Villa Canoua on Happy Bay – St. Martin – ID:9

At Happy Bay and Villa Canoua dreams meet realities at this wonderful location. Forbes Magazine recently featured the beach at Happy Bay as one of the best Caribbean beaches. Villa Canoua is set in a quiet gated community, amidst a tropical garden with colorful flowers. A very private pool and a perfect villa for up to 4 people. Air conditioning in all rooms, US cable tv, ice maker, just to name a few, guarantee a perfect stay.

Serenity, Sunsets, and Beaches

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Villa Canoua Description

Great views and a marvellous beach in short walking distance (5 min.) are the big advantages of this villa. The villa has everything you need for a pleasant Caribbean vacationb life. The two bedrooms, 2 ½ bath, all a/c, very private and secluded villa sits on a slope overlooking Happy Bay, the last untouched beach of St Martin – St Maarten. 

The villa is highly recommended by visitors. More than 70% of bookings come from former guests.

The tranquil vacation home features a lot of amenities at very attractive rates. Friar’s Bay with its casual beach restaurants and Grand Case for fine dining and shopping are a very short drive away.

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View from Villa Canoua - St. Martin

Villa Canoua – the pool and the magnificent view

The unobstructed views from the pool, the deck, the terrace and from every room of Villa Canoua are breathtaking. You’ll have a panoramic view over Happy Bay Beach, the blue turquoise Caribbean sea, neighboring Anguilla and sailing boats occasionally passing by.

Sitting at Terrace of Villa Canoua

View of the sitting area on the covered terrace.

The villa features several outdoor sitting areas on each side of the pool, as well as on the covered terrace. The infinity pool, overlooking the Caribbean, has a good size of 4 x 8 m (14′ by 26′). The pool and deck are very private and allow swimming and sunbathing “au natural”.

Pool lunch at Villa Canoua - St. Martin

In addition, a dining table permits to enjoy your meals outside. The villa features several outdoor sitting areas on each side of the pool, as well as on the covered terrace.

Relaxing times at the pool of Villa Canoua - St. Martin

The infinity pool, overlooking the Caribbean, has a good size of 4 x 8 m (14′ by 26′). The pool and deck are very private and allow swimming and sunbathing “au natural”.

Good to know for families traveling with young children: the access to the pool can be secured for children by security gates on each side of the pool and the terrace.

Sun terrace at Villa Canoua - St. Martin

One of the private sunbathing areas by Villa Canoua’s pool.

Villa Canoua - St. Martin from Happy Bay beach

A footpath below the villa takes you in 5 minutes to the unspoiled and secluded beach of Happy Bay, which is also one of the best snorkel spots on the island.

Jetskis at Happy Bay below Villa Canoua - St. Martin

View to Happy Bay beach with some jet-skis passing by. A 5 – 7 minutes walk to the beach.

Splendid vegetation at Villa Canoua - St. Martin

Villa Canoua is situated in a quiet, gated residential area on Happy Bay. The house is set into a well manicured tropical garden.


Kitchen at Villa Canoua - St. Martin

Villa Canoua – the kitchen and bar

The well designed kitchen opens to the living area on one side, and to the terrace to the other. The kitchen is fully equipped with dish washer, top quality ceran cooktops, oven, microwave, a full size refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, and more. The kitchen provides all the necessary amenities for a family style cooking. One of the kitchen counters serves as a bar, completed by four bar stools.

Living room at Villa Canoua - St. Martin

View from the living area towards the master bedroom. The open plan living room with cathedral ceiling has a comfortable sitting area and US-Satellite TV channels, stereo, DVD and CD-player, as well as telephone and free Internet WiFi access. The main living area and kitchen has a powerful air conditioning system (18,000 BTU) for your maximum comfort.

Art at Villa Canoua - St. Martin The living room with handmade decorative pieces and artwork opens onto the terrace. The villa owner’s daughter contributed many handmade pieces of art & decoration to this unique and stylish place on Saint Martin. The living room has large sliding doors leading to the terrace and the pool. On the other side is the entrance door of the house and a porch with another sitting area that also holds a gas BBQ grill. There is also a guest restroom located at the entrance area.
Villa Canoua St Martin Happy Bay 1006 The porch to the rear of the building holds a covered sitting area, a gas BBQ and a natural rock formation with waterfall and fish tank.
Masterbedroom at Villa Canoua

Villa Canoua: The Master bedroom

Villa Canoua has an air-conditioned Master bedroom with a King sized bed, a safe deposit box, and an en-suite full bathroom with two sinks and a shower. A LCD-TV-set allows reception of multiple US-chanels.

Master bathroom at Villa Canoua - St. Martin Villa Canoua’s en-suite Master bathroom is fully tiled, has two sinks and two large mirrors, granite countertops, and a large stall shower.
Bedroom 2 at Villa Canoua - St. Martin

Villa Canoua: The air-conditioned guest bedroom

The 2nd bedroom has a set of twin beds that can be converted to a King size bed. This bedroom has its en-suite full bathroom as well. Both bedrooms open to the terrace and the pool and are furnished in contemporary Caribbean style.

Bathroom 2 at Villa Canoua - St. Martin The guest bathroom is a private, full bath with turquoise tiles and a stall shower.


Amenities and Services
Split level air conditioning in living/kitchen area, and bedrooms
Fans in living/kitchen area
Fully equipped kitchen including dish washer, full size refrigerator, freezer, microwave, ceran cook tops, oven, ice maker, blender
Telephone/answering machine, Satellite LCD-Panel TV with 80 US channels, DVD, CD-player and stereo
2. Satellite LCD-Panel TV with 80 US channel in master bedroom
Free WiFi Internet access. Bring your notebook.
Laundry room (washer & dryer, iron & iron board)
Safe (in master bedroom)
Children crib available
Beautiful, very private infinity pool of 4×8 m / 14x26ft
(absolutely private, allows “au naturel”)
Gas BBQ, 110V adaptors, hair dryer, beach towels, beach chairs
Maid service every 2. day on workdays included
Gated community
Parking within fenced and gated property
A beautiful, well maintained, very private property
A 2 min drive to Friars BayFriar’s Bay, 3 min to Grand Case, the “gourmet capital”, 10 min to Marigot or Orient Beach
Welcome basket
Escorting from the airport


The perfect place for serenity and relaxing times with your spouse,  family, or friends.

Terrace at Villa Canoua - St. Martin
On the terrace


Sunset at pool of Villa Canoua - St. Martin
View on the terrace short before sunset


Villa Canoua St Martin Happy Bay
Sunset at Villa Canoua


Night at Villa Canoua - St. Martin
Villa Canoua at night…

Villa Canoua is a wonderful choice for one or two couples looking for a quiet island retreat, or for a family with one or two children.

Start Date End Date Weekly Rate ($) Minimum Stay
08 Jan 2017 20 May 2017 2,790 7 nights
21 May 2017 22 Dec 2017 2,540 5 nights
23 Dec 2017 06 Jan 2018 3,980 7 nights
07 Jan 2018 19 May 2018 2,790 7 nights
20 May 2018 21 Dec 2018 2,650 5 nights

Rental & Booking Information

Above rates apply to the use of 1 bedroom (2 guests) *

Add’tl Rates No. of BR/Guests Weekly Rates More Info
Low Season 2/up to 4 $2,750
High Season 2/up to 4 $2,990
Xmas/New year 2/up to 4 $3,980 One rate only


Tax & Service

Tax included

House keeping every second weekday, no housekeeping on Sundays and public holidays
Service fee included
Escorting from airport to villa included (if needed)


30% deposit required on booking
70% 60 days before arrival
Payment by wire transfer, check, dir. deposit, or Credit Card by PayPal (3% charge)
Security deposit in cash on arrival = $500, deposit refunded on departure, if all OK

* Property is for the exclusive use of renter regardless of booked bedrooms. Non-booked bedrooms will be locked. 

Brilliant Location! Exceeded ALL Expectations
Once upon a time there was a villa atop Mont Choisy with a view of Fort St. Louis in the distance along the coast to the south and a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea and Anguilla right before your very eyes that offers romantic sunsets to be forever remembered. This was our first time renting in the Caribbean (but with many All-Inclusive destinations under our belt) and Vern and Barbara steered me through the process and their replies to my plentiful inquiries came very, very fast. Mr. Choisy was a gracious host and we felt welcomed immediately as he showed us around and presented us with a generous gift basket. Mr. Choisy was only an email away if needed and any questions were answered in a very timely manner. Housekeeping is included and is provided by a trusted, long time family friend/housekeeper and she does a fantastic job keeping the property spotless and supplied with fresh linen and towels. Villa Canoua is immaculately kept inside and out. The endless list of amenities on this listing are all there, in working order and of high quality. The villa and the pictures on the listing are EXACTLY the same…definitely no surprises when you arrive. The long, spacious veranda serves as a spectacular vantage point to gaze across the pool into a Caribbean dreamland of unforgettable turquoise seas, mountains and sunsets. Did I mention that you have total privacy around the property? If you’re looking for a quiet, private Caribbean experience without crowds, secluded beach, very close to amazing restaurants, and groceries/supplies nearby, then Villa Canoua above Happy Bay will be as perfect for you as it was for us. The previous reviews are spot on and the phenomenal amount of returning guests is testimony in itself to Mr. Choisy and Villa Canoua! We will be back! Wabie & Paul
Paul S. Jul 2016
Lovely place with a beautiful view of the ocean
This is a lovely place to stay with a beautiful view of the ocean. All pictures are accurate everything in the advertisement is true. It is close to many things, including the beautiful happy bay beach. I would not advise the walk down to the beach from the villa, however. It is quite a hike back up. Take a car and drive down. We rented a car and we’re thankful we did, as I couldn’t imagine walking or taking a cab from the villa. Not that it’s not close, it’s just really hilly with gates in and out. The villa is equipped with all the necessary kitchen utensils and the host met me on time and was very nice to acquaint me and my wife with all the things we needed to know. He was always available to contact in case we needed anything or had questions. He even had snacks and a nice bottle of wine for us upon arrival. During our stay, a couple small things had to be maintained and he fixed them immediately. The pool was awesome and the sunsets from the terrace were unbeatable. Overall a fantastic stay and very comfortable and safe.
Jason, Las Vegas, USASep 2015
Wonderful Time!
We had a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your lovely home. We enjoyed the island!
Linda + Eric S. and Pat + Greg Weilnau, Atlanta, GA & Rochester, NYJul 2015
Very Enjoyable!
A very enjoyable 2 weeks… tired 😉 of the view @ Happy Bay beach was, where we spent most. We felt relaxed and very much home. Thank you!
Debbie & Ken N., Poert Perry, ON, CanadaJun 2015
Third Time Here!
A wonderful third time here! Gets better every time!
Robert & Ann, ArkansasMay 2015
Great Vacation
Great Vacation, great place, great host!
Jack & Nancy, North CarolinaApr 2015
Perfect Place Celebrating our Anniversary!
We had an amzing time in this beautiful house. The perfect place to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Marissa J & Nathan P., Minneapolis, MNApr 2015
9th Visit – Says it All
This is our 9th visit to the villa. We love it here and plan on returning. Thank you Julot!
Tom and Diane P, Maple Grove, MNMar 2015
Management comment
It is a great pleasure to see you enjoying the island and Villa Canoua.
Enjoyed Another Time at Villa Canoua!
Enjoyed another great vacation at Villa Canoua.
Steve and Wendy L, Westfield Ctr, OhioMar 2015
Wonderful Again!
Wonderful Again! The perfect escape from the late winter storms.
Lew and Cindy H., Grandview TexasMar 2015
Wonderful View!
Excellent location and wonderful view. Planning to coming back!
Emily and Greg N., London, Ontario, CanadaFeb 2015
Villa Canoua is an unique gem!
We got back from St. Martin. There is no other villa like Villa Canoua. The vacation was amazing. St. Martin is really our favorite island and we want go back again and again!! It is so unfortunate that Villa Canoua is already booked for our dates next year. It has so much to offer for its attractive rates! We’ll soon be back!
Jana & Vaclav V.Feb 2015
This is the place!
I have stayed in this villa twice while visiting St. Martin. I wouldn’t even consider another villa if this one is available. The location is perfect.. 5 min walk to Happy Bay, most pristine beach on the island. 5 min drive to Grand Case, which has arguably the best restaurants in the Carribean. A 10 minute drive gets you to world famous Orient Beach. The view from the terrace and pool of the Blue Carribean and the nearby island of Anguilla is unforgettable. The villa is very well stocked with all you need to enjoy St. Martin- beach chairs, cooler, towels, umbrella, snorkeling gear, etc. The full sized ice maker is especially convenient, as is washer/dryer. A new huge Weber grill is also available. The owner Is an incredibly nice man. He lives on the island and is available to ensure your visit is perfect. Can’t go wrong if you select Villa Canuoa for your St. Martin vacation.
Jeff B., Bishop, CAFeb 2015
Great visit to St Martin
My wife and I have visited St. Martin 9 times and enjoy it more each time. We stayed at Villa Canoua in August, 2014. It is a very nice home in a fantastic location. I enjoyed working with Vern and Barbara to make the booking process smooth. I also enjoyed meeting with Julo and his daughter at the property. They were very gracious hosts and take pride in making sure you are taken care of. I am heading back to the island next week but was unable to book Villa Canoua because it is already booked up. I will keep an eye on the calendar and book sooner next time. Thank you to everyone who has a role in Villa Canoua!
Randy K.Feb 2015
Idyllic vacation
Mr Choisy’s home above Happy Bay is delightful. The space is well laid out for privacy inside the home. The living, dining and kitchen areas are spacious and bright, all looking out to the sea from a wall of windows. The kitchen is fully equipped. The long covered porch was perfect for us and our lunch guests, particularly when the skies opened up. They were staying in a lovely place in Grand Case and were envious of our home. The pool was maintained beautifully. We felt safe and enjoyed the luxury of this perfect villa.
Janet H., SeattleFeb 2015
Couldn’t select a better place…
Everything has been great! The beaches, the villa, the people, best prerequisite for a perfect vacation. We already plan to return in 2016
Jeffrey D., Reading, Berks. UKJan 2015
Awesome Place, Great Value
We spent a week in November 2014 at Villa Canoua. The villa is a very quiet and peaceful place with spectacular views on the Ocean, and still so close to many great places for fun and entertainment. The two close by beaches are fantastic. Happy Bay, if you don’t need beach bars and water sports, Friar’s Bay, if you enjoy a drink, food, and beach chairs. Grand Case, easy to reach in a few minutes by car, has fine dining in a relaxed environment. The house is nicely equipped with all we needed and is well maintained. Everything the booking agent told us before, turned out to be as good or even better. It is a fantastic place for a romantic time away from hassle and work.
Judith, NYCNov 2014
8th Trip to SXM, Best Yet!
This was our 8. trip to St. Martin and it has been our best yet, thanks to Villa Canoua. Thanks so much for a wonderful time, hope to return…
Dave + JoyceNov 2014
Coming home…
This was our return to St. Martin after six years. Coming to Villa Canoua for the first time felt like coming home, and we instantly slipped into the warm and unclad rhythm of the villa and the island. Thank you Julo!
Erik + Feather, MarylandApr 2014
Great Villa
Third time on St. Martin and the best place to stay we had so far. The villa is very nice, well maintained, and it presents an outstanding value in its category. The gated community provides privacy and security. The owner lives on island and is very helpful, if needed. The pool is rather private, which my spouse appreciated for getting a great suntan all over. Views and sunsets are spectacular. Happy Bay beach is awesome and we frequently had been the only guests on this secluded beach. Access to the beach is a 5 minutes walk, the way back a bit longer, but absolutely worthwhile. We are already planning our return next year.
Bob C., Glendale, Arizona, USAFeb 2014
Happy Bay is the nicest beach on St Martin and this gated community is the best way to experience Happy Bay. The property managers were very easy to deal with and very accommodating. The owner lives nearby and catered to our every need. The house is very beautiful and comfortable. It is well equipped and spotless. The outdoor grill was terrific and of the highest quality. It made staying home for dinner fun. The French bakery on the right side of the road as you enter Grand Case sold me a warm baguette and two buttery croissants for $3.55! The best deal in The Caribbean! We can’t wait to return.
Kenneth R., Boonton, NJDec 2013
Stayed in July 2013
We stayed in St. Martin for a week in July 2013. This was our fourth time to the island and this was by far the best place to stay. Happy Bay is a great place and having a house overlooking it was ideal. Owner was very friendly and the house was extremely clean. Air conditioning worked great and the ability to lower shutters over windows and doors provided total security. All in all we had a great vacation and the villa contributed a lot to that. Anxious to go back.
Greg, Canton, Connecticut, USAAug 2013
Another wonderful visit
Another wonderful visit!! Great villa, spectacular views & unexpected hospitality. Ca’t wait to reteurn soon – Thank You!!
Jack & Nancy CaseApr 2013
Photographs can’t capture the beauty!
Photographs can’t capture the islands beauty, memories fade … resons to return. Thank you Pat and Julo!
Howard and Nancy S.May 2013
4th visit!
Our 4th visit – wonderful as always. Happy Bay is the best beach on planet! Villa Canoua a great place to stay and enjoy!
Paul and Ginger P., Pataskala, OHNov 2013
Great Vacation
Thanks Julot + Pat – Another wonderful vacation at this beautiful villa. We look forward seeing you soon again on St. Martin!
Frank & Donna F., Queenston, Ontario, CanadaMar 2012
Two Weeks in Paradise
We just lived for two weeks in paradise. Happy Bay is the best view on the island!
Rick & Barb P., Brooklyn Center, MN, USAMar 2012