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Kamabesu Villa 2-5bdrm Suites, Pool & Ocean View 2-16 Guests

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Last updated: 03/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-10 nights
  • Sleeps:16
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:5
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

St. John VI 5 Bdrm/6 Bath Ocean View & Pool Property 5 mins to town

Rates begin at $61 per person per night!

Kamabesu Villa, pronounced kuh-Mä’-beh- soo’, overlooking quiet Fish Bay on tranquil St. John in the US Virgin Islands, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The screen enclosed veranda offers stunning views on St. John’s south shore and refreshing tropical breezes keeping the temperatures at bay. Kamabesu is in a private residential location only minutes to the walking paths of Reef Bay, Ditleff Point, Fish Bay and Klein Bay beaches. The shallow reefs and shoals in these waters offers great snorkeling making them a must see during your visit. St. John is noted for the fine white sand beaches on its north shore: Hawksnest, Trunk, Cinnamon, Maho and Francis Bays just a short 10 to 15 minute drive. Kamabesu is only minutes from downtown Cruz Bay, the ferry dock, groc

Owner's Ammenities: The owner’s great loves include beach lounging, gardening, cooking, literature and movies. Kamabesu Villa features multiple amenities for these hobbies from the extensive Library of Books to the Catalogs of Music, DVDs, Games and Videos as well as all the tools a pampered chef could desire.

Movie classics such as Bridge over the River Kwai, Rear Window, The God Father I-III, Braveheart and Moulin Rouge are just highlights in the collection. Surround sound from speakers mounted on the ceiling transforms the living room into your own viewing theater and the rustling of the Caribbean winds only enhances the experience.

Lush gardens with Orchids, Oleander, Hibiscus, Bouganvillia and Fan Palms border the driveway providing privacy and improving the views through the eyes and nose. Fruit trees like mango, papaya, coconut, lime and genip (a local fruit) produce seasonally on the property. Kamabesu is currently adding a pool and 2 bedrooms to the lower level of the property which is 70 f

Family Inspired: Kamabesu (pronounced Ka-MA-ba-sue) Villa is a place where families feel welcome and comfort is primary. Like her namesakes, the four sisters whom inspired this house: Katie, Maggie, Betsy and Susan, Kamabesu embodies casual sophistication.

The Tartas began visiting the tropics 25 years ago and over time fell in love with the beautiful island of St. John. After many seasons to the same spot, Fish Bay, the Tartas purchased Kamabesu focusing on it’s transformation into a tropical paradise.

Joe & Paula, parents to the Kamabesu girls, have invested their hearts and are happy to welcome you to their home. They are both avid gardeners and believe a vacation home should be more comfortable than the one you left. Paula hand painted the details in all the bathrooms including the 6 foot Palm tree and international phrases for 'Water is Precious.' Joe’s hands-on approach to the garden has fortified the house with a wall of plantings offering privacy and beauty to all guests.

Kitchen Capable: Kamabesu’s kitchen is fully equipped including a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, oven/stove top, pots, pans, serving platters and even an ice machine for blended drinks! This kitchen is capable of preparing any meal, from quiet intimate dinners on the cool verandah to a family BBQ with burgers and ribs on the gas grill outside.
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 16
  • Children Welcome:

    The House is not baby proof.Children must be watched by an adult....moreless

  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 13-16

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib


  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen Aero Bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 king, 1 baby crib

    Pack n' Play...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

    Roll away available...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    The single beds are bunk beds and the lower bed is a full...moreless

  • There are 5 master suites with 5 bathrooms and one queen size blow up bed and one full size bunk bed allowing for 2-3 children to sleep on it. There is also a portable crib....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 6: shower

    Outdoor Shower located on the way to the pool...moreless

  • All Bedrooms have an extra large shower, toilet and sink. Bedroom # 1 has 2 sinks in the bathroom. There is an additional outdoor shower located off the driveway on the way to the pool, a great place to store snorkle & dive gear....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Caretakers live on property in a separate apartment and will provide you with custom welcome services as well as orientation to the island and property in detail. They will offer concierge services or you can book specific items with their guidance or simply meet them for the keys. Our on-site cartaker is there to make your stay as relaxing as possible whether that means being invisible or available. We know you'll enjoy the personalized service that Kamabesu prides herself on. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic Cable on one Television in the living room of the main house. ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Views from Main Level look toward the South Shore where magnificent sunrises can be appreciated by the early riser....moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Ocean View from all bedrooms except one in The Club House on the main level nor from the lower room in the club house which has a garden view. . Views throughout the house facing south....moreless

  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    A/C in all bed rooms & living areas...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone:

    Local calls free...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Internet can be affected by the weather and slows when multiple devices are on at the same time. To avoid slowing the DSL wireless service please turn off smart phones and laptops when not in use. ...moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Concierge and Catering services available through the caretaker, email ktarta@gmail for details. Provisioning can be ordered in advance and left in the house for you upon arrival as well....moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Ice-Machine for tropical drinks!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Leading from each bedroom a small overhang that allows for breathtaking views...moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Large, in ground, cement, fresh water non-chlorinated pool filtration system. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2 Winter Rates
Feb 26 - Apr 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$6,000 $19,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Spring/Summer 2017 Rates
Apr 16 - Aug 26, 2017
1 night min stay
$3,900 $13,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $58 per night, per additional guest

1 Fall 2017
Aug 27 - Oct 27, 2017
1 night min stay
$2,250 $7,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest

2 Fall 2017 Rates
Oct 29 - Nov 17, 2017
2 night min stay
$3,900 $10,000
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 - Nov 25, 2017
7 night min stay


Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

3 Winter 2017
Nov 26 - Dec 22, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest

Christmas/NYE 2017
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2018
10 night min stay


Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Taxes Not included


Please note that rates depend on seasonality and number of guests on property. Please contact us directly for a custom quote.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
St. Thomas
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Woody's Saloon
3.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cruz Bay
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
La Tapa
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Reef Bay

Car: Necessary

Kamabesu Villa, a 5 bedroom/5 bath property, is located about 200 feet above level located over breezy Fish Bay. It has an easy access flat driveway suitable for guest arrivals and luggage unloading. The main house is 60 feet up on stilts over looking the lower decks and expansive pool. Only 15 minutes from town, this villa is situated in a residential neighborhood enjoying privacy and convenience to hubs like grocery stores, ferry dock and restaurants.

Other Activities: Hiking, Concierge


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2004

About: Joe & Paula purchased the house with family in mind. Expanding from a 3 - 7 bedroom villa this property has grown as their family has. With 4 daughters (Katie, Maggie, Betsy and Susan) now grown up and with families of their own it is still the spot they all come for special occasions.

Why Fish Bay, St. John, USVI:
As a 5 bedroom/ 5 bath rental property (the two bedroom apartment is reserved for the on-site caretakers) the house boasts a family feel without everyone being on top of each other. Having been part of the step by step process to expand every detail has been accounted for.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
On site Caretaker offers on-site first hand knowledge of the island with concierge services available to improve your vacation and island stay. The house has the ability to offer privacy and togetherness as each bedroom has its own bathroom. The Main House which holds two of the 5 bedrooms and the Club House holds the other 3. Each bedroom has an attached bathroom and room for a Queen Aero Bed if required.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Pool Lounging looking South

    Pool Lounging looking South

  • Looking up

    Looking up

  • Flat Driveway to a 
Hidden Gem

    Flat Driveway to a Hidden Gem

  • Kamabesu Villa Main Level Entry

    Kamabesu Villa Main Level Entry

  • Lower Suite in Cub House

    Lower Suite in Cub House

  • Kamabesu Villa Entry

    Kamabesu Villa Entry

  • I Spy

    I Spy

  • The Club House Entry

    The Club House Entry

  • The Club House Blue Room

    The Club House Blue Room

  • The Club House Bathroom

    The Club House Bathroom

  • Water View -Kamabesu is just above ocean

    Water View -Kamabesu is just above ocean

  • SUP'ing at Gibney Beach. Just 10 mins from the house.

    SUP'ing at Gibney Beach. Just 10 mins from the house.

  • Orchids by the pool

    Orchids by the pool

  • Kamabesu Property with pool, deck, gazebo & Club House in background

    Kamabesu Property with pool, deck, gazebo & Club House in background

  • Breakfast Nook in Banana Tree and Papaya Garden

    Breakfast Nook in Banana Tree and Papaya Garden

  • Master Mahogany Bedroom

    Master Mahogany Bedroom

  • View Upon entering Villa

    View Upon entering Villa

  • Dining Alfresco on screened in porch looking over Fish Bay

    Dining Alfresco on screened in porch looking over Fish Bay

  • The Turtle Room in Main House

    The Turtle Room in Main House

  • The Club House White Room

    The Club House White Room

  • Kitchenette of Club House

    Kitchenette of Club House

  • The Club House

    The Club House

  • Tire swing taking a rest at Oppenheimer Beach after much use!

    Tire swing taking a rest at Oppenheimer Beach after much use!

  • Master Bedroom View catching rainbows

    Master Bedroom View catching rainbows

VRBO #110248

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017

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