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Grapetree Escape: Your Seaside Home-Away-From-Home, On St. Croix

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

A 3-bedroom/3-bathroom villa with pool, overlooking Grapetree Bay.

Grapetree Escape is an east-end, hillside villa overlooking St. Croix's south shore, with one of the finest views on-island and easy access to several nearby beaches. Owned by the same family for three generations and completely rebuilt in 2012, our wish is for you to feel “at home” on St. Croix, the same way we do.

The villa sleeps up to six, in three warmly decorated bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and shower. Each bedroom is completely separate, with entry facing the sea on the west-side gallery.

Spend your day lounging on the spacious gallery, surrounded by the natural sights and sounds of Grapetree Bay. Relax by the pool, and explore beaches within walking distance. Several restaurants, attractions, and conveniences are a short drive from the villa.

Amenities include a finely appointed great room and full kitchen, to make your time at Grapetree Escape all the more comfortable and enjoyable.

Other amenities: WiFi-Internet, Satellite-TV, Washer/Dryer, Standby-Generator, Electric Gate.

Contact us today, and make your Escape to Grapetree.

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Michael Luce
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

About Michael Luce

My grandparents moved to St. Croix in 1965. Five years later, I was baptized on the island as an infant. The property has remained in the family all these years, and our connection to it is deeply personal. It's our sincere wish that anyone staying at Grapetree Escape also feel that sense of belonging...and a desire to come back, time-and-time-again!

Michael Luce purchased this villa in 1965


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Grapetree Escape: Your Seaside Home-Away-From-Home, On St. Croix
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Loved this house!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a peaceful, secluded, and immaculate vacation home with amazing ocean views, then look no further! We have stayed at many villas throughout the Caribbean, and Grapetree Escape is one of our favorites. The house design is well planned, nice open-concept, yet the bedrooms are very private with separate entrances and bathrooms. Better than the pictures depict. Although it was just two of us, this home is perfect for three couples or a large family – plenty of space. Our favorite features included the bump out on the deck for breakfast and late day cocktails/dinner, the extensive wrap around deck, and the covered outdoor patio by the pool - perfect mix of shade and sun throughout the day. The pool was the best - morning and evening swims between daily excursions. Gourmet kitchen was also a big plus since we love to cook. A few restaurants are within a quick car ride (highly recommend Cheese Burgers in America’s Paradise – we had Mahi & Snapper sandwiches and drank Pain Killers). Christenstead is a 15 minute drive and has great restaurants; we had an amazing dinner at 40 Strand Eatery. Lots of great beaches within a few miles, Knights Bay is a 10-15 minute walk from the villa and we had the entire beach to ourselves – nice snorkeling around the small pier. Must do: Point Udall (very close, 10 minutes by car): hike down to Issac/Jack Bays – unbelievable beaches with little or no people. Many thanks to owner Michael and villa manager Pam, both extremely helpful and hospitable. I have never had such a positive experience with renting a vacation home – top notch service. Last but not least: Mommacat was our pet away from home, always looked forward to her daily visits, we really miss her!! You will not be disappointed with Grapetree Escape Villa, a very special place!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Beth and Paul. We're humbled by your generous comments. And we'll be happy to welcome you back!
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A Beautiful Escape!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay at Grapetree Escape, and I didn't realize how much I missed it, until I settled in again. All I did was kick back, enjoyed that spectacular view, and found myself hypnotized by the sound of the surf, a sound I crave. Yes, it's sometimes nice to head into town (or closer) for an occasional lunch or dinner out, but I'm partial to “staying home," and taking in the nature of the east end. This property makes that effortless. Highly recommended for travelers seeking escape from the so-called “real world”. The name Grapetree Escape is most appropriate! I had the best time, and hope to come back soon. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a pleasure to have welcomed you back, and we look forward to your next visit, as soon as you can return!
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Comfort and Security

  • 5 of 5

Grapetree Escape is a gem! The property is gated and thus very secure. Located in a quiet neighborhood, the only sound is of the waves. ( No roosters !! ) The kitchen is up to date and very well equipped. There is a generator and all systems are state of the art. The tap water is drinkable. The owner is responsive and helpful. Pam, the rental agent, escorts one to and from the airport and is warm and welcoming. The resident cat, MommaCat, patrols the property and appears at mealtime. We loved our stay at Grapetree Escape and hope to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy, we enjoyed having you and Bill as guests, and look forward to welcoming you back for "the next adventure!"
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You Must Experience Grapetree Escape For Yourself

  • 5 of 5

"Getaway" is the perfect word to describe this vacation destination. It offers privacy, solitude, tasteful yet functional appointments and amenities, and relaxation. We found ourselves completely "at home", without feeling stranded, as we enjoyed the breezes, the views of the bay and the hills along with the modern touches of the luxurious Great Room and kitchen as well as high-speed Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The photos do not do the retreat full justice. We also enjoyed the local nature, including the daily visits from MommaCat, and the black and yellow bananaquit bird that made friends with my wife, and constantly followed her around the property. If serenity and comfort are your goals, you simply MUST visit Grapetree Escape. If you do, when it comes time to return home, you'll hate to leave, and immediately start making plans to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ed and Patty... We're glad you found the place relaxing. No doubt, MommaCat and the sugar-birds enjoyed your company, too. They'll see you next time!
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Wonderful view

  • 5 of 5

What a great location and wonderful view! The sound of the waves while being situated high enough to enjoy the view is the perfect combination. This truly felt like home for our visit to St. Croix - our first trip back in 18 years! We enjoyed taking care of the kitty. She had left over lobster for three days! The owner, the manager were very helpful and took care of all our needs. The restaurants in this area are excellent. Thanks again for everything.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeff, it was a pleasure to welcome you back to St. Croix. We look forward to your family visiting again. Thank you!
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  • 5 of 5

First we just want to thank you for sharing your beautiful family home with us, and giving us the opportunity to experience this true gem. From the moment we arrived, we were just so comfortable with the layout of the house and really appreciated that everything was clean and well stocked. (We would love to have this kitchen.) But what impressed us the most was the perfect location you have. Upon arrival, first walking in to the sounds of the waves, the warm island breezes, and that mesmerizing view, we found ourselves in awe. Then waking up each day to experience it over and over again was just a gift. We loved, loved, loved the gallery (outdoor space), where we spent a lot of our time. It was the first place we went when we woke up and the last place before we went to bed. We just couldn't get enough of that beautiful view, whether it be the different shades of greens and blues as the sun lit the water or the bright nighttime glow courtesy of the full moon. We didn't even need to turn the pool light on at night. The moon did the job for us. The pool was also great. It was a relaxing retreat when the ocean waves tired you out or you just needed to cool down. There's nothing like sitting out there with that wonderful breeze and the waves lulling you to sleep. When we were out and about, we looked forward to "coming home" to relax. Whether inside or out, we tried to sit in just about every spot just to experience the beauty from all angles -- Plenty of good places to read a book. We had fun looking to see if Momma Cat was there each day. Momma Cat is really a cutie, and we enjoyed feeding her.

Your home is perfectly named. It truly is an escape. Best Wishes to you and your family and continued blessings with Grapetree Escape.

The owner was great and very communicative --answered all our questions and good person taking great pride in his family home. The property manager was also a sweetheart-- very helpful and went out of her way to get us settled in. We definitely hope to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: MommaCat says Hi, Kathy...and please come back soon! Thank you for your kind words.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Henry E. Rohlsen International
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Grapetree Beach
Car: necessary

Grapetree Escape is situated on St. Croix's east end, in the Grapetree Bay area. It's a very serene and relaxing environment, within short driving distance of several nice restaurants, conveniences, and attractions.


Rates & Availability

Grapetree Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2016/17
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Apr 15 2017 - Dec 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Dec 15 2017 - Apr 14 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Apr 15 2018 - Dec 14 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Housekeeping $150
Tax Rate 12.5%

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night per additional guest in-season, $15 per night per additional guest off-season.

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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Grapetree Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Appointed with Mexican sinks and mirrors, tiled counters, and large showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom #2 has two extra-long single beds.
  • Each bedroom has its own bathroom and large shower, and opens to a west view of Grapetree Bay. The third bedroom is the largest of three, as it can also serve as a studio apartment; it has a VERY comfortable futon and kitchenette.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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