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Sandy Ground Estates
Reviewed 23 April 2012

1 - Location is unbelievable. Just a magical place. quiet, isolated, gorgeous. The beach is the most wonderful I have ever had the good fortune to vacation on, and we had it to ourselves. My kids are still talking about it.

2 - Loblolly treee house - in serious need of upkeep. The kitchen in particular is functional, but not much else. It's the caribbean, after all. Bugs, critters, ect - the cabinets are old, haven't been painted in who knows how long, the doors don't shut properly, so the critters can and do access. We washed most everything before we used it, because the place was superficially clean - but the place needed to be powerwashed, repainted, ect ect. We dealt with it - but needs to be "redone". Old appliances, not terribly clean. My wife is still talking about it.

3 - It was very reasonably priced. You get what you pay for - I realize that!

My advice - definitely go there! You won't regret the long trek - it's all that the pictures show and more. But try another cottage until this one gets a much needed facelift. Bottom line - my kids and I were in heaven. My wife (truly NOT a clean freak, but not happy to have to wash all the pots and dishes before we used them either) was not happy about the dirt and grime, which appeared to be largely a result of deferred maintenance and time.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We stayed for 8 nights on Jost Van Dyke at the Great House Villa. We think Sandy Ground is the most rustic, beautiful, quiet Caribbean vacation spot we've ever visited. There are only seven houses in the "development" and all seemed to be linked by paths rather than roads. We arrived by water taxi, with a week's worth of groceries, and were met by the Great House's caretaker who brought us up to the house in a jeep. If you like a Caribbean setting that is as natural as possible, you will find this house to be magnificent. Three buildings are linked by a terrace with beautiful views of the BVI. You are not roughing it by any means, as there is a pool (I believe the only one at Sandy Ground) and a flat-screen with games, as well as wifi. The house comes with a small boston whaler so you can explore the area by boat--a huge bonus. Without a boat, you have to rent a car or take taxis into the towns on JVD. We visited plenty of beach bars/ restaurants on the island, but we didn't have step in a car all week.

We have previously rented homes in Las Terenas, Vieques, and Rincon prior to visiting Jost and this place is our ideal. It was very private, yet we could venture out to civilization when we wanted to. I found it painful to leave!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

We stayed for about 10 days at the Loblolly Tree House and had an amazing time. I would recommend the private boat on your arrival so you don't have to hike the goat path with your food/provisions for the week, but take the public ferry on the way back to Tortola. Nadine and Leroy are very helpful if you need them or they will leave you alone if you want the privacy. Be ready to hike if you want to go any where. The islands is all hills, so if you want to hike to Great Harbor or White Bay, it's going to be a tough one b/c of the hills. We rented a jeep from Abe's for the week. Abe's and Nicee are very nice and will take care of you. They also have the best Lobster and ribs on the island! Make sure you stop by Foxy's and have a bananawacker, my wife loved them! Stop by the skuba shop and tell Sean and Collin I said hi, they will take good care of you. If you see the waves are up, take the hike to the bubbly pool on the north shore, it's pretty cool to experience. Also make sure you take a day trip to White Bay, and get a painkiller from the Soggy Dollar. The weekends get pretty crowded if you are into crowds. All in all it was a fun trip, but very relaxing as there is not a lot of things to do but relax! Everynight we sat on our terrace watching the boats go by and turned out the lights and gazed at the stars. One tip, make sure you bring good bug spray, the no-see-em's can get pretty bad at night. We hope to go back some day!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2010

We recently stayed at the newly rebuilt Sounion II villa on Sandy Ground Estates, Jost Van Dyke. Put pretty simply, you can't beat this place in terms of the location and privacy. Sandy Ground is a 17 acre estate on the eastern end of Jost Van Dyke. On the estate are 8 villas nicely spread among a lush and tropical hillside with a very private sandy, shady beach with a great reef for snorkeling.

We've also stayed at the Loblolly Villa on Sandy Ground Estates twice. It's wonderful too but Sounion II beats all the villas hands down. It has 230 degree views of Tortola, Sandy Spit and a direct view of Sandy Cay. There are numerous places on the spacious decks and in the gardens to relax, dine, read, meditate, etc. The villa itself is extremely well equipped with modern appliances for cooking. Though it was just the two of us staying there, the way the bedrooms are separated makes this place ideal for two couples who still want some privacy. One of the bedrooms is down in the garden with it's own private sun terrace and bathroom. It's even equipped with it's own small fridge and coffee maker so you don't have to disturb others in the villa. The upstairs bedroom has an incredible bulls-eye view of Sandy Cay from the bed, an amazing sunrise spot. There's a great little desk area (internet equipped if you choose to bring your lap top) that also looks directly toward Sandy Cay. Great spot for writing! The living room is really open with a vaulted ceiling full of great architectural detail and fine craftsmanship. There are doors and windows everywhere which we kept open pretty much the entire time we were there with the exception of a couple blowing rains. Again, the views are just stunning from everywhere in this villa.

Down a short garden path from the villa sits a pergola which is yet another great place to just hang out, have a cocktail, meditate, practice yoga or watch the boats go by. The beach is a short 3 minute stroll down through a garden path. It's not really a swimming beach. More of a snorkeling beach. The beach itself is well equipped with hammocks, loungers and white sand.

Sandy Ground is pretty removed from all the bars and restaurants and requires a good hike or taxi ride (or rent a dinghy as we did to explore) to get to them. Foxy's Taboo is about a 20 minute easy walk and it has pretty good food. We did leave the estate a few times to explore the Bubbly Pool and White Bay (a great hike for fit folks or a $15-30 taxi ride) but mostly we just wanted to hang out at this dream location. It's amazing how fast the days tick by when you're doing a whole lot of nothin'. Nine days didn't feel long enough.

The caretakers, Nadine and Leroy, are as helpful as you want them to be. They're incredibly respectful of privacy but are willing to make your experience smooth and easy. Leroy is full of plant and island knowledge and is always happy to oblige our multitude of questions.

The original and current owners of the estate obviously had incredible foresight in keeping this place very natural and not too built up. If you're looking to get away from it all, enjoy amazing views in a private location, I highly recommend this well crafted villa.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank seekFun
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Reviewed 14 December 2007

My husband and I just returned from the Loblolly Tree House at the Sandy Grounds Estates. If you want a total private vacation, this is the place for you!!
JVD is a wonderful, quiet little island. We sat in the sun, read our books, played cards, drank and eat. We walked and walked and walked!!
We went to the Bubbly pool, met some nice people, (hi tammy and jeremey!) went to the top of JVD and saw a wonderful sunset.
We did not rent anything (boat, car, dinghy) I will say, if you are not in good, physical shape I would not rent from here. The walk to the main road is a pretty good hike. Then when you get to the road, you either go down hill to Foxy's Taboo (one of our favorites to eat and drink!!) or up, up, up the two hills to get to Little Harbor.
That being said, who couldn't use a little exercise on their vacation! My husband and I would look at it this way: A nice hike equals an excuse to drink and eat without guilt!!!
(When we were done walking, we did take a taxi)
Nadine and Leroy where very helpful in answering all our questions. Left us totally alone and we where very lucky, no other houses were rented that week, we had the private beach all to ourselves!! Who could ask for anything better!!
We ate at Sidney's Peace and Love, Foxy's, Corsair's, Foxy's Taboo, a few others. Every single thing we ate was delicious!! The pain killers........yum!!! Who had the best? We thought Soggy Dollar.
This is the place to come to destress, to take a moment with life and realize how good it can be.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank trrmht
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Reviewed 12 June 2007

We just returned from our trip to Sandy Ground Estates on the East end of Jost Van Dyke. We stayed in House on the Hill located 80 feet above the ocean. This was our first trip to JVD and it was everything we hoped it would be. The house sits half way up the mountain and has amazing views of Sandy Spit/Cay and of Little JVD. The house itself was beautifully designed and we kept all the windows open during our time there. There are several houses on the Estates but we felt as though we had the whole place to ourselves. The beach is a 5 minute walk downhill (and consequently a strenuous walk uphill on the return) and you have your own coral reef beach. If you walk to the leftern most side of the beach there is a small area of the ocean with sandy bottom for relaxing..but it is also the best entry for the reef. It is mostly a reef beach (and beware the spiny sea urchins..I sat on one and it was not fun!) but the fish and reefs are just amazing in color and diversity. This is not a place for everyone (i.e. no AC and you have to walk a rigorus walk to get to the road) but if you want raw beauty and relaxation..This is it! We will definately be back. Tip-you can kayak to Sandy Spit (30-35 minutes each way) This place is best for those who love nature and don't mind roughing it with nature to experience sheer paradise. Be willing to hike up and down many mountainous hills and to have an adventure of a lifetime. If you're looking for pampering and luxery don't bother...but if you want to feel like you've slipped into another time and to embrace this raw and beautiful place then it might be your perfect vacation too.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2007

My husband and I spent a blissful week at Diamondview (House on the Hill). It was the most relaxing vacation we ever took. You couldnt ask for a better place to enjoy a completly peaceful relaxing, and totally private vacation. We went week after Easter so just at the cusp of "low season". Only 2 other houses occupied and we had the beautiful beach below to ourselves most of the time. The beach has a reef perfect for snorkeling. Water was warm and crystal clear. Some of the prettiest corals and fish were right there. We ventured by dinghy to see some of the nearby islands too for snorkeling. There are no boat rentals available with the property (had sunfishes and kayaks available) but can be arranged thru Nadine, one of the property caretakers. We rented Diamondview thru the owner directly (vrbo.com) and we thought it was the best house for location (totally private, about 80' above the water), decor (very cozy) and layout. It seems best for 1 or 2 couples as there are 2 bedrooms with king beds, but kids would work too. There is even a pullout futon in the living area for extra sleeping arrangements. We left the house windows and doors open the entire time (shutters on windows). Views from the house were gorgeous. Sunrises were especially beautiful.
Provisions thru Bobbys Marketplace on Tortola are a must on arrival (see website). Other stores on the island are very limited mainly for boater provisions. We sent in our order prior to the trip and they met us at the ferry dock in Tortola as planned. We also brought some of our own provisions from home in a cooler packed in a suitcase (specialty stuff). We ate breakfast and lunched on site and ate out most evenings (ate simple dinners at the house 3 nights). Our favorite place was Abes by the Sea. Best food, service and best painkillers! We walked there our 1st night, then arranged for a taxi the others. The hills are incredibly steep so you need to be in great shape to walk them. Foxy's Taboo was close by but we found it to be stupid expensive with ok food (we ate there our 1st nt). Next time we probably would eat in more. It was so cozy and private, we didnt want to go anywhere.
We flew in to St Thomas, ferried over to Tortola with Native Son and arranged thru Nadine a private water taxi to Sandy Ground ($120.00). Transport worked out smoothly.
Sandy Ground is NOT a place for most people. It is very remote and simple. If you want convenience and resort pampering this isnt the place for you. Dont want the secret to get out anyway!

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Hotyogaval
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Address: Jost Van Dyke
Region: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Jost Van Dyke
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Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Jost Van Dyke
Price Range: £1,010 - £1,407 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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