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Studio Suite

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Bedrooms 1, Bathrooms 1, Sleeps 2

The Sunset Serenade Studio is a cute and comfortable unit with gorgeous views of Cruz Bay, the Sir Francis Drake Channel, St. Thomas and the surrounding cays. This cozy, clean and convenient studio - it is located less than five minutes from town - has everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable stay on the breathtaking island of St. John.

The Sunset Serenade Studio has its own private entrance and is equipped with a beautiful four-poster Queen bed, a compact bathroom (shower, toilet, sink), kitchenette, air conditioning and private deck with beautiful views.

When staying with us, you’ll have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation right at your fingertips. This includes coffee for your mornings, beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler for daytime fun, and comfortable outdoor furniture where you can relax while watching the sun dip down into the Caribbean Sea.

Sunset Serenade has wifi throughout and a large parking area providing ample off-street parking to all guests. It also features an outdoor grill area that is shared between Sunset Serenade’s guests.

The Sunset Serenade Studio is a great economical option for vacationers looking for clean and comfortable, yet affordable accommodations close to Cruz Bay. We can almost guarantee you’ll be booking your next trip before the ferry leaves the dock. Come see St. John while enjoying the comforts of home at the Sunset Serenade Studio … we promise you’ll love it!

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Brittany and Robert Gonzales
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About Brittany and Robert Gonzales

Want to hear a love story? Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who lived around the corner from each other in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a good life, but they worked all the time and, sadly, never met. But they shared this crazy dream of someday living on a tropical island. Somehow, some way, the girl moved to St. John in 2010, and the boy found her there when he moved in 2011. They fell in love, got married, bought some real estate and fixed it up real nice, and started Island Abodes!

Brittany MacNealy was born and raised in the Mississippi delta. After college at Mississippi State (Hail State!) she moved to Nashville to run fundraising for a great nonprofit. Her parents will tell you that she dreamed of living at the beach since she was a little girl. So in 2010, after 5 ���cold” Nashville winters, she moved to St. John to be the Director of Fun at the Westin St. John. For 4 years she oversaw Resort activities and managed the pool and Kid�������s Club. It was a great experience and awesome training for Island Abodes��� future GM!

Robert Gonzales was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to Nashville in 1991 for law school at Vanderbilt. As a business lawyer, he specialized in restructuring companies. He worked hard and built a great practice. But ask his long time law partner or mentor and they’ll tell you something like “Robert always said he wouldn’t sit at a desk forever.” Twenty years in Nashville seemed like long enough. So, in 2011 he relocated to the islands he’d been visiting for over 10 years, met Brittany, and the rest is history!

When we�����re not helping guests, we love to explore the North Shore on paddle boards and hike the National Park trails with our “coconut retriever��������� Morgan. Brittany also volunteers at Gifft Hill School and the Animal Care Center. And Robert is an ordained minister who officiates beach weddings. He��s also big into tropical fruit farming, so be sure to ask him what��s ripe!

We look forward to welcoming you!

Why Brittany and Robert Gonzales chose Estate Enighed

The location is close to all of Cruz Bay's bars, restaurants and shopping, but far enough away for peace and tranquility. And the views are spectacular!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved staying at island abode! Robert was such a great host. There when we needed him and not when we didn't! We actually had another place booked for a few days but missed the privacy so opted to come back! We got to peek into each Of the rentals and they were all excellently furnished and all had stellar views if Cruz Bay and St. Thomas. The grounds are gorgeously landscaper and there seems to be plenty of parking. Robert was such a great host that after we gave him some feedback regarding a little gravel area between door and patio being needed, we came back from our next outing to find new pavers there! We will stay here again! And next time we may just being the kids!
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Estate Enighed, Virgin Islands

Property Type:
  • apartment
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • tennis


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Studio Suite
average rating of 4.92 based on 33 reviews

The Studio was perfect with total privacy and a view.

  • 5 of 5

I only stayed one night but wish I could have stayed much longer. The Studio was not only impeccably clean but fully stocked with everything one could want. It's cozy yet airy with complete privacy including a private patio . Only regret is I never had the chance to meet Brittainy or Paige.

  • Submitted: 26-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judy, thank you so much for the review of your stay in the Studio Suite at Sunset Serenade! I'm so happy to hear you found the suite to be well maintained and fully stocked with amenities. The outdoor deck certainly provides a private island oasis, so glad you were able to enjoy it! You will definitely have to come back to stay longer with us at Island Abodes during your next visit to St. John.
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the studio unit. Great place to stay for a couple or a solo adventurer. Brittany was in constant contact with us with helpful information that felt personal but not smothering. Great views of the sunset

  • Submitted: 8-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Adam, thank you so much for the review of your stay in the Studio Suite at Sunset Serenade. I appreciate the recommendation and am happy to hear that you found the customer service helpful. Robert and I love those beautiful Caribbean sunsets, too! We hope to welcome you back to Island Abodes and St. John soon.
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Excellent service and welcoming environment

  • 4 of 5

Even before we arrived, I had a great feeling about Island Abodes. Brittany/owner is an excellent host and emailed regularly. She was literally sitting outside waiting to greet us when we arrived. The Studio is exactly as described- very private, cozy and well equipped. It is a great bonus to have a small cooler, beach towels and chairs (plus pool noodles😁) Parking is only steps away. Exceptionally clean and comfortable bed with nice linens. We know the island well, so this is a good base from which to venture out. Those new to the island need to know this is not "walkable to sites"- you need a car. We would definitely recommend Island Abodes- you can trust these folks for honesty and helpful service.

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review of your stay with Island Abodes, Moyes! We strive to provide our guests with the best vacation experience possible and I’m so happy to hear that we met your expectations as hosts. It sounds as though you enjoyed the private, cozy feel of the Studio Suite at Sunset Serenade, along with the variety of beach essentials provided for your enjoyment and convenience. Thank you so much for the recommendation; we hope to welcome you back to sunny St. John soon!
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Robert and Brittany are amazing as is island abodes!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to St. John and everything about it was absolutely perfect. Our suite was amazing, our view from the balcony was breathtaking, and we were the perfect distance away from both the night life as well as the hiking and scenery. Brittany and Robert went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable (So much so that we arrived on the island and had no idea where we were going so Brittany talked directly to the cab driver on the phone to get us to our suite from the fairy!!) I would recommend Island Abodes to anyone and everyone looking to book a trip on that incredible island, you will be amazed at what you find on the top of Jacobs Ladder.

  • Submitted: 8-Nov-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Doris, I couldn’t be happier to hear that you had an incredible first visit to our beautiful island of St. John! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your stay in the Studio Suite at Sunset Serenade. Robert & I love to hear that you enjoyed the accommodations, convenient location, and breathtaking view from the private deck. We strive to ensure that our guests are well taken care of and I was happy to make sure the taxi driver knew exactly where to take you! Island Abodes hopes to welcome you back for your next Caribbean vacation. Thanks again, Doris!
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Emerald Isle, NC

The Definition of Perfection on St. John

  • 5 of 5

St. John is the ultimate destination for any hiker, beachcomber, drinker, or general adventurer, and staying at Island Abodes made my adventure to St. John absolutely unbelievable. At first, you think reserving the Studio at such a great price will mean forgoing certain luxuries found in hotel rooms or even other homes, but I was delightfully surprised at how equipped this little oasis was! It has everything you want, AND everything you desire! The personal touches really went a long way... A fully stocked Keurig, lots of dishware (both plastic and non), snacks, information pamphlets and books, soap for everything (including your body and hair), sauces, pool noodles, an outdoor rinse station, a cooler, sunscreen, beach towels, and bugspray.The only things I needed to buy were a few fresh foods and some alcohol. Amazing, and a huge bonus when dealing with USVI resort prices!! Island Abodes even gave me a sample bottle of St. John Brewers beer to try (and later buy because it rocks). The room is lovely, very nicely acquainted and super clean with a large bed, soft linens, and fluffy pillows. There's lots of extra towels and linens provided for the duration of your stay, so you'll always have clean things to use. Even though the studio seems small, it has PLENTY of closet space and counter space so I kept organized. The outdoor deck and it's view are unforgettable. It overlooks Cruz Bay, giving amazing sunrises and sunsets on the daily. I would sit out there and eat, surf the web, or just enjoy the views every single day and night. The unit is a short drive to town, and I would recommend renting a Jeep. Honestly, in St. John, it's great to rent a Jeep regardless of where you stay because you'll be able to see the vast majority of the island in a short timeframe that way. After long days of hiking and adventuring, my Studio oasis was so awesome to come home to every night. The property managers, Brittany and Robert, are amazing. They helped me with my trip from start to finish, picked me up from the ferry, and answered all my questions about the island. Whenever I needed something, they were prompt and efficient always, and incredibly kind. You can tell they love this island dearly, and have a passion for it. That's something you won't find when renting from a corporate owner. Overall, my stay with Island Abodes was fantastic. I'll be staying here for all my adventures to St. John. My studio suite was like having a home away from home, but in paradise!

  • Submitted: 7-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a splendid review Mary, thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. It sounds like you had an amazing stay on St. John; it’s hard not to! I’m glad you found that you had everything you needed (and more!) in the Studio Suite. Robert and I are thrilled to be able to provide fully stocked accommodations that allow you to focus solely on enjoying your vacation. It sounds like the large, comfortable bed and relaxing deck were perfect for you to come home to after long days of adventuring around the island! We’re happy to hear you found the views from the Studio Suite to be breathtaking and we hope these are memories that you will keep with you until your next visit. Thank you for choosing Island Abodes and please join us for another stay in the future!
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Jackson, MS USA

Studio Suite

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Brittany and Robert are absolutely amazing! They were exceptionally accommodating, and the studio has everything you will ever need! The studio was perfectly furnished and has an incredible view of Cruz Bay! I will definitely be booking another trip to St. John soon!!

  • Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for choosing Island Abodes and for posting such a nice review on VRBO! Your kind words regarding both myself and Robert and the accommodations are much appreciated. We do our best to ensure our guests have everything they need so we were glad to read that you felt the Studio Suite was well equipped. Thanks again for sharing your feedback and we'll see you soon!
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Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
St John Car Barge Port
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Lime Inn
Other Activities:

Mongoose Junction

St. John is truly the "Jewel of the Caribbean." Two-thirds of the island comprises the Virgin Islands National Park, with its many hiking trails and spectacular North Shore Beaches that are among the best in the world! We especially love hikes that lead to beaches...such as the Margaret Hill Trail that starts just past Mongoose Junction, goes up to an observation platform with spectacular views, then descends to Caneel Bay Resort where your can either enjoy lunch or a drink or pass through to Honeymoon and Solomon Beaches and hike back to town!


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