Michael & Barbara Gelardi
About Michael & Barbara Gelardi
Barbara and Michael moved to St. Croix in 1997 where they met at the local dive shop. They moved onto the property in 1998 and rented one of the units. After gettin hitched in 2001 they purchased the property and moved to the main house and started renting out the rest of the units. Barbara is a talented artist and has spent most of her time adding to the beauty of the island by painting over 150 murals and hundreds of original paintings. Michael is a Jack of all trades specializing as a 100 ton USCG licensed charter boat captain, property manager, video photographer, and Barbara's sherpa. They live on the property with their two amazing boys and three dogs.
Michael & Barbara Gelardi purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Michael & Barbara Gelardi chose Estate Belvedere
This property is unique because it is on one of the highest elevations on St. Croix. It is nestled in the rain forest and overlooks the North Shore and Northern Leeward Islands. On a clear day you can see St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. The interior is decorated with Barbara's amazing art work. The property is on the mountain above five restaurants each having its own unique menu. The cottage is just 5 minutes away from the amazing Cane Bay Beach. The diving and snorkeling is spectacular with a 3200' wall just 100 yards from shore. Two beach bars with great foos and a full service dive shop are right across the street from the beach.
What makes this Cottage unique
Michael has worked in the tourism industry on St. Croix for twenty two years. When it comes to making guests feel welcome, he has skills. Eight years as a bartender, he can teach you numerous drinks you can easily create and recipes to take home to share. He is a retired PADI dive instructor with over 5000 dive on St, Croix alone. If you are a diver or want to try it, his knowledge of the dive shops and dive sites is unparalleled. He currently works as a captain for Big Beards Adventure tours which is rated as the number one thing to do on St. Croix on Trip Advisor.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Wonderful 14 day stay
Not only was our cottage wonderful with breathtaking views Michael and his family exceeded our expectations. To start he met me in town to ensure I would be able to find my way there. They also checked in regularly to see if we had any needs or questions. The cottage has amazing views of both the mountains and ocean. At night sleep with the windows open at least once to hear the ocean and feel the breeze. The cottage has air conditioning but the breeze is so pleasant it is not necessarily to use. It is a full one bedroom home with a full kitchen making a extended stay like ours more like home with home cooked meals. It is a nice private drive pass the main house and is secluded for privacy. This cottage is secure and I felt very safe staying there alone as a woman while my husband was at work during the day. I look forward to staying here again with my future visits.
Million dollar carribean views! Ahhhh!
The location of the cottage was amazing! Nestled near the top of a hill facing the north shore, we sat out on deck relaxing in the breeze with million dollar carribean sea views. The breeze is so wonderful up there that we didnt need to turn on the air conditioning at all during our stay! The nearest beach, Cane Bay beach, is only 5 min down the hill and there is an open air restaurant grille across the street from the beach that serves the delicious Leatherback beer which is from the local brewery. The cottage is newly remodeled and decorated with art from a talented local artist!. We decided to eat in a couple nights so we enjoyed cooking on the new gas stove and the gas griddle on top of the stove. I do have a bad back so I was grateful so the comfortable king size bed and got amazing sleep. The hosts were wonderful and accommodating- they even met us at the airport upon arrival at midnight to guide us back to the cottage so we wouldn't get lost. We loved it there and would definitely book this property again when we come back to the island.