Romantic Villa, Private, Spacious, Affordable, Artistic
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Fish Bay house description
Tranquility is a perfect place to enjoy the serenity of St. John in a pristine little villa loaded with charm and creature comforts. A truly unique island experience awaits visitors wishing to relax in a natural and beautiful setting where care and sensitivity to the environment have made Tranquility a special retreat for the eye and soul.
Situated all by itself on a little knoll in Fish Bay overlooking the Bay, its recently refurnished interior reflects the best of Caribbean simplicity in taste and design with a full kitchen, lovely dining area, cozy den, bedroom suite and a large bathroom.
Tranquility is nestled in the trees on a hillside above Fish Bay on the one side and the luxuriously secluded Reef Bay on the other. Fish Bay is a quiet residential area on the south shore with a mix of full time residences and vacation villas and only 10 minutes from Cruz Bay, making it very convenient for trips to the beach or dinner in town. The National Parks' virgin forests and beaches are close by. It is a private, romantic and unique little villa with high ceilings and 1,000 + sq ft of living space, which includes wrap around decks for sunning, sunset viewing over the water in Fish Bay and stargazing.
While the house is surrounded by big shade trees to the back and sides, offering complete privacy - there are no other houses in sight - the front view of the Bay affords a clear vista of the water and a full panorama of the incredible night sky. Fall asleep to the gentle sounds of the virgin forest and wake to the soft sounds of birds singing.
More than half of our guests have been honeymoon couples who have thoroughly enjoyed the romantic and tropical appeal of Tranquility, with its spectacular sunsets and expansive views of the night sky from the verandah and surrounding decks. The villa can also accommodate a small family - the futon in the den opens to a full size double bed with an overhead ceiling fan to cool the room, which opens onto the front verandah with a view of the bay. The den is a completely separate room with louvred doors and access to the large bathroom through its' own door. The bath can be accessed from the kitchen hallway so it is not necessary to go through the den. There is also a twin size daybed in the master suite.
Tranquility is an oasis of natural beauty year round. Recently equipped with air conditioning in the large master suite for the benefit of summer guests it is still possible to enjoy the natural cooling provided by the canopy of native shade trees and the glorious trade winds wafting through the open and spacious little home. Tranquility is eco friendly, designed to take full advantage of the cooling breezes; solar panels heat the water and a short nature walk along a garden path to the large (15 x 30')pool carries you through an herb garden. Guests are welcome to pick fresh basil and other herbs for their salads.
Tranquility's builder was a fine craftsman, which is reflected in the beautiful floors inlaid from a gorgeous selection of South American hardwoods and other distinctive touches of a true artisan. Tranquility has been decorated by the cottage owner, who is a local artist of international renown and whose artwork enhances the easy charm and comfort of this well appointed vacation villa. All furnishings, fixtures and linens are new and fresh. The artist's husband has landscaped many of the finest properties on the island including nearby Guavaberry Farms which is a veritable Garden of Eden.
A short footpath through the native, tropical forest leads you to our big 15’ by 30' swimming pool, which you may have all to yourself.
Another short walk takes you down a path to the breathtaking Reef Bay within the National Park. Reef Bay has a luxurious, long beach and is a shell seeker’s dream. Off the beaten path and with no roads directly to the beach, it is possible to have the famous National Park beach all to your self!
A guest comments, 'We very much appreciated coming 'home' in the evening and relaxing on the balcony to the sounds of nature; we also ate breakfast there everyday....we have loved our hideaway holiday. From each hazy dawn to every sleepy diamond starred night ...Tranquility describes it perfectly.'
Other guest comments from our Guest book -
“This has been the most amazing vacation! St. John is magnificent!! Tranquility is the perfect, perfect, perfect place!! So peaceful and beautiful! Andy and Janet, thank you! You have been wonderful! Highlights: Boat trip to Jost van Dyke, Leinster Bay, saw rays, turtles, starfish and donkeys! We will be back!”
June and Justin
“These were eleven of the most perfect days that we have ever experienced! … This was our honeymoon and reunion all at the same time. Needless to say, we had high expectations and the trip far exceeded those expectations. Tranquility was the perfect home for us, we loved everything about it. Perfect house, perfect location, perfect hosts, perfect everything. Highlights of the trip include the hike to Reef Bay… Salt Pond beach, Coral Bay … Francis Bay, seeing rainbows on our porch after the brief rainstorms, and of course the pool. Thank you to the Rutniks for their hospitality. We want to tell everyone about this place, but we also want to keep it a secret. It’s that good. Already planning our first anniversary,”
Bear and Rachael, Minneapolis, MN
“Best honeymoon ever! Definitely the trip of a lifetime—highlights: Dinghy rental—totally worth the expense. Reef Bay trail was gorgeous. Saw many mongoose and other creatures. Fed carrots to the donkeys—they’re quite tame! Leinster Bay trail was fun and easy—Waterlemon was nice. A day on the Lameshur Beach was relaxing and fun. Early mornings on the balcony at “home” were gorgeous—as were the cool breezes at night. Thanks so much!!”
Eva and Clint
Keywords: Private home, villa, cottage, secluded and quiet, convenient to beaches, hikes, Cruz Bay dining and shopping
- 1100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Non Smoking Only:
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
- Pets Not Allowed
- Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- King size beds (1) New King Bed in the Bedroom Suite, Twin or Single Beds (1) In the Master Suite, a great day bed for reading, Baby Cribs (1) We have a pack and play for a bay or toddler up to 24 mos. Other arrangements can be made for a larger crib if needed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon in the den opens to a double bed...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
We recommend Mathayom at www.stjohncatering.com.There are many wonderful caterers on St. John and other provisioning companies, as well as local grocery stores. You can find everything you need or want on St. John. ...moreless
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Covered Parking:
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided:
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Ceiling fans, Iron, Hairdryer, Beach Chairs, Beach Towels, Concierge Services. One of the really unique and special qualities that Tranquility offers is the ability to feel like you are living comfortably within the beauty of the natural world. The house is open to the breezes, the gentle sounds of nature, the soothing arbor of leafy shade trees with complete creature comfort in a relaxed and artistically designed little villa. ...moreless
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Mobile Phone:
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Wood Deck
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Duty Free Shops
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Botanical Garden
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Miniature Golf
- Fish Bay is a quiet residential area with a mix of full time residences and vacation villas. While not far from town, Tranquility is situated all by itself on a little knoll with a lovely view of the Bay and the surrounding foliage. A short footpath through the native, tropical forest will take you to the big 15 by 30' swimming pool, which you will usually have all to yourself. Other short walks will take you to Reef Bay, Cocoloba Beach, Fish Bay, Ditleff Point and hiking trails through the National Park. The cottage's big verandah provides fantastic views of the starlite night sky where you may sit and relax or take your dinner. Speaking of dinner, Tranquility is only 10 minutes from Cruz Bay, making it very conveniently located for dining on the town. There are many fine restaurants, shops and art galleries to enjoy in the evening as well as by day and it is an easy trek from here to there with all roads paved. Other Activities: hiking, shopping, art galleries, fine dining...moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
Villa Tranquilite was a very pleasant home for our recent stay on St. John. The house is in very fine shape, nicely outfitted, and much bigger than it appears in the photos. The pool that is available is simply lovely and surrounded by trees, plants, and flowers, providing welcome privacy and shade. The short path down to the pool is a bit treacherous, but so are most of the trails on the island! Several evenings and early mornings I sat on the house's patio just listening to the beautiful chorus of tree frogs, insects, and birds. It really is a wonderful place to stay.
- Guest Stewmuse (Chicago)
- Date of stay 07/06/13
- Review Submitted 07/15/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
Manager response: Thanks, Mike, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and we are happy that you and the girls enjoyed the pool! We will look at the path again and see what we can do to make it easier to navigate - all best, Janet
Amazing week on St. John
Amazing week on St. John
We have rented a lot of places over the years and this was by far the best. We enjoyed the peace and quiet at the house, with beautiful views. The house is very comfortable and well equiped. The location is perfect for exploring the island. There are just no words to adequately describe how perfect it was. We will definately be back!!
- Guest Pam and Pete (Vermont)
- Date of stay 02/01/13
- Review Submitted 02/13/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
Manager response: So nice of you to take the time to write, Pam - we certainly look forward to welcoming you back to St. john and Tranquility - thanks, Janet
A Perfect Honeymoon
A Perfect Honeymoon
Janet and Andy have created a heavenly get away in Fish Bay. They also happen to be two of the nicest and most generous hosts we have ever met. It is a spectacular property, just perfect in every detail. My wife and I spent 8 days there and we had an amazing time exploring the entire island. The deck, which wraps around the whole house is the highlight providing beautiful star gazing at night, and amazing sunsets and sunrises. Perched on top of a hill overlooking Fish Bay, you feel like you're in a tree house. The pool was also a nice option if we felt too lazy to head down to the beach. Also, Andy and Janet know everyone on the island and have explored every beach, have hiked every trail, and snorkeled every reef. They'll help you plan out an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. I really couldn't recommend this property higher. We will be back! (which is why I'm a bit reticent to post this review because I don't want everyone to rent out this place when we want to go!!!)
- Guest Ross and Alexis (Brooklyn, NY)
- Date of stay 09/06/12
- Review Submitted 12/23/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Manager response: What lovely guests we have been blessed with! Thanks, folks! we look forward to your next visit - all best, Janet and Andy
Too short a stay!
Too short a stay!
We spent 4 glorious days at Tranquilite. The accomodations were everything we could hope for and more. Very private and spacious. There was so much to do and see on this beautiful island and we were so comfortable and relaxed here. Janet and Andy are gracious hosts who will help you in every way to get the most out of your stay. Our only regret is that we had to leave so soon. We definitely have recommended Tranquilite to our friends and hope to return ourselves.
- Guest Helen n Pete (Bronx,NY)
- Date of stay 10/10/12
- Review Submitted 10/16/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Manager response: Thanks so much! It was nice having you at Tranquility - all best, Janet and Andy
Hillside Haven in Fish Bay
Hillside Haven in Fish Bay
Just got back from a wonderful week in St. John, staying at Tranquilite. The house is very well laid out, with an open, comfortable floor plan. Clean and neat. The hillside location, cross-ventilation of the windows and sliding doors, and ceiling kept the house cool and comfortable even in the middle of the day.We enjoyed morning coffee and late afternoon cocktails on the spacious deck, and on nights when we didn't go out to dinner, we were able to cook delicious meals in the kitchen and on the grill. Thoughtful touches and beautiful artwork abound -- a truly special place!
- Guest Adele and Arnold (Longmeadow, MA)
- Date of stay 04/26/11
- Review Submitted 05/09/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
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4 night min stay
Discounts: 14 nights or more: $350 Nightly
Apr 15 - Dec 13
4 night min stay
Discounts: 14 nights or more: $200 Nightly
|Winter - Dec. 15 to
Dec 15 - Apr 14
4 night min stay
Discounts: 14 nights or more: $350 Nightly
Additional Fees and Taxes:
10% hotel tax
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- Nearest Ferry: Cruz Bay at 3 Miles
- Nearest Beach: beach at 0.3 Miles
Year Purchased: 2004
About: We have lived on St. John for over 40 years and have raised our family here. Our island experience is unique and has given us a special relationship to the people, the culture and the environment of St. John. My husband is currently in real estate, he has served in the Governor's cabinet and owned and operated a family landscaping company for years. I am an internationally exhibited artist with a large collection of paintings, prints, collage but currently working in video and other contemporary media. Our grandchildren live nearby and our daughter works for Starwood Vacation Club at the Westin, St. John.
Why Fish Bay:
We chose to buy Tranquility because it's location is convenient to everything, within walking distance of Reef Bay and yet only 10 minutes from town. It is a perfect retreat on a lovely little knoll and offers privacy and the peacefulness one desires when seeking a relaxing and picturesque place to unwind and savor nature's blessings. It is a spacious little house with wonderful shade and heavenly breezes all year round and yet enjoys a lovely view of the bay and a phenomenal view of the starry nights we are so fortunate to have the benefit of without any collateral lighting or obstructions. It's heaven on earth.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Incredible serenity - lovely view of the Bay, breezy with shade trees all around, peaceful and private - sky view that is sensational - no collateral light sources to obstruct your stargazing - unique and authentic experience of the timeless beauty that St. John has to offer. Tranquility is within walking distance of Reef Bay beach and only a short distance from Cruz Bay and the National Park beaches.
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Reef Bay Beach only a 3 1/2 minute walk to the trail down to the secluded beach
Pool View from Verandah
Cool, Shady Entry Deck and Carport
Bedroom Suite w/ King size bed, day bed and Viking Table
Breezy Den opens onto Verandah
The entry with wraparound deck
Looking Across Fish Bay to Shady, Peaceful Tranquility
One of our guests snorkeling with a turtle at Honeymoon beach.
Sunset View from Verandah
The Pool - 15 x 30'
Always a comfortable and cool place to relax.
Large Master suite with twin size daybed
View from dining room to kitchen
Den with Double bed size futon
Spacious Bath with lots of shelf space
Facing the Bay, Fantastic Sunset and stargazing
Cocoloba Beach - a short walk
Early Morning - Reef Bay Within Hiking Distance of Home
Mike chasing a Stingray at Salt Pond
Only 10 minutes from Cruz Bay Dining and shopping
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