Our St John villa is different than most private villas which usually have just one Master bedroom for the owners with the best amenities and views, and smaller, less desirable bedrooms designed for the kids often located on a lower floor with low ceilings and little or no view. In contrast, Great Expectations was architecturally-designed to have, not one, but four equal Master bedrooms, each with private patios and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.
Each of the 4 spacious, air-conditioned Master bedrooms has a private bathroom with double sink vanities and indoor/outdoor showers. Each has soaring cathedral ceilings with skylights and transoms, ceiling fans and sofit lighting adding to the sense of spaciousness. Each is furnished with custom-made teak furniture from Bali including a California (extra long) King-size bed or 2 Twin-size beds and each bedroom can comfortably accommodate a foldaway bed or portacrib for children (no charge when staying in the same room as parents).
At Great Expectations no one is in a less desirable bedroom on a lower level as all 4 Master bedrooms in the Main Villa are on the same level in 2 buildings separated by the Great Room in a third building to ensure privacy with a large living room, gourmet kitchen, and indoor and outdoor dining areas.
An exercise room, The Club Room has a trundle bed (two twin beds) and can be used as a 5th bedroom for one adult or a couple of teenagers (perfect to get away from the others and vice versa).
A nearby 2 story Guest House ('Beau Geste') offers 2 spacious bedroom Suites (each about twice the size of one of the 4 Main Villa Master bedrooms) with its own living and dining room, kitchen, pool and hot tub. One of the Suites can be used as 2 separate bedrooms (perfect for parents who want their children in a connecting bedroom) for rent for larger groups bringing the total number of bedrooms at Great Expectations to 8 providing comfortable sleeping accommodations for as many as 15 adults (plus kids). Not to worry; we charge only for the number of bedrooms used -- we have had as few as one couple rent the entire villa and as many as 21 people (there were a lot of kids!). Take a look at our amenities and floor plan layout for all the best villa on St John has to offer!
Great Expectations is framed by extraordinary views to the east and to the west affording both the sunrise and the sunset. The villa is located about 100 feet above the Caribbean Sea on the south shore of St. John, less than a 5 minute drive on paved roads to town (Cruz Bay) where the ferry arrives from St Thomas and 10 minutes to the famous, white sand beaches of the U.S. National Park.
There are 2 beaches within walking distance of the Villa. The closest beach for swimming and fabulous snorkeling is just a short walk (or drive) to Chocolate Hole - a sandy beach with calm, protected water on the west side of the villa. To the east is Hart Bay beach which is accessible by a path from the villa. It is a very secluded beach; you cannot get to Hart Bay by car or even boat as the coral reef comes right up to the shore so it is worth the visit. Guests not wishing to venture down to Hart Bay beach can still enjoy from the Villa the magnificent views and listen to the waves breaking on the beach below.
The villa is equipped with all the amenities of a first-class villa including complimentary WiFi, cable TV, and Netflix video streaming, custom-made teak furniture and carvings from Bali and, we think, very tastefully decorated with original paintings, sconces and even a native mural (written-up in the local papers). Our 50 solar energy panels and our graywater irrigation system, make Great Expectations one of the only Green St John villas.
Absolutely gorgeous villa in picturesque Chocolate Hole, St. John. The location is very convenient; just a short drive to town for great restaurants, bars, beaches. Amazing view from no matter where you are standing or sitting! We rented out the entire property for our stay as we were traveling with extended family. The floor plan is perfect for a trip of this type as there are several separate buildings...ideal if you are traveling with other couples or family members. Villa is very well appointed with absolutely everything you could possibly want or need. You can choose to cook meals here (great kitchen that is fully stocked with cookware, blender, etc) or grill outside. Tv and internet provided if you would like to keep up with your favorite shows or browse the internet. Washer/dryer on site which came in very handy. We loved the pools and had a wonderful time swimming with family every evening while enjoying the stars and gorgeous view. The hot tubs were very popular with our family, as well! We had our wedding reception here and our guests (several of whom belong to very nice timeshares) raved about the property; it's that beautiful. Our reception was outside by the amazing pools. We danced on the deck near the pools and it worked out perfectly. They provided lots of tips on where to shop for food/alcohol, which rental car company and taxi service to use, etc. They were always very prompt with responses and happy to help in any way. The property manager, Coby, was amazing, as well. He took care of our every need while we were there, gave us great restaurant and parking recommendations and made sure he was at the property the day of our wedding to let the caterers in. In short, Great Expectations is a perfect villa and we couldn't have chosen a better property. We are already planning to return!
What a great vacation. 13 of us here for a big birthday. Everyone loved the location starting with the views and it was great to be able to put my in-laws in their own place ;-). My only complaint is that I couldn't find any place to get coconuts while I was on the Island. Hard to fault Great Expectations for that. Before getting to the house I was concerned about not being on the beach but in the end it was perfect. Far enough from town so it was nice and quiet. Close enough so that a run to the store or to a restaurant was less than 10 minutes. You don't really want to hang out on a single beach -- they are all so lovely -- so this ended up working out real well. When we weren't at the beach we hung out in the pool or played tennis. Given the views and convenience, I couldn't imagine a better location on the island. The information provided by Coby, the property manager, was impeccable. Any time we had a question, Coby was more than happy to oblige. , As a side note, we ended up renting paddle boards one day from arawak (www.arawakexp.com). They also have kayaks and provide a soft roof rack (not good for a soft top jeep but otherwise great). Definitely recommend it for other families. The kids had a blast and its a great way to explore some of the harder to reach beaches. Cinnamon Bay was closed for equipment rentals (since it wasn't high season) but you are bound to the location. If we come back I'll probably rent for the week.
This was our second time staying at Great Expectations on St John. We love the house, love the view and now we love the new pool!! We ended up staying at the house for a lot of our time as my children didn't want to get out of the pool! Lol! Anything we needed was quickly taken care of by Coby. Great Expectations is definitely the place to make beautiful family memories!!
Great Expectations for a reunion for a week! they were so thrilled with the accomodations, the only complaint i heard was "not close enough to my front door". The staff were invisible until you needed something, then the response was fast and cheerful! Thanks to the villa our vacation was the best ever
This was our families 8th stay at Great Expectations, each time we bring a new family with us to experience the incredible island of St. John and the awesome villa. The addition of the infinity pool, upgraded Sub-Zero fridge and Coby (the property manager) made this stay one of our favorites. We are already trying to set up our return!