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Villa Morena: Complete Remodel - Ready for 2018

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Breathtaking views of Coral Bay; Flexible 1 or 2 bedroom Villa options!

Established villa in the St. John rental market! New photos will be posted soon.

Located high on the hillside in Upper Carolina, which is above the town of Coral Bay, Villa Morena offers three options to meet your St. John vacation needs.

Our private Studio Villa has two AC master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a full kitchen with oven, as well as your own large-wrap around terrace for dining, sunning or just taking in the majestic sunrise. Cable and Internet. It is equipped to sleep up to six people and provides lush landscaping for privacy while enjoying the panoramic Caribbean views.You will be all by yourself for ultimate privacy!

For larger parties the Owners' Villa is also available and connected by a small outside path just steps from the studio level. It consists of two AC master bedrooms with en suite, chef's kitchen, inside and outside dinning area, two wrap-sound balconies. Pricing in the low season is $400 a night and $550 in the high season.

The entire Villa Morena home is suitable for parties of up to 8 people and has a flat rate fee of $650 per night for low season and $800 a night for high season.

A short drive to Coral Bay and steps to the beaches of Maho, Francis, Trunk, Caneel, and Cinnamon Bay make Villa Morena an ideal location for all your vacation plans on St. John.

Villa Morena is an exclusive retreat recently updated in 2018 and features the very best of St. John luxury and relaxation. You will have a breathtaking view of the mountains and Caribbean Sea and be located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Upon your arrival to St. John, we will greet you at the Ferry Dock and drive you to your rental car location. Once you have your vehicle, we will lead you to the Villa so your vacation can begin!

Amenities include:

-Flat Screen Televisions / Cable, Individual receivers

-Internet

-Music Dolby Digital System / DVD Player / CD Player / Radio (owner's unit only)

-WIFI Internet access

-Safe Box / First aid Box

-Oven/Range/ Refrigerator

-Microwave oven / Filter coffee maker

-100% fine bed linen / Allergy proof pillows

-Bath toiletries / Hair Dryer

-Private parking, Beach chairs, Coolers, and Snorkel Gear

We also provide a Welcome Basket with our favorite island necessities upon your arrival!

We pride ourselves as being the best priced Villa option for our guests on the entire island and provide a price match guarantee. Show us another villa quote, and we'll do our best to match or even beat it! More than an Island, St. John is a destination. Come visit us at Villa Morena make every day extraordinary!

SEE AMAZING DRONE VIDEO OF VILLA MORENA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4ULrXhb9VU&feature=youtu.be

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More Details

Owner
April La Cava
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About April La Cava

Villa Morena owners April and Lou La Cava have always enjoyed their visits to the Virgin Islands. However, over the past few years it became apparent to Pineapple and Captain Jack (their preferred island names) that they wanted more of the island life and especially the paradise that is St. John.

While Lou's busy law practice and April's court reporting job will keep them from enjoying St. John full time, beautiful Villa Morena gave them the perfect way to spend their vacation time.

Take that next vacation that you deserve in paradise and make memories that you will never forget at Villa Morena, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

April La Cava purchased this villa in 2017

Why April La Cava chose Upper Carolina

We fell in love with Villa Morena because of the proximity to our favorite beaches, the tranquility and peacefulness of Coral Bay, and the unmatched views of Upper Carolina. Close enough to town to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife, but far enough to enjoy the tranquility of the island. Villa Morena was love at first sight!

What makes this villa unique

Villa Morena is truly a modern and luxurious island retreat. Our Guests have the ability to book a single room, the two-bedroom private retreat, or the entire four-bedroom home depending on their party size. This allows our guests to get the most value for their vacation dollar, and enjoy everything St. John has to offer!

Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation villa rental in Upper Carolina, Virgin Islands

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Studio - Queen Bed and Pull-out Queen Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull-out queen bed
  • Our studio villa has a queen size bed, and queen size pullout couch. A spacious living room and full kitchen and additional space for relaxation. The studio villa also provides an additional bedroom with a queen bed and full bath. The two villas are connected by an adjoining porch with breathtaking views make this perfect for couples traveling together or a small family. The owners' villa has two master bedrooms with en suites, pull-out sofa, chef's kitchen, and half bath upstairs for visitors. It is available upon request for $400 a night in the low season and $550 a night in the high season. The entire four bedroom house is available for parties of up to 10 guests. Inquire about available dates. The entire home adds two additional master suites, a full chef's kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and a larger living area. It is available at $700 a night for off season and $800 a night for season rentals.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Reviews

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Villa Morena: Complete Remodel - Ready for 2018
average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews
5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Because of the hurricane damage we were not able not stay at the Villa as it was not yet finished. April took care of us and found another wonderful place to stay. We did stop by to see the renovations going on at the Villa. It is going to be an amazing place with an amazing view. Can't wait til next time!

  • Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Dave! I'm so sorry we could not accommodate you at the villa. I really tired, but one of the containers with the windows and tile was held up in Customs. All the renovations will be complete by February. It will be ready for you next time! I hope you enjoyed the island! Thank you for not giving up on us! See you next time. April
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Way overpriced

  • 1 of 5

Our stay at Villa Morena was a real disappointment. Our first introduction was the treacherous stairs/walkway to get to the apartment. There are 3 flights made from pressure treated lumber that was slippery when wet, and the stairs were in the beginning stages of rot. My sister, who accompanied us, has to wear knee braces. If the truth of the access was apparent in the property write-up, we would never had chose Villa Morena because of the stairs. When we came back from dinner on our first day there, it was after dark and the lights for the lower set of stairs did not work, thus we had to "feel" our way down the last flight of stairs.

Our second introduction was the roaches that we were constantly fighting. We are from the north and don't ever have to deal with roaches, but I think an arrangement with a local pest controller should be expected for the price.

Also, it is apparent that the owner has never spent any time in the rental unit. The shower was tiny, and a simple change like a shower head that can be adjusted would keep you from having to press your face up against the cold shower wall in order to rinse off your back. There was only one towel rack in the bathroom, so one towel never had a place to get hung up. Which brings up the next point.

This is advertised as a beach place. There were no hooks anywhere in the unit to hang up beach towels and other wet things for drying. We had things hanging on the curtain rods and door corners. There should be hooks in a beach place so you can dry things out.

There are two separate bedrooms, each with an air conditioner, but only one remote for the air conditioners. We were constantly going back and forth to use the controller. I think a controller for each room would be appropriate.

The only type of stove top was a hot plate that would not get hot enough to boil water. Try cooking anything with that. And lastly, the smoke detector was there, but it did not have a battery. We have stayed in many places across the Caribbean, and for the price, this is definitely the worst. If the rate was a third of what was charged, it would be getting close to the actual value.

  • Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the NEW owners of Villa Morena as of July 2017, we have read your review and realized we have already addressed your complaints. Since we have closed on the property, we have made several upgrades, repairs and improvements. We have cleaned and repaired/replaced the stairs, stair railing and replaced the landing. We also had new outdoor lighting installed. We do not like unwelcomed island critters either and with a major cleaning and our new pest control service, that is no longer a problem. We spent four nights in the lower studio villa in order to see what improvements it needed. It now has a detachable shower head and new towel bars. We also added more hooks for hanging wet items. Finally, a brand-new electric stove was installed, so now cooking up a nice island meal is easy. We added new furniture, fresh paint and a new bathroom vanity. All the linens and towels were also replaced. We want our guests to be happy and always appreciate any comments that will allow us to continue to make Villa Morena a perfect vacation getaway.
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St. John, USVI
5

Amazing! Truly AMAZING!!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! The layout of the villa was perfect, and the view spectacular. Dan and the island help were very accomodating and responsive. We had such a great time we decided to book it again! Our families took away some great memories.

  • Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holland MI
5

View worth the $$

  • 5 of 5

I just realized I forgot to review my stay last winter here. We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Morena. Plenty of room for one couple and I could see it working for 2. Just enough cooking items for a light breakfast or lunch prep. It was a fun road to drive up and down as well. We really enjoyed our breakfasts on the deck! I would recommend this for people like us that want a home base while they explore the island. The path to the spot we stayed was well lit and manicured. Like most homes in the Caribbean, it's a steep steps/path to get there. Well worth the navigation to achieve the view. Thanks Dan. Thanks also for meeting us to find the house easier the first time.

Kurt and Becki

  • Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Massachusetts
5

A fantastic spot

  • 5 of 5

You can stop searching for a rental property right now because you won't find anything better than Villa Morena!

The positive experience begins well before you arrive. Dan is a pleasure to deal with on the logistical end - prompt, responsive, responsible - but you'll also have your own, personal travel agent. We had tons of questions - some mundane (ferry schedule, car rental) and some tailored to our specific interests (best snorkeling, best places to run) and all of them were answered to perfection. Then, once you arrive, you'll be met at the ferry to help you find your way to the Villa. (And did I mention the welcome basket of rum and appetizers?)

The Villa itself is lovely and has the view that matches what you see in the pictures. It's clean, outfitted with everything you might need (from the kitchenware to the beach gear) and the beds are comfy. It was great being on the "quiet side" of the island where it truly is quiet but everything you'd like to do is only a short car ride away. We've stayed in many VRBO properties, in many different locations, and this is one of the best. Book now - you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome Villa!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Villa Morena! The accommodations were perfect for us! The location has beautiful views of the mountains and ocean. One morning, while drinking our coffee, we saw a double rainbow from the balcony! Dan was an excellent host! He was always available to answer questions by text. He also has an extensive knowledge of St. John. This is a perfect get away.

While on St. John we traveled to many of the beaches and had a wonderful time. We hiked into Little Lameshur and experienced fabulous snorkeling and complete privacy. We had an awesome time kayaking Hurricane Hole with Arawak Expeditions. Our guide Rich was very knowledgeable and attentive to all in our group.

  • Submitted: 15-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Skinny Legs
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Aqua Bistro
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Maho Bay
Car: necessary

A Modern Escape just minutes from the white sand beaches of St. John. Villa Morena offers magnificent views and unforgettable Sunrises overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Located high on the hillside above the town of Coral Bay, Villa Morena Studio offers two master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms & A/C, as well as your own large wrap-around terrace for dining, sunning or just taking in the majestic sunrise.

Villa Morena Studio is equipped to sleep up to four people comfortably and provides lush landscaping for privacy while enjoying the panoramic Caribbean views.

The owners' villa is also available for specific dates providing a total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms for larger parties.

A short drive to Coral Bay and steps to the beaches of Maho, Francis, Trunk, Caneel, and Cinnamon Bay make Villa Morena an ideal location for all your vacation plans on St. John.

Upon your arrival to St. John, we will greet you at the Ferry Dock and drive you to your rental car location. Once you have your vehicle, we will lead you to the Villa so your vacation can begin!

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation villa rental in Upper Carolina, Virgin Islands

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Jan 3 2018 - Jun 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$383
C$2,680
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$96 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Jul 9 2018 - Nov 16 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$254
C$1,778
C$7,529
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$96 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday Season
Nov 19 2018 - Jan 7 2019
5 night minimum stay
C$447
C$3,126
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$128 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
C$254
C$1,778
C$7,529
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$64 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$223.32
Refundable Damage Deposit C$382.83
Tax Rate 12.5%

If you are Active Military or a Veteran, please contact us for special Military rates. Thank you for your service!

Whole house (4 bed/4 bath) available for flat fee of $500 per night based on availability. Please inquire if your party needs the additional living space. We're happy to accommodate you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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