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Spectacular Panoramic Water/Sunset Views, Privacy, Pool, Spa, near town, beaches

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Breathtaking view of islands and ocean around from the top of Gifft Hill.

Cloud Nine is located on Gifft Hill 640 feet above the Caribbean Sea where you can see mountain peaks 80 miles away. With spectacular views, gentle trade winds, and the twinkling lights of distant islands Cloud Nine combines the comforts of traditional Caribbean architecture with casual elegance and creates a private, romantic and restful environment. At night after a beautiful sunset, the soft lighting, gentle trade winds and twinkling lights of distant islands create a seductive and tranquil ambiance. A covered walkway connects the living room/kitchen with the bedroom wing.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Linda Sorensen or Allen Glenn
Member since: 1999
Speaks: spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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About Linda Sorensen or Allen Glenn

We are Allen and Linda. We and our two teen daughters are residents of St. John and have lived on St. John since 1990. We chose St. John as our ideal home after exploring the Caribbean and Bahamas by sailboat. We manage Cloud Nine and Pebble Cove on East End ourselves and it is very important to us that our guests are pleased with the property. We love the views from the large courtyard deck, perfect for spectacular sunsets, rainbows in the rain, moonlit nights and wonderful stargazing from the hot tub. Every time we walk in the door we are still charmed by the view!

Linda Sorensen or Allen Glenn purchased this villa in 1996

Why Linda Sorensen or Allen Glenn chose St John

We wanted to offer this pleasure to our guests as well. We also love the relative coolness of this particular Gifft Hill location. The sun keeps the pool warm, but gentle breezes keep the house very comfortable year round. The courtyard opens to the view and offers plenty of privacy, a feature most guests highly value. Yes, you can swim, sunbathe or soak in the spa with no bathing suit.

What makes this villa unique

A short drive to the beaches, close to town yet uniquely private. This is the perfect location from which to explore St. John. We love sitting on the deck under the stars or under the shade of the gazebo and watching the play of light and wind on the waters below. The sunsets and lights of St. Thomas are magical!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cloud Nine is so aptly named! We loved this home from the moment we walked in the door. The view took our great away. We loved the privacy of the courtyard pool, hot tub and deck. Once we arrived it was hard to want to leave even to explore. But we did visit the beaches and hike the trails, delighted to return to our heavenly home on Gift Hill.
Mar 2016
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Spectacular Panoramic Water/Sunset Views, Privacy, Pool, Spa, near town, beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Chevy Chase, Maryland (home of many 2016 Olympic g


  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a week at Cloud 9. Great house, view, location, pool etc. Could not have been happier with the accommodations. Linda (the owner) was great to work with. No issues whatsoever! Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed the house and location as much as we do! Thanks for your comments.
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Matthews, NC USA

Rest and Relaxation at Cloud 9

  • 5 of 5

My husband and are long time St. John islanders - we consider it our 2nd home. I specifically picked "Cloud 9" villa for its West Indies Style, its pool and the views you have looking out over St. John to St. Thomas and beyond - the awesome sunsets and at night the twinkling lights of St. Thomas - breathtaking - all of this from Cloud 9.

If you have more than two people (we did not), with its West Indies Style, Cloud 9 gives you plenty of privacy - to retreat to your own bedroom/bungalow - with very comfortable rooms and beds and large bathrooms. The kitchen has everything you need to cook and we did cook meals and ate outside on the deck under the gazebo. With the lush foliage around the villa, you have plenty of privacy. The main house and bedroom were very comfortable and homey - the house was very clean and check-in and out was a breeze. We took books to read - but with the views - we just could not make ourselves read the books, the views were just too amazing! The house is in a great location for day trips to a different beach and snorkeling spot each day - we headed out each morning early - picking up sandwiches from a different shop each day - then returning home back to Cloud 9 for dips in the pool and views that just keep on going.

Now with all that said - as an islander I have to tell you this " St. John is a tropical island - this is not home, things are different here, there are bugs, mosquitos and cute Iguanas small and large. So go prepared - just like in the mountains in the summertime - be prepared - take bug replant wipes and spray with you; once you get there, put on your shopping list "flying bug spray" you can purchase this from either the Star Fish or Dolphin markets.

Remember it is an island - on island time - always say good morning - good afternoon - good evening - when starting a conversation; get up early to enjoy the morning and the day.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed at Cloud Nine many times over the years and we chose Cloud Nine again for spring break with the family. It always feels like coming home. Since I am the college kid, I get the loft, my favorite room. I sprawl in the queen size bed and listen to the trees frogs or soft drizzle of rain as I fall asleep. Thank goodness there is WiFi and it is fast enough that both my sister and I can watch different movies at the same time. I check Facebook, dip in the pool when the mood strikes me, lie under the stars at night, enjoy the view from the hot tub and basically make myself at home. It is nice to be with the family and still have my own space. We had an awesome time at the sandy North Shore beaches-especially Dennis Bay-and loved the Reef Bay Trail. Hoping we can come back next year. I’d like to bring my friend from college. There is another twin in the loft and we’d have plenty of room to chill. Cloud Nine rocks!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to have you and your family return to Cloud Nine year after year and enjoy all that Gift Hill and St John have to offer.
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Rochester, NY, USA

Cloud Nine is Heavenly!

  • 5 of 5

What a good time I had on St John this year! Cloud Nine was so comfortable and Linda and Allen were great hosts. I stayed over a month and enjoyed sitting in the shade of the gazebo listening to music, soaking in the incredible view and checking online for news from friends or associates. That is, when I wasn’t out on long snorkel expeditions, chilling on the beach or enjoying some of the many hikes on St John. There is so much to do and the atmosphere on St John is so laid back, I felt like I could stay forever.

I also had a chance to spend time at Linda and Allen’s other home, Pebble Cove, which is right on the water on the East End of St. John. There we could snorkel right off our own private beach! Both places are wonderful in their own unique way. Cloud Nine is closer to town and the North Shore beaches while Pebble Cove has all of Coral Bay to enjoy. A little time at each is my perfect scenario and that is what I did. I am glad to know about these two special homes and I intend to return whenever I can. Thank you Linda and Allen!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a pleasure to have guests who return year after year. So glad that you enjoyed Cloud Nine again!
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Salt Lake City, UT

We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Cloud Nine in late August, a wonderful time to be on St John. The water is so warm you can snorkel for hours and you have the beaches almost to yourself. Cloud Nine was perfect for us. The house wraps around the pool and spacious deck, providing great privacy for swimming, sunbathing, dining, yoga or using the hot tub, yet at the same time open to the spectacular views. I got one of my best sunset shots from Cloud Nine. The decks, some parts with shade, some with sun are a perfect place for yoga practice. There is plenty of space and I can gaze out at the sailboats on the sea, the birds in the palms above or the clouds passing by. Cloud Nine is great place to find peace and tranquility. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed Cloud Nine and St John. September is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the tranquility of the island. And yes, the deck is a great place for yoga! We hope you will return soon.
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tony's Kitchen
Nearest Ferry
2.5 Miles
Cruz Bay Ferry Dock and St. Thomas car barge
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Tony's Kitchen, many in Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Chocolate Hole, Hart Bay or Monte Bay at Rendevous
Car: recommended

St John is 2/3 Virgin Islands National Park. There are many excellent hiking trails, including the famous Reef Bay Trail with the petroglyphs inscribed on rocks by the pond and waterfall. Take the tour with a park guide and return to town by boat or hike the 2.5 mile trail on your own.

Enjoy cultural events and archeological sites, including artifacts found in recent digs displayed at the waterfront museum at Cinnamon Bay.

During high season there is the National Park Seminar Series with guided hikes, kayak or architectural tours with local experts.

Annual events to challenge your fitness include: September - The Love City Triathlon, February - 8 Tuff Miles, May - Beach to Beach Power Swim St. John School of the Arts offers a concert series. Enjoy a variety of musical venues at local bars and restaurants, including Wednesday night open mic at Sun Dog Café in Mongoose Junction. Explore an excellent variety of shopping, including art galleries, open art studios, fine jewelry, island, sport clothes, surfing and island fancy.


Rates & Availability

Cruz Bay Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
6 nights Nov 13-19
Nov 13 2016 - Nov 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
3 nights Dec 13-16
Dec 13 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017 Cloud Nine
Jan 8 2017 - Jan 13 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017 Cloud Nine
Jan 22 2017 - Feb 13 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
3 nights Feb 14-17
Feb 14 2017 - Feb 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017 Cloud Nine
Feb 17 2017 - Apr 14 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.5%

Standard rates are for 2 people. Add $25 per person per night for additional guests.
Winter rates are for 2-4 people. Add $25 per person per night for additional guests.

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Cruz Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Three bathrooms, each with shower. One master bathroom has a double sink, the others have a single sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Daybed in Great Room - 1 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom with AC - 1 king
    Master Bedroom 2 with AC - 1 king
    Full Standup Loft with AC - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • 2 Master Bedrooms, each with a king size bed, AC and double doors open onto the private pool. Each have a bath with shower. The large stand up loft has a queen size bed and one twin. There is a dresser, night tables, windows and AC. There is also a twin daybed in the great room for an optional sleeping choice or a comfortable reading nook. A playpen is available on request. A bathroom with shower and the laundry room is off the LR/DR area at the base of the steps to the loft.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Panoramic ocean views of up to twenty islands and cays with spectacular, year-round sunsets. Private hilltop location, with tropical landscaping. House fully air conditioned. Caribbean indoor-outdoor living, with a central courtyard and pool, shaded gazebo, covered walkways, and extensive deck, all on a single level Less than ten minutes from the many restaurants and shops of Cruz Bay Large built-in spa with panoramic ocean views and sunsets

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