Our Villa Floor Plan
The easiest way to understand Great Expectations layout and uniqueness is to envisions the 4 square ‘pods,’ built on the saddle of a peninsula, that face east and west. The buildings are connected by patio & walkways - there are no interior hallways. The architect smartly used the topography to design a space where many people can gather and enjoy themselves, but also be able to retreat to their own bedrooms for privacy and sleep.
BUILDING 1: Sunrise
Building 1 is on the southern-most side of our property and is split evenly with 2 King bedrooms (Francis & Maho) each with a bathroom and semi-outdoor shower. It is named Sunrise because it is set back from the pool area and has unobstructed views of the sunrise every morning. The sunset can be partially seen from these rooms across the foxtail palm trees and pool area.
BUILDING 2: Great Room
Building 2 is our Great Room. It contains a full kitchen, bar, living room, dining room table, TV, stereo, SONOS audio, and a half bath. There is also a patio area to the east where guests often congregate for morning coffee and around happy hour in the mid afternoon when the heat of the sun has passed over to the west.
BUILDING 3: Sunset
Building 3 is a mirror of Building 1 upstairs with 2 King bedrooms (Cinnamon & Trunk) and bathrooms with showers that are open to the air at head height. It is named Sunset because it is further west (next to the main pool patio) and has unobstructed views of each sunset. The east side of these 2 rooms do have sunrise views as well, they are just set back off and above the parking area.
Down a flight of outdoor stairs is the Jumbie Room. It’s on the path leading to the Guest House and contains a set of Twin beds in a trundle format (one slides below the other). This room is not really suitable for a couple because they would be sleeping in 2 separate beds and at different levels, but we have seen couples do it to fit larger groups into the villa.
BUILDING 4: Guest House
Building 4 is called the Guest House. It is painted green and sits off just a little bit from the other 3 buildings. You can access it down the path past the Jumbie Room or from its private driveway off Croton Road. The Guest House top floor is the Owner's Suite (Honeymoon). It is a full studio apartment with kitchen, bar, dining table, Queen bed, Couch, Chairs, and full bath with another semi-outdoor shower.
The lower level of the Guest House contains the Hawksnest Suite and the Denis Room. These rooms both have full bathrooms with showers (Denis Room's shower is not open-air) and actually can be connected through double curtained sliding glass door.
The Guest House has its own private pool area that is connected to the Owner's Suite upstairs by an outdoor stairwell. When we are onsite, this acts as a private driveway, apartment, and pool are that does not interfere with a group of vacationing guests. We typically rent out the Owner's Suite to groups and suggest reserving it for the person paying (grandparents, parents of the bride, trip organizer) as you wake up every morning with sunrise at your feet, and have the most privacy in the villa with your own stairwell to a private driveway.