About the property
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- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
1 Bedroom Cruz Bay condo with unobstructed sunsets, just steps to Cruz Bay
Our St John condo is a wonderful, 1bedroom, 1 bath vacation rental conveniently located just steps from Cruz Bay on a quiet residential street just past Gallows Point Resort with great breezes and water views. Frank Bay Beach is just around the corner and the sunsets are amazing from here! Our condo has Caribbean inspired colors and amenities, perfect for adults, honeymooners or couples with all the comforts of home with a little more privacy and affordability than St John hotels or resorts.
With 10' high ceilings, cool tiled floor, and ocean views are a welcoming island retreat. La mer has fans throughout and regular tradewinds, and air conditioning is now available.
Step from the living room or bedroom onto our large porch with an outdoor teak dining table, lounge chairs, an island inspired hammock, and gas BBQ grill. The porch overlooks the shared (with three other condos) pool and some of the best sweeping views of the Caribbean and other islands, and of course sunsets you will forever remember.
The spacious living room has a floor to ceiling bookshelf, TV, & CD Player, and we are WiFi ready.
Our remodeled and well stocked kitchen is well stocked by my wife (a Southern cook!) , so you should have everything you need to fix an elaborate meal or blend your favorite island concoctions.
The property is beautifully landscaped with year-round blossoming plants and you will absolutely love the large pool that is privately shared with the other three units on the property.
Our condo is very well maintained and our Welcome Team will also be available if have any questions about the condo.
We hope you enjoy our island home away from home.
***La Mer is not available during High Season, and September until first week in October.
Pat & Hal Brown
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 11, 2018
About Pat & Hal Brown
We are long time winter residents of St John, with Southern roots in the States
Pat & Hal Brown purchased this Condo in 1997
Why Pat & Hal Brown chose Estate Enighed
We loved St John and wanted to spend more time on the island!
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The property was all we needed for a relaxing vacation. We were concerned about no AC, but it was not a problem. The property was all we needed. We were walking distance from Cruz Bay, clean and neat, and had a great view. We will rent again!
Steve and Lisa were great!
Nice but noisy
Pros ... porch with great view, high ceilings, well furnished and beautifully decorated
Cons ... windows only have screens so we heard construction starting at 7am
Walkable location to Cruz Bay if no issue with hills
Lovely villa, excellent location, but not exactly peaceful
This was our fourth vacation in Cruz Bay, and in terms of the unit itself, Villa la Mer is the nicest place we've stayed. The photographs are accurate. The living/dining area and bedroom are bright, airy, comfortably furnished, and nicely decorated, with excellent cross-ventilation and a diverse set of books (useful to those who forget reading material). They and the deck are very pleasant, with a lovely view. The kitchen is small with no real usable work space because of countertop appliances, so cooking was a challenge for us. We did not miss having air conditioning temperature-wise (except for some particularly still days, but nights were always fine); noise was another matter (more on that below). Making arrangements with Hal, and then Steve and Lisa, was easy. Steve and Lisa were welcoming and helpful, and Lisa's handmade tote bag with local treats was a wonderful gift. Our deposit was returned quickly with a very nice note from Pat. The location is good; we appreciated being a relatively flat walk into the center of town, and the proximity to Frank Bay for swimming.
Unfortunately, despite the pleasantness of our lodging, this was the least peaceful and restful holiday we've had in Cruz Bay due to noise. Half the windows in Villa la Mer have only screens: no glass, no shutters, nothing. While excellent for catching breezes, this is not so good for dealing with noise. As of November 2015, four construction sites surrounded Villa la Mer, including one major one that is going 7 days/week and another on the same property right behind and below this unit. We were subject to banging, drilling, sawing, heavy machinery, cement trucks, dump trucks, other construction traffic, etc., 7 am – 5 pm nearly every day. On the more typical side, an extremely vocal rooster was in residence next door, right outside the bedroom. Being unable to close windows against the noise, I ended up sleeping in the living room to get a little farther away from the crowing with fans, earplugs and a pillow over my head. We would not have stayed in Villa la Mer had we known about all the construction in the area. My husband found it unpleasant but adjusted; I am more sensitive to noise and found it incredibly disruptive. I am sorry to say that, as the villa itself really is lovely, the location excellent, and the owners and management friendly and responsive.
Perfect Place to Stay!
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Villa La Mer, we couldn't have been happier with our choice. The quick walk to Cruz Bay makes the location perfect even if you don't rent a car. Any time we weren't sleeping or out of the house we were on the deck (I might as well have lived in the hammock) enjoying the beautiful views. We will definitely be back!
Villa La Mer is a beautiful place to stay. You walk into a a large living room and dining area with views of the bay. You have the best views of the sunset from the deck and can enjoy it by relaxing on the hammock. The place is very clean and has everything you need. The property manager, Steve, took great care of us and picked is up from the ferry dock. He brought us to High Tide and gave us some information on the island and took us up to the Villa. He was flexible with our check out time too! The Villa is about a 5 minute walk to the ferry dock. Gallows Point is just down the hill which was nice because they have a convenience store right there and sometimes you can grab a taxi from there. I would absolutely stay here again and cannot wait to go back!
My wife and I just returned from a one week stay. The villa was perfect for us. We especially enjoyed the large covered deck with it's great views and hammock. Easy walk to Cruz Bay. We would not hesitate to stay there again.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Beaches Golf: World renowned Mahogany Run Golf Course is located on St. Thomas, just a ferry ride away Ski: Water skiing and jet skiing is available on St John
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Less than 7 nights may be possible during low season. The condo is not available Jan 7–Apr 10 each year. USVI Hotel Tax of 12.5% is not included in rates.