Rara Avis

Hart Bay

Rara Avis consists of three distinct buildings – a 2-level stone great house, plus a master bedroom cabana on the left (east) and another on the right (west) side of the great house. You park above the great house and descend a stone stairway into a sheltered garden courtyard on the leeward side of the great house. The upper level of the great house contains the great room with the living, dining and kitchen areas, plus a half bath, and a laundry room. In the great room you’ll find native stonework, exposed beam cathedral ceilings, terra cotta tiled floors, bamboo furniture, and native artwork. On the south side of the great house is a 450 sq/ft tiled sun deck where the views are magnificent. Two sets of exterior stairs lead down to the two bedrooms, shared bath and deck on the lower level of the great house. The pool and its sun deck are in a garden setting in front of the west cabana. In addition to the pool’s sun deck there are four other private sun decks including two off the great house, and one off each cabana. The three buildings and the pool are connected by courtyards, gardens and walkways.


  • Save 15% - New Reservations Only
  • Oct. 1 - 28, 2022

  • In Season
    Jan. 9, 2023 – April 15, 2023

    Rates based on 2 people per bedroom

  • $3950/wk for 2-4 – 2 bedroom
    $4440/wk for 5-6 – 3 bedroom
    $4930/wk for 7-8 – 4 bedroom
  • Off Season
    April 16, 2022 – Dec. 15, 2022

    Rates based on 2 people per bedroom

  • $2275/wk for 2-4 – 2 bedroom
    $2765/wk for 5-6 – 3 bedroom
    $3255/wk for 7-8 – 4 bedroom
  • Holiday Rates
    (Flat Rates)
  • Thanksgiving
    Nov. 19 – 27, 2022
    $3255/wk for 2 – 8 people

    ** Christmas/ New Years
    Dec. 16, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
    $5916/wk for 2-8 people

  • ** Xmas/New Years – 12 night minimum if taking both holidays, including Christmas Eve & New Years Eve
  • 12.5% hotel tax/5% service charge plus $300 Cleaning Fee

    $500 damage deposit

  • Cable TV
    DVD Player
    Safe for Valuables
    BBQ Gas Grill
    Washer & Dryer
  • Beach Chairs
    Beach Towels
    Beach Cooler
    Iron & Ironing Board
    Linens & Bath Towels
  • Caribbean Villas Comments:

    In the mid 1990s the original great house of Rara was demolished and a new stone house was built and completed in 1997. A skilled artisan was imported to St. John to give the house the aged look of a centuries old villa in Tuscany. It's an alluring concept – a European style villa on a beautiful waterfront site on St. John – and it certainly works well for Rara. At night, with the great house doors open and the soft glow of the valence lighting, you could well imagine yourself on the coast of Italy or Spain. In 1991 we wrote that Rara Avis is "located in an unusually quiet and private seaside setting where shimmering moonlight, warm trade winds, mesmerizing views and the background sounds of breaking surf weave a totally relaxing almost magical atmosphere." What was true in 1991 is just as true in 2015; the passage of time has not spoiled either the setting or the villa. Rara is proof of the maxim that great real estate is defined by "location, location, location." If you love the concept of being immersed in sun, sea, sky, flora and peace and quiet, then this is your place in the sun. This setting will massage you and relax you to such an extent that you may never want to go home. Located below Le Lapin and Dolphin Run, Rara is strongly recommended for honeymooners and other lovers (this is a very romantic villa), multiple couples, and families with beach kids.

    * Rara Avis has a resident outdoor cat that visits the property

  • Guest Comments:

    - July 2, 2019 Thank you for everything! We have absolutely LOVED our stay at Rara Avis!! What a beautiful home and location!

    - Awesome..just awesome!! Thank you - we will be returning to Rara Avis!
    - We had a wonderful time! The house was perfect for our family! Loved the views and breezes over Hart Bay!
    - Everything was perfect, thank you so much! Though Rara Avis may not be the newest property, we found that it had an intimacy with the water and an openness to the sky and sun that gave us much peace and relaxation. We all loved it!
    - Thank you for all of your assistance with our rental of Rara Avis. The home was great and we were pleasantly surprised that Rara had done some painting, new bedding etc. This was our 14 trip to St John and rental with you and Rara Avis is clearly one of the best locations on the island.
    - We had a great time and enjoyed our second stint in Rara Avis. All things being equal, we plan to reserve a week in late April '13 for another stay on Hart Bay.
    - Just a quick comment to let you know that we had a most amazing time in St. John this last week! We were there for my daughter’s wedding and it was just spectacular! The Villa served us well to keep us calm and serene during this hectic time. We would highly recommend this Villa to anyone looking for a peaceful, soothing and comfortable Villa with privacy and views to die for! Everyone there in St. John was most helpful and accommodating. Thank you for your time and effort; you are a very professional group and the transaction was smooth and as expected!

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We look forward to hearing from you!

Diane, Dolores, Kris & Kim

Caribbean Villas of St John Staff