Villa Name: Villa Carlota
Island: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Area of Island: Upper Peter Bay, leeward side
Nearest Beach: Peter Bay Beach is below (you can drive down in less than 5 minutes), or drive to National Parks nearby Trunk Bay or Cinnamon Bay beaches
Children Welcome: Yes
Maid Service: Yes
Maid Service Frequency: 3 maid service visits per week
Smoking: Not permitted in the house. Outside only.
Square Footage Interior: 4750 + Exterior: 3350 = TOTAL: 8100 sq. ft.
Damage Deposit $1,500.00
Perched 500 feet on a hillside in the gated enclave of Upper Peter bay is an elegant sanctuary in a mesmerizing setting. Luxurious Villa Carlota offers five large air conditioned bedroom/bath suites in three pavilions. Through an electronic gate and from the driveway courtyard, a native stone entryway welcomes you; a graceful coralstone staircase curves down to the expansive terrace where an Italian baroque lions head fountain spouts a bubbling welcome. A second Italian marble fountain gurgles at the pools edge, a large infinity edge pool which blends into the magnificent 180degree view of Peter Bay below and the Caribbean Sea beyond, a vista dotted with the islets and cays of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. All of the perfect National Park beaches, such as Trunk and Cinnamon Bays, are less than a 10minute easy drive from Villa Carlota. The villas main pavilion, centrally air conditioned with adjustable controls, features a spacious Great Room (the India Room) which incorporates a large gourmet kitchen done with a cypress ceiling, Brazilian granite, custom mahogany cabinetry, and bordered by a long countertop with stools. Adjacent is the dining area where an 18th century Balinese teak monastery door serves as the dining table; a convenient powder room is right around the corner. On the other side of the Great Room is the living area, set with comfortable sofas, chairs and a media center with a 50inch flatscreen satellite TV, a Bose sound system, and extensive movie and music collections for your enjoyment. A large table on this verandah and artful lighting invite alfresco dining with a view. From the Great Room, an elegant curved staircase leads to the oversized second level master suite and home office. This grand king master suite features a cathedral ceiling with Raffles East India fans, mahogany wood flooring, custom made ceramic light fixtures designed by a local artist, and a Ralph Lauren fourposter bed. A large air conditioned walk in closet is adjacent. Mahogany doors open to a pergolaed verandah on the ocean side of the pavilion, furnished with chaise lounges and looking out over the verdant National Park lands and the sea. The ensuite marble bath provides separate his and her sinks linked by a massive wall to wall mirror, a jacuzzi bathtub, and a separate glass and marble shower with native stone accents. Just outside the master bath is Villa Carlota's roofed hot tub pavilion with a coralstone floor. Although the spa pavilion is off the master suite, anyone may access the hot tub from the driveway courtyard or from the Great Room with a key. Continuing up the winding staircase from the master suite level to Villa Carlota's third level, a second bedroom/bath suite, this one with a fourposter queen bed awaits; the views from this suites windows are spectacular. Back at the terrace and pool just outside the main pavilion, a green bamboo marble wet bar awaits with mini fridge and icemaker ready for poolside libations and evening cocktails. Behind the wall with the lions head fountain is a stainless steel professional gas rotisserie grill built into a stone grilling area, which easily connects to kitchen and dining area via a rear hallway. The pool is sublime, reigning over an incredible long distance panorama, and at days end, a colorful swirl of tropical sunsets. Villa Carlota's second pavilion is on the other side of the pool terrace, offering two centrally air conditioned king bedroom/bath suites on two levels for excellent privacy. Each suite features a romantic king fourposter bed with Vera Wang mattresses, a Chinese antique armoire, flatscreen satellite TV, and a private covered balcony just outside (the upper suite has both a step out balcony and a pergolaed verandah). Both suites baths are done in Italian rojo alicante marble and handcrafted cabinetry, each boasts a luxuriant overhead rain shower plus three body massage jets in the wall. From the lower suites patio, a secreted curve of three steps takes you right into the pool. On the lower level of this pavilion is the laundry room with two washers and two dryers; this area has a private service entrance so that the housekeepers may enter the house from the driveway courtyard without coming through the villas main entry. Across this courtyard is the charming Cottage Suite, nicely secluded from the rest of the property. The air conditioned Cottage Suite is distinguished by cool travertine tile, a living area with a balcony overlooking the main villa, a full bath, a small kitchen with a covered patio for alfresco meals, and on its upper level, a king (or two twin) bedroom with a full bath, a large verandah off to its side, a step out balcony in front, and an ensuite bath.
6 satellite TVs (in main pavilion: a 50inch flatscreen TV in Great Room + a 19inch flatscreen TV in kitchen; a 32inch flatscreen TV with DVD player in 3 king bedroom suites on Main Villa side), Bose Lifestyle 38 Home Entertainment System with 48DVD digital storage system + 5CD player, interior + exterior Bose speakers, radio, iPod docking stations in all bedrooms, books, movie + music collections, central A/C throughout villa (except in exercise room); home office off master suite with DSL connection for your laptop + fax machine with dedicated line, 2 phone lines, 2 answering machines, WiFi throughout entire property; gourmet kitchen with JennAir duelfuel range + warming oven; poolside wet bar with icemaker + mini fridge, + stainless steel gas grill with rotisserie nearby; hair dryers, a safe for valuables in each of the 3 main villa suites, 2 fountains in courtyard, exercise room (no A/C) with Precor Treadmill + Precor Elliptical Trainer; assorted snorkel gear for guests, beach chairs; automatic generator; covered parking in driveway courtyard, dishwasher, laundry room with 2 washers, 2 dryers, microwave + a separate service entrance from driveway for villa staff/housekeepers. Fully A/Ced Cottage Suite across driveway courtyard has a 32inch flatscreen TV, stack washer + dryer + small but fully equipped kitchen.
1 to 8 guests will have the use of the Main Villa side only (3 kings + 1 queen in the Main Villa's two pavilions, + 1 king (OR 2 twins, your choice with advance notice) in Cottage Suite) in two separate pavilions on either side of the pool terrace. 910 guests will have the use of the Main Villa and its 4 bedroom suites, plus the Cottage Suite across the driveway courtyard with 1 king (OR 2 twins, with your advance notice) and two full baths.
As is true in any popular destination, construction of new homes continues in Peter Bay areas. As of summer 2010, well below and far to the right of Villa Carlota there is a new home underway. The activity there is apparently far enough removed, and has never in the past been noisy or intrusive to our guests at Villa Carlota - no complaints have been received. At this time the concrete pour work is completed, but construction is very intermittent (on again, off again, and if it is going on occasionally, the crew working there is very small). However, if you would like further details on the current status of this activity, please inquire and we'll be happy to obtain the latest information for you.
Photos are representative of the property and may differ from the actual unit that is reserved.