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When you're not snorkeling at Great Cruz Bay, this magnificent Caribbean villa has a huge pool with cabana and its own faux white-sand beach nearby. Inside, decorative stone walls are lit with candlelight creating a romantic feeling throughout. The spacious and comfortable dining and living rooms make this exceptional villa perfect for families or groups of up to 18 persons. Lovely bedrooms with classic palm-leaf ceiling fans are great for relaxing after a long day with friends. Guests of A La Mer are sure to appreciate its island inspired architecture, enormous pool, and deck.

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A unique and matchless Caribbean villa experience for families and friends

Located on the picturesque coastline of St. John, A La Mer stands as not just one of the finest homes on the island, but in the entire Caribbean. Situated on over one acre of waterfront land behind an electronic gate and landscaped with tropical flowers, foxtail, and coconut palm trees, À La Mer's large-scale design is a combination of both colonial West Indies and classic St. John. Every custom detail, such as the mahogany cabinetry hand-carved in Honduras, lovely tile designs throughout, cypress ceilings, designer island decor, artisan lighting, botanical art prints, and a bounty of features and amenities, make this a luxurious yet island-casual villa.

The estate is comprised of a main house and a smaller guest cottage, both fronting an expansive pool terrace and surrounded by palm trees. The fully air-conditioned two-story Main Villa has seven bedroom/bath suites and a well-proportioned Great Room with high arched windows and stonework crafted in the classic St. John style. All of the bedrooms are spacious and extremely private, so every guest has a peaceful retreat of their own. The open-style Great Room, with the living room, dining area, and gourmet kitchen, can also be found in the main house, and this is the perfect place to gather to plan the days activities or to unwind in the evening. White slip-covered sink-into sofas and chairs are grouped around the Great Room to accommodate a large party, and a mahogany dining table for 14 is near a model yacht in full sail.

Adjoining the Great Room, on the other side of the tiled entry foyer, is the large gourmet kitchen with a Viking range, a center island, lots of countertop space for several cooks, and a convenient pass-through window to the outdoor poolside dining area. The kitchen area also offers a wet bar with a beverage cooler and ice machine behind which is a powder room looking into a walled garden.

Beyond the kitchen is the family room - the perfect space for lounging with a large flat-screen TV and a table for cards or games. Screened French doors open out to the front of the house from the family room, to À La Mer's outside front patio which features a fountain.

On the other side of the family room, more French doors lead out to patios and pool - the largest private pool on St. John! A hallway leads past the large laundry room to two of À La Mer's king bedroom/bath suites, both of which offer screened French doors opening outside to small covered patios and to the pool beyond.

Twin mahogany staircases ascend from either side of the family room to À La Mer's upper floor, where five more air-conditioned bedroom/suites overlook the pool and yachts at anchor on Great Cruz Bay. These suites all enjoy central air-conditioning, large en-suite baths tiled in charming designs, and via screened French doors, each having its own balcony. One of these five upstairs suites is À La Mer's master suite, a larger suite with a king four-poster bed, a private roofed patio with seating, and a bath. The master bath features a double vanity, a separate WC with a bidet, and a semi-alfresco double shower in glass tile and travertine. The other four suites have four-poster king beds and en-suite baths (the corner suite has a tiled semi-alfresco shower). Two of these suites have a connecting door between them, ideal for parents who wish to be near their children. At the top of one staircase is an alcove with a desk and a printer, and a two-twin trundle bed for extra guests.

Outside the Main Villa on the Great Cruz Bay side is À La Mer's shaded poolside terrace, furnished with plush upholstered seating for watching the kids in the pool, reading or napping, and a large round table under a roofed pergola for alfresco meals. The pass-through from the kitchen is incorporated into an adjoining counter lined with bar stools. This expansive outdoor living area, where guests will spend most of their time, also has two gas grills, one of them built into a garden patio, a ping-pong table for family competitions, and a deck lined with cushioned chaise lounges for sun worshippers.

The large pool has a four-inch deep shallow shelf, perfect for sun loungers and for small children, a waterfall, and is bordered on the ocean side with a "beach" - a strip of white sand set with more chaise lounges and a stone fire pit. The pool also features a swim-up bar with underwater bar stools at the pool cabana, a wonderful poolside entertainment pavilion with large-screen cable TV and DVD player, plus a wet bar with icemaker, beverage cooler and dishwasher. An electronic shutter rolls down at a touch of a button to secure the pool cabana when not being used. The pool cabana also has a handy powder room and outside shower.

There is access from the coral-and-sand waterfront into Great Cruz Bay for snorkeling, and you can also visit

The guest cottage nearby contains an additional bedroom, kitchen, and a living area. It is situated off to the side of the Main Villa, and on its upper level, offers a secluded fully-air-conditioned apartment suite, complete with two queen beds and a double-twin trundle bed in the living area. The cottage porch outside is covered by latticework, and the Cottage's garage contains beach chairs, coolers, and a washer and dryer for guest's convenience.

A La Mer is a great place to experience St. John, and your luxurious surroundings will have you feeling relaxed and recharged in no time at all. Your WhereToStay.com representatives are here to help with any arrangements or services you would like, from day trips to meals from a private chef.

Additional Amenities:

Cable TV (a 62" flat-screen TV in Great Room, 51" flat-screen TVs in family room + in-pool cabana, 32" flat-screen TVs in all bedrooms; all TVs have a DVD player); play CDs and Blu-Ray DVDs in Great Room on Bose surround-sound system; iPod docking station, Sirius satellite radio + Pandora, movie + music collections, books, games; full central A/C throughout entire Main Villa and Cottage; Wi-Fi throughout property (inside and outside); upstairs alcove in Main Villa serves as an office nook with a DSL line for your laptop, all-in-one printer/copier/scanner/fax + answering machine; gourmet kitchen with Viking 6-burner stove, 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, wet bar with icemaker + beverage cooler, and a pass-through to outside dining patio; hair dryers + bathrobes in all suites, safes for valuables in all bedrooms + in kitchen; binoculars, 3 washing machines + 3 dryers.

IN COTTAGE: full A/C, complete kitchen with dishwasher in upper apt. suite; washer + dryer on garden level.

OUTSIDE AMENITIES:

Outside speakers, 3 hammocks, 2 gas grills. Pool cabana with swim-up bar, 51" flat-screen cable TV + DVD player, wet bar, icemaker, beverage cooler, dishwasher, powder room, outside shower + electronic roll-down shutter; waterfall in pool, pool volleyball, pool floats, foam noodles + pool games for children; basketball hoop, bocce ball, horseshoe pit, shuffleboard court; white-sand "beach" area with fire pit brazier; ping-pong table; outdoor patio with a fountain and seating for smoking; automatic generator, manually-gated driveway entry.

INSIDE AMENITIES: full-size wooden crib, nylon Pack 'n' Play crib/playpen, highchair, baby monitor + assorted toys; exercise mat + ball, and small set of weights; coolers, fold-up beach chairs.

At the nearby Westin Resort, À La Mer guests may purchase a weekly pass for $80, and a day pass for $20 to use The Westin's gym. Tennis at The Westin Resort can be booked in advance, and depends on availability of courts for play. An additional hourly rate of $20/hour is required to use the tennis courts. Tennis rackets can be rented for $10 for up to 2 hours, and tennis balls are sold at $8 for a can of 3. Guests must call to make appointments to use the Westin's spa, and must have a credit card in hand to confirm their appointments. Guests may also sign up for a complimentary property tour of the resort which is approximately 90 minutes and if they complete the tour they will be given a complimentary day pass in which they will be able to use any of the amenities at the resort.

Rental Notes:

Sorry, no functions can be held at the villa.

THE COTTAGE IS NEVER RENTED SEPARATELY TO ANOTHER PARTY.

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