Want to vacation like Biden? St Croix villa where Joe is staying is available on Airbnb for $700 a night and boasts of being a ‘beachfront oasis’ that’s hosted ‘esteemed guests, including the President of the United States’
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By Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter On St. Croix
21:05 27 Dec 2023, updated 21:37 27 Dec 2023
- The Two Palms Villa is listed on Air B&B as having ‘hosted President Biden on his many trips to St. Croix and is ready to cater to your vacation dreams, too’
- It is booked until April 1st, 2024 and owned by Bill and Connie Neville
- Read more about Biden’s Caribbean vacation
The $3 million luxury home the Biden family are staying in for their St. Croix vacation is available to the general public for rent and the owners are using the president’s name to advertise the villa on Air B&B.
The owners of the private ocean-side Two Palms Villa have listed it on the vacation rental site for $700 a night, bragging that it has ‘hosted President Biden on his many trips to St. Croix and is ready to cater to your vacation dreams, too.’
While federal ethics regulations prohibit federal employees from using their office to endorse ‘any product, service or enterprise,’ it is highly unlikely the president is aware his name is being used in the listing.
The Bidens consider Bill and Connie Neville, who made their fortune in the tech industry and attended the White House state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron, personal friends and do not pay to stay in their home.
The Two Palms Villa is listed under the name ‘Rich,’ which is likely a property manager, and the Bidens would have no control over what is posted on the rental website. Other commercial properties – such as hotels – have advertised when presidents stay at their accommodations.
‘The President and First Lady have been visiting St. Croix over the holidays for more than a decade and traveling to the USVI for more than 20 years,’ a White House official told DailyMail.com.
According to the property listing, the three-bedroom, three-bath home includes a ‘dedicated workspace,’ a tile infinity pool, a chef’s kitchen, and even a laundry room.
‘Two Palms has a history of hosting esteemed guests, including the President of the United States during his frequent visits to St. Croix. Now, it’s ready to welcome you and cater to your vacation dreams. This gated, beachfront oasis is surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping, ensuring your privacy and tranquillity,’ the listing states.
The home is listed as booked until April 1st, 2024.
Previously, the White House has made clear it is the administration’s policy not to use the president’s name in commerical endeavours.
It was an issue during Biden’s first month in the White House when his brother Frank promoted his relationship to the president in an advertisement for the law firm he advises.
‘It is this White House’s policy that the President’s name should not be used in connection with any commercial activities to suggest, or in any way that could reasonably understood to imply, his endorsement or support,’ an official said at the time.
The president and first lady stepped off Air Force One on Wednesday afternoon with their 19-year-old granddaughter Natalie, the daughter of their late son Beau, for the break on the sunny beaches of the U.S. Virgin Island.
They will be staying on the island through the New Year.
The Bidens also stayed at the Neville home last year when they visited St. Croix.
The house sits on Solitude Bay and has its own pool along with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea and its brilliant blue waters.
It also has private beach access and sits on the southern part of St. Croix, allowing the first couple to ring in the New Year at one of the eastern most points in the United States.
The Bidens often spend the New Year on the U.S. Virgin Island. It sits at the eastmost point of the country so it is the first place in the United States to see the New Year sunrise.
Photos of the home show bedrooms with colorful paint on the walls. Bright, multi-color rugs are on the floor. Colorful throw pillows abound. The kitchen, dining room and living room are in an open space, allowing plenty of time for family chats and togetherness.
Both the president and first lady are known to enjoy beach time. The Bidens own a beach home in Rehoboth, Delaware.
James Biden, the president’s brother, bought land in the Virgin Islands territory with his wife in 2005, according to the records. The couple bought an approximately 1-acre property on Water Island, which is roughly eight miles from Little St. James.
Bill and Connie Neville are big-time Democratic donors. He made his fortune in the tech industry while she is a self-employed designer. They are estimated to be worth a billion dollars.
The couple are from Alabama and made the largest single donation in the history of Auburn University athletics, which resulted in the basketball arena being named after them.
The Nevilles are active on the charity circuit too and even raised money for a St. Croix animal welfare group.
The Bidens have a long family tradition of spending time on St. Croix, visiting there nearly every year since 2008.
During his time as vice president, Biden vacationed on St Croix in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Last year he was the first president to visit the island since former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Barack Obama visited it in 2007 when he was a presidential candidate.
Before Biden, the last sitting president to visit St Croix was Harry Truman in February 1948.
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