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Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful Couples Retreat, 180-degree ocean view, indoor AND outdoor shower

Joy of Life Villa will make you realize how good life is here, overlooking the US and British Virgin Islands, coral reefs and turquoise seas with 180 degree views. This new, solid stone and masonry home is fully equipped and surrounded by verdant forest and unsurpassed views. This home has a king bed, large deck accessible from all rooms, full kitchen with gourmet appliances, large luxury bathroom, both indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning in bedroom, wireless internet, two TV's with Netflix access, gas grill and glass bottom kayaks & paddle boards waiting for you at the nearby beach! Perfect for couples or honeymooners, and also has a sofa bed. Located in Coral Bay, 2 minutes to restaurants and 15 minutes to major beaches on North Shore. Jeep with 4WD required for the 'highway to heaven'. Call Karen with any questions: 340-227-1110 Special grocery discount for guests!

Jeep with 4WD required for the steep terrain of our hill and St. John. We only recommend renting Jeeps on St. John due to restrictions on bringing them from St. Thomas and unreliable car ferry schedules.

This rental and all amenities are on the upper level of Joy of Life Villa. Tenant may be in the separated, lower apartment. We rent to mature couples seeking a tranquil, comfortable and romantic getaway. SEE OUR MANY 5-STAR REVIEWS!

Please note: Island utilities may experience interruptions (power, cell, Wi-Fi). We have a whole-house generator in case of extended outages.

More Details

Karen Vahling
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Karen Vahling

Karen purchased the land in 2000 and saved for 10 years before starting to build. We moved here because of the incredible natural beauty, simple life and friendly community. My partner, Jeff, helped me build the house, is very handy to have around and a great resource for island info. The photo was taken in our driveway.

Karen Vahling purchased this villa in 2000

Why Karen Vahling chose Estate Freemans Ground

I fell in love with St. John 20 years ago and always wanted to live here. It is the best island because it is 2/3 National Park and US territory. Coral Bay is unique and unspoiled, full of natural beauty.

What makes this villa unique

This property is unique because it is on a large parcel of land (over 1 acre) and has an expansive view from its large deck and all windows, overlooking the USVI and BVI with development-free Coral Reef National Monument in the center of view. Stargaze at the milky way with no light pollution, fall asleep to distant waves breaking on the reef at Johnson's Bay and tree frogs peeping. Wake to doves cooing, amazing sunrises over the islands and great gourmet coffee! Then hit the beaches or go kayaking in pristine waters - kayaks are provided for you at no extra charge! If you have more than two people, there is a sofa bed. An additional king bed unit is available, with it's own separate parking and entrance, based on availability. One unit up, one down. Completely private and quiet, with solid masonry floors, walls and decks. Over sized wooded lot on a knoll overlooking the sea.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Estate Freemans Ground in Estate Little Plantation

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large bathroom with stone and mahogany features.
  • Large, luxury bathroom with stone shower big enough for two. Bench seating, view to ocean from shower window. Large mahogany vanity, luxury towels, plenty of shelves and counter space. Travertine tile floors, two mirrors, vessel sink, hair dryer, magnifying mirror. Additional stone shower outdoors.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King bed with view and sliding doors to deck.
  • King bedroom with sliding doors to 1,200 foot deck and views to ocean. Additional sofa bed in living room. Large closet, desk and chair. 32' flat screen TV, DVD player with remotes. Air conditioning and ceiling fan. Room-darkening curtains and blinds. Indoor & outdoor showers. Additional unit available on property, separate entrance.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
New outdoor shower area just added! FREE use of glass bottom and regular ocean kayaks awaits you at the beach. Sit on tops and standup paddle boards too, with life jackets. Washer & Dryer available (additional fee $100/week due to high energy and water costs). Drinking water is great - triple filtered rain water! Please note that island utilities, cell and wi-fi may experience interruptions out of our control. We have a backup generator in the event of any extended power outages.


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PERFECT location!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 10-day stay at Joy of Life Villa and can't imagine having a better vacation. Joy of Life has the most amazing view, and it's worth rising early to enjoy the sunrise, which is different everyday. The constant sea breeze kept us comfortable at any time of the day or night. There's lots to do on St. John, but we were just as happy to hang out on the deck enjoying the sun, the breeze, and the view. Karen and Jeff were perfect hosts--friendly and fun to talk to, with great suggestions of their favorite things to do and see on the island, but also happy to step back and leave us to design our own vacation. We loved being on the quiet side of the island, but the drive along North Shore Road into Cruz Bay is as pretty as any place we've been in the Caribbean. You have your pick of beaches and lots of hiking trails that were just the right length! Of course there is evident damage from the hurricanes, but the green has come back and the amazing blues of the Caribbean waters never left. We were hesitant to visit St. John so soon after the storms, but we have no regrets!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous Pamoramic View

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a full nine days at Joy of Life and enjoyed every minute of it. There are many things that make this property special, starting with the view. From the deck relaxing in the very comfortable outdoor furniture, you can see 180 degrees overlooking beautiful Coral Bay, the incredible British Virgin Islands, and then out to sea. My husband and I have traveled to many of the Caribbean Islands and stayed in wonderful accommodations, and we both agreed that this view tops them all.

Karen and Jeff are amazing hosts who cater to your every need. They are also simply wonderful people! The people of Coral Bay are second to none. Everyone is so welcoming and happy that you are there…and you never feel like an outsider.

The house was perfect for our needs. We often find the interior furniture in many rental houses can be uncomfortable and this is not the case at Joy of Life. Whether there was rain, wanting to take a break from the sun, or a quiet evening inside, there is a very comfortable couch and chaise lounge to curl up on. The king size bed is also very comfortable. Finally, the kitchen is also well equipped if you want to skip the restaurants and cook…which we did on a few nights because the view was so gorgeous and they have a great quality new bbq.

Many restaurants are now open after the hurricanes and we enjoyed The Terrace and Extra Virgin Bistro in Cruz Bay as well Margarita Phil’s, a new Mexican restaurant, was fun with very good food and service. In Coral Bay, the new Wok on the Beach was very tasty and has a nice view. Oasis Beach Bar, also great food with a view…and be sure not to miss the banana pudding. Pickles was great for Breakfast and the open mic night with dinner was terrific! Finally, no visit to Coral Bay would be complete if you did not visit Skinny Legs…lots of fun and a real local experience with great local music.

Be sure to take in the hiking...especially Ram's Head Trail which is not far from the house and not to be missed.

As you can tell, we loved our time in St. John discovering all that it has to offer. This was our first visit…and yes you could tell that the island got a haircut from the hurricanes but the beauty remains and the beaches are still incredible.

I would highly recommend Joy of Life and St. John to all of our friends and family…and to you!

Jill and Daryl

Toronto, Canada

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Post Irma and Maria- Beautiful!!!

  • 5 of 5

Irma and Maria could not destroy this island paradise's beauty. The water, the flowers, the mountains, the sand, the oceans, are still there and still amaze and awe us. So did Joy of Life Villa. Everything was perfect! The photos on the website are even more beautiful when you are setting on the deck every morning watching the sunrise show. Everything you need is there and if it isn't the owners, Karen and Jeff, will see that you have it. Worth the price and right now there are no crowds. Go Go Go

  • Review Submitted: 04-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wake up to a beautiful view every morning

  • 4 of 5

Accessing the driveway feels like you might be driving off the end of the world, but once the hills become second nature you can kick back and really take in the spectacular view.

If you need to be able to stroll from your bedroom to the beach, this is not the place for you, as getting to the beach takes a little work, but navigating around becomes part of the adventure and the fun. The home is very nicely decorated and very comfortable. At the time of our visit, Coral Bay was transitioning back into modernity after storm recovery, so we were actually on a generator, which was not ideal, and did not have internet for the bulk of our stay (although this was restored ). Going forward, there should be no issues. The hosts are gracious and respectful. Do not hesitate to book.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Honeymoon OR Anytime Escape

  • 5 of 5

Karen and Jeff, the owners of this incredible spot, have created the perfect escape off the "beaten path" that is St. Thomas and Cruz Bay, Saint John. We were so glad that we decided to go the "locals" route, and not use the all-inclusive resort option. Joy of Life Villa is the perfect name for this property. It is impossible to have a bad day here. The amenities, views, and overall hospitality created the perfect honeymoon for us. It has only been a few days since we returned to the States, but I wish every second that we could return already. We cannot wait to be back, and will always have Joy of Life at the top of our list.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Ten thumbs up.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Pizza Bar
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
St. Thomas, Mahogany Run
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Pizza Bar
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
North Shore Beaches
Car: necessary

About 2/3 of St. John is Virgin Islands National Park, with world-class white sand beaches, snorkeling, and hiking through lush green forests overlooking the Caribbean and Atlantic seas. Don't miss the best snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay, the tranquil beach at Maho Bay and a hike to the petroglyphs on Reef Bay Trail. Or, just relax on our deck and let the day slide by watching the sailboats and stargazing on clear, tropical nights.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Estate Freemans Ground, St John

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Last Minute Special
14 Apr 2018 - 24 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2018
15 Aug 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2019
15 Dec 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2019
6 Jan 2019 - 15 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
President's Week
16 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2019
24 Feb 2019 - 14 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2019
15 Aug 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
21 Dec 2019 - 4 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £71.02
Misc. small damage fee £35.51
Tax Rate 12.5%

For BEST RATE Call Owner, Karen Vahling at 340-227-1110
Cancellation policy: 50% at booking, 50% 90 days before arrival, no refunds unless rebooked, 20% rebooking fee.
Extra person over 2 people: $50/night
Laundry usage: $100/stay (optional)
VI Lodging Tax is 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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