About the property
- Villa1800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Air, Pool, W/ Romance & Charm Located in Hart Bay
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 batter 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.
Webb and Judy Moniz
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Why Webb and Judy Moniz chose Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay
Ilios was the second vacation villa that we purchased on St’ John. Our first home - Palm Villa, which is also a terrific rental home - sits high in the hills above Cruz Bay, with spectacular views of the Caribbean. We also love listening to the sound of breaking surf and the joy of easy access to beach walks and snorkeling, so when Ilios came on the market, we bought our second St. John home. We thought that Ilios would make a perfect match with Palm Villa, and it has. We really love this neighborhood because it’s an easy drive into town, yet we’re the next to last house on a dead end road that tourists never wander down, so it’s quite peaceful and relaxing. Because we face south-southwest the trade winds blow soft and warm, and the lovely Caribbean sun wraps the pool and sun deck in its warmth the entire day. Hart Bay really exemplifies why we love this island, we’re 2 ½ miles from Cruz Bay, yet it feels like we’re 20 miles from town. We’ve spent a lot of days in Ilios and every day has been a wonderful experience for us, and we hope the same is true for you.
What makes this Villa unique
The first time we viewed Ilios we fell in love with the layout and the Greek architectural theme, and we were especially captivated by the soft, peaceful and romantic ambiance of this home. Apparently many others have also recognized this feature because we have rented to a lot of honeymooners and couples in the years we have owned Ilios. For two couples, the upper bedroom and the master bedroom make a perfect pair of bedrooms, both with excellent privacy and lovely views. The few homes that occupy Hart Bay have become popular destinations for rental guests, and Ilios fits in perfectly with the fashionable villas that call Hart Bay home. We feel that Ilios really captures all of nature's wonderful sights and sounds, including a sunset through the hills, moonlight on the bay and abundant sunshine and tropical breezes that bathe the house. One look at the photos and it’s no mystery why this romantic villa has been a favorite with many honeymooners, lovers, couples and families. You'll love it too.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Ilios House was perfect
We were thrilled at our first sight of Ilios house - the pictures do not do it justice. It had just what we were all looking for: a sense of style and charm that felt timeless. It felt like a small compound with 3 separate buildings, a bedroom and bath in each to give complete privacy to everyone. The pool and main living space provided a great space to come together. I would stay again in a heartbeat - I don't think I would even look anywhere else.
Thank you, William! The staff at Caribbean Villas of St John thoroughly enjoyed having you as our guest and we are ecstatic to hear that you had a great time at Ilios! We would be just as pleased to have you again! You will always have friends here on in paradise!
We stayed at Ilios and loved it. We have recommended Ilios Villa to all of our friends and will definitely return. Snorkeling at Trunk Bay and dining at Lucys Restaurant out in Coral Bay was the highlight of our day. Hiking trail to Little Lemeshur was a work out but worth the trip. See you next year!
Ilios is charming and comfortable!
My husband and I stayed at Ilios in mid-January for two weeks. We’ve stayed there a number of times over the years—and it gets better and better. A few years ago the kitchen was updated and last year umbrellas were added to the patio, which gets sun throughout the day. Not only are the beds very comfortable, the bedrooms are in separate pods to provide complete privacy for 3 couples. We stayed in the 2nd floor bedroom which has a small deck—perfect for a pre-dinner glass of wine while watching cruise ships that had just departed St. Thomas en route to their next destination. When the surf is up, we’ve enjoyed walking down to nearby Hart Bay to watch the surfers late in the afternoon. Ilios is a 5 minute ride to Cruz Bay so dining out and marketing are very easy, as is access to the North Shore beaches. We hope to return to St. John soon and will certainly plan to stay at Ilios.
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 from Cruz Bay.
Rates & Availability
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12.5% Hotel Tax/5% Service Charge $500 Damage Deposit Payments: 50% is due within 7 days of booking, final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. For Christmas/New Years bookings- final payment is due 120 days prior to arrival.