Amazing villa with beautiful views! Loved the location, the rental company was great to work with, the villa was very well provisioned - there was nothing we looked for that they did not have. Everything about our stay was lovely! Cannot wait to go back!
Second time at this beautiful property! It just doesn't get any better than this. The home is perfect for up to 4 couples or families. We loved the views. It is not a long drive into town for groceries, to restaurants or the beaches. All the modern comforts with grill, pool time and a/c that works like a champ! This is a dream property and we LOVE it here! The updated speaker system is great and allows for perfect pool and grill evenings! New beach chairs were great! Pack light and use the washer and dryer. My only recommendation would be that the front loading washers need bleach to clean the drums regularly to remove the mildew smell that can be left on clothes. Otherwise, everything was perfect! Wish I had a place to leave photos because it is one heck of a view! Drinks on the veranda at night is ah-mazing and coffee in the morning could not be better! We will return so long as no one takes our week! Enjoy!!
La Bella Vita is better than advertised. The pictures do not do the place justice. We had a group of 9 people and one infant. Out of the 9, six were adults and three were between the ages of five and twelve. This house was perfect for us. Three of the bedrooms had king size beds for the three couples. The four bedroom had two twin beds—and then we had a rollout brought in—which was ideal for the three kids. The infant slept in a pack-n-play which the house provided. All four bedrooms had their own bathroom and shower, plus there were two additional common bathrooms throughout the property.
The pool, while not technically an infinity pool, practically is. It is large enough for kids to play-in. the depth of it ranges from 4ish feet to over 6 feet. The best part of the house is all of the outdoor space. The property has plenty of terraces, complete with lounges and chairs. The outdoor Viking grill and outdoor Subzero mini fridge are also convenient. As for the house itself, each bedroom is private in that it can only be reached by walking outside on the covered veranda. The house is wired inside and out with the Sonos sound system, which is easily accessed through the Sonos app. Also, the house has wireless internet but given St. John, it can be sporadic. Each room of the house has its own AC unit, complete with remote control. The most difficult part of the house is learning which switches control which lights and ceiling fans. In defense of the house, there are labels on all of the switches.
The house is great for families or for couples. Note though, the house has many steps from the pool up to the main floor. One of our favorite parts of our trip were the iguana friends who shared our patio almost every day! We loved the house and are already discussing when we might visit again.
We have been travelling to St. John for many years and always rent a different villa each year. We have found our favorite and would definitely go back to La Bella Vita. The views are the best we have seen on the island - great sunsets (as with most houses near Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay), but also was high enough to see to the north, over other hills of St. John - other homes in Virgin Grande Estates right down the road don't have views as good as La Bella Vita.
We had 2 families with a total of 4 kids - plenty of room for everyone to spread out with the equally sized bedrooms. The living space was excellent - ate outside every night at the outdoor kitchen. Great Viking grill and fridge outside that allowed us to not make many trips back to the kitchen during happy hour.
Service from Catered To is outstanding - we broke an outdoor light fixture and their maintenance staff came to clean up the glass that day, along with the pool staff who swept the pool so we could enjoy it the rest of our stay.
The only issue we had with our stay was that the kitchen did not have a pot big enough to cook the lobster we had caught while snorkeling!
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The house was as described and we were not disappointed. The beds were very comfortable and loved the individual air conditioning units in each bedroom. The open air shower was wonderful but it really isn't an "outdoor" shower as it's enclosed in the bathroom. But it did have a great view through the screened window. The outdoor Viking grill was outstanding and worked great.
Only problems were small but did affect us. The patio refrigerator did not work at all which created a lack of storage for cold drinks when we were laying out by the pool. So we had to go up the stairs and in to the kitchen fridge each time. And with food for 8 people in there it didn't leave much room for the beverages. The property manager did tell us about it when we got there and said he was going to try to replace it while we were there but it didn't happen. There were not enough cushions for the patio furniture which was unusual because the rest of the house was so well appointed. Overall it was an excellent rental I would recommend to anyone.
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