Our vacation on St. John was truly AMAZING and our stay at Villa Solemare was a significant part of our experience! This is our 2nd visit to the island & both times we stayed in the Coral Bay area. You simply cannot beat the incredible sunrises and breathtaking views at the east end of the island, and you certainly can’t beat them perched high atop the hillside from the verandah of Villa Solemare! The villa is just as beautiful & luxurious as portrayed in the pics and there was more than enough room for our group of two couples. We utilized the two MB's located across the verandah from the main living area because of their size and the incredible views of the island. The only improvement we can recommend for these rooms would be to upgrade the mattresses to something a little more comfortable. There is another MB located on the pool level just below the main living area, however, this room is slightly smaller than the others and the views from this room are limited. There are air conditioners in each of the BR's, but we never had a need to use them.
There's also a washer & dryer for guest use which came in handy. The caretaker, Bob, was only a phone call away and he responded quickly to our questions/requests for a couple minor maintenance issues. The villa felt very private although we were a little surprised on our first night to hear voices & music while we were sitting on the verandah, as we didn’t realize the proximity of the Teahouse Treehouse which was directly above and behind us.
The pool was also just as beautiful as the pics show but was only used by our group once as the water temp in Feb is VERY chilly! This wasn’t a concern for us though as we spent the majority of our days visiting the beaches & snorkeling where the water was actually much warmer. We also rented a catamaran one day from St. John Boat Rental (www.stjohnboatrental.com), which we HIGHLY recommend! Our Captain was Alex and one highlight of our day was driving to Coral Bay and photographing Villa Solemare from our boat in the water! Absolutely amazing to see the villa we were staying at from this view … we knew we were high up on the hillside but seeing it from this angle was truly incredible!
Overall we highly recommend Villa Solemare! Our favorite parts of our stay at the villa were the wall-to-wall marble flooring, the beautifully appointed furnishings; we loved listening to the dolphin fountain in the pool and we can’t say it enough … the VIEWS are truly AMAZING!