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Coco de Mer is just the right size for holding an array of events. It could easily accommodate a family or five couples, but its beautiful setting is also perfect for a wedding. A huge, stone courtyard descends into a small, bright pool, and the entire area is surrounded by tropical plants and flowers. Wood furniture and candelabras are part of a dining room that's perfect for a reception. During the day, Coco de Mer Villa is close to several shops and is only a five- to ten-minute walk to the beach. And after a long day, you can relax in the hot tub or lounge around by the pool.

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Great for weddings, family reunions, or corporate events!

Coco de Mer is a 5-bedroom, 6 ½-bathroom villa located in Peter Bay Estates. The views from Coco De Mer look north and east, and include the mountains of the north shore of St. John, Cinnamon, Maho and Francis Bays, Whistling Cay, and Great Thatch and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Designed in a Greco-Roman architectural style, Coco de Mer's qualities are accented with Doric columns and an amphitheater that leads to a romantic semicircular 50-foot pool.

Coco De Mer is a spacious estate house consisting of three buildings -- a 2-level guesthouse to the west of the great house, and a private 1-level guesthouse to the east, and the Great House.

Guests enter from above and descend into a stone courtyard and the upper level of the great house, which contains the kitchen, living and dining rooms plus a powder room. French doors on the upper level open to a covered deck that is framed by Doric columns. Covered stairs lead to 2 bedrooms and a full (6th) bath on the lower (pool) level of the great house. A path leads through a small garden area to the semi-secluded 1-bedroom east guesthouse. Two more bedrooms with views are located in the west guesthouse at the edge of the pool.

The large 50-foot pool is on the lower level and the 4-person hot tub is just below the pool in a romantic garden setting. A most distinctive architectural feature of this home is the terraced area that descends from the upper level to the pool. This is actually a tiled amphitheater that overlooks the pool and has built in seating, a pair of Bose outdoor speakers, and a central mosaic. This feature makes Coco de Mer a terrific home for weddings, family reunions, or even corporate events.

The living, dining, and kitchen areas occupy the entire upper level of the great house. Tiled floors, vaulted beamed ceilings, and rich hardwoods define this generous area. French doors open to a sizeable balcony that provides views and seems like an outdoor extension of the living area. The centerpiece of the living room is the entertainment center with satellite TV/VCR/CD and a music and movie collection.

The interior dining table is a handcrafted mahogany table that seats 10 and there is additional exterior dining. The completely equipped kitchen is filled with rich mahogany cabinetry that is accented by ceramic counter tiles. The kitchen appliances and hardware is all high quality and includes a stainless steel gas grill, refrigerator/freezer with ice maker and dishwasher.

Coco de Mer's Great Room is rivaled only by its setting. Though it enjoys a state-of-the-art entertainment center with surround-sound and wireless DSL, the high definition view from the balcony is perhaps its best feature. This villa is furnished for comfort in the tropics.

All of Coco De Mer's bedrooms have king beds and are air-conditioned (one of the lower great house bedrooms has a set of twin beds that can convert to a king), and all have French doors that open to views, decks, or balconies. The bedrooms are all of approximate equal size and quality, although the west guesthouse bedrooms have the preferred balconies and views. All bedrooms have a satellite TV/VCR and a tiled bath and shower and all are attractively furnished and accessorized

The 11-12 rate adds two children with airbeds provided by Suite St. John.