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The True West Indies at a Bargain

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


Minimum Stay
5 - 6 nights


Upper Carolina Villa Rental Photos and Description

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.

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 northern 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
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Property Manager
Marcia Darnell
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Marcia Darnell

I am a retired yacht designer. I've sailed to most of the Caribbean Islands and St. John is the best. 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 in my potting shed. I designed the house and supervised the construction. Most of all I have enjoyed the visitors and parties that are always at CALLALOO

Marcia Darnell purchased this villa in 1994


based on 22 traveler reviews

The True West Indies at a Bargain
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews
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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Fairfield, CT

Another wonderful week!

  • 5 of 5

I just spent a week at Callaloo, my 5th visit to this enchanting home. I feel so at home here that I spent the entire week by myself! It was heaven. I slept in, swam in the pool, went to the beach and had cook outs. I watched movies on Netflix and took naps on the couch. My favorite activity here is sitting on the porch with a book and letting the beautiful breezes wash over me. I filled a bowl with sugar and watched the birds. This is nature at its best. It is just a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in CT. I"m coming back in November for 2 weeks! Can't wait.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect St. John spot with all your needs supplied!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I chose Callaloo for our 10th wedding anniversary trip. This was our first trip to the US Virgin Islands and upon a person recommendation we chose Callaloo. We were very pleased with our choice and this house is perfect spot for rest and relaxation. Upon being greeted at the dock in Cruz Bay, we were escorted to Callaloo. I would recommend a jeep or other SUV with high ground clearance as you will want that for exploring the island and the semi-rugged terrain. 4 wheel drive was not a necessity for us, but we were glad we had something more substantial than a car. Upon arriving at the house, everything we needed was there. Beach towels, beach chairs, coolers, shampoo, soap, linens, pillows, cups, glasses, a grille, sun screen, bug spray and I could go on and on. All you need to bring is you swimsuit, cash/credit card for meals and incidentals and few change of clothes. Packing in anything more than a duffel back for a long weekend is too much! We were told all this by Marcia and she was great to help us with all the info before and after we arrived and while we were there. The house and the foliage and the pool are enough to stay around and read and relax or log into your Netflix or Hulu with the Roku player that is provided. There is a constant breeze that you feel from being at this house. There is no need to fear the lack of air conditioning. I was concerned at first but upon arrival I never missed it. In fact, there was a couple of nights my wife needed a blanket while we were sitting on the porch. As for exploring, I would recommend Salt Pond Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay. All beautiful and east to access. So many beaches, but so little time. We will be back to explore more of them. We had meals at Skinny Legs, Shipwreck, Lucy’s and then had meals at the house with the expansive kitchen and access to stove. Callaloo is great for 2 or 12 people. We loved it and you will love it too!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holland Patent, NY

Open, airy, totally lovely!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 9 spent 10 days at Callaloo. Many of us have stayed in several other houses on St. John so we have come to expect glorious views, breezy porches and bumpy roads. Callaloo has all this and more. The most striking feature of Callaloo is the open air aspect. We had the delightful sense that, even when "indoors," we were somehow outside. The site is wonderfully landscaped, adding to both the lovely outdoor feeling as well as the privacy of Callaloo. (I have to say I especially loved the 3 walled bathroom of Moonlight Cottage!).

The cottage type set-up was great for our large group and length of stay. We could separate by going to our own area or get together in the common areas. Both the living room and the dining table were just the right size for 9. With a group as large as ours, having 4 bathrooms was definitely a plus. All the rooms were clean and pleasant, furnishings including beds completely comfortable.

We have never felt the need for a pool while in St. John so I didn't expect to use the one at Callaloo but our two boys really liked it and did use it several times.

We had no prior experience cooking in an outdoor brick oven, so we were surprised by how much we enjoyed the experience! We cooked a roast of beef, pork roast and turkey; all the meats came out delicious, moist and with just a hint of smokiness.

We tend to be more oriented to Coral Bay and the south shore than Cruz Bay, so the location was great for us.

We couldn't ask for better, more gracious hosts. They made sure they were available and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We felt the price rate was very reasonable in an area where it is sometimes hard to find reasonable prices.

We would definitely stay at Callaloo again next time we visit St. John.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The experience that Kathryn and her family had at Callaloo is exactly what we were aiming for when designing Callaloo.
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Westport, CT

A week in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

3 of my girlfriends and I spent a glorious week at Callaloo. It was everything we hoped for and more. The rooms were extremely comfortable and clean. The open air windows and doors were a delightful change from the way it is in Connecticut. The salt water swimming pool was an added bonus. The views from every building and pool area of Coral Bay were breathtaking and were constantly changing throughout the day. The sunsets were beautiful and the sunrises (although I only saw one) was out of this world. The bathroom/shower experience was awesome, I never before enjoyed a bathroom so much.

The plants around the house are beautiful and mature. I would have to say the only thing about the trip to and from the house is the unpaved portion of the road leading to the

house. It was brutal. Totally worth it when you get there, but it's bumpy!!

One of us had been here before and 3 were new to Callaloo - we will all be back again next year. We had the very best time ever. Thanks to the hosts for offering their dream house to those that appreciate it.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to new guests and love having returning guests. It let's us know that we're doing it right. We want everyone to love St. John and Callaloo the way that we do.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St Thoman
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
Low Low Season
Aug 28 2016 - Nov 18 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Nov 19 2016 - Dec 19 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 4 2017
6 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Aug 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Low Low Season
Aug 26 2017 - Nov 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Low 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
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

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Upper Carolina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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