St. John, US Virgin Islands
The panoramic view from our villas
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Post Irma Updates

Repairs at Coconuts and Plumeria are now complete, with both villas available for vacation rental!

         

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 eight. Their flat, hilltop locations provide complete privacy, with the architectural layout of both villas providing the finest in Caribbean indoor-outdoor living. Coconuts and Plumeria are entirely separate villas, each on their own spacious lot, with lush tropical landscaping on and between their grounds, and no shared driveway or amenities.

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

Amenities

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
  • Billiard porch with full sized, single-piece slate pool table, spectacular ocean views, and a table tennis top.
  • 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
  • Home theater with a 100 inch front projection system, rattan recliner, subwoofer, and a Blu-ray/DVD library with over 50 awesome titles
  • 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.
  • High speed 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
  • Cornhole game set, which can be played on the deck or brought to the beach
  • Outdoor sound system
  • Professional massage table that can be set up on deck, for a massage with a view
  • Roku for fast, easy access to your streaming movie and music accounts
  • Coconuts and Plumeria can be rented together, accomodating groups of up to fifteen. 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 and Plumeria each have a nearly identical architectural layout: Four buildings (indoor kitchen, great room, guest bedroom, and master bedroom), arranged in a "U" around an interior courtyard and pool, with decks, outdoor kitchen, porch, gazebo, and spa facing spectacular views to the west. The primary difference between the villas is that at Coconuts, the indoor kitchen is a free-standing structure with a breakfast bar and motorized screen. At Plumeria, the kitchen and the great room have been joined together.

Rates

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: $35 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.

Availability

Coconuts

Plumeria

Reservations

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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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 k+d@cocoplum.vi.

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! Note: This webcam was damaged by Hurricane Irma, and it will be the fall of 2018 before it is replaced.

 

Reviews

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

Coconuts

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

Plumeria

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

Post-Irma Status of Coconuts and Plumeria (9/14/2017)

All:  We are very grateful for the outpouring of concern that we have been receiving.  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 had some very brief phone messages, but on Tuesday, a former guest alerted us to a helicopter image that she had noticed online.  That photo has been our rosetta stone for deciphering Irma's impact on Coconuts and Plumeria.  The great news is that we 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 limited to exterior features; these included our light-duty covered walkways, the porch roof at Plumeria, a laundry 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 probably a bit of a mess.  Most 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.  A number of our landmark trees are still standing, including the Flamboyant, Foxtail Palm, and mangoes at Coconuts, and the Black Mampoo, Calabash, and mangoes at Plumeria.  The signature coconut palms at Coconuts are still there, but badly damaged.  We hope that they all grow back.

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.  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 are working through the process of contacting all reserved guests.  In the meantime, a stay at our villas is not likely to be practical for several months.  Guests in that period have the option of canceling or rebooking at a later date.  We will update this section once a repair schedule is nailed down, but we are pretty sure that Coconuts and Plumeria will both be restored to what is 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:  

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ6KGzV4k6c

We are really grateful to Jon and Quiana Adams for their selfless flying every day 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.  Those tropical plants and trees should bounce back quickly.  The BVI fared much worse; parts of Virgin Gorda are nearly totally destroyed.  Our hearts go out to them.

We have had a number of requests for info on charitable giving.  For immediate disaster relief, St. John Rescue (www.stjohnrescue.com) is the key provider.  A helpful coordinator of many different island charitable and non-profit organizations is the St. John Community Foundation (http://thestjohnfoundation.org/index.php).  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 down, but you can see them here: http://thestjohnfoundation.org/nonprofit-agency-directory/health-and-human-services/213-st-john-revolving-fund-charitable-trust.  Hope this helps.

All the best,

Kevin & Danielle

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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:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ6KGzV4k6c

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: http://viconsortium.com. Another great resource is Jenn Manes' News Of St. John: http://newsofstjohn.com

We have had a number of requests for info on charitable giving.  For immediate disaster relief, St. John Rescue (www.stjohnrescue.com) is the key provider.  A helpful coordinator of many different island charitable and non-profit organizations is the St. John Community Foundation (http://thestjohnfoundation.org/index.php).  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: http://thestjohnfoundation.org/nonprofit-agency-directory/health-and-human-services/213-st-john-revolving-fund-charitable-trust.  Hope this helps.

All the best,
Kevin & Danielle

www.cocoplum.vi
www.weather.vi

   

Post-Irma Status of Coconuts and Plumeria (11/3/2017)

Power was just restored at Coconuts! This occurred shortly after some hard work in difficult conditions during a solo stay (Kevin). We shipped down a generator and a chain saw, which proved to be essential. Initially, we had to stand down for a few weeks on reconstruction, as an insurance adjuster had to travel to St. John to witness the damage. During my stay, we focused on debris removal, restoring the pools, and rebuilding our monument and weather head so as to be ready to have power restored. There was a lot of debris, both from bits of our villas, parts of other homes, and tree limbs that had to be pruned and removed. Much of Plumeria's great room furniture ended up in the pool, and both pools had a lot of vegetative debris.

After some hard work, and a lucky connection to someone with a Bobcat, all of the debris was removed. The pools had to be drained, and all of the items and debris in them removed. The generator moved between villas daily, where it ran a sump pump to circulate the water. Restoring the pool floor and wall finish took a lot of work (power washing, bleach, and acid etching), but this was completely successful; both pools now look as beautiful as they did prior to the storm.

Our quality pressure-treated wood supplier in Coral Bay survived Irma intact, and after calculating how many of what pieces of lumber were required for reconstruction, orders were placed for the forthcoming rebuilding.

Plumeria's pool just after Irma:
Plumeria's pool just after Hurricane Irma
Plumeria's pool November 2017:
Plumeria's pool November 2017

All the best,
Kevin & Danielle

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Post-Irma Status of Coconuts and Plumeria (1/3/2018)

We have been down for an extended stay at Coconuts, and have the help of talented and hard-working islanders. Power was restored at Plumeria a few weeks back, and as with Coconuts, water pressure was then restored after a number of outdoor plumbing issues were found and fixed. The structural lumber was delivered back in December, and we have been making good progress on rebuilding the covered walkways and entrance at Coconuts. We are prioritizing the rebuilding of Coconuts, as our shutters held there, and only one tinted plexiglass arch window needed to be replaced. At Plumeria, a number of doors and windows were damaged, and while top of the line replacements have been ordered, it takes about two months for them to show up. We are using all stainless ground anchors; it is clear in retrospect that the original ground anchors had corroded, and were no longer structurally sound. At Coconuts, a projectile during the storm punched a hole in the slate, so a new billiard table is on order.

Both hot tubs are now cleaned and working, which takes the always wonderful sunsets up a notch. We had been running into some issues getting the needed materials (privacy lattice, plywood, gutters, and galvanized roofing). These are either out of stock, or sell out in a few hours when they come in. There are no land lines, so we can't call over to Home Depot on St. Thomas to see what is in stock. We actually ferry and safari over just to see, and if they have something we need, immediately call for a truck. Yesterday, we had a very productive (and lucky) day on St. Thomas, when we were there just as items that we needed had arrived. Two trucks were promptly loaded down with our precious booty.

While it is unclear how long it will take Viya (formerly Innovative) to rewire the island for phone, cable TV, and internet, we noticed that an older line-of-sight internet system (switched away from four years ago) at Coconuts looked completely intact. We contacted Broadband VI, and within a day they were able to get us reconnected! The service is slow depending on how many users are online, but it certainly beats driving down to town to pick up a wifi connection.

Our original rosy assessment of when our villas would be back on line has to be updated. Our first post-Irma reservation at Coconuts is February 10th, and with the exception of that one arch window segment that is on order and covered for now by plywood, we should be fully up and running by then. The rebuilding of our covered walkways and entrance wall will be completed in about a week, and work will then focus on putting a new roof on the gazebo. The vertical framing members are already in place, and we have switched from 4x4's to 6x6's in the corners.

At Plumeria, reconstructing the covered walkways and entrance wall will start around mid-February, after Coconuts is complete. Rebuilding the covered walkways and entrance will be a repeat of what we did at Coconuts, and should go a little faster the second time around. We have new furniture on order for the great room and the porch, whose roof still needs to be rebuilt. The gazebo at Plumeria survived intact, as did the outdoor kitchen roof, but the kitchen area needs work. New hurricane-rated sliding and French doors, along with new windows, are due to arrive at the beginning of March. That will put us on track to be fully restored for our first guests, on April 7th.

We will continue to provide updates during our reconstruction; watch this space!

All the best,
Kevin & Danielle

www.cocoplum.vi
www.weather.vi

   

Post-Irma Status of Coconuts and Plumeria (3/3/2018)

Our work went down to the wire, but repairs at Coconuts were completed in time for our first post-Irma guests, who arrived at Coconuts on February 10th, 158 days after the hurricane. Rebuilding took a lot of work, but Coconuts is now considerably stronger than before. It looks pretty much the same as it once did, but with a few cool notes, such as the deep blue felt of our new pool table. One of the two coconut palms that used to frame our entranceway didn't recover from losing its fronds. We have a nice mix of returning and new guests in our calendar, and we've also blocked off a few gaps to allow time for some shorter reinforcement projects.

At Plumeria, our long-awaited new doors and windows have begun to arrive, along with new porch and great room furniture. We are replacing a number of aging but undamaged doors, and for both lower bedrooms, the previous French doors will now be top of the line sliders. These will allow free air movement, while adding screens to keep any insects out. Our main construction projects are replacing the entryway and covered walkways, rebuilding the view porch roof, installing the aforementioned doors and windows, and rebuilding the outdoor kitchen. The pool looks great, and both it and the hot tub are already up and running. We decided to rebuild the porch and covered walkways at Plumeria in concrete, which will delay our return to rentals there until late May.

Coconuts has had high-speed internet access and wifi since December, via a NanoBeam 5 GHz radio installed by Love City Community Network (LCCN). Cable TV and a landline phone will depend on VIYA's efforts to rewire the island, and could still be a few months away.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us, at k+d@cocoplum.vi.

All the best,
Kevin & Danielle

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Post-Irma Status of Coconuts and Plumeria (7/15/2018)

We lacked the resources to rebuild both villas at the same time, and so completed repairs at Coconuts before moving on to Plumeria. We are proud to announce that both villas are now fully rebuilt, and back in vacation rental! Coconuts and Plumeria are now much stronger than before, with numerous reinforcements. At Plumeria, we decided to rebuild the roof of the view porch and the covered walkways in concrete. This took longer and was more costly than expected, but is incredibly strong. The uninterrupted 24 foot wide concrete arch on Plumeria's porch very beautifully frames the western view of many islands and the sunset.

At Plumeria, we replaced nearly all of the doors and windows with new, hurricane rated ones, and switched from French doors to sliders for the bedrooms, allowing air flow through their screens. Plumeria also has several new amenities: a gorgeous pool table with electric blue felt on the enlarged view porch (the same one as at Coconuts; photo below), a table tennis top for said pool table, and a front projection system in the great room with a motorized 100" screen, a subwoofer, a rattan recliner, and a large Blu-ray film library.

Cable TV has been restored to both villas, with expanded HD channels and HBO. Viya's high-speed internet service has also been restored, as well as a land phone line with unlimited free calls to the mainland.

It will probably be the fall before we replace our "Cocoplum cam" and weather station, but even without them, there is lots of great info on our VI weather site, www.weather.vi. Do check it out.

St. John is more than ready for visitors, and now, so are both of our villas. We hope to see you again soon!

New pool table and furniture at Coconuts:
New pool table and furniture at Coconuts

If you have any questions, feel free to email us, at k+d@cocoplum.vi.

All the best,
Kevin & Danielle

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