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Ocean View Designer Estate on Two Private Hilltop Acres, Secluded and serene

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

4 Bedroom/4 Bath (Sleeps 8): Private Pool, Live-In Caretaker, solar powered.

Larimar is a designer masterpiece nestled on two hilltop acres overlooking the blue Caribbean. You can see all the way to St. John and St. Thomas, but no one can see you in your tropical hideaway. There is a full-time caretaker in a separate apartment on-site to maintain the condition of this 4200-square-foot home, which has been featured in House Beautiful magazine. If you are looking for serenity, privacy and lush beauty, look no further. We have also just completed the installation of self-contained 3.5KW solar system with battery back-up. No loud generator or diesel fumes - come to Paradise and reduce your carbon footprint!

There are four spacious bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. The Master Bedroom has a canopy King bed, entertainment center, sitting area and a lovely antique desk for that office work you just had to bring with you. (Don't worry, there's broadband WiFi throughout, so you can always get your email!) It has a magnificent view of the Caribbean through the huge picture window.

The Upstairs Master features an enormous balcony with patio table and chaises -- and a view that will take your breath away -- plus constant tropical breezes that make this room a favorite with returning guests.

The two interior bedrooms each has two twin beds (convertible to queen bed or queen + twins if desired -- sleeping layout is flexible so ask and we will try to make it happen).

In true West Indian style, the kitchen is in a separate wing from the bedrooms, across the pool area. You never live with the heat or smell of cooking. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, gas range, microwave, blender, Cuisinart, coffeemaker, and all the cooking and serving utnesils you could want. There is even picnicware to take to the beach. We provide everything you need, including a gas BBQ grill for those big lobsters you're going to catch!

The private pool sits in an open courtyard with lush landscaping and a spectacular ocean view.

This fully environmentally friendly retreat has its own cistern, solar system and battery back up. Our caretaker will help you find your way around and make you comfortable, and keep the place in ship shape. Mark is also an avid sailor, in case you want to brush up on your skills or go on a sailing or fishing trip. Mark's goal is to have the guests of Villa Larimar loving this Island as much as he does before you depart!

We provide the beach towels, beach chairs and sunscreen you'll want to take down the road to Cane Bay, one of the loveliest beaches in the Virgin Islands. A three-minute drive from Larimar, Cane Bay is a family-friendly, pet-friendly gathering spot. It boasts some excellent beachfront restaurants, a dive shop, kayak rentals, and what SCUBA divers generally recognize as the best dive wall in the Caribbean. It is also the location of the infamous bike leg of the 'The Beast,' St Croix's triathlon that serves for many as the warm up for the Iron Man.

Larimar is a short hop from Carambola, St. Croix’s top golf course, and a quick ten minutes' drive from the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport.

Guests of Larimar also are provided with passes to Carambola Renaissance Beach Resort, a five star Marriott property. These passes allow you all of the amenities that their guests receive plus a 10% discount on food and beverages, spa treatments and activities! Go for a workout or enjoy the fabulous Friday night Pirates Buffet with Mocko Jumbies (stilt spirit dancers) and The Flaming Gypsies fire dance troupe, or just relax on their manicured beach

St. Croix is America's best kept tourist secret, a tropical adventure that US citizens can enjoy without even needing a passport. The beaches are never crowded, the old Danish towns of Frederiksted and Christiansted are a sightseer's delight. Buck Island is one of the nation's only underwater national parks, a fantastic day trip on a catamaran or antique sailing vessel.

We'd love to share it all with you.

Keywords: Villa, Scuba, Luxury, Mansion, Estate, View, Gated, Gracious, Privacy, Caribbean, USVI, St. Croix

More Details

Ethlie Ann Vare
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 7, 2017

About Ethlie Ann Vare

I fell in love with St. Croix the first time I came to visit. I bought Villa Larimar the next year and have spent the past decade turning this designer property into the showplace it was meant to be. When I'm not here, you get to enjoy it (lucky!) and I have installed an old friend and avid sailor, Mark Thompson, in the caretaker's unit to make sure everything stays shipshape. If there's anyone who loves St. Croix more than I do, it's Mark. You will be in good hands :-)

Ethlie Ann Vare purchased this villa in 2006

Why Ethlie Ann Vare chose USVI/St. Croix

St. Croix is a Caribbean paradise that's still America, making it both exotic and familiar. Larimar is a gem on this fabulous rock. The design was so wonderfully thought out that the Island surrounds you and is a part of every moment of your stay. The open design lets the outside in like no other home I've encountered here on St. Croix or the other Virgins as well. No matter where you are in the Villa, the Island is with you. I cannot imagine coming to Paradise and spending time inside four walls with a window or two when you can basically live in conjunction with the beauty of this Island. Whether its the amazing views or the open living area, the extra large patio around the pool, the incredible upstairs patio overlooking the world or even just the pleasantness of cooking meals in the separate kitchen that is only 5 steps from the pool and open to the outdoors, every aspect of this villa is capturing. Guests laugh at me when I say this but it is even pretty here when it rains!

What makes this villa unique

Peace and quiet, a canopy of stars, warm ocean waves and cool island breezes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just gazing at the ocean from beautiful Larimar was a special treat, as was gazing at the night sky poolside every evening. Highlights: Fabulous meals at Rowdy Joe's, Eat@Cane Bay, Angry Nate's & Rumrunners. The scenic drive to Pt. Udall. Snorkeling at Cane Bay. The beautiful town of Christiansted. Thank you, Michael, for your expert guidance! With deepest gratitude -
Jan 2014
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Estate Betsys Jewel Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • This is an island. Water and electricity are very dear. Please conserve!!!
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Outdoor rinse shower - outdoor shower , Perfect to shower off the sand/sunscreen or to just cool off
  • All of the bathrooms have tiled showers, UV filtered water tested for drinkability monthly (recent tests pass the highest standards for drinking water, even beat out major brands such as DaSani in PPM tests!)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upper Master - 1 king , Also a Cali-king, unreal view from private balcony, new A/C!
    Master 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Another master with flexible bedding options new A/C!
    Grand Master Suite-owners suite - 1 king , This room features a Cali-king, seating area, bay window A/C
    Twin Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , The smallest bedroom, layout adaptable. New A/C!
  • All of the bedrooms have A/C and full baths, the twin room shares the full bath with the common area, the 3 Masters have HD DISH network tv's, broadband wi-fi and Cat5 connections.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Reduce your carbon footprint due to our recent solar upgrade, now providing 70% of our power! Battery back up electrical system eliminates loud diesel generator and the smell. Portable GPS navigation unit for your rental car. Live-in Caretaker to see to your needs. A million-dollar view. Original art. Pick your own mango, passionfruit, banana and grapefruit, in season.


Lounging in the sun, overlooking the beatiful ocean views!!!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Jul 25, 2015

The VRBO Bear just had an amazing first day in the beautiful U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix! The weather was perfect - in the 80’s and a summer breeze filled the air. The bear was fortunate to stay in a designer estate that sits on top of two private hilltop acres overlooking St. Croix. A great plus is that the bear could leave his passport at home and travel with just a US license! The beautiful home provided island living to its fullest. The outdoor living area, including the kitchen, living room, dining room, and pool, all overlook the Caribbean. The bear’s favorite parts of the house included the relaxing hammock, upstairs balcony and the pool! The Larimar Estate had plenty of room for all of the bear’s items because it was 4200 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Michael, the onsite caretaker of the property provided the bear with a full list of activities for the week such as island explorations, snorkeling, and relaxing at the beach. The bear had a real surprise towards the end of his stay when Michael brought over Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies to the house to perform fire dancing! The bear had an unforgettable experience at Villa Larimar in St. Croix. The ocean views, outdoor living space, and the onsite property manager provided us a wonderful vacation.

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Ocean View Designer Estate on Two Private Hilltop Acres, Secluded and serene
average rating of 4.72 based on 52 reviews
Troutville, VA

Outstanding family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from what was one of the best family vacations for my husband, teenage son, my sister, and my parents. Larimar is an astounding property. Sitting on top of a hill with a breathtaking view of Cane Bay, the open floor plan of the house creates an atmosphere of being one with the natural beauty surrounding the house. Photographs on the VRBO listing accurately show the property. But what the photographs can’t show are the other elements that make Larimar special. Tropical breezes cooled the open great room all day and evening making it our favorite spot for lounging, eating, reading and just staring at the ever-changing colors of the sea. The view from the balcony off the second floor master bedroom was incredible, especially at night. The pool was refreshing. Humming birds visited the flowering shrubs on the patio daily and we all got a kick out of the little green geckos scampering everywhere. Having the small kitchen across from the main living area was different but made the whole living area feel larger. At times during the day and night, the gentle sound of the surf could be heard. Peace and tranquility are hallmarks of Larimar.

The other element not captured by photographs we believe was the most important: Michael, the property manager. Michael’s passion about the island and his exuberance in wanting to share all his knowledge of things to see and do were the sparks that made the vacation truly memorable. Following his suggestions, we saw and experienced things we would not have on our own. He gave us mini-tours on two days and we loved both excursions! Driving through the rain forest, picking fresh mangos, exploring ruins of sugar cane estates, buying beer for pigs, and tasting the special Mamma-wanna drink, enjoying the Sunday-Fun day at Rainbow beach, were just some of the things Michael showed us. His restaurant recommendations were spot-on. The GPS device he provided for our use was invaluable! To cap-off a wonderful week, Michael arranged for Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies (all wonderful, smart ladies) to come to Larimar to perform their fire dances. Fabulous!

Snorkeling at Cane Bay and lounging on the beach at Carambola were great. The overall friendliness of the locals put us at ease. There are so many more wonderful things we did not get to do that I foresee another trip back to St. Croix and, hopefully, to Larimar, because with Michael as the concierge, the trip will be outstanding!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you Ethlie and Mark for making our 20th anniversary/vow renewal great. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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This place was close to perfect as you can get.

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Amazing view. The groundskeeper was always helpful and was respectful. The house has everything you need as far as utensils and toiletries. I'd recommend it to anyone. Very peaceful.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful! There were three couples that stayed in the property and mark the property manager was great with any info about the property or the area that we were unsure of. Cane bay which is just down the road is one of our favorite spots on the island. Can't wait to get back and enjoy it again soon

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

We all had a great time at Villa Larimar. The kids loved the pool, and the adults loved the open air feel of the property. Thanks for everything Joe.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We came here for Spring Break with our family and enjoyed our stay very much! the house is well equipped with everything we needed! Take advantage of Michael's recommendations on things to do and vendors. The view is much better in live than even the pictures!


  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
STX - Henry Rohlsen International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Rowdy Joe's, Above the Cliff, Off the Wall, Eat
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Carambola Golf Resort and Spa
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Melvin Evans Highway 66
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Rowdy Joe's, Above the Cliff, Off the Wall, Eat
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Cane Bay Beach:world class diving, dining and sun
Car: recommended

St. Croix is America's Undiscovered Tropical Paradise. Less crowded than St. Thomas, less expensive than St. John, the island offers deserted white sand beaches, an underwater national park, lobster-hunting and spear-fishing year-round, and all the color and verve of West Indian music, dance and food. You will want to take a catamaran out to pristine Buck Island, go to the restored Whim Plantation, visit St. George Botanical Garden, golf at Carambola or another famed golf course... or just veg out by the pool and enjoy the Caribbean view.


Rates & Availability

Estate Betsys Jewel Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer (Low Season)
Apr 26 2017 - Nov 10 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter (High Season)
Nov 11 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $75

We prefer 50% of rental rate to reserve the dates, the remaining balance of rental rate is due 60 days prior to arrival and please bring a personal or corporate check for the Hotel Tax, made out to "VIBIR" (Virgin Island Bureau of Internal Revenue).
We are also available for events, perfect for weddings and receptions under 45 persons. $1500/day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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