Sugar Bay House

sugarbay_houseLive the sweet life in an elegant, hilltop villa that links St. Croix’s intriguing past with today’s most luxurious lifestyles. This charming, West Indian style St. Croix vacation rental embraces a 40-foot private pool and overlooks the sea with a stunning view of the Salt River Bay where Columbus arrived with his fleet in 1493.

Enter this St. Croix vacation rental through double gates of solid mahogany to a spacious outdoor gallery surrounding the custom-shaped pool. Here, catch up on your reading in a colonial planter’s chair under the shade of palm trees, or stretch out on one of three decadently cushioned, lounge beds and enjoy the sun or the stars.

The breezy gazebo at this St. Croix villa is perfect for lunch in a bathing suit, complete with a handy grill and speakers for background music. And at cocktail time, Harry’s Bar, St. Croix is irresistible — it’s your own private poolside pub with a gleaming mahogany bar and four barstools.

From the pool area of this beautiful St. Croix vacation rental, Harry’s Bar leads into a magnificent Danish yellow great room and dining area with a spectacular window wall facing the Caribbean. Shutters lower at the touch of a button if you decide to darken the room for a movie and an armoire entertainment center is complete with DVD/VCR, iPod docking station, satellite television, and even Sirius radio. Ahead is a newly refurbished kitchen with all the culinary gear you might need.

This St. Croix rental’s bedrooms all face the pool through individual French doors and are decorated in subtle tropical hues with tasteful classic West Indian-style furnishings. All four have private baths and air conditioning to use if you wish, though island trade winds will provide natural cooling. You’ll appreciate the thoughtful touches provided at this St. Croix vacation rental for your stay — bath amenities, beach towels — even Sugar Bay House dressing gowns.

Running the length of the pool at this St. Croix villa are three bedrooms. Two have twin beds that can be converted to kings, the first in spun-sugar pink with a shower/tub bath and the second in powder blue with Wedgewood accents. The third bedroom of this St. Croix villa, with its soft mango glow and palm theme accessories, houses a king-size four poster bed.

At the end of the pool, steps lead up to the fourth bedroom’s pavilion with pale lime green walls, a queen-sized four poster bed, and tester canopy overhead. This spacious suite has its own wet bar with refrigerator, and another set of French doors to a patio.

Rooms throughout this St. Croix vacation rental feature high, beamed ceilings, traditionally employed in island residences for centuries and throughout the house are finely-crafted mahogany furnishings inspired by the plantation era, including hand-made local tiles in Danish yellow. Look closely — you’ll see inlaid accents carved from authentic ballast brick brought to the island on 19th century sailing ships that carried sugar and rum back to Europe.

From the great room or the pool area of this St. Croix villa rental, watch sailors come and go on the great bay below — an outdoor museum designated as the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. Tour the park’s Visitor Contact Station, enjoy a refreshing swim at its white sandy beach visible from your villa rental, or stop by the marina to arrange a guided kayak expedition through the bay. And if you are a Scuba diver, or would enjoy learning, everything you’ll need is available at the marina’s dive center.

This St. Croix vacation villa rental is ideally located at the center of the island’s north shore, an easy drive to either of the island’s two colonial towns, Christiansted or Frederiksted, for shopping, sightseeing, and fine dining. And just minutes away is Cane Bay, a spot favored by locals for its diving, snorkeling, and beachfront restaurants.

Website: www.sugarbayhouse.com