Paradise at Cane Bay Villa

paradise_canebayThe sound of the waves and salty scent of the sea will kick in the relaxation before you’re even out of the car when you arrive on St. Croix’s north shore. Here’s a real find—Paradise at Cane Bay, a freshly-renovated villa perched above the ocean with its own oval pool fringed with palm trees—in an ideal location for a diving vacation.

After pausing to take in the view from your patio of blue water reaching to the horizon, you’ll pass through a pair of hibiscus shrubs standing guard at the front door, and enter this cool, blue, two-story home trimmed with white shutters and lush landscaping.

A mango-colored ground level bedroom embodies all your tropical fantasies with a classic arch leading to a four-poster king bamboo and rattan bed and a balcony facing the sea. Each air conditioned bedroom has its own private bathroom, this one with a granite counter and twin sinks.

A second bedroom in green also faces the sea, with woven island-style furnishings, and another door to the balcony where you can watch waves crash into tide pools on the rocky shoreline below.

The third blue bedroom, adorned in white wicker, has twin beds and a shower bathroom—its door leads directly to the pool patio, delightfully convenient for a quiet swim under the stars before bed.

Up the stairway, you’ll find an expansive great room on the second level, with one sitting area for television viewing and another for conversation. A round table offers seating for cards and games and a full bathroom is also handily located on this level. French doors lead to a seaward deck running the full length of the house—a beautiful spot for coffee, cocktails, or just staring at the waves. The balcony wraps around to overlook the pool area below as well.

You’ll appreciate this home’s carefully-selected casually elegant décor: walls glow in a delectable shrimp bisque shade making a perfect backdrop to furnishings of elegant wicker and bamboo trimmed with tropical florals. Distinctive stoneware hanging lights and sconces are hand made by the Virgin Islands craftsman whose work is found in the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts.

At one end of the great room is a chef’s dream kitchen made up of blue cupboards, granite countertops, and stainless appliances, ready when you are for both snacks and full meals. Or simply stroll next door to an oceanfront beach club for drinks and dinner.

After dives or swims, you can shower al fresco by the pool, surrounded by its tropical plantings—crotons, sea grapes, yellow allamanda, and spider lilies that offer sweet perfume each evening.

This dramatic stretch of coastline has long been a favorite spot that scuba divers recommend by word of mouth. Cane Bay holds one of the world’s most spectacular walls, dropping 13,000 feet toward the ocean floor. Non-divers love it, too, for snoozing and snorkeling along the sandy beaches or simply hanging out in casual bars along the sand less than half a mile from your villa. You’ll find a full-service Scuba dive shop and a kayak rental hut, ready to outfit you for water sports.

Other excellent dive locations are close at hand, too—in fact, St. Croix is the only island in the Caribbean where you can dive a wall, reef, wreck, and a pier…all in the same day!

When you get out of the water, from your central location on the island’s north shore, you’ll have an easy drive to both of the island’s two towns for sightseeing, shopping, and fine dining—historic Christiansted to the east or Frederiksted to the west.

Spend your sunny days diving, swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the island. Or simply relax the entire time beside your own pool with an unforgettable view of the Caribbean. You’ve found what you were looking for—Paradise at Cane Bay.