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Little Palm Cottage with great ocean views
Same view now with mature palm trees to provide shade.
Hear the sounds of the surf below in your private retreat.
Paradise right outside your door!
The views are breathtaking!
Hear the sounds of the surf below
Pool w panoramic ocean views
Shimmering Glass Pool Tile
Lounge at the pool deck w ocean views
Relax on your own private deck & shaded porch facing the ocean with fabulous views.
Spacious, beautifully furnished Suite
Mahogany Kitchenette w Glass Tile backsplash... cook full meals here along with grill w side burner
comfy king size bed
Large Mahogany Dresser & 42' TV with HBO
Luxurious White Carrera Marble Bath
Shower w tile glass tile accents
Enjoy the sunsets from your private balcony.
Can you imagine a more beautiful spot?
Catch a rainbow
Handcrafted fixtures and island stone walls
Beautiful tropical flowers & palm trees cover the grounds
Private Covered Porch - great spot in the shade to enjoy the ocean views and relax/read.
Enjoy a game of Bocce right on the premises - fun for all!
The stars are so close you can almost touch them!
HGTV filming 'Caribbean Life' show at Little Palm!
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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bhughes44...
Helena, Alabama
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“Amazing view and property!”
Reviewed July 22, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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This was our first trip to St. John and friends that had been before insisted we spend the week there rather than St. Thomas, they were right! With around 4,000 people on St. John (vs 55,000 on St. Thomas) we made the right call to enjoy our vacation there! It is extremely laid back and relaxing with great people! Cruz bay at night is a must!

The arrival and greeting was great! We were meet at the ferry and taken to St. John Rentals. After this we were guided to the house and after one trip it was easy to find on our own and took only about 15 minutes to arrive there from Cruz Bay. Michael went above in making us feel welcome, he even helped me in handling a flat tire issue so it was quickly resolved!

We only had a few questions as Michael provided great detail with documents and answered many questions via email before our arrival. The property is very well kept and the amenities are great. Our view was simply fantastic, the pictures of the property cannot do it justice! We overlooked Fish bay and had a huge range of view such that we could see much of that side of the island. At night you could leave the doors open and use the screens provided to hear the waves and enjoy the night air without seeing all the city lights as those are all hidden. We always had a great amount of privacy at the house and had everything we could think of included in the rental.

Air conditioning was included, many places do not have this. The pool was well kept with a great view of the bay. A very comfortable huge king size bed was also provided. The refrigerator (with freezer for ice) was a perfect size to hold cold drinks and food for breakfast/lunch. The bathroom was huge and the shower has a great view of the bay. Towels, beach chairs and two coolers are provided also which were a great help in our daily travels. You will not need an umbrella as the beaches almost all have natural shade from trees.

Overall the unit is amazing and once you stay there I believe you will also agree. After being on the island for 7 days and and seeing many of the other units we looked at up close I can see we made a great decision to stay with Michael. If we would have chosen one of the other locations I feel we would have been let down and not enjoyed our stay as much. After staying here it is easy to see why he has so many return guests.

If you visit St. John you owe it to yourself to have a great place and an amazing view, this is it!

Additional Trip Info (just some tips and info for those traveling!):

Car Rental:
We rented on St. John as the car ferries can take longer and some have been broken down. It is FAR easier to rent on St. John so I would not recommend renting on St. Thomas. After arriving at the air port take a taxi (we used the provided personal taxi through Michael for only 15-20 more dollars and this saved us an hour of waiting on the next ferry! it was WELL worth it). Normal taxi's are 15 to get to/from the ferry from the airport. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the ferry and they leave every hour on the hour. I highly recommend St. John rentals, they are a very short walk from the ferry. Parking in Cruz bay is limited and costly. If you rent from St. John rentals you can park in their lot free! and its only steps from the main area. This saved us tons of money and was extremely convenient. Only Saturdays vary as you can only park in their lot after 5pm on Saturday, otherwise any day any time. Cost will be around 450-500 for a 2 door Jeep. Gas is about 3.75 as of July 2016, while on the island we used about 1.5 tanks of gas, or about 70 dollars worth. Also you drive on the left side of the road, but its easy to get used to.

Beaches:
I recommend buying your own snorkel gear as renting is costly and buying your own will run you around 40 dollars (CostCo). You dont want to miss out on snorkeling. I will list the beaches in order that you come to them when driving from Cruz Bay as to where we went. Watch your food! Birds will take it right out of your hand and leaving anything sitting around to eat is not a good idea. Make sure you park in safe spots as they will tow your car or boot it if you dont! No glass on the beaches, dont take any glass bottles (dont buy a ton of them to take to the beach, go with cans)

Hawks Nest - Great area with a great view, not much to see when snorkeling, but the trees have good cover for shade, though not quite as much cover as other beaches. Sand is fine with no rocks. We went here early and had the entire beach to ourselves for about an hour. No real showers etc to rinse off here.

Trunk Bay - Visit on non-cruise days (can ask what those days are). The cost is 5 per person to get to the beach (only beach that charges) and they have a snack bar, but its not cheap so you can bring some lunch. The current is not much here so its easy to snorkel and probably the best spot we did snorkel at (assuming easy of access as some spots took some hiking to get to). They have a snorkeling trail etc that other beaches do not. The sand is not rocky and is great, this is an amazing bay. Good tree cover for shade. Parking can be a struggle here as many go here, if you pull in at the first entrance on the left if you park before the orange cones on the left you will be ok, after them is where the taxi's go and you cant park there. Get there early for a good spot. Great facilities to change and clean up here.

Oppenheimer Bay- As you drive around the beaches you will see a white fence on your left, then a gate with only enough room for about 3 cars. This is a very private little beach, get there early as parks go fast! We never had the chance as it was always busy. If you dont mind a slight walk (about .5 of a mile) up the road is a parking lot you can also park at.

Maho Bay - Great little area with a great view, the beach is right next to the road so it can be noisy, it has good tree cover for shade. If you want to see turtles this is the place, we found one with in 5 minutes, the grassy area is great here and that is where you will see them. No facilities here really either. The sand is fine, but there are some rocky areas more so than the others.

Cinnamon Bay - This once has a bit more current but not bad, ok snorkeling but not great. Beautiful views and the sand is great. Good coverage for shade. We went to this one more than once. The facilities are really good here also. Parking is pretty good here with plenty of area. If you turn into the parking lot and its packed go on around and there is a dirt area on the right you can park in also. There are also camping spots here which was interesting. Also, people rented all sorts of things here (no jet skis)

Salt Pond - This is down on Coral Bay, there is a beach there you can hang out at that is nice, but a little rocky. On past the beach on the left is the Salt Pond where you can collect fresh very nice high quality salt. The trail to get down to the beach is maybe half a mile at most and the hike is easy as its mostly a road until you get to the beach.

Rams Head - Take hiking shoes! This is a hike you can go on to the southern most peak. If you continue on past Salt Pond you can get there. This is a good hike with ups and downs, the entire hike from Salt Pond to Rams head is about 1.4 miles (so about 3 miles round trip). I would not recommend doing this at night without experience hiking and a good light source. Its said the sun sets and sun rises are great here! Plan to have enough time to get there as it took us about 40 minutes to make it from Salt Pond. The view is amazing! it can be windy so hang on to your hats etc. Its rather isolated as only passed a couple people going out there around noon when we did. You will also see many hermit crabs (HUGE ones) and other wild life.

Eating Out Prices:
sandwich/fries or sides will cost about 15 bucks
appetizers 8-15 bucks
Sit down full meal - 20-40 a person depending

Bars on Cruz Bay:

Beach Bar - is great, happy hour from 3-7 every day. The food is also very good here. You can hang out on the beach or at the bar, they have a live web cam to see it if you want to check that out also. The sunset at either the beach bar or joes rum hut is great.

Joes Rum Hut - It is right next to the Beach Bar (can walk there in about 10 seconds). The pizza here is very good and so is the rest of the food. They have happy hour from 3-6, your choice only 3 dollars so good value. You also have nicer chairs and tables on the beach here for hanging out. The sunset at either the beach bar or joes rum hut is great.

The Bowery - This is an air conditioned inside area right behind the beach bar (you access it from the beach bar or from the side between beach bar and joes rum hut). They make custom cocktails and have a great selection (best on the island as far as I saw).

Banana Deck - Great restaurant with good views, it can be a bit pricey, but everything is there.

On the other side of town is Mongoose Junction, they have many great bars, shops and restaurants, but we didn't have the time to visit any other than the Taps beer bar which has a great selection so if your into beer go here.

Coral Bay:

Skinny Legs - great hamburgers, get the special of the day! I would make sure to check them out when down that way.

Grocery Stores/food to go

Sam and Max's Deli makes GREAT and HUGE sandwhiches, call them and place an order and pick it up, we really enjoyed them. They are located up top (drive on behind) the star fish market. Its very close to Cruz Bay. They are cash only FYI.

Grocery Store Shopping:
Star Fish Market or St. John Market are both about the same, not huge but have a good selection. Most anything is the same price at any of the stops so be prepared for sticker shock.

Ferry - It is 7 a person plus 4 per checked bag one way. Takes about 15 minutes and they leave on the hour every hour~ Most go to Red Hook from St. John, they all come to the same spot on St. John as far as I know. There is one that goes over closer to the air port (Charlate Amelia) but it was not running when we left.

Excursion - Go to Low Key Dive shop (in Cruz bay around the corner from the Beach Bar right across the street from the beach). They can help you pick something, we picked Bad Kitty snorkeling. We went to the British VI's and checked in, went to the Bass (was GREAT!) and then went for lunch on cooper island before a great stop snorkeling (they have a few spots they pick the best on any given day). They have snorkeling stuff if you dont. Finally they took us to Joost Van Dike to hang out for an hour, soggy dollar bar is there along with many others. There are many boat etc here and many people hanging out. After snorkeling its open bar also. Great tour and great crew, cost isnt bad either at around 130 a person. It picked us up at 8am and dropped us off at 4:30. You have to go through customs which didnt take very long (10 minutes as we beat the rush). Also, you have to pay 45 in cash per person to travel to the British VI's so keep that in mind.

Packing - pack very little! You will not need much honestly, its a very laid back place. I packed many dry fit shirts to keep cool with and wore swim trunks most everywhere. I was there for 7 days and packed light so I thought. I came back only using about half what I took. Honestly you could probably take everything on a carry on that you need. Dont forget bug spray.

Driving - You drive on the left but its easy and quick to get used to, no where on the island can you really get above 30 MPH if that due to the curves and hills so its not a big deal. Make SURE you wear your seat belt and do not talk on the phone though. Most anything else is fine. The island is small but it takes a while to get places.

Credit Cards: Visa was fine everywhere for the most part

Cell Phones - ATT worked good most places on the cruz bay or coral bay area. Trunk Bay or Cinnamon bay you can get on the British cell towers so watch out. I keep my phone on air plane mode until needed. I had phone and LTE signal in those areas.

GPS - Do not count on it at all, pick up a big map and you will be fine, there are not that many roads.

I hope this helped as when we were planning we would have loved this information. Thanks!

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Tami S
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“Better than we could have imagined! Perfect romatic get away.”
Reviewed March 25, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We are just wrapping up an amazing stay at the Little Palm guest suite. We cannot say enough fantastic things about this villa suite. Even though it is located on the lower level of the owners main house it is complete separate and very private. Michael is the perfect host. He has been exceptionally helpful through the entire trip. Even arranged a private boat charter for us!

Prior to arriving he made sure We had all the information needed, including jeep rental recommendations, maps to the property, recommendations for provisioning and more. When we arrived he met us at the ferry and took us to the jeep rental co. He had us follow him to the villa, which was great as it is located toward the top of the mountain overlooking Fish Bay. It is a little daunting for the first trip up but after you know the roads it is fine. The road is paved all the way up.
The suite itself has a beautiful large bedroom with a kitchenette and eating area. There is a grill outside in a covered sitting area with a side burner that works great as a cooktop. The king bed is very comfortable and has nice linens. The AC works well but we only needed It at night. The breeze on the mountaintop is wonderful. It has a large bathroom with plenty of storage and counter space and a large tiled shower.
There is a perfect little balcony that overlooks the most spectacular view of fishbay. It is to die for!
You have all of the cooking and eating utensils needed to cook a meal including small dorm refrigerator and 2 coolers to store cold items.
We used Blue Sky provisioning company and placed the order prior to arrival and all was stored when we arrived. I highly recommend doing this so you can start enjoying the suite ammenities immediately upon arrival. So relaxing after a long day of travel!
The pool is perfect! Its over looks the bay and even has a shelf in the water to sit on to sip a cocktail while enjoying the amazing view.
The suite is so quiet and peaceful that you can even hear the waves below.
All and all this visit was more than we could have ever hoped for and we will DEFINTELY be returning to Little Palm as soon as possible!

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Mar 26, 2016
Thanks for the very descriptive and positive review. Makes it all worthwhile as an owner that works hard to provide a great experience.
Come back soon!
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Madalina...
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11 reviews
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“Wonderful ”
Reviewed December 15, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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We had a wonderful vacation on St. John. Little Palm is the perfect spot for a couple to unwind, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views! Michael and the property manager were great hosts, making sure the booking went smooth and all our questions were answered. Highly recommended! We hope to return soon!

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cargoboy2
New York City, New York
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Amazing view and very private - very responsive host!”
Reviewed October 14, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We do not typically book vacation rentals but decided to give this a shot for our honeymoon. It turned out great. The suite is extremely private, and has a beautiful view overlooking a bay in St. John. The property manager meets you when you arrive on the island and escorts you directly to the villa so you aren't stuck finding your way, and gets you settled in. You feel like you are really in your own private space, completely away from the commercial parts of the island, all of which are still easily accessible by jeep (and only jeep!). Michael (the owner) is extremely responsive to your needs (we had a few minor issues during our stay, all of which were quickly resolved). The property manager is also extremely responsive and friendly. We would certainly come back and stay here again.

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Liked best: The secluded nature and private view
Liked least: Some of the kitchen items (utensils, coffee maker, etc.) are probably ready to be replaced
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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ColoDotso...
Fort Collins, CO
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“Great”
Reviewed July 16, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This was our 10th trip to St. John and we're always looking for great places to stay. We found one this time with Little Palm Guest Suite. Spectacular views, quiet, secluded, yet close enough to Cruz Bay, we'd recommend this place for any couple that's looking to relax and unwind in paradise. We liked the proximity to Cruz Bay and the remote feel of the high, mountain side location. Great place to stay!

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Acworth, Georgia
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“Cruise Ship View on Land”
Reviewed June 8, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

This is my wife and my fourth visit to St. John's Virgin Islands. The island never fails to deliver the rejuvenation and romantic connection that we're looking for. One important component of that is having immaculate, beautiful and well decorated accommodations to make spending time together feel clean and comfortable. We've stayed at properties with multiple rooms before but it was always more than we needed. While spacious Little Palm was cozy and manageable.

The bathroom too was spacious with lots of counterspace and an indoor shower with an outdoor view that is breathtaking.

If you want to cook for yourself then as Michael mentions the facilities for food preparation are adequate but limited. We comfortably grill steaks and chicken, scrambled eggs, chilled beverages and never lacked for anything Mike couldn't provide. As many do we preferred eating at the island's many great establishments for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Lime Inn and Rhumb Lines among the best.

The property's location made it easy to take the mountain road instead of going through town to make it to some of the more beautiful and remote beaches like trunk beach and Waterlemon Cay.

Mike was a superb host, tremendous restaurant guide and by the end a good friend.

Thanks for the stay Mike. We'll be back soon.

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JeffCindy...
Cortland, New York
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“Another week in paradise!”
Reviewed April 10, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

For my wife and I, this was our fourth, yearly visit to St John and this villa! Obviously we're hooked and we're very satisfied with this property and the amenities. Michael is very attentive to his guests, and I have to say it's become almost like a second home to us. I would highly encourage couples to consider selecting this property and its awe inspiring view for your next stay on St John. (just don't book it the week we'll be wanting it!!)

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