What Guests Are Saying About Us

Anne: Down Yonder Villa, March 2019:

“Just got home after spending a week at Down Yonder Pool Villa and it was one of the most memorable family vacations we’ve ever had. We have been to St. John several times and this house was the best we have ever stayed in! We were traveling with our kids, ages 14, 12 and 10, and the house was well equipped for everyone-board games, pool toys, sunscreen etc. The house is beautiful as are the views! It’s a short drive to the grocery store and Cruz Bay but still feels quiet and secluded. Would definitely recommend this house to anyone visiting the island, and we can’t wait to come back.” 

Kelly: Penthouse at Sunset Serenade, March 2019: 

“We greatly enjoyed our stay in the Penthouse of Island Abodes on St. John. The property is amazing with incredible views all times of the day and night. The accommodations are first class and Island Abodes has thought of everything you may need during your stay. I highly suggest you select any of there properties when visiting St. John. It’s the best vacation place in the world, seriously. Awesome place with very thoughtful amenities.”

Alex: Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole, March 2019

“Couldn’t recommend staying here more! Had the best of times and Brittany couldn’t have been more accommodating. 11/10”

Jackie: Hibiscus Suite at Sunset Serenade, March 2019

This was my second stay with Island Abodes but this time at the Hibiscus Suite. Super convenient location just outside of town and easy to get to if you’re not a STJ pro just yet. Large and comfortable apartment with a super comfy king bed. Super clean and has everything you need. The screened outside area was an unexpected bonus. I spent most of my time in the outside living room. Every night brings the most gorgeous sunsets on island. Brittany and Robert and amazing and attentive hosts. I can’t recommend them or their properties highly enough.”

Shannon: Honeymoon Suite at Sunset Serenade, February 2019

“My husband and I spent 5 amazing days at Honeymoon Suites.  Everything was even better than described and pictured.  The suite was private, clean and perfect for the two of us.  We loved the location and the view was just stunning. All the amenities that are provided make packing and planning much easier.  We loved having the towels, chairs and coolers to pack for a beach day.  Brittany was quick to respond to any questions that I had before and during our stay.  The self check in was super easy and convenient.  We would not hesitant to stay here again and can’t wait to return.”

Rhonda: Papaya Suite at Sunset Serenade, February 2019

“Was very impressed with the Papaya suite , the layout was accommodating and the view absolutely gorgeous, very impressed with our hosts Brittany & Robert, they sent emails filled with great information regarding the island , things to do and also sent a ferry schedule that would be accommodating to out flight times. Would definitely stay again. It is great when you are traveling and arrive at your accommodations and it is exactly as your host has informed you , thank you Brittany & Robert for a wonderful experience”

Introducing Salty Daze Charters USVI

Salty Daze Charters USVI- Veteran owned and St. John’s newest Charter boat experience!

 

Offering Full and Half Day customizable cruising charters around the USVI and BVI.

Salty Daze USVI is a family run, Veteran owned business with 30 years of roots on St. John. Kate (our booking concierge) first came to the islands in 1993, while her uncle managed Cinnamon Bay campgrounds. Her whole family fell in love, bought their residence and they have been around here ever since. Justin (Captain extraordinaire) had his first taste of the islands during one of Kate’s family reunions, on the East End of St. John. After a cruise around the BVI and a couple jumps off the Willy T, Justin proposed to Kate and the rest is history. Justin served honorably in the US Navy for 8 years, while Kate represented our country in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Kate, Justin, their two daughters, Magnolia and Azalea, along with their English Bulldog, Hawser, reside in Coral Bay.

Justin and Kate have a beautiful and robust 31’ Mako Cuddy cabin boat, decked out to get 6 people to their destination of choice quickly and comfortably. They’ve got brand new E-Sea Rider bean bag chairs that you won’t want to leave, brand new upholstery done in 2018, a thumpin stereo system, top of the line snorkel gear, a cooler full of ice and bottled water, a convenient dry cabin to store your goods, tons of cooler space to store beverages and food, plus you get a free @saltydazeusvi cocktail cup or a koozie for your beer. Plus, for a limited time, they are partnering with Irie Pops by providing a cooler of pops for your day on the water!

Check out daily happenings on there Instagram and Facebook

Bookings can be made in real-time on there website, saltydazeusvi.com or by calling (340) 690-SALT. They always offer discounts to active service members, Veterans and Olympians/National Team Members and of course Island Abodes guests. Please inquire about other deals.

On the Market: Highly Successful 2-Unit Vacation Rental in Chocolate Hole, St. John USVI

It is bitter sweet, but we are excited to let you know that our Chocolate Hole Property (Down Yonder Pool Villa and Garden Suite) is for sale. Since purchasing it in 2012, we have lived in the home more than its been a short term rental. But recently we’ve used the property as a highly successful 2-unit vacation home. Renting both units to vacation guests has allowed us to purchase and renovate our Sunset Serenade Suites property (4 delightful suites above Cruz Bay) and purchase north shore land we hope to develop. Deciding to sell was hard, but as they say, you can’t start the next chapter in life if you keep re-rereading the last one!

Both rentals are accepting new reservations, and that won’t change. If you already booked or are planning to stay with us in either Down Yonder Pool Villa or Garden Suite, no need to worry as all reservations will be honored if and when the home is sold. In fact, now is a great time to book your stay and lock in our still low post-Irma rates before they are gone!

When we purchased the property it was a single 4 bedroom 3 bath house. The upstairs was the same, but there was an exterior staircase past the pool leading to 2 lower bedrooms and a Jack-n-Jill bath. Separating the lower level and creating the Garden Suite allowed for two very successful short term rentals with private and separate driveways, parking, entries, etc.  The property is a great money maker, but there are lots of other possibilities for how to take advantage of this well-loved home. New owners can live in the Garden Suite while enjoying the income from Down Yonder Pool Villa…or vice versa. Or, given St. John’s long term rental shortage, new owners could easily rent out the Garden Suite to a caretaker and keep Down Yonder as a successful vacation rental…of course blocking off dates the owners want to spend on St. John. Garden Suite is a great setup for a long term tenant and has a fenced in dog yard! The possibilities are endless for this special St. John income producer.

The property, including all contents and confirmed reservations, is available for $1,400,000. The MLS sale listing is here. Contact us, Paige Cope, Miles Stair or your realtor for more information.

 

Things to book before you arrive on St. John

We are thrilled to offer you discounts with some Island Abodes partners.

It is important to have great snorkel gear while vacationing with us, so be sure to reserve yours today with St John Beach Bum and a promo code for a 10% discount is sent to you after booking.

We are also happy to offer you a discount on your power boat trip with Salty Daze Charters and Sunshine Daydream Charters.  More information is sent to you after booking. Morningstar Sailing offers 20% off for Island Abodes guests.

All discount info is emailed to you once you book with us.

We also recommend the following day trips:

Powerboats

Salty Daze Charters  

Sunshine Daydream Charters

Palm Tree Charters (BVI or US waters, up to 12 passengers)

Born to Rhumb (BVI or US waters, up to 15 passengers)

Ocean Runner (BVI or US waters, up to 12 passengers)

Cruz Bay Watersports (private or group charters, BVI or US waters, sailing or powerboat options)

Sail Boats

Morningstar Charters (BVI or US waters, also offers diving)

Cimarron (private or group charters, BVI or US, up to 12 passengers)

Diving

Low Key Watersports (courses available)

Rentals and Adventure Trips

Arawak Adventures (kayak, paddleboard, flyfish, snorkel)

Fishing

Ocean Surfari  (sport fishing and sightseeing charters)

Just Fish

Island Tours

News of St. John (private tours, 5 hours, you pick the places)

Star Fish Tours and Taxis (private tours, 2 1/2 or 4 hour tours, predetermined places)

Wedding/Event Planning

Island Style Weddings

In Villa Massage

Paradise Massage

Escape Massage and Body Works

VI Body Spa

5 Reasons to Rent a Car While on St. John

We recommend renting a car while you are staying with us. Here are some of our reasons…

  1. Money. Taxis can be pricey. You pay by the person not by the ride, so this can add up quickly. Especially if you are staying for an extended period of time, you will actually save money renting a car. Plus, there is almost always free parking in town. Just ask us about our favorite spots!
  2. Time. When you are here for a short period of time, you want to make use of every second. You don’t want to waste time waiting on a taxi. Most taxis will not leave until the taxi is full costing you precious time.
  3. Beaches. Taxis don’t always trav
    el to every beach on island. This means that you may miss out on what could be your favorite beach.
  4. Adventure. It can be fun driving around and finding new things while on island. Plus you get to experience the adventure of driving on the left side of the road! Our roads can be an adventure in itself to explore the hills and turns.
  5. Freedom. You want to be able to go where you want, when you want. After all, it is your vacation! You don’t want to wait until a taxi is full to go to where you want to go, or be restricted on where you can go or what time you do it.

Book your rental jeep today!

Here are a few of our guests favorite companies:

St John Car Rental

Just Sun Jeep Rentals 

Sunshines Jeep Rental

Aqua Blu Car Rental

L&L Jeep Rental

Destiny Car Rental

Mr. Pipers Jeeps