The Beach Villa Guest Comments

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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.


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

The Marmets


Sorry it has taken so long for me to write this; 3 days after returning from St. John, [we] left for New York City for a 5 day music conference. (Talk about culture shock St. John and Manhattan have to be at complete opposite ends of the civilization spectrum!) I just wanted to say thanks for all of your help and great service while we were at Beach Villa! The house was perfect for us, and nobody wanted to leave when it was time to go home.

On a semi-professional note: I do lighting design as kind of a part time business on the side, both theater and residential, and I loved the landscape lighting at Beach Villa.

The effect when we all returned from dinner the first night was just wonderful, like walking into a tropical dream-land! Your fixtures give depth and texture to the wall surfaces, provide just the right illumination to the surrounding spaces, and the light sources themselves remain soft and unobtrusive.

[Y}ou did a great job lighting a great house, and I spent a lot of time outdoors in the evenings just enjoying the atmosphere you created.

[My wife] & the kids are already plotting their return...
Thanks again for a most pleasant stay,

The Wielands


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



Greg & I cannot thank you enough for your help with our stay. All of the preparation prior to our arrival was the key to relaxing and settling in right away. We had a fantastic trip and are already looking forward to the next!

All the best, Chuck & Greg


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.


Stayed there in December 2002 with my husband and eight others. It was Nirvana. I've been dreaming about going back ever since!

Terry L. Murphy


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