Do you LOVE St. John? Do you love its natural beauty, gorgeous beaches and laid-back atmosphere? Repeat vacationers to St. John know what a special, unique destination our little island is. If you think you know almost everything that makes St. John the very best place to wind down and relax, prepare for a surprising bit of news.
Introducing: East of Eden St. John
This villa on St. John's East End entered the rental market for the first time in 2017.
East of Eden, nestled on a private peninsula with almost 500 feet of shoreline above Lime Tree Bay, features both a private walkway to an expansive white sand beach, and wooden stairway to a private cove with its own cobble and sand pocket beach (note--the stairway to the pebble beach is not accessible due to damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The walkway to the sand beach is open.)
This is the ultimate St. John lovers' dream come true. The villa itself is architecturally striking. Its simplicity allows the serene island setting to take center stage. Almost an acre of natural and professional landscaping provides privacy and solitude. Expansive outdoor living areas with private balconies give room for all to breathe, relax and unwind. Take a dip in the infinity pool, bask on a chaise, or dine al fresco. Best of all, you are just steps away from your own private beach. If you have ever enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of “Vie's Beach,” here on the east End, you will know exactly what to expect when you walk down the private path.
About the Villa
Perched overlooking white sand beaches and coral reefs in Lime Tree Bay, East of Eden St. John offers stunning views to the east, south and western sides of the island. Lime Tree Bay is part of Hansen Bay and Round Bay on the quiet East End of St. John.
A one-minute walk (75 steps) down a stone pathway and wooden stairs brings you right to a white sand beach (locally known as "Vie's") that features colorful coral reefs just yards away. Tucked behind the sea grapes here are kayaks and stand up paddleboards that will allow you to explore Round Bay, Haulover and Coral Bay--without having to lift any equipment on or off your rental vehicle.
To the front of the villa is private access to a pebble beach that may or may not have a stretch of sand, depending on recent weather. About 70 paces along a winding path and wooden stairway brings you directly to the beach. Sunbathe and relax in privacy while looking out to the south shore, or jump in the crystal clear water and begin a leisurely 20-minute snorkel to the south side of Haulover Bay, the closest National Park beach. If you prefer to walk, Haulover is just 10 minutes by foot. Round Bay and Haulover Bay are known to have some of the best snorkeling on St. John—and maybe in the Caribbean.
East of Eden is a stone and masonry house comprised of three "pods." The main house features a great room with comfortable communal space for gathering and television viewing, a dining and desk area, and a modern, well-equipped kitchen. The large screened-in room separates the main house from one of the master bedrooms, providing additional dining space and comfortable lounging opportunities. Every room has an unimpeded view of Coral Bay. Outdoors on this level, you’ll also find an infinity-edge pool next to chaise lounges and a dining area. We think you’ll especially love the spectacular sunsets viewed from the pool.
The gourmet kitchen features a 5-burner Viking range and dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator with water and ice dispenser. Chat over cocktails at the mahogany-top island. Dine indoors at the six-person table, al fresco on the deck, or have dinner in the screened-in room adjacent to the kitchen..
Three master bedrooms are equally spacious and private. Each of the three bedroom suites has closets, balconies with outdoor seating, and private outdoor showers with an ocean view. One bedroom also features an indoor shower. The bedrooms are furnished with king-sized beds, memory foam mattresses and ceiling fans. One of the bedrooms can be configured with two twin beds. All have user-controlled air-conditioning units, but the nearly constant breezes are so wonderfully cooling, you may find that you do not use the A/C at all. With your windows open, you’ll not only take full advantage of the breezes, but also drift to sleep and awaken to the sound of lapping waves. Each ensuite bathroom has two wading pool sinks, private toilet and bidet area, and an enclosed outdoor stone and masonry shower. Two of the bedrooms are steps away from the Great Room on the same level. One bedroom is located on a lower level.
The home was designed to be energy efficient compliant. It employs a solar hot water system and solar panels for electricity.
Getting There and Getting Around
Your drive from Cruz Bay to East of Eden will take you along winding roads through National Park territory. East of Eden is located 35-40 minutes from Cruz Bay, 20-25 minutes from North Shore beaches, and 10-15 minutes from Coral Bay. In Coral Bay, you’ll find eclectic shops, restaurants, and two grocery/convenience stores.
We recommend renting an all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle from one of the many agencies on St. John. It is possible to rent a vehicle on St. Thomas, but vehicle selection tends to be more reliable on St. John.
At East of Eden, you will enjoy the following included amenities:
Private access to two beaches--an expansive white sand beach and a smaller pebble pocket beach
Infinity-edge dipping pool
Outdoor showers along beach trail and on main deck
Outdoor showers with ocean view in all bedrooms
Flat screen TV in Great Room with hundreds of channels and apps to access Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Movies from your personal account
WiFi (note: as of April 28, WiFi is not yet available)
Ceiling fans in all rooms
User-controlled air conditioning units in all bedrooms
Memory foam mattresses
Washing machine and dryer
Four Ocean Kayaks, two singles and two doubles with life vests
One sit-in kayak
Two stand-up paddleboards
One boogie board
Parking for up to four vehicles
Optional Amenities: Daily maid service is available upon request with additional fee. Professional chef services, grocery provisioning and SUP instruction are available for additional fee. Other services and recommendations are found in the binder that will be shared with you upon arrival.
Pets will be considered with a non-refundable deposit.
Our Interaction with Guests
East of Eden is family-owned and managed. We will arrange to meet you upon your arrival in St. John, take you to your car rental agency to pick up your vehicle and guide you to the villa. More information will be provided to you upon confirmation of booking.
Services and recommendations for restaurants and things to do are found in the binder that will be shared with you upon arrival.