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“Unbelieveable view, amazing villa, wonderful...”
The award-winning view from Drake\'s View
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The award-winning view from Drake\'s View
View of Coral Bay from front deck The entrance to Drake's View complete with lush tropical landscaping
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The award-winning view from Drake\'s View
View of Coral Bay from front deck
The entrance to Drake's View complete with lush tropical landscaping
The view from the pool & spa area looking out on Coral Bay and Tortola
Wrap-Around Bar in Great Room with Vista
The spacious kitchen: ample counterspace, Corian countertops, & breakfast area
The great room with doors to the covered porch and view of the British Virgins
One of the dining areas overlooking the East End and the BVI\'s
Mango Bedroom: TempurPedic queen bed, private bath, daybed, & incredible view
Unique hand-tiled wrap-around showers in each bathroom
Turquoise Bedroom: TempurPedic King Bed (or converts to two twins), private bath, & beautiful view
There are similar private baths for each of the four bedrooms
White Bedroom: TempurPedic Queen bed, private bath, private patio, & incredible view
Private Terrace off White Bedroom
The Private Cottage
The Private Cottage Bedroom: Queen Bed, Private Patio, Private Bath, & vista
Breathtaking view from front deck
The grilling area next to the entrance and overlooking spa area
Full Vista from Drake\'s View
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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misterpei
Prince Edward Island
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46 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Unbelieveable view, amazing villa, wonderful vacation!”
Reviewed 9 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We had the privilege to stay at Drake's View villa in March 2013. This villa is absolutely amazing! From the superb view, to the spacious property, there is everything you need or want in a vacation here.

When we arrived on the island, we were met by the property manager, Fernando, who led us to the grocery store and then up to the villa. Where else would you find a property manager who would wait for you to get groceries, and even transport them? (as well as some of our luggage as our vehicle was too full already!). Upon arrival, our party of 6 (all adults, plus one child) was shown the property layout by Fernando. He encouraged us to call with any questions or concerns. Everyone was blown away with the unbelievable view upon arrival. We had, of course, seen many pictures, and knew the reputation of the view, but pictures can not fully do justice to how amazing it is.

For our first night, we ate in and immediately noticed that absolutely everything you would need for meal preparation/dining was available. It's a rare thing to find a place which has everything from a blender, to a cheese grater, full spice rack, microwave, frying pans, coffee machine, toaster, etc! There was also plenty of dishes and cutlery, which was convenient, as we never had a shortage. While we did eat out sometimes, we enjoyed eating at the villa, either barbecuing or using the kitchen facilities. The wide range of items available made it very easy for everyone to prepare something they liked, whether it be a quick snack of eggs and toast or a larger meal.

The rest of the villa was equally impressive, both in terms of size, detail and appearance. From the living room area, with a large abundance of books available on topics including the local tourism, local marine life, (coral, fish, etc), and even a album showing the building of the home, to the pool area with pool toys/floats, outdoor shower, and closely located bathroom. There was also beautiful artwork throughout the home, and stunning viewpoints throughout the property (many different balconies, sitting areas, stone stairway, etc). The property landscaping was also immaculate. There were beautiful flowers, plants, and trees all around, as well as a hammock where you could look out across the mountains.

Our group was also very impressed with the beds, we all agreed they were among the most comfortable we have ever slept in!

We found the villa to have tons of space, and could have easily accommodated more guests with us without any trouble. There were lots of bathrooms which was convenient for getting ready in the morning. Lots of space for everyone and no one ever had to wait turns. Everything we would need including an abundance of high quality beach and bath towels, and even a variety of sizes of coolers were available. This was greatly appreciated for our many trips to the beaches.

In summary, we clearly immensely enjoyed this villa and the island of St. John. We would highly recommend it to anyone who has the chance to stay there. Nothing can beat sitting on the balcony on a sunny morning, sipping a coffee and looking out over the mountains and ocean.

Writing this makes us very lonesome for St John and Drake's View villa.

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Liked best: everything, see above!
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Benzaiohi...
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“You will never want to leave...”
Reviewed 27 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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We spent a glorious week in St. John at Drake's View. We can't recommend it enough for just about every reason you can imagine...every thing that you would want out of a vacation home is here for your enjoyment. We did a LOT of research into villa rentals on the island - it was almost an obsession for 3 months. After all of that research we selected Drake's View and all that time, effort and energy was rewarded.

The villa was immaculate, well appointed, impeccably designed and decorated, comfortable and fulfilled every expectation. We wanted for nothing. I am absolutely serious when I say the only thing I could complain about was that the kitchen knives needed replacing - I like to cook and they were rather dull. The kitchen had everything else you might need.

The view will literally take your breath away. We stared at it for hours and hours. Every sunrise was worth waking up early for and was captivating, although dragging yourself out of the Tempurpedic beds was a real challenge! We filmed motion capture of several sunrises, including one where a small rain cell made its way across the passage and up the mountain, illuminated from behind by the rising sun. So beautiful it provided a sense of jaw-dropping wonder.

Every morning started with a dip in the wonderful pool, every evening relaxing in the comfortable den or in the hot tub. Really, you can't help but relax here. Dorothy and Fernando were wonderful to work with and made sure every step in the process was easy. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone. You will go home rested, happy and thankful for the time you spent there.

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Liked best: The view, the pool and the view :)
Liked least: Kitchen knives
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
26 Sep 2012
Thank you for your great review. We are so glad that you enjoyed Drake's View and the island. We think that St. John is a special island with it's unspoiled beaches and great hiking. We really appreciate your detailed review. We will certainly replace the knives. It is always a challenge to keep sharp knives in a rental. We hope you will consider a return trip to Drake's View to check out new additions to the garden and house improvements. We offer a 10% discount to renters returning within a year of their previous stay.
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Reviewed 4 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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PA
Reviewed 25 June 2012 for a stay in February 2012

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Management Response
25 Jun 2012
Thank you for this great review. Sounds like you appreciate all the same things we love about the house and island. I think it is a real test of a house if you are comfortable staying in it during rainy weather. Usually there is an umbrella(s) and there some ponchos in the utility closet in the kitchen. We will check into this. We hope you will consider a return visit. Guests returning within a year of their stay receive a 10% discount.
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VA
Reviewed 10 January 2012 for a stay in November 2011

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Management Response
10 Jan 2012
We are so happy that you enjoyed Drake's View and thank you for the lovely review. We love St. John and are always thrilled when people say they will return to this special island. Guests returning with in a year of their visit receive a 10% discount.
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