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Michael Hartlage

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Ocean View Designer Estate on Two Private Hilltop Acres, Secluded and serene

43 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Northcentral Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom/4 Bath (Sleeps 8): Private Pool, Live-In Caretaker, solar powered.

Larimar is a designer masterpiece nestled on two hilltop acres overlooking the blue Caribbean. You can see all the way to St. John and St. Thomas, but no one can see you in your tropical hideaway. There is a full-time caretaker in a separate apartment on-site to maintain the condition of this 4200-square-foot home, which has been featured in House Beautiful magazine. If you are looking for serenity, privacy and lush beauty, look no further. We have also just completed the installation of self-contained 3.5KW solar system with battery back-up. No loud generator or diesel fumes - come to Paradise and reduce your carbon footprint!

There are four spacious bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. The Master Bedroom has a canopy King bed, entertainment center, sitting area and a lovely antique desk for that office work you just had to bring with you. (Don't worry, there's broadband WiFi throughout, so you can always get your email!) It has a magnificent view of the Caribbean through the huge picture window.

The Upstairs Master features an enormous balcony with patio table and chaises -- and a view that will take your breath away -- plus constant tropical breezes that make this room a favorite with returning guests.

The two interior bedrooms each has two twin beds (convertible to queen bed or queen + twins if desired -- sleeping layout is flexible so ask and we will try to make it happen).

In true West Indian style, the kitchen is in a separate wing from the bedrooms, across the pool area. You never live with the heat or smell of cooking. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, gas range, microwave, blender, Cuisinart, coffeemaker, and all the cooking and serving utnesils you could want. There is even picnicware to take to the beach. We provide everything you need, including a gas BBQ grill for those big lobsters you're going to catch!

The private pool sits in an open courtyard with lush landscaping and a spectacular ocean view.

This fully environmentally friendly retreat has its own cistern, solar system and battery back up. Our caretaker will help you find your way around and make you comfortable, and keep the place in ship shape. Michael is also an advanced SCUBA diver, in case you want to brush up on your skills, and a boat captain for your sailing or fishing trip. He will meet you at the airport and act as your concierge, all included in the rental amount. Michael's goal is to have the guests of Villa Larimar loving this Island as much as he does before you depart!

We provide the beach towels, beach chairs and sunscreen you'll want to take down the road to Cane Bay, one of the loveliest beaches in the Virgin Islands. A three-minute drive from Larimar, Cane Bay is a family-friendly, pet-friendly gathering spot. It boasts some excellent beachfront restaurants, a dive shop, kayak rentals, and what SCUBA divers generally recognize as the best dive wall in the Caribbean. It is also the location of the infamous bike leg of the 'The Beast,' St Croix's triathlon that serves for many as the warm up for the Iron Man.

Larimar is a short hop from Carambola, St. Croix’ top golf course, and a quick ten minutes' drive from the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport.

Guests of Larimar also are provided with passes to Carambola Renaissance Beach Resort, a five star Marriott property. These passes allow you all of the amenities that their guests receive plus a 10% discount on food and beverages, spa treatments and activities! Go for a workout or enjoy the fabulous Friday night Pirates Buffet with Mocko Jumbies (stilt spirit dancers)and Kiki's Flaming Gypsies, or just relax on their manicured beach

St. Croix is America's best kept tourist secret, a tropical adventure that US citizens can enjoy without even needing a passport. The beaches are never crowded, the old Danish towns of Frederiksted and Christiansted are a sightseer's delight. Buck Island is one of the nation's only underwater national parks, a fantastic day trip on a catamaran or antique sailing vessel.

We'd love to share it all with you.

Keywords: Villa, Scuba, Luxury, Mansion, Estate, View, Gated, Gracious, Privacy, Caribbean, USVI, St. Croix

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Michael Hartlage (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Michael Hartlage

I wish I was the owner of the fabulous property but I am proud to be the Property's Manager and onsite caretaker! After 29 years in the Hospitality Industry I moved to St. Croix a little over nine years ago. Larimar is my third vacation villa that i have managed and I'm lucky that each home was better than the previous and that I have to look no further! I have reached what I feel is the best designed Villa on the Island for those who want to experience Island life to the fullest!

My goal with every guest is to show them the Island from an insiders perspective. To allow each guest of Larimar to love this tropical wonderland the way that I do before the unfortunate departure. Special places that are not on any map or in any guide book abound and I will show them as many or as few as you like. Hidden gems that include hikes, trees, tidal pools, the light house, ruins, dive bars and gourmet restaurants are all available. Being considered a local has opened many doors for me and I will share these with our guests lovingly!

Concierge services and discounts on car rentals, dive packages and instructions, deep sea fishing, kayaking, and many other activities are all available to my guests, free of charge.

My love of history is also yours to enjoy, I will talk for hours about the vast storage of useful and useless knowledge that I have acquired over the years spent here. I was even ask to and participated on the Park Services study to deem the entire Island of St Croix a National Heritage destination and was featured in an episode of Discover St. Croix. This is not about me but about this wonderful Island, its people and the history of both. Yours for the taking when you stay at Villa Larimar!

Michael Hartlage purchased this villa in 2006

Why Michael Hartlage chose St. Croix

St. Croix is a Caribbean paradise that's still America, making it both exotic and familiar. Larimar is a gem on this fabulous rock. The design was so wonderfully thought out that the Island surrounds you and is a part of every moment of your stay. The open design lets the outside in like no other home I've encountered here on St. Croix or the other Virgins as well. No matter where you are in the Villa, the Island is with you. I cannot imagine coming to Paradise and spending time inside four walls with a window or two when you can basically live in conjunction with the beauty of this Island. Whether its the amazing views or the open living area, the extra large patio around the pool, the incredible upstairs patio overlooking the world or even just the pleasantness of cooking meals in the separate kitchen that is only 5 steps from the pool and open to the outdoors, every aspect of this villa is capturing. Guests laugh at me when I say this but it is even pretty here when it rains!

What makes this villa unique

Peace and quiet, a canopy of stars, warm ocean waves and cool island breezes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just gazing at the ocean from beautiful Larimar was a special treat, as was gazing at the night sky poolside every evening. Highlights: Fabulous meals at Rowdy Joe's, Eat@Cane Bay, Angry Nate's & Rumrunners. The scenic drive to Pt. Udall. Snorkeling at Cane Bay. The beautiful town of Christiansted. Thank you, Michael, for your expert guidance! With deepest gratitude -
Jan 2014
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Reviews

4.7
based on 43 traveler reviews

Ocean View Designer Estate on Two Private Hilltop Acres, Secluded and serene
average rating of 4.6976743 based on 45 reviews
Troutville, VA
5

Outstanding family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from what was one of the best family vacations for my husband, teenage son, my sister, and my parents. Larimar is an astounding property. Sitting on top of a hill with a breathtaking view of Cane Bay, the open floor plan of the house creates an atmosphere of being one with the natural beauty surrounding the house. Photographs on the VRBO listing accurately show the property. But what the photographs can’t show are the other elements that make Larimar special. Tropical breezes cooled the open great room all day and evening making it our favorite spot for lounging, eating, reading and just staring at the ever-changing colors of the sea. The view from the balcony off the second floor master bedroom was incredible, especially at night. The pool was refreshing. Humming birds visited the flowering shrubs on the patio daily and we all got a kick out of the little green geckos scampering everywhere. Having the small kitchen across from the main living area was different but made the whole living area feel larger. At times during the day and night, the gentle sound of the surf could be heard. Peace and tranquility are hallmarks of Larimar.

The other element not captured by photographs we believe was the most important: Michael, the property manager. Michael’s passion about the island and his exuberance in wanting to share all his knowledge of things to see and do were the sparks that made the vacation truly memorable. Following his suggestions, we saw and experienced things we would not have on our own. He gave us mini-tours on two days and we loved both excursions! Driving through the rain forest, picking fresh mangos, exploring ruins of sugar cane estates, buying beer for pigs, and tasting the special Mamma-wanna drink, enjoying the Sunday-Fun day at Rainbow beach, were just some of the things Michael showed us. His restaurant recommendations were spot-on. The GPS device he provided for our use was invaluable! To cap-off a wonderful week, Michael arranged for Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies (all wonderful, smart ladies) to come to Larimar to perform their fire dances. Fabulous!

Snorkeling at Cane Bay and lounging on the beach at Carambola were great. The overall friendliness of the locals put us at ease. There are so many more wonderful things we did not get to do that I foresee another trip back to St. Croix and, hopefully, to Larimar, because with Michael as the concierge, the trip will be outstanding!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfection

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful property that was well maintained throughout our stay. There were some renovations underway but it was all kept out if sight and did not interfere at all with the peaceful tranquility of Larimar.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Amesbury, MA
5

Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

Villa Larimar has the most exquisite views you can imagine. The blue and white color scheme of the property matches the feel of the Carribean and is absolutely perfect. The caretaker Joe was helpful and kind and took care of the property around our schedule. The residence was in the process of receiving updates and fresh paint but it no way interrupted our stay. The open air kitchen was an absolute favorite among my friends. It was the perfect house for getting away and relaxing after a day of yoga in Christiansted.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Raleigh, NC, USA
5

An aging beauty with a great on site host!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Larimar is situated on a hill overlooking Cane Bay at the west end of St. Croix. When the weather is clear one can see St. Thomas, St. John and several other islands from the pool terrace. Whoever owns the property would do well to re-invest a portion of the rental revenues in sprucing up and updating this nearly 50 year old award winning villa. The house is comfortable and has "good bones" but needs some effort to be all that it can be....personal opinion the updates would pay for themselves within a reasonable time frame by commanding an increase in rental revenue. To clarify: new paint, some furniture updates, a/c in more areas; remodel/enlarge the kitchen to name a few. The real jewel in #4 Betsy's Jewel was Michael Hartlage, the on site caretaker. He is a wealth of local history as well as recommendations of what to do, where to eat, points of interest, etc. He is also a really nice guy. This was our second time renting this property and he is the reason we came back.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Everyone wants to go back!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is the real deal. What a great location. Set on top of the hill, the views were amazing, and the breeze was refreshing. The property was clean and ready for our arrival!! It is very quite and the feel is one of island seclusion. Michael, the property manager, is head and shoulders above any other manager we have encountered on the island and or at other VRBO rentals. He would check in with us to make sure we had everything we needed and was very helpful with island recommendations with out a hidden agenda. There are many great restaurants within a 10 min drive. Our family has traveled to the island a number of times and stayed at several locations and levels of luxury. For the money this place has it all and is pretty much the standard we have found at the higher end rentals. Our group had a great time hanging out in the outdoor patio area slowly waking up the the ocean views and birds in the morning and playing cards listening to music at night. We had a few first timers to the island with us and they said that the entire experience added up to the trip of a lifetime. Wish I was a better writer and I would say a ton more. Also the WIFI was very good which has always been an issue at other properties on the island.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Los Altos, CA
3

A little bit of "glamping"

  • 3 of 5

Michael was wonderful to work with. Unfortunately we caught the house on a week where everything seemed to go wrong at one time, but he worked hard to get it all taken care of, I believe.

The house photographs very well - we said this several times during our stay. The reason I would not return to this property is because SO MUCH of it is outside. If you leave your bedroom, you are walking outside to do anything. The living room is outside, the kitchen is far away, so your feet are always dirty and there are always bugs. Lots of them. The tile is also very slippery, so if it rains or anyone gets out of the pool it is a very hazardous situation to get to your morning coffee (I have the bruises to prove it).

We love St. Croix, and this was not our first trip. Michael is wonderful and we would enjoy working with him again, but never again at this particular house - I don't know how designed this thing but really, we decided we were "glamping".

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
STX - Henry Rohlsen International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Rowdy Joe's, Above the Cliff, Off the Wall, Eat
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Carambola Golf Resort and Spa
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Melvin Evans Highway 66
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Rowdy Joe's, Above the Cliff, Off the Wall, Eat
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Cane Bay Beach:world class diving, dining and sun
Car: recommended

St. Croix is America's Undiscovered Tropical Paradise. Less crowded than St. Thomas, less expensive than St. John, the island offers deserted white sand beaches, an underwater national park, lobster-hunting and spear-fishing year-round, and all the color and verve of West Indian music, dance and food. You will want to take a catamaran out to pristine Buck Island, go to the restored Whim Plantation, visit St. George Botanical Garden, golf at Carambola or another famed golf course... or just veg out by the pool and enjoy the Caribbean view.

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Rates & Availability

Northcentral Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Mar 16 2016 - Nov 15 2016
4 night minimum stay
$3,250
 
 
High Season
Nov 16 2016 - Mar 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
$4,250
 
 
Christmas
Dec 21 2016 - Dec 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
$5,500
Flat fee
 
 
New Year
Dec 28 2016 - Jan 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,000
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$500
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

We prefer 50% of rental rate to reserve the dates, the remaining balance of rental rate is due 60 days prior to arrival and please bring a personal or corporate check for the Hotel Tax, made out to "VIBIR" (Virgin Island Bureau of Internal Revenue).
We are also available for events, perfect for weddings and receptions under 45 persons. $1500/day.

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Amenities

Northcentral Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Well appointed, UV filtered water for drinking, tiled
    Outdoor rinse shower - outdoor shower , Perfect to shower off the sand/sunscreen or to just cool off
  • All of the bathrooms have tiled showers, UV filtered water tested for drinkability monthly (recent tests pass the highest standards for drinking water, even beat out major brands such as DaSani in PPM tests)
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upper Master - 1 king , Also a Cali-king, unreal view from private balcony, new A/C!
    Twin Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Full suite withyet the smallest of the rooms, New A/C!
    Master 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Another master with flexible bedding options new A/C!
    Grand Master Suite-owners suite - 1 king , This room features a Cali-king, seating area, bay window A/C
  • All of the bedrooms have A/C and full baths, the twin room shares the full bath with the common area, the 3 Masters have HD Dish network tv's, wi-fi and Cat5 connections.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Reduce your carbon footprint due to our recent solar upgrade, now providing 70% of our power! Battery back up electrical system eliminates loud diesel generator and the smell. Portable GPS navigation unit for your rental car. Live-in Caretaker to see to your needs. A million-dollar view. Original art. Pick your own mango, passionfruit, banana and grapefruit, in season.

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