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Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Highest Quality, With Every Amenity Awaiting You

The moment you arrive, the pampering begins. You are met dockside and escorted to your rental car. Then whisked away for a short five-minute trip to Sopra Mare.

I know you are tired from a long day’s journey so after you are acquainted with Sopra Mare sit down to a full course meal complete with wine provided by us, of course, on your outside patio table.

Listen to the soft winds blow and enjoy the sounds of island life. Totally unwind - I know you are tired from your hectic travels.

It’s now getting late so sit in the 80-degree private pool with extended light show a drink in your hand watching the lights of nearby islands.

Listen, do you hear that? Not a sound of another person near you. It’s just you and the Caribbean night.

Getting tired? Retire to the master suite fit for a king. A heavenly bed with Ritz Carlton pillows and 400 thread count color coordinated sheets await. There’s no white linens at your villa you. You expect, and we provide the very best.

Sleep well in your king bed as you watch cruise ships on the horizon through the full expansive doors then gently lay your head down for the first night of vacation.

Soothing surf crash below will quickly lull you to a night of blissful slumber.

Arise early, enjoy a refreshing shower from your rain forest shower head and of course, accompanied by London Molton Brown bath products world renowned for luxury at the most famous world five star hotels. Nothing is too good for you at Sopra Mare.

Now you’re ready for the beach. Load one of the multiple sized coolers, pack plenty of beach towels, grab a couple of Tommy Bahama ultra-comfortable beach chairs and begin your island adventure.

Each day you will rejoice in selecting Sopra Mare as your island vacation destination this time and for many vacations to come.

Sopra Mare (Above The Sea) is a stunning 1,600 sq ft cliffside villa, built n solid native rock set atop Maria Bluff in the most exclusive location in Chocolate Hole with crashing surf below

This unique home offers gated privacy yet has a one mile level walking circuit on paved roads where you may sip your morning coffee and watch iguana's cross your path. The villa is continually cooled by a slight gentle breeze which generally assures no biting insects.

Less than five minutes to town of Cruz Bay which offers excellent jazz at several locations on Saturday and Sunday including the famous Beach Bar - partial setting for my first book about St. John 'Keep Left.' Shopping and night life abound in Cruz Bay.

Other features include full laundry, digital cable, two connections for your iPod or MP3 player, secure, wireless high-speed Internet access for your laptop. A Bose speaker system for Bluetooth with your laptop or phone.

We want you to enjoy the full villa experience - therefore; if just two of you, no problem, bedrooms are NEVER locked off from your access.

Your villa is a world apart from noise and traffic; yet three minutes to the Westin Hotel, it's sandy beach and great Sunday Brunches.

Enjoy the song of the treefrogs late at night and wake to the hummingbirds making a feast on Sopra Mare flowers. Ceiling fans in all rooms and full individual frosty air conditioning in each bedroom await you.

Laze away in the pool on colorful rafts and turn on the pool lite show when the sun goes down - five colors and four speeds for your enjoyment.

If it's the right time take the villa binoculars and watch the Rolex Sailing Cup from the balconies with a cool beverage in your hand or dolphins, turtles and the occasional whale.

Sopra Mare has everything you would expect from an island home; convenience, elegance and comfort.

I look forward to your arrival at Sopra Mare we have a high percentage of returning guests, more than 40%. They recognize our high standards and striving for constant improvement.

Our overall occupancy at Sopra Mare is the highest on the island for two bedrooms. Guests expect and receive the best in quality, attention to detail from my excellent staff who have been providing service year after year at Sopra Mare.

NOTE: If you're seriously about staying I recommend reservations at least six to twelve months prior to your vacation dates. WE RENT UP VERY EARLY WITH MANY RETURNING GUESTS.

Please also check out 'Bordo Mare' VRBO 465589 a BRAND NEW sister property.

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Mike Mullen
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2017

About Mike Mullen

Sopra Mare (Above the Sea) was built late in 2009 after fourteen months. This was my second construction project on St. John. The first Villa Tesori (House of Treasures) was finished and sold in 2007. During its' construction I completed a comedy novel called 'Keep Left' which depicts crazy events and the island characters I met while Tesori was being built. My 2nd novel 'Flat Busted" came out in 2014. Both are now available on Apple IBook.

I have met so many wonderful people that have rented the villa and now are returning and consider Sopra Mare their second home.

Mike Mullen purchased this villa in 2009

Why Mike Mullen chose Cruz Bay

I actually got to St. John by mistake after over bidding at a charity event in Vail, Colorado some years ago. This was the result of definitely drinking way too much wine by the time the auction began. By morning after they presented me with a bill for the event I had purchased two TV's, a shotgun, a pink Harley Davis Motorcycle and 7 nights in the Virgin Islands! But I have never been sorry about the trip and as a result it has led me on a long and winding road of adventure!

St. John is very unique, approximately 60% of the island is National Park with numerous hiking and walking trails. Old sugar plantations dot the island. The more than forty beaches are incredible, most with pure white sand. The Caribbean water is always warm and crystal clear, often you can see fifty feet down with an abundance of sea life. The people of St. John are exceptionally friendly and eager to help you enjoy your island experience.

What makes this villa unique

The home is secluded behind a private gate with zero steps to access - something nearly unheard of on St. John. Lush landscape awaits you and soon several lime and banana trees will provide a source for frosty drinks. The living room and master bedroom have a panorama twenty foot expansive view achieved by opening one set of folding doors. Complete entertainment with a plasma TV, CD, DVD, IPOD and Bose system awaits your enjoyment and of course WIFI throughout. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances and everything a chef would require to whip up a gourmet meal. Or you can dine al fresco under the stars on a Brown Jordan table and matching chairs. A new stainless steel commercial radiant bbq with separate burners is steps away. As you are on the ocean its a great pleasure for me to occasionally see whales, dolphin and giant turtles swimming below. Once night falls, watch the cruise ships slowly sail across your view on the way to their next foreign port. You on the other hand will feel as though you were on a cruise ship with the open expanse of glass in the master as you look out at the stars, the ships and St Croix - 30 miles away. You are facing directly south, and therefore the villa receives all day sun allowing the pool to remain at 80 degrees.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed 7 days in October, 2009

We loved our stay at Sopra Mare! It was a beautiful house in a spectacular location. We look so forward to staying at Sopra Mare again the future and highly recommend this house to anyone looking to stay in St. John! Mary & Scott B, Columbia, SC
Oct 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay in Cruz Bay

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet
  • Half bath also has a sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Incredible Views, brand new villa late 2009. Level road access with a easy one mile walking track


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(66 traveller reviews)

average rating of 4.939394 based on 67 reviews

Great Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to St. John at least once a year for the past twenty years and have stayed at many different villas. I can say, without a doubt, that Sopra Mare is the best one we've stayed at. It is situated on a cliff looking out over the Caribbean Sea. Upon walking in the villa the view is so spectacular it looks like the view from a cruise ship! We found the villa very well appointed as it is decorated thoughtfully and creatively. The artwork on the walls is very pleasant and the furniture is comfortable. I am a cook, (unfortunately for St. John this means we don't spend a lot of money at the local restaurants), so I was delighted to find sharp knives, good pots and pans and the utensils I need to create any meal! The beds are clean and comfortable as are bathrooms. All of these qualities are unique to Sopra Mare.....the other villas we have stayed at seem to provide minimal inexpensive amenities for lounging and cooking. It was a pleasure to leave the beautiful St. John beaches to go home to the beautiful Sopra Mare. Mulley is a pleasure to work with and his staff all very professional and efficient! I would recommend this villa to anyone and everyone!

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Spot

  • 5 of 5

My family (two adults and two teenage girls) really enjoyed out time at Sopra Mare. The view is spectacular, the location is ideal (close enough to town to be convenient but distant enough to be well out of the bustle) and the home is very well appointed with everything you could need. Finally Mike (and his team) were fantastic to deal with - very proactive, clear, helpful and responsive around all communications. We would happily stay here again next time we're back on St John!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Sopra Mare is one of the best Villa's we have rented in St. John. The location in Chocolate Hole makes it very convenient to head to town for dinner and gather all the groceries you need for your stay. The villa itself is beautiful with gorgeous water views and very quiet!! We enjoyed the pool every day after our beach adventures and relaxed with a drink at night. All the amenities we needed for a spectacular vacation were already there for us. We will definitely come back to this gem.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sopra Mare

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful panoramic views, close in location, all you need for a beautiful vacation. Mike is a pleasure to deal with and his property manager, Jared, I'd right there if you need him. If you don't rent a car, it's easy to get taxis to take you around, especially at night after partying in Cruz Bay. It's a little piece of heaven perched on that hillside. We especially enjoyed the pool after a day of "beaching". Nice and relaxing...that's what we want!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Little Piece of Heaven!!

  • 5 of 5

Sopra Mare is a beautiful waterfront villa, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. The views from living room, bedroom, decks and patio are magnificent. On a clear day you can see St. Croix. The house was very comfortable and included every amenity we needed - beach chairs, rafts, snorkeling equipment, etc. We spent most days on the fabulous beaches at Maho or Francis, lunch at Skinny Legs and then chilling out by the pool with a Virgin Island IPA in the afternoon. Then dinners at one of the many great restaurants in Cruz Bay, a 5 minute ride away (Extra Virgin Bistro and LaTapa are our favorites, along with ZoZos out at Caneel Bay). We've been coming to St. John for over 20 years (obviously we love it) but this was our first time renting a house. Mulley made it very easy. He was great to deal with, and even had a chicken dinner and bottle of wine in the frig for our first night after the long trip down. A great place to chill out and relax with a good book. We would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this place justice.............you just have to see it for yourself! Totally laid back and relaxing.............quiet are but close to town. No traffic........great for morning walks followed by a dip in the pool! St John is fantastic! If you're not lying on a beach then your either driving through the jungle (VERY FUN) or at a bar. Definitely coming back here. Check out Bordo Mare....its even better!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
St Thomas - Code STT
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Woody's Five Minutes
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Cruz Bay 5 Minutes Away
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
St Thomas - Mahogany Run
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Two minutes
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Cruz Bay Five Minutes
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

This villa is located on Maria Bluff the most outstanding residential area in Chocolate Hole. Quiet with little or no auto traffic


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay, St John

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15 Apr 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Value Season 25% Discount
19 Aug 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving 1-4 Guests
18 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas/New Year 1-4 Guests
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 9 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
President's Holiday 1-4 Guests
10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Feb 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Apr 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
11 Aug 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Oct 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving 1-4 Guests
17 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas/New Years 1-4 Guests
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Security/Administration £69.57
Tax Rate 12.5%

Please Add $400 for guests 3 and/or 4 plus tax

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