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New Home, 180-Degree Ocean View, Paradise Found!

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Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

King Bedroom, 180-degree ocean view, indoor AND outdoor showers

Joy of Life Villa will make you realize how good life is here, overlooking the US and British Virgin Islands, coral reefs and turquoise seas. This new, solid stone and masonry home is fully equipped and surrounded by verdant forest and unsurpassed views. This home has a king bed, large deck accessible from all rooms, full kitchen with gourmet appliances, large luxury bathroom, both indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning in bedroom, wireless internet, two TV's with Netflix access, gas grill and glass bottom kayaks & paddle boards waiting for you at the nearby beach! Perfect for couples or honeymooners, but also has a sofa bed to sleep up to 4. Located in Coral Bay, 2 minutes to restaurants and 15 minutes to major beaches on North Shore. Jeep with 4WD required for the 'highway to heaven'. Call Karen with any questions: 340-227-1110 Special grocery discount for guests!

There are two separate, private units to choose from on this property, or rent both for a discount (ask for details).

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Karen Vahling
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Karen Vahling

I purchased the land in 2000 and JUST finished building the home. I moved here because I love the incredible natural beauty, simple life and friendly community. I work on the house and do nonprofit consulting and fundraising projects. My partner, Jeff, helped me build the house, is very handy to have around and a great resource for island info. The photo was taken in our driveway.

Karen Vahling purchased this villa in 2000

Why Karen Vahling chose USVI/St. John

I fell in love with St. John 20 years ago and always wanted to live here. It is the best island because it is 2/3 National Park and US territory. Coral Bay is unique and unspoiled, full of natural beauty.

What makes this villa unique

This property is unique because it is on a large parcel of land (over 1 acre) and has an expansive view from its large deck and all windows, overlooking the USVI and BVI with development-free Coral Reef National Monument in the center of view. Stargaze at the milky way with no light pollution, fall asleep to distant waves breaking on the reef at Johnson's Bay and tree frogs peeping. Wake to doves cooing, amazing sunrises over the islands and great gourmet coffee! Then hit the beaches or go kayaking in pristine waters - kayaks are provided for you at no extra charge! If you have more than two people, there is a sofa bed. An additional king bed unit is available, with it's own separate parking and entrance, based on availability. One unit up, one down. Completely private and quiet, with solid masonry floors, walls and decks. Over sized wooded lot on a knoll overlooking the sea.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

New Home, 180-Degree Ocean View, Paradise Found!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Breathtaking views - an oasis on top of the mountain!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Joy of Life for our 5 Year Anniversary and it was exactly what we needed. We've already dreamed about how we can come back and bring the whole family! Jeff and Karen are very respectful and kind hosts - if you need anything they'll reply to you quickly - but will otherwise let you be and enjoy your stay. The bedroom is extremely comfortable and you can opt for doors/windows open to hear the tree frogs and feel the breeze, or there's a great AC. Not to mention, you can lay in bed and see the views of the water!! The kitchen had everything we needed to cook breakfast and pack lunches, we chose to eat out for dinner but could have cooked anything we needed. The living room is great, but we honestly spent all of our time out on the patio enjoying the view if we weren't sleeping or gone. There is another 1 bedroom unit downstairs but there is absolute privacy. Unless you lean over the edge of the porch to see the lower driveway, you will not see (or hear) each other at all. We never heard a cabinet slam or anything, concrete walls make great sound barriers!

We LOVED how close this villa is to the North Shore beaches, as well as the beautiful bays around the east and southeast side of the island (we fell in love with Salt Pond and Little Lameshur). We could be anywhere in 10-15 minutes. We also really enjoyed the vibe of the Coral Bay side of the island - super chill, friendly, and still amazing restaurants! And for sure, take up Jeff and Karen's offer to use their amazing glass bottom kayak, single kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards! Plus, they have snorkeling gear you can borrow, too. Lastly, you really do need a 4WD vehicle to get up the hill to the house but it really isn't bad - my husband had a blast driving up and down it and the views are WORTH IT!!!! We would not hesitate to stay here again and again - we have found our slice of Heaven in St. John!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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A little slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a two weeks stay at Joy of Life. The house is just as depicted in the picture and more and the owners (Karen & Jeff) was a pleasure to deal with. The owner responded promptly to any of our question and the whole trip went smoothly. Beautiful property! We loved being up on the hill. The views from the deck were amazing! Truly gorgeous! The king bed were very comfortable, the a/a and wifi worked great; there was a large clean shower (piece of art!)

We had a wonderful time at Joy of Life! it was our first visit to St John and we were out exploring the island daily but made sure we were back on time to enjoy the villa...The deck is perfect for evening relaxing (there is a gas grill) and morning coffee....the skyscape at night is unbelievable!

We will definitely be returning....All in all a great place and we highly recommend it

Thank you Karen & Jeff

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Stunning views, luxurious amenities, great attention to detail

  • 5 of 5

This home is absolutely stunning! The king size bed is amongst the most comfortable I have ever slept in! In fact I want to order the same bed for my home. The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to cook a full gourmet meal and there's an outdoor grill. Beautiful stainless steel appliances. Comfortable indoor seating area as well as extremely comfortable outdoor seating areas. Great lounge chairs for sunning as well as cozy outdoor furniture set with overstuffed soft cushions perfect for enjoying a glass of wine at Sunset while looking down at Coral Bay, and Tortola, BVI. The bathroom is very thoughtfully decorated with a nice big shower and great water pressure! This home even has an outdoor shower! Great air conditioning that works very well as well as ceiling fans everywhere you need one. Every window and all three sliding doors have screens, so you can let the fresh Caribbean Breeze blow through without worrying about mosquitoes. Extremely spacious deck with several different comfortable areas to sit and enjoy reading, eating, drinking a glass of wine, or meditating. The space is very clean. Spotless! The pictures she has posted are beautiful, but they do not do the view or the inside decorations justice. Every detail has been considered. I was so comfortable during my stay, I cannot wait to go back! I highly recommend this villa to anyone visiting beautiful st. John.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fabulous Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been to several Caribbean islands and our experience on St. John took the prize for the best stay! We rented the upper unit of this amazing house and could not have been more pleased with the facilities, views and overall welcome feeling we got from the owners. They shared activity ideas, gave us snorkeling gear, a cooler to use for our day trips, access to a glass bottom kayak and even offered to take us on an evening hike to Ram's Head. It was so nice to come back to a quiet, relaxing, and clean place after daytime adventures. We loved it and will definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Fabulous view, clean, comfortable, quiet,.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable place to stay. The views were to die for and extended to the east end of St. John and beyond to the BVI's. The stone shower is a work of art. The bed is top notch, and seating, both indoors and out, is relaxed and comfortable. We were hesitant to rent at first, as the owners live on the property, but that was a non-issue. We never even heard them. We could, however, hear the ocean below us. Wonderful spot!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Beautiful Home with Amazing Views!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Joy of Life Villa from February 20-29 and could not have been happier with our stay. We truly felt at home there. The house is beautiful and well equiped with everything you need. If you like peace and quiet then this is the place for you. The drive up to the house is a little intimidating the first time but you quickly get used to it and it is definitely worth the views! We watched the sunrise almost every morning from the deck and enjoyed viewing the night sky that was filled with so many stars. There was a steady breeze so never had to use the AC and it was nice to wake up to the sound of the ocean every morning. Both the indoor and outdoor showers were awesome! Karen and Jeff were great hosts. I cannot say enough about how helpful they were. Our favorite places to eat in Coral Bay were Aqua Bistro, Miss Lucy's, and Skinny Legs. There was great snorkeling at Grootpan Bay (recommended by Karen and Jeff), Salt Pond, and Waterlemon Cay. Our favorite beach was Honeymoon Beach. It's a bit of a hike to get there (unless you want to pay $20 to park at the Caneel Bay Resort...but you still have to walk down to the beach from there) but it is well worth it! Francis Bay Beach is also beautiful. If you are there during the full moon I recommend doing the full moon hike up to Ram's Head (another recommendation by Jeff and fact they invited us along to go with them!) Another must do is hiking the Reef Bay Trail. Make sure you go to the pool to see the petropglyphs. The great thing about St. John is with an AWD Jeep you can go everywhere and see everything without having to go on tours. My husband and I are looking forward to returning one day (hopefully we can bring some friends) and when we do we will definitely return to Joy of Life.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Shipwreck Landing
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
St. Thomas, Mahogany Run
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Shipwreck Landing
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
North Shore Beaches
Car: necessary

About 2/3 of St. John is Virgin Islands National Park, with world-class white sand beaches, snorkeling, and hiking through lush green forests overlooking the Caribbean and Atlantic seas. Don't miss the best snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay, the tranquil beach at Maho Bay and a hike to the petroglyphs on Reef Bay Trail. Or, just relax on our deck and let the day slide by watching the sailboats and stargazing on clear, tropical nights.


Rates & Availability

Coral Bay Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Feb 10 2017
4 night minimum stay
President's Week
Feb 11 2017 - Feb 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Feb 19 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Nov 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 12.5%

For BEST RATE Call Owner, Karen Vahling at 340-227-1110
Cancellation policy: 50% at booking, 50% 90 days before arrival, no refunds unless rebooked, 20% rebooking fee.
Extra person over 2 people: $50/night
Laundry usage: $100/stay (optional)
VI Lodging Tax is 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Coral Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large bathroom with stone and mahogany features.
  • Large, luxury bathroom with stone shower big enough for two. Bench seating, view to ocean from shower window. Large mahogany vanity, luxury towels, plenty of shelves and counter space. Travertine tile floors, two mirrors, vessel sink, hair dryer, magnifying mirror. Additional stone shower outdoors.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King bed with view and sliding doors to deck.
  • King bedroom with sliding doors to 1,200 foot deck and views to ocean. Additional sofa bed in living room. Large closet, desk and chair. 32' flat screen TV, DVD player with remotes. Air conditioning and ceiling fan. Room-darkening curtains and blinds. Indoor & outdoor showers. Additional unit available on property, separate entrance.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
New outdoor shower area just added! FREE use of glass bottom and regular ocean kayaks awaits you at the beach. Sit on tops and standup paddle boards too, with life jackets. Washer & Dryer available (additional fee $100/week due to high energy and water costs).

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