Palm Villa

Gifft Hill

  • Your amazing view from Palm Villa – A pair of Tuuci marine grade European umbrellas were added to the deck to provide a shady place to relax on this very sunny pool deck

  • Great Cruz Bay, as you actually view it .. breathtaking!

  • Looking north at the poolside bedrooms

  • Your villa – the poolside bedrooms are on the left and the great house is to the right

  • The entrance to Palm Villa, the master bedroom is on the far left

  • A railing has been
    added to the stairs
    that take you down
    to the main entrance
    of Palm Villa

  • Your view as you enter Palm Villa

  • The amazing sunset from Palm Villa

  • The twinkling lights from St Thomas enhance your evening enjoyment at Palm Villa

  • The living area at Palm Villa, a great place to unwind

  • Interior dining at Palm Villa

  • Your table with a view

  • The kitchen

  • The spacious master bedroom suite

  • The sitting room of the master bedroom suite

  • The bathroom of the master bedroom suite

  • The pillow view from the pool side, master bedroom

  • The new furniture in the pool side, master bedroom

  • The bathroom of
    the pool side
    master bedroom

  • The poolside guest bedroom

  • The twin beds in the loft above the great room are also air conditioned

  • Time to relax in the sun and work on your golden tan or….

  • …… you can put up the umbrellas and relax by the pool in the shade; the choice is yours.

  • On a clear day…, if you look behind Great St. James Island…, you can see forever, or Vieques , more than 35 miles away


** Palm Villa is currently under renovations. The main house did receive damage from the hurricanes and the owners are making upgrades as well as repairing the damage that occurred. The home will have a/c in the main house as well as the bedrooms. The loft is being removed so the home will be a 3 bedroom private villa once the work is complete. Please check in with us on any questions you have! The home will have the same amazing views as it did prior and we are excited to see the finished results! **

Palm Villa is a fine example of traditional Caribbean architecture, with a pool, Tropitone deck furniture, exposed beam cathedral ceilings, multiple ceiling fans, screened sliding windows, mahogany French doors, and terracotta tiled floors throughout the interior and also on the pool deck, creating a classic and comfortable living environment. The villa consists of four hip roofed buildings connected by decks, covered walkways and garden patios. The entrance to Palm opens to the pool deck and the fabulous views. On your left is the great house with the living, interior dining and kitchen areas plus a loft guest bedroom. On your right are the two poolside bedrooms. The master bedroom is a large suite located on the east (left) side of the great room. All the bedrooms are air conditioned.


  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Beds: 3
  • Bed Description: 1 King, 2 Queens
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Property Location: Gifft Hill
  • Proximity: Ocean View
  • Property Size: 3500 + Sq. Ft
  • Beach: Nat. Park - 15. min
  • Pool: Yes
  • Pool Dimensions: 18ft. x 12ft. x 5ft deep
  • Hot Tub: No
  • Air Conditioning: Yes, all rooms
  • Children: Welcome
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Housekeeping: No
  • Ipod Connectivity: Yes
  • Damage Deposit: $500
  • Distance To Town: 10-15 minute drive to Cruz Bay (town) on paved roads.
  • Living And Dining: The living and dining areas are casually and comfortably styled with a rattan sofa and matching love seat and Caribbean inspired artwork and potted plants throughout. Entertainment is provided by a satellite TV, VCR/DVD, stereo and cassette deck, broadband internet and the numerous crickets, tree frogs, doves, songbirds and other chirpers who are constantly singing in the trees outside your windows and doors. Choose from 2 dining areas; inside, the glass topped bamboo dining table seats 6-8, while on the deck the Tropitone table seats 8.
  • Kitchen: The original kitchen was ripped out in 2008 and replaced with a granite, mahogany and stainless steel beauty. Located just off the pool deck, the kitchen has great views and puts the chef right in the middle of the action. The new kitchen has mahogany cabinets and granite countertops, along with a s/s refrigerator, 4-burner gas stove and oven, dishwasher, microwave, and sink. It also includes a toaster, blender, drip coffee maker and a complete selection of pots, pans, and kitchenware. A separate laundry room with washer/dryer is located off the kitchen and a gas barbecue grill is on the deck.
  • Bedroom Details: The 3 bedrooms are located in 4 separate buildings, providing excellent privacy. The air-conditioned east master bedroom suite includes a king size bed, satellite TV/DVD, tiled bath with shower, and an adjoining sitting room. The master poolside bedroom and the guest poolside bedroom both have a/c, queen beds, satellite TV, DVD, water views and tiled baths and garden showers. All bedrooms contain ceiling fans and are attractively decorated and furnished.


Upon entering Palm Villa, you are immediately struck by the magnificent views that open up in front of you, for Palm Villa is located in an excellent setting on Gifft Hill, on a private and quiet hilltop 750 feet above the blue-green Caribbean Sea. Sometimes your view stretches all the way to the mountains of El Yunque and El Toro, 80 miles off in the distance in the rain forests of Puerto Rico. Your captivating views sweep almost 180 degrees and include more than a dozen islands and cays, from Frenchcap Cay and St James islands in the south, past St. Thomas, Thatch and Lovango Cays, and beyond the Hans Lollick Islands in the northwest. At night after a beautiful sunset, the soft lighting, gentle trade winds and twinkling lights of distant islands create a wonderfully romantic and restful environment. During the day, your southwest orientation provides you with blessed sun on your pool deck from 9am to sunset. For those looking for some cover, two 9 ft umbrellas were recently added and are bolted to the deck. If opened the umbrellas offer a peaceful and shaded place to sit and relax or for those looking for sun, the umbrellas can be easily closed and you can work on your golden tan; the choice is yours. The restaurants and many other delights of Cruz Bay are a 10-15 minute drive on paved roads.

Additional Information

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.

Privacy Policy: All photos are the property of Caribbean Villas and Resorts Management Company (unless otherwise indicated) and may not be reproduced or used for commercial purposes without the express written consent of Caribbean Villas and Resorts.

Reservation Policies

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: * 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


    • Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
    • In Season Prices
      Jan. 4, 2020 – April 10, 2020
      $3997/wk for 2 – $4123/wk for 3 – $4249/wk for 4 – $4375/wk for 5 – $4501/wk for 6 – $4627/wk for 7 – $4753/wk for 8
    • Off Season Pricing
      April 13, 2019 – Dec. 20, 2019
      $2478/wk for 2 – $2618/wk for 3 – $2758/wk for 4 – $2898/wk for 5 – $3038/wk for 6 – $3178/wk for 7 – $3318/wk for 8
    • Holiday Rates
    • Thanksgiving
      Off Season Rates Apply

      Christmas/New Years
      (Dec. 21, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020)
      $5700/wk for 2-8

    • Hotel Tax/Service Charge
      12.5% Hotel tax/5% Service Charge
    • Damage Deposit

    Caribbean Villa Comments

    • Caribbean Villas Comments:

      We have managed Palm Villa since it was first built and this villa remains a very popular rental villa. It's popular, in part, because it combines a traditional style with modern comforts such as air conditioning and a pool. Palm Villa also owes its popularity to its quiet and peaceful setting. Palm Villa sits high up on Gifft Hill and this setting produces unforgettable sunsets, fascinating night views and sunshine and warm breezes throughout the day. This south-facing villa is bathed in poolside sun from 9 AM to sunset and the sunny pool/ pool deck is the center of this home and is definitely a wonderful place to linger and relax. Guests also enjoy the tropical flowers and lush vegetation that surrounds you, or the clothing optional privacy, or the roomy great house and master bedroom suite. Many past guests who have stayed at Palm Villa agree that this is a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation retreat that is perfect for honeymooners, couples and families.

      The owner's of Palm Villa have another home on St. John. It's a Grecian inspired, 3-bedroom villa called Ilios, located in Hart Bay.

    • Guest Comments:

      - We had an awesome vacation! Thank you!
      - Our stay on St John was wonderful! The villa and the view were beautiful!
      - I have been meaning to write a review about my stay at Palm Villa this past winter. We had such a wonderful vacation and enjoyed the villa so much. We traveled with our older children and the house worked beautifully for us! Our must have was a sunset and from this villa they are just breathtaking! The home is quite spacious – the pool is in the center of the villa and then the main house and 2 of the bedrooms open off the pool deck. The master bedroom is a good size and is located off the left side of the villa. My 2 children loved the separation between the master bedroom and 2 guest bedrooms. They are old enough now that we did not find this to be a problem and they loved going for a late night swim, especially since the pool was right outside their doors!! The kitchen is beautiful and well stocked – the living room and bedroom/bathrooms are a bit older but still very comfortable so we really could not complain! What you see in the photos is what you get so when we walked in to the home upon arrival – we were very pleased….. We will definitely be returning to St John and Palm Villa will be our villa of choice!!
      - Thank you for an amazing vacation! Palm Villa had everything we were looking for at a great price! This was our honeymoon and the home had the privacy, the pool and the sunsets we were looking for in a rental. It was a perfect setting to relax after planning our wedding! We want to thank your sales office and St John Office - from the beginning to the end we received excellent service! We will be back!!

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    Thank you for your interest in Palm Villa!

    Our villa consultants have 30+ years of knowledge and we look forward to helping you find your perfect villa vacation!

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    We look forward to hearing from you!
    Diane, Dolores, Kris & Kim
    Caribbean Villas of St John Sales Staff

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