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Over the Rainbow is located in an extraordinarily tranquil and unspoiled setting on the border of the National Park in Reef Bay, on the south shore of St. John. The stunning 260-degree views include the south shoreline of the National Park all the way to Ram’s Head, plus miles of blue Caribbean sea and lovely sunrises over Reef Bay, and the glow of sunsets behind Fish Bay. Reef Bay Beach is a usually deserted white sand beach that is a 10-minute hike. The beach is one of St. John's most undiscovered and virgin National Park beaches, where sea turtles still lay their eggs and where romantic beach walks are a very private affair. A one mile hike along the shoreline brings you to a second beach at the head of Reef Bay while other trails take you on more challenging hikes through the National Park to Lameshur Bay, Bordeaux Mountain or Rams Head. It's a four-mile drive into Cruz Bay, but Reef Bay is well off the beaten path, so few tourists ever explore this beautiful and relatively unknown area of St John.
Over the Rainbow is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath villa that consists of three connected buildings, that are built in a semi circle around a terra cotta tiled garden courtyard. The three buildings contain the great room, the master bedroom and the guest bedroom suites. You park below the villa and climb stairs up to the courtyard, where your entrance to the great room, guest bedroom and master bedroom is located. The great room features 16’ x 8’ screened doors that open to an east facing stunning view into The National Park, plus a very intimate and private pool and sundeck. Tiled decks surround the pool, and a gazebo off the pool offers a shaded place to contemplate the peacefulness and beauty of this divine setting. A smaller deck off the master bedroom offers a view of sunsets over Fish Bay in the west. Large screened sliding glass doors on the east and west sides of the great room open to gorgeous views and also create a relaxing indoor-outdoor living area with constant cooling breezes off the water. Terra cotta tiled floors, exposed beams and pastel colors create a soothing interior and a 40” flat screen TV and DVD, a 2-speaker MP3/CD player/stereo, and wireless internet provide the electronic entertainment. There’s dining for four in the great room, or outside in the courtyard, or on the pool deck or under the gazebo at a table seating four.
The kitchen includes a 4-burner stove with oven, refrigerator-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, blender, coffeemaker and a suitable assortment of cookware and dinnerware. A washer/dryer and a BBQ grill are also included
The master bedroom suite (king bed) and the guest bedroom suite (king bed) both have a private tiled bath. The master bathroom has screened walls that create a charming shower and bath area. The master bedroom also has its own private deck and deck furniture providing a cozy spot to watch the sunset over Fish Bay.
Off Season (2 person rate) Apr 11 - Dec 11, 2015 7 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
In Season (2 -4 person rate) Dec 12 - Dec 18, 2015 7 night min stay
Christmas/New Years Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016 7 night min stay
In Season (2-4 person rate) Jan 4 - Apr 8, 2016 7 night min stay
Off Season (2 person rate) Apr 9 - Dec 9, 2016 7 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
WEEKLY RENTAL RATES BASED ON # OF PEOPLE PER SEASON:
IN SEASON: Dec 12, 2015 - April 8, 2016
$2995/wk for 2 - 4 persons
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS: $3586/wk 2-4
OFF SEASON: April 11, 2015 - Dec 11, 2015
$1610/wk for 2, $1890/wk for 3-4
THANKSGIVING: Off Season Rates Apply
10% Hotel Tax/5% Service Charge
$500 Damage Deposit
50% due within 7 days of booking, Final payment due 60 days prior to arrival. Final payment for Christmas/New Years reservations is due 120 days prior to arrival.
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Over the Rainbow is located in an extremely tranquil and unspoiled setting on the border of the National Park in Reef Bay, on the south shore of St. John. The stunning 260 degree views include the south shoreline of the National Park all the way to Ram’s Head, miles of blue Caribbean Sea, lovely sunrises over Reef Bay and the glow of sunsets behind Fish Bay. Reef Bay Beach is a usually deserted white sand beach that is a 10 - 15 minute walk. The beach at Reef Bay is one of St. John's most unspoiled National Park beaches, where sea turtles still lay their eggs and romantic beach walks are a very private affair. A one mile hike along the shore brings you to a second beach at the head of Reef Bay while other trails take you on more challenging hikes through the National Park to Lameshur Bay, Bordeaux Mountain or Rams Head. It's a four-mile drive into Cruz Bay, but Reef Bay is well off the beaten path, so few tourists ever explore this beautiful and relatively unknown area of St John.
Year Purchased: 2007
About: We think the views from Over the Rainbow that look into the National Park and down the pristine southern coast of St. John have to be the islands best, although our friends on the north shore might take issue with that opinion. When you add total privacy and a very quiet and romantic setting, this island home is a very special place that is like no other on St John.
We truly value the peaceful and tranquil ambiance of Over the Rainbow but there are times we also really, and I mean really, enjoy the restaurants, bars, shops, people and atmosphere of the unique island town of Cruz Bay. We've traveled to other Caribbean islands and in our view there's no Caribbean town that is as safe, colorful and downright enjoyable as Cruz Bay. The truth is, we like this town so much that we bought a condo in Cruz Bay, and when Over the Rainbow is booked, which is quite often, we love staying in Cruz Bay at our other St. John treasure - a condo appropriately named Hideaway, which is part of Lavender Hill Estates. Hideaway is a 1 bedroom, one bath condo that is an easy walk to the Beach Bar, Mongoose Junction, the ferry dock and everything else in town. Hideaway gives you great access to the fantastic bars and restaurants of Cruz Bay, but Over the Rainbow is a world apart from Cruz Bay with it's quiet privacy and away from the maddening world feeling. It's always nice to have a choice of settings for a St. John vacation
Why Reef Bay: We’re a couple who really love the beauties of nature, things like unspoiled views of the mountains and coastline of the National Park, peaceful walks on a usually deserted beach, sitting by the pool in undisturbed privacy, where you see no one and no one sees you, and being outside and listening to the quiet, where the only sounds are the surf breaking on the beach and the songbirds in the trees. These are some of the exceptional qualities that make Over the Rainbow a very special home in a truly beautiful setting. The privacy, tranquility and magnificent views are definitely a nature lover’s dream come true.
There’s also something very warm and inviting about our home that gives it a decidedly romantic flavor. That’s not just our opinion, for the guest notes I’ve read indicate that our home is a favorite of honeymooners and couples on a lovecation. Some of the guests stated that they honeymooned here and then came back on their 5th or10th anniversary and the view into the National Park was exactly the same. They’re right, the National Park insures a timeless view, but rest assured that our home never stays the same for we’ve always got a project underway to improve its coziness, comfort and appearance.
We love this home and we’re always working to make it a more enjoyable experience for our guests and us. We like to share this beautiful setting with others, so we keep the price fair and affordable so you can experience what we call the awesomeness of Reef Bay. If you like a dash of excitement and adventure tossed into a bowl of natural beauty, you’ll like spending magic nights at Over the Rainbow.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: Over the Rainbow was built on the hill that overlooks Reef Bay and because it sits on a small ridgeline it is one of only two homes that have views to the east and the west. Throw in some of your favorite music, a cold beverage and some warm sun and you’ve got a relaxing and romantic place to be alone and enjoy the moments that make life special, and this is a very special place, unlike any other.