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Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

Beautiful Villa - 2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Apito is a casually elegant home on the island of St. John located within the National Park boundaries. Completed in June of 2009, this home was built and furnished with the complete comfort and relaxation of guests in mind. Fully air conditioned, it is ecologically sensitive yet delightfully fun and upscale. Located high atop Mamey Peak at approximately 940' above sea level, it is near the geographic center of the island and less than a five minute drive to the famous North Shore beaches. As you enter Apito though its exquisitely carved entry door, you'll be greeted with extensive travertine tile work, rich mahogany and pear wood furnishings, quality finishes and oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

Be sure to check out the web site for pictures and our Construction Blog on how Apito was conceived and constructed!

Interior square footage of 1,185 sq ft plus 1200 sq ft of outside living area.

Additional Tidbits...: Apito has 2 large master suite bedrooms and fully tiled bath rooms. Each bedroom has a king sized bed and pillow top mattresses to insure a peaceful nights sleep. The very private pool and pool deck area offer spectacular views of Bordeaux mountain, Coral Bay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands. The mountain breezes typically make this area many degrees cooler than the lower lying areas of Cruz and Coral Bay.

The kitchen has all of the modern conveniences. A full size dishwasher, energy efficient Liebherr refrigerator, microwave, 5-Burner, dual fuel stove and double oven and a garbage disposal (one of the few on St. John!), along with virtually every cooking utensil a gourmet cook could desire. Because we know how aggravating it is to buy every day items when you stay at a villa, Apito maintains a supply of sugar, flour, herbs, spices , and cooking oils along with dish towels, paper towels, trash bags, baggies, dish and clothes detergents, etc. so you DON'T have to spend hard earned vacation money on the simple necessities of everyday life.

Apito is a very private villa while at the same time being very conveniently located to all St. John has to offer.

We hope you'll decide to stay at Apito!

Tom & Lori Buttermore

Denver, CO

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Tom Buttermore
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Tom Buttermore

My name is Tom. Lori, my beloved wife of 26 years, and I have two boys Alex and Conner, although they were much younger when all of this began. My first trip to St. John was in 1978 when my parents chartered a bareboat out of Tortola for a two week vacation. Needless to say, I fell in love with the islands, and the hook was firmly set. While Lori and I have always loved the Caribbean and have traveled to several islands over the years, after the kids were born, we were not able to afford a trip back to the Virgin Islands for a long time. Our first trip to the Virgin Islands as a family finally occurred in 1997. This is the year we finally reached a station in life that allowed us to show our kids the beauty of St. John. We chartered our own boat the following year and have been returning as often as we can ever since. Over the years, we have always dreamed of owning a little piece of this rock, and that dream became a reality late in 2005.

Tom Buttermore purchased this villa in 2005

Why Tom Buttermore chose Coral Bay

We began looking for property on St. John in 2005 and decided to purchase a lot on Mamey Peak for its stunning views, cool mountain breezes and geographically central location. We didn't want the crowded, hustle, bustle of Cruz Bay, but also didn't want to be as far out as Coral Bay or the East End. We wanted the best of all worlds and we think we found it on Mamey Peak.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool
average rating of 4.980769 based on 52 reviews
Memphis, TN

Perfect in every way!!!

  • 5 of 5

From the beginning, Tom was the perfect host! The home was lovely with a view of Coral Bay that will live in our memories forever!! Apito was perfectly appointed with any amenity that you could possibly ask for, including very well documented instructions on how to operate everything. We loved the various living areas, each creating a unique space to gather with our children. Thank you for sharing your home and allowing us to make the fondest memories in St John.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very Secluded and Modern

  • 5 of 5

Apito is a charming, modern, well stocked villa in a very remote, secluded location on St. John's east end, about a 20 minute drive from Cruz Bay. It has every modern convenience and the owners have gone the extra mile to provide a comfortable environment. The books, dvds and media center are a plus. Although this is a two bedroom unit, the bedroom on the first level has a separate entrance and is accessible via an outdoor spiral staircase. So Apito might be better suited for couples traveling together than for families with small children who want to sleep in earshot of their parents. If you long for peace and quiet in a private setting, and want to commune with nature, then Apito is for you. You absolutely must book a jeep in conjunction with this villa as the access road to Apito was unpaved during our visit, and you will require transportation to get to all the wonderful sites that St. John has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 star accommodations....5 star treatment

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at Apito. Unit is just as seen in the pictures, if not better. Very clem, spacious...pool was great. Any issues that arose (though minor), Tom addressed immediately. He gave some great restaurant suggestions. Very personable. We would definitely stay at Apito again.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! It was a pleasure meeting you as well!
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Words could not describe!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary with a trip to Apito. Before booking the trip I spent days researching lodging options on St. John. From the information available online, the choice seemed clear. We booked our stay at Apito, and believe me, our expectations were extremely high. Our stay at Apito exceeded our expectations in every way possible! The pictures you see online do this place no justice. The architecture of the home, the furnishings, the materials used in construction.....all top notch. Oh yeah, the view, its absolutely amazing. All of this is topped off by the world class host Tom. Tom went the extra mile in making sure everything for our trip was exceptional. He had the keys for our rental Jeep with him when he picked us up at the dock.(we arrived after the car rental place was closed.) He took us by the market the first night to get some drinks and food for the evening. He helped us unload our luggage. He walked us through a map of the island, marking some of the best beaches, restaurants, etc. He was always available for advice, which I took advantage of.(he knows the island way better than me).

We have already dicussed a return trip. We know this trip will be VERY tough to top. Tom is working on a new project that I had the privilege of previewing. His attention to detail shows in Apito, and I am certain when the new project is completed, it will boast all of the luxuries of Apito.

Thank you Tom for making our 15 year anniversary trip exceptional. Hopefully we can see you again soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! It was a pleasure meeting you as well. I hope to meet your girls on your next trip! Tom
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Beautiful property! Apito felt like home.

  • 5 of 5

Five stars is the highest I can rate Apito here, but it deserves at least 6! My husband and I have stayed at several properties on St. John over the years and Apito is our favorite so far. So much thought was put into designing and decorating this beautiful, comfortable villa - you will not be disappointed! Enjoy morning coffee and the island breeze on the upstairs patio overlooking Coral Bay. Spend time by the pool and relax in the nearby cozy lanai napping or reading a selection from the great collection of books there. For us cooks, the kitchen was well stocked with everything needed, and there's even an additional patio area with a grill. We're usually up with the roosters and gone early to explore the island, but we found ourselves lingering in the mornings just to enjoy the villa. Take a minute to visit the upper picnic area and notice the landscaping... there was a full bunch of bananas on the tree while we were there and a couple of tomato plants blooming. There's more I could mention that previous reviewers already touched on, so please take a minute to read their posts as well. And I must brag on the owner Tom: This was an anniversary trip for us, and Tom went above and beyond on his own time to help my wonderful husband carry out a special surprise, and boy was I surprised! Thank you. Tom and Lori are just nice folks to deal with during the entire planning process and we can't wait to get back to Apito!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Villa

  • 5 of 5

This home is modern and inviting and very comfortable (A/C was very appreciated!). Tom (the owner) was very generous with his time, answering any questions and giving us good tips on how to best enjoy the island. Comfortable beds, fantastic views, quiet location, great for a couple wanting to get away! We definitely recommend Apito, and will surely visit this place again in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to review us! We look forward to your return.
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Rates & Availability

Estate Carolina Villa Rental Rates

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High Season 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Apr 26 - Aug 31
3 night minimum stay
Sept - Oct Special!
Sep 1 - Oct 31
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Prices are for 1-2 people - Additional Charges for > 2 people.

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Estate Carolina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1185 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upper Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Lower Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upper Master - 1 king
    Pool Side Master - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size sleeper in Living Room -
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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