2 Bedroom beachfront house, modern conveniences, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6
About Candace Kaspers
My husband, Bill, and I (Candace) live in Atlanta, Georgia. He's a management labor lawyer with his own firm, Kaspers & Associates and I am a retired college professor and current gold and sterling silver jewelry artist. Bill graduated from Princeton and U. of Michigan Law School and I graduated from Mills College (California) and U. of Michigan Graduate School.
Candace Kaspers purchased this House in 1979
Why Candace Kaspers chose Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay
This is an authentic beach front property with beauty and modern conveniences, 20 yards from the ocean on St. John, USVI. This true island home was designed by the famous Glenn Spear who also designed the iconic Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay. What's not to like?
What makes this House unique
Fabulous, private snorkeling in your own back yard and palm trees within 10 yards of the ocean and house; 1 acre of property; privacy; all the modern conveniences yet a newly renovated "island" home which takes advantage of its views and tradewinds.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Perfect small family getaway on St John
First time using VRBO, could not have asked for a better experience. From initial contact when booking, to Craig greeting us at the ferry, and getting to the property, everything worked perfect. Me, my wife and two adult children had everything we needed to enjoy the week. Definitely get the jeep,. easy drive to market and town (once you get used to it), and driving to east end of the island shouldn't be missed, both for the views and the roads. Excellent snorkeling at Francis, Overhaul, Saltpond, Maho and Trunk, if a beach isn't calm that day, just try the next one. Best dinner at Cruz Bay Landing, good (cheaper) eats at Tap and Still (easiest to park here for $10 at night to walk anywhere in town), and Doghouse Pub. Don't worry about the island style home, the views are amazing, you can relax in the bedrooms with A/C if too hot, but with the ocean breeze we found the outside living/dining to be just plain fun most nights (we were at beaches during the days). Bugs bothered some, not others, so depends on your tolerance I suppose. From the welcome package, to beach towels and chairs, linens, internet, kitchen supplies, we did not want for anything. We had our own snorkeling equipment, but there appeared to be some for guest use. We don't usually repeat vacations, there is just too much out there to see, but this one might be an exception - Thanks Candy, Jennifer and Craig for making this such a great week.
Tip - if leaving via STT airport, leave plenty of time, customs and security lines were painfully long and slow
A Wonderful Vacation Spot
We (two of us) spent 8 days at Mampoo Hill—and they were wonderful days even though we had two mornings of 2-hour torrential rain storms. (The rain was much needed and ended a 3-4 month drought on the island.) Our dream in life is to hear the ocean waves from our bedroom. The house is about a 90 second walk from the ocean—so this house fulfills those dreams. We also rented the 4-wheel drive Jeep that is an available as an option with the house. Consequently, we were met at the ferry from St. Thomas by Craig who accompanied us to the house and introduced us to it. This actually made arrival easier than it has been for us during previous trips to St. John when we rented a car in town after we got off the ferry. Craig was very informative about the house, the car, and anything else we asked (where to rent snorkel gear, current restaurant information, etc.).
The house is exceptionally well outfitted for renters; there was nothing that we needed that wasn’t there: from beach towels and chairs to good vegetable peelers. As described, the WiFi is easy to use (including when sitting on the chairs on the porches) and the cell phone reception is usually very good.
But most importantly of all, the house (described as a “beautiful, open air island home”) has one outdoor deck stretching the whole length of the house on the ocean side plus a second smaller deck, a little lower and closer to beach. “Open air” means that only the bed rooms (at opposite ends of the house) have four walls. The living room and kitchen are covered by a very effective roof but open-to-the-air at the front and back of the building. We loved that too because it was easy and natural to start with our morning coffee under the roof when it was raining or under the sky when it wasn't and were always part of the outdoors that includes the view onto and across the ocean.
The perfect St. John getaway
Mampoo Hill was even better than expected from the pictures and video we saw before arriving at the house. Having lived om the Virgin Islands many years ago, this house brought back such happy memories of the way life used to be on St. John. The open air living and dining space with ceiling fans is exactly the type of lifestyle we enjoy. The bedrooms are both well furnished and the beds are super comfortable. We kept the windows open, with no need of AC, thanks to the ceiling fans and onshore breezes.
Mampoo Hill is surrounded by beauty both inside and outside the house. The view of Devers Bay is mesmerizing at any time of the day or night. And we were lucky to have a full moon for some wonderful, peaceful nights on the deck. The house is perfectly maintained and has everything and anything you need to feel at home. Although we were out with local friends most evenings, we cooked several dinners in the kitchen and lacked for nothing.
From the minute we were met at the ferry, we felt welcomed and appreciated the friendly but professional introduction to the house.
The Jeep provided was perfect for us to get to our favorite snorkeling spots on the island. However, one of our new favs is the wonderful coral gardens of Devers Bay, right in front of the house. Made it so hard to leave the house that we spent one full day exploring the Bay and hanging out.
We rent a lot of vacation homes during the year for work related trips. Mampoo Hill is the best yet.
From the STT airport, take a cab to Crown Bay Marina and use Inter Island Boat Services' new ferry (3:00 and 5:00pm daily) to Cruz Bay. This ferry docks at The Creek (next to the NPS Visitors Center). The cab ride is only 10-15 minutes and there's a decent bar/restaurant right there to grab a cold cocktail and bite to eat while you wait for the ferry which takes about 30 minutes to get to STJ. We took the same ferry back to St. Thomas, leaving at 11:00 from Cruz Bay and arriving in plenty of time for us to cab to the airport, get through customs and TSA for a 2:00pm departure. Cost is $20 per person, $5 per bag.
Extra Virgin Bistro
Tap & Still (when you just have to have a big ol' burger and fries)
Miss Lucy's, Calabash Boom - worth the drive for their jazz brunch on Sunday but be prepared to share a table and/or wait as it's really popular.
Thank you to everyone who makes Mampoo Hill so special. We will be back!
Thank you for the wonderful review along with your seasoned expertise of island homes and experiences. We can't wait to have you back!
My family greatly enjoyed the beautiful serenity of Mampoo Hill. The views from the house were magnificent and it felt as it you were truly away from it all. At the same time, the convenience of the Mampoo Hill jeep rental along with close proximity to town allowed us to explore the beaches, bays and shops with ease. I would highly recommend Mampoo Hill for your next trip to St. John! We plan to be back soon! Thank you again!
We're so delighted you could kick back and enjoy the calming environs of Mampoo Hill.
This was our 1st trip to St. John USVI & our choice to stay at Mampoo Hill villa proved to be the perfect spot for us. The Breathtaking views can not capture the feeling; Pure Paradise; going to sleep to the sounds of the Ocean were magical.
There is so much to do on St. John but the Villa also offers relaxation, peace & serinity. We spent a couple of days just checking out the beach/cove area just outside the Villa to the right. We also highly recommend VI Body spa; we had a couples massage on the deck ( Maegan & Michele were great) was such a great setting.
Having the Jeep rental as an option was very convenient for us.
The set up of the Villa was great although we definitely could have invited more friends as the extra bedroom we never used:) & the great outdoor living space is wonderful; huge deck with plenty of seating/ space. We didn’t use the Hot tub much but it was great when we did use it. We were very fortunate to have been able to spend 10 wonderful days at this Beautiful Villa; hope to return again sometime.
Thank you for sharing your experience of Mampoo Hill. We're so happy you had time to enjoy the house and views. Come back soon!
We loved our week at Mampoo Hill. The only challenge was keeping bug juice on to keep away the bugs. The location is amazing, the Jeep rental and Craig (who met us at the dock) made everything so comfortable!
Stargazing, rock collecting, Iguana viewing, coconut harvesting