We just got back from St-Martin and stayed at the Villa Joie de Vivre. This house was great! It was spacious, clean and had all the amenities anyone can ask for. The beach was steps away and the pool was as you see in the pictures. It would have been an added bonus if the pool was heated! We were very happy with our stay. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone and would go back!
Five retired friends had lots of room in this pleasant villa only minutes walking along a leafy path to Beach La Playa on Orient Bay .The location is certainly a big plus. The villa's well-maintained pool is lovely.
We enjoyed eating at the excellent restaurants in "the village" only 5 minutes walk away as well as beside the villa's pool under the veranda.
ur stay at Joie de Vivre was Wonderful!It was nice to have all the amenities (Full Fridge, Coffee maker, Microwave,Stove with hot plate etc.) The pool was well maintained as was the interior. Maid service was there mid week and Saturday. Joie de Vivre is the perfect place to relax and enjoy life. The walk to the beach is very short.
Unbelievable Vacation!!! The location was incredible. This was my 3rd time to St-Martin, but previously on cruises, and only for a day. I knew I had to get back and spend my time on this special island.
The property had all of the necessary amenities needed (Satellite TV, Telephone, Washing Machine, and Kitchen) at least 10 restaurants within walking distance, along with grocery store.
Helpful tip: refresh your academic years or take a French class if no one speaks French, (I'm American, don't worry) Lol - but I did , and it saved us and I had a BLAST speaking French for 10 days!!! The only down side, if there could be a downside, is: if you don't rent a car (we didn't and we were fine) you'll have to cab it everywhere, but there is no 'meter' in St. Martin and it's a flat per person ($9 US, I think?) charge, no matter how long it takes to get where you are going. We traveled by 4 times, round trip the entire 12 days there.
The Villa was SUPER secure/safe in an INCREDIBLY safe neighborhood 60 steps from the beach...I would go back in an INSTANT.
My husband and I have been using this villa for the last three years and we love this place, so much so that we feel as if it is our home away from home. The villa is very comfortable and has all the amenities that we would expect from a well run rental villa. We love that it is located so close to the beach and that it has a deep, freshwater pool...so nice to come back to after a long day at the beach. We are so thankful that we found this little piece of paradise. We have been coming to St. Martin for a little over 13 years and have stayed in hotels and rented other villas but Jovrie de Vie has captured our hearts and we hope to spend many more vacations in this lovely villa.
The villa is very well maintained and has a big block of 110Volt outlets so you can charge everything near the kitchen. It also has wireless internet and satellite TV in the living room. The rest of the unit has the normal 220 volt outlets so you will need converter in those rooms if you want to charge anything in those rooms or need to plug anything in there. The rooms with the two kings share one bathroom and the room with the queen has a bathroom right outside it's door.
The living room has a large hurricane shutter you can shut at night for security as well as the shutter in the queen bedroom.
The area felt very safe and people live on both sides of you. The mosquito's where biting when we where there so be careful at dawn.
Be sure to try Le Peminent in Orient village it is AWESOME.
Joie de Vie is everything you would want from a rental. We rented this home for a week at the beginning of March 2012 and had a wonderful vacation. First, the location is perfect - steps from Orient Beach, 5 min walk to the square where there is a market and wonderful restaurants. The beach is beautiful, the people are nice, and English is understood everywhere. Just up the street is a large market where you can stock up on groceries (everything is naturally expensive on an island, bring your own spices). We made breakfast everyday there and a few dinners too as the kitchen is fully equipped. Grand Case and the amazing restaurants are minutes away by car.
The home is perfect for two couples - two large king bedrooms plus a third room with a queen we didn't use, but will next time when we return with the kids! The home isn't fancy or opulent, just perfect cozy with an ideal location. The setting is so relaxed, a beautiful pool which was kept spotless and gorgeous patio. Mosquito candles / torches help keep the pesky buggers away, but bring some repellent for extra help here. The two and a half baths are nice, rooms are spacious, and overall this place is just a wonderful place for a adult or family getaway.
Wifi worked perfectly and was indispensable in getting maps of the island, Skype calls, etc. ACs worked great, everything was clean when we arrived, and the midweek cleaning ladies did a great job.
The only downside of this property is having to leave on your final day. Truly one of the best vacations we've had and a great place to stay on Orient Beach. Definitely a "recommend".
I STAYED THERE WITH MY WIFE AND EVRTYHING WAS JUST PERFECT. THIS WAS MY THIRD TRIP TO ST MARTEN, WE STAYED AT A HOTEL AND A STUDIO APARTMENT IN THE PAST. THIS WAS BY FAR THE BEST WAY TO GO. IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED. I STAYED AT OTHER RENTALS ALL OVPED. THE POOL WAS CLEANED SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE WEEK AND THE MAID SERVICE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK WAS A NICE FEATURE. WHEN I RETURN TO THE ISLAND THIS VILLA WILL BE ON THE TOP OF MY LIST.DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BOOK THIS VILLA IF AVAILABLE, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
We had a wonderful trip in St. Martin and are looking forward to an opportunity to return. The Villa was wonderful and the staff was more than helpful during our visit.
The beach right in front of our villa was our favorite. Thanks again for everything and we look forward to more visits in the future.