4 Bedroom, 3 Bath 8-9 Sleeps With Pool, Hot Tub, A/C, Walk To A Beach
Mr and Mrs David Alban
Why Mr and Mrs David Alban chose Fish Bay
When we first visited St. John it was love at first sight and we immediately began to dream about building a vacation home somewhere on the island. At that time (mid 1980s) we could have bought land anywhere – North Shore, Cruz Bay, Coral Bay, Great Cruz Bay – there were many choices. So we searched, and searched, and one day a local in the know advised us to visit Reef Bay and off we went. When we drove up the ridgeline and first saw Reef Bay we were absolutely awestruck by its rugged and untouched natural beauty, and its one of a kind gorgeous views of the National Park and the Caribbean. Long story short, we became one of the first couples to build in this beautiful wilderness on the edge of the Park. That was many years ago but we still return every year, and although today there are more homes in Reef Bay, it still offers the same bold beauty, soft tranquility, and sense of excitement and escape that we fell in love with so many years ago. The wonderfully unspoiled views of the Caribbean haven’t changed, and the lush, unblemished mountains and hillsides seem to get greener and denser every year. It’s as lovely today as the first time we banged our way out here in an old jeep on a bumpy dirt road. Today we ride in an air-conditioned SUV on a paved road, but the sense of escape, excitement and joy of being surrounded by unspoiled tropical beauty is still the same. We were captivated by Reef’s striking beauty when we first saw it, and we’re still awestruck every time we return. You will be too.
What makes this Villa unique
Virgin Seabreeze ia a unique blend of different themes. First, Seabreeze is traditional and also contemporary. The house is a beautiful example of the classic Danish architecture that has become a favorite on St John, with white masonry buildings, red tiled hip roofs, wooden shutter doors, antique brick patios and courtyards, gorgeous hand cut stonework, a spacious layout and terraced tropical gardens. Yet the interior of Seabreeze is modern, comfortable, and stylish with custom rattan furniture, precious antique accessories, mahogany, granite and glass baths, a/c in all bedrooms, and frequent upgrades and remodeling of the kitchen, baths and living room. Second, this home has a decidedly romantic essence that derives from its hideaway location, and is enhanced by an inviting hot tub in a secluded setting, a sunny pool surrounded by a large deck, lovely bedroom décor and furnishings, and patios and decks that offer enough privacy for full body tans. Third, this home has an adventuresome quality. The National Park beach below you is little known, little used and usually deserted. Depending on the surf, the swimming and snorkeling can be inviting, or you can go for a long walk on a deserted beach. A one mile hike along the beach brings you to a second beach at the head of Reef Bay, while National Park trails take you on more challenging hikes through the Park to Lameshur Bay, Bordeaux Mountain or Rams Head.
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Paradise in Paradise
Overall the Virgin Seabreeze is fantastic, the spaciousness, the cleanliness, the overall atmosphere and the view is just fantastic. It was alot larger than we expected and the outdoor shower was a very pleasant surprise. Of course the veranda in the morning for the sunrise is just phenomenal and the morning visitor, the little bird, was just so pleasant. Not enough good things to say about the property except you need to book it if you are gong to St. John.
Excellent. All bedrooms face the ocean!
Top notch in every way.
We appreciate the 5 star review. Virgin Seabreeze is a wonderful villa and the entire staff at Caribbean Villas of St. John hope to see you again.
Perfect vacation spot
I would recommend Virgin Seabreeze to anyone wanting a peaceful vacation. St. John looks great and we had a fabulous time. Beautiful views and the house had everything we needed and more. Caribbean villas took great care of us from the minute we landed to meeting us at the dock when we left. I would highly recommend Caribbean Villas and Virgin Seabreeze.
And peaceful it is! Thank you for your review. We loved having you visit the island and this home!
Excellent property with sub-par property management
Let me start by saying the the location and amenities of this Villa are exceptional. Close enough to Cruz Bay that you can enjoy all the shops and restaurants but secluded enough that you can feel alone if you want. The buildings are very nice and contain most modern amenities. The pool was great for relaxing as was the hot tub. Both received full sun until ~1PM and remained shaded the balance of the day.
The issues we had with our stay had 100% to do with the property management company. When we arrived we were shown the property and left to enjoy the property but before leaving the greeter gave us phone numbers to contact the office if we needed anything and also provided us with an emergency number for after hours if it was needed. Those numbers were useless as no one answered the phone... We notice when we went to prepare dinner that there was no gas in the house so the stove and oven were inoperable. The igniter for the grill didn't function and there were no lighters in the house so we had no way to cook. To add insult to injury the hot water heaters in the villa were also shut off. We began calling the management company at 6PM on Friday evening (leaving messages on both the main island office, the emergency number, and the main office in the US) and we didn't actually speak to anyone until shortly after 5 on Saturday evening. In the meantime, my wife and I were able to located the gas tank on Saturday mid afternoon and turn it on allowing us to cook, and locate the hot water heater breakers shortly there after to take hot showers. You really shouldnt spend this kind of money to travel and stay here and not have access to the basics. You also shouldnt have to beg for help with an item you paid for.
Perfect choice for our family
We love staying on the Reef Bay side of the island and was looking for a larger place for our family of 6 and this house was perfect! We loved all the areas you could hang out in and the views and breezes were great! Our favorite was the covered outdoor kitchen/table area! All the bedrooms/bathrooms were nice. The kitchen was well stocked and the family room even had games. The pool area was nice but stayed quite cool with the winds and shade. We also enjoyed the hot tub under the stars. I wouldn't recommend this home for anyone with mobility issues or small children due to all the stairs. The master bedroom does require stepping outside to reach its bathroom. But the outdoor shower was wonderful! It was also nice to have a washer/dryer. The hike to the beach requires driving to the next street and than a bit of a hike down a steep area. But it was well marked and had rope handles. Worth the hike for the private beach! About a 20 minute drive into Cruz Bay.
My experience while staying at Virgin Seabreeze was absolutely incredible. What a beautiful, quiet and relaxing setting. The view of Reef Bay, from so many areas of the house, was just spectacular. The house itself was very comfortable, but we spent considerable time each day traveling throughout the island. This great location provided easy access to grocery shopping, Cruz Bay as well as some of the most beautiful beaches along the north shore. My daughter and I loved this house and we hope to return very soon. I would like to say thank you to the owners for sharing their home and for enabling this wonderful experience.
Reef Bay is on the edge of the National Park on the south coast of St John. the road from Cruz Bay dead ends at Reef Bay and the lack of through traffic keeps this area free from sight seeing tourists and day trippers and insures the tranquility and peacefulness of the area.
The Reef Bay view is one of the island’s most unspoiled views of the National Park and the undeveloped southern coast of St John. The magnificent views include miles of turquoise and blue ocean, mountains covered with virgin subtropical rain forests, and the 'Big Sur' like shoreline of the National Park. The white sands of Reef Bay Beach lie directly below you and are accessible via a short hike. Reef Bay is one of St. John's most virgin National Park beaches where sea turtles still lay their eggs and snorkeling, swimming and beach walks are private and adventuresome.