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.
- 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