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Villa Chez Shell Enjoy Sunsets Over Great Cruz Bay. New Pool!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

As featured on HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL 2013. THIS IS A NEW EPISODE as CHEZ SHELL WAS ALSO FEATURED ON HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL 2010 WITH DIFFERENT POTENTIAL BUYERS... Chez Shell is a two bedroom Pool Villa (pool completed as of November 2011!!!!) located near the Westin Resort in Great Cruz Bay and is just 5 minutes from down town Cruz Bay. Enjoy evening sunsets over Great Cruz Bay and the twinkling lights of St. Thomas once the sun has set for the evening. The home has two Master Suites each with en-suite Master Baths with custom showers. The entire home has beautiful quarry stone floors imported from the Middle East.

The main entrance at Chez Shell is graced by Old Chicago Brick walkways and tropical gardens bordered with palm trees, fragrant frangipani flowers, tree orchids and other tropical foliage. Once you step inside the front entry, the well-appointed great room opens up before you. Through large archways, the views of Great Cruz Bay and beyond sooth your senses. Proceed through the great room and enter the completely Screened Outdoor Living Area. Beyond the Screened Outdoor Living Area is a Sun Deck with table for out door dining and the view of Great Cruz Bay, the Sandy Beach and Swaying Palm Trees at the Westin Beach Resort. The Screened in Porch area is a great spot to read a book or enjoy evening conversations over cocktails while the sun sets in the distance. Just off the kitchen/dining area you step out to the brand new 20 X 35 pool veranda featuring classic Old Chicago Brick Pavered sun deck and native stone walls overlooking Great Cruz Bay and St. Thomas Beyond. Every room is appointed with plenty of windows to ensure that you enjoy both gorgeous ocean/harbor views and garden views regardless of where you rest.

Preparing meals in Chez Shell's well-equipped kitchen is a pleasure with plenty of lighting, great air flow and ample space to prepare your meals. Dine inside adjacent to the kitchen or outdoors on the Sun Deck. There is comfortable seating for six at the either of the indoor or outdoor dining tables with views of the Ocean/Harbor and the Island of St. Thomas.

It is a wonderful Villa for families with inside access to both of the Master Bedroom Suites directly from the Great Room. The Master Suites are air conditioned, one with garden views and one with views of Great Cruz Bay Harbor and the Ocean beyond. Chez Shell also has multiple living spaces inside and out so you may enjoy the active harbor views and sunset views towards St Thomas from many different areas.

The decor is warm and inviting and in tune with Caribbean Style living. Most of the furnishings are from India, Bali, the South West United States which includes various antiques from around the world. Chez Shell was totally remodeled in 2007 by a talented builder out of New Mexico.

The house is just a short 5 minute walk to the beaches at Great Cruz Bay and Chocolate Hole and a short drive to the famous North Shore Beaches.

If you enjoy colorful awesome sunsets over the water, a convenient location and a beautiful place to stay, you'll find your perfect vacation waiting at Chez Shell

Should you have questions or would like to make a reservation the preferred method is via phone as emailing thru VRBO sometimes takes over 24 hours to reach us.

Keywords: pool villa, westin resort, beach access, sunset view, ocean view, close to town, two bedroom, privacy, vacation villa, Sail boats, bay view, pool villa, 2 bedroom

More Details

Denise and John
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2017

About Denise and John

As previous owners of Chez Shell we are delighted to continue booking this property for the new owners of Chez Shell. The new owners are handling the property in the same manner we did. They are on island owners that reside on property, with a private entrance so as not to disturb the guests. They handle the day to day management of the villa and are very hands on.

Denise and John purchased this villa in 2011

What makes this villa unique

New luxurious pool was completed as of November of 2011. Also 24/7 on site concierge, separated for privacy, will allow you to have access to information either in person or by cell phone ranging from island 'must see and must do's', excursions and dinner reservations. We will personally pick you up at the ferry dock and escort you to the Villa. Villa provisioning is also available at the cost of groceries plus 25%.

The owners will work very hard to make your vacation as relaxing and rewarding as possible to insure that you will choose us the next time you decide to visit the Island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here from 9/29-10/5/13 and loved every minute of it. The four of us are best friends and decided to plan this vacation to St. Thomas/St. John last year and are so happy we did. We heard about your villa on House Hunters Int'l and decided if coming here we HAD to stay here =)

It was more than we could have imagined and the infinity pool views made for relaxing evenings. We have fallen in love with the island, the villa and the cat (Alex....what we named him) He loved the lobster and mahi mahi.

We will definitely be back and recommend Chez Shell to family and friends.
Sep 2013
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Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , custom tiled
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , custom tiled
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen Bed in each Master Suite, Baby Cribs (1) Portable pac n' play $95.00 per week, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size convertible bed with ocean views
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Hurricane season is June 1-Nov. 30th. If you are traveling during this time period (especially during August through October), we highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance that includes hurricane coverage-the policy is that no refunds are given. If a tropical storm and/or hurricane is threatening St. John where the villa is going to need to be shuttered for protection along with safety of villa, any rental guests will be required to vacate the villa upon being notified for liability and safety precautions. It is common for the U.S.V.I. Port Authority & U.S. Coast Guard to close the water ports, which will shut down the ferry services between St. John and St. Thomas. This usually occurs 12-18 hours prior to the beginning of deteriorating weather conditions, once closed they can be closed for 36 to 48 hours. We will try to assist with locating hurricane shelter and/or other accommodations. No guest will be allowed to stay at any villa. Power is usually lost during storms


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Villa Chez Shell Enjoy Sunsets Over Great Cruz Bay. New Pool!
average rating of 5.0 based on 73 reviews

Excellent Choice

  • 5 of 5

This property was very clean and well maintained inside and out. The location was perfect... 5 minutes to downtown for dining & shopping. My family really enjoyed the island and strongly recommend this property for guests needing 2 bedrooms. I can't say enough good things about our entire experience on the island and it all started and ended with this property. It was a great choice. We will definitely be back to St John and we will be sure to contact John & Denise for our rental needs. They were very eager to help and always pointed us in the right direction for anything we inquired about. Eric & Tracy Smith - Aledo TX - 4th of July Week -

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caribbean Charm

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Chez Shell last week. We had seven sunny days, seven beautiful sunsets and seven moonlit nights. We spent most of our time at the villa, we found it hard to leave. The pool was perfect for the two of us. The neighborhood was very quiet.

The owners Denise and John took great care to make sure the house was warm and inviting. They were attentive and very respectful of our privacy.

The furniture was beautiful both inside and outside, very comfy. The kitchen was well equipped. The views were amazing!!! The lights of St Thomas at night were something to see. Great location, 5 minutes to Cruz Bay with a few grocery stores on the way.

The outside of the house had its own habitat. Off the screened porch on the front deck was a bird feeder for Sugar Birds. We fed them everyday, fun to watch.

We had a great relaxing week. Chez Shell was everything we hoped it would be.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa Chez Shell - our favorite villa

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from another great trip to St. John and Chez Shell was by far our favorite villa. You know its great when the actual house is better than the pictures. We enjoyed days of just sitting by the pool and enjoying the views including some of the best sunsets ever. John and Denise are great to deal with and made every aspect of our planning and arrival to St. John extremely smooth. I highly recommend this exceptionally clean and well maintained villa to anyone wanting the best trip ever. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor, Ontario

Great Holiday Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Chez Shell starting the day after Christmas. We really enjoyed our stay. It was close enough to Cruz bay to go in for dinner every night, a 5 minute car ride. We drove to multiple different beaches during our stay and always loved coming back to the house to relax and watch the boats come and go from the bay below. The house has everything you need and its location was great for everything we wanted to do. We travelled with our two teenage children who loved the trip. Close enough to the Westin resort if you want anything, private enough that no one intrudes on you. We took boat cruises from the Westin dock which made it easy to get to for those early AM departures. Really enjoyed the house and location. We had a fantastic trip.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good day Stevenson family. We are so happy you had a great time. Thank you for choosing Chez Shell. We hope to have you back again. Have a great 2016!! John and Denise
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Brandon, MS

Great villa!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Chez Shell a few weeks ago and it was lovely! We had everything we needed for our adventures to the beaches. The proximity to Cruz Bay was awesome. The views are outstanding. I think we had the best sunset views on the island!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best villa ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

We decided since our oldest was graduating high school next year we needed to take a vacation of a life time with our family of five. This villa was everything we expected and more. Everything was there that we could possibly need. John met us at the fairy and showed us to the villa and gave us all the information we needed. He answered all our questions. The pool and the view was amaziing. We loved getting up every mornig and feeding the sugar birds. Our kids love reptiles so they loved seeing all the lizards. We would definately come back!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
St Thomas - Cyril E King
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St Thomas
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Great Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Great Cruz Bay Westin Beach Resort

Chez Shell is located just a few minutes walk to the sandy shores of the Westin Beach Resort. St. John is unique in that 70% of the island is a National Park. There are 32 sandy beaches that do not have a resort in site. The island is loaded with hiking trails.

Other Activities: Parasailing, Shelling, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $50


HIGH SEASON 3-4 PEOPLE IS $4500.00 PER WEEK (2017)
LOW SEASON 3-4 PEOPLE IS $3500.00 PER WEEK (2017)


Convenience charge of 3% added to any payment made by credit card. $50 damage waiver required to cover accidental villa damage up to $500.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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