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Villa Morena: Completely Remodeled - Ready for 2018

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

Established villa in the St. John rental market!

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

Our private Studio Villa has two master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, a full kitchen with oven, as well as your own large-wrap around terrace for dining, sunning or just taking in the majestic sunrise. 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!

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.

Amenities include:

-Flat Screen Televisions / Cable, Individual receivers

-WIFI Internet access

-Oven/Range/ Refrigerator

-Microwave / Filter coffee maker

-100% fine bed linen / Allergy proof pillows

-Bath toiletries / Hair Dryer

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

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!

More Details

Owner
April Lacava
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About April Lacava

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 Lacava purchased this villa in 2017

Why April Lacava 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: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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 ...
  • 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 6
  • 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 owner's suite has two master bedrooms with en suites, chef's kitchen, and half bath upstairs for visitors. It is available upon request at an additional cost. You may view photos of the owner's suite on the Villa Morena website. Please note that when you book the villa studio, you are guaranteed complete privacy - no one (neither owners or other guests) will ever be staying in the owner's suite during your time at the studio.
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:
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • 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
  • fly 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
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Villa Morena: Completely Remodeled - Ready for 2018
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews
5

It is amazing how amazing the Island looks, will be going back soon

  • 5 of 5

My son and I took an abbreviated trip to the Island after his college semester ended. As a family we visit St John frequently. I was on the Island in February and am truly amazed how beautiful and how far it has come in a short period of time. Cruz Bay looks normal, and Coral Bay is wonderful, you have to visit Skinny legs, didn't think the burgers could get better but they did, and the relatively new restaurant Wok on the Beach was absolutely fabulous. Villa Moreno was perfect. It was spotless, comfortable, convenient, had every amenity we could have wanted and the views were amazing. Stopped at just about every North Shore Beach, the drive and views along the North Shore Road is spectacular. We enjoyed the trip immensely and can't wait to get back.

  • Submitted: 23-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Immaculate with fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy at April and Lou's studio villa on St. John. They have given the Villa a beautiful recovery. My two teen sons and I stayed recently for a vacation. While initially daunted by the distance from Cruz Bay, the drive was well worth it. We were 10-15 min drive to beaches, had a sweeping view of Coral bay and also within 10 min of restaurants and groceries. The studio is immaculately clean, decorated with vibrant island style. All the needed appliances, and cooking utensils, including a blender and BBQ, were available. They really have thought of everything! There are beach chairs and cooler available. From the studio we had an open balcony as well as a screened in porch. There is air conditioning and fans to keep you cool. TV, DISH, WiFi.

Two pieces of advice, there is a gas station only in Cruz bay, so gas up when you come over from St Thomas or when you enter Cruz bay and you'll never need to go back. My cell carrier is Verizon, while they told me we had coverage in USVI, we were on ROAM when we left St Thomas, so turn off the phone when you get off the ferry or pay the price.

We choose the Villa because I wanted more of a family atmosphere. I didnt want to be too close to the party scene and bars of Cruz bay. We really found it in Coral Bay. We met many families while out to dinner. The quiet evenings were perfect atmosphere to cozy up to teens. Emily came to meet us and guided us to the Villa, so there was not a matter of searching for the right driveway. She stayed to answer questions, as a local, and orient us to the Villa. Thank you to all!

  • Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic restoration of a beautiful island home!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Morena was one of many properties that had suffered damage from devastating storms Irma and Maria. Property owners Lou and April had made it top priority in restoring the villa to like new condition. To take it a step further April has furnished and decorated it with island style. The property is nicly manicured with banna, fruit and royal palms. All nescities are included wityh the exception of washer / dryer.

Hate to put this out there because its a hidden gem we would like to keep to ourselves. The view of coarl bay is sweeping with mountain ocean and valley. We cant be gready i know so rent it...take care of it and enjoy all that it has to offer. You wont be disapointed.

  • Submitted: 3-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Brand New! This one should be on your shortlist!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Morena is back better than ever! Fully Restored. Perfectly Appointed. Great attention to detail. Great Large kitchen with everything you need to cook, yet close to restaurants if needed. Upper Carolina is the Place to stay! Quiet, beautiful sweeping views of Coral Bay! Open the windows and feel the tradewinds, or use the remotes to cool with air conditioning. I am not sure how they got the sheets so soft! All new Furniture. Decorated to make you feel right at home. We had two couples and stayed in the owners section of the house. The villa apartment also has great views. April (new owner) has thought of everything. beautiful landscaping. We used the house's beach chairs and coolers everyday. Pictures just can't do this house justice.

Property Managers were AWESOME and took care of any need quickly, even though there were not many!

A quick word on the Island. It is coming back! Cruz bay is alive and vibrant. Starfish Maket (Cruz) and Dolphin Market (Coral) are fully stocked just like normal. Crabby's is up and running just like they were. Skinny Legs is Awesome. (Trivia night was packed). Little Lamshure Beach has the trees providing shade, and it felt like it missed the storm. North Haulover reefs look like no hurricane ever came through. Some of you favorite spots will take some time to bounce back. Park and trails are open. Some reefs will take some time to recuperate, but we saw all our favorites: (Swimming with Turtles and Rays in Maho, incredible Reef Fish in North Haulover (Angels and Terminal Phase parrots), Spotted Trunks and Spotted Drums in Little Lamshure, Octopus in Maho, The reefs may not be as colorful as before, but you can see new signs of growth. We heard that Waterlemon took as pretty big hit, so we decided not to go. Trunk Bay's showers and facilities are great! New Facilities being built at Maho. Book now to return to the Best Island around, and if you want an Oasis, choose Villa Morena! Perfect!

  • Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Skinny Legs
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay Passenger Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Indigo Grill, Aqua Bistro, & Wok on the Beach
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Maho Bay & Francis 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 & air conditioning, as well as your own large wrap-around screened-in terrace for dining, sunning or just taking in the majestic sunrise.

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

For larger parties, the owner's suite is available to guests on a individual basis with prior arrangements. The owner's suite offers an additional two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Therefore, if you choose to rent both the studio and the owner's suite, you would have access to four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. You may view photos of the owner's suite on the Villa Morena website.

Please note that when you book the Villa Morena studio, you are guaranteed complete privacy - no one (neither owners or other guests) will ever be staying in the owner's suite during your time at the studio.

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.

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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
 
Spring/Summer Season
Apr 26 2018 - Aug 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$305
C$2,136
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall Season
Oct 5 2018 - Nov 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$259
C$1,811
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Season
Nov 21 2018 - Apr 15 2019
3 night minimum stay
C$378
C$2,647
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
C$312
C$2,183
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$199.04

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

Whole house (4 bed/4.5 bath) available for flat fee 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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