Our November newsletter highlights new additions and St John (USVI) news

st john villa great expectations

Great Expectations has a new pool (and bedroom)!

St John villa swimming pool

One of our favorite repeat guests, Steve Butcher, liked our new Main Villa pool so much, he and his wife, Carrie, literally refused to leave as scheduled!
Steve and Carrie are long time guests of Great Expectations, having first stayed at Great Expectations 10 years ago when they were married on St John. Last month they returned with a group of family and friends to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Well, the day before they all were to leave Steve called us to ask if he and Carrie could stay on for another few days. Luckily for them, we were able to accommodate their wishes (one of our few openings until next May!). Steve said that they lived in our new pool.

In addition to a new pool (and great new pool patio) overlooking the sunset and Chocolate Hole harbor to the west, we have also added an 8th bedroom with its own beautiful bathroom. This bedroom is incredibly versiitle in that it adjoins the first floor bedroom at Beau Geste, the Guest House of Great Expectations, and consequently can serve as a connecting bedroom for parents who would like to have their children close, but also want some privacy (it is a vacation afterall!).

connecting bedrooms at our st john villa

The first floor bedroom at Beau Geste, the Guest House of Great Expectations, now has a sitting area which can be used as a connecting bedroom
with its own full bathroom
This bedroom, aptly called The Sun Room because of its multiple windows, can be configured with two Twin beds, a King bed, or a Day bed when used as a sitting room. The Sun Room has its own entrance, full bathroom, and is air-conditioned so it can be comfortably used as an 8th bedroom for a large groups.
connecting bedroom at great expectations

The Sun Room can be used as a bedroom (with beds configured as two Twin beds or a King bed) or as a sitting room with a Day bed

November St John news flashes & fun St John clips:

  • Chocolate Hole harborRead what Caribbean Magazine reports as the best snorkeling beaches on St John or, come see for your yourself, what we think is THE Best Snorkeling area on the island, Chocolate Hole harbor, just a 5 minute walk from our St John villa! Chocolate Hole harbor is also the site of the only salt pond --formed during hurricanes when the ocean gets trapped in-land -- allowed by the government to be dredged to keep it open to the sea. As a result lots of interesting fish and turtles congregate in Chocolate Hole harbor to feed on the crustaceans which grow in the salt pond and escape to the ocean only to become dinner for some fish or turtle. You cannot get any better snorkeling anywhere than right here! 
  •  st john school of the artsSt John will be alive with great music this coming season! In addition to the live music you will find nightly at many Cruz and Coral Bay restaurants (and bars), this season the St John School of the Arts is hosting the Sis Frank Concert Series in honor of the late Sis Frank who co-founded the School of the Arts. A series of four performances, by world class performers, will be held from early January to mid-April. You will be treated to classical, jazz, improv, and chamber music. What a treat! 
  • The Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park Annual Auction starts on November 16th. Support the Friends great work by contributing an item or bidding on one. In years past there have been wonderful items ranging from works of original art, vacation rentals (both on St John and elsewhere), boat charters, and catered meals. You can bid on-line. Check back often for they continually add new items.
  • St John villa with pool and viewBeau Geste, the Guest House of Great Expectations, is currently available for Thanksgiving week. Beau Geste has 3 bedrooms, including a connecting bedroom, swimming pool and hot tub, and, of course, fabulous Caribbean views. Call today to enjoy your turkey dinner in a bathing suit!
Chuck & Kristin
owners of Great Expectations
P.S. Check out our availability; while we are already booked this winter we have one week available later this month (November 24 - December 1) and then no availabililty until May. We are already taken reservations for 2014 so please contact us soon for your requested dates.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news about Great Expectations specials & St John activities