A very comfortable villa with some excellent features, located above Chocolate Hole Harbor
3 Bedrooms – 3 Bathrooms – Sleeps 6 – 3600 Sq. Ft. – Parking for 2 jeeps
We acquired Mint Mecca in the spring of 2019 and we’ve quickly come to love this villa because it has some appealing, vacation oriented features that we rarely find in St. John homes. These special features make this a very livable and highly enjoyable vacation villa that is well suited for 1-3 couples or a family. These unusual features include:
• The entire upper porch is fully screened and if you open the 3 sets of French doors into the great room the tropical ventilation is wonderfully refreshing, and bug free.
• The great room has two living/sitting/relaxing areas, one for watching TV, and a separate TV free seating area for taking in the scenic view, or for just enjoying a quiet moment with a cold beverage. The screened deck provides a third great area to relax and rock the night away.
• The lower deck also has multiple seating/sunning areas, including an outdoor living/dining area (a lanai), plus a shaded area with cushioned furniture and curtains, plus a sunny spot with recliners to pursue that famous Caribbean tan.
• Mint Mecca enjoys a quiet location with “no tan lines” privacy, yet this villa is a very convenient 5-minute drive into Cruz Bay.
Bed Description: 2 Kings, 1 Queen
Property Location: Chocolate Hole (hillside)
Proximity: Ocean View
Property Size: 3600+ sq.ft.
Year Property Complete: n/a
Beach: 10-20 min. drive to North Shore
Pool Dimensions: 14' x 14', 5 ft deep
Hot Tub: No
Air Conditioning: Yes, Bedrooms only
Children: Welcome - two bedrooms are inside access
Ipod Connectivity: Yes
Damage Deposit: $500
Distance To Town: 5 minute drive to Cruz Bay
Living And Dining: The handsome great room incorporates many elements of classic plantation style architecture, with its tiled floors, cathedral ceiling, stone walls and 4 sets of mahogany French doors. There are two distinct living/seating areas in the great room. The first seating area is centered around the 42” cable TV, and the second is located in a quiet corner of the great room with a great view out an arched doorway. Four sets of mahogany French doors open to a fully screened porch, and with the doors open the interior atmosphere is wonderfully bug free and refreshing. A stereo system and internet access are included, and there is a full bath just off the great room. A third living/relaxing area extends out onto the covered porch where rocking chairs, a peaceful view and gentle breezes may seduce you to rock on. The interior dining table seats 4-6 with a delicious dinner view. A second dining table that seats 4-6 is located on the side deck between the main house and the bedroom building. An outdoor living/dining area (the lanai) is located on the right side of the pool deck, with cushioned furniture, a third dining table and a BBQ grill.
Kitchen: The attractive kitchen is well equipped and supplied with everything you would need for preparing meals, including, a 4-burner cook-top stove and oven, a dishwasher, side by side refrigerator, a microwave and mahogany cabinets. All the usual small appliances such as a microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster and others are included. A washer and dryer are located off the great room
Bedroom Details: The three air-conditioned bedrooms are located between two buildings. The master bedroom (king bed) is located on the upper level of the building on the left. This bedroom includes a private bath with shower, beautiful water views and a private deck, where you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee. You access this bedroom from the side deck that connects to the upper level of the main house.
The second bedroom (king) and the third bedroom (queen) are located on the lower level of the main house and both open on to the pool deck and lanai. Both bedrooms can be accessed by an interior staircase from the great room or by the exterior stairs off the side deck. Both of the main house bedrooms have ocean views. The guests staying in the second and third bedrooms can choose to share the full bath that is located off their common hallway, or if they prefer their own, there is a third full bath located upstairs off the great room.
A washer/dryer is included as are all towels and linens, hair dryer, ironing board, safe, cooler, beach chairs and totes
Mint Mecca sits on a hill 120′ above the waters of Chocolate Hole Harbor, with scenic south facing views of the harbor and the Caribbean. The house is set in a quiet neighborhood with enough privacy to allow “no tan lines” sunbathing on the pool deck. The southerly orientation of the house makes this a sun lovers villa with sun on the pool and lower deck from 9 am to 5 pm. Despite the privacy and quiet locale, Mint Mecca is a very convenient 5 minute drive from the restaurants and boutiques of the always enjoyable village of Cruz Bay.
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 for cancellation insurance there is a web site with suggestions and reviews –Consumer Advocates – Trip Cancellation Insurance. Please verify all terms and conditions of coverage with the trip cancellation insurance company. 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.
CLEANING FEES: The majority of our vacation homes and condominiums have a 7 night minimum rental rate. Some exceptions can be made, please contact us directly to inquire about a fewer than 7 night stay. If an exception is made a cleaning fee will be applied to the pro-rated rental rate.
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
Rates Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
In Season Prices (Jan. 4, 2020 – April 10, 2020) $3430/wk for 2 people * $3675/wk for 3 * $3920/wk for 4 * $4165/wk for 5 * $4410/wk for 6
Off Season Prices (Apr. 11, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020) $2205/wk for 2 people * $2450/wk for 3 * $2695/wk for 4 * $2940/wk for 5 * $3185/wk for 6
Thanksgiving (Nov. 21 -28, 2020) Off Season Rate Apply
Christmas/New Years (Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021) $5750/wk for 2-6 people