Situated in the wild and beautifully raw part of St. Barth, Villa Coco Rock stands out as one of our very favorite private villa rentals on the island. A destination of perfection with its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife and phenomenal food scene, St. Barth calls to those looking for sun, sand and fun – especially now during global lock downs as a result of COVID-19. Villa Coco Rock offers a stunning respite behind secure gates and amongst swaying palms, with views out to the sparkling sea. I visited this villa recently and fell absolutely in love with its ease, layout and property.
Offering six bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, this villa is ideal for a family or gathering of friends. Now, more than ever, traveling with the same trusted group or family members has never been more important, and Coco Rock offers a safe and relaxing spot to call home while on the island of St. Barth. I arrived on the island early in the afternoon and was immediately sent a text message by the villa concierge to welcome me. She offered to meet myself and my colleagues at the airport upon arrival, but I wanted to drive myself as I had planned to rent a vehicle. She promptly send me a video with easy-to-follow directions and, in roughly 15 minutes, I found myself in the breezy area of Toiny, at the base of a driveway leading-up to Coco Rock.
As the gate slid open, it was clear that Coco Rock was built incredibly well. It feels like a large compound where one may travel to with family or friends, but each of the bedrooms are private. In fact, there are several areas tucked away within the grounds as well as lawns and cactus gardens to spend a little alone time. The villa owner had warmly welcomed me via WhatsApp and a daily housekeeper provided for the length of the stay. She offered pre-arrival shopping, which is available upon request as well. As the concierge met me at the gates and helped me get settled, I instantly loved everything I saw – from the design to the view.
Coco Rock features an incredible concrete open-air kitchen with large island, carved wood dining table and appliances for self-cooking or for hiring a chef. The kitchen is ideally just near the infinity pool deck, which holds a covered pavilion, lounge chairs and tables to set the mood for a water moment to remember. All of this peers out over the expanse of grounds and sea. The office, just off the kitchen, has a large flatscreen television, sitting area, Apple TV, books, games and more to keep you entertained at home.
Of the six bedrooms, one is a master suite located just below the driveway with a private garden and the other four are located at varying elevations for privacy – all connected through gardens, walks and decks. There really is no “better” room as they are all large and offer something unique. Standard features include television, air conditioning and wifi in every room.
Bathroom details include monogrammed bath and beach towels, sitting chairs, outdoor rain showers and ample closet space.
Beds are phenomenal and cozy, dressed in an elegant melange of white and turquoise.
There’s nothing life showering, day or night, in a gorgeous outdoor rain shower, with the sound of birds calling. St. Barth offers fairly perfect weather outside of hurricane seasons, making an outdoor shower always a good idea.
Relaxing at Coco Rock is the primary activity on the itinerary. But, if you choose to venture further afield, you are a mere 15 minutes from most sights, tastes and sounds on the island – yet have the privilege to be in an area where hiking to the nearby natural pools or walking down to the beach in front of Le Toiny are just outside your door.
I’ve been to St. Barth on many occasions and know the island well. Things have changed a bit due to COVID-19, but the essence remains the same and the island is doing an excellent job of managing it. All entering must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. And, if you stay one week or longer, being re-tested on the island is mandatory. But, in true French style, once these protocols are met – you can focus on making a fabulous cheese board, which I did every night while a guest a Coco Rock.
For anyone seeking the most beautiful villa in the most incredible spot, Coco Rock really will not disappoint. You will want to return again and again. The ease of it all and the care put into your stay by the owner, and whichever of the several villa rental services that present it, is incomparable. I suggest traveling to this villa with those you love, because many good memories will be made. After an afternoon in the pool, glass of rosé in hand, it will be difficult for you not to fall in love with this place.