About the property
- Villa975 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
2BR/1BA Townhome near Town/NP Beaches; Sea & Sunset Views; A/C; Private Terrace
Affordable Elegance! But right now it's been affected--as has the whole island of St. John--by taking a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, which was a Cat 5+ hurricane at the time. I'm posting updates about Bliss's, Cruz View's, and St. John's recovery on a FB group page called Bliss Cruz Views #1 USVI Post-Irma Updates. Please join to stay updated. Thank you for your concern.
Bliss: a totally renovated 2BR/1BA, 2-story penthouse unit at Cruz Views (#1). Only unit available direct through owner! If you look at the picture of the peach-colored building, that whole building is Bliss (like a stand-alone, private villa of your own at condo prices--the best of both worlds!!)
The location can NOT be beat! Close to everything--walkable down to town with its fabulous restaurants and charming shops, 5 minutes from National Park Beaches--yet up in the hills high enough to be a peaceful retreat.
Not only completely remodeled, Bliss also has all updated furnishings including new beds as well as all new bedding including 1800 thread count sheets!, kitchen supplies, appliances, entertainment systems, and Central Air-Conditioning to keep you comfortable all year long!
Bliss's upstairs bedroom provides you with the option of either 2 twin beds or 1 extremely comfortable king bed.
The amazing Caribbean views--including Pillsbury Sound with a myriad of cays and small islands nestled within it, St. Thomas with it's nightly 'twinkly light' display, and daytime views of sailboats skimming along the surface, even regattas--are also yours within the unit itself. Half the time when I watch tv in the living area, I'm instead looking outside the windows at the view! Views from the upstairs bedroom are incredible.
Bliss also includes your own private parking spot right above the unit and--set among a lovely tropical garden frequently scented with jasmine--is a beautiful saline-filtered pool (gentle on your skin) shared with the guests from the other 9 units but often yours alone!
Not only is there a gas grill, tables, chairs, and chaise lounges on the pool deck but also a gazebo--offering great Caribbean views as well--where guests frequently gather at the end of the day to toast the sunset together and share their beach/snorkeling/hiking/sailing adventures of the day.
You also have your own little private tropical garden enclosed within Bliss's private deck area, where you'll find your beach chairs and coolers as well.
Bliss: offering you all the comforts of home along with the unique tropical experience of enjoying the Caribbean of the past--since St. John is 2/3 National Park, most of its pristine beaches and tropical forest covered hills have thankfully been preserved in their original state, unmarred and unscarred by the rampant development characterizing most other Caribbean islands today.
Welcome to my dream--my home in Paradise!
Keywords: Penthouse Unit #1 at Cruz Views, now rented direct by owner, this 2 bedroom St. John vacation rental in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) offers all contemporary comforts along with timeless 'old Caribbean' views, tropical gardens, pool, in a private, quiet, location but near to all the best that
St. John has to offer: Its world-reknown National Park Beaches are a 5-minute drive, you can walk down to town, Cruz Bay, but are up high enough to be away from the noise and busyness, relax, retreat, and enjoy magnificent Virgin Island sunset views, affordable luxury for a honeymoon, anniversary, family vacation; this stand-alone townhouse-type vacation rental is part of a small, quiet, intimate complex with just 10 units--St. John's best kept secret.
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- May 21, 2018
About Cynthia Veldman
There's only one thing better than being in that incredible water around St. John and that's being in it while holding your newest grandchild :-)
Cynthia Veldman purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Cynthia Veldman chose Estate Enighed
From the moment I first stepped on the old wooden dock in Cruz Bay, I felt like I was at peace and at home. That was more than 20 years ago and I still get that feeling every time I'm there. The natural beauty that characterizes St. John--largely unspoiled by any development on the 2/3 of the island that's National Park, the swimming and snorkeling right off the beach in that incredibly clear, warm, turquoise water--even in the midst of winter!, the smells, the sounds, the wildlife, the community feel of the island--I just love it!!
What makes this Villa unique
It is SO nice to be anywhere I want to go--beach, restaurant, shopping, groceries, ferry, barge--in just a matter of minutes. At the same time I can stay comfortably ensconced in the comforts of the condo, cooking in while enjoying the cooling effects of the a/c, enjoying the views, quietly relaxing on the deck with my husband or friends or reading a book, or swimming my laps in the pool and enjoying the company and conversation with other guests under the gazebo while toasting the sunset together. Just an utterly lovely way to relax, retreat, or refresh myself. That's why I named the condo BLISS, which means 'peaceful joy, utter contentment, or blessedness.' It's what I feel when I'm there.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fantastic Family Vacation
We stayed at Bliss for a full week in August with our two college aged daughters. Bliss is located very close to downtown/Cruz Bay, however, it is still very tranquil and quiet! I don't believe anyone else was renting around us, so we had the pool all to ourselves. Cynthia has Bliss all set up so you don't need to bring beach towels, beach bags, beach chairs, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and our family appreciated the together time!! Thank you!!
Thank you Ann for your 'spot-on' comments. The fact that Bliss is close to everything, with great views, and still peaceful and quiet is why we love it so ourselves! So glad you had a great time with your family. Also happy that you found everything that you needed that was provided. We hope to welcome you again sometime. I do offer a past-guest discount to all my repeat guests of which there are many. Thank you again for taking the time to post your review.
Feels like home
This year was our 2nd stay at Bliss on STJ. We can't say enough about how comfortable and perfectly located this property is. Beautiful views, all the amenities one could want and beautifully maintained. So perfect, we didn't want to go to town in the evening. Pack your toothbrush & swimsuit because everything else you would want is there. Kitchen is well equipped and makes dining in a pleasure. We will be back again.
Could have stayed forever
Just literally (last night) returned from 8 days in St. John and at Bliss. Bliss lives up to every expectation, picture, and review. We were met at the Ferry by Prop. Management who was extremely helpful. Went with a friend - so two bedrooms were key/necessary. Plenty of towels - bath, beach, and kitchen. Up to date kitchen/appliances, tv's/cable, and most every amenity within the home that you need. We used the pool several times and as indicated it was virtually empty each time. The view from Bliss' deck is truly indescribable until you experience it - will miss having coffee there every AM. Leading up to the trip, Cynthia was beyond helpful with answering email questions and offering restaurant/rental/beach suggestions. Bliss is also conveniently located in Cruz Bay. 15-20 min drives to the north shore beaches which begin with Hawksnest, 5 to downtown Cruz Bay, Marketplace. Cynthia provides a cooler which was more than sufficient for our drinks, snacks, and sandwiches when we ventured to the beaches. Containers for some items were minimal and we didn't have ziploc's - so remember those when you go shopping! We I would definitely recommend a Jeep rental - beyond the freedom it provides, the hill to get to Bliss (everywhere for that matter!) is daunting (think roller coaster ride) and you get used to driving on the left pretty quickly. Some suggestions - bring K Cups! We almost cried when we couldn't find any but were able to at Starfish Market. Go to Starfish Market - albeit may be more expensive, it has everything a States visitor would need/expect in grocery store. We ate at Extra Virgin Bistro (excellent), Las Tapas (excellent) and some of the waterfront restaurants (which too were good). We ventured to Shipwreck Landing and enjoyed our meal there as well. We ventured for dinner to Asolare (reservations recommended) - amazing views, food was good too. First trip to St. John was a success and Bliss was a major part of that! I can't wait to return! I would also recommend to visitors travelling there.
Loving our stay at beautiful Bliss, once again! The new shower is amazing!!! Cynthia has thought of every creature comfort and we are so grateful to her for sharing this little slice of heaven with our family.
You name a detail and she has thought of it. Plenty of fluffy towels and paper goods? Check! Every spice, pot, pan, tupperware, appliance, wine glass (all shapes and sizes, even plastic for the beach) and kitchen supply imaginable? Check! Beach chairs, toys, coolers, floats, ice packs? Check! Grill with extra propane tank? Check! First aid kit and even toiletries? Check! Games (love St Johnopoly!), books, movies, a high-end stereo with surround sound? Check! Safe for valuables and lots of closet space? Check! Comfy beds and fluffy pillows? Check! Private parking spot? Check! The list goes on and on...you get the idea!
I'm on the deck looking at the twinkling lights of St. Thomas as I write this. The boats sail by in the morning as we enjoy our coffee on the spacious deck, and after the day goes by in what feels like the blink of an eye, we are back in the same spot enjoying sunset cocktails. I just love the colors as the day fades into night, and even after it's dark there are still the pretty twinkling lights of St Thomas to enjoy. The view is unbeatable!
We actually had to draw straws with our daughter for which bedroom to choose. The master downstairs is in close proximity to the bathroom/kitchen and has cable which is a bonus (although we are always too tired for tv!) The loft is spacious with a king (or twin) bed, gorgeous water views, handy reading lamps, a table and chairs and even a flat screen tv for movies. It's like a suite!
One of our favorite features is the proximity to Cruz Bay. It's a hop, skip and a jump to Dolphin market and the many world class restaurants and bars for happy hour. Our general plan is to go to the beach super early and then hit town around 3pm to enjoy some ice cream at Scoops or some of the many fabulous happy hour spots. Hard to beat a $3 drink (you call it!) at Joe's with your toes in the sand.
There truly are not enough superlatives to express how much we enjoy Bliss. It sounds trite but it truly feels like our home away from home. We have been back twice and plan to return again and again! I actually shed a tear leaving!!
Thank you, Cynthia! Until next time...
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a helpful, detailed review. I'm sure your post will help a myriad of future guests as they consider where to stay when they are traveling to St. John.
I too still cry every time I have to leave! Can't wait to welcome you back.
30th Birthday Celebration
Let me start off this review by thanking Cynthia for sharing her house with us November 12-19, 2016. My boyfriend and I wanted an :adventurous" vacation away from a resort where we could decide what we wanted to do each day and eat & drink where we chose-not just what was included at an all-inclusive. This was his idea and I took care of the rest. We had never been to the USVI and could not have been more satisfied with our choice. We found Cynthia's condo on VRBO and from the minute I inquired about it, she could not have been more helpful or easy to work with. She answered all of my questions and even called to check on us while we were there. Cimmaron Property Management company (Jill) could not have been more friendly or helpful. They contacted us to check on us during the stay, but we never needed anything. Some advice for those looking to book something private in St. John:
-We rented a jeep for 3 days, but really could have used it the whole week. We were being cheap and only reserved it Sunday-Wednesday. pros: no waiting/paying for taxis, availability to go/come as you please, cons: hard to find parking, parking was $16/4 hours in town
VERY steep hill at Bliss Cruz views, a Jeep is really the best way to go although you cannot take the tops off which was kind of a buzzkill. We rented from Just Sun Jeeps & they delivered to the house on Sunday! We did have to return it at the ferry dock.
-Bars/happy hour tips: Joe's Rum Hut, 4-6 EVERY DAY $3 anything you want/Woodys, 3-7 (I think) $1 Coors Lights and some other well drinksLime Inn, 11:30 am-5:30 pm $4 specialty cocktails, some beer and prosecco on special
-We got breakfast/sandwiches from Baked in the Sun and Sam & Jack's so we could pack our cooler and spend all day at the beach. Groceries are expensive there, booze is not. Do not bring it with you, it just takes up space.
-The best meal we had all week was at the Lime Inn. Wish we would have gone there earlier in the week. Morgan's Mango was also pretty good too. We did not eat at many restaurants & instead just ate at some of the bars we went to, also got a premade pasta dish at Sam & Jack's that was good.
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Bliss was amazing. We had a wonderful week on St. John and will definitely be back. The villa had everything we needed including an amazing sunset view. The pool was nice and quiet, we never saw anyone else down there. The villa is about a 2 minute drive to the grocery store and 3 minutes to shops and restaurants. Easy to get to the beaches and the beach chairs and coolers were great. We could not have dreamed of a more incredible vacation! Can't wait to plan our next trip!
Can't wait to welcome you back David!
explore the whole island with a 4WD vehicle, find hidden coves, cays, and beaches by renting a dinghy and exploring, see the sugar plantation ruins, be an archeologist for a day by volunteering at the ongoing research at Cinnamon Bay, see the botanical garden walk, see the petroglyphs on the Reef Bay trail, snorkel right off the beach, snuba, dive reefs and the sunken ship Rhone, take classes at the National Park
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Bliss is NOT appropriate for children under age 7. Surcharge for Stays Less than 1 week | $150 per stay. Nonrefundable $50 damage protection insurance fee for up to $500.00 in accidental, unintentional damage which may occur at Bliss during Guest’s stay. The fee covers Bliss property (not Guest property). To benefit from the insurance coverage, Guest must report any damage to Management Company before departure.