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St. John True West Indies on Ajax peak and Carolina

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

If you missed drinking rum with Hemmingway in Key West or Cuba, you can still grab a bit of that adventure in this West Indian home. Old Caribbean charm with all the modern amenities. Great for a group or a couple. Privacy for everyone, fantastic ocean and down island views. UNFORGETABLE VACATION. Close to the best beaches. Call us directly, discounts may apply. 334. 332. 4055.

Callaloo was carefully built to preserve old West Indies design and ambiance. Each bedroom is a separate cottage surrounded by porches, decks, patios and open air baths and showers.

It is filled with authentic Caribbean antiques that are rugged, no need to worry about being careful. Couches, chairs, and the entire place work well with wet bathing suits and rum.

This is the perfect honeymoon place, romantic, and private, yet it is great for a group. Everyone will have privacy: Moonlight Cottage, Shell Cottage,Pineapple Cottage and a sleeping loft in the main house with a 4th bath.

The bathrooms were copied from resort cottages in Bali. Shower under the stars or the sun. Bake in the West Indian oven. Quickly smoke roasts, turkey, vegetables using aromatic tropical woods.

What Callaloo offers that you will not find in other villas:

Charming antiques, outdoor bathrooms, totally open cottages, romantic bed nets, total privacy, West Indian oven, two entry roads (one is a driving adventure and the other is for little old ladies; (I’m an older gal, but I prefer driving the adventure road). Center island location gives proximity to all the best beaches, East end beaches, Salt Pond, south shore bays. 600 ft. elevation insures cool breezes.

Keywords: A cluster of houses with ocean and mountain views,

More Details

Property Manager
Marcia Darnell
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Marcia Darnell

I am a retired yacht designer who has sailed to most of the Caribbean Islands. St. John is the best. My daughter Marcia is the booking manager. You will enjoy talking to her and get great planning tips if you need help, even if you don't book our villa.

For 15 years I collected photos of every charming West Indian cottage to design my own West Indian tin-roof 'shack'. I wanted a place for good times and parties; for my friends and family. Rather than a large American house such as you find in Florida or Hawaii, I wanted it to look truly Island. Furnishings were collected for years and stored. I designed the house and supervised the construction. Most of all I have enjoyed the visitors and parties that are always at CALLALOO.

You and your group will fall in love with this unique vacation experience.

Marcia Darnell purchased this villa in 1994

What makes this villa unique

No other villa has a West Indian oven and the open design that Callaloo has. Sugar birds fly through the main house and tree frogs sing to you at night.


Upper Carolina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Every bath has a beautiful view. Shower by moonlight enjoy open baths with complete privacy.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Moonlight Cottage / Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Shell Cottage / Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Pineapple Cottage / Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Loft / Bedrrom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size bed can be converted to two twins
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

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St. John True West Indies on Ajax peak and Carolina
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

A great place to vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent 8 days at Callaloo and the villa was so nice & comfortable. All you need to bring is your clothes. We shopped, went to fun restaurants, snorkeled,swam, and had our own pool to swim in. It was beautiful. Between the fauna and the sugarbirds, it was so georgeous just to sit on the front porch and look at the bay.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The view of the ocean with the playful Sugar Birds in the foreground are always favorites of everyone. It is a beautiful way to start the day in the morning with a cup of coffee and lovely way to watch the sunset in the evening.
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Brentwood, TN USA

Outstanding manager!

  • 5 of 5

What I forgot to mention was how helpful and attentive the manager, Marcia, was prior to and during our stay! She provided us with helpful suggestions and tips regarding St. John. If we needed anything or had questions, she was always available to assist. Thanks Marcia for everything!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the two wonderful reviews and comments. I'm glad my suggestions were helpful and that you had a wonderful time. We want everyone to love St John the way we do.
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Brentwood, TN USA

Amazing, amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We and two other couples stayed at Callaloo. Never had any of us experienced a place so unique. It was remote but at the same time easy to get to restaurants, grocery stores, beaches, and hiking trails. The views were spectacular! It was outdoor living with a West Indies feel. It was the best equipped VRBO house we have ever stayed at. The layout gave each couple ample privacy. Would highly recommend you consider Callaloo!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for appreciating the uniqueness of Callaloo. We've always believed that it's the experience that makes the vacation and the memories.
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  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to St John for 25 years, and this was our first time at Callaloo. We were delighted! Although there were only two of us, we could see what a great setting it is for a small group or family. The individual cottage bedrooms with a central kitchen dining cottage is a great concept, and the view from the porch couldn't be better. Did I mention the really great pool area! The location can't be beat if you want to be away from the hustle of Cruz Bay. It is very close to the great North Shore beaches, and high enough to always have a cool breeze (also close to the Coral Bay restaurants). Also, Marcia is a great host, and is very helpful with your vacation planning.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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west river md

OMG! What a picturesque vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't believe our eyes when we first arrived (after dark) and saw our vacation accommodation twinkling down the hillside gingerbread cottage after another, yellow, pink ...connected by stone stairways, porches, railings ...and a turquoise pool at the edge of the cliff. "Is this all ours?!"

Many many thanks to Marcia and Georgia for a special home-away-from-home. We appreciated the piles of thick towels, drawers full of kitchen equipment and spices, delightful ceramic dishes, comfy beds, colorful sheets, art & crafts everywhere, jungle bathrooms (couldn't believe the loud tree frogs that serenaded me in the shower), al fresco living/dining/and sleeping, and photo-ops galore.

All nine of us are daydreaming about Callaloo, and hoping to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. We are so glad that our guests love Callaloo the way that we do. We look forward to your return.
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gardiner, maine

beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Having just spent 5 nights at Callaloo, I would highly recommend this wonderful villa to anyone who is looking for wonderful breezy views of coral bay. The house is beautifully decorated with an eclectic collection of art and furnishings. It is very comfortable, (we were a group of 9) and private baths and sleeping areas was wonderful. The constant breeze made this a great place to hang out when not beaching it for the day. The pool was a great addition and the outdoor bathrooms are the best. Do consider staying here without hesitation!! I would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St Thomas
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Skinny Legs
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Skinny Legs, Aqua Bistro, Ship Wreck
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Francis, Maho
Nearest Point of Interest
Leinster bay: great place to see turtles, rays and starfish
Nearest Point of Interest
Francis bay is excellent white sand beach & great snorkeling
Nearest Point of Interest
Maho bay: white beach where you step from your car right ont
Nearest Point of Interest
Visit archeological digs snorkel, visit sugar plantation rui
Nearest Point of Interest
Superb snorkeling
Nearest Point of Interest
Salt pond is perhaps the most favorite beach on St. John
Nearest Point of Interest
Skinny Legs - no visit is complete without a t-shirt saying
Nearest Point of Interest
Trunk Bay is beautiful
Nearest Point of Interest
Great Lameshure bay good for snorkeling & being alone
Nearest Point of Interest
Reef Bay trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Vie's End of the Road Shack
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Upper Carolina Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring & Summer 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Low Low Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall Season
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 19 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 6 2018
6 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 14 2018 - Apr 15 2018
6 night minimum stay
Spring & Summer 2018
Apr 16 2018 - Aug 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.