About the property
- Villa820 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
Spacious Studio, King bed, Full A/C, Kitchen, Private Deck, Screen Room
The "Sunrise Sweet" makes you feel like are hovering above the turquoise ocean and has fantastic sunrises. This new, solid masonry home has views that even WOW the locals! The Sunrise Sweet at Joy of Life Villa is an expansive studio w/ silent AC, full kitchen, huge living area, 50" HDTV, WIFI, deck, both indoor and outdoor showers, screened sun room, luxury king bed & high-end appliances and furnishings. Perfect for couples, romantic getaways and solos.
INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY GLASS BOTTOM KAYAK FOR TWO plus standup paddle boards and kayaks at nearby Hansen Bay private beach, waiting for you to explore!
Located in Coral Bay, 2 minutes to restaurants and minutes to major beaches on North Shore. We are an eco-friendly villa that works in harmony with nature surrounding us: stand-alone solar power and rain water is collected from our rooftop too. Native forest, plants and eco-friendly cleaning products used.
Jeep with 4WD required for the steep terrain of our hill and St. John. We only recommend renting Jeeps on St. John due to unreliable car ferry schedules.
This rental and all amenities are on the ground level of Joy of Life Villa. Tenant may be in the unit above, but it is very quiet and private, with solid concrete walls and decks, each unit with private entrances, parking and decks. We rent to mature couples seeking a tranquil, comfortable and romantic getaway. SEE OUR MANY 5-STAR REVIEWS!
Please note: Island utilities may experience interruptions (power, cell, Wi-Fi). We have solar and a whole-house generator in case of extended outages.
A laundry room is located outside the unit (occasionally accessed by staff).
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Karen Vahling
Your hosts are Karen Vahling and Jeff Bowers. Karen purchased the land in 2000 and started her labor of love to build Joy of Life Villa. We moved here because I love the incredible natural beauty, simple life and friendly community. Karen is from Pekin, Illinois and Jeff is from Howell, Michigan. Karen has lived on island 24 years and Jeff for 4 years.
Karen Vahling purchased this Villa in 2000
Why Karen Vahling chose Estate Freemans Ground
Karen fell in love with St. John 24 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. The sunrises are amazing, hence the name "Sunrise Sweet". Wake to doves cooing and amazing sunrises over the islands, sip your coffee on the deck, then hit the beaches or go kayaking in pristine waters - kayaks are provided for you at no extra charge! Very peaceful and quiet, no traffic noise, tree frogs at night. Solid masonry floors, walls and decks. Over sized wooded lot on a knoll overlooking the sea and islands. Owners are nearby to greet you or for any needs that might arise.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A Special Place
Hosts Karen and Jeff have justified pride in their beautiful property high above Coral Bay, which reflects their complementary design and construction talents. Taken together with their warm hospitality, their shared knowledge of the island, and the absolutely astonishing view from the villa, our ten day stay did not seem long enough! We look forward to our return visit!
Best View Ever
My husband and I recently enjoyed a week's stay at Sunrise Sweet, on the Coral Bay side of St John. It's the perfect place for 2, with a fantastic view of the east end and the BVIs. The owner has furnished the suite thoughtfully, and I think it is the best outfitted of all the villas we have ever rented. It also has the absolute most comfy king sized bed I've ever experienced.
We wil return!!
Excellent view, great for a couple
We loved our stay here. The view was worth the price! We have been staying at Villas in STJ for the last 12 years. The kitchen had everything you need to prepare meals, great chairs for the beach and comfortable Studio. Prompt responses in any questions we had. Great directions. We drove up in the dark and found it without missing a turn.
Thanks for the great stay!
Kurt and Becki
Spacious with beautiful views!
The place was beautiful! Stunning views from the amazing outside balcony and outside shower! We will definitely be returning!
We loved the "Sunrise Sweet"
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the "Sunrise Sweet" and we loved every minute of it! Karen and Jeff were incredible hosts. They were super helpful and shared with us the best spots on the island to visit. We loved being able to use their "water toys" and enjoy the view from the porch! We would recommend this special, beautiful spot to anyone!! And would love to visit again!
Better Than Pictures
Amazing stay at the Joy of Life Villa Sunrise Sweet.Everything was perfect..We stayed for six nights and had an amazing time.Karen and Jeff are lovely hosts.We joined them the first day at Hansen Beach with the other locals. We kayaked there and snorkeled which was pretty incredible.At the house, we never heard the people staying on the top floor. It is super private. I loved that everything was so clean and even the bedding, pillows, towels, etc. were so luxurious. All of the furniture is super nice. I loved the option of having an outdoor or indoor shower.The wind was always blowing therefore there were no bugs when sitting outside and and the breeze kept it super cool inside.There is AC that works super quickly and quietly if needed.Everything was provided for us- we just showed up. We did take the recommendation to get the Starfish Market coupon(save 15%) from the airport and shop before getting to the house. We saved a lot of money that way. I also brought coffee, bags, nut butter, snack foods, etc with us which helped cut cost. There were plenty of spices, olive oil, jelly, peanut butter, etc at the house which also made things easier.
Ill be 100% honest and say that we picked the house for the view I wanted to stay in Coral Bay vs.Cruz Bay. Its a great location. There are great restaurants and small supermarkets close by. ( Pickles in Paradise, Miss Lucys and Calabash Market are all close) I feel like Jeff and Karen go out of their way to be hospitable. From the emails before we left to answering any questions while we were there. The driveway can be a little intimidating at first but by the second day we had so much fun going up and down the hills. Its an adventure but worth it for the view! Biggest tip that my friend gave me was that if it is buggy, windy or even raining on one side of the island- it may be fine on the other side. So one day at Trunk Bay it was windy and cloudy- and we packed up and went to Salt Pond which was PERFECT, no wind, and sunny. People are all so kind. Listen to their stories and their recommendations. Making coffee and breakfast at home made it easy to get out the door by 8 every morning. We were often the first ones at any of the beaches.Top things we did while there- sunrise every morning, Swam with turtles-Maho, Francis and Salt Pond, loved Trunk Bay and Lameshure, fancy sunset dinner at ZoZo's in Cruz Bay,offshore fishing with Double Header sports fishing w. Tyler - caught fish to have dinner/share!
Thanks, guys, it was a pleasure having you and glad you had fun. Thanks to for the Wahoo you caught - will be eating that for a while! Look forward to seeing you next year and with the Hansen Bay gang!
Your island friends,
Karen & Jeff
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
Additional information about rental rates
Complimentary water sports equipment, kayaks, paddle boards and snorkel gear. 12.5% VI Lodging tax on room nights. Rates are subject to change until booking is complete. 4WD Jeep required. Pay Pal or personal check or cash accepted. Rental agreement will be emailed. Cancellation: You may cancel your reservation up to 60 days prior to your arrival. In the event of cancellation of this booking and rental agreement any refund of deposit(s) will be only to the extent that the Villa is rebooked for the same time period at the same rate. We reserve the right to charge 20% of total rent for cancelled reservations. If you cancel within less than 60 days of your arrival you will not receive any refund.