St. John, US Virgin Islands
The panoramic view from our villas
View Sunset

Post-Irma Status of Coconuts and Plumeria (10/15/2017)

All:  We are very grateful for the outpouring of concern that we have received.  Danielle and I were just a week shy of a visit to St. John when Irma tore through, and so were safe up here in NH.  For a number of days, with many St. Johnians we know off island, and communications nearly impossible, it was difficult to assess just what might have happened to our villas.  We have since engaged Steve Simonsen to carry out a detailed photo shoot, including drone work.   The great news is that Coconuts and Plumeria fared much better than we could have hoped!

All of our living area roofs held firm, which is really important.  The wind damage from Irma was mostly limited to exterior features; these include our light-duty covered walkways, the porch roof at Plumeria, a personal storage room roof, and some deck railings at Coconuts.  The gazebo roof at Coconuts appears intact, but is down.  We lost shutters at Plumeria's great room, so that is a mess. Some furniture ended up in the pool.  Many of our 59 solar panels are missing.  On the positive side, all of the decks appear intact, and both outdoor kitchen roofs made it, as did the gazebo at Plumeria.  Most of our landmark trees are still standing, including the Flamboyant, Foxtail Palm, Bay Rum, and Mangoes at Coconuts, and the Black Mampoo, Calabash, and Mangoes at Plumeria.  The signature Coconut Palms at Coconuts are still there, but with damaged tops.

All in all, we have fared much better than we could have hoped for.  It isn't yet clear when power will be restored, although our proximity to a major road near Cruz Bay will certainly help.  A large influx of 100 additional linemen with bucket trucks was just announced on October 13th. Once power is restored and supplies begin to flow, we expect that our reconstruction will be reasonably straightforward.  We look forward to getting our villas back to the condition that we expect for our guests; do feel free to check in during our reconstruction to see how we are doing.

We have now contacted all of our reserved guests.  A stay at our villas is not possible for the remainder of 2017, and January is a bit iffy.  Guests in that period had the option of using trip insurance, canceling, or rebooking at a later date.  We will update this section once a repair schedule is established, but we are reasonably confident that Coconuts and Plumeria will be restored to what are our fairly exacting standards by about January. Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your options in greater detail.

St. John has its own recovery process to go through.  Most wood-frame structures have been badly damaged or destroyed, and this includes a number of smaller restaurants.  What impresses us during helicopter fly-over videos, though, is how very many homes kept their roofs.  While you won't get this impression on the news feeds, take a moment to watch links such as the following; the devastation is really not nearly as bad as it is made out to be:

We are really grateful to Jon and Quiana Adams for their selfless flying to help document the conditions of so many homes.  There is a lot of debris everywhere, and the island has been essentially stripped of its leaves, turning briefly from lush green to brown.  While toppled mature trees cannot be quickly replaced, the bush has greened out quickly over the last month, thanks in part to ample rains. We were happy to hear that the majestic Rain Tree at Cinnamon Bay survived the storm, and is beginning to leaf out.  The BVI fared much worse; parts of Virgin Gorda are nearly totally destroyed.  Our hearts go out to them.

For the most authoritative news on the status of the VI after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we recommend the VI Consortium: Another great resource is Jenn Manes' News Of St. John:

We have had a number of requests for info on charitable giving.  For immediate disaster relief, St. John Rescue ( is the key provider.  A helpful coordinator of many different island charitable and non-profit organizations is the St. John Community Foundation (  Beyond rescue efforts, the main issue is how to take care of people whose living accommodations have been destroyed.  Many of these folks depend on tourism for their income, and that has now stopped, so they face a double whammy.  In the past, we have used the St. John Revolving Fund to address particular cases where someone was in need of financial help, typically for medical care.  Their website is here:  Hope this helps.

All the best,
Kevin & Danielle

Two Luxurious Vacation Villas on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Coconuts and Plumeria are two sister villas, located atop Gifft Hill, St. John, with spectacular ocean and sunset views. Each villa has three bedrooms and three baths, with AC in all of the bedrooms, a heated pool and spa, extensive decks, and both an indoor and an outdoor kitchen. Coconuts sleeps up to seven guests; Plumeria, up to nine. Their flat, hilltop locations provide complete privacy, with lush tropical landscaping on and between their grounds, and the architectural layout of both villas provides the finest in Caribbean indoor-outdoor living.

Photo Gallery

Coconuts Villa: Front Entrance
Main entrance, framed by two coconut palms
Coconuts Villa: Playing ten ball on the deck
Ten ball in Thatch Cay!
Coconuts Villa: Outdoor Pool and Ocean View
Outdoor pool and ocean view
Coconuts Villa: Gazebo, bedrooms and deck
Gazebo, Master and Guest bedrooms, and deck
Coconuts Villa: Outdoor Kitchen
Billiard porch and outdoor kitchen
Coconuts Villa: Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Coconuts Villa: Outdoor Patio
Living and dining gazebo
Coconuts Villa: Hummingbird
Winter sunset over Vieques (45 miles away)
View of Pillsbury Sound from Coconuts Villa
View of St. Thomas and Pillsbury Sound
Plumeria Villa: Front entrance
Flat, lushly landscaped driveway
Plumeria Villa: Outdoor kitchen
Outdoor kitchen with gas grill, teppanyaki, fridge, and sink
Plumeria Villa: Great Room
Great Room
Plumeria Villa: Outdoor Spa
Sunset from the spa
Plumeria Villa: View over the pool
Pool and deck view
Plumeria Villa: Master Bedroom
View from the Master Bedroom
Plumeria Villa: Porch
Very comfortable view porch
Plumeria Villa: Pool at night
Pool, gazebo, spa, and St. Thomas at night


Both of these remarkable villas have the following highlights and amenities:

  • Panoramic ocean views of up to twenty islands and cays
  • Spectacular, year-round sunsets, the finest on St. John
  • Flat, hilltop locations, with lush tropical landscaping, gentle breezes, and complete visual privacy
  • Caribbean indoor-outdoor living, with a central courtyard and pool, shaded gazebo and porch, outdoor kitchens, covered walkways, and extensive decks, all on a single level
  • Less than ten minutes from the many restaurants and shops of Cruz Bay
  • Solar-heated, fully private pool for comfortable year-round swimming, with guest temperature control
  • LED pool lighting, with five fixed colors and seven color programs
  • Large, built-in spa, with panoramic ocean views and spectacular sunsets
  • Well-equipped gourmet indoor kitchen, with an ice maker, high end coffee gear and beans, and a full set of Penzeys' spices
  • Complete granite outdoor kitchen, with built-in grill, Teppanyaki cooktop, hot water sink, and fridge
  • Whisper-quiet split air conditioning in all three bedrooms, including the loft
  • High-end telescope and binoculars for daytime use and/or stargazing
  • Villa-wide, UV-sterilized and charcoal-filtered water purification system
  • Flat-screen TV's, Blu-ray players, premium cable w/ HBO, an HD-DVR to record your favorite shows, and iPod-docking and Bluetooth sound systems
  • Our altitude of 750 feet not only provides amazing ocean vistas, but also temperatures that are a refreshing 4°F cooler than down at sea level.
  • The latest in very high speed (25 Mbps download; 8 Mbps upload) fiber-optic internet, with high power, villa-wide wi-fi access
  • Cordless phones with unlimited free calling to the U.S. mainland
  • Short, flat driveways, with ample room for several cars
  • Outdoor sound system
  • Professional massage table that can be set up on deck, for a massage with a view
  • Roku 3 for fast, easy access to your streaming movie and music accounts
  • Coconuts and Plumeria can be rented together, accomodating groups of up to sixteen. A gate between the properties is unlocked for joint villa rentals, allowing guests to walk freely between their lushly landscaped grounds.
  • Exceptional villa documentation and labeling
  • Ample electrical outlets for your devices.

Coconuts has three additional amenities:

  • Billiard porch with full sized, single-piece slate pool table, spectacular ocean views, and a table tennis top
  • Home theater with a 100 inch front projection system, rattan recliners, subwoofer, and a Blu-ray/DVD library with 55 awesome titles
  • Cornhole game set, which can be played on the deck or lawn


High Season (December 15th to May 1st):
$4200 per week for two guests

Low Season (May 1st to December 15th):
$2800 per week for two guests

Christmas and New Years weeks:
$6,100 per week flat rate

Thanksgiving week:
$3,600 per week flat rate

High and low season surcharge for additional guests: $30 per person per night

The above rates are based on a stay of at least seven nights. We can accommodate shorter stays; if your shorter stay is bounded on each end by occupied days, there is no short stay surcharge. If there are available dates before and/or after your shorter stay, we assess a surcharge of 10% for every day less than seven. For example, a six day stay would have a 10% premium, a five day stay would be 20%, etc.





To reserve your stay at Coconuts or Plumeria, you can either book through VRBO (Villa Rental By Owner), or book directly with us. Please note that our villas are popular, and you may need to plan well in advance in order to secure your preferred dates. Coconuts and Plumeria have open access to the pool from any room, and accordingly present an inappropriate safety risk for toddlers. Infants, as well as older children capable of holding their own in a 51" deep pool, are welcome.

Direct Reservations via the Owners:

By booking directly with us, you will avoid the new VRBO service fee. We accept credit card payments thru PayPal. You can also make payments by sending us personal checks via the mail. Use the form below to request a quote for your desired dates.

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Beds to be used:
Master bedroom king
Guest bedroom queen
Loft bedroom queen
Loft twin
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Second loft twin
Great room daybed
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Arrival date* (no earlier than 3PM):

Departure date* (no later than 10AM):

Please confirm that the dates you select are available per the above availability calendars, which are continuously updated and accurate.

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For reservation requests from June through October, please download and accept our Tropical Storm Policy.

For all reservation requests, please download and accept our Terms and Conditions (PDF).

Reservations via VRBO

Following their recent acquisition by Expedia, VRBO has added a sliding scale service fee, which is usually about 5.5%. However, they can serve as a trusted financial intermediary, processing your deposit and balance payments, and they also offer add-on services, such as trip insurance. VRBO accepts credit cards, but they also offer a simple to use eCheck payment method. Whenever possible, we prefer payments via eCheck, to avoid credit card processing fees. VRBO's rate scheduler does not support the variable short stay premium described in our Rates section above, but our policy is described in a footnote to the Rates section of our VRBO pages.

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Info Package

Coconuts and Plumeria are exceptionally well documented villas. For a copy of our "Welcome to Coconuts" and "Welcome to Plumeria" documents, as well as our St. John Trip Planning guide, contact us at

CocoPlum Cam

The "CocoPlum Cam" is located near the boundary between Coconuts and Plumeria, and provides a great live view out over Pillsbury Sound. Click on the "Play" icon to start live video. Moving your cursor over the video feed will show controls to pause the video, or expand it to full screen. To return to the web page, simply hit the "Escape key", or click on the "Toggle full screen" icon. Our villas are located on the highest westward facing ridge on St. John, and provide spectacular sunset views. Be sure to check back around sunset time, or to catch your ferry in transit!



Below are a few of our uniformly positive reviews; you can read lots more at our VRBO pages for Coconuts and Plumeria.


Perfect villa! AMAZING view!!!

"My family and I recently stayed at Coconuts and it was absolutely perfect. The view is so spectacular pictures do not do it justice at all. We have stayed on many Carribbean islands, but this view out did them all. The pool was great and the temperature for hot August nights wes perfect. We cooked and ate every breakfast and many dinners in the outdoor kitchen. The beds were comfortable and the airconditioning worked great. Water pressure was low but that was to be expected. All in all a great experience. We hope to return soon, but, however I just checked the dates we were interested in and they are already booked! All in all a great place and I highly recommend it!"

— Christina M., Mount Sinai
Source: HomeAway Family

An Extraordinary Villa

"We had a wonderful time at Coconuts. It was our first visit to St. John and we were out exploring the island daily but made sure we were back on time to enjoy the villa. We loved it so much we ended up just staying in for a day before we left. My boys were never bored in Coconuts, there was so much for them to do that I could just appreciate the spectacular view with a book and relax. We had all kinds of fun animals visit us too: hummingbirds, sugarquits, elk, cats, even two iguanas. The owners are a pleasure to work with, and Coconuts is a little piece of paradise. One of the best vacation villas we have stayed at. Don't hesitate to book it."

— Erica T., Santa Monica, CA
Source: VRBO

A little slice of heaven

"We just got back from a two week stay at Coconuts. The house is just as depicted in the picture and the owners (Kevin and Danielle) was a pleasure to deal with. We had one minor issue with the house and they immediately answered and tried to solve it. I also left a couple of items there and they were so helpful with finding someone to ship those to me. We were so completely satisfied with both St. John and Coconuts that we already booked the villa for next year!

The house itself is in a great location.. about 10 minutes from town and 20 minutes from the beaches. The hills were something to get used to, but after a couple of days it was no big deal. The view is amazing... it has become my happy place and I can picture it in my mind at any time. We loved the big covered gazebo and the outdoor kitchen. House is very private even though you are in a residential area. The teppanyaki was something new for us, but we loved cooking on it and my husband is already trying to see how we can incorporate one at our home! Bedroom very comfortable and a/c worked great. We did not use the living room at all as most of our time was spent outside.

Thanks again for everything and we will be back!"

— Julie Y
Source: VRBO

Fantastic view, wonderful place to stay, pool, hot tub

"When our greeter opened the door of Coconuts, our mouths dropped open. The view was so spectacular. Even more beautiful than the photos. Everything we could ask for was in the home. We spent the first night there making dinner on the Tappanyaki and grill and watching the sunset from the hot tub. Than a great game of pool. Each morning we would sit in the outdoor table and plan our day of snorkeling. We brought our own equipment, but they have everything you need if you didn't . We did borrow the boogie boards and they were fun. The bedrooms are so nice, the loft bedroom has the bathroom downstairs, so that would be better for someone younger. We spent most of the time outdoors, but one night we watched a movie (they have a large list of DVDs) on their projector which was like being at the movies. So nice! The owners have supplied a book which lists just about everything you could need, also places to eat and snorkel, ect. Coconuts is clean and well-cared for and has every amenity. It was like heaven and we are definitely going to go back. My friends saw the pictures on Facebook, and now they all want to go! Thanks to the owners for sharing their little slice of heaven with us. We really loved it!"

— Kathy A.
Source: VRBO from Homeaway


Can't wait to return....

"Plumeria was just as pictured. Beautiful property. We loved being up on the hill. The views from the deck were amazing. Truly gorgeous. We really enjoyed the pool and hot tub when we weren't at the beaches. The location of the home was great. Not too far away from anything on St. John. Kevin and Danielle were great hosts throughout the trip and offered many helpful recommendations for things to do on and off the island. We will definitely be returning."

— Leslie H.
Source: VRBO

perfect home, great location, amazing view

"My family and I just had the most wonderful week at Plumeria. Here are notes: The view is ridiculous. Our favorite part of the house was the huge outdoor living space (deck, pool, hot tub, porch, and dining area), which made it easy to enjoy the view all day and night. It looks just like the pictures.

The house is spacious, beachy, clean, and very comfortable, and was stocked with everything we needed to have a very easy vacation.

The homeowners left all kinds of detailed information about the house (how to use every remote; how to use the outdoor cooktop and grill) and the island (descriptions of beaches, trails and restaurants). We had no questions, and everything was a piece of cake. Beach towels, various sizes of snorkel gear, beach chairs and coolers are all provided. We packed three empty beach bags and fins for the two of us that had them; otherwise, we used what was at the house.

The house was easy to get to and only about a 10 - 15 minute drive into Cruz Bay. We loved Plumeria, and all of us (family of four) cannot wait to make a return trip."

— Michael Z., Charlotte
Source: VRBO

A little piece of heaven

"We just finished a week at Plumeria and it was everything we dreamed of. The place looks exactly like the pictures but the views are even better! We watched some incredible sunsets from the deck. It was such a relaxing week. The layout of everything is perfect, it is nice to have the bedroom separate from the living area. And the deck is huge, there was so much room to spread out! We enjoyed the pool and the hot tub everyday. We hiked Rams Head Trail which was amazing, it was fun to see the other side of the island. Cruz Bay is only about a 10 minute drive so you are close to all the restaurants. We could not have had a better experience and would definitely stay here again. It really is a little piece of heaven!!

The owners responded promptly to any of our questions and the whole trip went smoothly."

— Leann G.
Source: VRBO

Amazing home with a spectacular view!

"We stayed at Plumeria the week following Thanksgiving, and it couldn't have been more perfect. As first-timers to St. John we didn't know until we got there just how lucky we had gotten with renting Plumeria. The home is perfect, and just as beautiful in person as it looks in the photos. The owners could not have been nicer or more helpful with anything we needed or questions we had, including a mild panic over the not so great weather forecast, which turned out to be not accurate at all (forecast was for rain every day, but we experienced sun every day except for one). The home sits up on a hill and has paved roads and a paved driveway that is not steep at all- a big plus. It is in the perfect location of being far enough away from Cruz Bay to be quiet, but close enough that it was very easy to make the trip into town for shopping, restaurants, groceries, etc as often as needed. It is also situated so that you can easily drive to the exquisite beaches of St. John, and Plumeria has chairs, beach towels, and snorkeling gear to use. The bedrooms have air conditioning, which was nice to have when sleeping, and the rest of the home stayed very comfortable with fans and so many French doors that open to the lush plantings around the home. We loved seeing the twinkling lights of St. Thomas in the evening. Our whole experience was just perfect, and we would definitely rent this house again!!"

— Laura H.
Source: VRBO from Homeaway

Enjoy the View!

Scroll left and right in the annotated panorama below to see the remarkable ocean views from our villas. This panorama was stitched together from five photos taken on a very clear day from Coconuts's lower deck, but the view from Plumeria is essentially the same. Click here to download a copy of the annotated panorama.

Panorama of the view from the deck at Coconuts
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