The Beach Villa

Visitors to St. John marvel at the beauty of the world renowned beaches, but very few of them are able to sleep within sight and sound of the water. The Beach Villa, located just steps from the Caribbean Sea, is now available for the fortunate few and is perfect for groups of couples, family gatherings & reunions and wedding events.

The Beach Villa is one of St. John’s premier beachfront villa offering comfort and casual elegance. The Villa is five minutes to the village (see our maps page) where you can enjoy fine dining, unique shopping, dive shops and gourmet grocery and ten minutes to the best-in-world, spectacular, north shore National Park Beaches.

  • Sleeps 10-12

  • 5.5 bathrooms

  • Beachfront

  • 5 king bedrooms

  • Pool and hot tub

    Artistic & architectural stone masterpiece on the beach, The Beach Villa is for everyone who has ever dreamed of the ultimate island experience.

    Donald and Deborah Schnell have brought the experiences of over forty plus years of living on St. John to the creation and decoration of the Beach Villa. This is a very personal endeavor and this villa  incorporates all the features you “wish” other villas offered. All the sliding glass doors pocketing opening unobstructed to the lush tropical gardens to all the king size master bedroom suites being equally grand so no one is short changed. The hand of the artist is evident everywhere in the numerous details. The Schnell’s three children also contributed to bringing the villa to life.

    Orchids and tropical plants of every color exist throughout. The beauty of the flowers is complemented by a sculpture garden and a little tropical fish pond governed by Morgan the turtle. Works of art from the Schnell’s own collection and from the Donald Schnell Studio at The Amore Center are throughout the villa.

    Inside the spacious villa, the great room is sprinkled with whimsical modern touches. You’ll want to take the giraffe home with you, but he is a permanent resident. Open to sea breezes in three sides, the great room can be easily secured by closing the sliding glass doors if you wish to use the air conditioning. For entertainment, there is cable television, a DVD player and a piano procured for a famous musician who was a previous guest.

    A polished mahogany open stairway backed by a glass block wall leads to three master bedroom suites on the second level. The two story guest pavilion adjoins the main villa with two additional master bedroom suites. Each suite has its own balcony, and a separate entrance from the outside. A water view from every bedroom, and a tropical color theme make each room distinctive. Two of the suites offer an extra twin bed, perfect to accommodate young children.

    Every suite has its own bathroom with a Caribbean shower featuring colorful ceramic tiles and original Donald Schnell lighting fixtures. Several showers are outdoors and are created of island stone.

    Air conditioning is an option in every room for those who desire it offering every room individual control. Complete linens are furnished, a fully equipped kitchen and a washer and dryer are provided for your convenience. Beach towels, beach chairs and coolers are also available. Colorful flowers bloom year round and arch across the Villa’s entry way.

    The focal point of the courtyard is the swimming pool with exquisite tropical plantings, and a center island with its own palm tree. Colorful tiles surround the pool and patio area and a tiled powder room completes the pool appointments.

    The Beach Villa’s island stone hot tub accommodates ten people. Cable TV and DSL internet are in all five King size master bedroom suites.

    Dream away your days in the beach side hammocks or watch the “happy lights” from Donald Schnell’s Studio cast their golden glow on the water as night falls. This is island living as you have always imagined it could be.

    To inquire about rental rates for The Beach Villa, please call us directly at 800-253-7107 or email

    We can also help you organize a perfect vacation or event. Our Concierge page offers additional services you may enjoy while visiting, or you may be interested in leasing one of our Vehicles during your stay.

    Still undecided? Read through our Guest Comments page to hear what our guests have said over the years, or browse our Villa Comparison Chart to compare The Beach Villa to our other villas.

    Debbie & Donald

    Staying at The Beach Villa or the Amore apartment in Cruz Bay is just fantastic. We love our vacations there! Trunk Bay is our favorite ( my husband proposed there ) and the restaurants in town are great with good food and fabulous wine. We especially love La Tapa!
    We come back every year for 6 days of pure Paradise. Thank you Debbie & Donald.

    The Wielands

    Joe, Sharon, Joe Jr. Finizio, Heather, John, and Isabela Hillmann.

    Beach Villa is a favorite of our family for our St. John trips.
    All 3 generations have been very happy with the accommodations and the perfect location. The Schnell family make every effort for their guests comforts. We asked for a new DVD player and it appeared within the hour. We used the huge stone and shell hot tub everyday and night. Donald Schnell had the heat cranked up to meet even my fussy standards. This is a well maintained older true island style home with mature gardens and a man made sandy beach which we loved, with an entrance to the water through the Stone Grotto path (our name) . ALL the rooms are airconditioned which is a rarity in the island homes. After 24 trips to St. John and 8 different villas, Beach Villa has everything for a comfortable stay. We’ll be back.

    Thanks, you made our vacation very special.

    Joe, Sharon, Joe Jr. Finizio, Heather, John, and Isabela Hillmann.


    This exquisite stone house right on the bay is surrounded by gorgeous lush palms and flowering everything! Our third visit to this magical, unique place. Debbie and Donald are wonderful hosts and stand ready to do whatever it takes to ensure a perfect time on St. John!

    Susan Martin

    Dave D

    Hi Donald,

    Thank you so much for our family’s wonderful stay this past week at the Beach Villa. It was absolutely wonderful. The kids loved the pool & tub, and I was wowed by the gorgeous plantings. You and Deborah have made it a very beautiful and special place.

    I’m sorry that I didn’t get a chance to say thank you and goodbye on the morning that we left for home, though I’m sure you’re more than familiar with the load up the family scramble.

    Best of luck with everything, and thanks for a very lovely time!

    Dave D

    Maureen O’Malley

    Hi Donald,

    Just a quick note to tell you how much our group enjoyed our week in St. John. The house was great and the island is delightful.

    Also, please thank Deborah for sending my swimsuit back to me. Because I’m still doing laundry from the trip (I won’t need any of those clothes here for a couple of more months, so there is no hurry to get it done) I hadn’t missed it yet. However, it’s my favorite suit and I would have been very disappointed to have lost it.

    Again, thank you for your hospitality.

    Maureen O'Malley

    Donald will stand on his head to accommodate you!

    This so far has been my favorite place to stay on the island of St. John. Donald and his wife did everything possible to make our stay perfect. We stayed at the Beach Villa, and moved into Cruz Bay to the Amore Loft Studio. Both were perfect. When I say he will stand on his head to accommodate you, I am totally serious. He did just that. Thanks for the perfect trip.

    Sue Suze Stone

    The Marmets

    Thanks for everything! Caneel was great but the Beach Villa was so much better!

    The Marmets


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