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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cliff's Edge Panorama Ocean 240 Degree Views with Crashing Surf Below!

YOU ARE DIRECTLY ON THE OCEAN WITH FULL VILLA AIR CONDITIONING!! Very few villas can say that and none are as new as Bordo Mare completed in 2014. Located on Maria Bluff in the most exclusive section of Chocolate Hole.

Upon arrival, you will be personally met by my Villa Manager, then help with your car and whisked to your home away from home where a fine meal awaits you complete with wine! Use free wifi to keep up with everything.

This is the biggest, baddest, newest two bedroom villa on St. John! The ultimate in luxury, With two king size equal sized masters facing an unobstructed ocean view and bedding to die for lends itself ideal for two couples to enjoy. Perfect for romance, or just to get away from daily life.

Situated 100' above the crashing surf on the ocean's edge. Infinity pool has seating area in the pool accommodating four as you enjoy afternoon libations or that evening swim while looking out toward the twinkling lights of St. Thomas and amazing winter sunsets.

Granite counters, stainless Whirlpool appliances, including 26 bottle wine refrig! Top of the line furnishings throughout. The dining choices, poolside, inside or out under the stars at your table for six watching the sun slip down in the west. You are less than five minutes away from Cruz Bay and it's restaurants and entertainment. This villa is the final word in luxury, convenience and amenities.

Bordo Mare enjoys embracing returning guests at nearly 40% as they know and expect to be taken care of by our excellent staff who has continually looked after the same villa since completely.

It is recommended you book six to nine months in advance due to our exceptionally high occupancy. We'll leave "The Lite On For You!"

Please also check out Sopra Mare, a sister villa at VRBO #251854 and follow my blog at:


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Mike Mullen
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Mike Mullen

This is my third build. The last finished in 2009 - Sopra Mare at VRBO #251854 has proven so popular that I undertook another on the same 1.4 acre lot finished January 2014. It is slighly larger than the last with more amenities. Author of two books - 'Keep Left,' a 2008 comedy about the people I met while building my first villa Tesori. Also 'Flat Busted,' a 2014 fictional novel of high adventure set in the Caribbean.

I currently reside in Aspen, Colorado nd St. John with my significant other she's taller, smarter, younger beautiful nurse. Hey, at my age - you either get a nurse or a purse. I'm fortunate enough to get a nurse "with a purse!"

Mike Mullen purchased this villa in 2014

Why Mike Mullen chose Saint John

Well one night in 2000 I went to a charity event in Vail, Colorado. I drank way to much wine and bought two TV's, a $500 savings bond, a shotgun, pink Harley Davis Motorcycle and finally a trip to the Virgin Island!

Sold the Harley to a long legged movie producer's wife before morning! Thank God! Fell in love with this lot and basically did nothing with it until 2008 when I started Sopra Mare.

What makes this villa unique

Views are 'killer' from the living, dining, massive decks and equal sized master bedrooms everything faces the ocean. Other places might have ocean views, but at Bordo Mare you are one with the sea. I have chosen 'Nana' type doors for these locations. Basically five panels that move totally to the right and provide a totally unobstructed panarama ocean view from every room.

The pool deck is large, overlooking the infinity edge pool where there is additional seating around the in pool table.

In the morning grab your coffee and take the one mile circuit for a gentle walk of the quiet neighborhood while you watch iguanas lazily move out of your path.

At night, you'll see the lights of St. Thomas and cruise ships moving slowly from right to left bound for their next island port. In the distance most nights, car lights on St. Croix are twinkling some 30 miles away.

The low throat-ed sound of tree frogs and gentle crash of surf below will lull you to sleep in your incredible duel master suites. You'll think you're in heaven rather than 'Bordo Mare' Edge of the Sea!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Bill (the other Bill - his dad ) on December 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Bordo Mare is just perfect. Mike Mullen (the owner ) thought of everything in detail. The layout of the building is top notch, the views are unbeatable. It’s just my second day here and just keeps getting better. Went to Trunk Bay for the day, then returned ti Bordo Mare to enjoy the sunset while cooking dinner on a professional grill while my family was swimming in the pool right next the me. This place is heaven on earth.
Dec 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation villa rental in Saint John, Virgin Islands

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , Sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite has dbl vanities, granite, rain forest shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite has dbl vanities, granite, rain forest shower heads
  • Master Baths have double sinks, granite counters, wood cabinets. Showers have rain forest ceiling mounted heads.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Each Master Bedroom faces directly to the ocean. Doors fold to give 100% unobstructed view of the ocean, occasionally whales and turtles swim by. Watch the twinkling lights of passing cruise ships in the evening
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is the top of the line in luxury, privacy and furnishings. Every thought to guest comfort has been anticipated.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 61 reviews

An Oceanside Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We give this stay an A! From the time we booked our trip, the owner was in contact to confirm the booking and begin making recommendations to make our stay extra fun. The house was great too. And that VIEW - even better than the photos.

I will say the house could use a little TLC. Maybe it was because we visited toward the end of the season, but things just seemed like they could use a little sprucing (pressure washing, pool chemicals, dishwasher operation, and other deep cleaning). This is the ONLY reason I would not give this stay an A+. Overall the place was very clean, modern, and well-functioning though. If you haven't ever spent time on St. John, be advised that water conservation is an issue. We ran out of water one morning, but the owner's representative responded right away and fixed the problem. In fact, I can't say enough nice things about the caretakers - there was a meal and wine in the fridge when we arrived and one of the guys (Jared) even gave us a ride one day when he saw us walking down the hot street! Thanks again!

I will offer one small bit of advice. This house is not walking distance to any food/beverage/retail, etc. You will need to rent a car. We got the hang of getting into town easily by the second day or so, so this was not a big deal for us in the end. And the beautiful view and added privacy made up for any inconvenience of driving into town.

Stay here. You'll love it!

  • Submitted: 7-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Island, Perfect House, Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We rented Bordo Mare for a week in February. We couldn't have been happier with the house! Perched right on the ocean's edge, the views were amazing! The house has absolutely everything you could want or need, very well outfitted and very comfortable. Both bedrooms are large with well-equipped bathrooms and the same spectacular view of the ocean. We used the pool on multiple occasions, great place to float and relax after a day at the beach. The expansive deck has great outdoor furniture. Bugs were non-existant. This house is a short drive into Cruz Bay for restaurants and night life. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: 6-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation with family and friends

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at your place. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to create such memories with our dear friends during the first week and my brother and his wife the second week. We all loved the view, so spectacular each day to wake up to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks. We even witnessed the visit of a whale and her calf as we were sitting on the deck having lunch. Wow!! I love to cook and found the kitchen well equipped, what a treat to have the luxuries of home in a rental. The beds were very comfortable, another treat that is rare in a rental. Thank you for the dinner you left for us in the fridge upon our arrival, so unexpected and so very kind of you. Thank you for having your housekeeper come during mid-stay to clean the house, another unexpected treat. You went above and beyond any owner I have ever dealt with. Thank you again. We look forward to our next trip to this special island and most especially to your lovely villa.

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Stay on St. John

  • 5 of 5

First St. John; if you are looking for small, easy, laid back island life, this is it. Come and relax. Great beaches, snorkeling, sailing. Great small central town area with restaurants and bars. Bordo Mare is a great spot. Easy drive into town and to the beaches. Rent a jeep. Very comfortable, clean villa. Owner is very easy to work with, really works to make sure everything is in order. He thinks of all the little things..beach towels, coolers, etc. Nothing better than you morning coffee, or your sunset beverage on the deck overlooking the ocean, or out by the pool. My family loves St. John and we love this home. Our 2nd visit, we stayed at this owners other villa, Sopra Mare, and equally as nice. You will not be disappointed with this villa.

  • Submitted: 30-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our family of 5

  • 5 of 5

Mike has thought of everything with this rental...It's hard to know where to start.

We went to St. John to experience the beauty of the beaches in the National Park, but it was so nice to have such a beautiful home base to come back to after a day out and about.

The overall design of the home is just perfect- the photos on the listing do not do it justice. Both bedrooms and main floor living spaces have accordion-style doors that allow you to open them completely (no wall at all between you and the ocean views!). You essentially feel like you are outside when you have them open. It was amazing to just sit and relax on one of the decks each morning and evening. Definitely my favorite part of the home.

The pool was perfect for our kids, ages 7, 9 and 10. It looks small in the photos but it was more than enough for fun times after a day at the beach. It was so fun for them, in fact, that we skipped one day at the beach to just enjoy the pool.

Location is also perfect, although a rental car is needed. The road to the home is curvy and hilly and the driveway is very steep. It's good to have a jeep anyway for all the trips to the beaches. Taxis run often, but it's nice to have the flexibility of your own car. It's about 7 minutes to town for restaurants and groceries.

Mike even provides nice chairs, towels and coolers for your trips to the beaches. He really has thought of everything.

All in all, it was a perfect spot for our family. It was our first "beach" vacation and it won't be our last. Thank you to Mike and his team!

  • Submitted: 22-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We just returned after an idyllic week at Bordo Mare on St. John, and we all debated whether the group arriving the afternoon we left would mind our staying with them another week. For a get-away-from-it-all vacation that still has easy access to some civilization, this place was perfect. Fantastic sunrises and sunsets every day (you can see both from the amazing decks) and millions of stars visible at night before the moon rose. Sitting on our deck with cold drinks quickly became a nightly ritual. During the day, we spent either lounging around the pool or exploring the national park and beaches on the island - each beach had its own unique flair. A couple of days on the water snorkeling as well. The town of Cruz Bay also had lots to do - great restaurants and beach bars and there were hidden little finds all over the island.

Bottom line - Bordo Mare was a one-of-a-kind home in a wonderful location. If you are looking for an island vacation in a wonderful spot, you can't get any better than this one.

  • Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
St. Thomas - By Ferry
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Beach Bar
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Mahogany Run - St. Thomas
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Great Cruz Bay Rd
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Most mornings you will find walkers and joggers taking the approximate one mile circuit past out site from you. During the later part of March the International Rolex Regatta makes their turns nearly in front of the villa. You can hear the Captains as they shout orders.

Occasionally you will see turtles and whales just off the cliff as they swim by.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation villa rental in Saint John, Virgin Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 1-4 Guests
Apr 14 2018 - Aug 10 2018
7 night minimum stay
Value Season 20% DISCOUNT
Aug 11 2018 - Oct 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$80 per night, per additional guest
Fall 1-4 Guests
Oct 6 2018 - Nov 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgivings UP TO 4 GUESTS
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 23 2018
7 night minimum stay
Fall 1-4 Guests
Nov 24 2018 - Dec 21 2018
7 night minimum stay
Xmas/New Years Up to 4 Guests
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
7 night minimum stay
Jan 5 2019 - Feb 15 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$80 per night, per additional guest
President's Week 1-4 Guests
Feb 16 2019 - Feb 22 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Feb 23 2019 - Apr 12 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$80 per night, per additional guest
Apr 13 2019 - Aug 16 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$80 per night, per additional guest
Value Season 30% DISCOUNT!
Aug 17 2019 - Oct 4 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$80 per night, per additional guest
Oct 5 2019 - Dec 20 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$80 per night, per additional guest
Xmas/New Year 1-4 Guests
Dec 21 2019 - Jan 3 2020
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security/Administration C$119.78

PLEASE NOTE: Additional Cost for 3rd and/or 4th Guest $800/Week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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