One of the perks of owning News of St. John is that I get invited to some pretty cool events on island and even cooler houses. A few weeks back, I was invited over to Marea, a spectacular home at the end of Ditleff Point. A small cocktail party was held to introduce Marea to the rental market and I was lucky enough to make the guest list. To say this home is spectacular, incredible and magical is truly an understatement. See for yourself…
There are no words to truly describe the experience one feels at Marea. Whether arriving by vehicle, by private boat or helicopter, you will immediately sense you have been transported into a very special and private world. The moment you enter Marea, your senses will be overwhelmed by the beautiful blue water surrounding you on all sides, the fabulous gentle ocean breezes, the intoxicating bouquet of Caribbean flora, the absolute comfort and exquisite beauty of this Michael Oxman-designed luxury home. There are no neighbors, nor any man made sounds to disturb you, only the ambient sounds of the ocean lapping the shore, and the occasional palm flapping in the breeze.
Bordering the USVI National Park established in St John by Laurence Rockefeller, Marea sits on over seven acres of exquisite waterfront terrain with dramatic views that stretch for miles in every direction. It is one of the most secluded luxury villas in the entire Caribbean and the privacy its guests have is one of the most incredible amenities it offers. The outdoor living space which surrounds the entire main house will immediately seduce you. Amazingly comfortable poolside sofas and chairs, its large outdoor tiki bar, the rooftop star gazing terrace, the elevated 360-degree spa, the gorgeous waterfall and the acres of beautiful pristine landscape and gardens, not to mention the private sandy beach just a short walk down the drive, all contribute to the zen-like experience. Marea also invites you to enjoy its almost daily double rainbows, enchanting sunrises and sunsets, hummingbirds, shooting stars, and full night sky planetarium like star gazing with zero light pollution.
The great room is simply stunning. The accordion style custom Costa Rican mahogany doors surrounding the great room on all sides all slide open to create a wonderfully wide open, palladium style living environment. The great room provides guests with a 60″ Samsung LED Smart TV equipped with surround sound, Dish Network, Apple TV, and Blu Ray Player. Marea’s Great Room also has automatic drop down shades that lower to shield the sun’s rays, should you need it, with just the click of a button.
Marea’s kitchen is state of the art. Equipped to very high standards with the most high end appliances, and everything you could possibly need to prepare your perfect dish, nothing has been left out. With two Francke sinks, two Wolf ovens, an eight burner Wolf stove, and beautiful imported hand made Italian ceramic dining ware, guests will be completely satisfied in their kitchen at Marea. While dinner is being prepared, take a short walk down the spiral staircase into the basement of Marea. This is where you will find Marea’s beautiful walk in wine cellar. The wine cellar is stocked with over 500 bottles of the finest wines from around the world for you to enjoy. (Side note: I had to fortune of sampling a few and they were simply amazing!)
Marea houses five beautiful custom designed bedroom suites, each facing east with amazing views of the ocean and sunrise. Four suites include outdoor showers, double vanity sinks and private balconies. Each suite includes 42″ Samsung LED TV’s equipped with individual Dish Network and Air Conditioning with individual controls. Every bedroom suite boasts five star comfort.
Marea has also been designed with state of the art technology throughout the villa. It offers high speed WiFi throughout the entire home and have equipped Marea with a fabulous audio system indoors and outdoors. The audio system is powered by SONOS and allows users to operate the audio with their very own smart phone. Simply download the application and the controls are yours. You will instantly have access to every artist and album ever recorded at any time all at your finger tips! So turn up the music and enjoy….because no one can hear you. 🙂
Marea is also “green.” The property has its very own solar farm, not visible from the home, with 126 solar panels generating 100% of Marea’s energy needs. It also collect all rain water from rooftops, driveways, and hillside runoffs for all our irrigation needs.
Last and certainly not least. The staff… Marea provides guests with five star service from the moment they book until the moment they leave. As an option, Marea’s staff will provide daily maid service and offers full time on call staff for absolutely any need our guests request.
Nothing compares to the experience Marea has to offer. Click here to learn more about Marea and for booking information.