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Reviews of 5-Bedroom St. John Villas

Reviews include Casa de Suenos, Crystal Seaview, DeBolina, Kamabesu, Meritage Great House + Cottage, Starlit Escape, Vida de Mar, Villa Tesori

Following are reviews of some of the St. John vacation rental villas that are listed on www.stjohnvillarental.com. Note: As we receive St. John villa reviews, we will post them here.

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Casa de Suenos Reviews

Description of Casa de Suenos from St. John Villa Rental -- Casa de Suenos is a 4-bedroom villa majestically perched on the mountain side over looking John’s Folly in Coral Bay, St. John. This newly-built home is elegantly furnished with private bedrooms at each corner, upstairs and downstairs. The additional 1-bedroom cottage located next to the pool is ideal for an extra guest or couple.

Thank you very much for all you did to make our stay on St. John very pleasant! When we arrived, everything was as we requested (extra sheets, all A/C working). We appreciate you checking with us during the week to ensure all was well.Hope the rental season is great and if you need recommendation, don't hesitate to request. Again, thank you!
Roger Anderson, 06/2011

A wonderful house, we loved the outdoor showers and the views from all the rooms. We’ll miss sitting on the patio at night looking at the big dipper. Very nice. The views are spectacular.
Boston, MA, 03/2011

A spectacular view, a charming villa, lots of wonderful beaches and the incredible and amazing world, on the island and in the sea. So we enjoyed this place and had a great vacation. BTW, the driveway is also unforgettable “The head says it should be fixed but the heart says its part of an adventure like everything on this island."
D'Alessandro Family, Munster, Germany, 08/2010

We enjoyed Casa de Suenos! Great views great breeze! Keep the driveway as it is -- so St. John! The layout of the house is very well thought out.
Barnes and DeLongis Families, 07/2010

Our group from Peninsula Baptist church in Mooresville, NC brought Vacation Bible School to Calvary Baptist Church. We loved the house and the 50 children we shared it with this week! Thank you for sharing the wonderful views!
Peninsula Baptist Church, Mooresville, NC, 06/2010

Wow! We arrived at night tired from long traveling. I woke up at 5:30a.m. and said to my husband “Honey, open your eyes!” Waking up, to the glorious view of the ocean and the island, was breathtaking. Even when you are brushing your teeth, look up in the bathroom mirror and you see ocean view there as well! What a spot. Peaceful, beautiful, soul mending. Your villa is fantastic. I think the driveway adds a level of charm and adventure.
Diane and Ralph, 06/2010

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Crystal Seaview Reviews

Description of Crystal Seaview from St. John Villa Rental -- Crystal Seaview is a beautiful five bedroom, five bath villa perched above the sparkling waters of Chocolate Hole on the magnificent south shore of St. John. The villa was built in 2003, was completely renovated by new ownership September 2006 and continuously maintained and updated thereafter. Crystal Seaview features an awe inspiring 270 degree water view which includes Pillsbury Sound, St. Thomas and St. Croix. When you enter the villa through double mahogany doors and step into Crystal Seaview you are immediately transported into a private world of beautiful open air water views and lush Caribbean foliage. As you enter the villa, a large air conditioned great room opens to a spectacular covered deck facing St. Thomas which allows for fabulous al fresco meals cooled by the south shore breezes. At night it's a great place to sit and relax with a drink while watching the twinkling lights of other Caribbean Islands.

St. John is great island for a family with small children.
Left on 08/29/2011 for a stay in July 2011
The Crystal Seaview was a very spacious house that offered privacy to each family. The location of the house was very close to the Westin Resort which we enjoyed also. Snorkeling at Trunk Bay was a great activity for the three grandchildren.
The Stephens Family- North Carolina

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DeBolina Reviews

Description of DeBolina from St. John Villa Rental -- DeBolina or “Sailing Into The Wind” suggests more than the beauty of this magnificent view. While sitting on one of the many decks with the Trade Winds blowing from the East and looking at Coral Bay 1,000 feet below, the sensation is reminiscent of riding the bow of a sailboat going upwind. DeBolina is nestled among brilliant colors of floral tapestry on a backdrop of luscious greenery on a private, peaceful mountainside.

Thank you, Thank you for making our vacation relaxing and enjoyable. Karen, our family thanks you for your understanding and kindness. Debolina was absolutely perfect. The house was what we all needed, especially the children. We will keep this on our list for the next visit. I just wanted to express our gratitude for you help. Again, thank you!
Goldbach, 05/2010

What a gift you give your guests; Debolina is just amazing in so many ways. We weren't sure we'd ever want to leave that spectacular view. When we flnally did, we discovered the wonderful flavors of Coral Bay. The house was in the perfect location for us. Our routine found us heading down to Hawksnest & Maho for the day and back up to Columbo's for smoothies before heading "home" to cool off in the pool. We enjoyed family meals, games, reading and glorious sunrises and sunsets. Thank goodness we had 10 days to enjoy it all, but of course even that is never enough time so we look forward to a return to Debolina really soon. Thanks again for all of this
Newman/Client-Bayard Family, MS , 03/2010

Roses are red, violets are blue, Debolina is lovely-You'll enjoy it too! Thanks for the great vacay!
Burgin Family, 12/2009

Once again we had a FANTASTIC stay here at Debolina. This is our second time and the view gets more and more amazing. We took advantage of the wonderful beaches, and just loved Maho for the entire family. We used the well stocked kitchen but also enjoyed some time out. Skinny Legs, Shipwreck, Aqua Bistro and Paradiso. Beautiful conch shells everywhere!! We still stop at Columbo's Smoothie's almost everyday. Rum or no rum, they're still delicious! We just love it here and feel so lucky to have Debolina to stay at. Of course, cocktails by the pool in the afternoom are a fun way to wind down the day. We look forward to coming back again next year! Oh, glass blowing at Maho Camps is a really neat thing to do!
Henricksons, 04/2009

Our two families enjoyed their stay immensely. We enjoyed using the kitchen and had great converstaions around the dinner table. The weather was great; the views stunning. The snorkels were, as always, amazing. The walk to Waterlemon was well worth it. We're soaking up as much sun as we can before we head back to Canada.
CANADA , 01/2009

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Kamabesu Reviews

Description of Kamabesu from St. John Villa Rental -- Kamabesu Villa, Club House & Property will comfortably sleep up to 14 guests but is also cozy as a 2-4 person rental. Kamabesu Villa's main house, 40 feet above the pool, has an expansive outdoor dining area attached to the living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and full baths and is centrally air conditioned. The Club House, a new addition to the property, houses 2 more air-conditioned bedrooms on the main level and a 3rd bedroom suite on the garden level each with full bathrooms and the laundry and kitchenette located on the main level.

Ike E -- Stayed Jan 2012
My friends and I had an absolutely fantastic stay at Kamabesu. Katie was incredibly communicative from the get-go, going above and beyond to provide us all the information we needed for the stay. She even had us picked up from the ferry downtown! The villa is just wonderful, clean, bright, airy, amazing views, great location, and completely stocked with all the amenities you could ask for. Same goes for the Club House. There were definitely countless hours spent soaking up the sun in the pool, when we weren't off exploring St John of course. Both Katie and Bryan were beyond accommodating to all our needs, and they really did give us absolute privacy while we were there. I certainly would not hesitate to stay at Kamabesu again. Thanks Katie!

Michael R. -- Loved it! -- July 2011
Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed staying at Kamabesu. The villa had everything we needed. The bedrooms were very spacious and the beds were oh so comfortable! The view of Fish Bay from the massive screened in porch was beautiful and the pool and pool area was perfect (and safe) for the kids. We also felt that the location was perfect for us…away from the hustle of Cruz Bay but easily accessible.

Aug 14, 2011
We spent a week at Kamabesu with our boys (5 and 8). This was our second stay at Kamabesu and it was just as wonderful as our first. The Tartas are welcoming hosts. They are on-site (first floor), but you would never know that they are there, unless if you need something. The villa is well maintained with beautiful views and our boys particularly enjoyed swimming in the pool. We plan on going back again.

Kamabesu Villa exceeded our expectations! Great tradewinds, beautiful view, and friendly caretakers that went above and beyond for us! We would definitely book this villa again and would recommend it to others!
Nikki (Lee's Summit, MO) -- April 2010

We had an incredible vacation at Kamabesu! The villa was as comfortable as my home, yet as relaxing as a hotel! We were able to enjoy nights on the town with local cuisine, and other nights going to the local market to return back to the villa for grilling and chilling poolside. The caretakers were wonderful! They were as pleasant and helpful as could be by always suggesting day trips and activities to do. We look forward to going back!!
Deena and Todd (Westchester, NY) -- April, 2010

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Meritage Reviews

Description of Meritage from St. John Villa Rental -- The perfect vacation getaway! Just 5 minutes from the main town of Cruz Bay, Meritage offers you a private romantic setting overlooking the Caribbean sea. Situated on the hill side of Chocolate Hole, Meritage is a short walk down a winding path to tranquil Hart Bay. 4 king size bedrooms, each with A private bathroom and deck area. BBQ sun deck, jacuzzi, private pool. Stepping out to the sun decks, you can gaze down toward beaches from all sides. You can dine inside or al fresco on the barbecue deck that overlooks the pool. Covered decks and sun decks border the house on three sides and on two levels, adding over 2,000 sq. ft. of living space for your enjoyment.

Dear Chris,
Johnny and I so very much enjoyed our stay at the main house on our honeymoon. I regret that I forgot to write down my comments in the table book of visitors. We love the house. It's such a magnificent place with such awesome views. I felt so free and happy there. The house enhanced our honeymoon in a special way. We plan to return to St. John next year about the same time. It was truly a pleasure and I'd recommend it to anyone. Gus was a pleasure to meet and took good care of us. Thank you so much. It was a dream come true, a real blessing. God bless.
Sincerely, Joni Markerson

Thank you for letting us stay at your home the week of May 9th. Scott and I really enjoyed our stay on the island, the view from Meritage's balconies, the convenience to town, the nature, and wonderful beaches. We loved the iguana tree next to your home and the visiting Pearl-Eyed Thrashers ..... most entertaining! Thanks again. Hope you have a great summer .....
Best Regards, Kimberly Scary

Erin Vernon -- Georgia
When we arrived on St. John we were greeted by Sinbad the property manager. What a great guy! He took us to the house, gave us a tour, and introduced us to our first Rum Punch of the trip! The house was exactly what we were asking for. The views from all floors were great. The pool and spa were clean and had great views. I would absolutely recommend this house to everyone. The location was a short drive to Cruz Bay where we went frequently. It is a short hike down to Hart Bay for the adventure-seeking types. Overall we were very impressed with this house and would return again!

Christiansburg, VA
My husband and I just returned from an amazing weeklong stay at The Meritage Great House. It is a beautiful home in a perfect location. It was wonderful working with the owner Christopher. He was most friendly and helpful. Sinbad, who manages the home was great as well! He promptly met us at the ferry dock and led us to the home. He shared a delicious tropical drinks with us, gave us the grand tour and told us to call if we had any problems. The views from this home are awesome! We loved the twinkling lights of St. Thomas at night. Also loved the stone and shell shower with a window in the master bath!! Having a pool to cool off in anytime was great too! This home is in such a perfect, central location! Very close to downtown and the North Shore beaches (which are spectacular by the way!!!). The Meritage Great House is in a nice quiet neighborhood. The landscaping (which the owner has obviously put a lot of work into) is beautiful, lush and tropical. I would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone. Definitely rent a jeep! We rented our jeep (a brand new 2011 wrangler) from Discount Car Rental on St. Thomas (you should too). They were great: friendly, fast, best price, allow you to take the car on the barge to St. John, and remove the top if you chose to. Best of all, if you have mechanical troubles, no worries, they will send a mechanic to St. John. All in all, a perfect week in paradise!!

Mary Landrigan-Ossar -- MA
Our group was 2 families which included 4 kids, ages 4-11. The house was clean and comfortable, with fantastic views from the wonderful balconies The pool was a godsend at the end of the day- the kids would have lived in it if they could! This was a great house for a family with kids, and would be also great for a group of adults- having a separate bathroom with each bedroom was awesome. We can't wait to come back and stay here again.

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Starlit Escape Reviews

Description of Starlit Escape from St. John Villa Rental -- Starlit Escape is an immaculate 5 bedroom, 3 bath rental villa nestled in a private, forested valley on St. John's unspoiled east side. Family-owned and managed, the aptly named Starlit Escape is known for its seclusion, peacefulness and natural beauty. Any size group is welcome at Starlit Escape. Perfect for a small family or even a couple wanting loads of space. Starlit Escape accommodates up to 10 guests, making it ideal for group getaways, family reunions or corporate events. Yet, its privacy and beauty also create an intimate, memorable experience for two.

1. We spent a week at Starlit escape with our parents and young kids and we were enjoy it every minute. The house is incredible, lovely furnishing and with an impressive tower from which you can see the green slopes of the island and a piece of the ocean as well as stars (if it's not cloudy).
The house is equipped with all the things you need to have a very relaxed time with kids and for eldest one (books, movies, guides). The pool is lovely, the right size and depth. The yard is beautiful as well.
The owners are great and very helpful and kindly gave us tips about beaches.

2. What an amazing home to spend our 20th anniversary. The villa was perfect for our family. Having everyone under one roof was a comfort to me. From the fresh pineapple each morning to the happy hour tower every evening made our days complete. The beautiful furnishings, and extra touches made us feel at home. Nothing was over looked. Plush towels, beach chairs, coolers, and beach bags made our 10 day stay so enjoyable. We hope to return one day. Thank you for the wonderful memories!

3. We spent the week of spring break in St John at the Starlit Escape. We could not have been happier with our choice to rent the house! It had EVERYTHING that we needed to have a nice relaxing week and it really felt like our home away from home. We spent many nights chillin' on the patio enjoying the cool Caribbean breezes and taking full advantage of the grill and kitchen. After spending the day at the beach, it was nice to come home and take a dip in the pool. If you are looking for a quiet, secluded location this is your place! It is about a half hour drive from the ferry docking station which is where most of the shops and restaurants are located. We didn't mind this one bit since there is a local market just around the corner from the house and a handful of places to eat nearby. You can be to any one of the amazing beaches on St John within just a few minute drive (note that practically anywhere you stay on the island you will have to drive to a beach since there are not any massive resorts along them).
Jared was very helpful in making sure we had everything that we needed and to make our stay the best it could possibly be. The house was spotless and furnished quite nicely. It was the perfect spot to spend a week with my mom and sister catching up on life. We will definitely stay here again the next time we visit St John.

4. We stayed at the Starlit Escape for 2 weeks. The villa was well equipped and absolutely spotless!! The happy hour tower was a fun and scenic treat to be enjoyed by adults and children!! The pool was great for cooling down and relaxing and the hammocks were the perfect touch. Jared and Angie are very pleasant and hospitable, they went the extra mile for us!! They are knowledgeable about the Island and can give great guidance on what to do and where to eat, do not miss ZoZo's - it is by far the best restaurant on the Island and in fact one of the best meals my family has ever had!! There are many great places to eat in Coral Bay close by the villa, such as The Shipwreck Lounge (very fresh fish), Sweet Plantains, Miss Lucy's and The Donkey Diner for Breakfast. It was nice knowing we had Jared and Angie within reach for any questions or advice we needed. My family agrees that we would return to St. John again and return to the Starlit Escape Villa!!

5. We had a blast! The house is awesome-very comfortable and peaceful. Loved the Tower and the pool, the cool nights were great for sleeping.

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Vida de Mar Reviews

Description of Vida de Mar from St. John Villa Rental -- Vida de Mar is located in quiet, secluded Dever's Bay on the Southwest side of the island. Just minutes from town, shopping, and St. John's famous white sand beaches, one of the best things about Vida de Mar is the location. The sites and sounds of the Caribbean fill every room of this unique home. A Great Room, five bedrooms and five baths are equipped in comfort and style to meet every need of your trip to Paradise. A promontory deck with a spacious 36' x 14' pool and tiled outdoor whirlpool spa offer dramatic views of the secluded bay, sailing yachts and passing cruise ships in the distance. The private 800 foot pebble beach promises hours of relaxed sun worshipping, swimming and exploring — including some of the best diving and snorkeling on St. John just off-shore at Dever's Reef. Spectacular sunsets each evening only add to the long list of pleasures of Vida de Mar.

"The villa is beautiful - wonderful amenities and great view! And to fall asleep and awaken to the sound of the surf against the shore is so relaxing!"
B. & C. Gourd -- Grand Rapids, MI

"4th visit to St. John and 2nd time at Vida de Mar. Each day here is a day in paradise - no stress, no worries. The big decision is which beach to visit and whether to dine out or eat dinner on the patio!"
J. Niehous -- Cincinnati, OH

"We came back to St. John on our 1st Anniversary. St. John is one of our favorite places and Vida de Mar made it even that much more special! I brought my scuba gear so I could scuba right off the beach! Nice reef!"
M. & C. Smith -- Landenberg, PA

"We had a wonderful week - we especially loved snorkeling and lounging by the pool. Your new furnishings are beautiful! We loved St. John and your home made it extra special!"
B & C Vitale -- Denver, CO

"Thank you for sharing your hidden paradise! I loved listening to the birds singing at sunset time. Thank you for adding special moments to my life to always remember."
D. Lee -- Key West, FL

"The villa is awesome! We could not have asked for anything more. We got married on Trunk Bay and will always remember this time for the rest of our lives."
A. Huber -- Warwick, NJ

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Villa Tesori Reviews

Description of Villa Tesori from St. John Villa Rental -- Inspired by British Colonial design, Villa Tesori is situated on approximately .78 acres, boasts over 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space and 4,894 square feet under roof with 5 bedrooms 5 1/2 baths. The master suite and four guest suites are in the main house, making this an ideal home for families with small children. The Francis Bay Suite with queen bed sits on the main level, just off the kitchen area. An interior staircase just before takes you upstairs, where the Master, Maho and Cinnamon Bay guest suites are situated. Both guest suites contain queen beds. The fifth bedroom, below the pool, is a studio with a king bed and full kitchen.

"Who would ever want to leave." Absolutely beautiful. High on a hill looking south to St. Croix. Exceptionally furnished, wonderful patio overlooking the pool. Air conditioned throughout. Mid week maid service. This place is top of the line. The only drawback (and its not much of one) is the kitchen is just slightly on the small side. Also, turning around in the driveway isn't that convenient. As with just about any place in the Caribbean, keep plenty of bug spray handy. While Villa Tesori is a little higher in price than other villas, it's worth it. After all, if you can come the the Caribbean and you want to rent a villa, you might just as well get the best. This place has to be one of them. You also can't beat the people at Island Getaways. From arrival to departure, you are taken care of. They are truly a pleasure to deal with.

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