- Room Type:Entire House
- Max Guests:20
- Min Stay:7
- Pets Allowed:No
- dining area
- child's highchair
- dvd player
- satellite / cable
- music library
- video library
- games for kids
- cd player
- basic soaps
- local maps
- laundry soap
- towels provided
- hair dryer
- fitness room / equipment
- washing machine
- clothes dryer
- broadband access
- wireless internet
- air conditioning
- linens provided
- alarm clock
- filtered water
- local activities guide
- activities guide
- local restaurant guide
- toilet paper
- iron & board
- paper towels
- ceiling fans
- parking off street
- 4 ring stove
- catering available
- coffee grinder
- cooking utensils
- ice maker
- coffee maker
- pantry items
- beach towels
- outdoor grill
- tennis court
- outdoor grill gas
- deck / patio
- lawn / garden
- walkway to water
- large cooler
- beach chairs
- outdoor pool
- outdoor hot tub
- private pool
- hot tub
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- horseback riding
- bird watching
- sight seeing
rated the #1 vacation villa on St. John -- Great Expectations
Great Expectations can accommodate as many as 15 adults plus children in 4 equal Master bedrooms, 2 spacious bedroom Suites, and 2 additional rooms which can also be used as bedrooms for larger groups (we charge only for the bedrooms used). Great …
We have been to St. John many, many times, and we never want to stay anywhere except Great Expectations. The property is set up on a hill, so it gets lovely cross breezes and gorgeous water views from all sides (sunrises and sunsets!). We are usually here with groups of friends and family, which is exactly what Great Expectations is made for. The separate bedrooms are all equally comfortable and private, but there's plenty of shared living space, both indoor and outdoor, to enjoy being together, as well as to spread out, if you prefer. The kitchen is clean and well-equipped, making it easy to make meals for large groups. The new infinity pool and patio are a delightful place to swim and take in the views--especially nice with a cocktail! Chuck and Kristin do everything they can to make Great Expectations feel like our home in St John. We will be back again and again!
Wow what a great place to stay - the views from both sides of the villa were just way above our expectations. The rooms were very clean and elegant, the pools (3) were so inviting and our property manager there was always close by and a great guy to boot. This was the perfect place on a perfect island. We simply loved every minute of it there. We ate every breakfast and dinner meal at the villa just because it was so inviting. We always had lunch out on the island while snorkeling the many beautiful spots but the villa was special and our party of 8 was very comfortable. We only watched TV one night. No one wanted to leave. We would highly recommend this property to anyone going to St. John.
Thank you Great Expectations for exceeding ours!
No regrets, quibbles or disappointments; just sheer delight during a weeklong stay for a family reunion of fourteen people. Everything was as advertised and more. The owners were superbly organized, communicative & accommodating, the home both immaculate and user-friendly. The property is obviously cherished, and justifiably so. The views are spectacular. Everything (really!) you need is right there. "Great Expectations" is both wonderfully romantic and very family-friendly; it's rambling, view-capitalizing architecture makes it easy to be both private and public with others. It's a steep schlep downhill to the local beaches, but the three swimming pools make the beach a lesser option. (Amazing, but true.) So much to do for all ages on site that going around the island seemed almost superfluous. We have rented vacation homes all over the globe, and I have to say that as a multi-family relaxing vacation property, "Great Expectations" has topped all others.
We just spent 11 days at Great Expectation (January 2012 we were there for 7 days). Both times we were there with a group of old friends (total of 10 people). This year there was a new pool and a new large patio - both wonderful improvements. The guest rooms are large and comfortable. We were in a room with sliding screen doors at both sides of the room- we never turned on the aC - with the ceiling fan and the wonderful crosswind we were comfortable the whole time. The room had a large shower which is kind of outdoors - lovely. The view is just wonderful. And Chocolate Hole, which is a five minute walk from Great Expectations, has great snorkeling. We'd happily go back anytime.
We stayed at Great Expectations for two weeks, along with other friends (at one point, there were ten of us). Throughout our stay, Chuck, Kristin, Coby, and Patty, were available, helpful, and completely responsive to our every need. We truly felt as if our comfort and happiness were their first priority. The kitchen is fully equipped and we ate every meal at the villa. The pools and hot tubs were sparkling clean. We were fully connected to the internet at all times. The location is superb. We woke up to see beautiful sunrises and sat out on the patio watching glorious sunsets. It is, quite simply, heaven on earth.
This is the third time our large group of extended old friends has convened at Kristin and Chuck's, and it just keeps getting better. The patio with the extended views is a spectacular addition, as is the new pool. No one has yet found a needed kitchen tool lacking, or for that matter anything lacking, from the comfort of the furniture to the wifi and entertainment systems. The beauty of Great Expectations is the totally comfortable common spaces with the privacy of the individual quarters. I stayed in the new sunroom which is now my favorite because of the light and privacy.
Pictures can not do this place justice.
So beautiful and relaxing! This place has everyone that you could need. I have been twice and can't wait to get back for a 3rd visit. I never want to leave.
The hosts are fabulous too!
The Villa was just perfect for the group of wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical, we were able to accomodate everyone very comfortably. The views are spectatular and the great room and pool area is a great central meeting area. After a full day of diving the guys we were able to relax and enjoy every moment !!
The support of the entire community of St John for our wounded warriors is outstanding and Great Expectations exceeded everyone's expectations. We hope to have this opportunity again and make it a yearly event for SUDS. Thank you so very much for your generosity for without it SUDS could not contiue to support our men and women who have given do much to our country.
WOW, what a great villa!!
Expansive views on both sides of beautiful turquoise water, from the pools, great room AND the outdoor showers in the 4 large Main Villa bedrooms.
No need to bring anything but bathing suit, walking shorts and casual shirts, EVERYTHING else is provided.
I was there for a full month, with family and friends and i still wanted to stay longer.
I have already booked the same for next year! All (8 people) who stayed this year are eagerly awaiting next years stay
Perfect location, quiet, but less than ten minutes from the TEMPTING restaurants and shopping of Cruz Bay.
And a staff and owners committed to your enjoyment.
Website is factually accurate, but does not even begin to do justice to this well maintained and homey villa.
Each beach was more spectacular than the one before, with each having its own style (spirited, quiet, boats, snorkeling, water sports, small islands.
Trunk Beach was one of our faves and as for restaurants, paradiso, waterfront and you MUST go to rhumblines, were the best. We ate at each three times during my 4 week stay.
Hinds was nouvelle and delicious but no ambience.
Westin Hotel has a great steak house and sparkling setting..
Equator at Caneel Bay was more islandy with funky and delicious fish choices (I had lobster/crab cakes as an appetizer and a large grilled lobster with sides for about $65) in a large, romantic, semi outdoor and circular, rustic feel.
BUT make sure you stay home at least one night to avail yourself of the BBQ by the pool (two of 'em, four feet deep and a wader for tots) and the moonrise (it was full during my stay).
And do not miss the sunrise!
One last thing, the waves breaking on the shore can be heard from bedrooms one and two (not sure about the other two, but guessing yes) and thats a great way to fall asleep!
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