I have never taken the time to write a review about the places I have visited but after returning from Jost van Dyke I felt compelled to write a review of the vacation rental we stayed in. It was quite an unusual situation from the beginning of the reservation until we finally got to go. We were scheduled to go December 2017. The hurricane devastated the island September 2017. The owner, Nigel Howell, worked with us on rescheduling our trip. We finally made it October 30, 2019. I have never worked with two finer people than Nigel and his wife Karen. Their rental unit was absolutely amazing. There was everything anyone could ask for, right down to sunscreen and bug spray. Amazing rental and amazing views. The pictures are amazing but you will be surprised that it is better than the pictures. If you want to go for a stress free vacation then you need to visit Nigel and Karen at the Ocean View Villa. Jost is a great little island with very friendly, very nice residents. You can't go wrong here. I will be going back!!!!
Like many people, we have visited Jost Van Dyke by day boat, but had never stayed on island, so we didn’t really know where to start as far as locating a villa. We chose Ocean View Villa due to its great location between White Bay and Great Harbour and because of the great reviews and most importantly the excellent attention given by the owners when I had questions about the Villa. It was just the two of us for a couples long weekend following a longer week elsewhere in the BVI and it was perfect. The Seascape Villa was a perfect couples escape. Wonderful views from all around the balconies, high up to catch the refreshing breeze in the afternoon, and I can’t put into words how wonderfully we were hosted by Nigel and Karen, they made us feel at home, rented us a car at a reasonable rate (you might not need a car if just going to white bay or great Harbour, but we like to explore the island over to east end so this made it so convenient), and even picked us up and took us back to the ferry dock! I can’t say enough about how clean our 1bedroom was, along with the rest of the grounds, they must put in so much time working to make this property a little piece of paradise, it was beautiful.
This third floor room can get pretty warm in the day if you have it closed up all day, however once you open up the two main doors, the great breeze cools things right off. There is a powerful wall AC unit in the bedroom that will easily cool down the room for the night, and frankly once the doors are open in the rest of the Villa you really don’t even need AC elsewhere, it’s very comfortable.
We plan to return to Jost Van Dyke in the future and it will be easy now, because there is nowhere else we need to look but Ocean View Villa! Thank you both for hosting us last weekend!
We stayed here the first week in July for a friends wedding taking place down the road and it was absolutely perfect! The view is the best on the island and the place itself if nicely furnished and has a powerful AC unit in each bedroom. The hike up and down is intense, but it’s like that everywhere and it is not far from anything. Our hosts were so nice and accommodating as well I will definitely be back as soon as I can!
My husband and I recently traveled to Jost Van Dyke and can't stay enough good things good about our stay. We had the entire second floor suite and the views from our terrace was truly the most beautiful views I've ever seen. Nigel and Karen were so hospitable and they made our stay even more enjoyable. They have a fully equipped kitchen and the space is large enough for families. It is truly a luxurious experience and one you'll always remember. You can rent one of their cars and drive all over the island. This is the only place we would stay at if we decide to return to BVI in the future!
From the second we walked in the door, and was greeted by the amazing trade winds, I was in love. The house had everything we needed and more... Karen and Nigel were right there if we needed anything. So quick to respond and so accommodating!
We watched the sunrises every morning over Tortola, listening to the goats holler, and in the evening we would go to the other patio to watch the sunset over white bay. Walking down to white bay or foxys was an adventure, but doable. We would taxi up if needed (walked up a few times). I think next time we come (and there will be a next time, soon!) I think we will rent the vehicle that Nigel and Karen offer.
Outside of the house, our favorite things about being at Jost was just how off the radar it was, how friendly everyone was, the laid back feeling was so amazing. Anytime we would visit with other vacationers, and they would ask if we were on island or on a boat... we would point to the house on the top of the hill and say "thats where we are staying". Watching their jaw drop and be insanely envious of our spot, our views... became quite comical.