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St John's Best Oceanfront & Privacy Value, Period!

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Villa, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Sea Spirit is a VERY private 600-sq foot cottage superbly located on top of a dramatic cliff with sweeping ocean views and great breezes. Your privacy is ensured by National Park surroundings. It has some of the best hush-hush snorkeling at the front of the house that exists on island... caves, live reefs and ultramarine blue drop offs with rays and dolphins. There is a resident spotted eagle ray at the front of the house. From its unique location you can walk to 2 pristine beaches. Kiddle Bay is very Maine-like with large flat stones that crackle at night, becoming sandy on one side. The other is Grootpan Bay and tends to be empty. If there is ever anyone there, it tends to be a nude beach. It is a mix of sand, small pebbles and coral. Both bays offer awesome snorkeling.

A short drive takes you to either Salt Pond Beach or the Lameshuur bays. Your constant companions are the umbrella of stars at night, the smell of salt air and the sounds of the wind and the waves and the occasional deer grazing in the yard. The restaurants and shopping amenities of Coral Bay are only minutes away, though you might prefer enjoying the deck. It won’t be long before your biggest worry is opting for sunset drinks at Sea Spirit or at one of the local eateries, stargazing while relaxing in the hot tub or enjoying the musical scene in Coral Bay.

What’s no dilemma is our rates, we challenge anybody to procure such an experience as Sea Spirit for the price. Such a well-appointed cottage in such a one-of-a-kind location simply can’t be compared to any other St John house. Should you go for the Sea Spirit experience, you have to be warned: you’ll be back!

Keywords: oceanfront


walk to the beach


More Details

Terry R Witham
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 1, 2017

About Terry R Witham

Sea Spirit found me. When I walked onto this deck for the first time in my life I sat there for hours and watched the stars and moon shining on the sea. I felt a sea of spirit and not only knew that this house had captured me, but there was no doubt about its name, it was Sea Spirit. The healing quality of this little gem never failed me ever since. I know for sure that every new guest to Sea Spirit gets the same suckerpunch when he/she walks that deck. I hope you will enjoy this experience, too!

Terry R Witham purchased this villa in 2000

Why Terry R Witham chose Estate Mandal

A unique "Old Style" St John experience awaits you at Sea Spirit.

What makes this villa unique

Ultimate oceanfront experience with crashing waves, live reef below and the infinity of the sea on all sides.


Estate Mandal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
beach chairs, coolers, book and magazine library, beach bags, binoculars, games, I pod dock, safe for valuables, indoor and outdoor dining areas


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St John's Best Oceanfront & Privacy Value, Period!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Remains our favorite

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th trip to the island and our second stay at Sea Spirit. Terry is great to work with and we absolutely LOVE the time we spend there. She has everything you need and it is a little slice of heaven.

If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind look no further! One of the BEST snorkel on the island is just steps away at Grootpan Bay. We saw AMAZING sea life!

We cannot wait to return. Thank you, Terry, Sea Spirit and St John for another amazing vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Total Relaxation and Incredible Location

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend Sea Spirit. Has everything you need in one of the most scenic and relaxing places we have ever been!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Place. Missing Sea Spirit already.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Sea Spirit. The place is very remote and you definitely need a 4-wheel drive, but that it what we were looking for. The view off the deck is absolutely amazing. There are 2 bays on either side of the cottage that you can walk to. There is usually not a sole at either one. The snorkeling at these bays, and directly in front of the cottage, was the best on the island, in our opinion. We also loved driving a couple miles down the main road (which turns into a very bumpy dirt road) to Lameshur Beach. It was always un-crowded and gorgeous. The restaurants/bars we enjoyed most on the island were The Beach Bar in Cruz Bay and Skinny Legs in Coral Bay. The cottage itself was small, but met all our needs. We appreciated that there was a cooler and beach chairs that we could haul with us while exploring the island. The landscaping around the cottage was beautiful. We cannot wait to go back and would not want to stay anywhere else on the island as this spot is perfect.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sea Spirit is Better then Meditation !

  • 5 of 5

Hi Terry,

It saddens me that we must say good-bye to Sea Spirit!!! It has been a tranquil 16 days!!!

Sea Spirit has been Paradise ... Peace and tranquility .... Experiencing a very Relaxed state of mind... And we we are now Recharged to return to the real world !!!!

Sea Spirit is so perfectly located out in the quiet on a cliff above the sea to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the sea, clouds, stars and moon! There is nothing more mesmerizing than watching the vast sea into the horizons. We spent every night on the deck stargazing and moon watching!

And then to be able to take a 2 minute walk to either Kiddel or Grootpan Bay for an early evening snorkel is a bonus! We love to be one with the sea as we snorkel!

We spent many mornings snorkeling the other bays : Greater Lameshur, Little Lameshur, Salt Pond, Waterlemon Cay, Haulover, Hanson Bays!!! So many corals, fish, stingray, turtles and was even privileged to see an octopus!

Hiked Lameshur Trail to the Petroglyphs and Reef Bay/Genti Bay and hiked to Ram Head and Drunk Bay!

Well those are the highlights of our trip ...

Sea Spirit provided us with the perfect accommodations for a better then meditation experience...splendidly tranquil, relaxing and energizing ... THANKYOU for a memorable trip to St John - Coral Bay!!!

Thank you,

Marsha and Wes

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marsha and Wes, Wow! Thanks for your kind words. It sounds like you really did a lot during your stay. And to see an octopus is the "icing on the cake". We love the two "next door" beaches also and we often have them to ourselves. May your life's journey bring you back to Sea Spirit again. Terry & Olivier
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Ten Stars

  • 5 of 5

In the parlance of river rafters, rapids are rated 1-5. Except for the Colorado. Winding it's way through the Grand Canyon, it's rapids are rated 1-10. Sea Spirit is to other vacation homes what the Colorado is to other rivers. I do not exaggerate to say it is in a class by itself. Hence ten stars.

There is something about Sea Spirit.

Overwhelming beauty. From the moment one steps out on to the deck, nothing but the Caribbean Sea lies before you. At night the sky blossoms with stars. The Southern Cross is clearly visible above the horizon. While there are many wonderful restaurants on St. John, the sea, the sky and the stars provide a compelling incentive to dine nightly on the deck.

There is something about Sea Spirit.

The owners, Terry and Oliver have clearly lovingly attended to Sea Spirit. There is nothing shoddy or mediocre about the villa itself or the appliances within.

We plan to return to Sea Spirit. We have stayed at different places on St. John but there has been nothing like Sea Spirit. It has touched our souls and we are somehow richer for the experience.

There is something about Sea Spirit.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A secluded villa in paradise- perfect for a romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Sea Spirit is a very special place, and we can't wait to go back! My husband and I usually stay at resorts for our one week away alone without the kids, and this year we decided to try a villa on St. John instead. Everything about Sea Spirit far exceeded our expectations! The villa is extremely private- it's only you, the birds, and the ocean. The entire front wall opens so that you feel you're in nature the entire time. We enjoyed breakfast every morning on the deck overlooking the ocean, watching the boats, and feeding the bananaquits the sugar they so love. It was unbelievably relaxing.

I couldn't believe how well stocked the villa was- Terry and Olivier have thought of everything! Even though we had packed suitcases of food and provisions, the house had plenty of paper products, cleaning supplies, beach supplies, etc. The kitchen appliances were good quality- a feature we were happy to find since we like to cook. Everything was comfortable and right where we needed it.

Coral Bay was definitely what we were looking for- a little off the beaten path, and very chill. There is absolutely no need for dressing up on this side of the island! The restaurants were great (Aqua Bistro and Shipwreck were our faves, but the burgers at Skinny Legs were fantastic too!), and the snorkeling was the best we've ever done. We did a lot of hiking and exploring different beaches. Renting a jeep is a MUST for all the crazy bumpy dirt roads!

We can't wait to go back next year. It was by far the best vacation we've had. Thank you Terry!!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Cyril King St Thomas, VI
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Tourist Trap, Miss Lucy's
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 107 South
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Concordia Cafe
Nearest Beach
Salt Pond Bay, Kiddle and Grootpan
Car: recommended

This property is within a 2 minute walk to two National Park beaches. Stargazing can be exceptional due to lack of light pollution.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $130
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.