11 Best Villas in St. Johns

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Thinking of a trip to St. Johns? No wonder. The capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, St. Johns is the perfect jumping off point to explore coastal trails and soak up the Victorian heritage of the city. The best way to experience all of this, by far, is to rent yourself a villa: all that space, luxe interiors and beautiful settings.

However, finding the right villa for you can be tricky and time-consuming, so we’ve created a list of the best villas in St. John’s to narrow down that selection and get your trip kick started in the right direction.

Quick Answers – The Best Villas in St. Johns

#1 Best Overall Villa in St. Johns – Jelly Bean Charm/Downtown St. Johns NL
#2 Best Villa for Couples in St. Johns – The Bannerman Park Suite, Private Parking & Patio
#3 Best Villa for Honeymoon in St. Johns – Suite Serene in Bauline, NL
#4 Best Budget Friendly Villa in St. Johns – Townhouse in ★ Prime ★ Downtown Location
#5 Best Villa for a Wedding in St. Johns – Private Lakefront Retreat
#6 Best Villa in St Johns Near Downtown – Downtown Huge 5 Bedroom, 7 Bed Luxury Home
#7 Best Villa in St. Johns for Kids and Families – Walking Distance To St. John’s Finest Amenities
#8 Best Villa in St. Johns for a Large Group – Central Jelly Bean Row Style Home
#9 Best Villa in St. Johns with a View – Executive Home with Saltwater Hot Tub
#10 Best Villa in St. Johns with Private Pool – ★HOT TUB SUPER LOFT★ King Bed ★ Eco Reserve ★ 2 Decks
#11 Best Villa in St. Johns with Sea View – Harbour balcony view downtown St. John’s NL

#1 – Jelly Bean Charm/Downtown St. Johns NL

Best Overall Villa in St. Johns

  • $$$
  • Historic house on Jelly Bean Row
  • Office space, a total of three outdoor decks, comfy, king-sized bed
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

Set on the historic Jelly Bean Row – a group of colourful, Victorian houses in the Downtown area – this place has got to be the best villa in St. John’s. With a total of three outdoor decks, you can sip a morning coffee watching the world go by on the front porch, and wind up your day with a glass of wine on one of the back decks.

Inside the villa itself, it’s homely but chic, mixing vintage furnishings with a modern sense of style; it features a rolltop tub, an open fireplace, and granite worktops in the kitchen. It’s great!

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#2 – The Bannerman Park Suite, Private Parking & Patio

Best Villa for Couples in St. Johns

  • $
  • A stone’s throw from Bannerman Park
  • Pretty historic building, large shower, chic decor throughout
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

Inside this romantic villa, there’s a whole lot of style going on. From the sliding doors leading into the kitchen – complete with breakfast bar and color popping turquoise stools – to the beautiful original fireplace, this top villa for couples in St. John’s mixes contemporary with historic features for a cool place to stay in the Newfoundland capital.

There’s a big, squashy bed in the bedroom here, which also comes with its own fireplace, and the shower is luxury hotel quality. Mix all this in with the house itself – a cute, clapboard property with a yellow door and outdoor terrace – and you’ve got a winner. (It’s also a bargain).

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#3 – Suite Serene in Bauline, NL

Best Villa for Honeymoon in St. Johns

  • $$
  • A five-minute drive from Marine Park
  • Comes with its own jetty, incredible views, outdoor firepit
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

The cabin-like aesthetic of this place suit the incredible natural setting: it’s right on the water of Duck Pond, a lake that’s stark and frozen in winter, but ripe for kayaking and swimming in the summer. The location, just a five-minute drive from the East Coast Trail, is not too far to drive from the centre of St. John’s itself.

With its outdoor firepit, homely bedrooms, and rustic aesthetics, it’s all about being cosy and comfortable at this villa for honeymooners in St. John’s. Spend the day snowshoeing, then cuddle up to your partner under the stars with a glass of wine.

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#4 – Townhouse in ★ Prime ★ Downtown Location

Best Budget Friendly Villa in St. Johns

  • $
  • A few minutes’ walk to Downtown
  • Great views from the master bedroom, private balcony, fully equipped kitchen
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

Set in a cosy townhouse, this is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore Downtown St. Johns and the surrounding neighbourhoods. It’s so well located, in fact, that you don’t even need to use a car to get around. That, next to the nightly fees, make it the best budget friendly villa in St. Johns.

This two storey townhouse is great: it’s a huge space, it’s got those amazing views from the bedroom, a very good kitchen, and two bedrooms sleeping up to four guests. The host is great and the space is well-looked after, too.

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#5 – Private Lakefront Retreat

Best Villa for a Wedding in St. Johns

  • $$$
  • Quite literally right on a lake
  • Outdoor hot tub, huge indoor spaces, catering for events available
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

This shiny, spacious villa has a whole lot of room to host that special event: there’s enough room for 12 guests! Your friends and family will have no trouble feeling right at home in the cool kitchen dining area, playing a game of pool upstairs in the games room, or kicking back with a drink in the hot tub.

With catering available for big events, it’s no wonder this is the best villa in St. Johns for weddings. You could even say “I do” on the picturesque jetty that goes out into the pretty Three Island Pond itself.

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#6 – Downtown Huge 5 Bedroom, 7 Bed Luxury Home

Best Villa in St Johns Near Downtown

  • $$$
  • Right in the centre of Downtown St Johns
  • A large backyard, its very own pizza oven, and even a steam room
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

This top villa in St Johns has to be one of the coolest in town – and that is mainly for the fact that this extra large home (all 3,300 square feet of it) is a Victorian property dating back to 1893.

It’s been recently renovated for a super stylish finish. There’s room enough to bring your whole family (and friends as well) on a trip here to enjoy the wood fired pizza oven, get your BBQ in the big backyard, and luxuriate in the two person, jet powered bath tub. Bonus: there’s a conservatory on the top floor (great for sunsets).

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#7 – Walking Distance To St. John’s Finest Amenities

Best Villa in St. Johns for Kids and Families

  • $$
  • Walking distance to Downtown St John’s
  • Amazing views of St. John’s Harbour, indoor fireplace, laundry facilities
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

With its polished bedrooms (all three of them) and bright bathrooms (two), this property is another of the 100-plus year old houses located in St. John’s historic Jelly Bean Row area. It’s the ideal villa in St. John’s for families thanks to its large kitchen, equipped with all the appliances and facilities you could need.

The living room, with its fireplace and big, comfy couches is a great place to gather together and enjoy an evening in. There’s even an outdoor patio for mum and dad for an evening glass of wine over an open firepit. A simply gorgeous property.

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#8 – Central Jelly Bean Row Style Home

Best Villa in St. John’s for a Large Group

  • $$
  • In walking distance of St. John’s Downtown
  • Plenty of bedrooms, close to good nightlife, laundry services
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

With four, big double bedrooms set over three floors, there should be more than enough to host you and your friends or family. There’s a lot of space in this townhouse for groups: picture big group dinners around the table, cooking meals together in the very shiny kitchen, or kicking back in the cosy lounge.

There’s enough for 8 guests here, which is why it’s perfect as a villa for large groups in St. John’s. Being the brand new property that it is, it’s extremely clean and modern with stylish, high end finishings – think 50″ TV, granite countertops and giant fridge-freezer.

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#9 – Executive Home with Saltwater Hot Tub

Best Villa in St. Johns with a View

  • $$$
  • Set in a nearby town called Paradise
  • Whale watching possible here, huge detached home, high-end furnishings
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

Easily one of the best villas in St. John’s, this one might just be the most classy, stylish and elegant of the bunch. Glitzy decor has the whole run of the house, from its stone topped counters in the kitchen, fashionable sitting areas, and luxuriously comfortable bedrooms.

There’s also a huge backyard here, complete with hot tub, and those all important views. You will find pretty much everything you’ll need here, with a master bedroom featuring a king size bed, two other bedrooms, and even a jet powered bath in the main bathroom. And it’s even got a built-in bar!

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#10 – ★HOT TUB SUPER LOFT★ King Bed ★ Eco Reserve ★ 2 Decks

Best Villa in St. Johns with Private Pool

  • $$$$
  • Not far from the Marine Ecological Reserve
  • Private hot tub, fantastic views, clean and contemporary decor
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

With its wide open spaces, plenty of windows letting in natural light (and letting you soak up those amazing views), as well as its two large deck areas, this place may not have a pool – but it does have a hot tub, as well as the ocean, to chill in. It’s actually possible to spot humpback whales from the decks, which is bucket list level awesome.

This top villa in St. John’s is also surrounded by nature, connects directly to the East Coast Trail, plus you can see the stars – and the Milky Way – from your bed, which beats everything.

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#11 – Harbour balcony view downtown St. John’s NL

Best Villa in St Johns with Sea View

  • $$$
  • Located right near Signal Hill
  • Private balcony, hiking trails nearby, handy laundry facilities
  • Reviews → Check on AirBnB

If what you’re looking for is the best villa in St. John’s with a sea view, then this is the place for you. Located inside a charming, colourful townhouse with large bay windows and hardwood floors, this property is all about its location.

Look out over the harbour from your own balcony and soak up city views, too; perfect for a morning coffee or a nightcap equally! Whilst situated close to Signal Hill (good for hiking and more views), there is also a whole load of good restaurants and cafes in the area. Bonus: it’s got a fully stocked kitchen.

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FAQ’s

Where are the best villas in St. Johns?

Depending on what you want to get out of a trip to this interesting city, the best villas in St Johns could be in multiple locations. However, for the most part, the best properties are undoubtedly to be found in the Downtown area itself. This is not just because you will find tons of history and heritage on your doorstep, sometimes even staying in a historic villa yourself, but also because the surrounding natural beauty of St. Johns is easily accessible from here, too. For more seclusion, one of the nearby lakeside villas offer more natural beauty for outdoorsy types.

How much are vacation villas in St. Johns?

Whilst the villas in St. Johns don't exactly cost an arm and a leg, the prices do range between the budget friendly, to the not so budget friendly. For example, most of the Downtown properties in St. John's range between $80 to $150 per night; this, however, will obviously change depending on the time of year and how many guests are staying. A more spacious, opulent villa in St. John's can be yours for upwards of $200 a night, but this will often include numerous bedrooms, bathrooms and high-end amenities like hot tubs, decks, games rooms and firepits.

How can I book a villa in St. Johns?

The best villas in St. John's aren't the sort of places that will be putting themselves in travel brochures, tour companies or hotel websites. These are unique, special places that feel very one-of-a-kind, and the only place that to find somewhere private like that is on Airbnb. Everybody knows Airbnb by now and, whilst some cities take issue with this awesome site, other places - like St. John's - benefit hugely from Airbnb. It allows visitors to stay in amongst nature itself, in more interesting, historic parts of town, and get a better feel for the place than staying in a hotel can provide.

Conclusion

So there you have it: the very best villas in St. Johns. There is an exciting amount of villas available in this cool city, with some properties giving you access to lakeside jetties, and others seeing you watch humpback whales from outdoor decks, whilst still more offer up a stay inside a heritage building.

They’re all immense, beautiful places to stay. However, if you are having trouble making a decision, not to worry. We would recommend our top choice for the overall best villa in St. John’s, Jelly Bean Charm/Downtown St. Johns NL: it’s historic, well located, and nicely decorated.

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