Ilios is one of the few homes that is located on the south facing side of Hart Bay, a semi-secluded cove on the south shore of St. John, just beyond Chocolate Hole Harbor. This upscale residential neighborhood is a 5 - 10 minute drive on paved roads from Cruz Bay, but with only four homes on Ilios’ access road, this area maintains the peaceful, relaxed and less developed character that is the essence of St John. The view looks south into the multi-colored waters of Hart Bay and on most days St. Croix is easily visible. Cruise ships sometimes pass by in the morning and evening, and sailboats glide by on their way to Cruz Bay. The house faces south so the pool and sun deck are painted with sun the entire day, and for those looking for some shade, there is cover under the arbor over the courtyard. Also recently added are 2 - 9 ft umbrellas that are bolted to the sun deck. You can relax in the sun and work on your golden tan or you can put up the umbrellas and relax by the pool in the shade; the choice is yours.
Ilios is a very charming and romantic home that was designed to be a modern interpretation of a classic Greek villa. It combines the grace, beauty and colors of traditional Mediterranean architecture but with the newly added air-conditioning in the great room and the solar panels with battery back up, just in case power goes out, a guest is assured to have the comforts and conveniences of a present-day vacation home.
In keeping with this theme, the centerpiece is an open courtyard surrounded on three sides by hip roofed buildings. The pool and sun deck are on the southern side of the house and are bathed in sunshine and soft breezes throughout the day. All of the living areas, except for the upper bedroom, are on the ground level and there is parking for two vehicles in the parking area.
The main house contains the handsome great room (with a/c) that includes the living/dining and kitchen areas. With its rustic stone arches and light filled soaring ceilings, white walls, Mediterranean blue trim and restful views, the atmosphere in the great room is relaxing, and very romantic – a perfect honeymoon hideaway or lovers escape. If you wish to supplement the background sound of surf breaking on Hart Bay Beach, a cable color TV/VCR/DVD, and a stereo/cassette/CD and high speed internet access are provided.
There is dining in the courtyard under the hibiscus arbor at a table for 6, or dining in the great room at an antique table for 6. There’s a gas barbecue grill in the courtyard, and a house phone and washer/dryer are included. The kitchen is completely equipped and opens wide to the courtyard and the living area. Included are a gas 4 burner stove and oven, refrigerator/freezer and a dishwasher, microwave, blender and coffee maker as well as cookware and dinnerware.
The master bedroom (king bed) overlooks the hibiscus garden and the pool. This lovely retreat is private and very romantic, and includes a/c, a cable TV/DVD, a private bath with a garden shower and screened doors that open to water views and a private deck. The patio level guest bedroom (king) also has a/c, cable TV/DVD, a private bath, garden shower and views of the courtyard garden and the Caribbean. The upper floor guest bedroom (queen) has a/c, cable TV/DVD and an attached private bath. This bedroom is accessed by exterior stairs. A tiled deck has been added and this is now a delightful place for morning coffee while watching the sun rise, or a cold drink while watching cruise ships en route to other Caribbean destinations.