Alice by the Sea

Friis Bay, Coral Bay, 00830, U.S. Virgin Islands
  based on 16 reviews
  •   8
  •   4
  •   4
  • SQF 3,000
  •  wifi
  •  A/C



Enjoy sweeping views over the Caribbean east to Norman Island and beyond at ‘Alice by the Sea’

A modern, well appointed, four bedroom/four bath pool villa overlooking Friis Bay in the Coral Bay area of St. John. Just a few minutes drive to either the town of Coral Bay (shopping/dining) or several beautiful national park beaches and trails and 15 minutes from St. John’s world renown North Shore beaches, Alice by the Sea’s location provides convenient access to all of what makes St John special.

A paved drive leads to the tiled threshold. The front door opens to the Great Room which includes a dining area with seating for 8, a comfortable living room and a separate media area (dish tv/roku/bose sound dock) as well as a brand new gourmet kitchen with custom Cuban en-caustic tile floor, granite counters, island seating area, wine fridge, stainless steel appliances, Wolf gas cook top and Wolf steam convection oven (perfect for preparing fresh fish!). The well appointed ‘cooks kitchen’ will ensure that you have the right tool for the job should you decide to ‘eat in’ rather than enjoy some of the wonderful island restaurants. Feel like dining ‘al fresco’? The outdoor kitchen located on the pool deck has everything you need for a perfect meal—large BeefEater BBQ, side burner, sink, fridge and ice-maker —plus an out door dining and lounge area for entertaining.

Outside of the great room is a large deck overlooking the pool and the ocean with comfortable seating – a great place for a cocktail or morning coffee. The usually steady ocean breezes mean mosquitoes are rarely a problem here. If you are lucky enough to be here on a Sunday ‘in season’ take a short stroll down to Miss Lucy’s, when it reopens, for their famous jazz brunch or if you are here during a full moon, their full moon party—or simply stay on the deck and listen to the music from there!

All four equal size bedrooms have AC, en-suite baths, private decks with seating areas, and large closets with ample shelving and hanging space for your belongings. Two upper bedrooms are accessed via closed breezeways from either side of the great room. The two lower, pool level rooms are accessed via outdoor stairways from each breezeway. Bedrooms are arranged with a queen suite both upstairs and down and two XL twin (convertible to king) suites (one up and one down) – the bedroom set up insures privacy for all. Each room has a unique feel.

Broadband WiFi ensures you can stay connected if you need to. Games for all ages are available– including St John’s own version of monopoly (St Johnopoly!) for evenings or should rain be in the forecast.

The north side ‘edible garden’ contains macadamia nut, avocado, red papaya, pineapple, starfruit, cherry, and citrus trees—bananas and soursop are also on the property –lovely flowering plants and palms line the drive.

Enjoy your days with hiking and snorkeling the many national park trails and reefs, boating or exploring some of the many colonial ruins, take in a morning yoga class nearby (or arrange for a class at ‘home’ ) or, simply lie by the pool! No matter what your choice, Alice by the Sea will relax and rejuvenate!

***Rates are per # of rooms occupied and are subject are to change. Please contact us for accurate rates and availability THANK YOU!*** 


4 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room

  • Beds
    Bed linen, 2 Queen bed, 4 Single bed
  • Kitchen
    Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster, Water purifier
  • Cooling
    Air conditioning, Ceiling fans
  • Outside
    Private Balcony, Private Terrace, Private Pool, Outdoor Bar
  • Entertainment
    Wireless Broadband Internet, TV (Satellite), Roku TV Streaming Device, Bose Sound Dock
  • Bathrooms
    Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Iron & Board, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Safe, Beach Chairs, Beach Coolers, Beach Towels, Tesla Walls for Power Outages
  • 4 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room
Children welcome, Pets not allowed, Smoking not allowed, Suitable for elderly or infirm,Credit cards accepted
Check in:
4:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM

Friis Bay , Coral Bay, 00830, U.S. Virgin Islands

based on 16 reviews
Barbara L. (Virginia Beach, USA)
Always Sweet Alice

This was our third stay at Alice by the Sea. Why do we continue to return? For me, it’s the attention to detail and responsiveness by owner Lori, and the availability of manager Gwen when an issue pops up. The house is clean and well-equipped with comfortable furnishings, and has great breezes and views. The airconditioning in the bedrooms is handy at night and worked well. We missed 2018 due to the 2017 hurricanes and it was wonderful to be back. The beaches are as beautiful as ever, and I was relieved that the snorkeling was very good. We still found sea fans, corals (although less) and lots of fish. And the turtles at Maho seemed huge this trip. A couple of restaurants have closed but our favorites are still there. There are even new restaurants and shops to check out.. We’re already planning our return trip to St. John in 2020.

Not specified  |  stayed in 2/2019

Elizabeth H.
Incredible Home

We had a wonderful time at Alice by the Sea. It is a spectacular house and was very welcoming with breathtaking views of Coral Bay. The sunrise from the deck was a perfect way to start the day. The owner is very responsive and property manager was very friendly and helpful. The house had everything you could need and we could have been perfectly content staying at the house the whole time. For those who know St John, that is saying a lot! We would highly recommend this property and plan on coming back.

Not specified  |  stayed in 1/2019

viv g.
Delightful home

My 3 young adult children and I just spent an amazing 5 days at Alice, Only 2 downsides to our journey... firstly that is wasn't long enough and secondly that we had to leave to go back to a cold, snowy/rainy North East. The house is stunning, spacious, homely yet sophisticated and in truly wonderful condition with everything you need. The kitchen is so well equipped, the beds incredibly comfortable, the entire great room area is just lovely. The pool and deck are perfect. Having rented many homes through AirBNB, VRBO and privately, Alice is absolutely one of the most delightful that we have ever stayed in. This is a home, loved, cared for and perfectly appointed. Lori is gracious, helpful, unassuming and totally charming. Her recommendations are spot on. Thank you was a pleasure and privilege to stay in your home.

Not specified  |  stayed in 11/2018

Janna C.
We had a fabulous time!

Alice by the Sea was a beautiful place to stay! We enjoyed staying on the quieter side of the island. Everything was just wonderful.

Not specified  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 4/2018

Brian H.
Perfect Villa!

We had a wonderful week spent at Alice by the Sea. The house is decorated wonderfully and was very well kept and very clean! The view from the balcony was perfect and we spent as much time as we could there. We had two families (3 kids) who all fell in love with the house! It was obvious the owner went through great expense to make sure we had all the necessary amenities including beach bags, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, etc. We loved exploring all of St. John and the wonderful beaches and snorkeling the island has to offer. We hope to return and booking Alice by the Sea will be a must!!

Not specified  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 5/2017

Michael F.

Beautifully laid out and furnished, Alice by the Sea is a fabulous getaway. The owner has thought out every last detail needed for a relaxed stay. Gorgeous views from your own private balcony, thoughtful amenities (even beach totes!), even an outdoor kitchen by the pool. We will be back.

Thank you for giving us a great review Michael! I hope you all can come back and stay again!

replied by the owner (10/27/2018 4:56:56 PM)

Not specified  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 2/2017

Perfect Vacation

There is not much I can add to all the glowing reviews but I agree with them all! Our group of 4 couples have traveled a lot together and agree Alice is one of the nicest homes we have ever rented. The attention to the smallest detail shows the love poured into this home. We enjoyed the gorgeous view, the comfy beds and beautiful decor. Lori could not have been easier to work with in booking the house and making recommendations for us. It was a wonderful trip❤️ Hope to make it back soon!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review ! -- I am so glad that you found the house comfortable and well appointed for your stay. I do hope that if your vacation plans call for a return to St John, you will consider Alice by the Sea your island home!

replied by the owner (10/27/2018 4:58:04 PM)

Not specified  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 1/2017

Mike and Sally P.
Incredible Winter Hideaway

“Alice by the Sea,” on St. John Island, (USVI) was everything we hoped for as a winter hideaway from Minnesota’s brutal winter weather. From January 7-14 we lolled in the sun on at the little pool, snorkeled various beaches on St. John island, languished in the 80 degree weather, and were mesmerized by the ocean view. “Alice by the Sea” is impeccable. Classy and spacious, with small personal touches (beach toys, coolers and chairs for the beach, games, ice packs, floats for the pool) that made is feel like home. As we traveled about and explored the island, it was great knowing we had such a wonderful home to return to and get recharged for the next day's adventures. The house’s gardener was friendly and knowledgeable and the owner was very helpful and responsive to our questions. The house was large enough to comfortably handle 7 adults and 2 small children with a large workable kitchen. We were surprised at how much everyone enjoyed lounging next to the small pool. I would recommend “Alice by the Sea” to anyone. Only warning: it takes a effort to get there: flight to St. Thomas, ferry to St. John, then navigating the island's narrow, steep, and winding roads to the other side. But once you enter the place you’ll agree the effort was well worth it.

Thanks so much for your kind words! I am so happy that you enjoyed exploring St John and that you found the house comfortable and well equipped-- I really hope that you will come back and visit us again!!!

replied by the owner (10/27/2018 4:59:28 PM)

Not specified  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 1/2017

Nina B.
Perfect Honeymoon Escape!

My new husband and I just came back from the most amazing week at Alice-by-the-sea. It is a week we will remember for the rest of our lives as a truly spectacular way to start our marriage! The house was so private and made us feel like we had the entire island to ourselves when we were up on the deck looking out over the bay. We loved waking up to watch the sunrise every morning, swimming in the pool, relaxing on the deck, grilling dinner under the stars, reading our books out on the porch, etc. etc. etc. We hardly ever wanted to leave the house, and had to tear ourselves away to go explore the island! We loved Coral Bay so much that we never even went back over to Cruz Bay the entire week we were there. We enjoyed casual meals at Concordia, Skinny Legs, and Aqua Bistro, and also had fun picking out groceries as the Callabash Market to cook dinner at home many nights, as well. Our favorite beaches and hikes were probably the ones out of Lameshur Bay and Leminster Bay, but we truly loved everywhere we went and explored! Lori has thought of everything - the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, and we loved throwing the beach bag and towels and beach chairs (all provided!) into the back of our jeep when we headed out the door for an adventure. I couldn't possibly recommend Alice more, whether it's for a romantic getaway or an entire family looking for a fun adventure. I'm tempted to tell people NOT to go just so that it will be more readily available for us to come back more easily! :) But I couldn't do that and risk not sharing this beautiful place with more people. It's perfect! We definitely look forward to coming back in the future to celebrate our anniversary and to bring family with us!

Nina!!!! what a wonderful report ! i am SO happy you guys loved your stay! St John is the perfect way to start a marriage (i speak from first hand experience!) Congratulations to you guys !!!!!

replied by the owner (10/27/2018 5:01:07 PM)

Not specified  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 1/2017

Amy (Boston, Ma)
Perfection Under One Roof

My family and I had the best time at Alice by the sea. We cannot say enough wonderful things about this villa. I have stayed at many villas in St John and this is hands down my absolute favorite. Lori has literally thought of everything you will need and then some. The fully stocked kitchen which included every spice you would need including local spices from Kitchen Creole were outstanding and made for some awesome meals. The breezes coming in from the sliders and windows were so nice that we didn't need to use the AC's in the bedrooms. In fact, my 5 year old loved the sounds of the ocean and tree frogs lulling her to sleep at night. The pool was amazing too! It's heated so the temperature was perfect day or night. Stairs leading into the pool were perfect for my little ones as they are afraid of jumping in. Poolside furniture is very comfortable and the poolside kitchen was so convenient. We were honestly lacking Nothing and with the gated entrance we felt very safe during our stay. If your looking for peace and quiet and gorgeous sunrises this is the place for you. We truly felt like we were on vacation. The views are brilliant by day and shimmering under the moon lite sky by night. Alice truly knocked it out of the park for us! I would highly recommend this villa to anyone.

Thanks Amy! glad your gals loved it -- St john is really a great place for kids to explore - hope you will come back and see us again!!!

replied by the owner (10/27/2018 5:02:09 PM)

Not specified  |  Rental Type  |  stayed in 12/2016

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