Guest Book for The Retreat on St. John's USVI

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I feel compelled to write a review for The Retreat and for St John. This was our first trip to both, and I am incredibly particular and detail-oriented! I researched high and low, and really wanted THE best of all worlds. I could not have asked for more! The water views at The Retreat are breathtaking, the open air design of the whole villa is romantic, breezy, cool, and totally makes you feel in nature. The access to the bay below for snorkeling is a welcome challenge, a mini hike of sorts, with a little adventure. The snorkeling in the bay right below is AWESOME! Best we saw on the island! It got such that we didn't want to leave the villa, because mornings were spent marine-life viewing while sipping coffee, followed by fantastic snorkeling, lunch, rum drinks, a nap, and more afternoon snorkeling! A passing shower brought spectacular rainbows over Tortola. It was quiet (even with the mild construction going on next door), peaceful, one of the most relaxing vacations yet. I've stayed in many VRBO properties, and this was better equipped than most for cooking (should you choose to do so). I was concerned we'd be "out there" and have no restaurant options...but Shipwreck was only a 10 minute or so drive (once you get used to the roads!), and was excellent. Miss Lucy's was maybe 20 mins drive, and was SUPERB! Real quality cuisine. We never missed Cruz Bay at all....If you like privacy, nature, quiet, and you want water views, great snorkeling, and one of the most unique villas out there, The Retreat is for you. The property Manager is so helpful and truly wants you to have the best vacation possible. We would go back without hesitation. Truly wonderful....if you're on the fence, jump off and go to The Retreat. You will not regret it....Oh, I hate heat, and typically sleep with A/C on anytime it's over 65 out...I never once turned on the A/C. The tradewinds blowing through the open air design and the huge ceiling fans in the villa are more than adequate to keep you cool and comfortable. If not, a jump in the pool seals the deal! Wish we were still makes me smile just thinking about it!

Joe Donehue

I think the location is one of the best on St. John. We all enjoyed watching the reef below to see what sea creature would appear next. We saw nurse sharks, reef sharks, barracuda, sea turtles and a giant spotted eagle ray. The snorkeling below the house was great. Our son loved the geckos and frogs and hermit crabs. The pool and jaccuzzi were wonderful. You have a very unique home and the roll up doors and screens were awesome. A great idea! I myself will miss the quiet mornings with my coffee on the deck, looking out to Tortola.


I have stayed at The Retreat several times now, and it has always been an absolute treat. This is easily the most beautiful and unique guest house I've stayed at on St. John (or anywhere else in the Caribbean). The views are perfect, nearby Haulover Bay beach is the best snorkeling spot on the island, and the beds are a dream come true (I want one of these mattresses for myself)! Definitely recommended.