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Mare Blu: Experience Sophisticated Elegance

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Space 10,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedroom Suites, 8 baths, Sleeps 12



Mare Blu Villa is a amazing addition to St. John's beautiful landscape. Overlooking Rendezvous Bay , this colorful, 10,000 sq. ft. villa mirrors the dramatic hues of the Caribbean scenery. Mare Blu is considered to be one of the most luxurious high-style, relaxing and private villas on the island of St. John.

After 30 years of island hopping, Mare Blu owners, Teri and Bernie Ackerman, found no match for the appeal of the friendly and culturally diverse community of St. John, nor for the beauty of its tropical forests, national parks and secluded sandy beaches. St. John is believed by many to be the most beautiful of the USVIs, if not the most beautiful island in all of the Caribbean. The vacation home of their dreams was built on a hill above the turquoise waters of Rendezvous Bay, looking south, with scenic views that stretch from the east end of St. John to St. Croix.

The Ultimate in Style and Luxury: Mare Blu's great floor plan, superb design, lighting, and finishes distinguish this spectacular villa overlooking Rendezvous Bay. Built in four spacious pavilions linked together by generous outdoor living spaces, the sparking pool and tropical gardens, Mare Blue offers full air conditioning throughout the villa. Its excellent floor plan is designed so that all of the home's living space and pool is on one level. Six large bedroom/bath suites, a stunning indoor gourmet kitchen flanked by an outdoor kitchen dining and sitting area, and a beautifully-decorated Great Room and loggia are just a start at Mare Blu.

6 Bedroom Suites for the Ultimate in Privacy: Mare Blu has six large bedroom/bathroom master suites, two located at pool level, three on the garden level and one in the pavilion above the grand veranda. All bedroom suites are beautifully furnished, air conditioned hideaways that take full advantage of their picturesque location. All the suites have flat screen televisions with cable. Bathrooms have double vanities, showers, and are tiled in grey granite from floor to ceiling. The Orange suite features an alfresco shower, Yellow a semi-alfresco shower and the Pink suite also offers a bathtub.

Incredible & Well Appointed Living & DIning Areas: All of the villa's living space is on the main level of the pavilion. The Great Room, with two seating areas, provides a 55' HDTV, DVD, movies, games & game table. Adjacent, the gourmet kitchen leaves nothing to be desired, even by the most discerning of gourmet cooks. Well stocked with a large variety of glassware, stemware, dinnerware & cookware, the kitchen is equipped to feed the masses with its top of the line stainless steel appliances, including a 3-door refrigerator/freezer, standard oven, microwave/convection oven and two dishwashers. Sliding glass pocket doors lead from the indoor kitchen to its outdoor kitchen providing easy service to the alfresco dining room & includes a professional gas grill, 2nd oven, icemaker & generous countertop space. The dining room joins the covered outdoor living room resulting in one expansive outdoor living space with awesome ocean views. With an abundance of outdoor seating and lounging furniture this space is the true heart of the villa!

More Details

Teri Ackerman
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 13, 2018

About Teri Ackerman

Mare Blu is owned by Teri & Bernie Ackerman of Fort Mill, SC. They have two sons, Jason and Adam.

Why Teri Ackerman chose Rendezvous & Ditleff

We love St John because it is restful and relaxing, yet still offers something for everyone. There is great hiking and snorkeling just seconds from our house - not to mention the spectacular views. There are also fabulous restaurants just 5 minutes away and the best beachs in the world.

What makes this villa unique

Mare Blu was built with all the main living space on the same level. Large infinity edge pool, outdoor and indoor kitchen, dining room, and lots of out door seating covered and with sun so everyone can be together. There are also separate porches and areas for smaller groups or couples to have some quiet time.. All the bedroom suites are large and equal in size with large bathrooms. Indoor and outdoor TVs where you can view your favorite program, movie or sporting event while floating in the pool. Every room and space including bathrooms have a spectacular view of the Caribbean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I can't say enough wonderful things about Mare Blu! Everything about this place is magical. Twelve of us spent a week here for my husband's 50th birthday celebration and had the time of our lives. This was our 5th stay on the island and by far the best. Mare Blu is perfectly spread out which made it SO comfortable for all of us. The pool was amazing - especially for the guys who watched Sunday football while floating:-)

The owners were SO gracious and accommodating - no question was too small to ask. We will surely be heading back to Mare Blu asap!!
Jan 2014
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Rendezvous & Ditleff Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Rental Agreement must be signed provided by owner.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Purple - 1 king , Convertible to 2 Twins
    Orange - 1 king
    Yellow - 1 queen
    Beige - 1 king
    Pink - 1 king , Convertible to 2 Twins
    Blue - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms/bath suites (hypo-allergenic) have cable TV, hair dryer, toiletries, 1000 count linens, plush towels, safe for valuables, double vanities and shower (main-level twin suite also has a bathtub); Upper Pavilion's Blue Suite has coffee maker and mini-fridge. All with a view of Rendezvous Bay
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have stocked and supplied all the essentials and conveniences so that you can travel light and still have everything that you need and desire for a totally enjoyable, comfortable and relaxed vacation. Just pack some clothes and bathing suits. General Items & Electronics: 8 cable TVs and a 24 inch flat-screen cable TV in each bedroom suite, 2 DVD players (in Great Room and in pool loggia), iPod docking stations, large DVD movie collection, books, games; full air-conditioning throughout villa; High speed wireless internet for your laptop, printer, answering machine. Gourmet kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, including 3-door refrigerator, 2 dishwashers, microwave/convection oven, regular oven/microwave oven, and wide selection of dishes, glassware, serving pieces, cookware- everything for the chef. Adjoining outside kitchen with stainless steel professional gas grill, icemaker, oven and screened pass-through from the kitchen to the outdoor dining area.


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Mare Blu: Experience Sophisticated Elegance
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews
Baltimore, MD

Perfect family vacation at Mare Blu on St. John

  • 5 of 5

Our family of ten, ages six months to sixtyish, enjoyed a perfect week on St. John at beautiful Mare Blu! This our first visit with the whole family since The hurricanes. It was gratifying to see that nature prevails as does the spirit of the people of St. John. We spent perfect days at Hawksnest, Francis, Trunk and our favorite Maho Bay with its turtles! We also added a new beach to our list, Hansen. Dinners at Morgan's Mango and lunches at The Tap Room and Skinny Legs were fun and delicious.

Everyone loved Mare Blu! The villa is beautifully designed: elegant with attention to every detail yet comfortable and accommodating. There are spacious living areas, indoors and out, lovely bedrooms, some with screened verandas and outdoor showers, all with splendid views looking out toward St. Croix. The well equipped kitchen and outdoor dining area were great for our breakfasts and some dinners. The swimming pool was wonderful for the children in the late afternoons and illuminated our evenings sometimes inviting late night swims. The location of the villa was private and quiet yet a convenient drive to Cruz Bay and the beaches.

Mare Blu would definitely be our first choice for a return stay on St. John with our family or some friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marta, thanks for writing such a lovely review. So happy you and your family enjoyed St. John and Mare Blu. Hope to speak with you again soon about a future visit.
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Perfect home for 2 families!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here the week of July 4th. We could not have been happier. The house has everything (and exactly as pictured): infinity pool, tv's everywhere (although we rarely used them, we would rather look out at he ocean), fully appointed kitchen, including ice maker, multiple stoves and dishwashers. Anything you would need was there, pool floats, beach chairs, coolers.

We had lots of questions for Teri (owner) and Drew (property manager on island) as we prepared for our vacation. Both were responsive, detailed and helpful in their responses.

We would recommend this property without hesitation. This is the house you would build if you had the money, nothing was overlooked.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted that You enjoyed Mare Blu as much as we do. We would love for you to return anytime.
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

My family loved Mate Blu. There are 12 of us, and the house was perfect for us. It is designed so everyone has space and the outdoor living area is winderful. We ate all our dinners there, and spent of our house time there. Tori, the local manager, was always available to help with any problem. She checked in with us often. We have been to St John 9 times, and this was the best ever! I would highly recommend Mare Blu.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patricia, we are so happy you and your family loved Mare Blu. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you on your 10th trip to St. John.
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Austin, TX

Luxury retreat with no detail overlooked!

  • 5 of 5

Mare Blu was everything we envisioned our luxury rental to be and even more. No detail has been overlooked. From wonderful linens and towels, to comfortable furniture and a perfectly stocked kitchen, even down to the outside lighting! Teri and Bernie did not miss any opportunity to make this home comfortable and inviting. They are absolutely a joy to work with and the concierge, Drew, continues that professionalism during your stay. The layout of the home gives everyone plenty of space to gather and yet, opportunity to relax in privacy if you choose. We had two families with 7 teens and college aged kids and never felt "on top of each other" or too much in the kids space. So many great and comfortable locations to relax and take in the sunrise and sunset or get some sun or shade.

I cannot say enough great things about this home and can NOT wait to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mare Blu was intended to be enjoyed by families like yours. We are so happy you had a great time. Look forward to speaking with you again in the near future
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Mare Blu is simply stunning and serene.

  • 5 of 5

"Mare Blu provided a beautiful, serene setting for our recent 50th anniversary celebration with family. The manager met us promptly upon arrival and made us immediately feel at home. The villa was luxurious and so well-appointed that it would be difficult to want anything more. The large outdoor dining and indoor living areas created an atmosphere in which our family was able to enjoy memorable conversations and meals together without interruptions. And, the opportunity to enjoy a cup of early-morning coffee on the patio or to swim under the stars in a pool overlooking the ocean was priceless.

The downside of this trip was that it was far too short. A week just wasn't long enough to fully experience the beautiful scenery and uncrowded beaches that St. John has to offer.

Teri was wonderful to work with prior to, and during, our stay. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with our family, and for providing many helpful shopping and restaurant suggestions. We are already looking forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mare Blu was intended to be enjoyed by families like your. Thanks for choosing Mare Blu for your special anniversary. We look forward to your return visit. Teri & Bernie
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Perfect place to stay for a dream vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Mare Blue was the perfect spot for us to vacation with friends and family -- absolutely stunning views of Rendezvous Bay in a quiet and convenient location. The residence was fantastic with all the amenities we could hope for: lovely modern home, gorgeous infinity pool, spacious private bedrooms and bathrooms, full kitchen and outdoor gas grill, 2 washer/dryers. Teri and Bernie were very hospitable and helpful throughout the whole experience, always available when we had questions, even when it was just a suggestion for a great restaurant! Will definitely return for the next trip to St. John and would absolutely recommend to anyone for a truly wonderful vacation experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a wonderful vacation, come back anytime
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Car: recommended

No Hurricane Damage, Have Power and Internet.

Mare Blu Villa is a striking addition to St. John's beautiful landscape. From a hillside on the exclusive Rendezvous Bay overlooking the majestic south shore, this colorful villa mirrors the dramatic hues of the Caribbean scenery that inspired it. Mare Blu is considered to be one of the most luxurious high-style, relaxing and private villas on the island of St. John. Please be sure to visit our personal website for much more about this gorgeous home and it's surroundings.

Other Activities: St. John's casual ambiance, coupled with the sense of seclusion the island provides, quickly sends visitors into a vacation state-of- mind. Once through the security gates of Mare Blu and into the villa's main pavilion, guests are not only convinced that they have escaped civilization, but are also certain they have found paradise! From a lounge chair on the veranda at Mare Blu, one may feel as if they are completely secluded, but in fact, they are only a short drive from the best of everything the island of St. John has to offer. Mare Blu is only a short distance from the festive town of Cruz Bay with its upscale shopping, trendy boutiques, gourmet markets, art galleries and fine dining. It's only a short drive to numerous bays and inlets suitable for kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, power boating and also to the renowned National Park beaches for a leisurely day of snorkeling or simply relaxing on powder white sand.

Golf: For golfers, the thrill of a lifetime awaits at Mahogany Run Golf Course on St. Thomas, a Caribbean resort course rich in tropical foliage, exciting and challenging greens and spectacular vistas! The 14th hole of Mahogany Run - perched on a cliff 200 feet above a rocky inlet of the Atlantic Ocean and commanding an unlimited view of the sea and neighboring U.S. and British Virgin Islands - may well be one of the most photographed and among the most challenging of par-3 holes in the world.

Designed by George and Tom Fazio and opened in 1980, Mahogany Run has attracted thousands of visitors, golfers and non-golfers, celebrities and Presidents alike - to its challenging and exciting greens. Carved and blasted out of native Blue-Bit stone resulting in an area of land just less than 100 acres, Golf Digest proclaimed that its creation was more of an engineering marvel than an architectural one. As you stand on the 14th tee box and feel the pounding surf between you and the 14th green, it is understandable why there have been no other attempts to build a golf course on St. Thomas.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500

HOMEAWAY RATE FORMAT WILL ONLY DISPLAY ONE RATE. Rates are based on number of guests, please email or call for detailed rate information. 2 per bedroom, Children under the age of two are not included in count when staying in parents room. Rates are subject to change. Please contact owner for more detail at 704-578-4887

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund