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The Retreat
Dreekets Bay, Haulover Bay, East End
St. John, U.S.V.I.

 
Photography by Don Herbert

Bedrooms:


2 bedrooms: sleeps 10

  • 2 European kings + loft above each bedroom, each with extra-long double beds (climb a wooden ladder to access each loft). Carved Asian extra-long double bed in living room.
Bathrooms:
2
Beach:
White sand beach & snorkeling below villa, via staircase and steep trail with rock stepping stones down to the shoreline (a 5-minute hike)
Pool:
Yes, 40' x 6' x 4-1/2' deep (lap pool), built-in hot tub (5' x 6' - seats 6)
Amenities:
  • Satellite TV (120 channels including Cinemax and HBO)
  • VCR/DVD/CD player and Sirius Satellite Radio with surround sound for movies, radio, movie + music collections
  • Sony PlayStation II
  • Books, games
  • A/C in both bedrooms
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Dedicated telephone line for your laptop
  • Voice mail
  • Safes in bedrooms
  • Hammocks
  • Jennaire gas grill in kitchen
  • Assorted snorkel gear & beach chairs
  • Electronic gate into fully-fenced property
  • Automatic generator
  • Dishwasher
  • Laundry
Services:
  • If rental is 14 nights or longer, one maid service per week will be provided
Description:

Perfect privacy and the sweeping drama of magnificent ocean views from every room of this new villa harmonize with The Retreat's natural setting. Perched hillside just 110 feet above the live coral reefs, white sands and soothing surf sounds of pristine Dreekets Bay on St. John's unspoiled east end, The Retreat is sequestered behind an electronic gate.

The landscaped entry courtyard, set with a pergola, lap pool, hot tub and a terrace for sunning and relaxation, welcomes its privileged guests into an aura of tranquil serenity and beauty swept by cooling tradewinds. Its three pavilions, washed with cool green hues, are all on one level and sited to overlook one of the most stunning ocean views in the Caribbean - a sparkling, long-distance panorama of Sir Francis Drake Channel with the verdant island of Tortola beyond.

Two equal, air-conditioned king bedroom/bath suites flank either side of the main pavilion, and both offer a loft with extra-long double beds (accessed by wooden pull-down ladders). The baths feature romantic outdoor showers, from which the spectacular views can be enjoyed in complete privacy. This lovely hideaway is finished with rich slate tiles, handcrafted mahogany cabinetry, and teak and mahogany furniture and accent pieces from Indonesia, Burma and Thailand. The well-equipped gourmet kitchen in the main pavilion offers ocean vistas.

Each pavilion features a unique and convenient choice of roll-down electronic screening or glass-paneled doors which cover the entire front of each pavilion - they roll down at the touch of a button - or leave them in their up positions and enjoy the view from the balconies outside and the drama and complete openness of The Retreat. There are seasonal payapa, passion fruit, banana, lemon and lime trees in the garden for you to pick and enjoy. Outside one bedroom pavilion is a slate-lined outdoor beach shower and a wooden staircase which leads to a trail zigzagging down to Haulover Bay. Frommer's Guide deems Haulover Bay one of the best snorkeling destinations on St. John (locals say it's THE best), and on a lucky day you might spot dolphins frolicking, or a sea turtle.

A few feet down this shoreline from the trail, a lovely crescent of white sand beach curves around crystal-clear waters - stunning beauty and solitude await you. The Retreat offers the ideal combination of elegant luxury and relaxing seclusion, and will refresh your spirit with its aura of natural harmony and peace...a very special place.

Additional Details:
  • Complimentary Welcome Basket on arrival. Smoking is not permitted inside the house.
  • Children over 7 years old are welcome
  • TEN PER CENT (10%) DISCOUNT OFF THE TOTAL RENT WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL RETREAT GUESTS DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.* Discount not valid during Christmas/New Year period. As of winter, 2006, there is ongoing construction on the lot to the right of and below The Retreat, where a new home is currently being built. However, the building site is not visible from The Retreat's pool area, main or west pavilions, and privacy screens have been placed on the east side of The Retreat. Recent guests at The Retreat have had no complaints about noise or disruption due to the building. Please inquire as to the current status of construction noise and activity (it will vary), and we will try to get an up-to-date progress report for you.

When booking accommodations with us, you are eligible for reduced air fares. For reservations on this and other fine Caribbean villas and apartments contact:

 

formerly Four Seasons Villas
(about our name change)

Specializing in Vacation Villas & Apartments Since 1984.
PO Box 848
Marblehead, MA 01945
phone (800) 338-0474 or (781) 639-1
055
fax (781) 631-8718

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