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Mare Blu: Experience Sophisticated Elegance in Paradise

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Rendezvous & Ditleff Villa Rental Photos and Description

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!

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Teri Ackerman
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
August 1, 2016
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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 Cruz Bay

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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Mare Blu: Experience Sophisticated Elegance in Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews

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: Aug 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: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a wonderful vacation, come back anytime
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Best vacation rental ever!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family (13 of us) were looking for a great place to celebrate my Father's 75th birthday and my wife was lucky enough to stumble across the Mare Blue website. The spectacular pictures on the web site convinced us that this would be a perfect location, but believe me that they can't come close to capturing the true beauty and magic of this wonderful villa. We had committed to rent the villa and the transaction was completed, but once the owner knew that the entire trip was to celebrate my father's birthday, she was so helpful and kind; she basically became our travel agent and helped make all the plans as simple as possible for us. We had such an unbelievable stay at the Mare Blue. The views are amazing, and the house is spectacular. We couldn't have asked for more. My children and my sister's children will forever remember our wonderful trip to St. John and we dream of a return to the Mare Blue.

Thank you Teri & Bernie.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sean & Julie Mare Blu was designed for families like yours to make great memories. We are delighted that your fathers 75th Birthday was all you had hoped for. We look forward to your return visit to Mare Blu. Teri & Bernie
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Ultimate Relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Mare Blu with my boyfriend and our friends the week of July 4, 2015. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Walking in to the house for the first time is almost (almost) the best part: the expansive view of the Caribbean, the huge infinity pool, and the numerous amenities Mare Blu has to offer will take your breath away. We spent a while walking around the property and taking everything in—before jumping in the pool!

Our stay in St. John was the perfect mix of activity and relaxation. We made trips to several beaches, went on some beautiful hikes, and spent more than a few happy hours in Cruz Bay. Having Mare Blu as a home base to return to was always such a great feeling. Couples could retreat to their bedroom suites for privacy, or we could socialize in the great room or in the veranda by the pool. The space is perfectly constructed to allow for both togetherness and alone time. Reading a book by the pool was my favorite activity, while my boyfriend enjoyed watching sports from the pool (yes—the pool faces the ocean on one side and a large-screen TV on the other!).

We even spent a couple of days just relaxing at the house all day and cooking at home. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare full meals; you will not want for anything while at Mare Blu. We played poker from the games provided, watched movies while floating in the pool, and made pina coladas to sip on while we cooked on the grill. This trip was nothing short of magical, and Mare Blu’s opulent yet relaxed atmosphere played a large part in our experience. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yvonne We are so glad you and your friends had a magical time at Mare Blu. WE look forward to your return visit.
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Stunning property, unmatched views, every amenity

  • 5 of 5

Our group (9 friends) stayed at Mare Blu in May 2015. We had a fantastic time and Teri was very helpful before the trip in arranging activities, a private chef, and taxi transfers. The villa is beautiful, with every amenity you could want – beer fridge by the pool was a big hit, as was the outdoor TV for the playoffs! Check in was very easy and professional, taking no more than 15mins or so. The house was immaculate and perfectly arranged for a large group. There is so much space that we all felt very comfortable and relaxed there. The pictures are exactly as shown on the website and the house location is perfect. Far enough from town to have beautiful, untouched views across the island, yet close enough for a 10min taxi ride into the center of town. The northern beaches were also not that far away – maybe 15-20mins in total. Chico’s Taxi (Mitch Samuel at 340 690 6507) was on call for us the entire time and always just a phone call away. Chef Johnny B (jrbluzbag (at) yahoo (dot) com) was fantastic and the food was cooked at the villa’s professional indoor/outdoor kitchen to perfection. The villa has every single thing a professional chef needs, and easily caters to large groups looking for a relaxing night overlooking the stunning views. Checkout was also easy, with a wonderful cleaning crew arriving exactly on time. We couldn’t have been happier with our stay at Mare Blu and would be happy to act as a reference for any future guests. Teri and her husband have built a fabulous home here, and it is the perfect vacation villa.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, we are so glad you had such a great time at Mare Blu.
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Perfect spot for hosting our dream wedding!!

  • 5 of 5

Mare Blu

The unsung hero award for our wedding goes to Teri and Mare Blu. Not only did it make for the most picturesque backdrop for our wedding ceremony but our guest were in awe at how beautiful and functional the villa was. Location was perfect for the sunset wedding ceremony as well as easy access to and from for our guests staying in and around Cruz Bay.

Teri was not only active making sure the villa was in perfect condition for our visit but she was also a great resource for the months leading up to the wedding with recommendations for reliable jeep rental (Mr. Piper's) and restaurant recommendations.

The layout of the space was ideal for any situation. We were able to host a 23 person rehearsal dinner with a long family style table in the great outdoor space. My brothers roasted us with a slideshow on the TV by the pool. All were able to huddle around and observe. Then we also hosted a 37 person ceremony down on the lawn.

The on island manager was personable and supportive when we had questions. I will try to post photos of the wedding when I receive the official photos.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve & Christine You were a delightful couple to work with. Thank you for choosing Mare Blu to be a part of your very special day.
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Car: recommended

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.


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Rendezvous & Ditleff Villa Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 12.5%

HOMEAWAY RATE FORMAT WILL ONLY DISPLAY THE LOWEST RATE (2 TO 6 PERSON 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

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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.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront
  • 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
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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