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Best "sure thing" St. John villa for honeymoon privacy under $2k/wk

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Ideals for our 1-week stay in June 2012:
- Must have private pool, then outdoor shower and spa/hot tub needed... with completely private grounds - a getaway from civilization
- Need to mitigate/lower risk of bugs/mosquitoes or heat wave that week - doors that close/seal and a/c is ideal, with at least the house being screened in all around (high elevation may reduce bugs too I hear; and obviously a well kept villa is a must)
- Feeling of safety - so locking doors, gated entry, etc
- Below $2k/wk for the two of us

Front runners based on my research so far:
- Cloud Nine (not sure if "garden shower" means outdoor, or just a window)
- Lille Paradis http://www.windspree.com/home.php/19/Lille%20Paradis%20
- Papaya Moon (no a/c though)
- Palladio's View (alas, already booked for june; no a/c)
- Notre Ciel
- Haiku
- Honeymoon Hiker's Inn
- It's About Time villa on ajax peak - http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p145688
- Mimosa Villa
- then... Coconut Hill Cottage, Starlit Escape, Waterklip, Beas Maison

Side note: Astral Ridge was a front-runner but has been taken off because it has an adjoining sister villa being rented out - even though the total villa is far away from civilization, we will have strangers for immediate neighbors; even though it seems there is probably visual privacy due to bushes, etc, we don't feel comfortable chancing that setup for a honeymoon

Concerns:
- Figuring out villa privacy seems so tough. Example 1: overhead maps show neighbors MUCH closer to Cloud Nine (http://g.co/maps/2rxtc) than Papaya Moon (http://www.vrbo.com/119689#ownerprofile) for example, yet posts seem to rave about Cloud Nine for honeymooners. Example 2: Honeymoon Hiker's Inn is touted as private 5 acres up north by Nat'l Park, but I have to think high hillside seems more private.
- Don't know which location preference on the island we should have (Gift Hill by Cruz Bay, Ajax Hill by Coral Bay, etc) - we will mainly just be enjoying amenities/view at home then sprinkle in some secluded beach and quaint restaurant outings (nightlife/parties and crowds completely undesirable)
- New construction before our stay - I'd rather have a villa with stably known neighboring houses than one at risk for near-term construction

With a focus on the most secluded grounds on STJ, I'd LOVE to hear your feedback on my front runners and any better recommendations. I hope to find the villa that "sure thing" for our one-time vacation to VI and your help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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