My wife and I recently spent a week in St. John at the brand new and appropriately named “Marea,” and all I can say is WOW. At the very edge of Ditleff Point, this new uber-luxury home has every amenity you could imagine, as nice as the finest luxury resort you can think of, only with total privacy and views that are literally breathtaking at every turn.

Marea’s five bedrooms are actually their own separate dwellings, with private terrace, semi-outdoor showers and ultra-comfortable beds with top of the line furnishings everywhere. The main house is huge, with room for dozens of guests to be comfortably entertained. The kitchen is also state of the art, with every top of the line appliance you can think of. The pool area demanded a lot of our time, which could only be described as blissful. Sitting in the hottub above the pool, with 360 degree views of the Caribbean Sea, reminds you that you are temporarily transported to heaven on earth, a place where it is easy to relax and recharge those hectic “real world” batteries.

Marea is clearly not an inexpensive vacation option, but if you are seeking a private, blissful, perfect, paradise, you have come to the right place. Highly recommended!

– M & J, NY (submitted 02/2012)