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Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,185 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Beautiful Villa - 2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Apito is a casually elegant home on the island of St. John located within the National Park boundaries. Completed in June of 2009, this home was built and furnished with the complete comfort and relaxation of guests in mind. Fully air conditioned, it is ecologically sensitive yet delightfully fun and upscale. Located high atop Mamey Peak at approximately 940' above sea level, it is near the geographic center of the island and less than a five minute drive to the famous North Shore beaches. As you enter Apito though its exquisitely carved entry door, you'll be greeted with extensive travertine tile work, rich mahogany and pear wood furnishings, quality finishes and oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

Be sure to check out the web site for pictures and our Construction Blog on how Apito was conceived and constructed!

Interior square footage of 1,185 sq ft plus 1200 sq ft of outside living area.

Additional Tidbits...: Apito has 2 large master suite bedrooms and fully tiled bath rooms. Each bedroom has a king sized bed and pillow top mattresses to insure a peaceful nights sleep. The very private pool and pool deck area offer spectacular views of Bordeaux mountain, Coral Bay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands. The mountain breezes typically make this area many degrees cooler than the lower lying areas of Cruz and Coral Bay.

The kitchen has all of the modern conveniences. A full size dishwasher, energy efficient Liebherr refrigerator, microwave, 5-Burner, dual fuel stove and double oven and a garbage disposal (one of the few on St. John!), along with virtually every cooking utensil a gourmet cook could desire. Because we know how aggravating it is to buy every day items when you stay at a villa, Apito maintains a supply of sugar, flour, herbs, spices , and cooking oils along with dish towels, paper towels, trash bags, baggies, dish and clothes detergents, etc. so you DON'T have to spend hard earned vacation money on the simple necessities of everyday life.

Apito is a very private villa while at the same time being very conveniently located to all St. John has to offer.

We hope you'll decide to stay at Apito!

Tom & Lori Buttermore

Denver, CO

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Tom Buttermore
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2017

About Tom Buttermore

My name is Tom. Lori, my beloved wife of 26 years, and I have two boys Alex and Conner, although they were much younger when all of this began. My first trip to St. John was in 1978 when my parents chartered a bareboat out of Tortola for a two week vacation. Needless to say, I fell in love with the islands, and the hook was firmly set. While Lori and I have always loved the Caribbean and have traveled to several islands over the years, after the kids were born, we were not able to afford a trip back to the Virgin Islands for a long time. Our first trip to the Virgin Islands as a family finally occurred in 1997. This is the year we finally reached a station in life that allowed us to show our kids the beauty of St. John. We chartered our own boat the following year and have been returning as often as we can ever since. Over the years, we have always dreamed of owning a little piece of this rock, and that dream became a reality late in 2005.

Tom Buttermore purchased this villa in 2005

Why Tom Buttermore chose St John

We began looking for property on St. John in 2005 and decided to purchase a lot on Mamey Peak for its stunning views, cool mountain breezes and geographically central location. We didn't want the crowded, hustle, bustle of Cruz Bay, but also didn't want to be as far out as Coral Bay or the East End. We wanted the best of all worlds and we think we found it on Mamey Peak.


Estate Maho Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1185 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upper Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Lower Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upper Master - 1 king
    Pool Side Master - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size sleeper in Living Room -
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(60 traveler reviews)

Apito - An upscale 2BR/2BA - Full A/C with Private Pool
average rating of 4.983333 based on 60 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have enjoyed the island as much as we did without ever!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a great spot!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a week at Apito and had a blast. The villa was great and outfitted with everything you would need. Tom was a great host and met us when we arrived on the island and then escorted us to the villa. 5 Star accommodations. I would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mike! Great meeting you guys, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
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Charlotte NC

Breath taking views, cool breezes, comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

Leaving Apito this morning. This beautiful home is in a perfect spot on the island. It has everything to make your stay on St John a success. I would like to extend my stay but this gem is booked for the next year! If you get the chance to stay here--you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little slice of Heaven! Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

LOVED our visit to St. John and Apito. Our stay could not have been better. Everything we needed was avaialable. Apito is certainly a little slice of heaven ~ quaint, clean, beautiful views, quiet, comfortable beds, & private.

My husband and I had the most relaxing time during our week getaway.

Couldn't say enough about St. John and Apito~ prior to leaving we were planning our return to St. John with our kids. Thank you Tom for providing us with the info. on the island and such beautiful retreat!!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Searcy, AR

Amazing Villa!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our second visit to Apito. Tom was an excellent and friendly host. The property is maintained to perfection inside and out. Only negative was having to leave and come home.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wow Apito....Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time our family had at Apito! My husband and I traveled with our 10 and 6-year-old to St John and spent 5 nights at Apito. This was our 3rd time visiting the island, but a first with children and a first staying outside of a resort. The villa is beautiful and just as pictured if not better. All the amenities that you could think of they had (shampoo, soap, bug spray, sunscreen, spices, coffee, etc) and this was a huge plus for us. Space is great and the beds and sofa super comfortable, again a huge thumbs up and we all agreed it was some of the best sleep we had on a vacation. Bathrooms were so spacious and beautifully done. We enjoyed the North Shore Beaches, Maho is a short 5-7 minute drive away and was our favorite spot. Also visited Salt Pond (thank you, Tom, for the recommendation) and had a lovely afternoon hiking/snorkeling with an awesome lunch at Miss Lucy’s (Grouper Reuben is to die for!). The pool was a plus for our girls who enjoyed finishing out a good beach day swimming under the stars……don’t miss the stars at night, it was breathtaking to see them all! The outside space was perfect, we utilized the upper picnic area and steps for some great boot camp workouts in the morning while taking in the views of Coral Bay. I also took to the road that Apito is on for some hill sprints and we were greeted with a trio of Donkeys, gotta love St John! Thank you Tom and Lori for a spectacular time at Apito and all your recommendations on beaches/dining!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys! It was a pleasure meeting you, and I'm glad the girls enjoyed their first visit to St John!
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Rates & Availability

Estate Maho Bay Villa Rental Rates

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Low Season
Apr 26 - Aug 31
3 night minimum stay
Sept - Oct Special!
Sep 1 - Oct 31
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Prices are for 1-2 people - Additional Charges for > 2 people.

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