A La Mer Villa

9 Bedrooms | St. John

Description

Shawna Dunaway

A unique and matchless Caribbean villa experience for families and friends

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.

Shawna

Villa Description

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 Westin Resort's lovely white sand beach further down the Bay, about a 10-minute walk away.

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.

Rental Notes:
Sorry, no functions can be held at the villa.

THE COTTAGE IS NEVER RENTED SEPARATELY TO ANOTHER PARTY.

At the nearby Westin Resort, A La Mer guests may purchase a weekly pass for $80, to use The Westin's gym and tennis courts. A day pass is $20. Tennis at The Westin Resort must be booked in advance, and depends on availability of courts for play. Tennis racquets can be rented for $10 per hour, 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.

Construction Note:
The outside work is finished on new construction on the lot next door to A La Mer. Guests may hear occasional hammering as the crew does interior work. If you would like further details on the current status of this building activity, please inquire and we'll be happy to obtain the latest information for you.

Villa Details

Bedrooms 9 total: 7 king size, 2 queen size, 5 twins, (4 twin trundle and 2 twins total)
 Bathrooms 9 total: 9 ensuite baths, 2 half baths, 2 Powder Rooms
 Pool Pool at Villa, pool size Irregular pool shape; at widest: 64' x 46' x 3' - 4' deep
Features
  • A/C throughout Villa
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Gated Community
  • Safe
  • Answering Machine
  • Fax
  • Cable TV
  • Big Screen Television
  • DVD Player
  • DVD Library
  • Stereo System
  • CD Player
  • CD Library
  • Book Library
  • Board Games
  • Ice maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Sunset View
  • Pool at Villa
  • BBQ Outside (Gas)
  • Hammock
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Balcony
  • Generator
  • Screened Doors
  • Short Walk to Beach
  • Hair Dryers
  • Coffee Maker
  • Group
  • Family w/young children
  • Family
  • IPod Dock
  • Internet access
Location Great Cruz Bay
Beach Great Cruz Bay Beach at Westin Resort (approx. 10-minute walk via a back service road to the Westin)
Transfers Arrival escort to your villa or from your car rental agency upon arrival. You will follow the villa greeter to the villa in your rental car or a taxi.
Views Sunset View
Notes AC: Throughout , dining room seats 14, Non-smoking
Included Maid Service - 4 visits per week (except on Sundays and holidays)
Children Welcome
Additional 10% Government Tax

Rates

For the very BEST rates, call 800-869-8017 or 214-350-6220!

Dates Unit Nightly
01/07/2015 to
04/10/2015
7 Night Minimum
7 Bedrooms
1-16 person rate
$5,285 USD Inquire
9 Bedrooms
17-22 person rate
$6,000 USD Inquire
04/11/2015 to
11/20/2015
7 Night Minimum
7 Bedrooms
1-16 person rate
$4,786 USD Inquire
9 Bedrooms
1-22 person rate
$5,500 USD Inquire
11/21/2015 to
11/27/2015
7 Night Minimum
9 Bedrooms
1-22 person rate
$5,714 USD Inquire
11/28/2015 to
12/15/2015
7 Night Minimum
7 Bedrooms
1-16 person rate
$4,786 USD Inquire
9 Bedrooms
17-22 person rate
$5,500 USD Inquire
12/16/2015 to
01/09/2016
10 Night Minimum
9 Bedrooms
1-22 person rate
$6,857 USD Inquire

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Notes on Rates:

  • All rental rates are based on two persons per bedroom.
  • This property charges rates in US Dollars (USD).
  • Rates do not include: tax of 10%.
  • Rates are subject to change.

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Lovely view from the pool deck!
Lovely view from the pool deck!

Plenty of lounge chairs for everyone!
Plenty of lounge chairs for everyone!

Pool gazebo with covered seating, TV and wet bar
Pool gazebo with covered seating, TV and wet bar

The perfect place to relax with a book or evening cocktail
The perfect place to relax with a book or evening cocktail

Covered outdoor living area
Covered outdoor living area

Indoor dining room can seat up to fourteen
Indoor dining room can seat up to fourteen

Exquisite details are found throughout this home
Exquisite details are found throughout this home

Spacious great room with flat screen TV
Spacious great room with flat screen TV

Fully equipped kitchen with bar seating for six
Fully equipped kitchen with bar seating for six

Bedroom Suite #1
Bedroom Suite #1

En-suite bathroom
En-suite bathroom

Bedroom Suite #2
Bedroom Suite #2

Bedroom Suite #3
Bedroom Suite #3

Bedroom Suite #4
Bedroom Suite #4

Covered porch with seating area, BBQ, and table tennis
Covered porch with seating area, BBQ, and table tennis

Cottage deck
Cottage deck

Views from the balcony
Views from the balcony

Numerous hammocks for island relaxation
Numerous hammocks for island relaxation

The drive up to A La Mer
The drive up to A La Mer

Aerial view of A La Mer
Aerial view of A La Mer

The villa's sand and coral beach
The villa's sand and coral beach

Pool at dusk
Pool at dusk

Enjoy the sunsets by the fire pit
Enjoy the sunsets by the fire pit

Night falls on A La Mer
Night falls on A La Mer

But with night swimming the fun never has to end!
But with night swimming the fun never has to end!

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