BLUEBITCH ST JOHN, AFFORDABLE LUXURY, ROMANTIC OCEANFRONT LIVING, SECLUDED BEACH

Albion & Ann Sewer

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BLUEBITCH ST JOHN, AFFORDABLE LUXURY, ROMANTIC OCEANFRONT LIVING, SECLUDED BEACH

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1 bedrooom, 1 full bathroom, outdoor shower, sleeps 2

'Bluebitch St. John' will make you feel very much at home during your stay on our lovely island of St. John. We are located on the west side of the island, at Estate Contant, with outstanding views of St. Thomas, Pillsbury Sound, Great/Little St. James islands and incredible sunsets. The spacious screened apartment is elevated 60 ft above the ocean yet only a minute walk to your own secluded beach. Just minutes from Cruz Bay, at the end of a private family estate road, 'Bluebitch St. John', built in 2005, provides you with a quiet, tranquil setting for a romantic and relaxing holiday. The walls are constructed of 12 inch thick bluebitch, which is native stone of volcanic origin and quarried on St. John. The ceilings are 10 feet high with ceiling fans throughout, modern appliances including a washer and dryer, an air conditioned bedroom, five large screened doors provide open air living with gentle sea breezes, and outstanding views 24/7.

Rooms With A View is 'Bluebitch St. John'.: Whether you are sitting on the patio, cooking in the kitchen, eating breakfast, sitting on the couch reading, checking your e-mails, or waking up in the morning ... each room has an outstanding and entertaining ocean view. There is wireless internet access; cable TV, an AM/FM stereo and i-pad docking station. The bedroom has a king size bed and opens onto the balcony so you can take advantage of the lovely ocean views with cool breezes as you listen to the sounds of the ocean or you can sleep in the comfort of air conditioning.

During the Day: you will see a variety of boats of all sizes and the barges passing by, in the early evening there are the incredible “Kodak Moment' sunsets and at night you will be able to enjoy cruise ships headed down island, the twinkling lights of St. Thomas or just gaze at the moon and the stars.

You will find: bananaquits, hummingbirds, pelicans, mourning doves and an occasional crane - all very entertaining to watch. If you have good eyes you just might see our resident turtle coming up for air in the bay, fish jumping or schools of fish running just off shore. In season you are welcome to pick limes, mangos, bananas, papayas, soursop, or sugar apples on your way back from our secluded sand/pebble beach. Whether you are swimming, snorkeling, diving for lobster or simply sitting on a rock fishing for snapper, it all takes place right in front of your balcony.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • not suitable for children
Guestbook comments from the owner
Bluebitch is beautiful!! And part of the beauty stems from the amount of love that has been put into the craftmanship of this villa. Private beach has been the pre-bedtime stop every night.

Ten days is not enough.
Jun 2011
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Albion & Ann Sewer

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4.9
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Bluebitch St John, Affordable Luxury, Romantic Oceanfront Living, Secluded Beach
average rating of 4.9347825 based on 46 reviews
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Cruz Bay St John
5

GO TO BLUEBITCH ST JOHN NOW, THANK ME LATER

  • 5 of 5
I was half-tempted to title this review "Whatever you do, DON'T go to Bluebitch!" in a selfish effort to keep it more to myself!

My wife and I traveled to Bluebitch St. John for our honeymoon (she found it here on homeaway.com). The reviews were all very positive, the price was right, and the villa was available at the right time - the Universe was, I think, telling us to go to Bluebitch. The Universe has good taste.

This review is posted in list form, in terms of what is "easy" to do and "hard" to do, at the Bluebitch Villa in particular and on St. John in general.

At BB, it is
EASY to feel at home. The villa is clean and bright, large and comfortable, and full of things that make it feel like a home. The kitchen has full-size appliances; the main living area has room to stretch out; the bedroom is large and has furniture and closets (so you don't live out of a suitcase).

HARD to remember that it's not actually your house. While Ann and Albion live upstairs, it's not as if you are bumping into them all the time (although if you need something, it's easy to just shout!) The villa is very secluded and private, the grounds are lush and green, and the layout of the area is such that you will not see locals or guests from other lodgings. You really feel like you have your own private slice of paradise.

EASY to spend the whole day at the Villa. Stock the fridge with goodies, brew some coffee or blend up some frozen drinks, and spend the day snorkeling at the private beach or reading on the balcony.

HARD to keep track of the day and time. I suggest losing yourself in the rhythm of the waves.

In St. John, it is
EASY to get lost on your first day; the roads are somewhat haphazardly laid out, and of course it's your first day. So set aside a couple of hours and go exploring.

HARD to get lost on your second day; the island isn't that big

EASY to spend a fortune on food and drink; this is an island in the middle of the ocean and it's tough to get all the creature comforts there, so you pay for it

HARD not to take advantage of happy hour to find ways to live on the cheap

Thus I am hesitant to post this review, for fear that Bluebitch St John will be booked for years on end and I won't be able to go back! We can't thank Ann and Albion enough for their hospitality. Our honeymoon was worth every penny.
  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mac, it’s EASY welcoming new guests after a loooong day of travel, especially when celebrating a special event as a Honeymoon, and HARD to say good-bye to our new friends … who have been able to unwind, relax, explore and enjoy this beautiful and unique West Indian island.

We appreciate your creative review of Bluebitch which hopefully will make the HARD task of finding a “home” away from home ... a bit EASIER for future guests.

And as HARD as it was to post this beautiful review now, we promise to make it EASY for you to return later.

Congratulations to you and Em on your new life together!! Ann and Albion
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AMAZING PROPERTY AND AMAZING HOSTS!

  • 5 of 5
Bluebitch is a stunning property inside and out. The photos are 100% accurate & still do not portray how wonderful everything is in person. There is no detail Ann & Albion have not attended to. Their love of Bluebitch is obvious.

Ann and Albion were wonderfully attentive and responsive, yet not all at obtrusive, as some owners on the premises might be. They are upstairs, and hardly ever seen, unless you want to see them, and then they are just a call away. The availibilty of an SUV to rent directly from them, is a huge convenience and perk. As it their pick up service at the ferry, complete with stop at the island grocery and spirits stores. Ann and Albion put their energies into making and maintaining a beautiful property, instead of the ironclad, no risk to owners, contract transaction that many owners seem to focus on instead. Given that Bluebitch is rented YEARS (literally - all high season spots for 2015 are already taken) in advance, this pays off and guests really want to return.

I rent 2-3 homeaway/vrbo properties every year, and usually are generally happy with them. However Ann and Albion are truly exceptional. I work 60-80 hours a week and the constant back and forth of contracts and reminder emails usually has me going a bit crazy and setting my teeth on edge before I ever get to most of the properties I stay at for the first time. Even properties where I have paid in full upfront to specifically avoid this, have not been as easy to work with as Ann and Albion were on finalizing details and just showing up. For busy professionals not having time or energy to deal with that stuff, I would recommend Bluebitch in a heat beat. You will not be disappointed.

About the only negative item - and not really negative - it is islands after all & should be expected - was the heat and bugs in high season. I had only been to the islands in low season previously, and thought the difference would be greater. There was not though, at least the week I was there. The trade winds I thought would be more apparent in high season weren't all that cooling or noticeable even w/ everyrthing open (and it was better for screens to be down in helping to keep bugs at bay). But the AC unit cooled the bedroom very well. The fans were very easy to move around in rest of the villa, to help stay cool wherever you were, while still having a great island open air feel.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! St John is stunning and Bluebitch is top notch.
  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Catherine. Knowing the pressures and time constraints of your job we truly appreciate you taking the time to review your Bluebitch experience.
Our goal is to make sure we do our part so our Guests’ vacation is relaxing, rejuvenating, stress free and EASY … from booking ... to settling in ... to leaving.
We want our Guests to have what they need (or may have forgotten), to be comfortable and enjoy their vacation, which as you know goes by much too quickly.
In return we invite our Guests to enjoy themselves and Bluebitch and all that the property has to offer, as well as respect the beauty, peace and tranquility we share. And like you, our Guests do not disappoint us.
Ann and Albion
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Cruz Bay St John
5

WONDERFUL! LIFE IN PARADISE

  • 5 of 5
Bluebitch was lovely! The gardens, the stonework, the open doorways, it's just a beautiful place to call home for a couple days! Ann & Albion make sure you have everything you need and keep the place top notch. The little private beach is great! I just wish we had more time to use it. It's such a beautiful home, really a piece of artwork that Albion has built there. Plus, with their history of the island, whatever you need to know they can help you out!

We explored the island with our favorite hike being out to Ram's Head just past Salt Pond Bay and don't miss Drunk Bay while you are out there with all of the cute stick, coral and coconut figurines people put together. It was a beautiful bay and hike and we only saw one other couple on the two hours we spent just enjoying the area!

It is a drive into the place, but once you get there it is heavenly. We did run the trail into and back from town, it's about a mile, just really watch your step. But, you really have to rent a car to get around and enjoy the island (and they have one right there!). They are so professional but at the same time so friendly that you feel like you are returning even when it's just your first trip there.

The Reef Bay Hike was neat with the National Park Service as you take the boat back right past Bluebitch. One night while we there, we were able to listen to Albion play his music while he was on a boat going past the place. Definitely want to go back and just spend more time enjoying the many beaches and relaxing.
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Laura and John for your kind and thoughtful review of Bluebitch as well as your time hiking St. John. There is a lot more to see and do so we too look forward to your return as you continue exploring plus have a chance for some more R&R. Albion and Ann
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ONLY GETS BETTER & BETTER

Only Gets Better & Better
  • 5 of 5
This was our fourth stay at the Bluebitch and it truly has the feeling of returning home each time. Ann & Albion are always there to greet like old friends and family.
When you think the Bluebitch is about as perfect as it can be, Ann & Albion make improvements in just about all areas, the driveway is smoother, the close line area seeded with soft grass, new dresser in the bedroom, new screens on the doors now keep out all insects, new seating area with table, chairs and patio umbrella and the park like grounds are always changing for the better. When you think it doesn't get any better, they make it better.
The sights from the balcony at night of St. Thomas are truly mesmerizing with all the dazzling lights. One night St. Thomas lost its' electricity for an hour and that still will be a memory we will never forget.
Sometimes when we are driving around St. John, we will see other places where people can stay and we say to each other " No, we would not trade it for the Bluebitch." How many places can offer the size, the cleanliness, the beauty of the stone work, the view, your own private beach and the love that Ann & Albion have put into ever aspect of the Bluebitch.
Can't wait till our return to our home away from home.
Al & Debby
  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: With your fifth stay just 11 months away, we are challenged to see what we can do to surprise you with on your next St. John return "home"! But it’s a two way street because your surprise this year “blew us away” and deeply touched our hearts! Thank You Ambassador Al and Debby for your thoughtfulness and kind words. Ann and Albion
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5

"IF WE COULD MOVE IN FOR GOOD, WE WOULD!"

"if we could move in for good, we would!"
  • 5 of 5
I'm exhaling just remembering our unforgettable trip 2 weeks ago! Where do I even begin...I'll start with our hosts! Ann and Al where instantly family upon arrival. Actually I felt more comfortable staying with them than my own family, probably because we never saw them unless we needed them. Ann gave us a tour of the house and the land and let us know if we needed anything, not to hesitate to ask. She had a lovely bottle of rum waiting for us and the house was picture perfect. Actually a lot larger than we thought.
We definitely over packed, because they had every bug repellant and suntan lotion we needed. There was a blender, sandwich maker, and a whole kitchen that we made breakfast every morning.
Our afternoons were spent on our own private beach snorkeling and sunbathing. I will say this, the beach is a nice and beautiful hike down the hill, but that was our exercise for the day! Also its not a sandy beach and recommend you bring water shoes or flip flops that aren't slippery! The snorkeling is so amazing in our front yard, the Westin actually charges $150/ person for a snorkeling tour that drops you in the front. To funny, I wanted to tell them to beat it....it was ours!
Renting the Jeep is a must and is way cheaper than renting a car in town every day. You definitely cant walk to town, but its only a five minute drive to town and the grocery store. Driving was a fun experience, don't forget they drive on the other side of the road and the road coming and going to town are alittle tricky. But after 2 days we got it down and knew where all the bumps where.
I honestly could talk about this place all day and night and actually I haven't stopped since returning to Chicago.
Me and my now fiancé (got engaged over Caneel Bay) loved this house so much because of its location, price, comfort, and pure love, we booked it for our honeymoon next year! I hope Bluebitch is enjoyed by whomever else gets the pleasure of renting its beauty! Ann and Al.... you are truly blessed!
Love Aurora and Tommy
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aurora and Tommy,

Thank You, Thank You!

It’s always great having “family” return home, especially for a honeymoon! We loved your enthusiasm and spirit of adventure as you explored St. John and the neighboring islands.

See you in eleven months and “we’ll leave the light on for you!

Ann & Albion
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5

PARADISE!

  • 5 of 5
My husband & I have fallen in love with St. John and have visited the island 6 times in the past couple of years. We have stayed at the resorts, eco tents & several VRBO properties - however, Bluebitch is our favorite for MANY reasons! This location cannot be beat - private & beautiful, convenient to Cruz Bay for going out to dinner (driving at night on St. John can be challenging). The villa is very peaceful with fantastic views and it's own private beach! Hard to get much better than that! The bluebitch stone walls are a work of art on their own - just beautiful! Ann & Albion are the perfect hosts - they truly love the island and their home and this apartment is outfitted to a tee with exactly everything you need. Ann & Albion have thought of everything & more, from super soft bath towels, to insulated cups to take in the car, to beautiful barware for your cocktails…of course, beach chairs & towels, coolers, snorkel equipment and more! We highly recommend renting their Suzuki - so easy & convenient! Ann is a delight and gave us great advice on some beaches and hikes we had not been too. I would also recommend the book, "St. John Off The Beaten Track" if you are adventuresome and want to try some unique hikes or beaches. (Picked it up at the Nat. Park Office). Our recommendations for restaurants are Fatty Crabs in Cruz Bay & ZoZos at Caneel Bay. In Coral Bay, Skinny Legs is a must - best cheeseburger in paradise! If you're up for an interesting drive, head out to the East End for fantastic views of the BVIs and stop at Sloop Jones for beautiful murals & clothing. (Watch out for donkeys, goats & chickens) I have to concur that I would prefer to keep this gem of a property under wraps so there's more availability when I want to visit, however, I have to highly recommend Bluebitch for a vacation in paradise!
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: As frequent St. John visitors, we Thank You for sharing your “Bluebitch St. John” experience with potential guests. Our goal is to make sure we do our part so our guests’ vacation is relaxing, rejuvenating, stress free and EASY … from booking to settling in. We want our guests to have what they need (or may have forgotten), to be comfortable and enjoy their vacation, which goes by much too quickly.

Lauren, we were pleased to have you and your husband as guests, especially knowing that you enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of Bluebitch and the island of St. John as much as we do. As for availability … we’ll save a week for you!!
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Map

Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cruz Bay - Passenger Ferry or Car Barge Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Find 'Bluebitch St. John' on Google Maps at 18.324208, -64.795279

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Availability & Rates

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Cruz Bay Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July - Sept. 2014
Jul 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
5 night minimum stay
$285
$1,950
 
 
Oct - Aug
Oct 1 2014 - Aug 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
$320
$2,195
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$310
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Cruz Bay Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Living Area
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Extra large two person shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Great to rinse off when coming from the beach.
  • The bathroom is completely tiled with an extra large walk-in shower that easily accommodates two people. The outdoor shower is great for rinsing off when returning from the beach
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The bedroom has a ceiling fan as well as air conditioning. The bedroom opens onto the balcony and incredible ocean views. The gentle sound of the waves cradle you to sleep at night and might awaken you in the morning as you gaze onto the crystal clear view of the coral and landscape beneath the water. From your balcony you will also see a 60 step stairway that takes you to your secluded beach where you can wade in the water, snorkel, swim, dive, fish, sunbath/lounge on the beach, or enjoy the 'Kodak Moment' sunsets with cocktail in hand.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Games
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Large Cooler
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Small Cooler
  • Raft
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • not suitable for children
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • reefs
  • ruins
  • duty free shops
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • jet skiing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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