Perelandra was just want we wanted - very private, with a pool, and an awesome view of Cruz Bay. There are 2 bedrooms, but we only used the upstairs one one. (The downstairs one was almost identical, with its own full bathroom.) The bed was comfy and both bedrooms have an A/C unit which kept it plenty cold. The only reason I didn't choose "Excellent" for "Sleep Quality" was because the bugs and birds at night are very loud. :) You could see that as charming or annoying - but it's just part of the island experience! The location of the villa is perfect - far enough away from the main road to be quiet and private, up on the hillside with a GREAT view, and still within a 5 minute drive of main Cruz Bay, and within 15 minute drive of the north shore beaches. We loved the full kitchen and BBQ grill - we ate most of our meals right in the villa. Perelandra also has satellite TV, wireless internet access, plenty of island guidebooks to help you out, and all the beach items you'll need - chairs, towels, coolers, umbrella, etc. The property owners were fantastic to work with - very responsive and knowledgable, and even called us while we were there to make sure things were going well. And the local property management company (Cimmaron St. John) took excellent care of us - met us at the ferry, showed us to the car rental agency, pointed out all the major things we'd need (grocery story, market, etc), and responded to all our questions and needs throughout our stay.
Saw this villa--Perelandra--on VRBO (vrbo.com) which stands for Vacation Rentals by Owner which we've used several times before with very happy results.
Our first time to St. John but we'd heard good things about it and it seemed like our kind of place--WARM in the winter, in fact warm enough to be able to swim & snorkle comfortably in the ocean; full of nature (2/3 of the island is National Park), and a great islandy place to relax, renew, and reconnect with each other.
It was ALL of that and more. And Perelandra definitely added, in fact was an integral part, of the whole experience. The house is VERY clean, VERY private, and has the most spectacular views we have had ANYWHERE (and we've been fortunate enough to have gone to many places in this world).
The pool area is, as advertised, clothing-optional private. Beautiful plants/trees in the garden--makes you feel like you're in the middle of the jungle when you look out certain windows, but of course the 'main event' view is that incredible ocean dotted with all the beautiful cays and islands. Sunsets were amazing.
Spent a LOT of time sitting outside on the deck--enjoying the view, the little yellow bananaquits & beautifully-colored humingbirds, and the iguanas lazing in the trees with our morning coffee. Enjoying the sailboats skimming over the ocean surface with our afternoon aperitif, or enjoying the sunsets, purple twilight, and then shimmering lights coming on in St. Thomas, as evening faded into night while we ate our dinner out on the deck (or even danced to the great music collection).
We LOVED it at Perelandra and certainly hope to return soon.
Stayed at this villa in July. Absolutely loved it! The views are outstanding; all I wanted to do was sit on the deck and look out at everything. We started and ended each day right there--from watching the sailboats starting to skim across that beautiful water early in the morning to the sunsets blazing across the sky and then falling behind the outlying islands as their lights started coming on at night. Great location...within a few minutes of ferry dock, stores, restaurants, beaches, yet in a very nice quiet, residential area. Lots of privacy. Especially around the pool which was nice; really enjoyed the pool. Very comfortable and nicely decorated. We had everything we needed, including a washer and dryer. Just loved our time there, other than it was too short. Will definitely stay at Perelandra again.