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Joe Tulis

Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Hidden Cove - Just for Two

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights


St. Thomas Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Perched just thirty feet over the ocean, this tastefully decorated apartment - which is actually the first floor of a two-story house - has the feel of being on a yacht (the owners are husband and wife and worked in the yachting world for many years).

Situated on Tropaco Point on St.Thomas'northside, overlooking Hull Bay,with views extending to the south, west and north, Hidden Cove is a breath-taking, special place for those searching for something out of the ordinary.

From your off-street parking area, a private entrance leads down a staircase to a lighted garden path and your 'land yacht.' Everything you need awaits. A slim, covered deck fronts the length of the apartment with a larger,open area for dining. You can easily while away time watching surfers, clouds, pelicans diving, sugar birds flitting about and the sea. Sleep to the sound of the surf in the mahogany, queen-size sleigh bed. Ample storage space is provided by a closet, antique armoire and bureau.

Sip your morning beverage at the dining table or outside on the deck under the umbrella. Relax in the attractive sitting area and watch cable TV, a DVD, read, nap or listen to music. Terra cotta tiles and ceiling fans throughout are cooling and comforting.

In the sumptuous bath you shower on river-stones while gazing out to sea. The kitchen meets any chef's requirements with gas range, microwave, Cuisinart cookware---everything you need to make a meal, large or small. If you enjoy cooking, this 'galley' could inspire you.

Stone steps wind down through the terraced half-acre property and end at the 'hidden cove.' Halfway down the steps sit two large wooden decks---one for shade, one for sun. Once at the cove, surf conditions permitting, you can climb down the rocks into waist-high water to swim or snorkel on the reef and beyond. Some of the best snorkeling in St. Thomas lies just beneath your hideaway.

Hull Bay beach, less than a mile away, provides an invigorating ten-minute walk or a three-minute drive. Well known Magens Bay, just to the east, is about a 15-minute drive. We provide beach towels,chairs,beach bags,cooler and snorkel gear ...just bring your swim suits.

We will meet you at the airport and lead you to the property. A complimentary bottle of Cruzan rum, and bottled water, for the length of your stay, are provided as well.

Hidden Cove---a romantic, peaceful, out-of-the-way spot for two---a one-of-a-kind sanctuary in the Caribbean.

Keywords: Apartment

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  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Joe Tulis (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Joe Tulis

Joe has called St. Thomas home for over 25 years. Mary,his wife, is new to the island. They love living on the Northside of the island! Joe,having been in the charter boat business for many years ,loves sharing the property with those visiting for the first time or those returning to the beauty of Hull Bay. Mary is just learning the ropes and enjoying all their is to learn about living on an island.

Joe Tulis purchased this apartment in 2001

Why Joe Tulis chose St. Thomas

This is our home...the rental part came long after we'd been living here!

What makes this apartment unique

The sound of waves, birds, palm fronds rustling in the breeze and the ability to walk into the cove and snorkel the reef in front of the house!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carol & Joe, Our stay here was fantastic! We will definitely miss breakfast on the deck counting the igaunas---we gave them names of our friends---and watching the bananaquits bathe in the rainwater trapped by the agave frond. The snorkeling at Hidden Cove was the best we found on the island---we were out there every day. The apartment is beautiful and very tastefully furnished. We liked the lizard pottery so much we drove to the Kilnworks and bought some. The DVD collection was also nice---it was fun to watch Pirates of the Caribbean again while actually being in the Caribbean! The week at Hidden Cove was beautiful and relaxing. Thanks!
Aug 2007
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based on 27 traveler reviews

Hidden Cove - Just for Two
average rating of 4.962963 based on 39 reviews

Hidden Cove in Hull Bay is Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

Nancy and I stayed at Joe Tulis's Hidden Cove property in Hull Bay, STT for a week at the end of Jan 2016. The apartment is beautiful and perfect for a peaceful getaway for two: Incredible view of the beautiful bay, the sunset, the hills of St. Thomas. Birds chirp their morning song, the ocean laps at the cliffs, stars put on a midnight show. Joe is a gracious host, happy to help if needed and respectful of your privacy. We could not have asked for a better stay and we look forward to doing so in the future. Thank you, Joe, we'll see you again! - Hank from Texas

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Best Kept Secret in USVI

  • 5 of 5

We considered ourselves so lucky to find Hidden Cove and awesome host, Joe, just a month before our trip to St. Thomas. Joe is an absolute class act, the perfect balance between hospitable and helpful but respectful of your space, and the house is just unbelievable. My wife and I are more vrbo than resort kind of people. We had originally wanted more of the St. John experience but we weren't thrilled with the St. John prices and limited location options. We wanted a quiet place that was clean, comfortable, and well priced without all the downsides of the lower priced spots (bugs, buried in the middle of the island, etc.). We found Hidden Cove to be the best of everything, but for the St. Thomas price. The price was right, the location was unbeliavable (right above the water with such a colorful garden and space between neighbors), the neighborhood is very safe, the best snorkeling in the morning was right out the front door, the sunsets were perfect from your deck or the rocks down below, and for two people, the size of the place was all we needed. Big bedroom, beautiful bathroom, and a quaint kitchen and front room. The decor was very tasteful and very Caribbean as well. We mostly were out and about checking out the island or hiking or beaching over at St. John's (the ferry ride with a car is only $50 round trip), and most nights we did dinner at the Hull Bay Hideaway which was a friendly, laid back place that had the right kind of vibe at the end of the day. Their food was good too (great burgers, sushi, etc.).

Although we hate to see this place get so crowded that it may become tough to find an open week for us (selfish), it really is a place we would recommend to anyone and to any taste for travel. We have already passed Joe's number on to many of our closest friends.

Joe, we hope to see you again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chico, CA, USA

Can't say enough good things!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a week stay at the Hidden Cove. We enjoyed this spectacular location, perched just above the ocean, with its fantastic view of the turquoise waters of Hull Bay. The accommodations were perfect, very nicely appointed with lots of thoughtful amenities and extra touches. Joe is friendly, wonderfully accommodating and helpful. He lives in the upper floor of the building, but the unit has its own entry and is secluded and private. He’s created a variety of outdoor spaces to enjoy, a balcony, a deck and an open area, that make hanging out pleasant all day long. When the surf allowed it, slipping into the ocean here was delightful. Off the beaten path in a non-touristy, locals area, this is the ideal hideaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Wonderful and hospital

  • 5 of 5

This place is on the North Side where the regular folk live. It's great, as its quiet from the bustle of the town. If you want to go to town its a 15 minute drive. Hulls Bay is where the locals hang out and everyone was very kind. Definitely have the blackened shrimp tacos there. The place is clean and decorated nicely. Joe was a superb host, meeting us at the airport and then showing us the ropes. His years and experience as a sea captain makes him an ideal host. If you leave late in the day he is sure to leave the lights on for your safe arrival later in the evening. Kitchen had nice dished and cooking pots, which is not necessary the norm in a VRBO and a welcome surprise. Breakfast with the view of the harbor and mountains can't be missed and we were lucky to have a rainbow on our last day. Definitely try paddle-boarding and enjoy watching the pelicans and surfers.

If you are new to the island, 1) don't be skittish on the roads. They are fine and just not mainland levels. 2) If you have your quarks for certain spices or herbs, bring them as food on the island is expensive. We brought a few bits and it made a difference.

House is:

0 seconds for a fabulous view. Seriously, even in bed it's gorgeous.

5 minutes from the beach

10 minutes from a Kahlua Chocolate Boozy Milkshake

15 minutes to the city

Best food was the blacked shrimp at the bar in Hull bay and the Rum Shanty in French Town. Try the fish tacos and bean fritters.

If you are noise sensitive, bring some earplugs. The way the house is situated echos the roar of the ocean and during a breezy night it can get loud. I bought a pair and slept soundly.

My partner and I had a lovely time. Will come back again. Joe is a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The third visit was as good as the first.

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay with Joe at Hidden Cove. It's a little piece of heaven. And the views, the sound of the waves hitting the shore below and the privacy never fail to put us on island time. There is a beach that's just down the hill but we prefer driving over to the world renowned Magen's Bay beach. Joe provides snorkel equipment, beach towels, chairs and a cooler for guests. So, there's no need to rent anything and it's easy with this gear to head to less populated areas of the beach. A car is a necessity but there are a number of excellent restaurants nearby. The Northside Bistro has a "to die for" dessert called the chocolate bomb. Try it, you won't be disappointed. And, if you rent from Joe, ask him to tell you some of his best jokes. We loved the one avout the talking dog.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the positive comments Gail and Bruce. A pleasure to see you enjoy all the area has to offer. Your "family now"! I know there are other places to visit but we hope to see you again at Hidden Cove. Don't forget, "I'm your main squeez in the West Indies." New joke's to follow-
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On the Ocean

  • 5 of 5

This is a very clean and well maintained property. It is perfect for a single person or a couple. A great little kitchen with all you need to prepare your own island inspired meals. World class restaurant nearby (Northside Bistro)and a great beach restaurant (Hull Bay Hideaway) as well. The owner (Joe) is honest, helpful and he will meet you at your car rental and show you the way to the Cove. Joe will be there as little or as much as you want for advice. We wanted time away from everyone and Joe understood this and allowed us to just enjoy his great property on our own. Surf conditions at Hull Bay are usually a little rough, but despite this the snorkeling off of this property can be great. I spotted a sea turtle, tarpon and many reef fish. SCUBA can be done, but surge will be strong and really not worth attempting at this location. Just take a short drive to Red Hook Dive Center and they will get you diving. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Northside Apartment Rental Rates


  • From $185.00-200.00/night. $1300-1400/wk
  • US Dollars
  • Nov 01-May 31 .. $1400/wk.
  • Jun 01-Aug 31 .. $1300/wk.
  • Nightly Rate .. $200/nt. (3-night minimum)
  • A 50% deposit will secure your dates. Full refund upon cancellation with 30 days
  • notice. Balance & $500 security/damage deposit due upon arrival.
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St. Thomas Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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