Rara Avis

Hart Bay, Cruz Bay Quarter


Rara Avis is located on an over-sized lot in the southwest corner of Hart Bay, which is 1/4 mile east of Great Cruz Bay, on the south coast of St. John. The setting gives this villa an excellent degree of privacy and tranquility.

Rara is the last villa on a private drive so there is no vehicle traffic or noise; the only sound you'll hear in this villa is the music of small waves breaking on the beach below you and the music on your iPod. It is blessedly peaceful and quiet, yet only minutes from Cruz Bay. Rara is truly a place where you are indulged with the basic elements of Caribbean life! The sun, sea, moonlit sky, lush vegetation and the trade winds are lovely. The house faces southeast and the sun shines on your decks from early morning to late in the afternoon.

The beautiful 180 degree view sweeps from north to south and takes in most of the south coast of St John, much of which is unspoiled National Park. A short walk down a private path leads to the 83 degree crystal clear waters of Hart Bay Beach, where on a calm day you'll enjoy some good snorkeling or swimming. It's about a 2 mile drive into the restaurants, shopping and nightlife in Cruz Bay, and about a mile to the restaurants and spa at the Westin Resort.

Rara consists of three distinct buildings, a 2-level stone great house, plus a master bedroom cabana on the left (east) and another on the right (west) side of the great house. You park above the great house and descend a stone stairway into a sheltered garden courtyard on the leeward side of the great house. The upper level of the great house contains the great room with the living, dining and kitchen areas, plus a half bath, and a laundry room.

In the great room you'll find native stonework, exposed beam cathedral ceilings, terra cotta tiled floors, bamboo furniture, and native artwork. On the south side of the great house is a 450 sq/ft tiled sun deck where the views are magnificent. Two sets of exterior stairs lead down to the two bedrooms, shared bath and deck on the lower level of the great house. The pool and its sun deck are in a garden setting in front of the west cabana. In addition to the pool's sun deck there are four other private sun decks including two off the great house, and one off each cabana. The three buildings and the pool are connected by courtyards, gardens and walkways.

The living and dining rooms have been artistically finished to look like the interior of a centuries old Spanish or Italian villa. They are furnished with a combination of antiques and designer furniture that blends comfort with function. From either room screened sliding glass doors open to warm breezes, a spacious deck and sweeping views of the south shore National Park. A cable 32 inch flat screen TV/DVD, an AM/FM stereo/CD with iPod connection and wireless internet are provided.

The complete kitchen includes a 4 burner stove and oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, blender, coffee maker, toaster and a fine selection of dinnerware, cookware, and server ware. There is a gas barbeque grill in the courtyard.

The two bedrooms cabanas (queen beds) are spacious (370 sq/ft) and each offers excellent privacy, lovely views and an intimate setting. Each cabana includes a tiled bath and a private deck or patio that is perfect for morning coffee and other quiet moments. The two guest bedrooms (twins that convert to a king) are located on the lower level of the great house and also offer romantic ocean views. The lower level guest bedrooms share a bath, and a 1/2 bath is located off the kitchen in the great house.


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Babies welcome
Children welcome
Toddlers welcome
Pets welcome


8 people
2-4 bedrooms

Bathroom facilities

4 bathrooms


Beach access
Outdoor pool
Swimming pool


Coffee machine
Iron and ironing board
Music player
Satellite or cable
Washing machine
Built-in fans
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The following additional costs apply, please speak to a Travel Advisor for more details.

12.5% Tax (not included in rates)

5% Service Charge

$500 Security Deposit


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