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Villa Marbella Suites
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We arrived in St. Thomas and was picked up by Leah. We also rented a car from her. We stayed in the Cruzan room which had a gorgeous view of the ocean. We checked out the private beach on the first day and spent time swimming with pelicans and checking out the hermit crabs. There was a nice little hike down to the beach. Our whole visit was relaxing and a nice break from our normal harried and busy lives. We would rest and on then spend the afternoon doing visits around the island using our car. Leah provided us a list of things to do and see. The whole place is eco friendly and the rainwater was delicious to drink.

If you are visiting the islands and you are looking for an experience that isn't resort focused, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Coming to Villa Marbella is like visiting friends or family. The owners go above and behind to ensure comfortable stay. They picked us from the airport and took us back for the flight back home. Even when we got lost driving back from Downtown Gunnar came to the rescue and escorted us back to the Villa. I recommend renting a car available on site to explore the islands. Driving in St.Thomas was a bit scary, the roads are steep and narrow and there is no secondary road's names. Even though Villa Marbella is not directly on the beach 10 minuted hiking down will leads to a beautiful private beach. Overall our 4 days trip was too short but enjoyable. The views are unforgettable. Would visit again in the future.
Grazyna I.

Room Tip: Mango room is small but cozy, well equipped and not expensive.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Grazyna I
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We loved our stay here. We were picked up at the airport by Leah because we were renting a car from her. This was very convenient for us and expedited our being ale to head out and explore. The location was ideal as we like to be out and about exploring the island. It was outside the hustle and bustle of Charlotte Amalie, but close to Red Hook. At Leah's advice, we took the ferry to St. John and loved it. Lots of good food and beautiful beaches on both islands. The room was exactly as described and the amenities were very thoughtful.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank StaceyLew
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

This Villa is a very nice place to stay. Gunnar and Leah were good hosts. We stayed in two different rooms while we were there and both of them had good features. The private pool offered the opportunity to swim as well as to socialze with the other guests if that is your wish. The views are to die for. However if twisty steep one lane roads scare you then this is not the place for you. My husband is from West Virgina so he did OK. Driving one of the Jeeps Leah has available for rental was a good choice for visability and power. Stock up on groceries but be prepared to pay much higher prices than in the states and enjoy the beaches. Ask Leah for recommendations on places to eat and things to do and she will guide you towards the experiences you wish to have. Our only glitch was flat tires on two consecutive days and I was a little miffed about having to pay for a replacement but thank goodness Gunnar got the spare fixed right away or we would have been stranded on St. John.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We're just back from a week stay in the Mountainside Suite at Villa Marbella. We chose to stay there based on all the positive reviews on Tripadvisor. Now we know we why! Leah and Gunnar were great hosts and had all the bases covered, from Leah being the first person we saw on arrival to her kind accommodation of our late departure at the end of our stay. Our week was spent exploring St. Thomas and St. John, hiking, snorkeling, sailing, eating. Villa Marbella's location makes it close enough to the Red Hook ferries and north shore beaches that you can wake up to watch cruise ships coming in from afar and beat the crowds to the beach or dock. The views were spectacular day and night, and the property is close enough to town for convenience but removed enough for peace and quiet. Frenchman's Bay beach is a 10 minute hike down the trail and its a hidden gem - we always had it to ourselves and despite some windy conditions the snorkeling there was great, especially along the rocks nearest the trail side. You'll see a lot of fish, rays, and maybe even the 5' barracuda that still haunts me. We rented their jeep which made getting around a breeze. If you want a more personal touch and a degree of privacy Villa Marbella beats any resort hands down.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Wm_Helene
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Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommended!! The villa is beautiful but Leah and Gunner are the icing on the cake. From my first several e-mails to Leah, asking a ton of questions to the ride to airport at the end of our stay- the hospitality was amazing!! Our flight time changed for our arrival, no problem, Leah was there right on time, one of our bags didn't arrive- no problem, Leah waited with us until it arrived! Rent one of their nice vehicles and they will pick you up and drop you off at the airport, a very nice service, especially if you arrive after dark- I would not want to try and navigate the roads, driving on the left side of the road with all the hills and turns and traffic. Leah will navigate you with skill and show you places to buy groceries and good places to eat. The first two nights we stayed in the Mango room-It was small but met our needs. The futon was very comfortable. Just outside the door is an outdoor table and chairs on the mountain view side with a nice view of the sunset. We then moved to the Cruzan view room, what an amazing view and very comfortable room! While we were out visiting St John- Leah and Gunner moved all our luggage to the new room. When we locked ourselves out of the room- we called Leah and she was there in minutes to let us in. The rooms all have beach chairs, beach bags, coolers binoculars, etc. to use, very nice! The very nice semi private beach was really nice- great views!! I could go on and on...... We hope to visit again- and we will definitely stay here!! Thanks Leah and Gunner!!!! :)

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We have been to many Caribbean islands, but this was our first trip to St. Thomas. We absolutely loved staying at Villa Marbella. The ocean view from our porch, plus the fabulous view from the pool deck made it an ideal spot to chill out, read, swim, sunbathe, and relax. Our room accommodations were very comfortable. The air conditioner worked well (not always the case in other places, although we didn't need it too much.) We really liked Leah and Gunnar, who were so friendly and accommodating. Their picking us up at the airport after dark and getting us to the villa was absolutely the best. And then, there was the private beach...the walk down and up the path was a little challenging for our aging knees, but it was worth it. It was a beautiful beach, perfect for bobbing in the gentle waves of turquoise water. We appreciated all the little things Leah and Gunnar did for us--recommending places to eat, making reservations for us, letting us use their cell phones when ours didn't work, and giving us lots of tips about things to do (and avoid) on the island. We met some wonderful people who were also guests there, and we even enjoyed their beautiful dog Yeager. We definitely will be back and bring some of our friends next time. We hope Gunnar pursues getting a boat for scuba diving. We would feel very comfortable and safe with him taking us diving.

Room Tip: Our room, which was on the ocean side of the building, was great because it was quiet, private, and...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 15-24 Frenchman's Bay, 00802, St. Thomas
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 28 Specialty Lodging in St. Thomas
Price Range: $120 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Marbella Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing due south and looking down toward Frenchman's Bay and east to Charlotte Amalie (downtown St. Thomas), Villa Marbella Luxury Suites & BnB offers a truly unique combination of luxurious escape and the convenience of proximity to the beaches, shopping and dining offerings of St. Thomas. Situated on almost an acre of lushly landscaped mountainside, Villa Marbella offers unbeatable Caribbean sunsets, an inviting pool, and all rooms offer separate living and sleeping areas. A rental car is necessary for your stay. We have vehicles available or we can recommend other companies. If you rent from us we will pick you up from the airport and bring you back to the airport at the end of your visit! Check in is between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. We are sorry we cannot accommodate late night arrivals. Check out is 11:00am. Please note Villa Marbella is a Non-Smoking Property ... more   less 
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Villa Marbella Hotel St. Thomas
Villa Marbella Suites St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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