From the parking area, you enter Mermaid Falls along a very attractive coral stone walkway. The walkway is flanked by towering palm trees and tropical vegetation and flows into a coral stone deck which surrounds a large curved lagoon pool. A seemingly natural waterfall flows into the pool from a rocky outcropping, and the majestic ocean views appear through arches supported by Doric columns. Before you even set foot in this villa you will be struck by its beautiful design and location, and once you walk through Mermaid Falls you will agree that this is definitely one of St John’s Ultra Luxury Villas.
Mermaid Falls, along with Amorosa and the Peter Bay Beach House, are beautiful homes that were designed by the prominent Caribbean architect, Michael Oxman. The traditional design is both handsome and stylish, and it incorporates many elegant features such as graceful arched passageways supported by Doric columns, tiled roofs, spacious coral stone decks, oversized mahogany French doors, tiled floors throughout, ballistered railings, beamed cathedral ceilings, and many private decks and sitting areas.
Mermaid Falls consists of a great house and a guest house. The two buildings are tied together by a coral stone deck and a covered patio and wet bar. The great house contains the kitchen, living and dining areas on the main (pool) level, while a hand rubbed mahogany staircase leads to the master bedroom/bath and a guest bedroom/bath on the upper level. Exterior stairs lead down to the lower level bedroom/bath in the main house. The guest house is a 2 1/2 story building with a bedroom/bath on the lower level and a second bedroom/bath plus a loft office on the main level.
- Bedrooms: 5
- Beds: 7
- Bed Description: 1 King, 3 Queens, 3 Twins
- Bathrooms: 5.5
- Property Location: Peter Bay
- Proximity: Ocean View
- Property Size: 8200 sq. ft.
- Year Property Complete: 2003
- Beach: Peter Bay Beach, private
- Pool: Yes
- Pool Dimensions: 30' x 10' x 5' ft deep
- Hot Tub: Yes
- Wifi: Yes
- Housekeeping: No
- Ipod Connectivity: Yes
- Damage Deposit: $1,000 Prepaid
- Air Conditioning: Yes, all rooms
- Children: Welcome
- Distance To Town: 5 miles from Cruz Bay; less than 5 minute drive to North Shore beaches.
- Living Dining: Oversized French mahogany doors open to this traditionally styled living room with its beamed cathedral ceilings and terra cotta tiled floors. It is furnished with sink-into-it furniture and includes a flat screen satellite TV/DVD and a stereo/CD player and satellite radio. The formal dining room seats 8 but there are also dining tables on the sun deck and in the alcove by the gas barbeque grill.
- Kitchen: The elegant kitchen adjoins the living room and has coral counter tops, mahogany cabinets and all stainless steel appliances, including a gas stove and oven with ventilation hood, a microwave oven, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, toaster, coffee maker and a complete collection of cookware and dinnerware. There is a washer/dryer off the kitchen as well as a half bath.
- Bedroom Details: The gorgeous mahogany staircase in the great room leads up to the stately master bedroom with its 4-poster king bed. The master is the largest bedroom and includes a writing desk, upholstered reading chairs, a satellite TV and DVD and a whirlpool tub in the master bath. Down the hall from the master is a guest bedroom with a queen bed, satellite TV and DVD and tasteful furnishings. On the lower level of the main house there is a spacious and private bedroom with 3 twin beds, a flat screen TV and DVD and comfortable seating area for four. In the guest house, the lower bedroom has a queen sleigh bed while the upper bedroom has a queen 4-poster bed. All five bedrooms have ocean views, tiled baths and showers, private tiled decks or balconies, and individually controlled air conditioning.
The road from Cruz Bay to Mermaid Falls winds along the fabled north shore of St. John, and is rated one of the most scenic drives in the Caribbean. At Peter Bay, you take a right onto a private drive that is bordered by handsome stone walls and cascading bougainvillea. After climbing to an elevation of about 550 feet, the spectacular views and the tiled roofs of Mermaid Falls appear through the trees – you’ve arrived at a very special place.
Mermaid Falls is located in upper Peter Bay, and towers over the homes located in lower Peter Bay. Peter Bay is surrounded by the National Park which creates a wonderful and natural setting. The view is just gorgeous as it sweeps for more than 180 degrees, from sunsets over St. Thomas, Hans Lollick and Lovango Cay in the west, past Jost Van Dyke and Great Thatch in the north, to Tortola in the east. Below you are the white sands and turquoise waters of St John’s legendary north shore, while all around you is a forest of green. This is one of the finest, most highly prized locations on St. John and in the entire Caribbean.
Mermaid Falls has deeded access (during the day) to the beach at Peter Bay, a white sand beach with tranquil waters and good swimming and snorkeling. If you prefer, it’s less than a 5-minute drive to the world class National Park beaches at Trunk or Cinnamon Bays. It’s a 5-10 minute, beautiful drive to the celebrated restaurants at the four star Resort at Caneel Bay, and an additional 5 minutes into the excellent restaurants and shops in the charming town of Cruz Bay.
Construction: As is true in any popular destination, construction of a new home continues in Peter Bay Estates. As of April 2015, there is a new construction site starting in lower Peter Bay. We expect some construction noise and possibly periodic construction traffic interruptions that could affect the Peter Bay neighborhood. If you would like further details on the current status of this building activity, please inquire and we’ll be happy to obtain the latest information for you.
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 only. 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: All cancellations and any requests for changes to your reservation (such as date changes or changes in the number in your party) must be made IN WRITING, and faxed, emailed or mailed to us promptly. Once Caribbean Villas has received your deposit, if you cancel/change your reservation 120 days or more prior to arrival, there is a 20% penalty off the total room charge. If you cancel/change your reservation 60-120 days prior to arrival, there is a 50% penalty off the total room charge. If you cancel/change within 60 days of arrival, there is a 100% penalty off the total room charge. Christmas/New Years and President weeks are non-refundable.
Cancellation Policy for the following villas ~ Caneel Trailside Cottage, Francis Bay Estates, Sunset Beach, Terrahawk, La Bella Vita, Colibri, Vista Caribe, Cruz Views #1 and Croix Vista. These villas are non-refundable/non-changeable, for any reason, once payment is received.
Trip Cancellation Insurance: Caribbean Villas recommends CSA Travel Protection: http://www.csatravelprotection.com/?aff=71027664
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.
HURRICANE CANCELLATIONS: Hurricane season is from June 1-November 30. Caribbean Villas highly recommends that your purchase trip cancellation insurance. This insurance will cover you in case of a natural disaster (please verify all terms and conditions with the insurance company). If you do not purchase insurance and if a hurricane is threatening St. John and we advise you not to travel, we will hold your balance on account for a future stay at the property reserved. We will not hold your balance on account if the hurricane is not a threat to St. John and you are unable to travel because of canceled flights. If you are currently on St. John and a hurricane is threatening the island and we ask that you depart the island early, we will hold your balance on account for a future stay at the same property.
EXCEPTIONS: This policy does not cover Delfina, Reefside Villa, Sunset Beach, Francis Bay Estates, Terrahawk, Vista Caribe, Croix Vista, Cruz Views #1, Villa Rendezvous and La Bella Vita. Though we ask them to adhere to this policy final decisions will be made by the island managers.
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
$9996/wk for 2-4 people (main hse only)* $12250/wk 5-6 (main hse + 1 bdrm) * $15995/wk 7-11 (entire complex)
Christmas/New Years (Dec 16 to Jan 6)
$19194/wk 2-11 people
Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
- Off Season Pricing
April 15, 2017 – Dec. 15, 2017
$7399/wk for 2-4 people (main hse only)* $7896/wk 5-6 (main house + 1 bdrm)* $8400/wk 7-8 (main house + 2 bdrms) * $8900/wk 9-11 (entire house)
Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
- Hotel Tax/Service Charge
12.5% Hotel tax/5% Service Charge
- Damage Deposit
(The damage deposit is refunded 30 days after departure as long as no damage has occurred during your stay)
Caribbean Villa Comments
- Caribbean Villas Comments:
Surrounded by the pristine and lovely Virgin Islands National Park, the luxury homes of Peter Bay make up St. John's most exclusive neighborhood. The development team that was responsible for designing lower Peter Bay shifted their attention to upper Peter Bay in 2000. Mermaid Falls was completed in 2003 and was designed as a showcase home to establish upper Peter Bay as a neighborhood of distinguished homes. It was a great success, and upper Peter Bay now joins lower Peter Bay as one of the Caribbean's most deluxe and desirable villa communities.
Mermaid Falls was sold in the fall of 2005 and in November, 2006 we were quite pleased to add Mermaid Falls to our Peter Bay rental portfolio. This villa has been very well maintained and remains in like new condition. It has all the elements of a superb luxury home, including;
- one of St. John's most exclusive and unspoiled villa locations,
- stunning views that sweep from St. Thomas to Jost Van Dyke, then to Tortola and include colorful Caribbean sunsets,
- an elegant design with central air conditioning and fine decor throughout,
- a large pool and a romantic hot tub,
- a flexible floor plan that will accommodate 5 couples or 1-2 families. If you use just the main house Mermaid Falls becomes a romantic luxury home for just 1-2 couples.
The guest services and maintenance for this villa have been contracted out to a St. John couple, Terry and Olivier. They're a responsive, friendly and capable team, and have an extensive knowledge of St. John, its people and its customs. You're in good hands with Terry and Olivier. Mermaid Falls achieves that fine balance of being stately and elegant without being ostentatious. Like St. John itself, this house is strikingly beautiful and impressive, but not the least bit stuffy or pretentious. It's another great Peter bay luxury villa.
- Guest Comments:
- We had a fantastic time in St John. The weather couldn't have been better. The house was fantastic. This was my 7th trip to St John. I have rented villas 5 times and stay in a hotel the other two times. Mermaid Falls was the best rental by far. It is a beautiful home, with unbelievable views. The home was well stocked with everything we needed during our stay. Both Terry and Neal were very helpful when needed. There is no doubt that I would rent this villa again upon my next visit to St John if it is still available. The house was perfect, the only possible suggestion for improvement would be an outside music system. It would have been nice to hear some music while outside but not totally necessary. > Thanks again for making our stay so great.
- We had a wonderful time! Such a beautiful home and the views are amazing! Thank you!
- We had a beautiful time in St John at Mermaid Falls!!! Everything was so nice and everything went smoothly. What a fantasy life we had for a week! Thank you!
- The word awesome can't even come close to describing Mermaid Falls. The trip was one of those once in a lifetime kind of things. This home is incredible! I could not stop taking pictures from almost every single angle imaginable!! The landscape was amazing! From the time you approached the house at the end of the driveway with the beautiful view of the blue water to the arbor at the start of the garden path approaching the pool...just breathtaking! The sitting area in front of the outdoor bar was a favorite spot for morning coffee and breakfast as well as book reading, cards, planning the day, afternoon wine or just to sit and be amazed by the beauty of the red bougainvillea against the background of gorgeous blue water. The house was well appointed with beautiful furniture and tastefully decorated throughout. We had such a great time and this home was such a big part of it that I felt like I needed to tell you. This trip will be one we will always cherish and Mermaid Falls definitely raises the bar! Thank you!
- I cannot say enough about our experience. Kris was absolutely wonderful to deal with leading up to our trip, she could not have been more helpful, professional and pleasant. When we arrived on St. John, Olivier was in constant touch with us and Neil was there to greet us and take us to Mermaid Falls, he was kind enough to bring me to pick up our car rental first. He spend a great deal of time with us going over all of the ins and outs of the villa on Saturday night so that we knew where everything was and how everything worked and even led us down to the only open grocery store! As for Mermaid Falls, I cannot say enough about how amazing our stay there was. I looked at many villas before choosing Mermaid and am sure I made the best possible choice! We were there for a family wedding, the rest of our party stayed at Coco De Mer, and although the exterior it may look a bit nicer, the views could not compare to ours and in my opinion, it was not nearly as functional. The exterior of Mermaid is set up perfectly for any weather and it did not matter to us if the sun was blaring or it was pouring rain, we never went inside except to sleep and cook. Our plan was do many things while we were on the island but honestly, we could not be torn away from Mermaid Falls for much. It was by far the most spectacular vacation any one of has ever had and I cannot wait to go back. I wouldn't even bother looking at other villas, I don't think any could come close to Mermaid Falls! Thank you so much! We had a vacation we will never forget!