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Ocean View Designer Estate on Two Private Hilltop Acres, Private and serene

Michael Hartlage

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Michael Hartlage

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Ocean View Designer Estate on Two Private Hilltop Acres, Private and serene

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


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

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Michael Hartlage (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
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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 -
Jan 2014
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Ocean View Designer Estate on Two Private Hilltop Acres, Private and serene
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 35 reviews
Troutville, VA

Outstanding family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from what was one of the best family vacations for my husband, teenage son, my sister, and my parents. Larimar is an astounding property. Sitting on top of a hill with a breathtaking view of Cane Bay, the open floor plan of the house creates an atmosphere of being one with the natural beauty surrounding the house. Photographs on the VRBO listing accurately show the property. But what the photographs can’t show are the other elements that make Larimar special. Tropical breezes cooled the open great room all day and evening making it our favorite spot for lounging, eating, reading and just staring at the ever-changing colors of the sea. The view from the balcony off the second floor master bedroom was incredible, especially at night. The pool was refreshing. Humming birds visited the flowering shrubs on the patio daily and we all got a kick out of the little green geckos scampering everywhere. Having the small kitchen across from the main living area was different but made the whole living area feel larger. At times during the day and night, the gentle sound of the surf could be heard. Peace and tranquility are hallmarks of Larimar.

The other element not captured by photographs we believe was the most important: Michael, the property manager. Michael’s passion about the island and his exuberance in wanting to share all his knowledge of things to see and do were the sparks that made the vacation truly memorable. Following his suggestions, we saw and experienced things we would not have on our own. He gave us mini-tours on two days and we loved both excursions! Driving through the rain forest, picking fresh mangos, exploring ruins of sugar cane estates, buying beer for pigs, and tasting the special Mamma-wanna drink, enjoying the Sunday-Fun day at Rainbow beach, were just some of the things Michael showed us. His restaurant recommendations were spot-on. The GPS device he provided for our use was invaluable! To cap-off a wonderful week, Michael arranged for Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies (all wonderful, smart ladies) to come to Larimar to perform their fire dances. Fabulous!

Snorkeling at Cane Bay and lounging on the beach at Carambola were great. The overall friendliness of the locals put us at ease. There are so many more wonderful things we did not get to do that I foresee another trip back to St. Croix and, hopefully, to Larimar, because with Michael as the concierge, the trip will be outstanding!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Huntsville, AL

Amazing View

  • 4 of 5

We had a 5-night stay here and I just can't say enough about Michael (I give him 5 stars). He is an outstanding host, friendly, responsive, prompt, and very knowledgeable about the island. We had a party of 7 adults and the property provided ample space and some amazing views of the island. It also has a variety of books, games, and movies...not that you will have much time for that if you venture out and explore some of Michael's hidden treasures.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Duluth. MN

Week in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Upon arriving at Larimer, the view was so incredible, it was almost hard to take it all in.....and the best thing is that all week it kept getting even better....never got tired of it. We really got a feel of the island with the wonderful fully equipped outdoor kitchen and living area which is so conducive to swimming, relaxing, or entertaining. We had dinner guests one evening and were able to set a lovely table, even including cloth napkins:) and what a view. Larimar has so much character with its decor and its well kept landscaping. In the evening we were able to see the lights of St. Thomas across the ocean. Larimar is totally private, yet it is close to beaches and the city.

Michael, the caretaker is amazing. He is very knowledgable about the island, places to eat and see, and will go out of his way to accomadate the guests. He made a point to have us feel like Larimar was our home for that week. He even had fesh tropical flowers in the vases. Thanks Michael!!

We would highly recommend Larimar and will get back there. If you are able to vacation there it will be a vacation to remember!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great House Wonderful Host

  • 5 of 5

We were met at the airport by Michael. He led us back to this property and gave us the grand tour. The house was wonderful. We stayed in the upstairs bedroom with the deck, you could not beat the view. Michael was a gracious host and a wealth of knowledge about the island and the people who call it home. He helped us set up tours and presently is helping us find a realtor. This is our second trip to St. Croix and when we return we will be staying at Larimar again it is private yet is within easy driving distance to many great reasturants and Beaches and any adventures one might one to due. It was another successful vacation great house and a great host.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

My Happy Place

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful... doesn't really get better than this. I know it’s been said but pictures truly don't do this place justice. The views are amazing, the rooms are open air with exotic architecture and comfortable furniture (including beds). It can be a quiet and serene, romantic atmosphere if that’s what you are looking for, but it can also be loud and fun (of course my family prefers not so quiet and blares the Best of Bob Marley starting around 8 AM) . The house caretaker, Michael was one of the best parts about the house… he was there if we needed ANYTHING… and took soo much pride in making sure that our trip was perfect and that we got to know and see all of the amazing things that St. Croix has to offer. By the end of the week, he felt like family.

Having traveled most of the Caribbean, I have to say that St. Croix is my absolute favorite island…. I don’t know if it’s the awesome people who live on the island, the clear blue water and white sand beaches, or just special love and energy that you experience while you are there. Don’t take my word for it, I recommend that you experience it yourself and if you want to stay at the BEST HOUSE and be insured that you will have the BEST TIME, talk to Michael and stay at Villa Larimar. Already counting down the days until next year. 

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Gastonia Nc

Villa Larimar is the BEST!!!

  • 5 of 5

WOW is all I can say about our week stay at Villa Larimar!!! My mom, dad, Finance, two sisters and husband and two kiddos all enjoyed a week of PARADISE! Michael the host of the house is 5 stars and is the best host we could ever have at the house! HE knows everything about the island and is always there to help you with anything around the Villa or give you ideas about what to do/ where to go! Michael is now part of our family we told him and he made us feel more than special everyday!!!! I had a bladder infection right when i arrived that saturday and awesome michael took me straight to the pharmacy from the airport so that I would not have one bad day of vacation! The weather was PERFECT all week.... low 80s and sunny . One night Michael took us to Rowdy Joes to Eat and grab some drinks.... DEF try their fish die for! ROwdy Joes is def like its name sounds Rowdy and is so fun!! We did the Farm Dinner and that was quite an amazing experience! The farm tour was really cool and then you get to sit down and meet new people at other outside tables while drinking wine and their specality Ginger tea! IT is called a farm dinner for a is about a 4 hour dinner with 5 courses....the food was AMAZING and everything wasa so Fresh from the farm!! We also did the see through kayaks one evening... IT was a very cool experience but something I would only do one time. We loved eating at Rhythms and Rainbow Beach and the entertainment there is always fun. One day we went to Protestant Key for half the was crystal clear water and nice big palm trees to get a little bit of shade when needed as well. Carambola beach was beautiful and so was the resort...we laid out their one day... ALso...I would reccommed renting car/cars when you go there! We rented a jeep wrangular and a big van which was plenty enough room to haul the 8 of us arouind and was so much fun riding around in the open air jeep! Michael also hooked us up with a WONDERFUL babysitter for the two kiddos a few hours a day about 4 days of our vacation. HEr name was Sara And she was the BEST With the kids! She is also a Fire Dancer and MICHAEL suprised us one night and had Sara and another fire dancer come to our house to do a fire show!!! WOW now that was a treat itsellf....more like mezmorizing... This is our second time going to Saint Croix but first time staying at Villa Larimar and this time was by far the BEST time we had yet! We already booked again for next year!!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Cane Bay
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
St. George Village Botanical Garden
"Beautiful gardens woven into the ruins of a former Danish Sugar Estate."
Cane Bay Beach
"Great beach, dive spot, restaurants, snorkeling, all within 5 mins of Larimar"
Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
"Fabulous resort and guests of Larimar have full access to all of the guests amenities here! ..."
"Fantastic Restaurant at Cane Bay Beach! Sunday brunches are not to be missed and oh my, the..."
La Reine Chicken Shack
"Best rotisserie chicken ever and local foods, no credit cards though!"
Rowdy Joe's
"great food, fun staff, only a short drive down the hill from Larimar"
Carambola Golf Club
Estate Whim Plantation Museum
Cruzan Rum Factory
Saint George Village Botanical Gardens
Cane Bay Dive Shop
Off The Wall
Cane Bay
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
STX - Henry Rohlsen International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Rowdy Joe's, Above the Cliff, Off the Wall, Eat
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Carambola Golf Resort and Spa
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Melvin Evans Highway 66
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Rowdy Joe's, Above the Cliff, Off the Wall, Eat
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Cane Bay Beach:world class diving, dining and sun
Car: recommended

St. Croix is America's Undiscovered Tropical Paradise. Less crowded than St. Thomas, less expensive than St. John, the island offers deserted white sand beaches, an underwater national park, lobster-hunting and spear-fishing year-round, and all the color and verve of West Indian music, dance and food. You will want to take a catamaran out to pristine Buck Island, go to the restored Whim Plantation, visit St. George Botanical Garden, golf at Carambola or another famed golf course... or just veg out by the pool and enjoy the Caribbean view.


Rates & Availability

From $464 Per night

St. Croix Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
May 16 2015 - Nov 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 15 2015 - Mar 15 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year
Dec 26 2015 - Jan 2 2016
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59.00
Notes We prefer 50% of rental rate to reserve the dates, the remaining balance of rental rate is due 60 days prior to arrival and please bring a personal or corporate check for the Hotel Tax, made out to "VIBIR" (Virgin Island Bureau of Internal Revenue).
We are also available for events, perfect for weddings and receptions under 45 persons. $1500/day.

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St. Croix Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Outdoor rinse shower - outdoor shower , Perfect to shower off the sand/sunscreen or to just cool off
  • All of the bathrooms have tiled showers, UV filtered water tested for drinkability monthly (recent tests pass the highest standards for drinking water, even beat out major brands such as DaSani in PPM tests)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upper Master - 1 king , Also a Cali-king, unreal view from private balcony, new A/C!
    Twin Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Full suite withyet the smallest of the rooms, New A/C!
    Master 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Another master with flexible bedding options new A/C!
    Grand Master Suite-owners suite - 1 king , This room features a Cali-king, seating area, bay window A/C
  • All of the bedrooms have A/C and full baths, the twin room shares the full bath with the common area, the 3 Masters have HD Dish network tv's, wi-fi and Cat5 connections.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Reduce your carbon footprint due to our recent solar upgrade, now providing 70% of our power! Battery back up electrical system eliminates loud diesel generator and the smell. Portable GPS navigation unit for your rental car. Live-in Caretaker to see to your needs. A million-dollar view. Original art. Pick your own mango, passionfruit, banana and grapefruit, in season.

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