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Eminence On High... Captivates The Senses, Transends The Soul"""

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property


Hidden high on a mountain side , tucked away in a lush peaceful setting is a magical St John villa.

With luxurious accommodations , tasteful graceful interiors and everything you are looking for in a retreat that will rejuvenate your soul.

Please visit our website for more information.

This picturesque villa is Eminence On High, an enchanting villa high atop St John's Bordeaux Mountain.

This extremely private, gated villa is comprised of a magnificent main house and closely adjoining carriage house, lovely and charming. Both enjoy sweeping captivating mountain top views across the Caribbean to the British Virgin Islands on the horizon.

Eminence On High has abundant comfortable, relaxing outdoor spaces from which to enjoy the breathtaking views and the constant cooling Caribbean breeze.

Inside the magnificent mason home is the exquisite stone Great Room with soaring ceilings adorned with beautiful arched windows and stunning mahogany french doors which open up to the wrap around covered veranda which extends the Great Rooms' living areas to a breezy tranquil porch.

Just opposite the main living space is one of two dining rooms with charming fire place. Nearby is the stunning gourmet kitchen with blue Viking range designed for serious cooking and entertaining in mind.

There are 3 private, beautifully decorated bedrooms within the main house and 3 baths ,one with a stone and tile open air shower.

The close by carriage house has 2 spacious bedrooms, both charming with lovely interiors and share a large bath with double sinks and very private, stone mason outdoor shower.

There is much more to this spectacular family sized compound with luxurious amenities. Including the central, stone and tiled courtyard with lush tropical plantings, in-ground pool and over sized spa.

The focal point of the space is the incredible, outdoor dining area with Viking grille and seating for up to 12 guests. The space also shares a cozy, comfortable seating area all framed with beautiful arch french doors which open to the pool and central courtyard.

The grandeur and magic of Eminence On High awaits you.

Utterly captivating and tranquil ambiance beyond compare!

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Christine Sabharwal
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Lovely villa, with one of the most spectacular views on the island, and a GOOD value to boot .

We just got back from spending a week at Eminence On High, we were a group of two adults and two teenagers so the villa was bigger than we needed but we chose it

because of the Bordeaux Mountain location and views and weren't disappointed.

It is a very pretty villa all around, well furnished & quite comfortable with attractive landscaping, very private, terrific outdoor spaces.

We enjoyed cooking in the main kitchen (loved the Viking range and big farmhouse sink!) as well as grilling in the courtyard area by the pool, lounging in the hot tub, pool, or one of the verandas. Hard to decide which vantage point had the best view (not really - it's off the master bedroom, although others were close runners up!)

The Sonos system was also a definite plus!

If we had any quibbles it would be that the lighting is a bit dim and funky in the kitchen and it didn't come as well stocked as some of the other villas we've rented over the years ( no spices in the kitchen, no laundry detergent in the laundry room) although maybe that's because it's not rented out as frequently as some of the villas that are represented by management companies.

All in all though, we would highly recommend this villa to anyone."
Aug 2015
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Upper Carolina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Spacious ! With adjacent walk in cedar closet.
    Bedroom 3 - toilet , shower , Lovely, coral stone shower !
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Spacious, beautifully tiled with private open air shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Spacious and Beautiful Offered in carriage house.
  • Bath #2 : Located in upstairs Master bedroom. Spacious, with lovely custom tile work. Large walk in shower . Space offers a convenient , large walk in cedar closet with plenty of storage for personnel effects. Bath #3 : Located upstairs main house adjoining bed room #3. Bright, with beautiful coral shower and pedestal sink. Bathroom #4: Bright and lovely. With large double sink vanity . Spacious, private open air shower of beautiful stone native to St John.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Spacious bedroom with King sized 4 poster bed and full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Bright spacious Master located on second level of Main Hous
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Large, beautifully decorated . Carriage House
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Stunning, spacious bedroom located in Carriage House
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Private bedroom on second floor adjacent to upstairs Master
  • Bedroom #1 :Private bedroom off the main living areas. Lovely furnishing and fine linens. Spacious full bath with tiled open air shower. It offers a large walk in cedar closet and flat screen TV with premium channels. Bedroom #2 : Beautiful, inviting Upstairs Master bedroom with private veranda offering breathtaking mountain top views across the Caribbean to the British Virgin Islands. beautifully titled adjoining bath with large in door shower and spacious walk in cedar closet Bedroom #3 : Delightful, cozy space with charming furnishings and comfortable queen bed Plenty of custom build - ins for clothing and other personal items. Flat screen TV with premium channels. Bedroom#4: Spacious, bright and charming bedroom with King size 4 poster bed and large closet . Sliding door access to private veranda affording captivating views across the Caribbean. Flat screen TV with premium channels. Bedroom #5 : Stunning, bedroom with King mahogany sleigh bed and veranda
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Eminence On High... Captivates The Senses, Transends The Soul
average rating of 4.4 based on 6 reviews
Maple Grove, MN

Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We vacation with our 4 adult children each year-with spouses, there were 8 of us and this year will be a year to remember!

The villa is as beautiful as the photos show and the views are breathtaking! It is such a great location-easy access to the entire island. We couldn't have asked for more. The owner of property was very easy to work with and the property manager was fantastic and very helpful upon our arrival. We WILL return to this villa-hopefully sooner rather than later. I left my heart in St John, and I miss waking up to the amazing view every morning!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Island, New York

An unfortunate addendum to an otherwise wonderful stay

  • 2 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the villa itself - it's got a spectacular setting, and the villa is as attractive and comfortable as the photos suggest. After our return however, we had an unpleasant final exchange with the owner which colored our experience for the worse. Per the rental agreement, our security deposit was due to be returned a month after our departure date. After that date passed, I contacted the owner to inquire about the return of our deposit and she assured me she would have it taken care of. Several days later we received a check - but instead of being for the full amount we put down, it was for only 80% of the deposit and there was a note in the memo section: "security deposit minus grill use fee." Grill use fee??? We have been renting villas on St. John for more than 20 years, and in many other places as well, and have never run across anything like a "grill use fee." It seemed ridiculous and when I complained that there was no "grill use fee" identified in our signed rental agreement, the owner re-sent me a copy of the "pre-arrival note" that she had emailed a couple of days prior to our trip. Buried in the middle was a notation saying there was a three-figure fee for use of the grill. Aside from the fact that I have no idea what could possibly justify a separate fee for using something so basic to a vacation rental as a BBQ grill we have NEVER had an owner or property manager try to assess an additional fee outside the rental agreement. I registered our complaint about this again, but more than a month later we have received no response. It's not worth calling a lawyer over this amount of money but it's left a very bad taste in our mouths and we would not rent from this owner again.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately, in this rare instance, a "grill cleaning fee" was charged to the guest and deducted from the security deposit. The condition of the built in grill upon their departure required grill disassembly to remove food fragments and excessive grease from an overflowing drip pan.
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Natick, MA


  • 5 of 5

Just returned from this amazing villa. I traveled to St. Thomas for the first time with my parents, husband, and two teenage children. It was the trip of a lifetime in large part due to this incredible property. I have been to Maui, lived in coastal Northern California, and traveled the Amalfi Coast in Italy but this view from the decks of this property are the most amazing I have seen anywhere. The property is very well-equipped and the security is excellent. We loved the island and visited Sapphire Beach and Megan's Bay. The owner and manager were wonderful and we hope to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

An amazing villa - Eminence on High!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 12 nights at Eminence on High. This villa exceeded our expectations!!!

The views out of Bordeaux Mtn are amazing. We overlooked Coral Bay, out to the East End of the island and Tortola in the distance. There were countless vista points throughout the property and each gave an equally impressive view. The property is also professionally landscaped and maintained. Driveway in was behind gates and plenty of room to pull in, turn around and pull back out. At the entrance to the home, there is a guest house that also has a laundry room equipped with detergents, etc. There was also three coolers to take to the beach. As one other person mentioned, no snorkel equipment (which was fine), so we rented some down in Cruz Bay for a week.

Prior to the trip, I had concerns on safety of the villa (I had brought my two small children (3 yo & 4 yo), a "mobility challenged" father). I had little to worry about at this villa. The walk up to the main house from the driveway was about 30 steps on tiled stairs with a railing on one side. The inside of the house was perfect. All 3 bedrooms in the main house were accessed through interior access (this was huge for us). The pool / patio areas are tiled. The pool can be accessed through glass doors that open from the outdoor eating area or from the outside patio. For the safety with the kids, we kept the glass doors closed/locked. The kids could still get to it if they walked around, but felt it was something they had to go out of the way to do (rather than falling). The view from the patio is amazing!! At first it appeared that they patio area dropped down into the mountain; however, there is a small ravine that is landscaped -- so that made me feel comfortable!

The villa was decorated TOP NOTCH and was pristine. The villa was stocked with anything you could think of: an abundance of linens, beach towels, seasonings, utensils. Small toiletries were provided. The villa also was equipped with a Sonos sound system which we used all the time to speaker in music throughout the villa and the pool. The Wi-Fi access was great. We were able to access it everywhere; except the stone sitting room. It came in great in the outdoor sitting area and pool. Because each adult brought phones and Ipads -- for cell service, AT&T worked well, Verizon didn't work (for us).

I would not hesitate in booking this villa again!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas

Beautiful home with outstanding view

  • 5 of 5

Loved my stay at Eminence on High in beautiful St. John. Unfortunately, I was only able to sneak away from work for a few short days, but this home hit the mark perfectly. The photos on the site represented the villa perfectly, the villa was in immaculate condition, and it is exactly what I had in mind. There is plenty of room at this villa for several couples, with enough places to lay around and read a book if you want to get away from things. Even though there is a home behind and in front of this villa, once you are in the house, you have to really work to see any spec of another house, and they certainly can't see you, so if privacy is important, you can certainly check that box here.

I cooked every day in the villa. They had absolutely everything I could have wanted. A nice steak on the grill one night.

The pool was cold, and I got in once, but the hot tub was perfect. Was great looking up at the stars in the bubbly hot tub with a cold beverage.

Leading up to my trip, I asked the owner several questions which were immediately answered; I really appreciated this as I didn't have a lot of time to get ready.

The only thing I would add is snorkeling equipment (many villas have a handful of masks and snorkels), and a slightly smaller cooler. For one person, the big cooler was a bit cumbersome (even though it has wheels), especially going to Salt Pond. (Clearly, if I'm mentioning these two little nits, the rest of the trip must have been spectacular, and it was. I have to give them *something* to work on. lol)

Also have to give a shout out to the property manager. I contacted him a couple of days beforehand, and since my time was limited, I asked that he just meet me at the Starfish market where I would buy provisions on my way in. He was perfectly flexible - I texted him in the checkout line, he told me that he was in the parking lot, I came out, and he was in the car next to me, and I was on my way. He gave a quick but very thorough run through the house with me, and he was on his way. It could not have been a more efficient check-in. *Exactly* what I wanted.

A few lunches at Skinny Legs, Salt Pond, Trunk Bay, Hawksnest and Francis, and it was off to home for me. This time when I went to Trunk Bay, I got there early (like 9 or so), and went to the far right as you face the water. There was a nice nook there that gave some privacy. I'll be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Central Location short driving distance to Cruz Bay, Coral Bay, and North Shore National Park Beaches


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%


**** Our Standard rate is for 6 guests for 7 nights in High Season exclusive of Off Season and Holiday dates.

*** Off Season rate is for 4 guests for a 7 nights stay exclusive of Holiday dates ( December 23, 2018 - January 7, 2019) and High Season Rates ( December 1, 2018 - December 23, 2018 & January 7, 2018 - April 30, 2018)

REFUNDABLE DAMAGE DEPOSIT $500.00 ( 1-8 GUESTS) $1000.00 ( 9 or More GUESTS)





Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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