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Villa Steel Magnolias....Former Home of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis !

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Les Terres Basses Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-14)

NEWS FLASH!!...Book now for Fall 2016 and winter 2017 dates as it will be a very busy season! They are predicting another pretty cold winter so book early for best dates. YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER MANAGED OR MAINTAINED VILLA FOR THE PRICE AND LOCATION. PLEASE CONTACT US TO CHECK YOUR DATES. THANKS!

THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR! Come enjoy this private Villa in a truly remarkable tropical setting. This five bedroom, five bath home overlooks the Caribbean Sea and it's mountains on the island of St. Martin, French West Indies in the Caribbean. Located in the Lowlands, an exclusive residential area of St. Martin, Villa Steel Magnolias is the former home of Oscar winning actress Olympia Dukakis. This beautiful villa has apx 2 acres of land that provides privacy, spaciousness and wonderful views of the island and the sparkling sea. It offers housekeeping and houseman at no extra charge and a private cook available upon request for extra fee. The main entrance to the Villa is gated and private.

The Villa is first class from room to room offering a large indoor living/dining area with TV and stereo system both indoors and around the pool area. A large modern kitchen with double fridge, icemaker, dishwasher is just a few of the features this villa offers. The bedrooms are furnished as follows. All of the bedrooms have pillow top king size beds and all bedroom have private bathroom with shower. Three of the bedroom have double sinks and they all have very large showers. Of the five bedrooms two are Master Bedrooms of which one has a leather sofa sleeper.

The Villa offer's two master bedroom suites, one in the main Villa with 42' TV and a new master bedroom located in a building of its own overlooking the large pool and with an incredible view of the Caribbean Sea. This new very large master bedroom also has its own kitchenette with microwave and mini fridge and a 42' Plasma TV! It also has a large bathroom with separate shower and Jacuzzi bathtub! Four of the five bedrooms have French doors that open up to the pool area and with view's of the Caribbean Sea. And here's another great thing about this Villa....The white sand beach at Baie Rouge is just out my back gate and only apx 25 steps away! Very few Villa's offer a great beach just a few steps away. But best of all is the Staff at the Villa who will take care of your every need and truely want you to have the very best vacation possible. We do not add and service charges to our rates like many Villa's but you are welcome to tip the staff if you wish at the end or your visit. The Villa Adminastrator will meet you at the airport at no extra charge and return you to the Villa and help you and the rest of your group get ready for some St Martin/St Maarten fun! Over half of our guests are repeat visitors and want you to return year after your its how I feed my kids!

This private Villa is set up for fun and your total comfort so come and enjoy the good life at Villa Steel Magnolias! Contact me today for the best rates possible and we hope to see you at Villa Steel Magnolias soon! I DO NOT ALWAYS UPDATE AND USE THE ONLINE CALENDAR SO PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ME TODAY TO CHECK YOUR DATES.

Keywords: Private Villa

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

We own and manage vacation properties all over the world and we know you will love staying at Villa Steel Magnolias and Saint Martin as much as we do. We know how important a good vacation is and we work hard to make sure you have the very best vacation possible! You will find that the staff at Villa Steel Magnoias make you feel like family and you will leave well rested and well tanned. Come and enjoy!

The Owner purchased this villa in 1993

Why The Owner chose St Maarten / Saint Martin

The Villa is located in the very best area of Saint Martin and just minutes from the best of about everything you would be looking for.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Steel Magnolias offer many things that you will not find at other Villa like, Dish Network TV, Free USA phone line, Wireless Internet, apx 2 acres of land in a tropical setting and just a few steps away from one of the very best beaches. Most of all...a great caring Staff that will make sure you vaction is the best it can be!


based on 28 traveler reviews

Villa Steel Magnolias....Former Home of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis !
average rating of 4.714286 based on 28 reviews

Too much of everything!!

  • 5 of 5

We have traveled to SxM for years, this time we were four couples and 5 kids. We love Baie Rouge Beach and no one could believe such a location could be possible. One hundred steps to the beach, six bedrooms full of amenities and convenience was beyond expectations.Too much of everything- poolside chairs, towels, kitchen equipment, equipped bathrooms, videos, music system, books, anything you may need for a wonderful vacation. Caretaker Jonas very helpful and understanding- no one in our group will forget this stay, great value and family fun that provided too much of everything, just waiting to get back ASAP. Thanks Mark!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation Home

  • 4 of 5

We love the villa for our family of ten. We had seven adults and three young children. This home was clean and had plenty of bedrooms with each having their own bathrooms. It is really close to Baie Rouge beach. You just walk out the back gate then down a parking area to the beach. Baie Rouge beach is beautiful and had some great areas for snorkeling! The home has a wonderful pool which we also enjoyed! We had coffee every morning by the pool as we enjoyed the great view of Simpson bay. This villa is stocked well with bath towels and large beach towels. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need if you like to cook. The only problem we had in the kitchen was little black ants, so do not leave any food out on the counter. The electricity did go out on us a few times and on the very last night we did have an issue with one of the shower heads, but with each issue Jonas (care taker) was always there to help! Just a few minutes from the villa is come great restaurants, Le Sand and Dreams. They are right next to each other and on the beach. Beautiful setting, great food, and very close to the villa! I also, really enjoyed that the villa had a security gate and a mango tree in the yard!

We also used a company online called It was really nice to order some groceries online and have them delivered and the house stocked so we did not have to go shopping for basic essentials right away. There is a service fee and tips are appreciated. I thought it was a real nice service and everything we ordered was there when we arrived. Cold items were in the refrigerator and everything else was on the kitchen counter with our invoice.

Since I was feeding a family of ten and realized the meat was expensive and not sure of the quality, I brought my own. I was not sure how this would work, but it worked GREAT! I vacuum sealed my meat (steak, chicken breast, bacon, ground meat, sausage, ham, and cheese), froze it, then right before we left for the airport I put it in a Sam's cooler bag then in my carry on luggage and carry it on the plane with me. I never had any problems in the states with security and when we arrived in St Maarten, they did not check my carry on luggage. When we arrived at our Condo (our first night stay) everything was still frozen. From the time we left that morning til we arrived at the condo was 12 hours.

Thank you Mark for your home, we loved it and hope to visit again some day!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 11 enjoyed Mark's villa for a week. The property is beautiful, in the most desirable part of St Martin, with views over Simpson bay, and with really easy access to the Baie Rouges beach. The villa's character is warm and welcoming, not unlike a roman or greek villa in Europe. The bedrooms are all spacious and have very comfortable beds with luxurious linens; each has its own bathroom well-stocked with towels. The kitchen is well-appointed and very usable. Our favorite part of the house was the pool, the pool deck, and the covered, outdoor area where we dined every night. The caretakers, who live on the property, are very helpful but also discreet. We all loved Johnny, the caretaker's gentle dog. The town of Marigot is a short drive away and has supermarkets, restaurants, and bakeries with fabulous french and creole food. The island of St Martin is a fun place to visit with lots to do. That said, our favorite place to hang out on the island was the villa. Our vacation was fabulous thanks to it.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the best options on the island!

  • 5 of 5

Great location - steps from Baie beach, close to Marigot and Maho Bay fun.


Great house - all rooms are big, everything you need is there, perfect layout, wonderful pool and deck, lots of privacy and beautiful grounds.


Great service - very attentive and will go out the way to make the guest feel at home.


Great price - for this size of the house.



  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Great location and very comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

We were a group of 8 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Steel Magnolias. The villa was spacious (comfortable for a much larger group) and had all the amenities required for an enjoyable stay, and then some. The Staff are very friendly and flexible. They were accommodating and available whenever they were needed. The pool area is lovely with a wonderful view of the sunrise over the eastward hills and the moonrise over Simpson Bay. Baie Rouge, which is literally steps away, is gorgeous and low key. While the main road passes below the boundary wall of the villa, traffic was unnoticeable and it does not compromise privacy. The location provides easy access to Marigot, Maho Bay, Simpson Bay, Grand Case...even Orient Beach on the eastern side of the island is a short drive away. It was a perfect spot for our vacation and I look forward to returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Martin visit

  • 3 of 5

We took an extended family trip to celebrate several milestones this summer! We enjoyed the layout of the house, ample bedrooms and baths which was very helpful. With a group of 12, a larger indoor table with more chairs available would be nice- we put several tables together outside on the patio to accommodate all for meals. We loved the pool, but without handrails in the lower end, it was difficult for the older family members to get in /out (there were small handrails by the deep end with very deep steps). Jonas was very helpful! I would recommend a general updating (furniture, appliances etc. ) and decluttering to help keep it cleaner. We had difficulties with the oven, and power kept tripping when we used two appliances such as the microwave and oven or toaster. Washing machine leaked terribly, and dryer took forever to dry towels so poor Jonas' wife never seemed to get it all done! Electric gates had difficulty working correctly, fence by beach gate was broken, Water in well had to be delivered daily- not sure if it was usage or the pump- since the pump went out in a storm power outage. Too many things had "special ways to get it to work correctly" which can be very dangerous to outsiders - such as lighting the stove top or oven- and it usually led to a large blow out of flames. Mark and Jonas tried to address the issues as quickly as possible, and some were out of their control such as the storm power outage on our first day. Marlon helped out on the first day, but we never saw him after that. Other issues could be dealt with by simply updating appliances etc. The bedrooms were wonderful and very comfortable, and having air conditioned rooms was a real treat. The Back right bedroom on game room side (with step up) smelled terribly of mold- and had dead bugs lingering on picture frame on wall. This house has amazing potential - just needs some updating and a good cleaning! The location is very good - for almost anything you wanted to do on the island! It was wonderful to grill outside at night and sit by the pool to enjoy dinner. We have rented many beach houses over the years, and know that with some TLC, this one could be brought back to live up to it's amazing history! I would love to see the house again after some updating and maintenance is completed- Not good for young children or older people- very steep, slippery stone stairs and around pool - no handrails on any stairs, and also back stair area.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to have this large family from Long Island visit us at Villa Steel Magnolias and I appreciate their detailed report and thank them for thier visit. I will say I agree with most of the comments and recommendations and we are already working on updating what's needed and fixing the other issues. The Villa stays booked pretty much 95% of the time in the winter months and gets pretty beat down by spring so summertime is when the villa is not booked as much and we do the work that's needed. Unfortunately the villa was not at its top of its game for theses guests as it is for most. As pointed out they did have some water issues due to a storm and power outage when they arrive but was sorted out within a day. This is a rare problem and within the next month we will have 2 water good supply's , one from the city and one from our well/ cistern storage tanks which most villas in the area only have. Good Housekeeping has always been very important and I have not heard any other comments that it was sub par but have spoken to our housekeeper to always double check before guests come. . The media room we don't normally open to guests but since this was a larger group we did offer to open it up as extra sleeping area. I don't think the staff was aware this room would be used until the last min so it did not get a good cleaning. As in any home things do break from time to time and again but these guests did have a above normal of things not working but most was quickly fixed. Over the years we have had hundreds of guests of ALL ages visit the villa and none have reported any issues getting in or out of the pool safely, are using any of the steps and its really not that difficult for most to figure things out and certainly nothing that most would say was any danger. I will however see about getting a railing added and work on the other issues. By far our reviews show most guests have a great time return home happy and well tanned and with few problems and over 50% return again and again. It's important to us to try to please all guest and we do have a great staff that try's to daily. This summer we will be busy painting, cleaning, and updating as we normally do this time of year and I invite all to come for a visit. Thanks!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St Maarten - Airport code is SXM
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Baie Rouge
Car: recommended

Rental prices quoted weekly in US dollars not including 9% tax. Maximum occupancy is normally two adults per bedroom. Base rates are based on one to six people in the Villa with a small extra charge for more than six. Rates & Terms are subject to change without notice.


Payment Options: Traveler's Check, Cashiers/Registered Check, Personal/Business Check, Money Order, Cash

Check out Noon - Check In 1pm. We can work around these times if need if the Villa was not booked the night before. Rates are for one to six people in the Villa. Over six there is a extra charge per extra bedroom needed.

Cancellations and Refunds:

All payments are non-refundable once received due to the Villa being unable to be resold while space was being held. However if we are able to re-rent the Villa we can normally make a refund.


One half of rental amount is due within 7 days of booking unless its made 7 months in advance or more the just a 25% deposit. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival at the Villa.


Rates & Availability

Les Terres Basses Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Smmer Fall Season
Apr 16 2016 - Dec 14 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Fall and Winter
Dec 15 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Winter High Season
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates based on 6 people with extra nightly charge for over six staying in the Villa. We do not add any service charge as some hotels and Villa's do however most guest do tip the staff a little something at the end of their visit. We have a great staff. Depending on the dates I can normally offer a discount for larger groups so email me for more info and the best quote. Thanks!

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Les Terres Basses Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bedroom bath in main Villa
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Bathroom in 2nd bedroom open to pool also
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in 3rd bedroom - large shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in 4th Bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Large bathroom with double sinks, jetted tub.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with private bath, opens to pool and View!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private bath and opens onto pool and view!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Private bath opens onto pool and View!
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , private bath, door to walkway to pool patio - TV
    Detached - Master Bedroom with View! - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Second mater bedroom, private bath, open to pool.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , See Detached - Master bedroom info.
  • King size beds (1) All Bedrooms have good pillow top beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeping is normally included 6 days a week. We do not at a service charge as some do but most guests do tip the staff a little something when they leave the Villa. Houseman also available if needed to help with anything you might need. Cook available for extra fee. Much more to come!

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