Windspree Vacation Homes St John USVI

Testimonials for La Mer - Carolina (RT 108)

St. John and your beautiful home, La Mer work their magic on me before we even arrived. Just anticipating our 5thvisit here after a 2 year gap made our hearts happy. I didn’t think it was possible to improve on such an idyllic and comfortable setting. But with the new sofas on the balcony, the early mornings spent there are even more wonderful

Our week flew by and we never made more wonderful memories dancing to reverend Raven at Indigo, listening to great music at Shipwreck having a fabulous snorkeling adventure with Roberta from Pirate girl charters. Thank you for welcoming us into your home. We treasured our time.

The Jelks Family , Alexandria, VA , 03/2017

As always, we had a wonderful time at La Mer.  Family members can't wait to return with us!

Tammy , 12/2016

Thank you for sharing your fabulous villa with these three brothers and their spouses. Every creature comfort was thought of when you provided for our stay. Your mountain top retreat is truly paradise and our stay unforgettable. Thank you for the memories of a lifetime.

Ah for one week of our lives, we have been transformed from ordinary people into jet setters who have started referring to your mountain retreat as "Our villa" On the road back from every accessible beach on the island we would spot the rooftop from far away and say there's "Our villa" Thanks you for allowing us to feel more than ordinary.

Roger and Valerie, Ralf and Sharon , 05/2014

Only the last day of our wonderful week here on St.John did it rain,otherwise we were treated to sunny days and fair winds. Snorkeling with Hidden Reef Eco Tours was an educational and adventurous start to the week, followed by a day sail on Calypso,hike to  Ram's head, and relaxing time at Cinnamon,Trunk,Salt Pond and little Lamshure beaches. But the Consensus among our group was that the best time on the island was right here at La Mer,relaxing and the pool,cooking dinner together,swinging in the hammock with the breeze, and having a cocktail while listening to the distant sounds of music from Skinny' Legs. Thank you for a wonderful week in paradise.

Jimmy,Liz,Ben,Iga,Bill,Marta , 05/2014

Fantastic Villa with a fantastic view!  Our photos didn't even begin to capture the beauty!  Would return in a minute.



Trudy & David , 04/2014

Our fourth visit to la Mer was fabulous-good things only get better over time! Having stayed in your beautiful home several times now, we love anticipating the drive over from Cruz Bay when we arrive in 
St.John. We know what kind of settings await us and so look forward to a week of starry skies,tropical breezes and gorgeous views from your bordeaux mountain sanctuary. We continue to make many memories and are grateful to stay in your lovely hiome.

Yelks , VA , 03/2014

We cannot find words to describe our stay in La Mer, but we will try...

Amazing,Breathtaking,Welcoming and Comfortable

Thank you for sharing your magnificient home.

anonymous , 02/2014

This was the Russo Families 2nd visit to St.John and La Mer and it was great. Your home and the amazing views are the centerpiece of our family vacation/gathering. This year we spent more time at the house catching up with each others lives.The main deck was the backdrop for family dinners.Outside of la Mer we had a great time snorkeling We saw (squid,turtles,baracudas,rays,etc..) hiking,chilling at the bar at Aqua Bistro and tasting the food at all of the Coral Bay restaurants. 

We are looking forward to next year's visit. 

Barbara,Ernest,Jennifer,Marc,Dana,Tammy and Greg , NJ,NY,NC,MA , 12/2013

Wow! What an amazing home you have with the best views ever! Our family of 5 has had a fabulous week here at La Mer. We took a quick trip to Cruz Bay for the Shrimp fest at Lime Inn. We honeymooned in St.John18 years ago and brought our 3 kids back. We all had a BLAST!

Thanks you for your gracious "Home near Heaven"

The Grimm's , Missouri , 03/2013

I stayed at La Mer with my grandparents,Mom,Dad and Brother. We have been to St.John many times,and every year it gets better. This year we got to see an octopus at Brown Bay.We got some amazing pictures. This trip was one of the best. Our flight went well and the seperate rooms really helped. I also read more books this time,it was so relaxing.In all it was an excellent trip and I just love it here.I hope everyone has a great experience here too!

Abigail , Boston,MA , 02/2013

“La Mer” est tres Magnifique! Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise with us. We’ve been coming to this island for over 25 years and been renting homes in Coral Bay for 12 years and this is the 1st villa we’ve stayed in that didn’t make us long for any others.  Thank you, thank you our visit was sublime.

Kathy and Scott , Columbus, OH , 02/2013

My husband and I spent our 40th wedding anniversary here this week-It was glorious.What a spectacular house. We have been coming to St.John for 12 years and this is the most beautiful home we have visited. Friends and family surrounded us and it was memorable .Also celebrated my birthday-a good time was had by all.

Ochester Family , Philadelphia,PA , 02/2013

I hope I will bring home the peace and beauty of La Mer and St John when we return to VA tomorrow.  Our second visit to your breath taking villa was even better than our last! This year we knew what to expect at the top of Bordeaux Mountain and the anticipation made our visit all the sweeter!  We renewed our wedding vows after celebrating 20 years of marriage and couldn’t have picked a more magical please to say “I do” again! Thank you for opening and sharing your exquisite home with our family. We feel as if we are in heaven when we’re here!

Heather and Freeman , Alexandria, VA , 04/2012

Thank you for another wonderful stay in your beautiful home.  You, Karen and Kay at Windspree always make our stay in Coral Bay perfect.  La Mer is such a wonderful villa with perfect views and even when we need a day off from the wonders of St John, there is no better place to stay in and just enjoy the breezes, views, and rainbows.  We really feel on top of the world. Plus it is easy to drive even to this height and that is great for St John. This year the Manta Ray pair in Francis Bay was a highlight and we swam with them several times. Thanks again and we will surely return!

Ruth and Robert , North Dighton, MA , 03/2012

Tonight  is our last. We are gazing at the magnificient view from La Mer's deck, as we gazed, the beauty and souls of the Yaya's gazed back.We kept our bodies happy by dipping in the carribbean at Trunk,Cinnamon,Francis and hawksnest beaches. We kept the merchants happy at St.John,we shopped at many of the local places.We wnat to be sure to mention the fabulous dining at Aqua Bistro,a don't miss.

We quickly learned from the fabulous rum concoctions, the Yaya's found  their fullest expressions through these exotic rum concoctions!

Cindy,our hostess and driver quickly learned to negotiate St.Johns hairpin turns and roller coaster hills.

We could write a book on our weeks experiences. The views are breathtaking and seem to change everytime you take the scenery in.Our eyes feasted ion the tasteful decor and comfort of La Mer.

Thank you Tom and Rene. It is clear that you have said "YES" to life.

The Yaya's , 02/2012

We could not have dreamed a better family vacation. La Mer was even better than advertised. Thanks so very much. I suspect we will be back some day, although probably not for the most expensive, crowded week of the year on st. John!

Sean , 01/2012

Today is our last day. Hate to leave this place. What a wonderful home! Our family of 8 came for an early Christmas vacation. The place worked out wonderful and gave everyone plenty of space.  We enjoyed snorkelling at Salt Pond, Lameshur, Hawksnest, and Princess Bays. Spent a day on Francis Bay and Waterlemon too. Can’t wait to come back!


Came to St. John in 2009, the place was beautiful, everything was so excellent.  Here at La Mer it is so beautiful.  We had a relaxing time.  This villa is unbelievable.  Thanks for making it a special time.  We love it here now more than ever, because our son was married here yesterday on Trunk Bay!  It was amazing!  What a view from here and everywhere!  Hope we can come back again and stay here!  Thank you for all your kindness!

Gary and Pat Jessup , 06/2011

Thank you for sharing this breathtaking spot with us! We fell in love with St. John 6 years ago and have returned nearly every year since to enjoy the beauty of the beaches, the snorkelling and all the adventures we have here.  La Mer is the most stunning villa and we feel so fortunate to have stayed here!  I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and soak in the views; the deck off the master bedroom became my favorite spot for reading and enjoying the delicious breezes.  Your home is so beautifully designed and decorated.  You’ve created a magical oasis here!  It will be heartbreaking to leave it today, but we have wonderful memories of this visit that we will cherish always!  Thank you!

The Jelks Family , 04/2011

What a memorable birthday here at La Mer!  I am delighted to be here with my fabulous family.  Choose not to watch TV -- only great views, ocean breezes, and more views.  A beautifully and thoughtfully designed and decorated villa couldn’t get any better!  Thank you for opening your home for the enjoyment of others!  A suggestion for other visitors, the time flies by, enjoy every minute! Thanks again!

The Ward Family , 03/2011

All we can say is “WOW!”  We’ve been to the islands before but this home is the favorite with amazing views!   We came for spring break and to celebrate 3 birthdays!  We had a great time at Trunk Bay with lots of snorkelling.  I definitely recommend eating at Island Blues; they have the best fish-n-chips.  Aqua Bistro is great too!  Go to Skinny Legs, we had a good meal there.  The best snorkelling for us was at Leinster Bay. It’s a short hike, but well worth the peaceful beach.  We saw a mongoose, I swam next to a turtle and watched an enormous eagle ray glide through the water.  Also watched a turtle pull a crab out of a shell, pretty amazing!  Barracudas would swim up to shore along with many other fish!  Hike up a ways to view the ruins, spectacular!  We recommend Captain Steve at Sea and Ski!  We went snorkelling at the Indians and the caves, really awesome, everyone has to go there!  Pirates Bight was a relaxing and peaceful place.  We hit the Willy T for lunch and it was good!  Captain Steve took us to Sandy Spit.  Renting a boat is definitely the way to go! You have got to get out on a boat and see the islands.  Ah, Cinnamon Bay…beautiful!  My personal favorite beach!  Cruz Bay is fun at night, great shopping and food.  Thank you for sharing your home.  We love it!

Kent, Julie, Karri, Aubrey, Jaime , 03/2011

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful villa home.  We had a fabulous time on St. John and here in this great house.  We come every year to St. John and stay as long as we can manage, and this has been a very special stay given the beauty of La Mer.  It is so convenient to all our favorites.  Right in the middle with the spokes out to the best beaches, North, South, and East.  The house makes everything easy too and what a great kitchen! Be sure to go out with Rick and Robin on Long Distance for a sail and snorkel.  They are great!  Be sure to get to Francis and of course Cinnamon Bays, but go east and snorkel Haulover and go to Miss Vie’s, then don’t miss Salt Pond Bay and Lameshur Bay.  Thank you.

Ruth, Robert, Trillium , Oxford, NH , 03/2011

The Sell family found your villa, La Mer, to be the BEST yet!  It is everything we hoped for--Glorious!  We have been coming to St. John for four years now and this being our fourth, brought our kids.  We also had very high expectations since this was our first trip with the "young ones"!  La Mer surpasses all of those expectations--absolutely STUNNING with its beautifully decorated rooms and extremely superb views!  We all found that we "saw" or discovered something new every day in this villa--whether it be a painting, a gadget, a trinket or just "tinkgs"!  fabulous!  The north shore beaches are always gorgeous and always so much fun to introduce VI "Virgins" to them!  My family voted that Cinammon Beach is the most beautiful and saved it to back to for our last day.  As far as snorkeling, we were advised to go to Salt Pond.  Well, it proved to be the best snorkeling all week!  We saw rays, turtles, tarpin, starfish, squid, scuttlefish, and a huge barracuda!  WOW!  We all enjoyed coming back from our beach days, jumping in the pool and conversation with cocktails about our days' events.  My husband and I love to "island stare" on the porch in the a.m. and later in the evening.  We also enjoyed great music from "Island Blues" on several starlit nights.  What an AMAZING week!  Thanks so much!

Sell Family , 04/2010

We came to St. John for spring break with our three children.  Our expectations were high for La Mer and for St. John and neither left us disappointed.  If you are just arriving here, we have some recommendations that represent the highlights of our stay: 

--be sure to snorkel at Salt Pond Bay. 

--Go to Maho Bay later in the day.  We went before sunset and had the beach to ourselves.  Great snorkeling too.

--Take all day sail and snorkel on Breath.  In addition to great sailing, we visiting some great snorkeling spots.

Our thanks go out to the owners for sharing their home with us.  The memories created here will last generations in our family.

Don and Gima Lezarri , Pittsburgh, PA , 03/2010

We had a trip of a lifetime with memories that we will treasure forever!  We came to celebrate a wedding and we were able to share a week together in paradise!  You home is breathtaking.  It is by far the most beautiful we have ever staying in.  There are so many pictures we have taken with your 87-year-old "young" mother here with us.  We wanted for nothing.  Everything was perfect! 

The White Family , 02/2010
Thank you so much for another wonderful stay at LaMer! This was our third stay here; it was the best yet! We chartered a boat to experience the lovely BVI's too! We highly recommend them! Thanks again for the amazing views and relaxing vacation!
Deale's , 08/2009
Our visit here to this beautiful island and your fabulous "LaMer" was a memory our family will long remember-it provided a much needed rest for all of us. The view was a "storybook." Thank you.
Keys , 05/2009
We had a wonderful time here in St. John. Your house is beautiful and has a fantastic view. We enjoyed every minute of our time here.
Somsons , 01/2009
Thank you so much for inviting us. We can't even begin to thank you for your generosity. It was an adventure for sure! We made memories for a lifetime-all good! Thanks!
Kim & Bridget , 10/2008
Thank you so much! Words can't express the wonderful time we've had here. Complete utopia!
Greene , 09/2008
Awesome! Thank you so much!
Kim & Bruce , VA , 09/2008
Your home is amazing. The vew is spectacular. Great company, lots of laughs and many good conversations. Thanks for all your hospitality.
Maureen & Andy , 07/2008
Thank you for a week in Paradise again! We had SO much fun! We love you both!
Arnesons , 07/2008
Thank you for a lovely stay in your beautiful home. LaMer is one of the nicest villas we've had the chance to stay in. The house is wonderfully decorated, the bathrooms are top notch, the bed is so very comfortable, and the views are unsurpassed! We are grateful that you are willing to share your home.
Monettes , MA , 05/2008
Immediately upon arrival we knew LaMer was a special place. As our week progressed we fell in love with this place. The design, landscaping and decorating make this the perfect setting for the perfect view. We made some wonderful memories in your home. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in your little piece of paradise.
Edwards , GA , 02/2008
What a wonderful slice of Paradise! What a remarkable job ya'll have done-such creativity, vision and beauty…Thank you for including us in this delightful week!
Browns , 01/2008
This is amazing! Just like Heaven! Thank you for the wonderful memories.
Arnesons , 01/2008
What a fabulous time here at LaMer! This is truly paradise-one with drinks, great food and friends! Thanks again for a wonderful time!
Martins , 01/2008
Third December visit in 3 years. Beautiful as usual!
PA , 12/2007
Our family enjoyed all the lovely views, sun and great places to take a shower in LaMer. Everything was above our expectations and hopefully we'll be back again soon! St. John has many great things to offer with all the beautiful snorkeling, swimming and all around vistas that never seem to end. Thanks again for everything!
Deales , DC , 08/2007
Your home is beautiful and truly located in Paradise! Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon!
VA , 05/2007
The house has been amazing. Best breakfast table I have ever sat at. Hope to be back soon!
Clark , MA , 05/2007
Your home is GORGEOUS! We enjoyed the view, the beautiful décor and the interesting artwork. The weather was so perfect, especially since we managed to escape intense wintery weather at home. We look forward to our return to your special sanctuary. It's been a GREAT escape! Thank you!
Means , 04/2007
What a great house! We loved the view and beautiful furnishings. I really liked the photo album of the construction of your house, and appreciate the creativity and accomplishments of these wonderful living spaces.
Rays , MN , 02/2007
What a beautiful house. After almost 25 years of coming here, we admit your house wins the "Best View" dept! We had great weather and a great Thanksgiving (lobster instead of turkey) Bathrooms get an A+! I will miss the shower! Back to reality :( Thanks!
NJ , 11/2006
We had a great time. After many years of trying to visualize your paradise-WE GET IT! Beautiful!
Joe & Bridget , 09/2006
Thanks for letting us stay in your house. We had a great time!
Amarillas , WI , 07/2006
Happy Mother's Day! We had such a fabulous time exploring St. John! Our view was to die for-our memories will be everlasting! Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
MI , 05/2006
If you ever want to sell your house you could advertise it as: "Free House-Multi-Million Dollar View". LaMer si a lovely home, ideal for 2 or 3 couples to share. AND, it provides a muti million dollar view!
NC , 04/2006
This was my first time to the VI and it was amazing. This house is spacious and comfortable. It was PARADISE!
MA , 04/2006

After many trips to St John, we have concluded that LaMer is "the standard" that all others aspire to! SIMPLY DAZZLING!! Best vacation yet in St. John for me and my family. Already booked for Christmas week of 06-07! See you then our "island gem"

Bilhubers , PA , 04/2006
We have truly loved LaMer. This has been a wonderful vacation that we will always remember. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.
Kisers , 03/2006
A special thanks to Jim and Tom for sharing their stay here at LaMer. St. John is indeed a most unique experience that will remain a most fond memory. This is a piece of Paradise; this island, this fine home.
Bill & Patti , OR , 01/2006
We have been coming to St. John since 1972. This has to be our most enjoyable visit. Your dream home is paradise beyond words. We would love to come back! Thank you!
PA , 12/2005
Thank you for a wonderful holiday location. Views were stunning and we had everything we could need. Hope to come again
England , 04/2005
Your home is magnificent, the views are spectacular, your hospitality is very gracious…we had a marvelous stay! Everything was beyond our expectations! Thank you very much!
Busholols , 02/2005
Thanks for sharing your magnificent home. We had a ball gettnig to know this end of the island better. We look forward to our return.
GA , 12/2004
Amazing! This place is just AMAZING!
GA , 07/2004
Thank you for a memorable place to vacation with friends! The views speak for themselves, as does your home. We will never forget our first drive up the hill, wondering who would ever want to live in a house you have to drive up "THIS" to get to-and understanding once we arrived "OH, THAT'S WHY!" Thanks again, we will be back
NJ , 06/2004
This has been a wonderful week for us in this lovely home. We have enjoyed every moment of the view. Words cannot express our many thanks to you for sharing this little bit of Paradise with us. We will always hold this week of memories and you both close in our hearts.
AZ , 02/2004
Great house! Great time! Will be back!
Rupperts , 12/2003
Thank you for letting me visit LaMer! It's even better than I imangined! Congratulations on your spectaclar home! Had a blast!
Sinamen , MA , 11/2003
Our envy of your lovely home is exceeded only be our anticipation of returning to the Bordeaux Mountain gem. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Fontz , IL , 10/2003
Thank you for sharing your home with us. It was a truly magical vacation filled with spectacular memories with our closest friends!
IL , 10/2003
Thank you for sharing yoru lovely dream home. This is a wonderful and special place. The 4-wheel drive up the rutted road makes it especially remote. We have had a great time!
Deltas , CO , 05/2003
Thanks so much! The house is beautiful, the view is great and the road is rough!
Liz & Laura , 05/2003
Thank you so much for the opportunity to be guests in your beautiful home. You've done a magnificent job on this house. It made our vacation relaxing and luxurious. All the best to you
MA , 03/2003
As always, time spent here is remarkable, fantastic and wonderful . We absolutely love it! Thank you so much!
Kathy & Karl , 02/2003
We had the very very best time with you at your magnificent home . Great meals, beautiful beaches, wonderful views…St. John is the most beautiful place in the world. Thanks for a memorable vacation
Cookie & Ann , 02/2003
What a beautiful home you have to share. We feel spoiled in LaMer's beauty. Fabulous views, warm breezes, great food. Thank you for such a lovely setting in Paradise. We had another great holiday on this island!
Millers , TX , 11/2002
Your home is spectacular! Never saw one that can compare. We had the time of our lives during this week. Good luck!
NJ , 08/2002
We had a magical week here! We will always carry with us wonderful memories of our honeymoon! Thanks!
Crescenzis , 05/2002
We loved the house! Had a super time! The houses we've stayed in before don't compare!
MN , 04/2002
Thanks for a fantastic opportunity to share your home! We loved it!!
Zarates , 03/2002
Thanks for sharing yoru stunning home and beautiful views!
CA , 03/2002
Our vacation has been perfect. We did new things and enjoyed them all. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.
NC , 03/2002
We had a great time and look forward to our next visit!
Aspens , MI , 01/2002
Thank you for an amazing vacation! We had a wonderful, relaxing time and we can't wait to come back!
Flakes , SC , 11/2001
LaMer is an awesome wonder! The past 2 weeks were heaven! Thanks for sharing your home. We have wonderful memories to take with us.
Gisles , 10/2001
LaMer is truly a slice of heaven. I am so relaxed after 9 days here that I won't know what to do with myself when I get back to the big city! Thanks so much for a wonderful time and lots of fun memories!
Amy , 06/2001
Thank you for inviting me to share this magnificent house with its breathtaking views. You are an awesome hostess, a steadfast friend and a true joy to be with. It's been a slice of Heaven, thanks to you and Jim-the two most giving people I know.
Maur , 06/2001
What a glorious week! Thank you so much Rene-you are the perfect hostess! ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY your special LeMer!
Lonnie , 06/2001
Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with me. I had the best time and will be taking LaMer home with me in my heart. Love you both!
Teri , 06/2001
You have a lovely house with a gorgeous view. We enjoyed ourselves greatly and had a wonderful time. Thank you very much. We will certainly be back again
Stuarts , FL , 04/2001
Your fabulous home and its spectacular view were the highlights of our family vacation. Your suggestions about activities gave us a taste of St. John's local charm…along with Vie's chicken shack. Skinny Legs, The Lime Inn, Miss. Lucy's and Sputniks kept us well nourished. We had a blast cruising the islands with Captain Jeanne. Thanks for a wonderful time.
CA , 03/2001
From the first time I saw this view I was sure it deserved a special home for special people! You are my very special friends. We can all be proud of LaMer.. I hope we can all spend many happy times here mooning the full moon!
Jim , 03/2001
Thank you for the many days and nights spent gazing from your decks at the spectacular and unforgettable views from LaMer. What a week in Paradise!
VA , 03/2001
We had a wonderful vacation in your spectacular home. We enjoyed the many evenings spent stargazing on the deck. This was a very special trip and we will always remember our stay in your home.
Andrea & Peter , 03/2001
After many years of traveling to St. John with you, you've finally put all the best of St. John into your magical house-it is a true stunner! You are truly good and loyal friends and fantastic hosts! Thanks also for helping us celebrate our special day. Thanks again and please invite us back!
Jim & Rene , 02/2001
Thank you very much-what a magical retreat! The home is a stunning accomplishment!
Mahlers , France , 02/2001
We were honored to be the first in your GREAT house. Thank you so much it was a wonderful vacation!
Bittners , SD , 01/2001

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