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Environmentally-friendly Villa with wonderful Views, Pool, Privacy

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

An Eco-Villa with Two King Suites, Sleeps 8, Private Pool & Solar Power

Located high above Coral Bay looking out on the East end of beautiful St. John.


Tropical trade winds provide constant cooling; awaken to spectacular sunrises and breathtaking views. Relax and watch the sailboats from the covered deck. The great room features an entertainment wall with cable TV, DVD player, stereo and more.

With comfortable sleeping arrangements for up to 8 guests, 2 full bathrooms, complete kitchen with microwaves, dishwashers, and much more, Satinwood is sure to exceed your expectations.

Satinwood is solar powered; free from ties to the island's utilities. But you won't even notice that fact. The storage battery bank and backup generator provide reliable and earth-friendly energy for all the comforts of the finest rental homes available.

The unique design of Satinwood's energy and water system provides year-round comfort.

Even during times of periodic drought, the massive water collection area, huge cisterns, and use of Clivus Multrum composting toilet systems assure plenty of fresh, clean water for drinking, washing, and of course, relaxing in the cool swimming pool.

Each bedroom consists of one king size bed, complete bathroom, plus ladder accessible loft with two twin beds (suitable for ages 6 and up).

Outside on the sunny pool deck, lounge chairs, umbrella table, and gas barbecue grill make for the perfect vacation day or evening.

Satinwood is a regular visit for many of our guests. It is so beautiful, visitors come back year after year.

Comfortable accommodations for up to 8 guests

- Landscaping, pool & sun deck, covered gallery and bedroom decks

- Private and secluded but minutes from beaches, shopping and dining

- Alternative energy systems; solar powered, passive water collection

- Cable television, stereo and other comforts

Beautiful little St. John has so much to offer. The east end of the island is quiet and removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Some excellent restaurants and shopping are now available in Coral Bay and nearby. And, if a little more action is what you are looking for, Cruz Bay is still just a short drive away. For peace, beauty and the serenity of the islands, come to Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Jim Damon
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

Why Jim Damon chose Upper Carolina

Satinwood is our family vacation home, not an investment property. We have over 40 years on St. John and picked this location deliberately when there were lots of options. We chose to live off the grid and preserve the natural beauty of the area as much as possible. Satinwood remains our favorite spot to get away from it all. We hope you enjoy the magnificent views, the tranquility and privacy as much as we do.


Upper Carolina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • To conserve battery power, particularly at night, please refrain from using hair dryers and curling irons. Relax, this is St. John. Vacation!
  • Remember that Satinwood has no air conditioning. The location choice and design included this from the start.
  • To conserve water, the villa uses massive, commercial composting toilets without a conventional flush toilet.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , twin beds in loft
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , twin beds in loft
  • All beds are original firmness-adjustable beds by Select Comfort (now called Sleep Number).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(4 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 3.75 based on 4 reviews

Awesome place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This house is great and was perfect for the 7 of us that vacationed here! We are looking to come back with 5 in July this year and can't wait to hopefully stay here again! The view from the house is worth every penny! I would recommend this place to anyone! Everything was exactly as described when we arrived and was located on a nice private road away from it all but a quick jump in the car from cool breeze we rented and we were to town in no time.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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He worst vacation house ever !!!

  • 1 of 5

The description of this house is TOTALLY misleading !!! My husband and I arrived 2/29/16 an couldn't wait to leave. After a sleepless night we were blessed to find a different place to stay. We have been coming to STJ since 1985 and have never experienced a disaster as Satinwood. The house was dirty,smelly, dangerous, very old and definarely not worth the money. The appliances that did not work are... The gas grill, washer, dryer, safe and the pool was below the filtering level, causing mosquitoes. The furniture was old, smelly and dirty. The towels, you DO NOT want to use.. They are dirty and very stained with what knows. The toilets are smelly. They are a compost toilet, aka job Jonny. Everything about this house is a misrepresentation !!!! DO NOT RENT THIS HOUSE !!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Much of this review is unfounded and incorrect. I am surprised by the overtly aggressive and abusive nature of the review. I wish this guest had given us the opportunity to address these issues.  Over the years, we have had many happy guests and many who return year after year.  Most of the concerns here could have been addressed by our first class property managers.  There are a few things that have been taken care of immediately and others will be resolved shortly.   Cleanliness is paramount and we have always taken pride in the quality and attentiveness of the St. John team caring for Satinwood.   We have replaced the towels again, as is our custom, added water to the pool daily, as usual, and are revisiting a few other slightly worn items. Satinwood is our family vacation home.  It is comfortable, bright, airy and wondrous.  We take pride in sharing it with our guests and showing how eco-design and living can provide a wonderful vacation experience.
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A very good place at a very good price!

  • 4 of 5

Satinwood is a very nice, comfortable place with a fantastic view! There is plenty of space, the kitchen is very well-equipped, beds are comfortable, the pool is a joy, and the breezes are great. It may not be as polished as more expensive places, but it was a very good deal for the money. We appreciated the fact that the house had some green characteristics. The owner and property managers were most helpful and responsive.

The few improvements I would suggest would be to fix the screens (there were some holes and loose screens, though maybe trying to avoid mosquitos is impossible), and make the guests aware of how to compost the toilets. There was some issue with odor from one of the composting toilets (maybe a fan in the composting system was not working?), and once we started putting some leaves in more regularly it was resolved. I want to stress that these were minor issues, and we all very much enjoyed our stay and would certainly recommend Satinwood.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Is it possible to have a bad experience on St. John??? Well, the answer is a very loud NO. But this is my particular perspective. I'd give 5 STARS to a hammock on the beach with a million mosquito bites on my body in this paradise which is the USVI's. In this case though, the house was just as expected and described. The ONLY critique I'd have for this property would be the no A/C issue, which leads to a degree of dampness (which you will feel in the linens, your clothing, etc.), however having a "green" house with backup power more than made up for it. I've been stuck on island many times without power, for extended periods of time. Being self sufficient, off the grid, was VERY NICE. The property management that runs Satinwood is TOP NOTCH and amazingly responsive and prompt with ANY requests or issues. Probably the MOST amazing and intriguing item this house offers is the flushless/green toilets. I am in "AWE" over this. I have spent plenty of time on boats, buses, planes, and very familiar with holding tanks and "smells". First bathroom/s I have ever experienced where you can have a gastrointestinal catastrophic explosion and the next person entering bathroom would NEVER have a clue. TOTALLY SMELL PROOF TOILETS. I am still in shock. I want one for home!!!!!!

Cannot go wrong with this property.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2011
  • Stayed: December 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When Satinwood guests use the term "awe" to describe their stay, it usually refers to the view ..... Satinwood's location was carefully selected and the villa was designed to be comfortable without air-conditioning. The villa faces the cool, prevailing breezes and has high ceilings and clerestories to allow those breezes to flow through and up the hill. Most guests find this refreshing and comfortable - even in mid-summer. Other locations and house designs probably make air-conditioning an absolute requirement. Satinwood's location high on a hill side also gives the villa an awesome view. Many of our guests have praised Satinwood's self-sufficiency and enjoyed having power when the grid was down. We do strive for water and power conservation practices - without unduly compromising comfort. Satinwood demonstrates how comfortably guests can enjoy the tropical paradise of St. John while using recycled products in building materials and conserving water and power. Have a wonderful island vacation!
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Car: necessary

Satinwood's magnificent view is what keeps our guests returning. The view of Coral Bay, the east end of St. John and the British Virgin Islands is wonderful. The villa is close to the shops, restaurants and clubs of Coral Bay and the beaches are not a very long drive - it is a small island. Even the shopping and other amenities of Cruz Bay is only a short drive. Snorkel gear, ocean kayaks and other rental equipment is available in Coral Bay - or Cruz Bay. Sailing rentals are possible, bit should be coordinated before arrival through our on-island, expert property managers.

Satinwood is a modern green villa. We practice water conservation, advocate low power use and sustain the property with solar power (and a generator, just in case, because no one wants a power outage, which is common on the island, to interfere with their vacation). This does not mean we compromise on amenities. Satinwood has cable television, stereo, WiFi internet access, microwave ovens, full-sized kitchen appliances including a gas oven and stove, and more.

The bedrooms have the original Select Comfort firmness-adjustable, king beds. The rest of the beds are twin beds in lofts above the two main floor - the twin beds are also firmness-adjustable beds by Select Comfort.

The private pool is always a wonderful and relaxing way to finish a busy day, even if that day was at the beach. The deck is warm and private and a wonderful place for sun worshipers - just remember how warm the tropical sun can be!

Satinwood's location was very carefully selected. Our experience in the islands is long and we wanted to face the cool prevailing breezes and the carefully engineered design allows these breezes, freshened by the trees of the Coral Bay basin, to flow and through the house, exiting through high clerestories at the back. The result is an open, airy and year-round comfortable place without the need for air-conditioning. Many locations on the island absolutely do need air-conditioning. Satinwood simply does not.

Come experience Satinwood for yourself. We have many repeat guests who have visited Satinwood many, many times. Come enjoy the natural wonder and beauty of St. John!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $49
Tax Rate 12.5%

** A cleaning fee of $150 to $250 may be required for approved stays of less than the posted minimum nights stay requirement.
** Holiday periods may require longer stays and holiday rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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