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Drake's View: Voted Best View in the Caribbean

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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

Overview
4 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
8 guests
5 nights minimum 
Villa
Drake's View has the same vista named by the magazine Caribbean Travel as 'the best view in the Caribbean'; a spectacular view of the British Virgin Islands and the East Shore of St. John. Drake's View is a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa with a tile patio, heated swimming pool, and hot tub. One bedroom is in a separate cottage. The spa area includes a restroom, floats, and outdoor lounges for relaxing or dining. Five additional tile decks and a large tiled front porch provide ample outdoor lounging and dining areas, all in eyesight of the exquisite view. The traditional architecture of the villa entrance with yellow stucco, red roof, and simple columns contrasts with a dramatic facade of glass along the east wall. It is surrounded by lush local vegetation and terraced gardens. No matter wher...Drake's View has the same vista named by the magazine Caribbean Travel as 'the best view in the Caribbean'; a spectacular view of the British Virgin Islands and the East Shore of St. John. Drake's View is a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa with a tile patio, heated swimming pool, and hot tub. One bedroom is in a separate cottage. The spa area includes a restroom, floats, and outdoor lounges for relaxing or dining. Five additional tile decks and a large tiled front porch provide ample outdoor lounging and dining areas, all in eyesight of the exquisite view. The traditional architecture of the villa entrance with yellow stucco, red roof, and simple columns contrasts with a dramatic facade of glass along the east wall. It is surrounded by lush local vegetation and terraced gardens. No matter where you look in the house or cottage, you see Coral Bay, Drake's Passage, and the British Virgin Islands. Drake's View has the ambiance of a home rather than a rental. The large great room is furnished with Indonesian and American antiques, as well as contemporary and comfortable plantation-style furniture. Bright European posters, local art, and a Caribbean painting and mobile by artist Robert Tharsing are all part of the decor. The kitchen is equipped for gourmet cooking, is very spacious, and includes one of two dining areas in the villa. A wraparound bar beside the kitchen includes a bar sink, ambient lighting, and of course, a blender. Three bedrooms have king sized beds and one has a king, convertible to twins. Each bedroom has air conditioning, private bath, and TempurPedic Cloud Supreme mattresses. One to four couples or a large family will have ample room for privacy, different activities, and relaxation at Drake's View. Drake's View is centrally located, on Bordeaux Mountain, the highest point on St. John. The roads leading to Drake's View are all paved, and it is an easy 15 minute drive from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. It is a 6 minute drive to the Northshore Beaches; 3 minutes to the Reef Bay Trail; and 7 minutes to Coral Bay. From the front door, you can hike the Bordeaux Mountain Trail to Lameshur Beach in one hour. See a video tour of Drake's View in our Photos section.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Smoking is allowed outside only.
Bedrooms
3 Super Kings2 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Half bath4 Full baths

Meet the host
Dorothy M
Hosting since August 2009
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 75%
Response Time: Within a day
Interaction with guestsUpon arrival on St John property managers, Fernando and Dorothy will either meet you at the ferry in Cruz Bay or at the house to give you the keys, show you the property and go through the island map and answer any questions you might have.. Please call them once you arrive in St Thomas to set a time to meet at the ferry or at the house.

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Reviews (34)
JKO1111
JKO1111
New Haven, CT88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Outstanding! Ready to return!
We had a FABULOUS vacation at Drake's View. With a 2 year old and 5 adults we had plenty of space. Fernando took great care of us. He made sure everything was working great and that we were comfortable the entire week. The view is magnificent, the pool and hot tub were perfect, the bedrooms are large, and the "great room" was perfect for hanging out. The laundry came in handy (a lot!) and we loved using the kitchen.
Visited December 2018
Written 6 January 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Happiness398835
Happiness398835
Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed the house and we look forward to having you return in the near future.
Written 7 January 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rangetim
rangetim
Edwardsville, IL7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hidden Gem in the Virgin Islands
Where do I start... Drake's View is everything you read in the description.. and then some. The home is immaculate! We could not find a scratched tile in the whole house!! From the Tempur-Pedic beds, to the walk-in custom tile showers... this is a hidden gem!!! We are Westin time share owners... and this home rivals our recent vacations at several Westin properties... need I say more. The location is central to both Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, as well as all the north shore beaches. The views of Sir Francis Drake channel and the BVIs are breathtaking!!! We had two families stay for a week... we were more than comfortable with a large inviting kitchen and 7 different custom tile patios to relax and take in the views! The private gated entrance and property managers Fernando & Dorothy made us feel safe and welcome! From internet service, to large washer/dryer... you'll have everything you need for a family or group!! If your looking for a special getaway to the USVI & BVIs... look no further!!
Visited December 2016
Written 4 January 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Happiness398835
Happiness398835
We appreciate our guests and strive to make their stay at Drake's View as enjoyable as possible. Thank you for your great review!
Written 6 January 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Patty G
Patty G
Batesville, VA130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This Villa will EXCEED your Expectations!!
Wow, is all I’ve got to say. My husband and I brought 3 other couples to St. John for a week to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Drakes View was the perfect villa for our group of 4 couples to enjoy for a week. Everyone had their own room with a king bed and private bath. This villa has the best view of Coral Bay on the island. We enjoyed hanging out together on the main level with its many balconies and views. The breeze at night is so lovely that you don’t need to run the A/C. The kitchen is fully stocked and our private chef did not have to bring anything but food when he cooked a dinner for 10. Drakes View is located on the highest point on the island. You are half way between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay and traveling to the North Shore is easy. The hot tub was super powerful and the pool was the perfect size to float on a mat and relax the day away. The owners have plenty of books about the island. This villa is perfect for a group or large family. Owners were super easy to work with and Mark, the gentleman who greeted us, was super kind and helpful. The driveway accommodated all 3 of our 4 door Jeeps so no one had to park outside the gate won't have to walk to the villa. My husband and I stayed in the private villa just behind the main house. It was perfect and only had 6 steps. Each room is stocked with soap, bath towels, and 2 beach towels. The beds are super comfy. Thank you for a great week.
Visited June 2016
Written 27 June 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

RickGus
RickGus
Cohasset, MN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nicest Villa in 16 Trips
Our 8 day stay at Drake's View was flawless and started with timely responses from Dorothy who, with Fernando, manages this property. Our family, ages 7 to 60something, found the beautiful view as described, and the property well maintained. The kitchen was equipped with everything we could need. It was nice to have air conditioning in the bedrooms, but did not use it much because of the great breezes. The beds were very comfortable. The usual beach accessories were in good condition- no broken or rusty beach chairs. We enjoyed using the pool and hot tub at the end of each day. We appreciated the gated driveway that was easy to navigate. The central location was quiet and private. Fernando met us at the villa, and I really enjoyed talking with him about St. John and Italy. We never needed to call on Fernando during our stay, but felt confident he would respond promptly if needed. Beautiful property with great management. Two thumbs up for Drake's View. Rick/Susan Gustafson
Visited June 2015 Travelled with family
Written 28 June 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

tafela
tafela
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of a Kind!
This is by no means your typical rental house!! It was our fourth time renting Drake's View and as always, we were not disappointed! In fact, it just keeps getting better. The view is absolutely spectacular and honestly, we forget how beautiful it is until we walk through the front door and look out the many windows and french doors, and it truly takes our breath away. The view is like no other and is visible from every part of the house as well when sitting in the hot tub or swimming in the pool. Each morning of our trip starts with coffee (or a diet coke for some!) on the porch looking out to Virgin Gorda and there is nothing more relaxing. The house is most comfortable and works for groups small and big, old and young. Each bedroom with its own bathroom provides privacy and such comfortable beds and surroundings. The living areas are beautifully decorated with furnishings like you would find in your own home and the art throughout the house is so unique. There is nothing more relaxing then to start the day with the amazing views, spend the day at one of the many beaches, and return to Drakes View for swimming, hot tubbing and an easy dinner in the lovely villa. The property grounds and the gardens are unbelievable and they certainly show that a lot of work has gone into making them truly a tropical paradise. They have grown so much since the first time we stayed at Drakes View and honestly, it is really hard to leave the house some days because sitting by the pool, reading a book on the porch or taking a nap on the hammock perfectly placed among the beautiful trees and flowers is already a vacation within itself! St. John is a special place to us with its many wonderful beaches, snorkeling, fabulous restaurants and the island life and atmosphere that make it such fun. However, we also know from having rented another place one of the five times that we have come to St. John that one of the MAIN reasons that we want to always come back is because of Drakes View. It truly provides us the ability to escape the hectic everyday life we lead at home, leave the office behind, and truly rejuvenate. It is perfect for traveling with family or friends, but it is always hard to leave. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us - you have helped to make it another memorable trip!
Visited January 2015 Travelled with friends
Written 9 February 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Bostontravels
Bostontravels
225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Even better than it looks!
We loved Drake's View Villa! Our flights were running late and we were worried we may not be able to get our car. Fernando talked to the car rental company to make sure they'd hang around a little extra as we were running close to closing time. He was very helpful getting us up to the villa and answering questions. The villa is gorgeous. It is very well maintained and the views are spectacular. We used all 4 bedrooms and appreciated that they were all truly master bedrooms,each with big bed, attached bath, a/c and lovely walk out porches. The pool had great sun from 8am-4pm every day. We ended up there every day after our trips to the beaches. The kitchen had everything we could need, actually multiples of everything we could need. The owners really did think of everything. The location had a lovely breeze coming through which was nice as the temperatures hit 90 while we were there. It was short drive to all the North Shore beaches and a quick 10 minute hop down to Coral Bay. We highly recommend Drake's View and hope to stay there again.
Visited April 2014 Travelled with family
Written 28 April 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
We are so glad that you enjoyed Drake's View and the island. We appreciate your comments and hope you return to explore the island and relax at Drake's View. It is so nice when guests appreciate our efforts. Ellen and Edward
Written 27 April 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jo -:- KC,MO
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Incredible, Gorgeous View!
Our family stayed at Drake's View June 13th - July 1st, 2013. We needed a villa with 4 bedrooms. It was the "view" from Drake's View that won it over! Wow, what an incredible, gorgeous view of Coral Bay & the Bvi's! The Kit, LR & DR areas are all on the upper level & flow into each other so you always feel a part of what's going on & with several seating areas, you can have your space too! There are 3 bdrms on the lower level in the main house & a private 1 bdrm cottage. All are equal with a/C & kg beds with 1 in the main house having the option to be made into twins. Entry to 1 of the bedrooms in the main house is off the porch so you have to walk outside to get to it. The kit was well equipped & used & so was the BBQ grill. We ate about ½ our meals at the villa while enjoying the view! We used the pool & hot tub just about every day after coming back from the beach. The pool gets good sun until mid-day & is larger than most. It has a gradual slope to deep end & has a built-in bench all along the length of the pool. You can sit there or in the hot tub & enjoy a nice view. The villa has plenty of outdoor seating space, sun & shade, to gather as a group or find a quiet space to yourself! Even though you could see a couple villas on other hillsides, they were far enough away & situated to where we felt complete privacy! In the evenings we enjoyed listening to music on the stereo...speakers worked great...while playing Scrabble & card games. The villa only has 1 TV...no big deal because we don't typically watch TV. The large capacity W/D are on the lower level & conveniently located near the pool's ½ bath for wet suits & towels & near the bdrms. They were used often during our 18 night stay & worked great! We loved Drake's View & the Bordeaux Mtn location...the view, close to Maho Bay & close to our family's favorite Coral Bay restaurant...Shipwreck Landing!
Visited June 2013
Written 5 December 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

The Clarkes -:- Charlottesville Va
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Awesome family vacation
This was our second visit to Drakes View and we again enjoyed everything the property has to offer...views, a well equpped kitchen, hot tub and ample space for our 3 generations to be together for Thanksgiving week. In spite of an abnormally rainy week, we made the best of our beach time and enjoyed the views from the villa when we were forced inside. We lovedbeing able to stay overlooking Coral Bay,our favorite side of St. Johns. We explored several new beaches and snorkeling apots. Thanks to the Roberts family and their wonderful concierge team of Dorothy and Fernando.
Visited November 2013
Written 1 December 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

misterpei
misterpei
O'Leary, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Unbelieveable view, amazing villa, wonderful vacation!
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.
Visited March 2013 Travelled with family
Written 8 April 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Benzaiohio
Benzaiohio
Sagamore Hills, OH19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You will never want to leave...
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.
Visited September 2012 Travelled as a couple
Written 26 September 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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.
Written 25 September 2012. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Nearby
  • Horse riding facilities
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Hot bath
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
Parking
  • Parking available
Location info
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
  • City getaway
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Indoor amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfront views
Property features
  • Ceiling Fans
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster

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Map
Getting there
Cyril E. King Airport
24.6 km

West End Seaplane Base
18.7 km
Restaurants
Our Market Smoothies
6.2 km

Lime Out
2.6 km

North Shore Deli
5.9 km

Sam & Jack's Gourmet Delicatessen
6 km
Attractions
Bamboo Studio
6.2 kmSpeciality & Gift Shops

Ram Head Trail
5.6 kmHiking Trails

Cinnamon Bay
2.2 kmBeaches

Maho Bay Beach
1.9 kmBeaches
About the neighbourhood
The house is perched on Bordeaux Mt, the highest point on St. John and enjoys cooling breezes and fabulous eastern views of the British Virgin Islands and Coral Bay and the East End. It is very private but is only 1/8 mile to the main road. The house is adjacent to National Park. You can walk to the Bordeaux Mt. Trail to Lameshur and the Reef Bay trail. There is an extensive garden with bromeliads, orchids,and banana, meyer lemon,lime and numerous other citrus trees. It is 5 minute drive to the North Shore beaches.
Getting around
We recommend renting a 4wd for the island. You won't need it to get to and from Drake's View but it comes in handy when you are exploring the island and it's raining.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
From Cruz Bay take Centerline Road, (Rte 10), to Bordeaux Mountain. It's about a 5 mile drive. Take a right onto the road next to Chateaux Bordeaux Restaurant and the little shops. Drake's View is about 1/4 of a mile in. It's the first house and paved driveway you will come to on the left hand side of the road. There is a ceramic plaque on the wall the name of the house, Drake's View.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableHorse riding facilitiesWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
$500 refundable damage deposit required Low season is end of April to to December. High season is December to end of April Thanksgiving, Xmas and New Years weeks are higher, as noted (7 night minimum) Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. $500 refundable damage deposit

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