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Pura Vida: Privacy & Seclusion - 1.5 Acres In Chocolate Hole - Great Ocean View

Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay, Saint John, USVI
  • Villa1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

2 Br, 2.5 Bath; Views Of Hart Bay & Chocolate Hole Bay-Easy Access To Cruz Bay

Located on St. John’s beautiful south shore, Pura Vida (pure life), is a beautiful island home and private estate situated on 1.5 acres. The villa is surrounded by a profusion of native landscaping and historical Dutch ruins. Our villa's hilltop location makes for lots of lovely island breezes with wonderful ocean views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay.

Pura Vida boasts a wonderful floor plan and a downright glorious screened sitting area where you can sit and enjoy a good book or a nap. The two bedroom suites are private and tastefully appointed with all new furnishings and air conditioning for warm nights. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with tiled showers and glass doors, which will make you feel right at home.

An easy drive from town and top-notch beaches, Pura Vida is an excellent choice for experiencing St. John. Returning home after a long day in the sun, you can relax in the comfortable great room, prepare an island specialty dinner in the fully loaded kitchen, or enjoy a cool drink in the breeze while you watch the beautiful sunsets of St. John before rolling down the hill for a taste of Cruz Bay’s laid back nightlife.

Our community has a wonderful walking/hiking trail to Hart Bay. Just past our driveway (around the bend) there is a path on the left that will lead you through the canopy of trees to the beach. Take your coffee and stroll through the woods until you reach the beach with it's beautiful gentle breezes.


John & Maura Kelly

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Jan 06, 2018
About John & Maura Kelly

After finding St. John a few years ago on an anniversary trip - and falling in love immediately - we have been thrilled to purchase this wonderful and historic home in Chocolate Hole. We live in Maryland and have 8 children together - 7 children are now in college or beyond. We travel to St. John as frequently as we can as this is our favorite place in the world! We love our Island home and we know you will love it also. John & Maura Kelly

John & Maura Kelly purchased this Villa in 2013

Why John & Maura Kelly chose Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay

We chose this property because it is extremely unique for St. John. While all properties are beautiful on this island, this house caught our attention immediately as we drove up the long driveway, past the historic ruins to the expansive yard and surroundings. It is truly a private sanctuary in which to enjoy the island and all it has to offer. Additionally, the location is absolutely ideal for getting to Cruz Bay and the North Shore beaches.

What makes this Villa unique

The open floor plan is ideal for a gathering or simply relaxing and viewing the ocean. Enjoy the walking trail to Hart Bay. The screened sitting area is ideal for a late afternoon cocktail, for sitting and enjoying a book, or for taking a nice nap while enjoying glorious breezes and viewing the lovely landscaping. It's a very quick trip to Cruz Bay - great for an evening of dinner or activity. The house is equipped with everything you will need for a wonderful vacation - beach chairs, coolers, snorkel equipment, and a fully stocked kitchen in which you can prepare any meal of your choosing.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Elevated master bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Private bedroom with en suite bath
      • Bedrooms are air-conditioned for peaceful sleeping on warm nights. They have been completely remodeled with entirely new furniture. Master Bedroom #1 has an elevated bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay. Sliding windows on two sides of the room allow for a wonderful night's sleep enjoying the island breezes.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, Convenient half bath off kitchen
      • Bathrooms are entirely remodeled with new tile showers with glass walls, tile floors and fixtures.

      Location Type

        • Ocean View
          Views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay
        • Water View
          Views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      Free Wif-Fi is available at Pura Vida. Details will be provided upon arrival.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      Casual area - club chair and a wonderfully comfortable couch with a TV & VCR Elegant area - two marvelous plantation-style club chairs, cozy love seat, and a conversation piece glass top teak table
                    • Parking
                      Expansive parking area with complete turn around ability. Can park multiple vehicles with ease.
                    • Telephone
                      Pura Vida includes a house phone for local calls. Cell phone service is very good at the villa - many areas on the island have difficulty keeping a good signal.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully equipped with everything you will ever need for a wonderful vacation
                        • Dishwasher
                          New stainless dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped kitchen with all new granite countertops and mahogany cabinets. Cabinets have Michigan River Rock door pulls.
                        • Microwave
                          New stainless built in microwave
                        • Oven
                          New stainless gas oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          There is a safe for locking up your valuables. There is a vacuum and numerous coolers.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          New stainless gas stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              New dining table - great view of the ocean & the TV if desired!
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Library of books and magazines for your pleasure
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Multiple board games for family fun
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Satellite Dish Network
                                • Stereo
                                  Two Ipod docking stations
                                • Television
                                  Large flat screen television
                                • Video Library
                                  Expansive DVD library with some of our most favorite movies


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Wonderful deck with great views of Hart Bay
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Many beautiful gardens with natural plantings and historical ruins.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      New Weber Gas Grill
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Five sets of snorkel equipment is available for your use.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • marina
                                            • reefs
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing

                                                          32 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Beautiful in every way! Pura Vida is comfortable and elegant.

                                                          Tamika D.

                                                          This property has everything you need. Views for days, great location, comfort, charm, history. Pura Vida is the most beautiful and relaxing property we've ever stayed on in St John. You won't be disappointed.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Tamika - thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed all the aspects of Pura Vida that we love so much. We hope you will return again. Thanks

                                                          John & Maura Kelly

                                                          Fantastic home

                                                          Emily N.Greenville, SC

                                                          A truly delightful home. Our group of four was more than comfortable, with private seating areas all around when we needed our own space. I would stay here again, no doubt.

                                                          My only suggestion is that the sliding door be repaired/replaced to the patio. It rocked with the constant sea breeze, which took away from the serenity a bit. Other than that, perfect!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Hi Emily - thank you for the wonderful review - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Pura Vida.

                                                          Thanks also for the feedback on the screen door - the last time we were at the villa we made some adjustments, but it sounds like more work needs to be done. We will get that looked at.

                                                          We'd love to have you stay with us again anytime.


                                                          John & Maura Kelly

                                                          The property is beautiful, with hundreds of flowering plants and numerous hummingbirds!

                                                          Michael C.

                                                          We enjoyed our stay at Pura Vida. The home is spacious with two separated bedrooms. One is smaller and is accessed by outdoor stairs. Each bedroom has a queen sized bed and private bathroom. The bathrooms appear newly remodeled. The kitchen is large with nice appliances and granite countertops. There are plenty of sitting areas, with a nice screen porch with views of the hummingbirds and flowers. The outdoor deck always has a good breeze but will be in direct sun with no shade during the day. There are numerous ruins on the property which are interesting to explore.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Michael - thank you for taking the time to write a review of Pura Vida. Thank you for the kind words on our interior - we take great pride in our villa and we are so glad you liked it. Additionally, we're so glad you pointed out the Hummingbirds - we are always mesmerized watching them fly from flower to flower and find that to be one of the nicest experiences of the property. We hope to see you back again in the future.

                                                          John & Maura Kelly

                                                          Wonderful villa with all modern conveniences and beautiful view!

                                                          Valeria B.

                                                          The villa was very spacious and had everything we needed. The location was great and the view from the patio was spectacular! Highly recommend!

                                                          Great house, nicely furnished

                                                          Susan M.

                                                          We enjoyed our short stay. The living area is sprawling, with lots of spaces to read and relax. There is high quality upholstered furniture throughout. The kitchen is big, modern and well stocked. Sweet deck with view of the sea. A short walk down to Chocolate Hole and interesting little hike down to Hart Bay. The downstairs bedroom and bath are small, but nice. The property has its own sugar plantation ruins. A unique place!

                                                          A Beautiful Week

                                                          Marcia H.Midland, MI

                                                          What a great week in St. John! We had great weather and phenomenal snorkeling at a different beach each day. The villa was beautiful, spacious, comfortable and clean. The views of Chocolate Hole and sunsets across the island are phenomenal. Everything needed for a perfect week was provided. We especially appreciated the snorkeling gear and beach chairs. The location is convenient to town and restaurants plus the kitchen and grill were great for eating in. The bedrooms are well separated and provided privacy for everyone. All of this added up to a truly memorable vacation.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Marcia - I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Pura Vida - we absolutely love being there and are so happy when others have the same feeling. I'm glad you used the snorkel gear and beach chairs - we recently changed out all the beach chairs with new ones, so next time you come they will be even better! Hope to see you staying with us again in the future, and thanks for taking such great care of our villa.

                                                          John & Maura Kelly


                                                          Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay, Saint John, USVI

                                                          Chocolate Hole is an excellent location convenient to local beaches and downtown Cruz Bay. Our community has a beautiful walking trail to Hart Bay. Take your coffee mug with you and stroll down to the beach in the morning and take in the beautiful ocean breezes. Path starts past our driveway after the bend in the road. The path will be on the left side of the road. You'll travel through a canopy of trees ending up at the beach.


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