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Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

Bedrooms 1, Bathrooms 1, Sleeps 4

The Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole Bay is a private one-bedroom apartment suite located just outside of town in the quiet neighborhood of Chocolate Hole. It features a King size bed in its air conditioned bedroom and a full size futon in the kitchen/living space. The Garden Suite is well equipped with a full kitchen and has wifi throughout, as well as a washer and dryer.

The Garden Suite has an expansive outdoor living space affording guests the option to bask in the sun while looking at the waters of Chocolate Hole or relax in the shade while lounging on the suite’s comfortable outdoor furniture. And for those of you who like to cook out, the Garden Suite comes with your own Weber grill. The Garden Suite is surrounded by lush plantings, tropical fruit trees and native stonework. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to have a fresh papaya or banana plucked right from the property.

When staying with us, you’ll have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation right at your fingertips. This includes coffee for your mornings, beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler for daytime fun, and comfortable outdoor furniture for you to relax on while watching the stars come out at night.

The Garden Suite is located on the bottom floor of the Down Yonder Villa. But no need to worry, it has its own private entrance that winds down among the fruit trees and its own parking area as well. The Garden Suite is so private and quiet, you will feel like you are the only ones around.

The Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole is a great choice for travelers looking for privacy, an incredible outdoor living space and comfort, all while being close to town. We can almost guarantee that you’ll love the Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole so much, you’ll be booking your next trip before the ferry leaves the dock!

Rates based on double occupancy. Additional guest fees apply. Click "Book Now" for detailed quote.

More Details

Brittany and Robert Gonzales
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Brittany and Robert Gonzales

Want to hear a love story? Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl who lived around the corner from each other in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a good life, but they worked all the time and, sadly, never met. But they shared this crazy dream of someday living on a tropical island. Somehow, some way, the girl moved to St. John in 2010, and the boy found her there when he moved in 2011. They fell in love, got married, bought some real estate and fixed it up real nice, and started Island Abodes!

Brittany MacNealy was born and raised in the Mississippi delta. After college at Mississippi State (Hail State!) she moved to Nashville to run fundraising for a great nonprofit. Her parents will tell you that she dreamed of living at the beach since she was a little girl. So in 2010, after 5 “cold���������� Nashville winters, she moved to St. John to be the Director of Fun at the Westin St. John. For 4 years she oversaw Resort activities and managed the pool and Kid��s Club. It was a great experience and awesome training for Island Abodes’ future GM!

Robert Gonzales was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to Nashville in 1991 for law school at Vanderbilt. As a business lawyer, he specialized in restructuring companies. He worked hard and built a great practice. But ask his long time law partner or mentor and they’ll tell you something like “Robert always said he wouldn’t sit at a desk forever.” Twenty years in Nashville seemed like long enough. So, in 2011 he relocated to the islands he’d been visiting for over 10 years, met Brittany, and the rest is history!

When we����re not helping guests, we love to explore the North Shore on paddle boards and hike the National Park trails with our ������coconut retriever” Morgan. Brittany also volunteers at Gifft Hill School and the Animal Care Center. And Robert is an ordained minister who officiates beach weddings. He’s also big into tropical fruit farming, so be sure to ask him what’s ripe!

We look forward to welcoming you!

Why Brittany and Robert Gonzales chose USVI/St. John

The location is close to all of Cruz Bay's bars, restaurants and shopping, but far enough away for peace and tranquility. Indoor and outdoor living rooms, native stone work, fruit gardens, easy access just above South Shore Road.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

What an amazing little place! Vacationing on St. John was so easy and relaxing, and staying at Brittany and Robert's place only made our experience that much nicer. The apartment was filled with things to make our stay more comfortable: beach towels, bug spray, beach chairs, umbrella, cooler, washer and dryer, a Keurig machine, a stocked kitchen (including spices and Rubbermaid containers), plenty of fans for air circulation, an AC unit, and a Roku (with subscriptions!). The layout of the apartment was great, everything was clean and tidy, and Brittany was always in touch and happy to answer any of our questions. We had a great time!
Oct 2015
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Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole
average rating of 4.96 based on 31 reviews
Naples, Florida

Quiet spot for vacationers

  • 4 of 5

A nice apartment for a couple. The inside is small but has everything you need and the outside patio is large and beautiful. Lots of gorgeous shrubbery and a beautiful view of the Caribbean. Very private setting. We would definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kay, thank you for the review and recommendation of the Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole. It sounds as though you enjoyed taking in the gorgeous Caribbean views from the outdoor private deck and that you found the suite to be well stocked with amenities. We hope to welcome you back for another stay with Island Abodes soon!
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Colorado USA

Great Place to Stay with Added Value

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Garden Suite with my wife and toddler. The property is not within walking distance of downtown or the beach, however, we found this to be a non-issue.....AND we saved a ton of money! Garden Suite is a quick taxi ride to downtown, or a short drive by rental car. Our first trip to St. John we stayed downtown, without a rental car, and really didn't get to explore the island. We found that renting a jeep was the only way to go. All the really good beaches are on the North shore and there are a ton of things to see that require transportation. Our experience staying at the Garden Suite was fantastic. The property is located right below the owners house, but is totally separate, private, and very quite. The owners are absolutely wonderful and provided a lot of added value to our trip. Brittany and Robert provided advice on everything you need to know to have fun and save money at the same time. Brittany was enthusiastic and happy to help us navigate all the choices---food, sites, beaches, etc. I found this personal touch to be invaluable! The apartment is very nice and very clean. There is a full kitchen with a Ninja blender and Keurig coffee maker, and all the stuff you need to eat at home---eating out every meal on St. John will cost you more than accommodations or airfare. The bathroom is spacious and has everything you need. The property is up on a hill and gives you a view of the bay (Chocolate Hole) from the balcony, which is absolutely fantastic. The balcony is beautiful with lots of stone work and is the entire length of the apartment. It has all the furniture you need to relax and hang out, and has a BBQ grill as well. The owners also provided snorkeling gear, beach chairs, and a cooler. Great property and great customer service...we will definitely be staying here again on our next trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review Mike! We're glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Garden Suite and found it to be clean, spacious, and fully stocked. We're also glad you enjoyed the private location and sunset views! Thank you for including so many details about your stay with us. We know future guests will appreciate it. Thank you again and please come back to see us very soon!
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So peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

I had an amazing stay in the Garden Suite! The full kitchen gave me the option to cook meals at the unit with the full sized refrigerator, oven, microwave, Ninja blender, Keurig coffee maker, and so much more. Robert and Brittany even provided regular coffee, decaf coffee, and tea for each night of my stay. The bathroom is spacious and included a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. It was everything I needed and more! My favorite part about the unit was the patio. The patio is as large as the inside of the unit with comfortable lounging chairs, a grill, and a table and chairs for outdoor dining. I spent most of my time lounging outside! I also loved the washer and dryer, beach chairs, cooler, beach umbrella, and snorkel gear in the unit! The Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole has a great location. There is a grocery store very close by and driving to town takes only a few minutes. All of the North Shore beaches were easy to get to as well from the unit. I absolutely loved my stay in paradise and I'm already planning to come back! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review and for posting it on VRBO! Here at Island Abodes we love nothing more than to hear you say you had an amazing stay with us. We're glad you enjoyed the Garden Suite, its convenient location and the amenities that came provided. It sounds as though you took full advantage of all the Garden Suite has to offer, and we're just honored to have been a part of your relaxing stay on St. John. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon!
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We just came back from our vacation at Island Abodes. Brittany picked us up at the ferry dock and advised on the best restaurants around. Her place was beautiful, with peaceful surroundings, very clean and close to town. The house was equipped with snorkeling gear, cooler and beach chairs, so we had all we needed to hit the beach. The house also had a Keurig coffee machine, which was a plus for us! The spacious deck makes for a laid back, relaxing evening to read after a day at the beach. Brittany was very helpful and great at giving us suggestions. We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to staying with Island Abodes again. St. John's has once again, surpassed our expectations. Thanks guys!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review regarding your recent stay at the Garden Suite! It was great meeting you guys and Robert and I can't thank you enough for taking the time to post your feedback and include so many details about the property and the amenities provided. We always love to hear that our guests have a wonderful time during their time with us, and we're so glad St. John exceeded your expectations once again! Thank you so much and please come back and see us again soon!
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Everything and more

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a couple. Amazingly clean, Paved roads, COLD A/C private and cozy. Has a great view from the deck we had dinner there every night. We will be back.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Jason! It means a lot to us that you enjoyed your time at the Garden Suite, especially since you know the island so well already! Robert and I are so glad we could provide you with a clean, comfortable, and most importantly to us islanders, a cool place to stay. We know you had a lot of options, so thank you for choosing Island Abodes! Please tell Kelly hello for us and we hope to see you guys soon! Thank you again.
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Saint Paul, MN

Garden patio is PHENOMENAL

  • 5 of 5

We chose STJ and the Garden Suite for our honeymoon - and boy are we glad we did. The property is absolutely beautiful, and the patio itself is beyond what we could have imagined. Gorgeous, private and so comfortable. The villa was super clean, nicely decorated, and had all the amenities: beach towels, suntan lotion, bug spray, an electric mosquito-swatter, beach chairs, beach cooler, etc. etc. We even did laundry mid-trip which was helpful. The kitchen is super equipped, too. We had an incredible stay and would book with Brittany and Robert again, for sure.

Brittany couldn't have been any nicer or more awesome. After hearing our sticker shock at the prices of fruit at the market (groceries are generally pricey in St. John), and she had Robert pick us a papaya from one of their trees. Seriously, such a personal touch. Brittany was always available when we had a question, and kept us informed on ferry times and the like. These guys know what they're doing. :)

The only things I'd advise to people is that there aren’t any bars or restaurants within easy walking distance and it's pretty difficult to get a taxi to pick you up. It’s possible to grab a taxi at the Westin, which is a 10-minute walk down the road. We had a jeep so it wasn't a huge deal, but if you want to go in to town for cocktails you really need to limit yourself if you’re the driver. Also, while this property is phenomenal (I gave 5 stars!), it's definitely not an all-inclusive resort if that's what you're looking for.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review on VRBO and thank you even more for the 5 stars! We really appreciate all of the details you provided regarding the amenities of the Garden Suite and also the details about the island as a whole! Robert and I were glad to hear you felt you had everything you needed and that you enjoyed the papaya and your time with us at Island Abodes. Thank you for sharing the information about the location for future guests. Due to the nature of St. John (no road signs, physical addresses, etc.), it can sometimes be difficult to communicate with the taxi drivers where exactly properties are located. Luckily, we believe we've found a solution to this, as we recently met a wonderful local Taxi driver who also happens to be our neighbor. He let us know he would love to transport our guests to and from Chocolate Hole.. and he knows exactly where all of the Island Abodes properties are located! We do always recommend renting a Jeep, so we're glad you guys chose to do so. We just think it's the best, and most affordable way to get the most out of the island. Congratulations again on your recent marriage and thank you for choosing us for your honeymoon! We hope to welcome you back and would love to have you anytime!
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Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
St John Car Barge Port
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
North Shore Deli
Nearest Beach
1.1 Miles
Turner Bay Beach
Other Activities:

Starfish Marketplace


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  • Rates based on double occupancy. Additional guest fees apply after two guests.
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Cruz Bay Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • tennis

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