My family of 11 came there to St. John. It was extremely nice to have the community living room and kitchen and then have our separate quarters come bed time. The pool of course all the kids loved. We didn't need to bring anything with us but bathing suits and pj's cause we were either at the beach or in the pool until bedtime. I would suggest Vida De Mar to anyone that has a large group coming and the service was wonderful. They met us at the dock and took us to get the car and then to the house and made sure we understood all the functions of the house. Cool outside showers!!! Also great snorkeling right there at the house - if you didn't want to you would not even have to leave the house...
Anyone who rents this villa will not be disappointed. This is a great house with the very best views on the island. It is convenient to everything and, without a doubt, the most exceptional house on St. John. My only hesitation in writing this review is that someone will rent this special place before I can rebook for next Christmas!!
Loved our stay at Spellbound. The villa has amazing views, a lovely pool and a well-appointed kitchen. Everything we needed for a relaxing interlude. We will definitely return.
We loved our stay at Spellbound. We stayed for a week between Christmas and New Year with our young adult children. Each one of us loved sitting on the deck and enjoying that glorious view. It was hard to pull ourselves away. Generally, we'd try a different beach each morning and settle in by the pool at Spellbound by the afternoon. The kitchen is well provisioned so meals are easy to prepare. The driveway is tricky! I walked up and down to/from the house while the rest of our group drove. We'd love to go back.
This home features breathtaking views, 3 wonderful suites, beautiful landscaping, privacy beyond belief,a top notch kitchen and a pool. You will hardly want to leave once you arrive. An amazing service is to have the house provisioned so when you arrive there is no going to the grocery store. We have stayed here twice and would love to go back!
We think that Spellbound is the best rental on the island...we rented it multiple times when it was called Lyons Pride. They have always been reliable, accessible, and helpful in every way. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a professional group to make your vacation carefree.
I should start the review by mentioning the one problem we had with Spellbound: leaving. (Note: we partially resolved this problem by extending our stay). This property is absolutely beautiful. The views from the upper and lower balcony overlooking Caneel and Hawksnest are majestic and nothing short of awe inspiring. The landscaping is beautiful and the back yard alone is worthy of UNESCO Heritage Site status--there is even a half-size Easter Rock. Spellbound is in a remote and private location, a perfect contrast to the big resorts and monstrosities infecting certain hillsides on the island. You have to experience it to believe it. The home's amenities made the transition from the real world to paradise seamless. The house had everything you need for modern living. We shopped at Starfish and cooked almost every meal--slurping up pasta with a light lemon sauce, sitting on the balcony and enjoying a cooling breeze, a perfect sort of simplicity. During the days, we dove, snorkeled and hiked, including some rugged rock scrambling and hiking on non-maintained trails. We loved returning to Spellbound in the evening to unwind and relax. The sunsets are lovely and we took advantage of the telescope for evening stargazing. It is, however, an oasis and if you aren't restless, you could easily spend all your time just relaxing by the pool and enjoying the view.