What joy to arrive to a paradise! We were two married couples, one enjoying their 40th wedding anniversary and we, who invited our friends of the past 30 years, were so excited to be there! My husband and I were in celebration of our 75th birthdays. This trip to Jost Van Dyke and staying at the Great House Villa was a birthday gift fro. Our daughter.
The Great House is so fantastic, with 3 separate sections, which are joined together by two decks. The deck with the pool and lounges is five steps be.ow the upper deck which has a great open patio with outdoor dining table, with access to the kitchen and den. The lower deck leads to a beautiful living area with cathedral ceiling and lovely bedroom with four poster bed.
This section has a total of three bedrooms.
The master suite has a glorious view of Tortola, Sandy Cay and Sandy Spit. It has 8 windows that swing out, held by various hinges to enjoy the breeze that caresses your body day and night.
We were amazed at the fact that this Great House has five bedrooms and a loft.
The gardens and the view of the open sea is spectacular.
When I arrived I was so taken with the beauty that I had tears of joy.
We have lived in Europe and traveled to every country in Western Europe, as well as Russia, Israel and Egypt. We have visited counties all over the world, such as China and have lived in South America and Nigeria, where our two children were born.
Last year we visited our friends in Brazil.
The reason that I mention these travels is that Jost Van Dyle was every bit as interesting, charming, rustic, challenging, peaceful as visiting and living in the other countries mentioned above.
The advantage for us was the peace, the sound of the waves rushing against he shore, the flora, and the friendly people.
For us, who, even though advanced age, are active in outdoor sports, hiking, swimming, sailing, kayaking, skiing a d working out, the challenges of the access to the house and beach and restaurants was not at all difficult. We loved the 40 minute hike to Foxys Taboo and to Bubbly Pool.
As for our friends, it was challenging, so they were mostly content to lounge around the pool, read, photograph the flora and the seas, have leisurely gourmet meals that we prepared.
For any age, if you want fulfillment in adventure, with rides in a dinghy, hiking narrow and rocky paths to ger to the main road, sailing in the Pico Sailboat, kayaking, exploring the nearby small islands, snorkeling and swimming in the pristine waters of Jost Van Dyke, go for it.
Saga, the caretaker, is fantastic. He is there for you to drive you from the dock where the water taxi leaves you at Sandy Ground Estates. He has a small jeep to drive up and down the rather steep road to the house. He is there to advise on places to go, assist with the boats, and will surprise you with a pineapple, eggplants from the garden, bananas and a plethora of papayas. We had so much fun talking with Saga about the island...make sure to plan some time talking with him. He even took his machete and cut us some coconuts...we sipped coconut milk, made rum drinks with fresh coconut cream, chewed on fresh coconut!
The beach is a five minute walk, on a narrow, stony path, but as you are descending, you will enjoy the "dance of the white Butterflies", depending upon the season.
The beach is white smooth sand, however, the ocean floor is rocky, so best to swim at high tide.
For smooth sand beach floor, take dinghy or kayak to Sandy Spit, Sandy Cay or White Bay or Great Harbour.
Foxys Tamarind is a must...Saga took us there for lunch, we met Foxy who made up a song about the city from which we came.
You will also be able to take a ferry to Tortola, and also enjoy the vacationers on the catamarans, yachts and sailboats.
I cried tears of joy on arrival and tears when we left...a paradise, no noise, with the exception of birds at night, gentle breezes and the rush of the waves.
The owners are fantastic, Katherine Hempel a delight to work with long distance. Bobby's market was great...make sure you order enough food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Sandy Ground Estates, perfectly situated on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, this unique location offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, fascinating flora and fauna, awe-inspiring coral reefs and activities almost too numerous to mention. Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands with Sandy Ground Estates, made up of six villas, occupying the eastern end of the island overlooking picturesque Sandy Spit, Sandy and Diamond Cays and only minutes walk from a sandy white beach you can call your own. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sandy Ground Estates Hotel Jost Van Dyke
- Sandy Ground Estates Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands