinks, and Vera's. The little local spots were much more interesting and fun than the fancy places in Cruz Bay. Talking to locals made me feel like I was in a Jimmy Buffet song.
Next time we come we'll know to stock up on groceries at Cruz Bay. Food shopping in the East End is somewhat limited.
We have been back home in Dallas for several weeks and are still talking about our fantastic vacation in St. John and our happy discovery of The Hideaway.
This home is like staying at your friend with the fabulous taste's house rather than at a "beach rental." If you appreciate quality and understated luxury then this is your place. From the Cutco knives to the Kohler sinks...(I notice these things) no expense was spared in the building and furnishing of this lovely home. Each outdoor space is perfectly situated to share the magnificent views and at the same time affords privacy for a large family.
Our daily routine was up and out early - scouting local beaches - then back home in the afternoon for snorkeling at our own beach. I am particularly fond of the sea turtles. We also saw a big sting ray and countless colorful Finding Nemo fish!
For dinner we would either head to Skinny Legs or Shipwreck or cook at home and dine under the stars by candlelight.
If you travel a lot and particularly if you have rented houses on vacation then you know that sometimes the photos are nicer than the house. At the Hideaway, the photos don't even begin to capture the beauty of the house or the views.
We will return. The Thomas Family
“The Hideaway” is exactly that, a hideaway. When I first arrived and entered through the outdoor covered sitting room I was struck by the expansive view coupled with the complete privacy. It is the perfect place to have long conversations and connect on a new level with your traveling mates. As an incurable “news junkie” I rarely unplug but at the Hideaway I was never tempted to touch the television and rarely checked email.
Life is easy and breezy at the well-equipped Hideaway. A short private trail leads to a cove teaming with turtles and beautiful fish. For those like myself who prefer shade on the beach there are trees to offer that protection. An outdoor shower and drying racks make it easy to unload beach supplies at the end of the day. I particularly appreciated the gentle ocean breeze that flowed across my bedroom from one beautiful French door through the one on the opposite side of the room.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Oct 29 2016 - May 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$250 + Tax|
10% discount on rentals of 2 weeks or more.
Rental fees must be paid 60 days in advance, minimum.
Bedrooms have been air conditioned
Security deposit of $500. will be required and returned following final inspection.
partial payment to reserve dates, full payment 60 days in advance