Property description

Cielo Vista (Heavenly View) is a modern hilltop villa built in 2005, with an off-white stucco exterior and Caribbean blue roof and shutters. The interior is pristine, clean white plaster with rich mahogany wood trim and custom Mexican tile flooring. When people come to Cielo Vista their first reaction is awe – the views are truly stunning – and then they fall in love with the architecture and layout of the house.

The central Great Room is the hub, where the vaulted two story space takes advantage of the gentle Caribbean breeze. It includes a loft with a Front Gate Continuous Flow bed and a catwalk which leads directly outside to a private second story deck. The fully equipped kitchen was intentionally designed to face out into the Great Room, so the chef can enjoy the view while they cook, and they can still be a part of social gatherings as well.

The large outdoor veranda, with its proximity to the pool, is a place of easy comfort and is a great spot for relaxing, reading, visiting, and dining. With the use of the newly added screens, the space easily turns into an outdoor living room!

There are two private bed suites flanking the Great Room, each with their own private bath that boast dual-sink vanities and amazing, spa-inspired showers. The sleeper sofa located in the loft space provides additional sleeping arrangements for groups of 6, and for larger groups of 8 the private Pequeno Cielo is also available to rent with the property. The Pequeno Cielo apartment is a studio that offers an updated kitchen, a sleeping area with ample closet and built-in storage space, an indoor living space, an outdoor screened-in porch (lanai), and a covered patio. Pequeno Cielo will only be rented with the main house to accommodate a large group, or it will be rented on its own when the Owner is in residence – it will never be rented to two separate parties.

The pool is private and inviting, surrounded by tropical landscaping and beautiful flowers, encouraging sunbathing, sunrise viewing, a morning coffee or an evening cocktail.

And always, you are surrounded by the view!



  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Singles
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queenPrivate Bath
  • Bedroom 2: 1 queenPrivate Bath
  • Loft: 1 sleep sofa /futonExceptionally comfortable bed by Front Gate
  • Bedroom 3: 1 queenBR 3 & bath in garden apt
  • Three bedroom suites each with a large private bath and a private entrance. Additional sleeping space in loft on a Front Gate portable bed. Loft is perfect for children or teenagers. The loft does not have a private bathroom but there is private access to a bathroom. Third bedroom is located in the garden apartment which is just a few steps from villa.

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, showerExtra Large with view of Pillsbury Sound
  • Bathroom 2: toilet, showerExtra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
  • Bathroom 1: toilet, showerExtra Large w/view of Pillsbury Sound
  • Each bathroom is very spacious with an open window and spectacular view of Pillsbury Sound. Please review photos.

Other Amenities

  • In the event of a power outage, you are protected by Cielo Vista’s generator that comes on immediately without intervention from the tenant and without interruption in your power service. We love children but due to the open access to the pool we have implemented an age limit of 5. No pets. Maid service can be arranged if ordered prior to visit. Maid service is at the expense of the guest.
  • Welcome Basket


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Romantic

Location Type

  • Breathtaking panoramic view of the picturesque Cruz Bay from Cielo Vista’s private location on Gifft Hill.
  • White sand beaches and turquoise bays just minutes away. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing or just relaxing.
  • Minutes from Virgin Islands National Park, hiking trails and historical ruins.
  • Water View


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:Villa Bedrooms are Air Conditioned. Main floor and garden apartment is not air conditioned but has ceiling fans and windows that are opened to allow for breeze to flow through the living area.
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard


  • Private Pool


Low Season – May 16, 2017 – Nov 18, 2017

$450.00/nightly or $3150/weekly for 2 Bedroom & Loft or $4125/weekly for 3 Bedroom


High Season – Nov 19, 2017 – May 31, 2018

$550.00/nightly or $4200/weekly for 2 Bedroom & Loft or $5250/weekly for 3 Bedroom

Rates reflect 2-4 guests for 2 bedroom/2 bathroom and loft in main villa. 

For additional garden apartment: Low Season – $975.00/weekly. High Season – $1050/weekly.

Please call for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. These weeks will require a 7 night minimum.

No Pets

No Children under 5

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • $50 Reservation Fee
  • Tax Rate 12.5% (USVI Hotel Tax subject to change)

The Above Rates Are Subject To Change

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:

Many St. John locations can boast of great views but Cielo Vista has one of the best. In the dark of night the vista continues – no featureless black seascape here. The lights of St. Thomas twinkle in the distance. We can watch the big cruise ships as they steam in from or out to sea from Charlotte Amalie. On clear days we can see the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebras. But the best is the spectacular sunsets from the deck or balcony as we review the day. All rooms have the great view, proximity to the pool, and easy access to the outdoors. The Great Room, a two story, vaulted space with catwalk and loft, houses the functions for a group – visiting, cooking, TV watching, game playing, etc. The bed suites each have their own verandas and are get-away spots for reading or napping with privacy. The bathrooms are spacious with special showers which feel like you’re outdoors. Originally the villa was built with a large open veranda tying all the areas together around the pool. To reduce the sun’s rays in late afternoon, a special rollup screen was installed in front of the Great Room. This proved so successful that they entire veranda was screened in with overhead fans and comfy cushioned chairs. This room has become a focal point in the villa and mimics the outdoor living spaces of Charleston, SC. The pool is central to the villa. The surrounding deck is great for private sunbathing, it is often cool at night for cocktails as the twinkling lights of St. Thomas emerge after the sunset. Morning coffee or crossword puzzle are done there also. The second floor balcony provides an elevated cafe and hammock.

Car: Recommended

St John does not have the run-away commercialism of so many beautiful subtropical Caribbean islands. Over 2/3 of the island has been set aside as a National Park. As such the beaches remain close to pristine with easy access for snorkeling and other water sports. All the beaches have ‘swim or wade to’ reefs supporting schools of colorful fish.

Day trips to the British Virgin islands are easy to arrange in downtown Cruz Bay with ferry service to these differing islands.

Sometimes on rainy days the south side of the island is still clear. Try Salt Pond near Rams Head should you have some rain, (Think of the cisterns)

Waterlemon Bay almost always has turtles and rays for the viewing. It is worth the hike (20 minutes).


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This was our second trip to Cielo Vista and as good as the first. I can't say enough about the home, the location, the view and how the house works. The house is well appointed and very comfortable. It was summer yet open doors and ceiling fans made it true tropical living. I'm sure you could find a more plush home and spend a lot more but the open veranda, the pool on the same level as the living spaces and the ability to just forget about running the AC units are a matter of the design and Cielo Vista is tops.

We also had good communications from the owner, a lot. This trip the "boots on the ground" folks were from Crandall and they were over the top professional, no consideration left undone but in a very personal manner, not pushy in any way.

So lastly I'll just mention what I would call the "Expedia Corporate Tentacles" as we booked through one, HomeAway. We've used HomeAway many times but find them hustling insurance, fees and their quick instant quotes way off and disturbing. There are several good property management firms on St. John and I'd recommend going direct to them rather and through the HomeAway process. I know we'll book through the Crandall web site on our next trip, top service and nice people.

Ken Duffield    June 29, 2016   Cielo Vista   
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