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“You have got to stay at this place!!”
overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the southshore of St John
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overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the southshore of St John
8 bedrooms, 4 pools, 2 hot tubs and a tennis court fabulous sunsets into the ocean
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155 reviews
overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the southshore of St John
8 bedrooms, 4 pools, 2 hot tubs and a tennis court
fabulous sunsets into the ocean
our infinity pool is spacious enough to swim laps
living, dining and kitchen are separate from the bedrooms for maximum privacy
Great Room has a 75 inch High Definition TV with complimentary Netflix video streaming
complimentary WiFi High Speed Wireless Internet (view, but not laptop, included)
not 1, but 4 equal Master bedrooms, all air-conditioned with spectacular views of the Caribbean
another Master bedroom configured with 2 Twin beds
bedroom bathrooms each have double sink vanities with oversized mirrors
one of our architect-designed indoor-outdoor showers with private views of the Caribbean
each bedroom has a private patio overlooking the Caribbean
The Club Room can be used as a bedroom for a single adult or 2 teenagers
The Owners Suite on the top floor of the Guest House overlooks the Caribbean Sea
the Guest House 1st flr bdrm has a Queen bed and 2 futons
The Sun Room on the Guest House 1st floor can be set-up with a King bed or 2 Twins
tennis court with professional basketball hoop and backboard
an ideal setting for weddings  and anniversary celebrations
Guest House has its own pool and hot tub
shady hammocks abound
great views overlooking the Caribbean to the east (hammock, but not drink, included)
romance awaits (that's our daughter and son-in-law)
we have hosted lots of weddings (the bride and groom returned for their anniversary)
plenty of room for dinner inside (our family at Thanksgiving)
you can hear the waves breaking over the rocks below in Hart Bay
spectacular water views
even the hammocks have great views
the hand-painted mural by local high school students (as seen in the St. Thomas Daily News)
come, sit in the sun, put your toes in the Caribbean, contemplate Life.
within walking distance of the Villa is Chocolate Hole with some of the best snorkeling on St. John
also within walking distance is Hart Bay for great beachcombing with a coral reef just offshore
Beach chairs included
Trunk Bay, one of the 10 most photographed beaches in the world (how they know that, I know not)
NO SNOW
some of the most beautiful rainbows you will ever see
our fabulous housekeeping staff (Josie, Veronica & Marie)
please come see for yourself -- your hosts, Kristin and Chuck
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6 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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P H
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
“You have got to stay at this place!!”
Reviewed 6 March 2016 for a stay in January 2016

What an amazing first trip to Great Expectations! We have heard glowing reports from family members who had stayed there before and we were not disappointed. The Great Expectations complex sits high on the ridge (saddle) of a small peninsula between Hart Bay to the east and Chocolate Hole Bay to the west just a couple of minutes south of Cruz Bay where the ferry comes in. It is convenient, yet very private. The private outdoor showers with a view of sunrise is matched only by the views of sunset (with a refreshment) by the infinity pool above Chocolate Hole at the front of the compound.

Six of us stayed for the week. We all had our own rooms with private bathrooms and the outdoor showers. There is nothing modest about these bedrooms: each is well appointed with custom made teak furniture from Bali and imported Italian tile in the en suite bathroom. There are large glass doors on either end allowing a really pleasant tropical breeze and great views of the ocean. The ceiling fans and transoms allow natural cooling, we never used the AC. The rooms afforded privacy, yet you were only steps from the central building with the great room and the pools and lounging area.

The center piece of Great Expectations is the great room and the kiddie pool and infinity pool to the west with plenty of space to do yoga or just lie around in the many lounges or hammocks (you can also slip into the hot tub if you get worn out playing at the beach and snorkeling). Inside the great room is a very well appointed kitchen with good pots, pans and dishes, dishwasher, large fridge, plenty of counter space and good bar supplies. There’s an island with bar stools so it’s easy to migrate from cocktails, to dinner prep, to feasting, to the sitting area for dessert with movies on the flat screen. We could easily have accommodated several other couples in the space (as well as kids). The great room has a size XXL ceiling fan (literally: it’s about 8 feet across!) as well as many screen doors on the east and west sides so lots of breeze. There’s also an excellent stainless steel gas grill right outside the kitchen.

On top of the great layout are all the extras including camp chairs to bring to the beach, a tennis court, kids water toys and coolers for the beach.

It is hard to believe there could be better views, breezes, or accommodations anywhere on St. John (and we looked). We can’t recommend Great Expectations enough and look forward to our next trip back.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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rqsa
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
“Great Expectations is perfect, every time!”
Reviewed 5 March 2016 for a stay in January 2016

So glad to be back at Great Expectations, and to bring new members of the family, who are now also hooked and can't wait to return! There is nothing modest at all about the bedrooms each of which are furnished with custom-made teak furniture from Bali and imported Italian tile, have large glass sliders offering ocean views, fully-screened with ceiling fans and transoms for natural cooling as well as central air-conditioning, architecturally-designed clear story windows, and even indoor-outdoor showers! All that, sun and sand, views and relaxation--what more could you want? We love it.

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FoxiBoxi
Panama City Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
“We loved it!”
Reviewed 27 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

We were a large family travelling with several little ones. The on site amenities made it easy for us to take care of our children, relax between beach and hiking trips, and wind down in style at the end of each day. The rooms were modest but very comfortable, which made us feel right at home (it was great to have a laid back setting with tiny hands everywhere). The location was very close to Cruz Bay and convenient to grocery stores and beaches. We hiked down to Chocolate Hole when we didn't feel like going far. We hope to be back and would absolutely book at GE again.

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Chris S
2 reviews
“The Family vacation of a lifetime!”
Reviewed 15 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015

This is the number one rated place for a reason! It's phenomenal! It has everything you'd ever need all in the enormous compound, from speakers indoors and outdoors that you can connect a device to (which was perfect for our BBQ wedding reception) to multiple pools, large hot tubs, fast internet (rare for the Caribbean!!) and a truly awesome groundskeeper that makes sure everything is perfect during your stay.

We rented the entire complex for our family and bridal party and couldn't of had a better wedding and vacation. Everyone has their own space when they want, amazing views no matter the room and your own bathroom! Although I didn't get to play tennis or basketball there is a court there as well and in perfect condition. You won't have to worry about bringing towels, chairs, coolers or anything for the beach as its ALL included and you grab what you need from the villa.

The kitchens are amazing, well stocked and clean. Huge fridge to store enough food for everyone (we had 17 people staying). The local grocery stores and Cruz Bay is just 5-10 min drive away which is very convenient. Lots of hammocks to relax on and soak up where you are and enjoy the moment.

If you are considering staying here, it should be an easy choice; this is the best. Me and my wife couldn't of had a more perfect family trip and wedding! Memories that will last a lifetime.

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Amy V
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
“I can't wait to return!”
Reviewed 16 November 2015 for a stay in September 2015

It was an absolute delight to stay at Great Expectations. The place is very nicely kept and outfitted. The views (yes, multiple) are gorgeous. The kitchen is fully stocked with appliances and spices and there's an outdoor grill. There are markets nearby and you can cook as much as you want to. Meanwhile, the owners applied for tourism vouchers for us so we went out a lot too! It's an easy drive to town and the ferry. The pools are well maintained and there are tons of hammocks everywhere so you can enjoy them all times of day or to see any view from the house. There are beaches within walking distance. If you really must stay in there is a great TV and sound system and netflix streaming and wifi. The owners and property manager are very nice and super easy to deal with, and I had no problem getting in touch with them for questions. This is how vacation rentals should be. Truly they have thought of everything. We treasure our memories of this vacation, and already talk of returning someday. Thanks for an awesome vacation!

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