Stunning Secluded Oceanfront Villa
Stunning Secluded Oceanfront Villa

10 guests

2 rooms

8 beds

2.5 baths

10 guests

2 rooms

8 beds

2.5 baths

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About this listing

The Retreat on St. John, the most beautiful of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a uniquely spectacular oceanfront rental villa. It's elegant simplicity complements the beauty of its hillside setting above one of the most pristine beaches in the world.



Extra people: £161 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: £402


The space

Stunning views of the bay and across Sir Francis Drake Passage to the magnificent island of Tortola encompass you as you approach The Retreat by road. Each room of the house is oriented to maximize these sweeping vistas, second to none of St. John.

Across Dreekets Bay from the house lies the untouched landscape of Virgin Islands National Park. The front of each pavilion is a glazed rollup door, allowing the entire wall to open up to tropical breezes and the view. Just 110' below the house down a set of stairs and a private switchback trail, the secluded sandy beach provides a perfect spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, or pure relaxation.

Located on the pristine east end of St. John, Dreekets Bay is known among locals for having some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean.

Reached by a scenic drive through the National Park along paved roads from Cruz Bay, Every room in The Retreat features breathtaking views: stand in the kitchen and watch fish swim through crystal-clear aquamarine waters or relax in bed while looking out across the bay to the island of Tortola. Inside, each room is tastefully furnished with slate floors, vaulted ceilings, and modern amenities.

The Retreat consists of three quietly elegant pavilions centered around a private garden courtyard, on a hillside above beautiful Dreekets Bay on the secluded east end of St. John, USVI. A 40' lap pool runs the length of the courtyard. Comfortable lounge chairs on the deck around the pool create an ideal spot for private sunbathing. A large Jacuzzi surrounded by tropical landscaping provides the perfect spot to unwind.

The central pavilion contains the living room and a gourmet kitchen, while the two side pavilions each contain a separate bedroom suite. Both bedroom suites have closets, separate bathrooms, balconies, and completely private slate-lined outdoor showers with a view of the sea. The bedrooms are furnished with king-sized beds, ceiling fans, and air-conditioning. Sleeping lofts tucked into the roof rafters of the bedroom pavilions can accommodate kids or extra guests. Each of the two lower bedroom pavilions, while on the same level as the courtyard and living room, is completely private from the rest of the Retreat.

Because of its location, the beach at Dreekets Bay remains unspoiled by crowds and pollution, providing an unsurpassed setting for sunbathing, snorkeling and diving. Just offshore, waters teem with waving anemones, soft-corals, and multi-hued hard corals that shelter brilliant fish of all shapes and sizes. Dolphins and sea turtles play offshore, and lobster, black corals, and even rare Elkhorn corals are often spotted here.

Conveniently close to the town of Coral Bay yet stunningly secluded and untouched, the location of The Retreat is perfect for romantic couples, adventure-seeking families, busy executives looking for solitude, and anyone searching for peaceful luxury in a setting of glorious natural beauty.

Come stay with us, and discover the pleasure of a perfect place to simply be.

Guest access

Other amenities at The Retreat include:
40' lap pool, jetted hot tub, ceiling fans in all rooms, surround-sound stereo, fine linens for bed and bath, "memory foam" mattresses, outdoor beach shower next to beach trail, beach towels, chairs, and picnic coolers, 120-channel satellite TV, and automatic roll-down insect screens. Daily maid services, as well as full or partial catering, are available upon request (with additional fee).

Interaction with guests

Our on island managers will arrange to meet you upon your arrival in St. John, take you to your rental car, help you shop for groceries if you wish, and guide you to The Retreat. They also provide concierge services such as helping to arrange for catering, provisioning, massages and any other services you may desire to make your stay with us more enjoyable.

Getting around

We recommend renting an all wheel, or four wheel drive vehicle, although there are taxis that will take you where you wish to go.

Other things to note

PLEASE READ ALL of the rental polices below.

RATES depend upon the number of guests staying with us and the number of beds and bedrooms used. VILLA RENTAL RATES ARE BASED ON TWO PERSONS PER BEDROOM/BED. While the entire property will be for your exclusive use, no other guests or owners present, the number of beds and bedrooms available for use is limited (determined) by the number of guests for whom rent has been paid.

During HIGH SEASON from 20 December to 26 April, we require reservations of a MINIMUM OF 7 nights, except in the event that we have unbooked nights between the longer reservations.

However, we will accept bookings year round for FEWER NIGHTS when available, at our full 10 person rate which is $1001.00/night.

From 27 April to Thanksgiving, Low Season, the minimum rental is usually 5 nights, but we will accept 4 nights if we have slots to fill or you are willing to pay a higher rate.

We require a notarized liability waiver signed by both parents for young children staying with us. Once a reservation has been confirmed, we will send the document that needs to be notarized, signed and returned to us with payment or 45 days prior to arrival.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

No smoking indoors. No alcohol consumption in the jacuzzi.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

4 nights minimum stay

10 Reviews

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Karen User Profile
March 2017
Just as beautiful as it appears in the pictures. All the other reviews are very accurate. The drive was challenging the first trip but got easier from then on. You have to like isolation--it is just like living on the mountaintop with that amazing view. We had a couple days of crazy wind and rain, so the outside showers were an experience (still fun!) It's not a huge space--cozy and comfortable. Beds were very comfortable too. Would totally recommend the house (easy check-in/Dena, the manager, was very responsive throughout). All great!

Jennifer User Profile
February 2017
The Retreat is a stunning group of 3 bungalows tucked away on the side of a mountain, with an unbelievable view from every room. We loved that the glass doors rolled up into the ceiling and you felt like you were living outside. It is a gorgeous and peaceful house, tucked away from the noise of Cruz bay but we easily went to beaches every day & out to dinner every night. We loved it, as did our 15 year old and our 8 year old who loved having an entire building to themselves. We have been coming to St.John for 12 years and this is definitely our favorite place, because of the design of the house, the unbelievable views- And the beds were super comfy as well.

Meredith User Profile
December 2016
The Retreat is absolutely amazing and Dena, the Property Manager, second to none. She goes above and beyond to ensure everything is perfect for a stress-free vacation. If you are looking for a quiet and secluded getaway with unparalleled views, this is your place. We hardly ever left! You can snorkel in the bay right in front of the house. We will definitely return. Thank you for a fantastic stay.

Ryan User Profile
November 2016
Incredible home. Can't wait for our next visit!

Margaret Lacey User Profile
January 2016
Our stay at The Retreat was the experience of a lifetime! The views are some of the most incredible views we saw while on the island and they are constant because of the amazing open-air layout of the property! They have snorkel equipment available for use, which we utilized during a kayak trip with Hidden Reef Eco Tours. The great thing about this was the the kayak tour started off right at the bottom of our street in one of the many bays surrounding the area. It is in close proximity to coral bay, skinny legs bar and grill and indigo grill. We ate at both establishments and throughly enjoyed them both!! Dena was waiting for us when we got off of the ferry from St. Thomas, took us to the grocery store and showed us where to find gas for our rental jeep. She was extremely accommodating the entire time we were there, thank you Dena! I have already recommended The Retreat to my parents and a family friend planning his 25th Wedding Anniversary. This property is amazing beyond words and we feel lucky to have found it on Airbnb and to have had the opportunity to stay there. We will definitely be back!!

Andrew User Profile
January 2016
We recently booked "the Retreat" for a family vacation. The home has beautiful views of Tortola and is up on a hill on the far eastern end of St. John. We were met at the house by Dena who gave us a tour and explained everything. We chose this house for it's wide open spaces and breezy living areas. Unfortunately, the wide open areas ( covered by special electric screen doors) are prone to mosquitos. The property includes access to the water which is down a steep path. This looks like a great place to snorkel. We were on vacation with our 3 year old and felt this property was not suitable for her due to the steep path down to the water, lack of a sandy beach and the hilly terraced pool area. Overall I thought the property owner was very helpful and considerate. The property caretaker Dena,also was helpful, giving lots of useful advice regarding car rental and other information. This is a great property for those looking for a remote spot that is in a prime snorkeling area, families with small children need to be mindful of the steep terrain and the insects that enter the screened areas.

John User Profile
October 2015
We had a great stay at Ruth's house! It really is a great getaway. It's perched on the side of a mountain and the pictures honestly don't do it justice -- it has an insanely gorgeous view. From the house you are looking at Tortola and it's truly incredible. You can walk down to the water on a path from the house and there is great snorkeling, but there isn't a beach right there. There is also great snorkeling right down the street from the house. There are 5 amazing beaches all within 30 minutes of the house. Check out Maho, Cinnamon, Trunk. You can rent paddle boards in Cruz Bay and paddle Maho Bay -- great time, lots of sea turtles. Something to know is you definitely want to rent a car -- you are a bit secluded (which is awesome), but just something you should know. The only really developed area on the island is Cruz Bay, which is about 35 minutes away. Coral Bay is about 10 minutes away, but is far less developed. The house does have snorkel gear, but if you are really into it, you might rent your own. They provided shampoo and conditioner, which was awesome -- the only shower is outside. There is a great hot tub and super cool pool. I would make sure to grab some bug spray, there are a bunch of biting flies all over St John.

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