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24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights


Bethany Condo Rental Photos and Description

2BR/1BA Townhome near Town/NP Beaches; Sea & Sunset Views; A/C; Private Terrace

Bliss is the totally renovated 2BR/1BA, 2-story penthouse unit at Cruz Views (#1). Only unit available direct through owner! If you look at the picture of the peach-colored building, that whole building is Bliss (like a stand-alone, private villa of your own at condo prices--the best of both worlds!!)

Plus the location can NOT be beat! Close to everything--walkable down to town, 5 minutes from National Park Beaches--yet up in the hills high enough to be a peaceful retreat.

Not only completely remodeled, Bliss also has all updated furnishings including new beds as well as all new bedding, linens, kitchen supplies, appliances, entertainment systems, and Central Air-Conditioning to keep you comfortable all year long!

Basically a stand-alone unit at the top of the hill (see pictures), Bliss offers proximity to Cruz Bay with its great restaurants, charming shops, and grocery stores but, most importantly to guests, it's within minutes of the amazing National Park Beaches on St. John's North Shore (about 5 minutes to Hawksnest Beach, see map).

Yet it's location is high enough above town to avoid the noise from the ferries, restaurants and entertainment, offering you a quiet retreat where you can watch the Caribbean world go by from your own private deck with mesmerizing views, including captivating sunsets.

Bliss's upstairs bedroom provides you with the option of either 2 twin beds or can be made up with a special 'creative kingmaker' to give you a seamless, immobile, extremely comfortable king bed.

The amazing Caribbean views--including Pillsbury Sound with a myriad of cays and small islands nestled within it, St. Thomas with it's nightly 'twinkly light' display, and daytime views of sailboats skimming along the surface, even regattas--are also yours within the unit itself. Half the time when I watch tv in the living area, I'm instead looking outside the windows at the view! Views from the upstairs bedroom are incredible.

Bliss also includes your own private parking spot right above the unit and--set among a lovely tropical garden frequently scented with jasmine--is a beautiful saline-filtered pool (gentle on your skin) shared with the guests from the other 9 units but often yours alone!

Not only is there a gas grill, tables, chairs, and chaise lounges on the pool deck but also a gazebo--offering great Caribbean views as well--where guests frequently gather at the end of the day to toast the sunset together and share their beach/snorkeling/hiking/sailing adventures of the day.

You also have your own little private tropical garden enclosed within Bliss's private deck area, where you'll find your beach chairs and coolers as well.

Bliss: offering you all the comforts of home along with the unique tropical experience of enjoying the Caribbean of the past--since St. John is 2/3 National Park, most of its pristine beaches and tropical forest covered hills have thankfully been preserved in their original state, unmarred and unscarred by the rampant development characterizing most other Caribbean islands today.

Welcome to my dream--my home in Paradise!

Keywords: Penthouse Unit #1 at Cruz Views, now rented direct by owner, this 2 bedroom St. John vacation rental in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) offers all contemporary comforts along with timeless 'old Caribbean' views, tropical gardens, pool, in a private, quiet, location but near to all the best that

St. John has to offer: Its world-reknown National Park Beaches are a 5-minute drive, you can walk down to town, Cruz Bay, but are up high enough to be away from the noise and busyness, relax, retreat, and enjoy magnificent Virgin Island sunset views, affordable luxury for a honeymoon, anniversary, family vacation; this stand-alone townhouse-type vacation rental is part of a small, quiet, intimate complex with just 10 units--St. John's best kept secret.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Cynthia Veldman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Cynthia Veldman

There's only one thing better than being in that incredible water around St. John and that's being in it while holding your newest grandchild :-)

Cynthia Veldman purchased this condo in 2011

Why Cynthia Veldman chose St John

From the moment I first stepped on the old wooden dock in Cruz Bay, I felt like I was at peace and at home. That was more than 20 years ago and I still get that feeling every time I'm there. The natural beauty that characterizes St. John--largely unspoiled by any development on the 2/3 of the island that's National Park, the swimming and snorkeling right off the beach in that incredibly clear, warm, turquoise water--even in the midst of winter!, the smells, the sounds, the wildlife, the community feel of the island--I just love it!!

What makes this condo unique

It is SO nice to be anywhere I want to go--beach, restaurant, shopping, groceries, ferry, barge--in just a matter of minutes. At the same time I can stay comfortably ensconced in the comforts of the condo, cooking in while enjoying the cooling effects of the a/c, enjoying the views, quietly relaxing on the deck with my husband or friends or reading a book, or swimming my laps in the pool and enjoying the company and conversation with other guests under the gazebo while toasting the sunset together. Just an utterly lovely way to relax, retreat, or refresh myself. That's why I named the condo BLISS, which means 'peaceful joy, utter contentment, or blessedness.' It's what I feel when I'm there.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful vacation in your home! Thank you for sharing it with us. We had everything we needed here and we could never tire of the view from your deck! We hope to be back soon.
Feb 2014
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Birmingham, AL


  • 5 of 5

Bliss was amazing. We had a wonderful week on St. John and will definitely be back. The villa had everything we needed including an amazing sunset view. The pool was nice and quiet, we never saw anyone else down there. The villa is about a 2 minute drive to the grocery store and 3 minutes to shops and restaurants. Easy to get to the beaches and the beach chairs and coolers were great. We could not have dreamed of a more incredible vacation! Can't wait to plan our next trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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We loved Bliss and hope to return some day. It was clean, comfortable and well appointed.

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated all the extra amenities, service and follow-up. It was great to have beach equipment, videos and kitchen appliances for sunny days, stay at home evenings, and smoothies.

I loved sitting at the bar on the patio with my morning coffee and enjoying the view....found myself getting up early so I could sit there for an hour or more almost every day!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My favorite way to start (and end) the day also! So glad you enjoyed Bliss and all it has to offer.
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Denver, Colorado


  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I just spent two amazing weeks at Bliss for my 50th birthday! The location is perfect, 5 minute walk to the charming town of Cruz Bay. Yes there is a small section of a very steep hill but worth it because of the view! The onsite parking made it so simple. We did not have to think about a thing, the owner and her property management team were so helpful and very easily obtainable...Jill at Cimmeron made us any reservations we needed and was full of good suggestions! The villa is so well appointed and comfortable. Cynthia, the owner, did a wonderful job renovating! We hope to return sometime for sure!!!! Thanks to Cynthia for sharing her wonderful villa!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: SO glad you had a perfect time at Bliss. I know this was a very special trip for you and your daughter. I do indeed hope that you will be able to return some day soon and, as my sign by the door says, may you who have "entered as guests, return as friends." Thank you for taking the time to post your review.
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San Francisco, CA


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Bliss during our 6th trip to St. John. The condo had everything you could possibly need and more. Every morning we had our coffee on the balcony enjoying that awesome view. We could tell the owners really cared about making this an inviting and comfortable home. We used the pool once during our stay and had it to ourselves while watching the sunset. The management company was easy to contact and took care of things on island. The owner, Cynthia was a joy to rent from.

I can easily say that I think anyone that rents Bliss will be happy with their choice.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to post a review of Bliss; I (and my future guests) so appreciate it as I know how precious a commodity our time is! I'm especially thankful that you mentioned that you had the pool to yourselves. That is SO often the case with me and something that prospective guests often ask about so thank you for mentioning that!
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Boston, MA


  • 5 of 5

As a former St. Thomas resident returning to the islands for vacation, I knew that St. John would be the perfect relaxing retreat. Since my boyfriend, his parents & I had been to St. John many times for day trips, we knew that we wanted to rent a condo so that we could have freedom to cook dinner several times and navigate around the island on our own. With many beautiful rentals available on VRBO it was tough to decide where to stay, but Bliss caught my eye immediately. Cynthia was incredibly helpful, answering multiple emails and phone calls in regards to questions I had about the property and rental process. I enjoyed every time I spoke with her!

Prior to our arrival we were contacted by Jill from Cimmaron Properties. She gave us all the info we needed prior to our arrival and greeted us with a smile in Cruz Bay (her first week of work AND we arrived early... She stayed calm & poised and was a tremendous help). Jill got us all set with our jeep rental (speeding up the process) and showed us around the entire property. She offered complimentary concierge services as well as left a cell phone and office number for us to reach her or a member of Cimmaron at any time.

The property is simply stunning - beautiful views of Cruz Bay and St. Thomas made for beautiful patio dining. The central A/C was a treat after a hot day on the beach! There was a private grill that we took advantage of several times and the kitchen was fully stocked with plenty of cookware and utensils for us; it felt just like home. The communal pool was beautiful, clean and we had it all to ourselves most of the time! The finishing touches on the condo from fresh flowers to quiet-close drawers and Kcups for morning coffee truly added so much ease and enjoyment to our stay. We were a quick 90 second drive to Cruz Bay which was helpful for groceries, etc.

There were 2 times we had questions about the television and the checkout process and members of the Cimmaron team were extremely prompt and helpful!

This property was perfect for our vacation back to our favorite island. I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking of a stay on St. John! Thank you Cynthia for sharing your home; we hope to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Could not have been happier!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at the Bliss condo. What an absolute delight in luxury this place is. We have been visiting Cruz Bay for the past 20+ years and love the area. But this years stay at Bliss was a whole new experience. We met Cynthia two years ago while driving by Cruz Bay villas. On a whim, we stopped and spoke to her and she was nice enough to allow us to come in for a quick tour. We knew then that our next visit would have to be at Bliss. All the amenities were perfect, we were able to enjoy the sunset from the deck each evening and watch Cruz Bay come alive in the mornings as we sat and had our coffee outside. The kitchen is well-equipped , the bathroom was a luxury and all of the linens and other amenities are top-quality. Thank you Cynthia for sharing your beautiful home with us and we hope to make it less a yearly tradition.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jamie for taking the time to post a review of Bliss; it really helps future travelers. I'm so glad that you'll be able to return to Bliss next spring--I hope it'll feel just like 'coming home' for you. I think you'll really like the new shower door!
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Salomon, Honeymoon, Caneel, Hawksnest (5 minutes)
Nearest Point of Interest
Passenger Ferry Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Dolphin Market Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
La Tapa Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Caneel Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Honeymoon Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Salomon Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Scott Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Turtle Bay Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Little Hawksnest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Hawksnest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Gibney/Oppenheimer Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Trunk Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Jumby Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Denis Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Cinnamon Bay & Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Maho Bay & Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Francis Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Mongoose Junction
Nearest Point of Interest
Morgan's Mango
Nearest Point of Interest
Ocean Grill restaurant
Car: recommended

explore the whole island with a 4WD vehicle, find hidden coves, cays, and beaches by renting a dinghy and exploring, see the sugar plantation ruins, be an archeologist for a day by volunteering at the ongoing research at Cinnamon Bay, see the botanical garden walk, see the petroglyphs on the Reef Bay trail, snorkel right off the beach, snuba, dive reefs and the sunken ship Rhone, take classes at the National Park


Rates & Availability

Bethany Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 2016
Jul 31 2016 - Dec 10 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 11 2016 - Dec 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2016 - Dec 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season 2017
Apr 24 2017 - Jul 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Dec 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Bliss is NOT appropriate for children under age 7.

Surcharge for Stays Less than 1 week | $150 per stay.

Nonrefundable $50 damage protection insurance fee for up to $500.00 in accidental, unintentional damage which may occur at Bliss during Guest’s stay. The fee covers Bliss property (not Guest property). To benefit from the insurance coverage, Guest must report any damage to Management Company before departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bethany Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Upstairs bedroom can be made up as a king or 2 twins; great panoramic sea views from the comfort of your bed; all new mattresses, TV with DVD and VCR, ample closet space with your own personal safe, dressing mirror & table, Queen size Beds (1) Main floor bedroom has a new queen mattress, garden views and new wall-mounted cable TV, ampke closet space, your own personal safe, Twin or Single Beds (1) Upstairs bedroom can be made up into 2 twin beds with ample lighting, see other details under king bed above
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
I-Pod player dock, combination microwave/convection oven, central a/c, fans, walk-in shower, free private parking, garden, great views of Pillsbury Sound, Cruz Bay harbor, the Caribbean Sea with a variety of other islands and cays you can see including St. Thomas, Culebra, Great & Little St. James, Thatch, Grass, Lovongo, Henley, great sunsets, gentle breezes

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