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Built in 2007, Balance Villa is an exceptionally private, beautiful home nestled on a green hillside overlooking expansive views of Fish Bay. The villa – designed and built by a distinguished on-island architect and an artistic craftsman builder – has been thoughtfully developed to take advantage of cool trade winds, relaxing, gorgeous views and your every need.
The Villa is tastefully furnished with all the comforts of a luxurious island home. On the outside: an abundant terrace – plenty of open space for sitting by the pool sun bathing or shaded area for reading a book and watching the views. Adjacent to the pool: a built-in grill with wet bar and covered veranda with dining table overlooking the bay – all surrounded by lush landscaping.
Inside the house: a great room featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, a large flat screen TV and Bose sound system. The open floor plan continues into the dining area with a spacious West Indies dining room table and seating for six. Mahogany furnishings and rich fabrics mixed with a few select antiques pieces compliment the island ambiance of Balance.
The custom kitchen is just what one would need to create that memorable Caribbean dinner – or maybe just breakfast at the built-in bar. Just off the kitchen is a half bath and the first bedroom suite.
A staircase ascends to the upper floor and to the second king bedroom/bath suite. Each of Balance’s bedroom suites feature king-size beds with private bathrooms, digital A/C, and flat screen TVs. The bathrooms feature an indoor and outdoor garden shower, as well as private balcony with view of the bay.
The Villa can accommodate two additional guests in the semi-private studio room at the top of the landing of the second floor. The room features a twin trundle bed that converts into a king bed with balcony to enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean.
Balance villa is managed by Cimmaron Property Management, their on-island management staff is available if you need assistance 24/7. They will also meet you at the ferry dock, and lead you to the house.
Other amenities include:
Flat-screen cable TV40' LCD TV in Great Room w/BOSE DVD player w/surround sound, a 32' LCD TV (with cable & DVD) in upstairs bedroom, & a 27' LCD TV in main-level bedroom (with cable & DVD), radio, books, games, movie + music collections, A/C in both bedrooms/baths, UV water filtration, Wi-Fi, answering machine, hair dryers, binoculars, built-in gas grill poolside with dry bar, complimentary welcome gift upon arrival, manual gate at pool courtyard entry, beach chairs + cooler, dishwasher, and washer/dryer.
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Owner Welcome Note from our Guest Book.
The first time we stayed on St. John was 1999-which was also the year we bought this beautiful 1/2 acre sitting on a cliff in Fish Bay. Back then, all roads leading here were dirt (or mud when it rained).
Eight years later, the roads are paved and 'Balance' is complete! Building our home has been a long three year journey- lots of laughter, tears, excitement and frustrations. The Lord has blessed us every step of the way.
We are happy to share our home with you and hope your stay is a comfortable and relaxing as it is for us.
Ann & Marc
OWNERS purchased this villa in 2007
The excellent location. Just 10 minutes from Cruz Bay. Balance villa is located in Fish Bay, its location provides wonderful trade wind breezes, and lush colorful landscaping.
Our house is wonderfully centered across from Fish Bay, which allows expansive views of the bay and ocean looking out towards St. Croix (50 miles away).
Relaxing, quaint villa-
The Balance Villa was quaint with a great view and nice privacy for couples. We liked the location with its easy 10 minute drive to town. We enjoyed time sitting on the deck with the view of Fish Bay. We didn't use the pool but it was landscaped beautifully. The outdoor shower was nice. Posted by byustWe would recommend this villa to other couples or small families.
We just returned from an 8-day stay at Balance Villa. The villa is great! They truly thought of every little detail in regards to design. From the outdoor showers outside each bathroom to the extensive and beautiful landscaping, the villa is beautiful as well as functional. The layout is perfect for 2 couples and a couple of kids. The two bedrooms are spacious and the "nook" at the top of the stairs is actually quite roomy, the pictures online don't do it justice. It contains a twin sized bed and pull out trundle. My son loved having his own little "bedroom." The views from the villa are outstanding. The pool is very nice and all the outdoor space on the patios and balconies is great. The pool floats, beach chairs and coolers that are included, as well as beach towels, are a nice touch. It was very nice to have amenities such as wifi (we did not get cell service from this location), laundry, and a garbage disposal. The management company was extremely helpful and responsive, as were the owners. I should point out, the villa is not close to a beach, however it is only about a 15 minute drive to the north shore beaches, all of which are beautiful. It is also about a 10 minute drive to town (Cruz Bay,) which is very convenient. I would highly recommend staying at this beautiful villa!
After 23 years of vacationing with our children, my husband and I booked four nights alone at Balance. It was perfect! Clean inside and well kept outside. The pool was refreshing and the evening breezes on the patio were perfect. We took advantage of the grill and cooked at the house when our son joined us for the last four nights of our stay. The bedrooms and bathrooms were also clean and comfortable. The owners really have thought of everything! Just bring your clothes!
Extremely comfortable and tastefully well appointed, well cared for and truly beautiful villa with magnificent views of Fish Bay. Everything we needed, and more. Balance engendered more of a sense of being invited to share a friend's house, rather than the vague intimidating, walking on eggshells feeling of renting a stranger's villa. We were met at the ferry by the very helpful and knowledgeable property agent who seemed more like a concierge and made sure we knew all we needed to know. A maintenance man checked in with us the following day. Two very large and comfy bedrooms with baths-our teenagers loved the showers-both indoor with adjacent outdoor showers with marvelous "tropical paradise" views, (and plenty of towels!) Easy to sleep 6. Washer, dryer, gas stove, modern fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, blender, everything you'll need in a kitchen. TV, cable DVD, internet, good sized nice outdoor pool, and deck to eat, drink, read, relax, and watch the stars. About 2/3 way up a pretty ridge but with plenty of privacy. About a 15-18 minute drive, that's a little adventurous to "downtown" Cruz Bay. You'll need a Jeep (we found the Cherokee best suited for 2 middle aged adults and 2 teenagers; a Wrangler will do for 2, or for the young and adventurous) as you'll need low gears and good brakes for the steep hills and a few hairpin turns. You'll get used to the driving, and I found it clearly reinforces the feeling that you're in another part of the world. On the road into Cruz you'll pass a couple of nice markets and breakfast/lunch shops, as well as a convenient gas station; they made food shopping, eating and gassing up stress free.
We had a wonderful time and felt well connected to the Island, and Balance Villa was essential in engendering the feel of the Island. You can spend considerably more if you prefer the style of Weston's Resort and Villa, but when we return we'll stay at Balance. Highest recommendation.
My wife and I stayed at Balance Villa for our 30th wedding anniversary and were simply amazed! The views were amazing and the villa was all and more that we could have ever hoped for. It was hard to leave to each day to experience the island but so inviting when we arrived home. We enjoyed sitting by the pool in the morning having breakfast and most nights we stayed in and made meals and ate outside to take in the beauty. Into the night we sat outside under the stars and listen to the quietness of paradise. The owners put a lot of thought into welcoming their visitors as there was nothing lacking. In fact there was so much more! This villa has everything you will need to have a wonderful vacation. I highly recommend staying here, you will not be disappointed! We will definitely be returning to this amazing villa.
We chose Balance Villa because of the reviews & the photos, but these do not do it justice. We really enjoy all of the luxuries of home, so it was important that our villa had 'above & beyond' the basics. The owners, Ann & Marc, delivered on every creature comfort we could ask for including Wifi (which was critical because of our jobs.)
The full-sized, fully stocked kitchen was perfection. Gas stove, convection/microwave oven, blender for drinks, coffee maker/filters & everything you need to cook and serve! The comfortable living room has a TV, DVD, Bose sound system, movies & board games. The huge sliding glass doors surrounding most of the downstairs allows you to bring the outside in while lounging inside. There's also a 1/2 bath off the kitchen.
There are 2 identical master suites on the 1st & 2nd floors. Each with an ensuite, including indoor & outdoor showers! Each master has VERY comfortable queen beds, plenty of linens, hair dryers, iron & board & towels. Best of all, each master has an air conditioner – a luxury on the nights we used it. Most nights we enjoyed laying in bed, slider doors wide open, enjoying the salty air & starlit sky. Each master has a TV & DVD too!
On the 2nd floor there's a loft area with a comfortable day bed overlooking the bay, great for quietly reading a book. At night, curtains can close it off and a trundle can be pulled out for extra sleeping space. There's a stackable washer & dryer (detergent & dryer sheets included!) on the 2nd floor.
Ann & Marc took as much care designing the outside of the Villa as they did the inside. The small pool overlooks Fish Bay, with beautiful outdoor lounge furniture & outdoor table/chairs for eating. A large built-in gas grill makes for great cook-outs. Gorgeous terracotta tiles are carried from the inside to the outside living areas and balconies, accessible from living room & bedrooms. Upstairs master & loft also walk out to beautiful, scenic balconies.
Coolers, beach chairs and beach towels make beach days easy!
When you arrive & rent your jeep (a must) we suggest a stop at Starfish or St John market before you head up to the Villa. Grab sunscreen & bug spray. You will need both! Don't waste money on bottled water, they have a UV filter so the tap water is perfect!
We already booked Balance for next year & plan to make this an annual destination! Don't look further, book Balance now! IT'S HEAVEN! Thank you Ann & Marc for sharing your slice of paradise!
We had a fabulous trip and can still not stop talking about Balance Villa. Thank you so much for making it available for others to enjoy. We have stayed on St. John twice before (the Westin) so this was our first time renting a house. It was interesting to see how much some things on the island have developed since our last stay in 2003. We also honeymooned there in 1989.
As for the house, it is just fabulous! The view is spectacular and the location, Fish Bay, was just perfect. Outside of Cruz Bay just enough but close enough to run into town for dinner, shopping, etc. We both loved the house itself - the layout was perfect, amenities, decor, etc. very much to our taste. The openness with all the doors leading out to the balcony and pool deck were great. We never had to touch the A/C as we had cool breezes every evening. While we did venture out a couple days for beaches and hikes, we spent a lot of time enjoying the villa and the pool.
We have been renting vacation homes for many years (25+) in South Carolina, Florida, and more recently Michigan. We have stayed at some nice places and some not so nice places. Balance far exceeded our expectations, and Ann and Marc just seemed to think of everything in terms of amenities, etc. We are already talking about what we want to do next year. If we return to St. John, Balance is a no brainer. I have already recommended to one co-worker.