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Lion's Gate Getaway- Lush Setting Overlooks St. John & Tortola

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Studio Apartment, 1 Bath (Sleeps 1-2)

Lions Gate Getaway is a private studio apartment in a lush, tropical setting, humming birds share your 270 degree view of St. John, Tortola and Red Hook Harbor. In just a few minutes you can walk into Red Hook for shopping, dinner, drinks and night life or catch the ferries to St. John and the BVI.

The spacious porch is a perfect way to enjoy your first cup of coffee or to sit back in the evening and watch the colors change over the islands with a cool beverage in your hand as the breeze passes by.

My husband Chris and I have lived on St. Thomas for over 20 years. He came to dive, I came to sail. We met and discovered we both had a love of the water and the Caribbean life style. Chris built this house on the top of the hill, and now we have expanded it to accommodate guests in our apartment that captures the Caribbean life style. We look forward to helping you enjoy your vacation in any way we can. Just ask for local tips on restaurants and activities.

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Maxine Lavitt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

Lion's Gate Getaway- Lush Setting Overlooks St. John & Tortola
average rating of 4.9591837 based on 49 reviews

Lovely property, great stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this property, after spending a few days on St. John. The property is lovely. There is a large patio with tables and chairs where we sat in the morning and drank our coffee while listening to the birds and the sounds of the town waking up. There are trees right by the patio, so it is always shaded, and plenty of birds and hummingbirds. It gave a feeling of being away from the town, but the property is very close to town.

There is a full kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom. All very clean and everything we needed was there. The hosts made sure we were taken care of. Chris met us at the plaza when we arrived and led us up to the property. We had one minor mechanical issue during our stay and Chris took care of it immediately. Maxine gave us recommendations for restaurants, beaches, and things to do (and also steered us away from a couple of things we were thinking of, which was also appreciated). It was a very relaxing week, I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay in St. Thomas - MUST BOOK!

  • 5 of 5

Max's place is charming! The pictures depict it quite well but the view is even more amazing in person! As all other reviews state - this is a must stay for when traveling to St. Thomas. Not only do you have a wonderful host but the location is also great! Bars and restaurants are close and the marina is just across the way. I will definitely re-book when traveling back to St. Thomas. I also highly recommend the sailing excursion. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at Lions Gate for 4 nights. Maxine and her husband Chris were great. Room was nice. Full kitchen with anything you need to cook food. Large bathroom with stone shower and bedroom with flat screen tv with cable tv/movie channels. Wifi was very fast. She had plenty of towels, chairs, coolers and even a grill there. Short drive to many nice restaurants. XO Bistro and Melt were our favorite. There is also a coffee stand by the boat dock that was nice.

We experienced one blackout while we were there, first time I have experienced one on St Thomas. Only lasted 10-15 minutes. It was nice that they have a backup generator that kicked on automatically so no issues with our unit, you could see many of the other houses around us did not have one.

The winds at night are great as they are ontop of the hill above Red Hook. Good place to sit on patio and have a glass of wine. We used the AC for one night. Works very well and stayed cool.

Would recommend to anyone and can't wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Scott, Thank you so much for staying with us. I can't believe that was your first power outage. We do love our generator. You hit all the best places and I hope to see you again. Max
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Awesome, property, location and owners

  • 5 of 5

Over the years we have rented at least a dozen VRBO properties for our vacations. Each time we read the reviews and get a real feel for the property. When we read the Loins Gate reviews they were overwhelmingly the most positive we have ever seen. The reason is this is a very awesome, property, an outstanding location and owners are off the charts accommodating! Make sure you schedule a sail with Captain Max and Andrew! Tom and Julie

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a treat for us to have you choose Lion's Gate for your vacation, and then to sail with me. This is a great business to be in because of guests like you. Thank you so much for staying here. Until next time Max
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Lions Gate

  • 5 of 5

We loved the view and the hospitality. Sailing and snorkeling was awesome with Max. The beaches are beautiful and everyone we met was friendly. We highly recommend staying at Lions Gate and go sailing with Max! Best vacation ever and we will be sure and visit again.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in the sky!

  • 5 of 5

Lion's Gate Getaway was heavenly! The views are absolutely spectacular. The host, Max, was so welcoming and made us feel right at home. She picked us up and gave us a ride up the hill on our first day, as we chose not to rent a car. She showed us around the place and had cold beer in the fridge waiting for us! We didn't even mind the walk up and down the hill every day because the views were so incredible. It's walking distance to so many great bars, restaurants and the ferry island to St. John. We also sailed with Max during our trip and it was magnificent. She's an excellent captain and we did the best snorkeling of our life seeing sea turtles, eels, sting rays, urchins & tropical fish. I highly recommend sailing with Max as well! The kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils and spices. The bed was very comfortable. The shower is a really cool too, built into natural rocks! We also thought Max's notes were really funny (reminding you to floss & commenting on the faucet knobs being opposite). We really loved our stay with Max & thought she was a kind, warm hearted soul. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lions Gate Getaway - Red Hook, the East End of St. Thomas

Other Activities: Shopping, kayaking, parasailing


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

High Season ..... Dec 15-Apr 15 .. $140/night.
Holiday Season .. Dec 15-Jan 15 .. $150/night.
Low Season ...... Apr 16-Dec 14 .. $125/night.
This does not include the St. Thomas Hotel tax of 8%
Stays of three days or less are $150.00 per night.
Easter week $150.00/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Smith Bay Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The shower is made of stone and you feel like you are outside but you inside with all the amenities.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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