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Back Better than Ever!/Luxury Villa/Super Views/Pool/Sleeps 2-8

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,400 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

"If we were any closer to heaven, we'd be talking to St. Peter" said one guest about Great Turtle Villa.

Winter Rates: Jan 7 - Apr 13, 2018

1-2 bedrooms $590

3 bedrooms $645

4 bedrooms $695

Summer Rates: Apr 14 - Dec 14

1-2 bedrooms $430

3 bedrooms $485

4 bedrooms $535

NOTE: VRBO auto-pricing is inaccurate. Rates based on number of bedrooms used. Contact owner for correct rates.

Tucked into the lush mountainside above Coral Bay, behind an electronic gate, Great Turtle Villa is a casually elegant vacation villa with four bedrooms in two two-story pavilions bisected by a pool.

Rent 1, 2, 3 or all 4 bedrooms while just your group enjoys access to the full house, decks and pool. Honeymoon couple? Rent 1 bedroom. Girls' getaway? Rent all 4 bedrooms. The house is all yours! Rates vary depending on the number of bedrooms booked.

Great Turtle Villa is accessed via all paved roads, a rare amenity on St. John and very welcome in a tropical downpour. It is located in the comfortable, upscale neighborhood of Upper Carolina. Surrounding homes are on large lots hidden by lush foliage which provides lots of privacy. Enter Great Turtle Villa's drive through an electronic gate which not only adds extra privacy and security but it also keeps the wild donkeys out!

The front door opens onto the larger pavilion's main level which contains the attractive living and dining areas and the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with a marble-topped work table and breakfast bar. In the living area, a flat-screen TV, stereo, DVD, plus music and video libraries, provide indoor entertainment. The fully-equipped kitchen boasts stainless appliances, granite counters and enough dishes, bakeware and pans to satisfy the most particular chef. Hand-polished mahogany screened french doors open onto spacious shaded decks with cushy rockers and inviting chaises perfect for enjoying the cool tradewinds. An outdoor walkway above the pool and courtyard garden leads to the other pavilion with its master bedroom suite. An open staircase heads down beside the garden, passing exquisite orchids and a stately coconut palm, as it leads to the pool level with three more bedrooms and a home office.

All four equal size bedrooms open onto large decks with dazzling views, have AC, adjoining baths and walk-in closets making Great Turtle Villa a perfect vacation rental for friends or families to share. No one gets stuck in the "back bedroom with no view". The pool, just steps from your bedroom, is perfect, from a morning dip to a midnight swim. The lush courtyard garden ensures total privacy for swimming or sunning on the deck. When children are present, to keep them safe, self-locking gates around the pool can be utilized. The home office is equipped with high-speed internet, WiFi, a printer, and copier.

Just minutes from fabulous National Park beaches and the funky bars and restaurants of Coral Bay, this villa's central location allows easy access to both sides of St. John. Cruz Bay is only a 20 minute drive away and all the best hiking trails are within easy reach.

Everything about Great Turtle invites you to relax. Spend the day in the cushy rockers on the deck or let your cares slip away as you lounge by the pool. The Caribbean-style decor offers a comfortable mix of inviting antiques and pleasant elegance. The villa's lush tropical gardens are filled with birds-of-paradise, scarlet bougainvillea and rainbow-colored hibiscus. Slice a papaya for breakfast or pick your own lime for cocktails. But it's the awe-inspiring view - sparkling white sails bobbing on turquoise water in Coral Bay, shimmering islands on the horizon, the ever-changing greens on the verdant hills of Bordeaux Mountain, the speckled browns of sugar mill ruins peeking through the foliage of Carolina Valley - that you will carry forever in the memory of your visit to St. John and Great Turtle Villa!

As one guest from Connecticut said, "I travel the world for my work and have seen many beautiful places, but, I must say, your home and the view of Coral Bay tops them all!"

Keywords: Villa, charming, elegant, totally private, awesome views, pool, 1-4 bedrooms, enjoy outdoor living on spacious decks, convenient location, paved roads, loads of amenities, free high speed internet, air conditioning

More Details

Kathy Lewand
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

Why Kathy Lewand chose Upper Carolina

We had sailed in the Virgin Islands for 15 years with our 4 children and came to love St. John. When our children started having children of their own, we decided it was time to get land based and built a home that would be comfortable for all of us. Now we have 11 grandchildren who all come to visit us in St. John and have learned to love it here as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were a little worried coming so soon after Hurricane Irma, but Great Turtle Villa is in perfect shape! Everything looks brand new. St. John is coming back too. Five Stars!!!
Feb 2018
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Upper Carolina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) option - twins convert to king
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Beach chairs, beach towels, cooler, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, blender, hair dryers, safe, ceiling fans, security gate.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Paradise !!

  • 5 of 5

This house is Fantastic , The house is in perfect condition after two cat5 hurricanes. The owners take great pride in the home, you can see that when you walk thru the door. Everything is FIRST class. This is our 6th or 7th trip to Great Turtle. Our group of eight wait all year to come back & we have already booked for 2019 ! The home is a perfect layout for us. Everyone has their own bedroom and bath. We hold court every night on the porch and look down on the gorgeous views of Coral Bay. The beaches and water are beautiful, the restaurants are great and plentiful also. The island is in great shape also, all of the flowers have bloomed and the trees have their foliage back. If you are looking for somewhere to unwind and relax, This is the place " GREAT TURTLE " !!!

Johnny & Maura

Plymouth, Ma.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply the Best

  • 5 of 5

Great Turtle

My first thought is that Greatt Turtle should be called Almost Heaven. When you sit on the deck at night you can almost touch the stars. It's so peaceful and beautiful.

This is, I believe, is our ninth year visiting this villa. I will say that we all thought this visit was not going to happen due to two category 5 hurricanes. Well, we are from New England and use to crazy weather and we all thought St. John on a bad day way out weighs Winter in New England. It was the right choice. The island has made amazing storm recovery progress. The greenery has all come back and the beaches are pristine. The shade coverage is limited on all beaches so I do recommend bringing a small umbrella/chair umbrella. With the exception of waterfront almost all the restaurants are open. In Coral Bay Wok on the beach was one of our favorites, Indigo ( great night music) and of course Skinny's for Super Bowl and burgers. New pizza place where Shipwreck was is great and at nights has impromptu music. Cruz Bay the Terrace, Banana Deck, Longboard, LaTapa, Ocean Grille, Woodys, Quiet Mon, 362 Ocean, Sun Dog ( open mic nights and guess who showed up - Kenny Chesney!) and Tap Room are all open.

We knew that Great Turtle experienced hurricane damage. What place didn't. When we arrived we found this beautiful house in pristine condition. The owners had work endlessly to have their house ready for us. All new windows and doors and all new paint inside and out. This house is so beautifully decorated with comfortable chairs and a "great table" for dinner. The art work reflects the owners love of his beautiful island. The kitchen is such a pleasure to use. Every type of kitchen utensil can be found. Great place to have nice relax full dinner in house or on deck. The sleeping accommodations are awesome. Everyone had their own bedroom/bathroom suite. Every bedroom looks out to the amazing view of Coral Bay. It's a very comfortable house. Love the pool to lounge about or a late night dip.

The whole house is spotlessly clean with kudos to the great cleaning and maintenance staff of Antares (Rosanne and Wayne) . Any questions or problems ( we had none), they are very responsive.

The owners take great care and pride to make sure that their rental villa "Great Turtle" (aka - Almost Heaven) is one of the finest villa rentals in St John. It's been our pleasure, truly, to be part of their villa rental family for all these years.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

I don't do many reviews but our stay at the Great Turtle is definately worthy of my time.

This was our 2nd trip to St. John. Our first trip was a condo trip in Cruz Bay. This time, we wanted to experience the east side of St. John. After our stay at Great Turtle I must say it's much more adventurous in Coral Bay and I'll never go back to Cruz. The people, the animals, the critters, mountain driving and fantastic 'top of the mountain' weather all contributed to a very memorable and fun vacation!

The property was perfect for our family. We are a family of 4 and only used 2 of the 4 bedrooms - there is plenty of space to move around both inside and outside on the decks. Pool is awesome - my teenagers loved swimming at night after a long day of snorkeling. Accommodations are very comfortable and upscale. House is very well built with attention to detail - furnishings are top notch.

TV and WiFi worked great, we didn't spend too much time inside though - spent much more time on the deck taking in the incredible view. Even though it was early August, the weather was perfect - breeze was cool and afternoon showers really kept things comfortable. Really can't say enough about the views!

Location is awesome - 5 minutes down the mountain to Coral Bay restaurants - 15 minutes to the far east end (Haulover & Hanson Bay) - 10 minutes to Maho Bay - 20 minutes to Cruz Bay. Great Turtle was a great 'home base' for all of our adventures around the island.

Loved having The Dolphin Market at the bottom of the mountain - a great store for picking up necessities.

Many thanks to Kathy (owner) for the help and accommodations and to Joy (property manager) for her hospitality during our stay!

Highly recommend. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute at Great Turtle! The view is exceptional, the house is well-appointed and super clean. Pool is so pretty and it is nice it have different levels of seating areas. Bedrooms we great for my family of 5. Beach chairs and towels are available and very nice. Hostess Joy was wonderful to work with and her boyfriend owns a kayak, sailing, SUP charter company that we took advantage of and had a great day! We can't wait to return to Great Turtle and hope to be back in 2018!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing property with everything you need to have a fabulous vacation. View is breath-taking and the porch/deck has ample room to sit many people comfortably. Pool is on a lower deck and there is another porch/deck on that level as well. Bedrooms are private and house is exceptionally clean. We hope to return in 2018!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and functional!

  • 5 of 5

Great Turtle Villa was everything we had hoped! The house is set up so nicely, everyone has a view and their own bathroom! The deck was great to just sit and visit, eat our meals and play games. We had a terrific time! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Skinny Leg's
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay, St. John
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Aqua Bistro
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Frances Bay Beach
Car: necessary

Great Turtle Villa is centrally located in the Upper Carolina area of Coral Bay on the 'backside' of St. John. This peaceful mountainside retreat basks in tropical breezes all day long and the paved roads make the climb easy. Coral Bay is considered the quiet, more funky side of St. John. It is close to the spectacular National Park Beaches - an easy 5 minutes from the house - as are some of the best hiking trails in the Park. Coral Bay is home to the famous Skinny Legs Bar, a must-see in the Caribbean. There are several other wonderful restaurants nearby. Cruz Bay, the main town, is just 20 minutes away.

Other Activities: kayaking, hiking, shopping, beachcombing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.5%

PLEASE NOTE: Auto Quote from VRBO is often inaccurate. Contact owner for specific pricing and discounts. Pricing is based on number of bedrooms used. WEEKLY WINTER SEASON 2018 & 2019: 1-2 bdrms-$4130, 3 bdrms-$4515, 4 bdrms-$4865. WEEKLY SUMMER/FALL, 2018: 1-2 bdrms-$3010, 3 bdrms-$3395, 4 bdrms-$3745.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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