About the property
- Villa3000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
The Edge of Paradise is a true gem and a one of a kind tropical getaway villa. Nestled on the edge of world-renown Magen’s Bay in St. Thomas, it is a unique combination of charm, luxury and privacy. The seclusiveness and natural beauty of this property are what make it so extraordinary. The property includes approximately five-hundred feet of prime ocean frontage and its own beach, just a walk down the steps. Our villa looks over a pristine coral reef that flourishes in these crystal clear Caribbean waters, teeming with life. There are very few rental homes in all of the Virgin Islands that can compare to our property as a charming and luxurious tropical retreat, with its own secluded beach and reef. As such, it is a very special place for families to unwind and share a memorable vacation.
Our views of the stunning waters of Magen’s Bay are truly exceptional. Magen’s Bay is a treasured Virgin Island nature preserve and, as such, has no hotels nearby and very limited residential development on its shores, particularly its western shore. Magen’s Bay Beach is a magnificent natural landmark that stretches for over a mile along the south end of the bay, renown for its white sand and turquoise waters. Behind the beach stands a tropical forest, which gradually rises up a mountain, filled with lush vegetation and fascinating wildlife. This beach was recognized as one of the top ten beaches in the entire world by National Geographic.
The Edge of Paradise sits on the west side of the bay. Our villa is the most proximate residence to Magen’s Bay Beach on the western shore, just a short kayak paddle away. Yet, because a dense tropical forest and a rugged rocky shoreline span between our villa and that beach, we are exquisitely secluded. This is just one reason why we believe our location is ideal. In addition, we appreciate that the waters of the bay are calmer and more protected than any others on the Island. This tends to make the water clearer and safer for swimming and snorkeling, especially important when kids are involved. Thirdly, we cherish the beautiful coral reef that thrives along the western side of the bay. This reef is quite isolated and not readily accessible to beach tourists, and so it remains pristine. No other reef exists in the bay; the rest of the bay is predominantly sandy. It is quite uncommon to have a secluded spot where adults and kids can wade out into an ocean that has a colorful and fascinating reef right there to explore, in clear Caribbean waters that deepen very gradually .
gregory and jan zazulak
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About gregory and jan zazulak
After a thorough search of properties throughout the Caribbean, we purchased this one in 2012 and introduced it into the rental market in 2013. The property was meticulously designed by a married couple to be their ultimate dream home, and the elaborate landscaping and construction work was completed over eight long years. After having refurnished the home and having made a number of modifications to make the villa an extraordinary rental property, we now share their vision and paradise with our guests, and look ahead to our retirement there.
gregory and jan zazulak purchased this Villa in 2012
Why gregory and jan zazulak chose Estate Lerkenlund
As alluded to earlier, we found the Edge of Paradise to be a true gem and a one of a kind tropical retreat. For us, it was truly 'love at first sight'. Many rental villas in the Virgin Islands offer gorgeous views, but few are on the waterfront. And most of the waterfront villas are atop steep cliffs overlooking rough waters that are not readily accessible or swimmable. We never imagined that we could find a spot that is so utterly beautiful and so secluded, yet situated on a widely renowned bay that has one of the world's top ten beaches. Even more amazing was the reality that the villa sits so close to the water level, has its own secluded beach, and has a flourishing coral reef directly in front of it. There is no place we would rather be!
What makes this Villa unique
For families that want to make their vacation even more relaxing and unforgetable, we can arrange for an in-home spa day by having a masseus visit you in the villa. Similarly, we can secure the services of a personal chef to make gourmet meals, and a captain to take you on a sightseeing or fishing excursion. We can even combine the two! You should be aware that power outages do occur on St. Thomas and the other Islands, sometimes happening several times a week, for prolonged periods. Our villa is equipped with a powerful heavy duty generator, located away from the house so as not to be heard, with an automatic changeover switch that takes over after 15 seconds with no power. When you consider renting elsewhere, you must consider this. If your rental property does not have a generator, you risk the possibility of being without wifi, television, refrigeration, running water and air conditioning for periods of time, and that could be inconvenient. Sometimes we hear horror stories about renters at other villas who have their long-awaited vacation ruined by various problems. We are very confident that this will never occur at Edge of Paradise because of two reasons. First, our villa was described by our home inspector as the best built property he has seen on the Island in his six year career here. Also, our property is managed by Gena and Brian McHenry. They are the most personable, knowledgeable, and responsive people one could ever hope to meet. They live nearby.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
I stayed at this property with family for about one week. The house is beautiful and open, providing both a wonderful place to relax with loved ones and a spectacular view of the bay! With access to our own beach AND an infinity pool, we could have never left the house and been very happy! We were able to snorkel and kayak right from the property which was convenient and a truly amazing experience. The outdoor oven/grill was also very nice to be able to enjoy meals out on the patio. When we did decide to leave it was only a short drive to explore the town and get some fantastic fish tacos. This property provided the perfect relaxing getaway for us!
This is truly paradise! St. Thomas is a wonderful destination for snorkeling, swimming, hiking, sightseeing, kayaking, boat-rides....and more that we did not have time for on our trip. The house is lovely: open downstairs with a beautiful patio and deck in the back overlooking Magen's Bay. The infinity pool was a wonderful way to end our days and there are stairs from the house down to the water. We were even able to kayak over to Magen's Bay from the house for an afternoon. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys good times with beautiful weather, beautiful houses, and beautiful views!
Pure luxury and natural beauty
The Edge of Paradise proved to be the perfect spot for my mother and me to get away to a beautiful island and just kick back for a week. We were fascinated by the very remote and private location of this villa built right into the side of the mountain and overlooking Magens Bay. The house décor is elegant and tasteful surrounded by a naturally beautiful setting. I loved waking up staring directly into the vibrant blue waters of Magens bay. Thank goodness we rented a Jeep Wrangler to negotiate the last part of the drive to the property. Once there, we did not want to leave, the property house offers a vacation and beach-y atmosphere, yet the main house is very spacious, well-appointed and pristinely kept. We enjoyed every moment of our time there.
As soon as you set foot on the main patio, you are just taken away. The views from all over the Villa are simply amazing. The panoramic views are beautiful. You can see the reefs below, Magens Bay Beach only a mile down the shore, and Petersburg Point across the bay. Accommodations inside the villa are what really make the visit all the more terrific. Sleeping arrangements in the many bedrooms are comfortable, and between the breeze always blowing and fans circulating air, the air conditioning is barely needed. The kitchens, both inside and out were used frequently. Fresh seafood on the grill, pizzas in the outdoor oven and cooking on the stoves inside give you a gourmet experience. The lower deck to the water lets you relax away from the house while still enjoying the same views, and a little climb down gets you right to the water. Whether we wanted to snorkel on the reef, kayak to Magens Bay Beach, paddle-board around, sit in the waves, or even just relax in the pool, the options were limitless. Relaxation is key here, and it comes easy. Leaving was the hardest thing we had to do on our trip, and I would not hesitate to go back!
We just came back from a dream vacation with our best friends. We have spent over 20 years vacationing together, but nothing compared to this trip. The home is beautifully decorated and offers all the comforts of home; there was room for 4 couples with bathrooms to spare. The kitchen is large and open, which allowed us to cook together, then eat at the HUGE table that sits 12. We were lucky enough to stay in the cottage, where every night we were lulled to sleep by tree frogs and the lapping of the ocean on the rocks. The area was filled with natural beauty, we hiked, kayaked, fished and snorkeled all from the convenience of the villa (no driving necessary). In the morning we observed iguanas basking and sea turtles swimming in the coral beds directly below the house. On the last day of our vacation as we sat out on the deck watching the birds and ocean it began to rain, for just a moment…then a huge rainbow appeared that started near Megan’s beach, and ended in the ocean just in front of the house!! We have spoken to several people who have visited St. Thomas and described how beautiful Megan’s bay is, and how they found it to be the favorite part of their vacation. The beauty of the villa is that you can experience this without leaving (unless you want to for a day trip) and enjoy it every day. Yes, I truly believe we had found the pot of gold at the Edge of Paradise. We will be back!!
A week of Therapy!
Having a very busy year at our jobs, my wife and I looked forward to spending some down time with the family on St. Thomas. We had looked at a few villas but thought having the ocean close by and a pool for the kids would give us more time to relax. With my brother and Mother-in-Law joining my wife, 4 year old son, six year old daughter, and myself visiting the island, it made for a diverse group.
We wanted a zero stress vacation, and the Edge of Paradise certainly filled the need. To me, the best part of the property was the rocky shore below the house. Listening to the waves break on the rocks while watching the sunset over Magen’s Bay was absolutely therapeutic. Every night after the kids went to bed; we would mix up a cocktail and meet on the deck to relax after a ‘hard day’ on the beach or in town. Also, with the main bedrooms facing the water, listening to the surf would just lull us to sleep at night. The property is fully air conditioned, but we found the breezes at night and the windows open kept us comfortable (and better to hear the ocean!). However, because of the number of windows, I would recommend anyone that is not a morning person to bring a sleep mask.
Gena and her husband (the Property Managers) were very attentive and available, not that we needed her much because the house was so well equipped. Her occasional advice that was always helpful, with the most important advice being to get a jeep to get to the villa. Being right on the water and leaving the main road at about 500-600 feet of elevation, it made for some interesting driving to get down to the property. But this also gave an incredible amount of privacy. When you arrive and go through the gate, you have your very own secluded compound.
Having an engineering background as well as some general contracting experience (my brother has also been in the construction industry for 30 years) made us appreciate the property even more. The thought put into the design of the structure and grounds was outstanding, and workmanship was very good. We admired the stone, tile, and wood work, which had great quality without ostentation. The furniture was all very solid and functional, complementing rest of the property. The villa also has a generator which did come in handy one night when the island lost power.
In all, it was a great week.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
3% discount for guests paying via bank to bank wiring 15% discount for guests staying 14 consecutive nights 20% discount for guests staying 21 consecutive nights 25% discount for guests staying 28 consecutive nights