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Coconuts: Indoor/Outdoor Living, Spa, Heated Pool & Privacy!

Kevin and Danielle McCarthy

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Kevin and Danielle McCarthy

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015
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Coconuts: Indoor/Outdoor Living, Spa, Heated Pool & Privacy!

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Gift Hill Villa Rental Photos and Description

Three Bedroom, Three Bath Villa, With Numerous High-end Amenities

Located on Gifft Hill, 750 feet above sea level, Coconuts features a unique combination of panoramic ocean views, spectacular sunsets, extensive outdoor living and dining areas, and numerous high-end amenities. The ocean views are among the finest on St. John, and include up to twenty islands, stretching from French Cap in the south to Grass Cay in the north, and as far away as Vieques and Puerto Rico. Coconuts is known for its spectacular, year-round sunsets, and at night, the twinkling lights of St. Thomas beckon across the waters of Pillsbury Sound. The flat, hilltop location of Coconuts ensures complete privacy and gentle tropical breezes, as well as a flat driveway with ample room for several cars. The entrance is framed by two large coconut palms, and the grounds include a magnificent Flamboyant, gently sloping side and lower lawns, lush tropical landscaping, and mature fruit trees. The many restaurants and shops of Cruz Bay are only a ten minute drive away, all on newly paved major roads.

The pool is solar heated, and at night, the pool light slowly changes colors, with its diffuse hues illuminating the courtyard. The seven-person hot tub is mounted flush with the main deck, and offers panoramic ocean and sunset views. The addition of wide, gentle stairs down to the new lower sundeck provides unobstructed “infinity deck” ocean views from the entrance, pool, and deck chairs.

Coconuts single-level floor plan consists of four hip-roofed buildings centered around the solar heated pool and interior courtyard, and connected by decks, covered walkways, and patio gardens.

Coconuts provides the ultimate in Caribbean indoor/outdoor living. Its outdoor living areas include an interior garden courtyard, the main pool deck with its large, built-in spa, the gazebo with its dining table, couch, chairs, and outdoor sound system, the new billiard porch with its pool table, outdoor kitchen and sound system, and a large new lower sundeck with wrap-around bench seating. Unusual for St. John, Coconuts' grounds are flat and walkable, with large front and side lawns, gorgeous tropical landscaping, and mature fruit trees. An elegant and accurate brass sundial graces the ocean view lawn, and botanical plant labels identify many of the plantings.

Dining options are extensive, and include the great room table for six, the gazebo dining table for six, granite counter dining for six by the outdoor kitchen, and a table for four on the lower sun deck. Dine in the gazebo, at a table with some of the finest ocean and sunset views on St. John.

Coconuts is among only a few St. John villas that offer two kitchens; a fully enclosed main kitchen with a breakfast bar for entertaining the chef, and a complete outdoor kitchen facing the view in the new billiard porch. The outdoor kitchen includes a built-in 36 inch gas grill, Teppanyaki cook surface, dual side burners, hot water sink, fridge, illuminated bar, and granite counter dining for six.

The great room includes a high-definition 100 inch front projection system with a subwoofer, as well as a 42' flat screen TV. Use either to watch a movie from our extensive Blu-ray library, your favorite TV show or sporting event, or photos and videos taken during your visit to St. John. An HD-DVR allows you to record shows or games while you are at the beach, or out on the town.

Coconuts shares ownership with the adjacent villa on Gifft Hill, Plumeria (, and the two villas can be rented together, accommodating larger groups with up to sixteen guests. Lush tropical landscaping provides complete privacy between the two villas, which each have their own large, level, and fully walkable lot. For joint villa rentals, a gate between their lots is unlocked, allowing guests to walk freely between the grounds.

Play a game of pool or table tennis in the new billiard porch, cook and entertain in the beautiful outdoor granite kitchen, enjoy the star-filled skies from the hammock deck, or simply relax in the gazebo, pool, and spa. Whatever you prefer, Coconuts is a truly remarkable villa for your visit to the beautiful island of St. John!


- Private, flat, hilltop location with panoramic ocean views, spectacular sunsets, and tropical breezes

- Indoor/outdoor living: four buildings centered around a pool, with covered walkways, courtyard gardens, extensive decks, gazebo, porch, and large lawns with tropical fruit trees

- Large lower sundeck, with wrap-around bench seating

- Home theater with 100 inch front projection system and 42” flat-screen TV, rattan recliners, subwoofer, an HD-DVR to record your favorite shows, HD cable with HBO, and a Blu-ray/DVD library with 55 titles

- The pool is solar heated with guest temperature controls, ensuring comfortable swimming all year round

- LED pool lighting lets guests select among five fixed colors, and seven color programs

- Billiard porch with full sized, single-piece slate pool table, spectacular ocean views, and a table tennis top

- The billiard porch includes an outdoor kitchen with a built-in 36 inch gas grill, dual side burner, fridge, sink, Teppanyaki cook surface, illuminated bar, and granite counter dining for six

- Seven person spa with panoramic ocean views, waterfall, and LED color lighting

- Large shaded living and dining gazebo with dining table, couch, chairs, and outdoor sound system

- Whisper-quiet split air conditioning in the master, guest and loft bedrooms

- All rooms feature flat-screen TV's, Blu-ray players, premium cable w/ HBO, iPod-ready sound systems, and high speed wireless internet

- High-end telescope and binoculars for daytime use and/or star gazing

- Free-standing hip-roofed main kitchen building, with a complete set of Penzeys' spices

- The deluxe massage table can be set up indoors or out on the deck, for a massage with a view.

- Villa-wide UV sterilized and activated charcoal water purification system

- Cordless phones with free unlimited calling to the US mainland

- Roku 3, Netflix, and Pandora One for free unlimited video and music streaming

NOTES: Coconuts has proven to be a very popular villa, so advance planning may be needed to secure a reservation for your chosen dates.

Coconuts is exceptionally well documented. Feel free to contact us and ask for a copy of 'Welcome to Coconuts', which has lots of detailed information about both Coconuts, and the island of St. John.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Kevin and Danielle McCarthy (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015

About Kevin and Danielle McCarthy

Kevin and Danielle McCarthy purchased Coconuts in 2010, and began extensive expansion, remodeling, and upgrades, which were completed in early 2012. Coconuts has since become one of the most popular rental villas on St. John. In 2013, we had an opportunity to purchase the adjacent villa on Gifft Hill, Plumeria (, which allows larger groups of up to sixteen guests to be accommodated. At both Coconuts and Plumeria, we are singularly focused on making the guest experience the finest it can possibly be.

Kevin and Danielle McCarthy purchased this villa in 2010

Why Kevin and Danielle McCarthy chose Gift Hill

We were in the market for a villa with incredible ocean views, sunsets, Caribbean indoor / outdoor living, a level floor plan with a flat driveway, quick and easy access to Cruz Bay, and complete privacy. We were delighted to find Coconuts in the summer of 2010, which fulfilled all of our expectations and more. With the renovations and expansion that we embarked upon, Coconuts has gotten even better. We invite you to join our many repeat guests in discovering this tropical gem.

What makes this villa unique

- Incredible, panoramic ocean views

- Flat, very private hilltop location

- Magnificent, year-round sunsets

- Solar heated pool with LED color lighting

- Seven person spa with panoramic views

- Indoor / Outdoor Caribbean living

- Billiard porch with granite outdoor kitchen

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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based on 7 traveler reviews

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Coconuts: Indoor/Outdoor Living, Spa, Heated Pool & Privacy!
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beyond Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

Coconuts has everything you can imagine--from the fully equipped kitchen (indoor and outdoor!) to the electronics, comfortable beds, pool, hot tub, pool table, gas grill, outdoor seating--this place has it all and the views of St. Thomas and beyond pull it all together.

This was my fifth trip to the island (2nd on Gifft Hill) and Gifft Hill has the best sunset views on all of STJ. The owners were attentive to our needs (of which we had none!) and we especially loved cooking on the Tappanyaki grill. The solar heated pool was great, the landscaping beautiful and all the furniture was comfortable and well appointed.

This home is convenient to Cruz Bay and Coral Bay so shopping was never a problem--we spent days on the beaches and were back in time to laze in the pool/hot tub to catch the sunset. It was wonderful to sit back and get ready for the twinkling lights of STT and be serenaded by the wonderful sounds of Coki and geckos. Morning brought out the hummingbirds and bananquits for our amusement while enjoying our coffee and setting the day's plans in motion.

A lot of propertys are remiss in mentioning their driveways (and on STJ they can be frightening!) but Coconuts is roomy and flat--the main living areas of the home are on one level so anyone who has issues walking will have no problem here. There is a sleeping loft in the main living area with a ladder type stairway that younger or more agile guests would find easier to navigate than someone elderly but it still was an easy climb.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Batavia Il.

Wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

This villa is exactly as advertised. The property is well maintained and furnished. The views are spectacular. It is located at the top of Gift hill. A car is necessary, but the villa is close to Cruz bay and the north shore beaches. We did not use the electronics, as we were busy sightseeing and snorkeling. The solar heated pool was very comfortable, even through we were there in February. The outdoor kitchen was great. The gazebo's allow all day enjoyment without being in the sun. And don't miss the humming birds and the sugar birds.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

coconuts is paradise

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is that this is the best vacation I ever had privacy, relaxation, warmth,and gorgeous view. I could go on with everything from its projection TV, solar heated pool, billiard table and hammock. Actually stayed at the villa most of the trip. Occasional trip to town for food and to the beaches but most comfortable with the privacy afforded Making plans to return next year. Owners great!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Ridgewood, NJ

The perfect vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week stay at Coconuts. Great location - easy to get to Cruz Bay and beaches, yet complete relaxation and peacefulness at the villa. We visited Christmas week, so the Island was busy, but we were able to retreat to the tranquility of Coconuts after beautiful mornings on the beaches. Our family group ranged in age from 14 through 83 and all enjoyed the villa's amenities. There is so much outdoor space that we hardly used the indoor space, except for sleeping (VERY comfortable beds). Never needed the air conditioning as all windows and doors have screens - slept with all windows and doors open and was very comfortable. Outdoor sound system and pool table were huge hit with teens and young twenty somethings in our group. Pool is perfect size and hot tub was tremendously enjoyable. View is breathtaking - telescope was an added bonus! Owner was unbelievably helpful and responsive. Could not have asked for anything more - was a perfect vacation spot! Only disappointment was that we should have booked a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
East Texas

Absolutely amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided on St John to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. After many hours spent researching, we finally decided Coconuts was the one for us. We could not have been happier with our choice. It was a lot of villa for only two of us, but when we return to St John ( and we WILL), we will definitely stay there again.

The outdoor space is extraordinary. We only spent time in our room to sleep. After snorkeling and hiking trails during the day, we spent all our time on the deck, listening to music through the outdoor sound system, playing pool, and taking in the amazing views. We cooked every night on the grill or teppanyaki.

The bedrooms have their own A/C unit and bathroom, so this would be a great villa for couples. We turned off the A/C units every morning before we left, and turned them back on before bed. The bedrooms cool down quickly, so we were never uncomfortable.

The great room has an awesome TV that we used for daily viewing of videos and pictures from our adventures that day. The binder in the great room has clear, detailed instructions on how to use the telescope, sound system, TV, swimming pool lighting, etc. Light switches are labeled. Every single thing about this villa lends to a relaxing experience.

The villa is situated perfectly. The property seems so private due to all the landscaping, we never saw our neighbors. I definitely recommend taking the "gentle" approach to the house recommended by the owners. After a couple of days of navigating around St John, we were finally comfortable enough to take the road towards the South Shore and it was amazing!!! You're only about 10 minutes away from "town" which is perfect. Watch out for goats and chickens! Keep Left!

The owners are professional, super helpful, and easy to work with. Rent this villa! You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
New York, NY

I'm cuckoo for Coconuts!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying that choosing a villa to vacation in is HARD. I really did my research and found Coconuts to be the best value for the location, amenities, etc. Followed my gut and booked for Aug/Sept week long stay and boy, did I make the right choice!!! Having stayed in villas all over the Caribbean, this one is extra special! And if you are a thinking about going to St. John for the first time (this was our first trip) GO! We have a rule of NEVER going back to same island twice in effort to see them all in our lifetime, but we will be breaking that rule!

Coconuts could not be in a better location! It's located what seemed to be smack dab in the middle of everything we wanted to do. If you go one direction you are just 10-15 minutes from the markets and shops/restaurants in Cruz Bay. If you go the other direction you head toward all the breathtaking beaches (we hit ALL of them -- none are to be missed, even if for just a quick peek!).

The home itself is as pictured. Each room is its own separate unit so if you are traveling with another couple you would have complete privacy. Speaking of privacy the outdoor space is completely private and has a spectacular view. We saw an AMAZING rainbow after a early morning sun shower.

You only need to turn the A/C on right before you go to bed -- but there will be times you won’t even need it on as there are island breezes. The hot water works fantastic and doesn't run out (I always worry about that!) and the WIFI is flawless (I worry about that too). The home has a phone that you can call the U.S for free which was great plus!)

We spent every single night grilling out and using the pool, pool table, hot tub, listening to music all while looking at the most awesome view! We even saw Saturn (with its ring and all) with the telescope. Great fun!

Do rent a 4WD vehicle as the hills are very steep and scary at first but by the end of the vacation you will be driving like a pro!

The owner Kevin is SO accommodating and kind. This Villa was the most well organized villa -- they have a cheat sheet for everything!

Coconuts and St. John are both magical. Do yourself the favor and go!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


About St. John:

Travelers have once again voted St. John their #1 Caribbean destination in 2013, and for good reason. Thanks to the foresight of the philanthropist and naturalist Laurence Rockefeller, two-thirds of St. John has been and will in perpetuity be preserved in its original state, as part of the U. S. Virgin Islands National Park. Its 35 picture-perfect white sand beaches are each unique, with many of these lying within the boundaries of the National Park. As a result, when you turn away from the Caribbean Sea and look inland, you witness unspoiled virgin green hillsides, looking much as they did back in 1493, when Christopher Columbus discovered and named these islands. St. John's hilly terrain, and the literally hundreds of islands and cays that surround it, provide unmatched vistas and photographic opportunities from all around the island. The V.I. National Park maintains dozens of excellent hiking trails, and well preserved ruins from the era of the sugar mills allow you to step back in time to that earlier period. Despite large tracts of undeveloped natural beauty, St. John also offers extensive fine dining options, and the seaside village of Cruz Bay has many interesting shops to peruse.

If this will be your first visit to St. John, you are in for a treat!


Rates & Availability

From $371 Per night

Gift Hill Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
20% Off April 11-18, 2015
Apr 11 2015 - Apr 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
April 26, 27 & 28
Apr 26 2015 - Apr 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Dec 13 2015 - Dec 22 2015
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2016
Jan 2 2016 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Thankgiving 2016
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2016
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Year 2016-17
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes We prefer either a VRBO/HomeAway eCheck or a check by mail, but also accept credit cards via VRBO/HomeAway.

Cancellation Policy

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Gift Hill Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , shower , Vanity with dual sinks
    Guest bathroom - toilet , shower
    Great room / Loft bathroom - toilet , shower
  • All three bedrooms feature whisper quiet split A/C systems
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen
    Loft bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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