Perched just thirty feet over the ocean, this tastefully decorated apartment - which is actually the first floor of a two-story house - has the feel of being on a yacht (the owners are husband and wife and worked in the yachting world for many years).
Situated on Tropaco Point on St.Thomas'northside, overlooking Hull Bay,with views extending to the south, west and north, Hidden Cove is a breath-taking, special place for those searching for something out of the ordinary.
From your off-street parking area, a private entrance leads down a staircase to a lighted garden path and your 'land yacht.' Everything you need awaits. A slim, covered deck fronts the length of the apartment with a larger,open area for dining. You can easily while away time watching surfers, clouds, pelicans diving, sugar birds flitting about and the sea. Sleep to the sound of the surf in the mahogany, queen-size sleigh bed. Ample storage space is provided by a closet, antique armoire and bureau.
Sip your morning beverage at the dining table or outside on the deck under the umbrella. Relax in the attractive sitting area and watch cable TV, a DVD, read, nap or listen to music. Terra cotta tiles and ceiling fans throughout are cooling and comforting.
In the sumptuous bath you shower on river-stones while gazing out to sea. The kitchen meets any chef's requirements with gas range, microwave, Cuisinart cookware---everything you need to make a meal, large or small. If you enjoy cooking, this 'galley' could inspire you.
Stone steps wind down through the terraced half-acre property and end at the 'hidden cove.' Halfway down the steps sit two large wooden decks---one for shade, one for sun. Once at the cove, surf conditions permitting, you can climb down the rocks into waist-high water to swim or snorkel on the reef and beyond. Some of the best snorkeling in St. Thomas lies just beneath your hideaway.
Hull Bay beach, less than a mile away, provides an invigorating ten-minute walk or a three-minute drive. Well known Magens Bay, just to the east, is about a 15-minute drive. We provide beach towels,chairs,beach bags,cooler and snorkel gear ...just bring your swim suits.
We will meet you at the airport and lead you to the property. A complimentary bottle of Cruzan rum, and bottled water, for the length of your stay, are provided as well.
Hidden Cove---a romantic, peaceful, out-of-the-way spot for two---a one-of-a-kind sanctuary in the Caribbean.
Joe has called St. Thomas home for over 25 years. Mary,his wife, is new to the island. They love living on the Northside of the island! Joe,having been in the charter boat business for many years ,loves sharing the property with those visiting for the first time or those returning to the beauty of Hull Bay. Mary is just learning the ropes and enjoying all their is to learn about living on an island.
Joe Tulis purchased this apartment in 2001
This is our home...the rental part came long after we'd been living here!
The sound of waves, birds, palm fronds rustling in the breeze and the ability to walk into the cove and snorkel the reef in front of the house!
Carol & Joe, Our stay here was fantastic! We will definitely miss breakfast on the deck counting the igaunas---we gave them names of our friends---and watching the bananaquits bathe in the rainwater trapped by the agave frond. The snorkeling at Hidden Cove was the best we found on the island---we were out there every day. The apartment is beautiful and very tastefully furnished. We liked the lizard pottery so much we drove to the Kilnworks and bought some. The DVD collection was also nice---it was fun to watch Pirates of the Caribbean again while actually being in the Caribbean! The week at Hidden Cove was beautiful and relaxing. Thanks!
We recently returned from a week stay at the Hidden Cove. We enjoyed this spectacular location, perched just above the ocean, with its fantastic view of the turquoise waters of Hull Bay. The accommodations were perfect, very nicely appointed with lots of thoughtful amenities and extra touches. Joe is friendly, wonderfully accommodating and helpful. He lives in the upper floor of the building, but the unit has its own entry and is secluded and private. He’s created a variety of outdoor spaces to enjoy, a balcony, a deck and an open area, that make hanging out pleasant all day long. When the surf allowed it, slipping into the ocean here was delightful. Off the beaten path in a non-touristy, locals area, this is the ideal hideaway.
This place is on the North Side where the regular folk live. It's great, as its quiet from the bustle of the town. If you want to go to town its a 15 minute drive. Hulls Bay is where the locals hang out and everyone was very kind. Definitely have the blackened shrimp tacos there. The place is clean and decorated nicely. Joe was a superb host, meeting us at the airport and then showing us the ropes. His years and experience as a sea captain makes him an ideal host. If you leave late in the day he is sure to leave the lights on for your safe arrival later in the evening. Kitchen had nice dished and cooking pots, which is not necessary the norm in a VRBO and a welcome surprise. Breakfast with the view of the harbor and mountains can't be missed and we were lucky to have a rainbow on our last day. Definitely try paddle-boarding and enjoy watching the pelicans and surfers.
If you are new to the island, 1) don't be skittish on the roads. They are fine and just not mainland levels. 2) If you have your quarks for certain spices or herbs, bring them as food on the island is expensive. We brought a few bits and it made a difference.
0 seconds for a fabulous view. Seriously, even in bed it's gorgeous.
5 minutes from the beach
10 minutes from a Kahlua Chocolate Boozy Milkshake
15 minutes to the city
Best food was the blacked shrimp at the bar in Hull bay and the Rum Shanty in French Town. Try the fish tacos and bean fritters.
If you are noise sensitive, bring some earplugs. The way the house is situated echos the roar of the ocean and during a breezy night it can get loud. I bought a pair and slept soundly.
My partner and I had a lovely time. Will come back again. Joe is a wonderful host.
This is our third stay with Joe at Hidden Cove. It's a little piece of heaven. And the views, the sound of the waves hitting the shore below and the privacy never fail to put us on island time. There is a beach that's just down the hill but we prefer driving over to the world renowned Magen's Bay beach. Joe provides snorkel equipment, beach towels, chairs and a cooler for guests. So, there's no need to rent anything and it's easy with this gear to head to less populated areas of the beach. A car is a necessity but there are a number of excellent restaurants nearby. The Northside Bistro has a "to die for" dessert called the chocolate bomb. Try it, you won't be disappointed. And, if you rent from Joe, ask him to tell you some of his best jokes. We loved the one avout the talking dog.
This is a very clean and well maintained property. It is perfect for a single person or a couple. A great little kitchen with all you need to prepare your own island inspired meals. World class restaurant nearby (Northside Bistro)and a great beach restaurant (Hull Bay Hideaway) as well. The owner (Joe) is honest, helpful and he will meet you at your car rental and show you the way to the Cove. Joe will be there as little or as much as you want for advice. We wanted time away from everyone and Joe understood this and allowed us to just enjoy his great property on our own. Surf conditions at Hull Bay are usually a little rough, but despite this the snorkeling off of this property can be great. I spotted a sea turtle, tarpon and many reef fish. SCUBA can be done, but surge will be strong and really not worth attempting at this location. Just take a short drive to Red Hook Dive Center and they will get you diving. I highly recommend this property.
We had an amazing week at Hidden Cove on our "babymoon", soaking up the sea air, the sunshine (with a few major rainstorms in between), and the sand before our little one arrives in June. Joe was a gracious host, meeting us at the airport, showing us around his island, and answering all our questions. We were even supplied with some non-DEET bug spray for me (the pregnant one) which was essential!
We'd never been to St Thomas before, so exploring the island was a must for us. It felt so great to have a base as wonderful as this little hidden home - in such beautiful surroundings, it felt like such a luxury coming back at the end of every day.
Navigating the bumpy roads was tricky but not impossible... we certainly used the maps on our iphones to death on this trip to get around the island! But we didn't need to go far for some of our favorite days on the island. The house had everything we needed (beach chairs, beach towels, snorkels & flippers, cooler bag) and the kitchen was perfectly stocked. Felt so fancy making dinner one night using a Le Creuset pan!
Hull Bay provided a good workout walking up and down those hills to and from the beach (only a couple of times) and being close to Magens Bay was a bonus too (when the cruise crowds were minimal). We also loved Lindquist and Secret Harbour beaches (before it started to rain!) - Coki was our absolute favorite, but, again, got way overcrowded between about noon and 3 when the cruisers took over.
Dinners out were at Northside Bistro and Blue Orchid. Both highly recommended and delicious!
Breakfasts were always eaten on the deck, looking out over the water, hearing the waves crash, watching pelicans dive, and spotting iguanas all over the place. Such a special place... we'll never forget it!
And yes, the shower was heavenly! Especially showering during a beautiful sunset, like on our last night on St Thomas... what a way to end the vacation!
If you like to fall asleep listening to the waves or see the turquoise water from the bed or the twinkling lights across the bay at night, this place is for you. It is located on the quiet northside of the island but there are some fabulous restaurants close by. Charlotte Amalie is just 15 minutes away. Joe and his wife have thought of every convenience that a traveler might want or need. This is the second time that my husband and I have stayed at this particular property and we'd like to make it an annual event. Try it, we guarantee you'll love it too! Oh, and say hi to Joe for us.