Solare features a Main House and a Guest Cottage with a total of 5 bedrooms. When you enter you will walk through a beautiful stone archway into your own private world of tropical gardens, brick and stone courtyards, rooms with cypress ceilings and tile, marble and hardwood floors and thick wooden shutters.
The interior courtyard and the spacious decks with their gorgeous views are perfect for weddings and receptions, workshops, retreats, dive clubs, family reunions etc. are all welcome.
When you are not at one of St. Johns beautiful beaches, relax with a dip in the pool or hot tub, or enjoy reading a book in the quiet courtyard. The lush tropical gardens are constantly in bloom with colorful sweet scented flowers visited by hummingbirds on a regular basis. Evenings feature beautiful sunsets over St. Thomas, Pillsbury Sound and Great Cruz Bay.
- Bedrooms: 5
- Beds: 6
- Bed Description: 1 King, 3 Queens, 2 Twins (convert to a King)
- Bathrooms: 5
- Property Location: Great Cruz Bay (harbor)
- Proximity: Ocean View
- Property Size: 2200 sq ft
- Year Property Complete: 1990
- Beach: Westin Beach - Great Cruz Bay
- Pool: Yes
- Pool Dimensions: 12ft x 31 ft, 3-5 ft deep
- Hot Tub: Yes
- Wifi: Yes
- Housekeeping: No
- Ipod Connectivity: Yes
- Damage Deposit: $500
- Air Conditioning: Yes, bedrooms only
- Children: Welcome
- Distance To Town: It's a 5 minute drive in to the shops, restaurants and grocery stores in Cruz Bay.
- Living Dining: New screened sliding glass doors have been added to the living area. The great room is now fully enclosed but still allows the fresh air, gentle breezes and ocean views to be enjoyed to their fullest. You can relax on the wicker furniture or in the lounge chairs out on the decks. The living area has WiFi/Internet, stereo/radio/CD and iPod connectivity. The indoor dining table seats 8, with more room at the bar. There are 3 additional shaded outdoor dining tables.
- Kitchen: The newly renovated kitchen is well equipped for cooking your own gourmet meals at the villa, and large enough to accommodate a catering staff or private chef should you wish to treat yourself for a special occasion.
- Bedroom Details: The Main House has two air-conditioned bedrooms, each with its own private entrance, queen size four-poster bed and cable TV/DVD player. Both main house bedrooms have newly renovated tiled bathrooms with showers. The Guest Cottage has three additional bedrooms. Each of the cottage bedrooms (king, queen and two twins that convert to a king) are air-conditioned, have their own private entrance, Cable TV/DVD player, indoor and outdoor showers. The guest cottage deck has the same great view!
Solare (Formerly Inn Love) is located in Great Cruz Bay, an upscale neighborhood near the Westin Resort and just minutes from Cruz Bays world -class restaurants and some of the Caribbeans finest beaches. Sunset views of St. Thomas, Pillsbury Sound and Great Cruz Bay make Inn Love the perfect place to spend your vacation or honeymoon.
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
$3955/wk 2-4 people (main hse only) * $4725/wk 5-6 (Main hse plus king bdrm) * $5425/wk 7-10 (Entire Hse)
Christmas/New Years (Dec 16 to Jan 6)
Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
- Off Season Pricing
April 15, 2017 – Dec. 15, 2017
$2975/wk 2-4 people (Main hse only) * $3850/wk 5-6 (Main hse plus king bdrm) * $4550/wk 7-10 (entire hse)
Thanksgiving – Off Season Rates Apply
Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
- Hotel Tax/Service Charge
12.5% Hotel tax/5% Service Charge
- Damage Deposit
Caribbean Villa Comments
- Caribbean Villas Comments:
Solare was built in 1990 with a classic design style that includes native stonework, brick courtyards, French doors, and cathedral ceilings with hardwood floors. Another desirable feature of this home is its large lot in the very convenient and upscale neighborhood of Great Cruz Bay, overlooking the picturesque harbor with beautiful sunsets and St. Thomas in the distance. This is a quiet and reasonably private setting, yet it’s a 5 minute walk to the Westin Resort and a 5 minute drive into the restaurants and shopping at Great Cruz Bay.
Solare was remodeled in 2012 and it now has all the amenities necessary for enjoyable island living, including; a pool, hot tub, lots of sun on your semi private pool deck, a fully screened in living, dining and kitchen area, and a/c and TV/DVDs in all the bedrooms.
Solare is large enough for 10 people, with the main house having two master bedrooms and the guest house having three bedrooms. If you desire, we can lock off the guest cottage and the main house becomes a comfortable rental for just 2-4 people. The pricing and the floor plan easily accommodates couples and families.
In late February, 2013 Solare was sold and the new owners have their own set of plans to continue to make Solare an even more appealing and enjoyable vacation home, so look for more upgrades and improvements in 2013 and 2014.
- Guest Comments:
- A group of 8 women stayed here for a week long vacation in February. Four girls stayed in the main house and 4 in the upstairs guest house. Each room had their own bathroom which was helpful. I stayed in the guest house and both rooms had their own outdoor shower which was a nice surprise. There was plenty of space for all of us to relax in the kitchen and living room and we all enjoyed lounging on the deck. We were able to cook full meals in the kitchen with the things that were provided. We also used the washer and dryers after a day at the beach so we could have fresh towels the next day. The location was great and easy to get to from the town and beaches. You do need to rent a car or use taxis if you would like to go into downtown or to the beaches. Something that may be helpful to note to the owners- wifi is not available in the guest house unless you stand at the very corner of the deck. Since wifi is how most of us were communicating with home etc it would have been nice not to have to go to the main house to check an email. Overall, a great, spacious villa with all the basic things you would need. Perfect for a group!
- Had 10 Adults stay in Villa Solare for 5 nights, and four of us stayed for an additional 4 nights. All in all a great experience, the house is well suited for a large or small group. Kitchen is great, bedrooms are air conditioned, and the deck views are very nice. 7-8 minute drive to Cruz Bay. Nothing is too far on the island from here, it is a good location to launch from for your day trips. St. John Market is on the way to town and much closer, which we found is much cheaper than the other markets closer to town. Very quiet, good for walks. This place is just as advertised. Susan is very easy to deal with. Thanks again!