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Pura Vida: Privacy & Seclusion - 1.5 Acres In Chocolate Hole - Great Ocean View

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Br, 2.5 Bath; Views Of Hart Bay & Chocolate Hole Bay-Easy Access To Cruz Bay

Located on St. John’s beautiful south shore, Pura Vida (pure life), is a beautiful island home and private estate situated on 1.5 acres. The villa is surrounded by a profusion of native landscaping and historical Dutch ruins. Our villa's hilltop location makes for lots of lovely island breezes with wonderful ocean views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay.

Pura Vida boasts a wonderful floor plan and a downright glorious screened sitting area where you can sit and enjoy a good book or a nap. The two bedroom suites are private and tastefully appointed with all new furnishings and air conditioning for warm nights. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with tiled showers and glass doors, which will make you feel right at home.

An easy drive from town and top-notch beaches, Pura Vida is an excellent choice for experiencing St. John. Returning home after a long day in the sun, you can relax in the comfortable great room, prepare an island specialty dinner in the fully loaded kitchen, or enjoy a cool drink in the breeze while you watch the beautiful sunsets of St. John before rolling down the hill for a taste of Cruz Bay’s laid back nightlife.

Our community has a wonderful walking/hiking trail to Hart Bay. Just past our driveway (around the bend) there is a path on the left that will lead you through the canopy of trees to the beach. Take your coffee and stroll through the woods until you reach the beach with it's beautiful gentle breezes.

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John & Maura Kelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About John & Maura Kelly

After finding St. John a few years ago on an anniversary trip - and falling in love immediately - we have been thrilled to purchase this wonderful and historic home in Chocolate Hole. We live in Maryland and have 8 children together - 7 children are now in college or beyond. We travel to St. John as frequently as we can as this is our favorite place in the world! We love our Island home and we know you will love it also.

John & Maura Kelly

John & Maura Kelly purchased this villa in 2013

Why John & Maura Kelly chose Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay

We chose this property because it is extremely unique for St. John. While all properties are beautiful on this island, this house caught our attention immediately as we drove up the long driveway, past the historic ruins to the expansive yard and surroundings. It is truly a private sanctuary in which to enjoy the island and all it has to offer. Additionally, the location is absolutely ideal for getting to Cruz Bay and the North Shore beaches.

What makes this villa unique

The open floor plan is ideal for a gathering or simply relaxing and viewing the ocean. Enjoy the walking trail to Hart Bay. The screened sitting area is ideal for a late afternoon cocktail, for sitting and enjoying a book, or for taking a nice nap while enjoying glorious breezes and viewing the lovely landscaping. It's a very quick trip to Cruz Bay - great for an evening of dinner or activity. The house is equipped with everything you will need for a wonderful vacation - beach chairs, coolers, snorkel equipment, and a fully stocked kitchen in which you can prepare any meal of your choosing.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay in Cruz Bay

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Convenient half bath off kitchen
  • Bathrooms are entirely remodeled with new tile showers with glass walls, tile floors and fixtures.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Elevated master bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Private bedroom with en suite bath
  • Bedrooms are air-conditioned for peaceful sleeping on warm nights. They have been completely remodeled with entirely new furniture. Master Bedroom #1 has an elevated bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay. Sliding windows on two sides of the room allow for a wonderful night's sleep enjoying the island breezes.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Pura Vida: Privacy & Seclusion - 1.5 Acres In Chocolate Hole - Great Ocean View
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews
Greenville, SC

Fantastic home

  • 5 of 5

A truly delightful home. Our group of four was more than comfortable, with private seating areas all around when we needed our own space. I would stay here again, no doubt.

My only suggestion is that the sliding door be repaired/replaced to the patio. It rocked with the constant sea breeze, which took away from the serenity a bit. Other than that, perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Emily - thank you for the wonderful review - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Pura Vida. Thanks also for the feedback on the screen door - the last time we were at the villa we made some adjustments, but it sounds like more work needs to be done. We will get that looked at. We'd love to have you stay with us again anytime. Thanks John & Maura Kelly
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Beautiful in every way! Pura Vida is comfortable and elegant.

  • 5 of 5

This property has everything you need. Views for days, great location, comfort, charm, history. Pura Vida is the most beautiful and relaxing property we've ever stayed on in St John. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tamika - thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed all the aspects of Pura Vida that we love so much. We hope you will return again. Thanks John & Maura Kelly
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The property is beautiful, with hundreds of flowering plants and numerous hummingbirds!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Pura Vida. The home is spacious with two separated bedrooms. One is smaller and is accessed by outdoor stairs. Each bedroom has a queen sized bed and private bathroom. The bathrooms appear newly remodeled. The kitchen is large with nice appliances and granite countertops. There are plenty of sitting areas, with a nice screen porch with views of the hummingbirds and flowers. The outdoor deck always has a good breeze but will be in direct sun with no shade during the day. There are numerous ruins on the property which are interesting to explore.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael - thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pura Vida. Thank you for the kind words on our interior - we take great pride in our villa and we are so glad you liked it. Additionally, we're so glad you pointed out the Hummingbirds - we are always mesmerized watching them fly from flower to flower and find that to be one of the nicest experiences of the property. We hope to see you back again in the future. John & Maura Kelly
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Wonderful villa with all modern conveniences and beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

The villa was very spacious and had everything we needed. The location was great and the view from the patio was spectacular! Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midland, MI

A Beautiful Week

  • 5 of 5

What a great week in St. John! We had great weather and phenomenal snorkeling at a different beach each day. The villa was beautiful, spacious, comfortable and clean. The views of Chocolate Hole and sunsets across the island are phenomenal. Everything needed for a perfect week was provided. We especially appreciated the snorkeling gear and beach chairs. The location is convenient to town and restaurants plus the kitchen and grill were great for eating in. The bedrooms are well separated and provided privacy for everyone. All of this added up to a truly memorable vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marcia - I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Pura Vida - we absolutely love being there and are so happy when others have the same feeling. I'm glad you used the snorkel gear and beach chairs - we recently changed out all the beach chairs with new ones, so next time you come they will be even better! Hope to see you staying with us again in the future, and thanks for taking such great care of our villa. John & Maura Kelly
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Great house, nicely furnished

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our short stay. The living area is sprawling, with lots of spaces to read and relax. There is high quality upholstered furniture throughout. The kitchen is big, modern and well stocked. Sweet deck with view of the sea. A short walk down to Chocolate Hole and interesting little hike down to Hart Bay. The downstairs bedroom and bath are small, but nice. The property has its own sugar plantation ruins. A unique place!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cruz Bay Ferry
Car: necessary

Chocolate Hole is an excellent location convenient to local beaches and downtown Cruz Bay. Our community has a beautiful walking trail to Hart Bay. Take your coffee mug with you and stroll down to the beach in the morning and take in the beautiful ocean breezes. Path starts past our driveway after the bend in the road. The path will be on the left side of the road. You'll travel through a canopy of trees ending up at the beach.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £113.05
Damage Insurance £44.47

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.