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Kamabesu Villa 2-5bdrm suites, pool & Ocean View 2-16 guests

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 10 nights


About the property

St. John VI 5 Bdrm/6 Bath Ocean View & Pool Property 5 mins to town

Rates begin at $61 per person per night!

Kamabesu Villa, pronounced kuh-Mä’-beh- soo’, overlooking quiet Fish Bay on tranquil St. John in the US Virgin Islands, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The screen enclosed veranda offers stunning views on St. John’s south shore and refreshing tropical breezes keeping the temperatures at bay. Kamabesu is in a private residential location only minutes to the walking paths of Reef Bay, Ditleff Point, Fish Bay and Klein Bay beaches. The shallow reefs and shoals in these waters offers great snorkeling making them a must see during your visit. St. John is noted for the fine white sand beaches on its north shore: Hawksnest, Trunk, Cinnamon, Maho and Francis Bays just a short 10 to 15 minute drive. Kamabesu is only minutes from downtown Cruz Bay, the ferry dock, groc

Owner's Ammenities: The owner’s great loves include beach lounging, gardening, cooking, literature and movies. Kamabesu Villa features multiple amenities for these hobbies from the extensive Library of Books to the Catalogs of Music, DVDs, Games and Videos as well as all the tools a pampered chef could desire.

Movie classics such as Bridge over the River Kwai, Rear Window, The God Father I-III, Braveheart and Moulin Rouge are just highlights in the collection. Surround sound from speakers mounted on the ceiling transforms the living room into your own viewing theater and the rustling of the Caribbean winds only enhances the experience.

Lush gardens with Orchids, Oleander, Hibiscus, Bouganvillia and Fan Palms border the driveway providing privacy and improving the views through the eyes and nose. Fruit trees like mango, papaya, coconut, lime and genip (a local fruit) produce seasonally on the property. Kamabesu is currently adding a pool and 2 bedrooms to the lower level of the property which is 70 f

Family Inspired: Kamabesu (pronounced Ka-MA-ba-sue) Villa is a place where families feel welcome and comfort is primary. Like her namesakes, the four sisters whom inspired this house: Katie, Maggie, Betsy and Susan, Kamabesu embodies casual sophistication.

The Tartas began visiting the tropics 25 years ago and over time fell in love with the beautiful island of St. John. After many seasons to the same spot, Fish Bay, the Tartas purchased Kamabesu focusing on it’s transformation into a tropical paradise.

Joe & Paula, parents to the Kamabesu girls, have invested their hearts and are happy to welcome you to their home. They are both avid gardeners and believe a vacation home should be more comfortable than the one you left. Paula hand painted the details in all the bathrooms including the 6 foot Palm tree and international phrases for 'Water is Precious.' Joe’s hands-on approach to the garden has fortified the house with a wall of plantings offering privacy and beauty to all guests.

Kitchen Capable: Kamabesu’s kitchen is fully equipped including a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, oven/stove top, pots, pans, serving platters and even an ice machine for blended drinks! This kitchen is capable of preparing any meal, from quiet intimate dinners on the cool verandah to a family BBQ with burgers and ribs on the gas grill outside.

More Details

Property Manager
Katie Tarta
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Katie Tarta

Joe & Paula purchased the house with family in mind. Expanding from a 3 - 7 bedroom villa this property has grown as their family has. With 4 daughters (Katie, Maggie, Betsy and Susan) now grown up and with families of their own it is still the spot they all come for special occasions.

Katie Tarta purchased this villa in 2004

Why Katie Tarta chose St John

As a 5 bedroom/ 5 bath rental property (the two bedroom apartment is reserved for the on-site caretakers) the house boasts a family feel without everyone being on top of each other. Having been part of the step by step process to expand every detail has been accounted for.

What makes this villa unique

On site Caretaker offers on-site first hand knowledge of the island with concierge services available to improve your vacation and island stay. The house has the ability to offer privacy and togetherness as each bedroom has its own bathroom. The Main House which holds two of the 5 bedrooms and the Club House holds the other 3. Each bedroom has an attached bathroom and room for a Queen Aero Bed if required.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Guest comments on site where all positive, citing the welcome basket, large pool area and ice-machine as highlights! Renting a car is a must and have already scheduled the return trip.
Feb 2009
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Fish Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - shower , Outdoor Shower located on the way to the pool
  • All Bedrooms have an extra large shower, toilet and sink. Bedroom # 1 has 2 sinks in the bathroom. There is an additional outdoor shower located off the driveway on the way to the pool, a great place to store snorkle & dive gear.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Aero Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Pack n' Play
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Roll away available
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , The single beds are bunk beds and the lower bed is a full
  • There are 5 master suites with 5 bathrooms and one queen size blow up bed and one full size bunk bed allowing for 2-3 children to sleep on it. There is also a portable crib.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Caretakers live on property in a separate apartment and will provide you with custom welcome services as well as orientation to the island and property in detail. They will offer concierge services or you can book specific items with their guidance or simply meet them for the keys. Our on-site cartaker is there to make your stay as relaxing as possible whether that means being invisible or available. We know you'll enjoy the personalized service that Kamabesu prides herself on.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Kamabesu Villa 2-5bdrm suites, pool & Ocean View 2-16 guests
average rating of 4.909091 based on 35 reviews

Beautiful house in a beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

Kamabesu Villa was everything we hoped it would be. When we arrived we found the house very clean. The kitchen was well equipped, which was great because we ate in every night but one. The pool was clean and beautiful and we enjoyed the shaded area with the table, where we could sit out of the sun and watch the kids swim. One of the best features of the house is the screened porch overlooking Fish Bay. The beds were very comfortable. The neighborhood was quiet and peaceful, away from the traffic and activity of Cruz Bay, but it was only about a 10 minute drive to downtown. The caretaker was helpful. Kamabesu has everything you need for a great St. John vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and well equipped villa in beautiful St John! Great pool and deck. Comfortable bedrooms

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable bedrooms. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We just loved having you as guests and hope you will return!
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Amazing place, amazing views, fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The Kamabesu Villa was the perfect place for our 10 person family vacation. Having three separate quarters provided just the right configuration for our needs. The property was very well maintained and the customer service was great. The on-site caretaker was invisible unless needed and was then on the spot. Great amenities, pool, beds, cooking supplies and AC! I would highly recommend the Kamabesu Villa to anyone and everyone. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can't wait to have you back! This summer we've made even more improvements adding micro screening to the decks & main level and upgrades the Club House fixtures adding lights inside the showers. See you soon!
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Perfect Anniversary Getaway

  • 5 of 5

For the 2nd time, my husband Neil and I had the privilege of staying at Kamabesu, this time to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. It was just the 2 of us, so the accommodations were comfortable and spacious! Certainly the villa is large enough to accommodate many more people! What a pleasant surprise to be greeted with a welcome basket full of snacks that were so appreciated after a few hours of travel to get there....along with some rum, and water, soda, etc in the fridge! We were quite comfortable our entire stay, and so nice to have the pool out back as a perfect place to relax, tan, cool down/swim when the temps got up there! The A/C was quite nice at those times, as well. We slept so well in the tempur-pedic bed---OH my goodness--super comfy. The view from the screened in porch is to die for....we caught the sunrise most mornings and saw the sun setting a couple times. We loved that the villa was close enough to Cruz Bay/shopping/restaurants, etc. but not so close that you couldn't relax. Just perfect. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to stay at Kamabesu again and recommend it to anyone looking for the perfect getaway to St. John!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to have you back at Kamabesu! We hope to see you for your 19th Anniversary as well. Blessings! Katie
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Perfect house for a group

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Kamabesu with a large group of friends, and it was the perfect spot. Enough room for all of us to have our own space, and plenty of spots to congregate: the pool, the living room, the screened-in porch. But the house would be great for a smaller group, too, with two bedrooms in the main house.

The owner was very responsive, and Randle, the on-site manager, was very helpful and tended to anything we needed. The house was very clean (with the exception of one bedroom in the guesthouse smelling like cigarettes, which the owner apologized for and remedied) and provided a lot of amenities: grill, towels, coolers, beach chairs, dishes, etc.

Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home, lovely island

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of a few days in Kamabesu, a beautiful property. We stayed in the main house, which has two master suites with comfortable king beds. Very, very peaceful and comfortable, very clean. We really enjoyed the pool and the covered pool area immensely, and spent a lot of time in the evenings on the porch, relaxing. Lovely to find some rum, drinks and snacks upon arrival. We were made to feel very welcome and the guest services manager was just a call away, although we didn't need anything as everything went smoothly. Lovely island, with restaurants and bars a few minutes drive, and gorgeous beaches. A jeep is a necessity.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Woody's Saloon
Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Tapa
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Reef Bay
Car: necessary

Kamabesu Villa, a 5 bedroom/5 bath property, is located about 200 feet above level located over breezy Fish Bay. It has an easy access flat driveway suitable for guest arrivals and luggage unloading. The main house is 60 feet up on stilts over looking the lower decks and expansive pool. Only 15 minutes from town, this villa is situated in a residential neighborhood enjoying privacy and convenience to hubs like grocery stores, ferry dock and restaurants.

Other Activities: Hiking, Concierge


Rates & Availability

Fish Bay Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring/Summer 2017 Rates
Apr 16 2017 - Aug 26 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $58 per night, per additional guest
1 Fall 2017
Aug 27 2017 - Oct 27 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
2 Fall 2017 Rates
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
3 Winter 2017
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/NYE 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
10 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79

Please note that rates depend on seasonality and number of guests on property. Please contact us directly for a custom quote.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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