Windspree Vacation Homes St John USVI

Testimonials for Palladio's View - Calabash Boom

We all loved the place. It had everything you needed for a great vacation. The house is a real treasure and I would love to come back and do it all over again. I could not figure out how to turn on the air conditioning, but, we did not need it anyway. The place stayed the perfect temperature with the natural ventilation. Thanks again for letting us experience your beautiful home. It is very clear that the owners and Windspree staff love the place. Cheers, until our next visit!


Galen Page , 07/2017

Our stay at Palladio's View was wonderful. The view is just perfect, especially to sit outside and look out over cocktails or in the hot tub. Based on other reviews we were prepared for the sun coming up early in the morning. The eye shades we brought made all the difference. It's really gorgeous in the morning, but tough to sit outside as the sun is pretty hot. A shade screen would be nice to enjoy those sun rises.

We had plenty of space for a family of 5. All the beds and furniture were comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed. We tried many restaurants (Aqua Bistro our favorite) and many beaches (Trunk and Cinnamon Bay big favorites), but you really couldn't go wrong with any beach you went to. They were all pretty special.

There was a huge selection of movies and games so we were never bored, even when it rained. The lack of A/C wasn't a problem, but there were a few very humid nights since it was July where the loft bedroom held quite a bit of the heat. We were glad we did all our research on the drive up to the villa (even


Laura Poovakad , 07/2016

We spent nine amazing days on St John with Palladio's View as our base.  We are a family of five so space is important just as a good wifi connection.  We have enjoyed our stay in the beautiful Villa and really used all the facilities.  Everything was in working order ready for use- so great.  The coolers are ready to use and the cooler elements are in the deep freeze.  We hope to come back to this paradise someday soon. 


Jacob H & Family , Denmark , 01/2016

We had a wonderful 9 night stay at Palladio's View. The villa was very nice and the views were amazing. The breeze was always blowing so no air conditioning was needed. I love that it was convenient to Coral Bay which I prefer to Cruz Bay because of its lack of crowds. We spent almost every day snorkeling off St John's beautiful beaches. I would highly recommend a jeep to access this property because the road up is mostly dirt and is steep, bumpy and has hairpin turns. I would highly recommend this villa as long as you are not timid about driving in some rustic conditions.


12/2015

This house is beautiful.  Hope it gives as much magic to everyone who comes after us.


Arkansas , 03/2015

Saw this house on Carribean Life TV show. This home was spectacular as was our stay here.


Steven & Julie and Family , Buffalo, NY , 02/2015

Palladio's View - and what an awesome view it is. We had a fabulous time enjoying the decks, pool, and hot tub. The beaches and the snorkeling on the island are incredible. We hope to come again to experience this comfortable home.


The Rosenbaums , Pittsburgh, PA , 01/2015

My first time ever in St John.  Absolutely loved the island and the excellent accommodations.


Gail, Cheryl, and Eric , 12/2014

The villa was fantastic.  We were a little apprehensive about 'No A/C', but didn't need it at all.  Fans and steady tradewinds, combined with screen windows and louvers made it more than comfortable.  The views were spectacular high above Coral Bay with views of Tortola, Norman island, and other BVIs beyond.  We enjoyed several nearby beaches as well as along the North Shore.  Appreciated the many beach chairs, towels, ice maker, and coolers for our excursions.  Beautiful views of the stars at night, serenaded by the tree frogs and insects.  Some mosquitos - but nothing that the steady winds and occasional bug spray couldn't tame.  Books and videos available were plentiful if desired.

This was our second trip with Winspree (stayed in Amirilla Villa before) and would highly recommend Palladio's view and Amirilla Villa for great views, relaxation, and family time - easy to stay holed up in the villa and equally easy as jumping off point for the many excursions on the island.  We can't wait to return and explore more and use Windspree to hook us up with the best, furnished, and delightful accommodations on the island.

Many thanks for a great week!


The Oehlers , 11/2014

It is absolutely perfect! The pictures do not do it justice. The view is impeccable and better than any home we have rented on St. John (and we have rented many over the years). The house was very well stocked with everything you need, clean, comfortable and perfect for adults and kids/teens. Two huge master bedrooms both with bathrooms and outdoor showers (a favorite with my family) The upstairs loft is spacious and has plenty of room. It is like staying in a tower (according to our kids) A wonderful pool and hot tube and did I mention the view? Every part of the house has a spectacular view. A safe is provided for your valuables at no charge, another great feature! All the beach chairs and towels you need. The road up the house is bumpy and needs a four wheel drive, but if your are familiar with the roads in St. John, the road up is not bad. The staff at Windspree just adds to the perfect choice we made this visit.  Windspree always comes through for us and has always gone above and beyond for us during our vacations!  Love you guys!  (Used your portable cooler gift everyday).  We have already decided to rent this home again, God willing if it is still available next year. We are the type of family that likes to rent different homes each year, but we have found the PERFECT HOUSE. You will not be disappointed if you stay in Palladio's View! Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home!

 


Angela , 08/2014

We had an amazing stay here at your home!Our family of 6 loved the feel of sleeping in a "rainforest" at night with all the wioldlife surrounding us! We are from MA. and vacation usually in ME. so we definetly loved the warmer climate change. the beaches here are breathtaking-Trunk,Cinnamon, and Hawksnest being our favorites. We found sting rays(Huge),turtles at cinnamon and some wicked close reefs at Hawksnest! The days here are much hotter that what we are accustomed to but the cool breeze at night made it perfectly comfortable to sleep in! Before bed we all enjoyed the large deck to watch the sun and enjoy the warm breeze and no mosquitoes!! The outdoor showers made us feel like real natives! Thank you for sharing your home with us, it had everything and more that we needed. We look forward to visiting St.John again soon.


Tim,Cara,Timmy,Brian and Matt , MA and ME , 06/2014

Thank you for sharing your home with us. We celebrated our 10th wedding  amnniversary with a trip to  St.John,and we feel that we picked the perfect house. We loved the privacy and the amazing views. We enjoyed listening to country music and hanging out at the pool and hot tub. Stepping out of the jeep for the first time and seeing the view was breathtaking. Some of our favorites included sailing with Cloud 9,dining at Aqua Bistro and Morgan's Mango, and Kayaking to otter creek. Maho was our favorite beach-so fun to see the tutles. My hubby was able to get a selfie with one of them! We were busy with exploring the island, but it was so nice to be able to come back and relax. It felt like we were in a rainforest with all the animal sounds at night, very relaxing and the breezes were refreshing (we even slept with the covers on and never needed A/C ) Hopefully one day we will get to come back.


Jeremy and Kristin , TX , 06/2014

Paradise  Found!

We loved Palladio's View! We have rented villas all over the Islands and Hawaii and your villa is very special.

First, it feels like St.John, not Florida or the States.

Second, We appreciate all the comforts of home,nice furniture,comfortable matress,a well equipped kitchen,books,games...your villa has it all!

The view is mezmerizing and coffee at 6 am will never be quite the same without it. Surrounded by all the natural beauty and breezes, it is what we imagine paradise would feel.

Over 15 trips to St.John over the years, we have done it all but still enjoy doing it over and over again. Beach stops at all the North shore beaches, Lamshure and Hansen. Snorkeling at Brown Bay and Haulover, Sunday brunch at Miss Lucy's,dinner at the Lime Inn and Zozo's all wonderful times and wonderful memories being made with our family and friends.

We won't say we will be back to Palladio's View- We say that we never want to leave. Palladio's View is a reason to come back!


Anonymous , 05/2014

Thank you for letting us stay in your amazing home.The road up is an adventure,but once settled, this place is paradise. Palladio's View has everything for a family to have a perfect vacation! We loved the hot tub and pool, the seclusion and the views. This is a home away from home. We really enjoy the laid back vibe of Coral Bay. Some of our island favorites are Francis Bay,Maho,Northern swell waves at Cinnamon, Aqua Bistro, Uncle Joe's, Lizards everywhere, and the Bushwackers! This has been a great week!


Kevin,Jen,Myles,Max and Melody , Sturevant,WI , 04/2014

We had such a great time staying in Coral Bay. The house is beautiful and the view is something I will be dreaming of in the next weeks that follow.

Things to do (Our Favorites)

Francis Bay Beach

Haulover north for snorkeling

Miss Lucy's for the food and view

Ocean Grill for drinks and music

The hot tub for the romanic star gazing (Palladio's View)


Gandolfo , NY , 03/2014

As I finish my lovely morning dip in the pool, I cannot help feeling sad that I am leaving today. Your house is magnificent, wonderfully stocked and a perfect place to relax. I have been coming to St. John for almost 30 years and this house is the most luxurious. I enjoyed cooking lovely meals – and relaxing watching the stars. Now off to “Hercules,” the winter storm in NYC. Have a wonderful 2014.

 


I.G , N.Y.C , 01/2014

Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. The view is amazing. Wake up to the ocean and go to sleep with the stars. Cold Hot was one of our favorite games. We can’t wait to return. Thanks! Meow.


11/2013

Loved our visit to Palladio’s View. We’ve been coming to St. John for years now, and it has never served us wrong. It is our favorite place in the world!  We’ve been staying more towards Coral Bay for a few years now and love the low-key environment! The house was awesome!  Beautiful views and charming atmosphere. Thank you so much for sharing your home! We’ll be back soon.


The D. Family and B. , Providence, RI , 07/2013

Who ever said the third time was a charm, well right on – but again so were the 1st & 2nd times. Love it here very much. Very peaceful & beautiful surroundings. You are away from the maddening crowd. Hopefully M. and I will come back for the fourth time. Maybe next time will bring the grand kids (maybe). We love this area, so much. It’s better than the Cruz Bay area. Very low key here. Please don’t change a thing. We tell everybody about it here. Most of them don’t believe us. Oh well, too bad for them. “Paradise has a name, it’s Palladio’s View.”


J. & M. V. , Holyoke, MA , 07/2013

Thank you for allowing our family into your lovely home. From the moment we walked inside, we knew our vacation wouldn’t be long enough. Everything here was outstanding, not to mention the local goats, chickens, and, my wife’s favorite, the donkeys. The views here are absolutely amazing – even the photos on-line do not do it justice. We had a wonderful visit and we cannot wait for our next visit. Thank you once again.


P,D,K,S,Z.H , 06/2013

We have loved our stay on St. John!  Palladio's view is a super house, it fit our family just perfectly.  Teenage boys upstairs, Mom & Dad in one bedroom and Grammy & Papa in the other.  We appreciated the well appointed kitchen since we ate lunch out (picked up at Pickles in Paradise or at Shipwreck Landing) and cooked in every night.  Everyone we encountered was so friendly.  We loved snorkeling at so many great spots.  Thanks so much for sharing your home, we just had the best time ever!


Cathy & John , NE , 06/2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Palladio’s View and the beautiful island of St. John. It was our first visit here and we will definitely be returning ASAP.  Although the kids were a little apprehensive on our first trek up the winding road to Palladio’s, once we arrived we knew it was all worth it. Palladio’s View is a super house; it fit our family just perfectly. Teen-age boys upstairs, Mom & Dad in one bedroom, and Grammy & Papa in the other!  We appreciated the well-appointed kitchen, since we ate lunches out and cooked in evenings.  Thanks so muchfor sharing your home – we had just the best time ever.


The Weber Family , Wisconsin , 04/2013

We love Palladio’s View. We’ve been visiting St. John for several years – and this home is our favorite. Very comfortable with extraordinary views. The deck is magnificent, though we were out on the beaches every day, loved the landscaped gardens – terrific hummingbird sightings. We’re always sad to leave, but look forward to another visit.


J. & G. H. , Coopersburg, PA , 03/2013

We thoroughly enjoyed Palladio’s View. It felt like we were living in a painting. This is our twelfth visit to St. John and once again we hate to leave.  The house is so lovely and comfortable.  Thank you for being so beach ready and for having such a well stocked kitchen.  After mastering the access road we relaxed and had a wonderful week.


D. & M. P. , Dallas, TX , 03/2013

Highlights of Jacuzzi under the stars & melon moon … splashy pool moments, dining on the terrace – private nooks for reading and repose. …  Quiet comfort, cozy conversation, plus imaginative movies in the stillness of the night (except for the tree frogs).


M., K., D. & A.G. , Swarthmore, PA , 01/2013

 Wow. What an amazing trip. The second we walked into your house we knew it was going to be a great trip. First thing we did was jump in the hot tub! Followed by an outdoor shower. We love the seclusion of your home! We were a little worried about not having a/c, but we didn’t need it. The fans & the breeze were perfect. This house has the most breathtaking views. You couldn’t drag my husband away if you wanted to. We will definitely be back to stay in Coral Bay.


C. & R. W. , Cleveland, OH , 12/2012

 Thank you for allowing our family into your lovely home. From the moment we walked inside, we knew our vacation wouldn’t be long enough. Everything here was outstanding, not to mention the local goats, chickens, and, my wife’s favorite, the donkeys. The views here are absolutely amazing – even the photos on-line do not do it justice. We had a wonderful visit and we cannot wait for our next visit. Thank you once again.


J., C. & E H. , 11/2012

We have had a great time in your house! Getting here in the early evening, we relaxed. We went shopping and went to the beach. Staying in your hot tub and pool really made us feel better. Thank you. (We had a great time snorkeling at Trunk Bay and Hawksnest. We also got fried, so wear sunscreen.)

Thanks for having us.


P. D. K., S. and Z.H. , 06/2012

Well, we really hate to leave your comfortable home away from home, but reality summons. We have just enjoyed our second 2-week visit in your home …. We feel certain we will be back. *** Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home with us.


R. and J. D., R.P. and L.D. , NH and CT , 05/2012

I hope you don't mind getting an email, but I just wanted to thank you for our lovely vacation at Palladio's View recently. The Windspree people were great, and the house was perfect for my husband, son and me. We've been coming to St. John for many years, and decided to try a different house this year. We were familiar with the Calabash Boom road from years back ... and were pleasantly surprised that the road was as good as it was! It was a great vacation, and I just wanted to tell you and to thank you. We hope to return next year!


N.D. & T.M. , 04/2012

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us. We have had a wonderful week here. You have a marvelous view from every room and we loved the privacy your home offered. The well-equipped kitchen served as well as did the washer & dryer. The entire family felt extremely comfortable here. We used the pool every day. *** We also loved the lush landscaping, picking fresh flowers, the coolers & ice packs came in handy.


The W.’s and H’s , 04/2012

 We very much enjoyed our stay at Palladio's view. It was a wonderful vacation! Lovely views and it was very much what we expected! Thanks so much!!


B.M. , 03/2012
  • Every moment was memorable, from the clam strips to the Tennessee Williams play.

    Beautiful ...And thank you!


From the B./B. Wedding. , 05/2011
Thanks for sharing your home-paradise with a view! We had a great week of snorkeling, exploring and relaxing. Hope to return again some day.

P., B., J. & J.M. , NH , 04/2011
Thank you for sharing your paradise with us. I hope we can come back to this villa next year. This is our 10th time visiting St. John, and this villa is the best by far for our 7-, 5-, and 3-year old. Living is simple and stream-lined. And I have never found it so easy to hang damp or wet clothes. One is always wet here, and no one else seems to understand the concept of drying clothes! I loved taking a quick shower or sitting in the spa watching the beautiful moon. We always feel so happy here in Coral Bay.

K., M., T., A. & K.R. , New Milford, CT , 02/2011
Dear Barbara and David,

Back again to your little spot of paradise. As wonderful as ever, plus WiFi! We have enjoyed the hot tub – views of the heavens, and borrowed fireworks on NY Eve. The pool has been refreshing – and the evening meals on the terrace delightful.

The road is better in parts – although the goats do mind sharing after dark. The bumps & grinds never change, however.

Highlights -- golf at Mahogany Run (on ST) – swim at Salt Pond, peaceful on a windy day – snorkeling at Waterleman Cay – dinners at Turtle, Waterfront Bistro, brunch at Lucy’s. Thank so very much – from the G’s.


M., K., D. & A.G. , Swarthmore, PA , 01/2011
I hope you had a good holiday with your family. We so enjoyed your home in St. John. It was just perfect for us - the layout is perfect for two couples and we enjoyed the solstice full moon while we had dinner on the deck. It had absolutely everything we needed and was a great place to base from. The view is stunning and we enjoyed it thoroughly. What a special place you have! I'm so glad we found Palladio's View and we'd definitely love to stay again when we return.

Best wishes for a peaceful 2011!


D.P. , 12/2010
Thank goodness for the Internet, without which we never would have found Palladio's View. First time in St. John, and we land in Paradise. Lovely house, magnificent views, etc., (all as has been said before). A very "liveable" place, with a good selection of guidebooks, DVD's, etc.

Sad to leave - as after any vacation - but somewhat more so from this idyll.

P.S. A day's sail on "Breath" was wonderful; Shipwreck Landing for seafood likewise.


M., A., K. & E. A. , Richmond, VA , 07/2010
We truly appreciate you sharing you home with us. We have thoroughly enjoyed the "view," and this beautiful paradise. We honeymooned here .... You truly have a piece of heaven here on St. John and we are already planning our return trip! We are not quite ready to to return to reality or "rightside" driving. Thank you so much.

A. and M. W. , Rock Hill, NC , 07/2010
What a wonderful, amazing week! I came here with my parents for their 25th!! At first no A/C, outdoor showers, and the possibility of no cell service was horrible. But it wasn't so bad at all! (I did have cell service!) Usually, I'm a grumpy teenager but the hot tub parties made me outgoing! Singing Justin Bieber at the top of my lungs was a funny sight for the neighbors!

I loved snorkeling! I saw two stingrays, an octopus, squid and giant tarpon. The water was incredible and a great bonding experience with me and Daddy :). And boy! The ride here was sure something. One bad thing did happen. I got stung by a SCORPION. I started breaking out and made my Dad call the clinic. It's a joke now that I still had time to text (but hey! I needed to tell my friends I may die!!). Basically, this was a great vacation. [Note: One is very unlikely (and unlucky) to encounter a psuedoscorpion on SJ. I was stung by one once. They're small, certainly not deadly, not big scorpions like one would see in the Southwest, and the sting responds fairly quickly to antihistimines, but it does hurt for a time. D.G.]


J.M. , 07/2010
Thank you for the beautiful accommodations. It's worth the trip up that crazy road! [Note: Grading, some paving of the road has begun!] We have spent 2 wonderful weeks here relaxing and getting away from it all.

Tips for other visitors:

1) Check out local customs regarding "Good Morning" and proper attire (no swimsuits) in town.

2) Skinnylegs is highly overrated. If you are craving a burger, wait 'til you get home.

3) Aqua Bistro was our favorite - the flavors were incredible.

4) The rum is cheaper than water - so enjoy.

5) The bugs are hungry - take our advice - use the OFF


T. & M. W., B. & R Neill , 06/2010
PV has everything we wanted in a beautiful vacation villa on this beautiful island. I just watched the sunrise again on Easter morning. Life doesn't get better than this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and quiet home with us. We enjoyed the pool, hot tub, grill & some wonderful restful nights. The flowers & landscaping are incredible and we saw many birds & wildlife.

D., R., S. (12th gr), & D. (7th gr) O. , Isanti, MN , 04/2010
April-May 2010

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us; we have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. *** My daughter L is already planning a return trip and wants to stay here. Thanks so much for a memorable trip.


V, B and L N , Mentor, OH , 04/2010

April 2010 Dear David and Barbara, We've thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at PV, celebrating our 30 year anniversaries! The villa is perfect for two couples. We loved the amazing views, the hot tub and pool, and eating and dancing on the terrace! Of course, the drive up and down was always a riot - prompting us girls to sing a new twist on a song - "Pave a road, save a cowgirl!" Thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us. THIS TRULY IS PARADISE!!!!  


T. & J. K., C. & L. H. Bourbannais , Karkokee, IL , 04/2010
Rarely is "renting" from a website such a delight! Thank you for a wonderful vacation - we usually stay at Maho (and we love Maho) but we wanted to treat ourselves this year, and boy did we!!! Your home is wonderful and everything you say about it so true. Thanks. We loved being in Coral Bay so close to great dining. *** The girls loved the hot tub and pool - my favorite was coffee on the terrace with the birds - and your lovely gardens - such a treat as my gardens are knee deep in snow now! We so hope to visit your lovely home soon. We love St. John!!

P.S. The warm, outdoor showers were the best!

K., B., A. & C. S.
Holliston, ME

K., B., A. & C. S. , Holliston, ME , 02/2010

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