Ava & Sasha said...
Sep 24, 2015
The best way to stay in St Barths
Located on the quieter "savage" side of the island, Roc e Mar is an exclusive, private getaway. The gorgeous, well-appointed home comes with style, three spacious bedrooms, and every convenience. Though a short walk to the beach and several excellent hikes (don't miss the baths, also called "the washing machine," nearby!), it's tempting to spend all day by the large infiniti-edge pool. The sliding glass doors of the expansive kitchen-dining-living-room area blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space. Inside, the decor is elegant, comfortable, and modern; outside, seating is plentiful, the scene is quiet, and the views don't get any better (sunsets are out-of-control beautiful). From this perch, the only other people you'll see are surfers off in the distance. Roc e Mar makes the entire island feel like it's your own.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Jul 15, 2015
Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed staying at Roc e Mar. The villa comes with every modern amenity imaginable. What's better is that everything works! Situated on the Toiny coastline, there is always a refreshing breeze to keep you comfortable - even the middle of the summer. By St Barts standards, the pool is very large and while lounging in it you can watch the surfers down below. Despite being on the far end of the island, you are never more than 15 minutes from Gustavia or St Jean. Try the high road through Grand Fond as a short cut. From the villa, there are two excellent hiking options. Head south past the Nureyev House about a half mile and you'll come to the trail head that takes you to the natural pools. Or head north a shorter distance. Go along the beach, past the surf break and then up and around to the rugged Toiny Point. You are more likely to see a goat than another human. The views are spectacular. If you are feeling less ambitious, just stroll down to the beach below the villa - it is a beachcombers paradise. The owner, Goran, was very courteous and professional. His support team at the villa provided excellent, unobtrusive service. He has thought of everything including having the property sprayed for mosquitos. We have stayed in a dozen or so VRBO properties and Villa Roc e Mar is by far our favorite.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Jul 18, 2015
The setting of Roc e Mar could not be more strategic. It is conveniently just off the road but yet feels absolutely private, with stunning, uninterrupted views of the ocean that can be enjoyed from all rooms. The floor to ceiling windows, and sliding doors allow for open plan indoor/outdoor living that is perfect for entertaining and families, yet privacy can also be easily achieved. The bedroom and bathrooms are spacious, comfortable, modern and clean- with an outdoor shower in the master bedroom! The sound of the crashing waves and breeze allows for a most blissful sleep. The kitchen, grill, indoor and outdoor dining spaces allow for easy meal prep and entertainment at home- and trust me you'll never want to leave Roc e Mar with its beautiful views and infinity pool, so its nice to not have to. When you want to leave there are great hikes in the area and tons of magnificent beaches to explore. St. Barths is a spectacular getaway and Roc e Mar is the place to stay!
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
eric a. said...
Dec 26, 2014
Wouahhh, what an amazing house!!!
I first got in touch with Goran the house owner, he remained available at all time answered to all my questions about the house, the payment... and kept me very confident. I decided to book the house from Dec 11th till the Dec 20th for my family and I, we were 6. When we first got there, it was with the last flight from SXM... so it was getting dark by the time we got to the house, Cedric, the villa manager there, took good care of us from the beginning till the end, Cedric come and met us at the airport and helped us with our bags (we had 6 big bags), once we got our rental cars, we followed him to the house. It takes about 10-15 minutes from the airport, the drive is short and it's worthing it since the house is on the wild side of SBH, a few minutes before getting there you will drive along the ocean with an incredible view. The house is perfectly located, even if for sure you will need to rent a car to go around the island. The first day we got to the house, it was dark since we had a late flight. You can easily park 2/3 cars if you come with friends. The house at night is incredible, and perfectly decorated, lighted stairs to access the house with a water wall also lighted. Inside the decoration is what you see on all the pictures, it perfectly matches your expectations you can have in watching the house pictures. It's a 3 bedroom house, the master room is huge (compare to my appartment in Paris) with an outside shower, but no worries you have full privacy while you are taking your shower under the sun or at night. The 2 other bedrooms are outside, separated from the main part of the house, right next to the swimming pool. Both room have a private shower and toilets. The pool size is large and compare to what you can find in SBH, the pool is actually quite big, with a 180 degrees view on the Caribbean ocean. One more important thing, the barbecue, i did cook all the time on the bbq, it's a Weber one... i really enjoyed it a lot. Every day but sunday, Gladys, the housekeeper, cleans up everything, get you towels... As I indicated earlier, Cedric remains available at all time and he is very careful towards any of our attentions, I used to communicate with him via emails... If you are looking for a stay with your friends, family or even if you want to rent the house for a romantic getaway, it would become a perfect choice, i def recommend it. To be honest, i'm already thinking about renting it again in 2015.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
A fantastic villa in paradise
We were lucky enough to stay at Roc e Mar and what a fantastic place. The villa is even better than the pictures, if you can imagine. Allan (the villa manager) and Gladys (the housekeeper) were fantastic and attended to our needs. Allan met us at the airport and guided us to the villa and also handled a few other miscellaneous items for us during our week stay like booking us taxis large enough to handle our group and making sure we were taken care of at restaurants we had reservations for in Gustavia.
The location is on the quieter side of the island but it's an easy drive to the beaches and Gustavia. It's also an easy walk to Hotel Le Toiny for dinner and drinks. There's a little store not too far away that had all the items we needed at various times during our stay. The villa itself has everything you need - the kitchen is well equipped, there are TVs in every room with US satellite, and the villa has a great sound system with both indoor and outdoor speakers. The pool is actually bigger than it looks in the pictures as well. The beds were comfortable and toiletries were provided in all the showers. Gladys even switched out the provided beach towels for fresh ones more than once during our stay.
I can't recommend this place enough. The owner was very responsive with some pre-booking questions we had as well as putting us in contact with Allan before we arrived to handle a few things we needed before getting to the island. If there's availability when you're looking, book immediately! We can't wait to go back!
Submitted: Jun 14, 2017 Stayed: May 2017
Beautiful and perfect
This villa is outstanding. The architecture, interior design, views, location, staff and owner are wonderful. I can not recommend this villa enough.
Submitted: Apr 20, 2017 Stayed: Mar 2017
Will definitely come back
This place has inspired me to actually sit down and write a full review. We are a family of 5, 2 adults and 3 kids ages 10, 13, and 15, stayed at the villa for one week in Feb.
The location is spectacular - infinity pool virtually transforms you into the ocean. Toiny is remote, you have to drive everywhere (you do anyways). The rooms are spacious, the showers always work, the water pressure and the temperature hold throughout 5ppl taking showers at the same time. Kitchen is fully equipped (not stacked w/produce of course), the TV, the indoor/outdoor speakers, the bedding and even pool towels are well thought thru.
The housekeeper is the best ever - very thorough, does her job well,not chatty and respectful. Then there's the concierge, Alan. He is fully available to book dinners, answer any questions, or walk you thru the complexity of 6(!) remote controls for TV, at any time of day or night - response time is impressive by any standards let alone Caribbean.
Other interesting facts - the outdoor shower in master bedroom is "interesting". My husband was the only one adventurous enough to use it - was pretty cold. Not sure what happens when it rains :). Open showers (I.e. no doors between the shower and the bathroom) were totally fine by us, but not for everyone I assume.
None of it matters though because the overall experience was the best island experience we've ever had (and yes we are very well traveled). We are lucky that Goran has opened up the doors of his house to us and other travelers - and we certainly hope we will visit again.
Submitted: Feb 26, 2017 Stayed: Feb 2017
Perfect Vacation Villa
My husband and I visited St. Barths for the first time on our honeymoon. We chose to stay at Roc E Mar after quite extensive villa research and were so very pleased with our choice!
From a customer service perspective, we could not have felt more taken care of. The owner, Goran, was a pleasure and helpful to communicate with through the booking process--even recommending his preferred car rental company which offered us a discount on our Jeep rental. Upon arrival, we were greeted at the dock by the new Villa Manager, Allan, who kindly escorted us to the Villa and gave us a tour. Allan remained a helpful resource throughout the week and was available whenever we reached out to him via text for local insight/advice. The housekeeper, Gladys, was also very pleasant and thorough. She cleaned the house, changed the sheets, washed bath and beach towels, and did the dishes every day (except Sunday) of our 7-day-stay.
The Villa itself was modern, clean, accessible and lacked nothing. The view of the Toiny coast was simply breathtaking and unbeatable. The kitchen was so fully equipped that we made dinner "at home" two of the nights, including use of the outdoor Weber grill. The technology/electronics are all wonderful, including Dish TV and a fabulous Bose speaker system that can be listened to in/outside as you like. We only used one of the three bedrooms but Gladys showed us the other two (because we may very well be back to visit Roc E Mar again!) and all are large in size with their own bathrooms and impeccable views.
We are so happy that we chose to stay at Villa Roc E Mar and highly recommend it for a romantic retreat, friend-cation or family vacation.
Submitted: Jun 13, 2016 Stayed: May 2016