FAQ

Can we arrange a cook for either a portion or for our entire visit?
Allow one of our very talented and experienced chefs to treat you to an effortless evening of fantastic dining in the privacy of your own villa (great for families with smaller children)! Requests for a chef must be made several weeks in advance of your arrival to allow for scheduling, menu preparation, and shopping. Chef prices will vary; charges for grocery shopping, set-up and cleanup are generally included in their rate. We promise that it will be a memorable evening, and well spent! Catering companies with ready-to-heat cuisine are also available as an alternative to cooking. Contact us for more information and sample menus & prices.

Do you offer a babysitting service?
Island Dream Sitters provide professional babysitting offering planned games and fun activities right at your villa. Please contact Dana Bosco at 340-777-9243 or 340-690-9243 for arrangements. Her team of child care experts will gladly entertain your young ones!

Is a housekeeping service provided during our visit?
All of our villas are cleaned and prepared before your arrival, and then again mid-week during your stay. Our maid service consists of a “hotel-type” cleanup, which includes changing bed linens if desired, kitchen, bathrooms, dusting, etc. However, personal services such as cooking, laundry, and babysitting are not included. After departure, the housekeepers clean the entire villa and launder the sheets & towels.
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Would it be useful to rent a car?
For maximum freedom and enjoyment, it is highly recommended to rent a car. You can use taxis here, but they can often end up being very expensive, and you may spend precious vacation time waiting for the driver to show up. Taxi drivers notoriously hate to drive out to private homes and St. Thomas does not have house or street addresses, making it very difficult for you to tell a taxi dispatcher how to find your secluded villa. Having your own car allows you to hop in on a whim and go anywhere, plus you will have the opportunity to see much more of the island. Your foreign or U.S. drivers’ license is valid in St. Thomas for 90 days, and we drive on the left side of the road – another adventure! For those of you who do need taxi service for whatever reason, please call the reputable and reliable Wheatley Taxi Service at 340-473-8900 and ask for Judy.
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Where is the closest grocery store located?
Unfortunately, our villa is not stocked with food or beverages. However, if you do not request food pre-stocked for you villa, you will need to make an initial trip to one of our major grocery stores as soon as you arrive. Your escort will give you directions from the villa. Plaza Extra in Tutu Park Mall is the newest and offers the most variety. There are also Pueblo Supermarkets in various locations around the island. Marina Market in Red Hook (East End) is only two minutes from the villa, and Gourmet Gallery in Havensite Mall (next to the cruise ship dock) offers premium meats, fish, and deli items.
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What kind of transportation is available from the airport to the villa?
Once you have arrived at the airport, you will be met at the airport gate, baggage pick-up, or airport rental counter (Hertz, Budget, Avis, or National) by a villa escort we have assigned to you. This person will display a sign with your name on it, and once you have gathered your belongings, will lead you to your private home at Casa Bougainvillea.
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Is there a nightlife on the island of St. Thomas?
Dancing, live music, shows and special events come and go on St. Thomas. For the most current information about visiting bands and local entertainment, please refer to your yellow “St. Thomas This Week” guide or either of our local newspapers, “The Daily News” (which has a “Weekend” insert every Thursday) or “The Island Trader.” Some of the larger resort hotels offer special Caribbean dinners and shows during the winter months, so contact them for information or check The Daily News. There are lots of late-night spots for live jazz, cocktails, or dancing: Martini’s, JoJo’s, The Old Mill in Estate Contant, or Café Lulu’s on Blackbeard’s Hill during weekends for jazz and vocals. For local music, do nott miss incredible Soca and Reggae dancing beachside at Sapphire Beach every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. You can also try Bakkero’s at Marriot Frenchman’s Reef for dancing, and The Greenhouse and Hard Rock Cafe nightly in town. Duffy’s Love Shack and The Caribbean Saloon (East End) are usually lively hot spots at night as well.
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Are tennis courts available for our use?
Most hotels and resorts have tennis courts and allow visitors to play for a nominal court fee. Some courts are also lighted for night play. Please consult the local phone book for locations and fees.
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Where is the closest beach located?
Our most treasured assets are our beaches. St. Thomas boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Our favorites include our own Casa Bougainvillea, Sapphire Beach, Magen’s Bay, Coki Beach, Secret Harbour, and Morningstar at Marriotts’ Frenchman’s Reef Resort. There are many others to discover and explore! All beaches in the USVI are open to the public, so you may walk through any lobby or access point to get your toes into the soft white sand. Watersports, chaise lounge rentals, lunch and refreshments are offered at many beaches.
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Can I visit other islands during my stay?
Take advantage of our proximity to many diversified islands by renting a speedboat, taking a ferry, hydrofoil, seaplane, or airplane to such islands as St. John, the British Virgin Islands, St. Croix, Puerto Rico and even St. Martin, as well as other “down-island” destinations are all feasible day trips. Keep in mind you will need a passport to enter non-US islands. Please consult your yellow “St. Thomas This Week” guide for up-to-date transportation schedules and rates.
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Is duty-free shopping available?
Americans returning from the U.S. Virgin Islands may carry up to $1,200 in duty-free items. In addition, you may bring home up to 4 liters of liquor per adult, or 5 liters if the fifth bottle is either Cruzan Rum, Chococo, or Southern Comfort, all of which are made in the U.S.V.I. and are duty-free!
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How can I arrange a game of golf?
Mahogany Run Golf Course is situated on the dramatic coastline of St. Thomas’s north side, on Road #42. This 18-hole championship course boasts spectacular views and very challenging play. For tee times, rates, and reservations, please call the Pro Shop at 340-777-6006. Open daily.
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What restaurants are available on the island of St. Thomas?
Our detailed custom guide to over 25 restaurants is included with your reservation. These locations are our favorites and many of them will not be found in your typical tourist guides.
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How far is the villa from various points of interest?
Airport: 20 – 25 minutes
Grocery Store: 5 – 10 minutes
Duty-free shops: 10 minutes
Beaches: 0 – 10 minutes
Snorkeling – 0-10 minutes
Scuba Diving: 5 – 10 minutes
Tennis Courts: 2 – 10 minutes
Golf Course: 20 minutes
Sailing Excursions: 10 minutes
Parasailing: 5 minutes
Ferry dock to St. John and Tortola: 5 minutes
Nightlife: 10 minutes
Restaurants: 5 – 10 minutes

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