St. Croix Villa Rental Photos and Description
4 Bedroom/4 Bath (Sleeps 8): Private Pool, Live-In Caretaker, solar powered.
Larimar is a designer masterpiece nestled on two hilltop acres overlooking the blue Caribbean. You can see all the way to St. John and St. Thomas, but no one can see you in your tropical hideaway. There is a full-time caretaker in a separate apartment on-site to maintain the condition of this 4200-square-foot home, which has been featured in House Beautiful magazine. If you are looking for serenity, privacy and lush beauty, look no further. We have also just completed the installation of self-contained 3.5KW solar system with battery back-up. No loud generator or diesel fumes - come to Paradise and reduce your carbon footprint!
There are four spacious bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. The Master Bedroom has a canopy King bed, entertainment center, sitting area and a lovely antique desk for that office work you just had to bring with you. (Don't worry, there's broadband WiFi throughout, so you can always get your email!) It has a magnificent view of the Caribbean through the huge picture window.
The Upstairs Master features an enormous balcony with patio table and chaises -- and a view that will take your breath away -- plus constant tropical breezes that make this room a favorite with returning guests.
The two interior bedrooms each has two twin beds (convertible to queen bed or queen + twins if desired -- sleeping layout is flexible so ask and we will try to make it happen).
In true West Indian style, the kitchen is in a separate wing from the bedrooms, across the pool area. You never live with the heat or smell of cooking. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, gas range, microwave, blender, Cuisinart, coffeemaker, and all the cooking and serving utnesils you could want. There is even picnicware to take to the beach. We provide everything you need, including a gas BBQ grill for those big lobsters you're going to catch!
The private pool sits in an open courtyard with lush landscaping and a spectacular ocean view.
This fully environmentally friendly retreat has its own cistern, solar system and battery back up. Our caretaker will help you find your way around and make you comfortable, and keep the place in ship shape. Michael is also an advanced SCUBA diver, in case you want to brush up on your skills, and a boat captain for your sailing or fishing trip. He will meet you at the airport and act as your concierge, all included in the rental amount. Michael's goal is to have the guests of Villa Larimar loving this Island as much as he does before you depart!
We provide the beach towels, beach chairs and sunscreen you'll want to take down the road to Cane Bay, one of the loveliest beaches in the Virgin Islands. A three-minute drive from Larimar, Cane Bay is a family-friendly, pet-friendly gathering spot. It boasts some excellent beachfront restaurants, a dive shop, kayak rentals, and what SCUBA divers generally recognize as the best dive wall in the Caribbean. It is also the location of the infamous bike leg of the 'The Beast,' St Croix's triathlon that serves for many as the warm up for the Iron Man.
Larimar is a short hop from Carambola, St. Croix’ top golf course, and a quick ten minutes' drive from the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport.
Guests of Larimar also are provided with passes to Carambola Renaissance Beach Resort, a five star Marriott property. These passes allow you all of the amenities that their guests receive plus a 10% discount on food and beverages, spa treatments and activities! Go for a workout or enjoy the fabulous Friday night Pirates Buffet with Mocko Jumbies (stilt spirit dancers)and Kiki's Flaming Gypsies, or just relax on their manicured beach
St. Croix is America's best kept tourist secret, a tropical adventure that US citizens can enjoy without even needing a passport. The beaches are never crowded, the old Danish towns of Frederiksted and Christiansted are a sightseer's delight. Buck Island is one of the nation's only underwater national parks, a fantastic day trip on a catamaran or antique sailing vessel.
We'd love to share it all with you.
Keywords: Villa, Scuba, Luxury, Mansion, Estate, View, Gated, Gracious, Privacy, Caribbean, USVI, St. Croix
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- Events Allowed
- smoking allowed
About Michael Hartlage
I wish I was the owner of the fabulous property but I am proud to be the Property's Manager and onsite caretaker! After 29 years in the Hospitality Industry I moved to St. Croix a little over nine years ago. Larimar is my third vacation villa that i have managed and I'm lucky that each home was better than the previous and that I have to look no further! I have reached what I feel is the best designed Villa on the Island for those who want to experience Island life to the fullest!
My goal with every guest is to show them the Island from an insiders perspective. To allow each guest of Larimar to love this tropical wonderland the way that I do before the unfortunate departure. Special places that are not on any map or in any guide book abound and I will show them as many or as few as you like. Hidden gems that include hikes, trees, tidal pools, the light house, ruins, dive bars and gourmet restaurants are all available. Being considered a local has opened many doors for me and I will share these with our guests lovingly!
Concierge services and discounts on car rentals, dive packages and instructions, deep sea fishing, kayaking, and many other activities are all available to my guests, free of charge.
My love of history is also yours to enjoy, I will talk for hours about the vast storage of useful and useless knowledge that I have acquired over the years spent here. I was even ask to and participated on the Park Services study to deem the entire Island of St Croix a National Heritage destination and was featured in an episode of Discover St. Croix. This is not about me but about this wonderful Island, its people and the history of both. Yours for the taking when you stay at Villa Larimar!
Michael Hartlage purchased this villa in 2006
Why Michael Hartlage chose St. Croix
St. Croix is a Caribbean paradise that's still America, making it both exotic and familiar. Larimar is a gem on this fabulous rock. The design was so wonderfully thought out that the Island surrounds you and is a part of every moment of your stay. The open design lets the outside in like no other home I've encountered here on St. Croix or the other Virgins as well. No matter where you are in the Villa, the Island is with you. I cannot imagine coming to Paradise and spending time inside four walls with a window or two when you can basically live in conjunction with the beauty of this Island. Whether its the amazing views or the open living area, the extra large patio around the pool, the incredible upstairs patio overlooking the world or even just the pleasantness of cooking meals in the separate kitchen that is only 5 steps from the pool and open to the outdoors, every aspect of this villa is capturing. Guests laugh at me when I say this but it is even pretty here when it rains!
What makes this villa unique
Peace and quiet, a canopy of stars, warm ocean waves and cool island breezes.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Just gazing at the ocean from beautiful Larimar was a special treat, as was gazing at the night sky poolside every evening. Highlights: Fabulous meals at Rowdy Joe's, Eat@Cane Bay, Angry Nate's & Rumrunners. The scenic drive to Pt. Udall. Snorkeling at Cane Bay. The beautiful town of Christiansted. Thank you, Michael, for your expert guidance! With deepest gratitude -