The Honeymoon Cottage is a very well thought out one level design that creates a romantic, cozy and comfortable honeymoon cottage. You enter into the great room which is like a studio apartment with a queen bed, a couch and a chair, all sharing the same room and all having the same view of Tortola. To the right is the modern and very well equipped kitchen. The screened in dining room and open air deck are on the front of the cottage. A short path leads up to the gazebo which shelters an outdoor bed, a hot tub and dining for two. In some months you can see pieces of a sunrise or sunset from the hot tub.
- Bedrooms: 1
- Beds: 1
- Bed Description: 1 Queen, 1 Fullsize Pullout Sofa
- Bathrooms: 1
- Property Location: Francis Bay
- Proximity: Waterfront
- Property Size: 600 sq. ft.
- Year Property Complete: 2005
- Beach: Francis Bay-5 min walk
- Pool: No
- Hot Tub: Yes
- Air Conditioning: Yes, Central
- Children: Please Inquire
- Wifi: Yes
- Housekeeping: No
- Ipod Connectivity: Yes
- Damage Deposit: $500
- Distance To Town: Cruz Bay is a 20-25 minute drive, and Coral Bay is 10-15 minutes away.
- Living Dining: The entire great room (living area) is cooled by an efficient air conditioning system and includes a TV/DVD/VCR (no cable) and a stereo/CD with an i Pod dock. For dining, the screened in porch has a table that seats 2-4 persons and there is a small table under the hot tub gazebo that seats 2.
- Kitchen: The handsome kitchen has mahogany cabinets, granite counters and a stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, microwave and electric stove and oven, plus a coffeemaker and a blender. There is also a telephone and a washer/dryer.
- Bedroom Details: The queen bed includes a supremely comfortable Temperpedic mattress. There is also a fullsize pullout sofa which works well for small children.
Honeymoon Cottage is located on the same dead end road that accesses Villa Serenity, within the National Park at Francis Bay. This superb north shore location offers exceptional privacy, magnificent views, tranquility and undisturbed natural beauty. Best of all, it’s an easy walk (3/10s of a mile) to the gorgeous white sands and tranquil turquoise waters of Francis Bay Beach. Your beautiful view looks down the Sir Francis Drake Channel, with Leinster Bay in the foreground, and with Little Thatch Island, Frenchman’s Cay and Tortola (all part of the British Virgin Islands) in the background. There are no St John homes that are visible, and at night the lights of Tortola and zillions of stars twinkle on the horizon. This is unquestionably a uniquely beautiful and unspoiled location. Cruz Bay is a 20-25 minute ultra scenic drive, and Coral Bay is 10-15 minutes away. And finally, Cinnamon Bay Campground is a quick 5 minute drive. There, you can find open air gazebo dining, a convenience store for food and supplies, and a beach shop providing water sport equipment rentals including kayaks, sailboards, and snorkel gear.
Vehicle Information A 4 Wheel Drive vehicle is needed for travel on St John
Rates, Printing Errors, Changes and Omissions: Caribbean Villas is not responsible for printing errors and inadvertent omissions. All rates and villa details are subject to change without prior notice.
PHONE SERVICE/CELL PHONES: Local phone service is interrupted regularly and in spite of our efforts to reinstate service it can some times take weeks. AT&T is the only cell service we find operates efficiently on the island. If you do not have AT&T we strongly suggest you bring a pay as you go AT&T cell phone with you as we do not provide cell phones should the local phone service be interrupted.
Internet Service: The internet service is subject to frequent interruption. We cannot guarantee internet quality or speed. Renters might find it convenient to travel with a cellular carrier MiFi – a couple of examples are AT&T and Virgin Mobile. There will be no refunds due to the internet not working.
Pool Floats: Pool floats are not guaranteed with your villa rental. If you want access to them, please bring them with you.
After making your villa/condo booking with us, you have 7 days to send us your rental deposit and guest contract. Payment is by check, personal check is fine. Your sending us payment on your villa rental becomes a binding agreement; it constitutes your acceptance and agreement to these terms, conditions, limitations and restrictions as mentioned in our Payment and Cancellation Polices section on this page. If you have any problems or questions with any of this information, please be sure to call us for discussion and explanation before you send us your villa rental deposit monies and contract.
PAYMENTS: Caribbean Villas requires 50% down within 7 days of making your reservation by check only. Failure to make this payment subjects your reservation to automatic cancellation. The balance of your reservation including the tax/service charge and security deposit where applicable; is due 60 days prior to arrival. If traveling during the Christmas/New Years time period, the balance including the tax/service charge is due 120 days prior to arrival. Rates are based on Cash Prices – Payment is by check. To pay with a visa/mastercard there is a 3% service fee. Please make the checks payable to Caribbean Villas and mail them to 89 Mussey Rd., Suite 103, Scarborough, ME 04074.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Once Caribbean Villas has received your deposit all payments are non-refundable/non-changeable. If you cancel/change your reservation, and we are able to rebook your entire set of travel dates, your money will be refunded, less a 20% administration fee of the total room charge. If a replacement rental is not obtained for your entire set of travel dates, there will be no refund. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Caribbean Villas highly recommends trip cancellation insurance.
HURRICANE AND/OR STORM POLICY: There will be no refunds given for acts of God or force majeure, such as hurricanes, tropical storms etc on St John, USVI. This policy applies to current and all future guests who have reservations to travel or are on St John. We highly recommend trip cancellation insurance. If insurance is not purchased and St John is impacted by an act of god or force majeure we will hold your money on account for a future stay. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: If you do not have a source, Caribbean Villas highly recommends CSA Travel Protection. It is the guests responsibility to cover themselves in the event they need to cancel or change their vacation plans.
Please note: If we do not have your arrival information 60 days prior to your check-in, there will be a $50 charge applied to your security deposit.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: If you are a U.S. Citizen traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix) you will need Proof of Citizenship; this is a Photo ID and a birth certificate with a raised seal (photo copies are not allowed). *For further information: http://www.travel.state.gov * Please note: If you are traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix) and are planning to do any day trips/day sails to the British Virgin Island or any other Caribbean country you will need a valid U.S. Passport
MAID SERVICE: Our homes/condos do not include maid service. Maid Service may be arranged at an additional cost. Towels, linens, beach towels and paper products are provided for your entire stay. Any additional supplies will need to be purchased by the guest.
HOTEL TAX/SERVICE CHARGE: If traveling to St. John, a 12.5% hotel tax and 5% service charge will be added to your reservation. (When the hotel tax changes all reservations are subject to the tax increase.)
DAMAGE DEPOSITS (Security Deposit): Our Villas and Condos for the island of St. John all require a damage deposit. The deposit is $500-$1500 depending on the property reserved. In most cases this deposit may be applied to a Visa or MasterCard. Our consultants will advise you at the time of booking which policy applies to your rental home. The security deposits are fully refundable within 60 days of your departure, provided there is no breakage, damage, missing items, no charges incurred before, during or after your stay, still outstanding. All normal utilities (except long-distance phone calls or careless or extremely excessive use of your villa’s water supply) are included in your rental price. You hereby agree to pay Caribbean Villas on behalf of the owner of your villa the cleaning or replacement costs for all damages to personal property or to the real estate, which may occur as a result of your occupancy, excluding normal wear and tear. Locked pantries and closets are reserved for the use of the villa owner and are not included in this rental. You as a Guest agree to take all reasonable steps to ensure that your family and other guests in your party adhere to the rules and regulations affecting your villa. All villas are privately owned, so decor, colors and inventories will of course vary. All villas are fully furnished, including an ample supply of bed linens and towels for Guests’ use. Rearranging of furniture or removing any items from the villa is prohibited.
LIABILITY: Caribbean Villas, is acting hereunder as an agent for accommodations, and assumes no liability for property loss or damages, nor liability for injury, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or the acts of any company or persons engaged in conveying passengers to or from their villa. Transportation (airlines, ferries, charter vessels, rental cars and taxis) is supplied by providers who operate independently of Caribbean Villas. We assume no responsibility, therefore, for any loss, injury, or damage to person or property because of the acts of those providers. Furthermore, guests are responsible for their villa during occupancy, and must lock villa windows and doors securely at all times when not on the premises, and must exercise care in securing all personal property. Guests must observe all cautions as given in our blue guest book and/or by your local contact. All Caribbean Villa’s properties are privately owned. The Owner and Caribbean Villas reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at their complete discretion. Any and all disputes will be subject to jurisdiction only in the USVI.
COMPLAINTS AND MAINTENANCE: Caribbean Villas shall make every effort to keep all villas and their inventories in good working order. In case of a maintenance problem, they will strive to repair the problem as soon as possible after being notified. However, no refund or rate adjustment shall be made for unforseen failures such as the supply of electricity, water, pool filtration systems, air conditioning, television/cable service, internet access, appliances, etc. Due to wild fluctuations in our island electrical service and the lack of trained technicians here, we cannot guarantee that hot tubs at villas will operate correctly at all times, and no rebates will be given due to hot tub malfunctions. It is the Guest’s obligation to report any problem or damage IMMEDIATELY to us, regardless of the hour. No refunds will be considered unless problems are reported and reviewed by our staff during your stay on island.
CONSTRUCTION NOISE: Due to the amount of new villa construction on St. John, it is a possibility that construction may occur near your villa rental. Any construction and the possibility of new construction is outside the control of Caribbean Villas.
ENTRY INTO VILLA: Caribbean Villas or its staff may enter your villa to perform any repairs as necessary. If your villa is on the market for sale, we reserve the right to allow the villa to be shown, but only by advance appointment made with Guest. We will make every effort to schedule such brief showings at a time convenient to you, to respect your privacy, and not interrupt your vacation.
SUBSTITUTION: Caribbean Villas reserves the right to substitute comparable or better accommodations without liability, should the villa reserved be sold, out of order, double booked or be deemed substandard by us for any reason. If comparable accommodations are not available, Guest may receive a complete refund of all pro- rated rent and Hotel Tax/Service Charge paid for the original villa.
CAPACITY OF VILLAS: The total number of persons allowed in the villa at any one time is restricted to the number of persons scheduled and paid for (based on two persons per bedroom). Should a group misrepresent themselves, they will not be allowed entry into the villa. Exceptions to this term are made only by management, prior to your arrival dates and for infants under 2 yrs old; if sleeping in a baby crib and not occupying one of the villa’s beds.
QUIET ENJOYMENT AND PARTIES: Caribbean Villas wishes to maintain a family atmosphere for the quiet enjoyment of Guests. We rent to family groups and responsible adults only; absolutely NO house parties or functions such as weddings are allowed at the villas. Guests shall be sufficiently quiet and peaceful, so as not to disturb other residents of the neighborhood.
RATES AND PRINTING ERRORS: Caribbean Villas is not responsible for printing errors and inadvertent omissions. All rates and villa details are subject to change without prior notice.
CHECK IN TIME: St. John – 3:00 p.m. and forward. CHECK-OUT TIME: 10:00 a.m. sharp. PETS: No pets of any kind are allowed in or on the villa premises. A pet or evidence of a pet found on the villa premises will cause immediate eviction and forfeiture of Guest’s entire rent and deposit.
ARRIVALS: For St. John there is one complimentary arrival that brings the arriving guests to the vehicle rental to pick up their reserved vehicle and then escorts the party to their villa. For 8pm -12 midnight arrivals there is a $50 check-in fee. You may schedule additional arrivals as needed for $75 per arrival. Please note: If we do not have your arrival information 60 days prior to your check-in, there will be a $50 charge applied to your security deposit.
CABLE TELEVISION: For St. John, most of the homes have expanded cable, with a few exceptions. Occasionally there is a problem with the cable television service. Caribbean Villas does not have any control over the cable service and repairs are currently taking between 8-14 days to complete.
PHONE SERVICE: ALL LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS ARE RESTRICED. We ask all guests to use a calling card to make long distance phone calls.Local calls are free. Occasionally there is a problem with the telephone lines for the villa and condo rentals. Caribbean Villas does not have any control over the telephone company and repairs are currently taking up to 30 days to complete. Rapture and Kalorama only have cell phone service.
CELL PHONE USAGE ALONG THE NORTH SHORE: If you use your cell phone on the north side of the island there is a good chance you will pick up the cell tower on Tortola (British Virgin Islands). If this happens you will be charged for an international call on your cell phone plan. DRUGS AND
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Guests and members of his party shall not use or permit to be brought into any villa and illegal substances, inflammable fluids (e.g., gasoline, kerosene, naphtha or benzene), or other explosives or articles deemed hazardous to life, limb or property.
VILLA, SAFE AND GATE KEYS: Caribbean Villas shall charge Guests $175 for each set of lost or mishandled keys; gate remote controls will be charged at replacement cost. Guest is required to follow all instructions precisely on where to leave your villa keys and gate remote controls when you depart–call if you are unsure!
CONSERVING ELECTRICITY: Due to the cost of electricity doubling, the air-conditioning in our villas/condos will not be turned on when you are checked into your property. At check-in, our staff will be happy to show you how to turn the systems on and off, should you decide to use the air-conditioning. We are requesting that you turn the air-conditioning off in all rooms when not at the villa. It does not take long to cool a room down when you return to the villa. We understand this is your vacation and we want it to be enjoyable and relaxing. Anything you are willing to do will be appreciated in conserving your electrical usage.
SMOKING: All Villas are non-smoking. Guests may be fined up to $150 for smoking violations. GARBAGE REMOVAL: Guests are responsible for removal of all trash from their villa. A $75 fee will be applied to guest’s security deposit if rental agent is required to remove trash left behind. There are numerous dumpsters throughout the island for your use.
CABLE/INTERNET/TELEPHONE/ELECTRICITY: In the Virgin Islands these services may be interrupted. If an interruption occurs the rental manager will report the problem but we have no control over service repairs. There will be no rental refunds due to the interruption of these services. Internet Service: The internet service is subject to frequent interruption. We cannot guarantee internet quality or speed. Renters might find it convenient to travel with a cellular carrier MiFi – a couple of examples are AT&T and Virgin Mobile
- In Season Prices
Dec. 16, 2017 – April 13, 2018
$2905/wk for 2 people
Christmas/New Years (Dec 16 to Jan 6)
- Off Season Pricing
April 15, 2017 – Dec. 15, 2017
$2100/wk for 2 people
$2625/wk for 2
- Hotel Tax/Service Charge
12.5% Hotel tax/5% Service Charge
- Damage Deposit
Caribbean Villa Comments
- Caribbean Villas Comments:
There are only a handful of homes in the pristine Francis Bay area, and we offer most of them, including the Honeymoon Cottage’s neighbor, Villa Serenity. If you are looking for a larger, more elegant villa, you might enjoy, On a Clear Day ... a newly built 4 bedroom home or the 5 bedroom, luxurious Francis Bay Estates, which is one of our Ultra Luxury Villas. Like its neighbors, the Cottage is pretty much hidden from view. Nothing sees you and you see nothing except tropical forests, turquoise waters and sailboats and islands off in the distance. Today, Francis Bay remains pretty much the same as when the National Park acquired these lands in 1952, unspoiled, mostly undeveloped and beautiful.
The Cottage was designed to be a romantic honeymoon retreat. The hot tub and bed under the hillside gazebo are definitely in keeping with the honeymoon theme, and this hideaway setting is a lovely place for a romantic getaway.
If you’re a couple who love the idea of swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and beach combing in a national park setting on a beautiful tropical island, and if you’ve got a bit of a sense of adventure – then a week in Honeymoon Cottage is definitely a week that you’ll remember forever.
- Guest Comments:
- My wife and I had a great time staying at the Honeymoon Cottage for our honeymoon. It was perfect! Thank you!
- We had a great time at the Honeymoon Cottage! It exceeded our expectations and we are already talking about coming back....thank you!
- I wanted to tell you what a great time we had in St John. The villa was incredible, it was without a doubt the best vacation of my life! My only regret is that I didn't stay longer!
- Everything was perfect!!! Will post a rave review if possible on tripadvisor...I'm having a hard time finding the cottage listed but will try next week when I am no longer jet lagged:(. Thanks for everything!!!! Never met Terry, but Olivier was terrific...friendly, helpful, kind:). Thanks to all of you also.
- We had an absolutely wonderful stay on St. John and could not have been happier with our choice of accommodations at the Honeymoon Cottage. The location was perfect for us. We quickly fell into a routine of rising early with the sun and then heading out for some early morning snorkeling before anyone else was at the beach and then hiking on the beautiful trails through the amazing variety of terrain, vegetation, and cultural features. We were surprised with the donkeys, mongoose, deer, crabs, goats, sheep.... After hiking and finding lunch somewhere, we would head to a beach for snorkeling where we got to enjoy the reefs, fish (even a barracuda or two and a little nurse shark patrolling the shore), sea turtles, and more sea life than I could name. An afternoon siesta back at the cottage and then another evening swim at Francis Bay beach rounded out the days outdoor activities. We would have to vote for Francis Bay beach as our favorite on the island and we really enjoyed having it all to ourselves in the evening. And within just a few minutes' walk of the cottage! We dined out a couple of times in the evening but we found it was much more relaxing to pick up our dinner in the afternoon for a "reheat" or prepare a meal at the cottage and then enjoy the evening. Thanks again to Caribbean Villas and the owner for making it such a great experience. Also a special thanks to Terry and Olivier for making our check in so smooth and for their assistance through the week. The villa is well equipped, very well maintained, and perfectly situated and organized for one of the most relaxing vacations ever!