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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Highest Quality, With Every Amenity Awaiting You



The moment you arrive, the pampering begins. You are met dockside and escorted to your rental car. Then whisked away for a short five-minute trip to Sopra Mare.

I know you are tired from a long day’s journey so after you are acquainted with Sopra Mare sit down to a full course meal complete with wine provided by us, of course, on your outside patio table.

Listen to the soft winds blow and enjoy the sounds of island life. Totally unwind - I know you are tired from your hectic travels. Use free wifi to keep up with everything.

It’s now getting late so sit in the 80-degree private pool with extended light show a drink in your hand watching the lights of nearby islands.

Listen, do you hear that? Not a sound of another person near you. It’s just you and the Caribbean night.

Getting tired? Retire to the master suite fit for a king. A heavenly bed with Ritz Carlton pillows and 400 thread count color coordinated sheets await. There’s no white linens at your villa you. You expect, and we provide the very best.

Sleep well in your king bed as you watch cruise ships on the horizon through the full expansive doors then gently lay your head down for the first night of vacation.

Soothing surf crash below will quickly lull you to a night of blissful slumber.

Arise early, enjoy a refreshing shower from your rain forest shower head and of course, accompanied by London Molton Brown bath products world renowned for luxury at the most famous world five star hotels. Nothing is too good for you at Sopra Mare.

Now you’re ready for the beach. Load one of the multiple sized coolers, pack plenty of beach towels, grab a couple of Tommy Bahama ultra-comfortable beach chairs and begin your island adventure.

Each day you will rejoice in selecting Sopra Mare as your island vacation destination this time and for many vacations to come.

Sopra Mare (Above The Sea) is a stunning 1,600 sq ft cliffside villa, built n solid native rock set atop Maria Bluff in the most exclusive location in Chocolate Hole with crashing surf below

This unique home offers gated privacy yet has a one mile level walking circuit on paved roads where you may sip your morning coffee and watch iguana's cross your path. The villa is continually cooled by a slight gentle breeze which generally assures no biting insects.

Less than five minutes to town of Cruz Bay which offers excellent jazz at several locations on Saturday and Sunday including the famous Beach Bar - partial setting for my first book about St. John 'Keep Left.' Shopping and night life abound in Cruz Bay.

Other features include full laundry, digital cable, two connections for your iPod or MP3 player, secure, wireless high-speed Internet access for your laptop. A Bose speaker system for Bluetooth with your laptop or phone.

We want you to enjoy the full villa experience - therefore; if just two of you, no problem, bedrooms are NEVER locked off from your access.

Your villa is a world apart from noise and traffic; yet three minutes to the Westin Hotel, it's sandy beach and great Sunday Brunches.

Enjoy the song of the treefrogs late at night and wake to the hummingbirds making a feast on Sopra Mare flowers. Ceiling fans in all rooms and full individual frosty air conditioning in each bedroom await you.

Laze away in the pool on colorful rafts and turn on the pool lite show when the sun goes down - five colors and four speeds for your enjoyment.

If it's the right time take the villa binoculars and watch the Rolex Sailing Cup from the balconies with a cool beverage in your hand or dolphins, turtles and the occasional whale.

Sopra Mare has everything you would expect from an island home; convenience, elegance and comfort.

I look forward to your arrival at Sopra Mare we have a high percentage of returning guests, more than 40%. They recognize our high standards and striving for constant improvement.

Our overall occupancy at Sopra Mare is the highest on the island for two bedrooms. Guests expect and receive the best in quality, attention to detail from my excellent staff who have been providing service year after year at Sopra Mare.

NOTE: If you're seriously about staying I recommend reservations at least six to twelve months prior to your vacation dates. WE RENT UP VERY EARLY WITH MANY RETURNING GUESTS.

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Mike Mullen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Mike Mullen

Sopra Mare (Above the Sea) was built late in 2009 after fourteen months. This was my second construction project on St. John. The first Villa Tesori (House of Treasures) was finished and sold in 2007. During its' construction I completed a comedy novel called 'Keep Left' which depicts crazy events and the island characters I met while Tesori was being built. My 2nd novel 'Flat Busted" came out in 2014. Both are now available on Apple IBook.

I have met so many wonderful people that have rented the villa and now are returning and consider Sopra Mare their second home.

Mike Mullen purchased this villa in 2009

Why Mike Mullen chose Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay

I actually got to St. John by mistake after over bidding at a charity event in Vail, Colorado some years ago. This was the result of definitely drinking way too much wine by the time the auction began. By morning after they presented me with a bill for the event I had purchased two TV's, a shotgun, a pink Harley Davis Motorcycle and 7 nights in the Virgin Islands! But I have never been sorry about the trip and as a result it has led me on a long and winding road of adventure!

St. John is very unique, approximately 60% of the island is National Park with numerous hiking and walking trails. Old sugar plantations dot the island. The more than forty beaches are incredible, most with pure white sand. The Caribbean water is always warm and crystal clear, often you can see fifty feet down with an abundance of sea life. The people of St. John are exceptionally friendly and eager to help you enjoy your island experience.

What makes this villa unique

The home is secluded behind a private gate with zero steps to access - something nearly unheard of on St. John. Lush landscape awaits you and soon several lime and banana trees will provide a source for frosty drinks. The living room and master bedroom have a panorama twenty foot expansive view achieved by opening one set of folding doors. Complete entertainment with a plasma TV, CD, DVD, IPOD and Bose system awaits your enjoyment and of course WIFI throughout. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances and everything a chef would require to whip up a gourmet meal. Or you can dine al fresco under the stars on a Brown Jordan table and matching chairs. A new stainless steel commercial radiant bbq with separate burners is steps away. As you are on the ocean its a great pleasure for me to occasionally see whales, dolphin and giant turtles swimming below. Once night falls, watch the cruise ships slowly sail across your view on the way to their next foreign port. You on the other hand will feel as though you were on a cruise ship with the open expanse of glass in the master as you look out at the stars, the ships and St Croix - 30 miles away. You are facing directly south, and therefore the villa receives all day sun allowing the pool to remain at 80 degrees.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed 7 days in October, 2009

We loved our stay at Sopra Mare! It was a beautiful house in a spectacular location. We look so forward to staying at Sopra Mare again the future and highly recommend this house to anyone looking to stay in St. John! Mary & Scott B, Columbia, SC
Oct 2009
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Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • Half bath also has a sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Incredible Views, brand new villa late 2009. Level road access with a easy one mile walking track


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average rating of 4.9411764 based on 69 reviews

Wonderful vacation experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Sopra Mare. Now, St.John USVI, is remote and isn't like staying at the Ritz. It is an active vacation destination. Don't go expecting your beach chair and umbrella set out every day. Go there to hike,Scuba, snorkel and get hot, sweaty and refreshed in the Caribbean Sea. We will would return to Sopra Mare, as it fit our family of 4 just fine. The Owner"Mulley" was very helpful and made sure we went with the best folks for island services. His home pool was awesome the one afternoon we stayed home.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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May 2017 - A Room With a View & then some...

  • 5 of 5

There's a lot to be said for an ocean front villa up high on a cliff! In short, it's worth it. You can enjoy the ocean, outdoors and pool by just taking a step out of your door. If you've only stayed in hotels, you really need to try the villa experience in St. John as you won't be disappointed. The privacy of your own pool is simply fantastic. One Huge feature about this villa which has not been emphasized in the other reviews is the patio cover which provides complete shade for a large portion of the patio. I already have one scar from a skin cancer spot so I've learned the hard way to really value the shade. At Sopra Mare, you can enjoy the outdoors & protect your skin. While on the patio, turn on the ceiling fan and take the standing fan from the living room out on the patio then turn it on high aimed right at you and ahhhh, nice & cool & mosquitoes are blown away (if not, bug spray works amazingly well). Be sure to put the fan back in the house due to rain showers. WiFi works very well, and the villa is well stocked & decorated as the other reviews state. If asked what makes Sopra Mare different? I'd say that Sopra Mare is loved. This place is deeply loved by its owner, & he loves the whole island as well. It's not just a room or place to crash at night, instead it's something quite special. Away from the villa, we enjoyed a nice dinner at Morgan's Mango and delicious burgers at Dog House Pub. Sailing is awesome here so go out on a boat. If you can sail yourself, rent a sailboat at Cinnamon Bay. My last tip, I love to read, but do not read a book here as it is way too pretty to have your eyes stuck to a white page. Instead, download an audiobook & listen to the story while your eyes take in the beauty all around you. It's so beautiful that it simply doesn't look real.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to St. John at least once a year for the past twenty years and have stayed at many different villas. I can say, without a doubt, that Sopra Mare is the best one we've stayed at. It is situated on a cliff looking out over the Caribbean Sea. Upon walking in the villa the view is so spectacular it looks like the view from a cruise ship! We found the villa very well appointed as it is decorated thoughtfully and creatively. The artwork on the walls is very pleasant and the furniture is comfortable. I am a cook, (unfortunately for St. John this means we don't spend a lot of money at the local restaurants), so I was delighted to find sharp knives, good pots and pans and the utensils I need to create any meal! The beds are clean and comfortable as are bathrooms. All of these qualities are unique to Sopra Mare.....the other villas we have stayed at seem to provide minimal inexpensive amenities for lounging and cooking. It was a pleasure to leave the beautiful St. John beaches to go home to the beautiful Sopra Mare. Mulley is a pleasure to work with and his staff all very professional and efficient! I would recommend this villa to anyone and everyone!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Spot

  • 5 of 5

My family (two adults and two teenage girls) really enjoyed out time at Sopra Mare. The view is spectacular, the location is ideal (close enough to town to be convenient but distant enough to be well out of the bustle) and the home is very well appointed with everything you could need. Finally Mike (and his team) were fantastic to deal with - very proactive, clear, helpful and responsive around all communications. We would happily stay here again next time we're back on St John!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Sopra Mare is one of the best Villa's we have rented in St. John. The location in Chocolate Hole makes it very convenient to head to town for dinner and gather all the groceries you need for your stay. The villa itself is beautiful with gorgeous water views and very quiet!! We enjoyed the pool every day after our beach adventures and relaxed with a drink at night. All the amenities we needed for a spectacular vacation were already there for us. We will definitely come back to this gem.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sopra Mare

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful panoramic views, close in location, all you need for a beautiful vacation. Mike is a pleasure to deal with and his property manager, Jared, I'd right there if you need him. If you don't rent a car, it's easy to get taxis to take you around, especially at night after partying in Cruz Bay. It's a little piece of heaven perched on that hillside. We especially enjoyed the pool after a day of "beaching". Nice and relaxing...that's what we want!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
St Thomas - Code STT
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Woody's Five Minutes
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Cruz Bay 5 Minutes Away
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
St Thomas - Mahogany Run
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Two minutes
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cruz Bay Five Minutes
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

This villa is located on Maria Bluff the most outstanding residential area in Chocolate Hole. Quiet with little or no auto traffic


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Security/Administration $90
Tax Rate 12.5%

Please Add $400 for guests 3 and/or 4 plus tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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