Kevin and Danielle McCarthy

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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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 a garden interior 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 from your visit to St. John.

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 half acre 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 the ideal place to stay during 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.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Kevin and Danielle McCarthy (Owner)
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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
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Coconuts: Indoor/Outdoor Living, Spa, Heated Pool & Privacy!
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Coconuts: Indoor/Outdoor Living, Spa, Heated Pool & Privacy!
Gift Hill St John
New York, NY

I'm cuckoo for Coconuts!

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: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Coconuts: Indoor/Outdoor Living, Spa, Heated Pool & Privacy!
Gift Hill St John
Portland, CT, USA

Wonderful Villa

  • 5 of 5
This villa was absolutely wonderful! The view is fantastic. We loved spending time at the villa. We ate breakfast and several dinners on the deck while listening to music and enjoying the scenery. We all enjoyed playing pool, swimming in the pool and enjoying the hot tub. There is a nice breeze. Even though we shut the air conditioning off in the day while we were out, the rooms cooled off very quickly for sleeping. There were games to play, books to read and movies to watch. We were not far from grocery stores or the beaches. The owner was very helpful with any questions we had. I thought this listing was very accurate regarding the location and the photos accurately reflected the rental's appearance and amenities. While the rental is close to a dumpster, there is a tall wall for privacy, and people just dump their garbage and go. We never found this to be a problem. We saw an iguana, an egret, a large crab, chickens and hummingbirds. There are mangoes, papayas, bananas and coconuts on the property. The hammock is a great place to read a book. This was a great vacation, and I couldn't be happier with the rental.
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
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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!

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Gift Hill Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2015
Dec 13 2014 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 27 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 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

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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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 ...
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • 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 ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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